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Holly Berry Exhibit of Small Works

Holly Berry Exhibit of Small Works opened November 16 through January 31, 2014 with an open house Friday, December 6 from 5–8 PM, the night of Home for the Holidays Shop and Stroll Main Street 2013 in downtown South Berwick, Maine.
Who Needs Two to Tango

This exhibit features regional artists in an array of mediums including tapestry of Janet Austin, East Greenwich, RI; watercolor of Cori Caputo, Nottingham, NH; monotypes of Janet Carlson, North Hampton, NH: encaustic of Debra Claffey, New Boston, NH; etchings of Victoria Elbroch, Kittery, ME; etchings of Judith Heller-Cassell, Rochester, NH; mixed media collage of Ethel Hills, Hampton, NH; silk screens of William Mitchell, Dover, NH; mixed media of Laura Morrison, Concord, NH; tapestry of Suzanne Pretty, Farmington, NH; mixed media of Gail Smuda, Concord, NH; mixed media of Wen Redmond, Strafford, NH; tapestry of Sarah Warren, Jefferson, NH plus many regional artist.

Victoria Elbroch was born in Cheshire, England and traveled extensively as a child. She lived in India and Pakistan, but received her education in English boarding schools. Victoria spent many years in East Anglia on the East Coast of Britain; she held her first one-woman show in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, in 1972. She came to America with her husband, Lawrence, in 1973. He has always played a vital supportive role in her successful career.Kilim 3 Duet

Victoria studied etching at the Lock Haven Art Center in Orlando, Florida and at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. She also spent three years working with master printmaker, Loraine Moore. They traveled in the UK together and held a two-person show in Oklahoma City in 1980. Victoria started entering National Arts Festivals in 1978, and while raising two children, has had a very happy 35-year career making her living from her art.

Victoria has won numerous awards for her prints. Since arriving in New England, she has become a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. She currently serves on the League’s Fair Committee and North Country Studio Workshop’s Conference Committee.

Janet Austin got hooked on weaving in 1972 at Massachusetts College of Art. For eight years she wove functional items for sale, focusing on Color and texture. Feeling trapped in the horizontal/vertical grid, she earned an MFA in Painting; almost accidently the weaving and painting came together. Her tapestries grow out of her drawings and paintings.

Janet has been weaving tapestries since 1983, teaching classes and workshops, and serving in leadership roles for national and regional tapestry organizations.

My kilim tapestries are inspired by designs from the Turkish kilims in my home. Kilims are tapestry woven rugs, and I like the idea of weaving a tapestry of a tapestry. As in my other work, I use fragments of the designs. Historically, kilims were woven as far back as the 3rd century CE, all over the middle east; many of the motifs are ancient symbols representing the natural world (birds, animals, flowers) or concepts such as fertility.

Coming Home Wen Redmond is a mixed media artist whose work embraces several mediums including digital processes, surface design, and collage. She has utilizes digital technology in her work, and has created several signature Digital Fiber Techniques such as Holographic Images and Textured Photographs; an unusual use of fiber combining painting and digital media.

She employs a wide variety of photo-editing tools, to manipulate original photographs, merging images, layers and digitally fuses with photographs of her painted cloth.  She prints these directly onto specially treated natural fibers, various inkjet substrates to create unique photographic stitched textural constructions.

Sarah Warren states "I live in northern New Hampshire, in the foothills of the White Mountain National Forest.  From my studio, I gaze across my field up to the heights of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeastern United States. Burst of Seasons 2 My windows afford views of an array of fascinating cloud formations, sunrises, sunsets, alpine glow, and feasts of color as the days and the seasons morph.  I am constantly analyzing colors, patterns of light, and the angles of mountain ridges, imagining how to turn what I see into tapestry."

Sarah became a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen in January 2007.  Her tapestries are on display at five of their galleries.  She has exhibited her works in numerous juried and non-juried shows throughout the United States.  2014 will be her seventh year as an exhibitor at the Annual Craftsmen Fair in Sunapee, NH.

Who Needs Two to Tango? (upper right), Victoria Alberto, etching
Kilim Fragments 3 Duet (middle right), Janet Austin, tapestry
Coming Home (lower right), Wen Redmond, multi media
Burst of Seasons(bottom right), Sarah Warren, tapestry