Our annual Candlelight opening was a beautiful, festive premiere to the season of artful giving. Thanks to all who came to enjoy the evening and the artwork. Visit the Artist Studios throughout the season for truly special and unique gifts of art and artisan objects.
Artist studios are open 10am – 4pm on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturdays, Nov. 17, 24 and Dec. 1, 8 and 15.
Drezner Visitors Gallery will feature the works of Rosalia Lee.
The Pottery Spectrum was founded 20 years ago by four pottery friends. The number of partners has varied during the years from four, to three, and now consists of two of the founding partners, Betsy Gardiner and Ginny August. In the give and take of 20 years, Betsy and Ginny have remained the best of friends, and are working at their art.
Betsy and Ginny have different, but compatible styles. They work in stoneware and porcelain, making both functional and decorative pottery. Betsy’s work is closely related to nature, with leaves, ferns, and more. Ginny’s work explores new ideas, designs, and techniques, with the on-going search for the wonderful pot. In 20 years, both Betsy and Ginny have participated in many shows in and around Connecticut, and both have several sales outlets, aside from the showroom at their studio.
Betsy and Ginny have especially enjoyed the friendship and stimulation of their fellow studio artists. This has been a wonderful opportunity to share in the arts community at the Farmington Valley Arts Center. Betsy and Ginny are also glad to support the FVAC, which enables the Arts Center to provide such a unique resource to the public.
Now, Betsy and Ginny are starting on their next 20 years. Good potting.
Proving that camaraderie, mutual admiration, mentoring and support are some of the valuable benefits of having a professional studio at the Farmington Valley Arts Center, artist and social-media maven Dianne Zweig has been profiling many of her fellow Studio Artists on her website. Check it out here: http://cdiannezweig.blogspot.com/
The FVAC’s long-standing Artist in Residence Program provides free studio space for a three-month term to “emerging” fine artists or artisans seeking to explore new directions and enhance their creative vision. The FVAC defines an “emerging” artist as someone who has created a promising body of work and is dedicated to his or her art, but who is not yet recognized by educational institutions, galleries, collectors and critics. Furthermore, the artist must be in “need” of space to work and create.
Artists in Residence are selected based on the quality of their work, the goals they expect to accomplish through their residency, and their potential contributions to this vibrant cultural community. Frequently, the Artist in Residence has additional opportunities to teach, to participate in collaborative events, and to exhibit work.
Applications are now being accepted for the three-month period beginning November 1, 2012. Due to stipulations of a grant received in support of the program, only female applicants will be considered for this term.
To request a copy of the application packet, please call 860.678.1867 or email email@example.com.