Weis graduated from American University in Washington D.C. in 1973 with an MFA and the David Lloyd Kreeger graduate prize in painting. He taught at Northern Virginia community College campuses before moving back to his home base in Minnesota, taking a position as an art instructor at Rainy River Community College for nearly nine years. His next moves led him to the Comparative Arts department at Ohio University, then to Anderson University in Indiana and finally to Green Mountain College, here in Vermont, where he taught from 1989-2010. While teaching painting, drawing and foundation courses at GMC he received a Fulbright Scholars Award to South Korea and a Fulbright Project award and a Fulbright Senior Scholar award, both for follow-up work in South Korea. He also did a residency at Aberystwyth University in Wales.
Dublin's paintings are inspired by nature, snippets of conversations, extrasensory perceptions, social untruths and mythology, the play of light and color, feminism, love and loss, metamorphosis, and how all these things mix in in a contemporary world.
My collage studies began with paper scraps from the studio floor. I use found and hand printed or painted papers arranged carefully to provide contrast and cohesion within a white space. The collages are spontaneous, but sometimes contain surprise or favorite elements.
All collage works are 5" x 7", framed and $40
I am interested in the peculiar intersection of the past and the future. Cross-cultural and time independent archetypes are the universal symbols that capture and express this phenomenon in the present. My work is about expressing these eternal truths in physical form.
"Creating allows me to connect with myself and with others, to express what has meaning in my personal journey. Inspired by the ephemerality of life, my works are studies about endurance, patience, contemplation, awareness, introspection, forgiveness and acceptance."
"Ideas are the basis for my art. Without ideas, there would be no act, composition or meaning; there would be no art. Expression succeeds the ideas that are more than the sum of their elements. When they are expressed well, they can become feelings or symbols, or, in time, both."
Barrack Evans is a graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production Arts. He has studied photography at the International Center for Photography in New York City and the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA.
For me art is an abstract vision of how I feel about a subject, a life experience, a new creation with the excitement of sharing something special with you, the viewer!
I’ve been designing and building water sculptures since I was very young. I started with found materials, which I glued and welded together and gave away to friends and family. I have transitioned into a more “serious” mode, and now fabricate my water art in stainless, aluminum, acrylics, stone and other materials.
“My recent paintings are dealing with planes of space that convey implied places of interest, beauty and wonder. Often a painting begins as I glimpse a particular textural field through a screened or rainy window. A visceral desire to connect to nature, learning to change and flow through seasons with light, color, texture and form, guides my choices."
"I am inspired by the work of non-representational artists like Hans Hoffman, Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline, and others of that genre, and inspired by their direct approach to applying color and paint to canvas, boards, and paper. Painting is a new thing for me, we'll see where it goes ... "
"It is my intention to translate the world I see into sculpture, into some form that I can relate to, that I hope others can relate to and to give form to an idea or feeling. It may start with a gesture, a landscape, a laugh, a sad event, or a wonderful memory. To attempt to create a complete effect, I often combine humor with a sense of sincerity or gravity, perhaps through a title or the sculpture itself or a combination of the two."
In the studio I work on the margins of what I know about painting and paint, searching for the not known. Nonrepresentational and abstract painting, unfettered with literal images, on a good day may become a carrier of emotion and small joys.
John Richey is a New York-based visual artist and curator who makes work using themes and images borrowed from various personal collections. Originally from southwestern Arizona, he holds degrees from the University of Arizona and the University of California, San Diego. Richey has exhibited domestically and abroad and his work was profiled in Art Forum Internationals “Best of 2004” print publication. Richey has attended artist residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Studios at MASS MoCA. Over the past decade he has held professional positions at New York galleries and fine art foundations including Marian Goodman Gallery, Greene Naftali Gallery, the Keith Haring Foundation, and Pace Gallery
Painting has always been a pleasure for me. Often it has been a struggle too. But when I have gone back into my studio and looked at the result of what I did the previous day and felt the satisfaction of achievement, I have experienced great pleasure.
My work reflects the immediacy of the present – neither reminiscing in the past nor moving towards the future. It is entirely me. Here. Now. A native of Poland, Longina Smolinski has an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland. For over twenty years, she has lived in Vermont, with her family. There, she has maintained a studio where she actively pursues painting, manages a small design business, and continues to sculpt.
My paintings reflect a mixture of moments gleaned from past or present experiences. The results are expressed in a blending of abstraction and figural lines. In combination, these elements infuse my work with a curious ambiguity.
Michael Watson is a multidisciplinary artist who engages with found objects and natural materials such as plywood, rice and fire to produce process-based abstraction and installations that embrace destructive and regenerative processes. Watson received an MFA in fine arts from Parsons School of Design in 2013 and a BFA in painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2006.
There are times paintings just demand to come off the wall to engage the viewer in a very tactile reality. The work exhibited in stART Space represents my need to follow that urge. I’ve been exploring this avenue for well over 40 years. Although it is not the only path I follow, it has definitely been a recurring one.
Michael Williams, a native of Washington, moved to Vermont in 1972 and has lived and worked in South Dorset since 1985. "
I view my job as an artist as a commitment to explore and extricate whatever unique vision my eyes afford by staying open to the intuition that allows the senses to lead, stimulate and challenge my perception."