Brattleboro, Vt. - Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery, now in its 40th year, announces its July exhibition. In addition to the fine art and contemporary American craft of more than 350 artisans, the gallery will feature the kinetic wire sculpture of David Lang and exquisitely carved wooden reliefs by Dominic Koval at Brattleboro’s monthly Gallery Walk on July 6.
Owners Susan and Greg Worden invite you to visit the gallery at 106 Main St. in Brattleboro when you’re in Southeastern Vermont and see first-hand the quality of the workmanship on display. Whether it be oil paintings, watercolors, egg temperas, acrylics, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, blown glass, wrought iron, clocks, pewter, turned wooden bowls, hand-crafted furniture including a comfortable rocking chair that conforms to whoever sits in it, photographs, lamps, scarves and fiber arts, or hand-fashioned wedding and commitment rings, Vermont Artisan Designs is a gallery not to be missed.
For the month of July, featured artists include master carver Dominic Koval from northern Vermont and sculptor David Lang from Cambridge, MA.
Lang will be displaying motion-sensitive sculptures that come to life as visitors pass by.
In an artist’s statement, Lang notes: “At first glance, the sculptural work seems complicated, yet reads with a great deal of elegant simplicity, grace and ease. It is also quite narrative; each tells a story. Most of the work is kinetic, activated by a motion sensor and the presence of the observer. The movements are slow and subtle, and often unexpected. The pieces themselves are sometimes both whimsical and serious, graceful and somewhat awkward. Everything in my work is understated and at the same time conspicuously complex. There is a balance between the machine and observer who becomes an active participant. Virtually all of the work has complex visual interactions and interferences taking place and yet everything does interact smoothly, if not by very small margins. I use miniature motors, hand made gears, levers, pulleys and almost any material that could heighten the visual sense of unlikelihood.”
One reviewer wrote: “If you have an opportunity to see David Lang's work, especially his sculptures, do. They appear to be very simple and complex at the same time, and they also have a nice, subtle sense of humor. Viewers of all ages enjoy his work.”
Koval, whose studio gallery is in Lake Elmore, VT, His wall-hanging sculptural carvings are intricate almost beyond belief, according to one viewer. The six carvings on display for July at Vermont Artisan Designs include two winged dragons against a background of lace-like carving; four sisters – three women and a leopard; and a woman with butterflies.
Vermont Artisan Designs is open seven days a week at 106 Main St. in Brattleboro, a town recently voted the No. 11 Best Small Town in America by Smithsonian Magazine and voted one of the Top 25 Best Arts Towns with populations under 100,000 by readers of American Style Magazine.
In addition to the monthly first Friday Gallery Walks, Brattleboro hosts numerous concerts and activities including the annual Strolling of the Heifers in June, a village celebration in July, a well-regarded literary festival in October and ongoing concerts at the Vermont Jazz Center.
Source: Vermont Artisan Designs
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