Tom Waters receives the award for 'Best of Show' 2017 from NVAA President, Janet Bonneau.
April 10, 2019
Greetings, Fellow Art Mavens!,
Well, you young’uns may not know this, but back when I was your age, we had this season called “Spring”. It usually happened somewhere between Winter and Summer. It contained at least three days of perfect weather, not too hot, not too cold, gentle breezes and sunny skies. Nowadays, of course, we jump directly from Winter to Summer overnight, but Spring sure was nice. I think I have some old black and white photos of what it used to look like…
Anyhow, our 88th Annual June Show at Visions of Vermont Gallery in Jeffersonville is rapidly approaching. Our prize judges this year will be artist Blake Larson, Milton Artists Guild president Jessie Swetel, and Studio Place Arts director Sue Higby.
A quick reminder of the rules of our show for those of you who are doing it for the first time: All work must be for sale. All work must be original to the artist. The size limit is no more than 28” on a side, including frame. All work must be wired and ready to hang (no “saw tooth” type hangers, please!). No reproduction prints. Artwork can be in any medium, both 2D or 3D.
There is a $15 entry fee, which we use to fund the prizes. Don’t forget that we have also changed our membership due date to June 1st, the drop off day of the show, so that you can also pay your $15 NVAA annual dues at the same time. Our Treasurer, Andy Brown, has put together the entry form for the June show in this letter, and he needs to have it and your entry fee no later than May 24th, so you might as well just cut a check for $30 to cover both dues and fee, and thus have one less thing to worry about on drop off day. As always, you must be a paid up member to participate in the show!
Our opening gala at the Visions of Vermont Gallery in Jeffersonville will be on June 2nd, from 1-5pm, and you are all invited! Our president Janet Bonneau has asked her fellow musicians in the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra to provide entertainment at our opening. Is there a better way to spend an afternoon than gazing upon artwork, chatting with fellow artists, noshing on goodies and listening to great music? I think not.
Also in this missive you will find a calendar of all our other 2019 art shows, with important dates for drop off, pick up, receptions, etc. Pin it to your fridge, and enter all the dates in your cell phone, too!
Well, I’d love to stay and chat, but I must go put away the snow shovels and dust off the air conditioners…
Robert Waldo Brunelle JR.
Feb 21, 2019
Dear NVAA Members,
A quick reminder that our 3 month VCAM show is coming to an end this month. Please pick up your artwork by the dates below. There was an error in our newsletter on the dates. Sorry about that folks!
Stay tuned also for upcoming information on all our 2019 shows!
SEABA 2018 NVAA 3 monthVCAM Show
3 - Day Pickup options:
Thursday, February 21st , Friday, February 22nd, and Saturday, February 23rd
from 10 am - 5 pm
You can also check VCAM’s open hours on their website at https://www.vermontcam.org/contact-0
if the above days/times don’t work for you.
February 17, 2019
Greetings, Fellow Art Mavens!
Well, the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicted that this winter would be particularly cold and snowy, and whatever arcane secret formula the editors use to make such prognostications are right again as usual. I am going broke paying the fellow who plows my driveway this year. And, of course, the fact that parts of our country are colder than the surface of Mars has prompted the usual snide remarks from climate change deniers about “where’s that global warming you Liberals are always yakking about?” Fortunately, this is good weather for the making and throwing of snowballs…
Believe it or not, this year the Northern Vermont Artist Association celebrates its 88th birthday, and will soon be hosting our 88th annual June Show. Once again Jane and Terry Shaw will be hosting our show in the Sugar House, at their lovely Visions Of Vermont gallery in Jeffersonville. Mark the following dates on your 2019 calendar: Drop off for the show will be on Saturday, June 1st, from 10am to noon. Our gala opening reception will be the next day, Sunday, June 2nd, from 1pm to 5pm, with awards handed out to those the judges deem worthy at 3:30pm. The show comes down on July 6th, from 11am to 4pm.
