2017 Artist of the Month Schedule

6x6 Panels March Featured Event:
"50 for 50"

Reception Date: March 24th, 2017 6— 8 p.m.

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, Exeter Fine Crafts is hosting a special 6”x6” Art Fundraiser for the month of March. In collaboration with our craftspeople and EFC community, this show will feature donated works of art, in a variety of media, with all proceeds going towards EFC’s education program. Our artisans have produced unique pieces of work in different mediums, transforming 6x6 panels into imaginative works of art. The work illustrates how many different ways creative minds can find to work with the same basic framework. Highlights include prints by William Mitchell and Victoria Elbroch, fiber art by Sarah Drummond and a one-of-a-kind pyrography piece, utilizing molten glass, by Alex Kalish. The work will be on display from March 15th through the end of the month. It will culminate in an Artist’s reception on Friday, March 24th between 6 and 8pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served as we celebrate 50 years of promoting craft and craftspeople alike. Admission is free and all are welcome. Founded in 1966, Exeter Fine Crafts is a nonprofit organization committed to keeping traditional handcrafted art a visible and vital part of our community. By purchasing one of these miniature works of art, you are helping make fine craft classes available to those who wouldn’t be able to participate otherwise. Honoring our 50th birthday, all 6”x6” pieces will be available to purchase for $50. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to purchase a unique work of art at a great price!

KBlackmerLilyWindow April Artist of the Month:
Kathleen Blackmer

Artist Visit Date: April 15th, 2017 12— 3 p.m.

Kathy Blackmer of “Our Glass Studio” creates both functional and sculptural pieces of art glass. Taking inspiration from her surroundings, Kathy enjoys depicting various places she has seen or experiences she has had through her glasswork. By combining color and texture, she can create a plethora of unique patterns, resulting in work full of movement, depth and dimension. Working with either stained glass or warm (kiln-formed) glass, her process can vary. Creating a stained glass piece involves cutting and fitting the glass pieces precisely, wrapping each piece of glass with an adhesive copper foil and then soldering them together along the length of the seams. Kathy then cleans the work and applies a Patina finish. Her kiln formed glass technique varies depending on whether the artist is fusing two or more layers of glass or slumping (heating glass at lower a temperature to achieve a desire shape.) The slumping process often involves the use of a mold to form the glass. Having worked with glass since 1981, Kathy combined her love of the medium with a Business Technology degree. Creating, “Our Glass Studio” in 1989, she teaches classes in stained and fused glass, sells raw materials & displays her own creations. A juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen, Kathy’s work can be found in galleries and private collections throughout New England.

TBreezeVerdantEarrings May Artist of the Month:
T. Breeze Verdant

Creating beautiful designs with woods, Paua abalone and fine metals, T. Breeze Verdant’s work echoes the natural landscape with compelling colors and patterns. A self-taught marquetry artist, T. Breeze (the “T” stands for Tom) uses very thin veneers, creating elaborate images and landscapes on boxes, guitars, jewelry and small tabletops. Not one to continue producing the same item over and over again, T. Breeze works in cycles, with his designs constantly evolving. Marquetry is the art of applying pieces of veneer to a surface to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. This process allows T. Breeze to work with rare woods without using much. "Little material travels through my studio doors," he says. "I like to work with veneers because there's no sawdust, no waste. They're sliced, not sawn. A piece of wood 1” thick produces 40 slices of veneer. I can create the greatest amount of beauty from the least amount of wood." T. Breeze’s aim has always been to create and share the beauty of wood while consuming very little of it. He started his woodworking experience by building a log cabin from his own trees and rocks and even built a second home using only materials from demolished buildings. This sentiment is carried on with T. Breeze’s art today as much of his work is made from scavenged and recycled woods. A jack of many trades, T. Breeze has been a full-time marquetry artist since 1988. A juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, his work can be found in fine craft galleries throughout the country.

DPOPPIEAOM June Artist of the Month:
David Poppie

Artist Visit Date: June 2nd, 2017 6— 8 p.m.

Exeter Fine Crafts is pleased to present David Poppie as our June Artist of the Month. Using disposable objects such as tea bags, matchbook strikes, plastic cutlery and more, David’s work transforms these disregarded items into extraordinary works of art. Through the gathering of the discards of contemporary culture, David asks the viewer to reconsider the function and value of these objects. He also reassigns their value by re-contextualizing them in an unique form of art. Preferring a Minimalist style, Davis also hopes his work serves as a commentary on the disposable nature of contemporary culture.

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