Crafter's Corridor Opens for the Walk
The Crafter's Corridor, Gallery Walk's newest venue, doesn't have an official postal address. It's a destination, yes, but it will be a lively, flexible, always-evolving space. Most important, it's a venue for artists and artisans who otherwise might not have a downtown presence. The Corridor will be "open for business" at noon on Gallery Walk Fridays but more or less disappear at the end of the evening until the next Walk date.
The Crafter's Corridor is otherwise familiar to the public as the Midtown Mall's central hallway, entered off the sidewalk at 24 High Street or up a flight of stairs from the Harmony Place parking lot. The Back Side Café is at its parking lot end, and Cat Nunn's art studio, where several artists will be working from a live model this Gallery Walk evening, is visible through hallway windows and open for visitors whenever she's in residence. Crafter's Corridor access will be conveniently from both entrances on Walk nights.
The Corridor's festive grand opening this month features distinctive and diverse works from seven of Windham County's fine art and craft masters. Photography, fabric arts, mosaics, jewelry, basketry, knitting, pottery, cigar box guitars and other handmade folk instruments are represented. Snacks and cider will be offered by the Brattleboro Time Trade, and live music will be performed by Dennis Waring on one of his colorful cigar box guitars.
A few words about each of the March participants follows....
LORI PALMER, a master seamstress, has owned and operated her upholstery business, Coverings, in the Midtown Mall for sixteen years. She is branching out into other aspects of her fabric craft, creating dynamic African handbags, purses of varying styles, sizes, and designs, as well as quality decorative pillows for distinctive home decor.
KATHLEEN KENNEDY, a former art educator, silversmith, and garden designer, now has moved into Fabric Arts and offers high quality handmade tote bags, purses, iPad covers, cell phone cases and more. The artistry lies in the unexpected and beautiful combination of fabrics, patterns, and textures, and skillful implementation of original patterns.
KATHERINE BARRATT's photography is famous for bringing local gardens and landscapes vibrantly alive with stunning closeups that capture those perfect moments. Many folks will be very glad to know her note cards are available again. She's offering some matted and framed images, too.
SUSAN ROSANO(featured in this guide last December) is an accomplished mosaic and mural artist. Using handmade tiles, broken dishes, and bits of old jewelry, she brings her delightfully expressive mosaic mirrors, picture frames, and wall hangings to the Crafter's Corridor, as well as her energy-infused "Vermont Rock" jewelry. Susan is a Master Teaching Artist on the juried roster of the Vermont Arts Council.
DENNIS WARING is an instrument maker, ethnomusicologist, educator, author, collector, performer, and arts consultant. He will be selling his Vermont-made cigar box guitars, small folk harps, dulcitars, and other inventive musical instruments. Maker of traditional and original musical instruments, he has authored six books on instrument making. He teaches public education in primary, middle, and high schools as a juried artist member of the Vermont Arts Council.
BETH BROWN-REINSEL has been a knitting instructor for 25 years, concentrating on the historic techniques of the craft. She is also a master of basketry and handspinning, which she does for pure enjoyment. She offers distinctive handmade baskets, handspun yarn, and high quality knitted items.
JOSH GOLD, a professional artist and potter for many years, is featuring his "tasteful nude" series of hand-thrown pottery cups with incised designs (collaborative work done two years ago). He is returning to his pottery after recovering from a long-term injury and is now moving into more sculptural work.
For further information about the Crafter's Corridor, contact Kathleen Kennedy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Lori Palmer at (802) 258-4996.
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