Our hard working president, Janet Bonneau, has gotten all our ducks in a row early by scheduling all our 2019 shows already, so as long as you have your red pen in hand to mark your calendar, circle these dates, too:
The Village Frame Shop in St. Albans will be hosting a show for us in July and August. Drop off for that show will be Friday, July 12th, from 11am to 4pm, and take down will be August 24th, from 11am to 2pm.
The Red Mill Gallery in Jericho will be hosting a show for us in August and Sept. Drop off for that show will be Saturday, August 3rd, from 10:15am to Noon, and take down will be Saturday, Sept 21st, from 10:15 to Noon.
We will be having our second show at the Granite Museum in Barre in the Fall, with the theme “Art Rocks”. Drop off for that show will be Saturday, August 31st, from 9am to 5pm, and pick up will be the week of Oct. 28thafter they close to the public for the season.
The T. W. Wood gallery in Montpelier has invited us back for another show. Drop off day for that show will be Saturday, Sept. 28th. We will have a reception for this show on Oct. 5th, from 4pm to 8pm, and the show comes down on Nov. 1stand 2nd, 3-5pm each day.
Details as to the number and size of entries for each of these shows will be forthcoming as each date approaches, so keep an eye on your email box! Also, remember that your 2019 dues will be due by drop off day for our June Show. As you may recall, we used to collect your dues on Jan. 1stevery year, but members wanted us to return to our older tradition of collecting dues the same time we collect the fee for our June show entry, so we made the change. Our dues remain a paltry $15, making us the best bargain around for all you poor starving artists!
Our current show at VCAM, curated by SEABA curator Sarah Drexler, is due to come down at the end of Feb. You can collect your artwork during regular business hours at VCAM, on Flynn Ave in Burlington, from Feb. 25 through Feb. 28th.
Sarah has put out a call to artists for the next show at VCAM, and she is inviting us NVAA’ers to participate. The theme of this show is Natural To Abstraction, and the show will run through May. Members can enter up to 3 pieces. Email Sarah at email@example.com to learn more about the theme and requirements for this show.
Well, I would love to stay and chat, but I must hitch up the sled dogs and mush over to the local store to fetch supplies, for the weatherman is calling for yet another Storm Of The Century for later on this week. Stay warm, everyone!
Robert Waldo Brunelle JR
February 17, 2019
Dear NVAA Members,
Below is an email from SEABA regarding a new Call to Artists to be held at VCAM. The show will run from March - May.
*NVAA members who are in the current VCAM exhibit who would like to be a part of this next exhibit may keep the same work there OR bring new work. YOU MUST CONTACT Sarah Drexler at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know and to get more information from her.
**NVAA members who are NOT in the current VCAM exhibit may submit up to 3 pieces for the next VCAM exhibit. YOU MUST CONTACT Sarah Drexler at email@example.com to let her know and to get more information from her.
Please see below for SEABA Call to Artists and guidelines:
From Natural to Abstraction
In this exhibit, we would like to express and show all forms of Beauty from the eyes of a variety of artists. Beauty is just a part of art but art is not always beautiful nor it has to be beautiful to be consider art.
Art, in its broadest sense, is a form of communication. It means whatever the artist intends it to mean, and this meaning is shaped by the materials, techniques, and forms it makes use of, as well as the ideas and feelings it creates in its viewers . Art is an act of expressing feelings, thoughts, and observations.
From its roots, abstraction should mean basically "something pulled or drawn away". So abstract art is art that has moved away from painting objects of the ordinary physical world in order to show something beyond it. Theories are often abstractions; so a theory about economics, for instance, may "pull back" to take a broad view that somehow explains all of economics (but maybe doesn't end up explaining any of it very successfully).
Call to Artists: Are you a Natural Artist, Abstract Artist or Naturally Abstract? Please provide up to 3 pieces of work (gallery style wired) Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your images for more drop off information.
Exhibit rotation is from March-May
President, Northern Vermont Artists’ Association