Original silk paintings of New Orleans jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone.  Vermont artist, Linda Marcille.
Linda Marcille’s original silk paintings of New Orleans jazz legends now proudly hang in our Stonehurst fine furniture and art gallery.  Who is the legendary jazz singer above?  Ella Fitzgerald? Sarah Vaughan? Billie Holiday?  Post your answer on Facebook.  These paintings are available for purchase at Vermont Woods Studios for a limited time.

Stonehurst Fine Furniture and Art Gallery

We’re feeling very lucky today.  Our Stonehurst fine furniture and art gallery has been graced by the entire collection of Linda Eaton Marcille’s original New Orleans Jazz silk paintings.

Jazz in Vermont

Who is this legendary jazz and blues guitarist?  BB King?  Buddy Guy?  Robert Johnson?
Who is this legendary jazz and blues guitarist? BB King? Buddy Guy? Robert Johnson?  This collection of original silk paintings by Linda Marcille, is available exclusively at Vermont Woods Studios – Stonehurst Fine Art Gallery.

You might not think of Vermont as being synonymous with Jazz but we actually have quite a respectable jazz and blues community here.  Burlington has hosted the Discover Jazz Fest annually for the last 30 years, proudly featuring such jazz legends as Sarah Vaughan, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Branford Marsalis, Diana Krall… I could go on but you can get the whole run down here on the Discover Jazz Fest website.

Just down the street, we have the Vermont Jazz Center at the Cotton Mill in Brattleboro, VT which is now in its 37th year.  Founded by legendary guitarist Attila Zoller, the Center is now run by pianist, Eugene Uman and features a summer jazz workshop,  monthly concert series, Wednesday night jam sessions, and frequent collaborations with area schools, jazz art organizations and businesses.

Linda Marcille’s Jazz on Silk Series

Who is this famous jazz singer?  Billie Holiday?  Sarah Vaughn?  Ella?
Who is this famous jazz singer? Billie Holiday? Sarah Vaughan? Ella Fitzgerald?  This collection of original silk painting by Linda Marcille, is available exclusively at Vermont Woods Studios – Stonehurst Fine Art Gallery.

It’s not surprising then, that some of America’s most beautiful (and quite possibly the only) jazz paintings on silk come from Vermont.  They are the artistry of Linda Marcille, an award winning artist from Westminster, Vermont whose acclaimed artwork hangs in public and private collections, across the country and internationally.  Now, for a limited time these beautiful and unique paintings on silk are available for purchase at Vermont Woods Studios.

Jazz lovers and art collectors:  hurry to see these paintings at Stonehurst!  I promise you will not be disappointed.  This is world class art.  Read about the interactive and unforgiving nature of the silk painting process in tomorrow’s blog post.  Even at the hands of a master, silk paintings like these can take weeks or even months to complete. The images are created with French steam set dyes that shimmer on the charmeuse silk and the jewelry in each painting is created with a metallic resist called gutta that sparkles like real gold!  This is an unbelievable opportunity to acquire a collection of original silk paintings of your favorite jazz masters at a Vermont price. This is an unbelievable opportunity to acquire a collection of original silk paintings of your favorite jazz masters at a Vermont price.

Who is this jazz singer? Ella Fitzgerald? Sarah Vaughn? Billie Holiday?
Who is this jazz singer? Ella Fitzgerald? Sarah Vaughan? Billie Holiday?

Can You Identify the Jazz Musicians in Linda’s Paintings?

Who do you think the guitarist shown above most resembles?  BB King, George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian, Robert Johnson or Buddy Guy?  How about the sax player?  Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker or John Coltrane?  Give us a shout on Facebook and let us know what you think.

Stay tuned for more jazz paintings on silk tomorrow, including  a mystery trumpeter and a female singer with quintet.

 

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Robin-chase-furniture-vtFriday Douglas and I traveled around Vermont to check in with a few of our fine furniture makers.  Our last stop was at Maple Corner Woodworks to see our friend Robin Chase.

Robin’s been crafting beautiful fine wooden furniture for over 25 years and it’s always fun to visit his workshop in pastoral Calais, Vermont.  Besides seeing all of his works in progress we got to tour the Maple Corner campus and meet the furry sentinels that guard and patrol the grounds (see photo).

It was a very productive meeting and it didn’t hurt that it was in a setting of Robin and Annie’s herbal gardens and central Vermont’s rolling hills.

I see Robin’s furniture as a reflection of his own demeanor: elegant,
refined and genuine.  He’s a master at combining authentic Shaker sensibilities with modern, contemporary design.  Check out his furniture creations on our website:

Cherry Moon Furniture Collection

Vermont Made Shaker Furniture Collection

American Made Shaker Collection

Each of Robin’s pieces is backed by the craftsman’s lifetime guarantee.  Let us know which ones you like most on our Facebook or in the comments section below.

 

Maple-corner-woodworks

This is Robin Chase’s Maple Corner Woodworks shop where our Cherry Moon Furniture, Vermont Made Shaker and American Made Shaker collections are made.

 

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Vermont Fine Furniture Design Competition
All entries for the 2013 Vermont Fine Furniture Design Competition are due no later than September 27.  For details and an entry form, go to the Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition website.

