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Artists of the Forest

Artists of the Forest

Vermont Folklife Center
Vision & Voice Documentary Workspace
88 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-4964
September 14, 2012 December 22, 2012

The Vermont Folklife Center will host our new exhibit, Artists of the Forest at the Center’s Vision & Voice Documentary Workspace, newly relocated on the main floor of the historic John Warren house. The exhibit, which features traditional artists from the Northern Forest Region, will be on display through December 22nd.

The Northern Forest is 30 million acres of woodland, mountains, rivers and lakes extending from Maine’s most northern county, across New Hampshire’s North Country and Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, to New York’s Adirondacks and Tug Hill Region. Considered America’s oldest working woodlands, the Northern Forest is also home to a remarkable range of traditional artists.

Artists of the Forest features thirteen traditional artists from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and upstate New York including Abenaki basketmaker Jeanne Brink (VT), Acadian woodcarver Tom Cote (ME), rustic furniture makers Annette and Sherman Craig (NY), birch bark canoe maker Steve Cayard (ME), rustic furniture maker Ron Fenlong (NY), rustic furniture maker Barry Gregson (NY), Abenaki basketmaker Jesse Larocque (VT), dog sled maker Karen Jones (NH), snow shoe maker and pack basket maker Bill Mackowski (ME), rustic furniture maker Fred Peryer (NY), wood carver Melvin Roy and the late Newt Washburn, Abenaki basketmaker from Stowe, VT and Bethlehem, NH.

Whether shaping snowshoes, building birch bark canoes or crafting twig furniture, these artists artfully balance skill with traditional knowledge—keeping alive an important part of this region’s heritage. This exhibit explores that heritage and its relationship to the natural environment of the Northern Forest.

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Quimby Family Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation, Artists of the Forest is organized by Cultural Resources of Rockport, Maine working in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center and Traditional Arts of Upstate New York. The exhibit will also tour to sites in New York and Maine. The presenting sponsor in Vermont is the Lodge at Otter Creek.

On Friday, September 14th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm the Vermont Folklife Center will host an opening reception for Artists of the Forest at the Center’s Vision & Voice Documentary Workspace.


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