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Small Comforts for a Long Winter

Small Comforts for a Long Winter by Susann Foster Brown opened February 8 through April 5, 2014. This exhibit is a collection of Susann's etchings, quilts and her art pillows combining etching and quilting provide a more complete picture of the scope of her work.

Free RangeSusann Foster Brown houses her printmaking and fiber studio in an 1800s farmhouse, “Cellarbrook Farm”, on Plummer's Ridge in Milton, New Hampshire.

Born in Concord, Brown made it full circle to settle in New Hampshire after living and working for decades in New York's scenic Hudson River Valley. She holds a B.F.A. from Syracuse University (1966) and has exhibited her etchings in galleries and juried shows for the past 45 years. She is a State Juried Member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, and longtime volunteer at the New Hampshire Farm MuseumSummer Shoes

The natural landscape, antique architectural elements, and critters of every description are favored subjects for her detailed prints and drawings.

Sewing since she was very young, Brown delights in finding orphaned or abandoned quilt blocks and vintage fabric and creates Tribute Quilts by designing and constructing whole quilts from those solitary bits left in closets and yard sales. She also designs small quilts from contemporary fabrics to ward off the gloom of late winter.

Art pillows, genuine etchings printed on fabric, are each a one-of-a-kind amalgam of her love of printmaking framed by her skills as a hand quilter.Broken Dishes

“I see small things that strike me as beautiful. The overlooked, commonplace, eccentric, and time-worn things appeal to me. I have the pleasure of sharing them through my art.”

 

Free Range (upper right), Susann Foster Brown, etching and aquatint

Summer Shoes (middle right), Susann Foster Brown, etching and aquatint

Four Crowns (lower right), Susann Foster Brown, vintage cotton pieced and hand quilted