Calling all VT Woodworkers:  it’s time to enter the 2013 Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition.  On it’s 10th year anniversary, this woodworking festival can boast of being a prestigious, well-respected venue for representing woodworkers and designers throughout the Green Mountain state.

Got a  creative woodworking project you’d like to show off?  Put it out there with the best Vermont has to offer and see how it stacks up.  Entry forms are available online and fees start at just $15 (but the first one’s free for VWMA members).  What have you got to lose?  And who knows, you could be the next woodworking sensation!

Fine furniture and wooden accessories must be made in Vermont by Vermont woodworkers to be eligible.  Judging will be held on September 28 from 10-4pm with an Awards Reception at 6pm at the Union Arena in Woodstock, VT. Previous press for winners has included articles in Fine Woodworking Magazine, Furniture World Magazine, Vermont Home Style Magazine and Design New England Magazine.  You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.  Check out the details on the Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition website.  See you at the awards reception!

 

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Martin Corbin | Website Developer by Day | Musician by Night
Martin Corbin, website developer extraordinaire: with Stephanie Salasin (left), and performing on the mandolin (right).  Martin is our newest member of the IT/Website group at Vermont Woods Studios.

Selling handmade furniture online is considered preposterous by many. Fine furniture must be seen in person for one to appreciate the quality and workmanship that goes into each piece.  But at Vermont Woods Studios we’ve been hard at work making an exception to that rule for 8 years.  Much of our success is due to the talented group of web development professionals we’ve managed to persuade to join our cause– and Martin Corbin is the newest among them.

Martin’s interest in computers and digital art began when he was a young boy. As an adult, he enrolled in a PC repair course and entered the IT field, first working for a local computer shop then going freelance.  Martin enjoyed experimenting with digital art, and eventually combined his interests into designing websites.  However he hasn’t left his creativity behind.  On his personal website he shares a bit about his artistic side:

“I was raised in an artistic household and began drawing at an early age. My mother Rita Corbin was already an established artist before I was born.  I watched her work daily and used what I learned to try to make my own drawing come to life…. My approach is simple: draw or paint what I want, when feel like it, and don’t worry about how it comes out. Simple as this is, not over thinking remains a challenge. I believe this relaxed approach makes the process more enjoyable while still allowing for great results.”

Martin Corbin | Vermont Artist, Musician and Web Developer
Martin Corbin, Vermont Artist, Musician and Web Developer.  Help us welcome Martin to the Woods by giving him a thumbs up on Facebook!

I want to know how to relax and get as much accomplished as Martin has.   In addition to his expertise with computers, programming and art, he is also an accomplished musician.  We know Martin as a die hard Phish phan but I’ve recently learned that he has a long history with music.  During Brattleboro’s heyday, he was in a band called The Weld, playing acoustic, instrumental jazzgrass music at The Common Ground Restaurant and McNeill’s Brewery.  You can check out his artwork and music on his website, MartinCorbin.com.

We feel very fortunate to have Martin working with us at Vermont Woods Studios.  Stop by our fine furniture and art gallery at Stonehurst to see samples of his artwork.  And help us welcome Martin to the Woods by giving him a thumbs up on Facebook!

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Vermont Contemporary Painter | Susan Osgood
Vermont Contemporary Painter, Susan Osgood Susan Osgood creates beautiful, colorful oil paintings (on paper, canvas and wood) inspired by such muses as snakes, rivers, hands and maps.

Last week Dennis and Kelsey and I went to Mondo MediaWorks in downtown Brattleboro where owner, Luke Stafford was hosting a Vermont Life Magazine Pitch Party.  Such a cool idea:  Mary Hegarty Nowlan and her staff from Vermont Life were traveling around the state inviting people to pitch their artwork, businesses, personal stories and such– for possible inclusion in future magazine issues.  So we pitched our Stonehurst Fine Furniture and Art Gallery story.  But the best part of the evening (other than free pizza, beer and wine) was getting to meet and hear the stories of many unique, talented and fascinating Vermonters.

Susan Osgood was one of them. She creates beautiful, colorful oil paintings (on paper, canvas and wood) inspired by such muses as snakes, rivers, hands and maps.  Susan showed us photos of many of her contemporary works and discussed the challenges of trying to make a living as an artist.  As with most artists, Susan has a second job.  Lucky for her (and the rest of us) it’s also in the art world.  She works for the University of Chicago’s archaeological project in Luxor, Egypt and has spent the last 25 winters there drawing the carved and painted reliefs of ancient tombs and temples.  Susan also worked on the KV 63 Tomb Project, (the first new tomb to be discovered in the Valley of the Kings since Tutankhamun’s in 1922) creating drawings of the coffins.  Wow, can you imagine being entrusted to record and interpret these pieces of human history dating back 3500 years or more?

As I listened to Susan’s presentation and that of several other artists, I was thinking of an article* written earlier this year, by Dave Ackert of the LA Times and realizing how true his words are:

“Artists are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime…. Every day, artists face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every role, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life – the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because artists are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that line, that laugh, that gesture, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Artists are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.”

Agree?  Tell Susan thanks for all the hard work she’s put into touching our hearts, opening our minds and stirring our souls.

*  Thanks to another Vermont artist, Linda Eaton-Marcille of Crow House Studio for re-posting Dave Ackert’s article on her facebook.

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