With my art, I attempt to approach each painting with a childlike openness. The paintings begin in a very structured format, using grids, drawings, pre-cut shapes. Each subsequent layer starts by adding and subtracting new shapes. The canvas starts to tell me where to go... with vigorous brush strokes, using spatulas, paint tubes, tape etc., the forms take a life of their own. Each color looks for its complement and appropriate value, all the components trying to crate a balance between the mind's desire for structure and the soul's quest to push the limits. It is my hope that when people view my work, they do not only experience the composition and color, but above all have a feeling of discovery and wonderment. http://www.janineschmitt.com/
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn New York Art Students League, studied with Daniel Green for two years.
I make functional and decorative pottery. I think of myself as a wheel thrower. There is nothing more fun than throwing a large bowl on the wheel or making a bunch of mugs. There is a rhythm to making something on the wheel that is both fun and relaxing http://www.andreaakeribpottery.com
John has been creating meaningful jewelry since 1970. He started out, under the guidance of his friend, Frank Geminden, making spoon rings at rock concerts and craft shows. During this time, they met another jewelry maker, Del Schuller, who created jewelry from coins. Del showed them how to drill and cut the metal to create meaningful designs. After moving to Delaware in 1972, John learned how to create Champleve enamels from Douglass Veirity, who was an Australian creating exquisite cloisonné enamels. He worked at a craft workshop in Chads Ford, PA perfecting his Champleve enameling technique. Since that time, John has received several awards for his work that have been sold in many craft shows as well as displayed on Madison Ave in New York City. In total, John brings over 47 years of craftsmanship experience to his jewelry making. He makes all his jewelry in his home in Berlin, MA. and welcomes customized requests from customers. http://www.bladeandwheel.com/john
Functional, Useful Pottery
When my children left home I decided to try different types of artistic pursuits. I am a Clinical Psychologist, and need something for my own therapy! I did some acting, some drawing and painting, and then tried ceramics. I find that making pottery suits me, since there are many aspects to the process. There is throwing, decorating, mixing glazes, choosing colors, firing the pots. I have a wheel and kiln in my basement, and I also continue to take classes at Community Kiln in Framingham. I am always learning new things. http://www.bladeandwheel.com/judy
Wood Turning & Photography
The joy in turning is that each piece is a surprise. The type of wood: walnut, maple, mahogany, cherry dictates the grain and hue but only the turning can reveal the rich, unique patterns and colors hidden in the gnarly, neglected stump with which you start. Sometimes in the eagerness to see what’s hidden that causes a rush can instead result in green wood that warps and splits.
Photography is a way to capture a motion you see only instantaneously and may never see again. It is more in the instant than science, more feeling than planning.
I have always been fascinated by what can be created with metal and copper provides a platform for many different applications. Texture and sculpting techniques can give a raw piece of copper a unique look and feel. The addition of patinas unearth the beautiful colorations often seen when copper has been exposed to the elements for years. Heating copper to various temperatures brings forth an exquisite spectrum of color that makes copper such a unique metal to work with.
Alpaca Wool Products
North Brook Farm was established in 1997, when Mike and Laura Busky purchased their first 2 alpacas. Laura, a life-long knitter, was particularly interested in the fiber aspect of the farm. She quickly added spinning and weaving to her fiber artistry skills. She has since built a small business, offering a variety of alpaca garments and housewares that are completely USA made and sourced, some being handmade at the farm and sourced directly from her animals. http://www.northbrookalpacas.com/