A pen and ink drawing of the O'Neil Family Farm's Percheron draft horses, Maude and Tony by Iowa artist William A Webber.
Stonehurst‘s newest piece of art:  a pen & ink drawing of 2 draft horses by Iowa artist, William A Weber.   My Dad loved this picture and Mom was kind enough to pass it down to me last weekend when I visited her in Plattsburgh.

A Boy & His Dream

This is the story of a boyhood dream.  It begins in 1937, during the “recession within the Great Depression”.  The first child of a hard-working young Irish couple from Johnson City, NY is sent to spend the summer on his grandparents’ farm in Dushore, PA.

The lad is tasked with feeding the chickens, weeding the garden and sweeping the dirt floors. But his favorite chore is helping plow the fields with a team of black Percheron draft horses name Maude and Tony.  For many summers, little Bob was delivered to the O’Neil Family Farm the day after school let out in June and returned to his parents in Johnson City on Labor Day weekend, just in time to start the new school year.  Driving and caring for the team of blackies quickly become his passion and thus the dream was born.

Dad and Aunt Joanie riding Tony at the O'Neil Family Farm in Dushore, Pennsylvania
Dad and his sister (Aunt Joanie) riding Tony at the O’Neil Family Farm in Dushore, Pennsylvania.  I have to say this gentle giant looks like he lived a much more strenuous life than the pampered pets who would follow in his footsteps some 60 years later.

“One Day I’ll Have My Horses”

The boy was my dad.  But farming wasn’t in the cards for him and like his parents he wound up raising a family and making a living in a small city.  “You mark my words”, he’d say “one day I’ll have my horses”.  We all laughed.

But, despite the years that passed and the naysayers and the remote odds, his dream never died.  In 1985, Dad flew out to Millersburg Ohio to meet with his dear friend Monroe Miller, a Percheron horse breeder.  He returned home driving a trailer with 2 young geldings, he named Prince and Tony.  The horses were Dad’s pride and joy. Although their plowing chores were few, Prince and Tony were often pressed into service giving hay rides and sleigh rides to local children.  They lived an honorable life.

Dad's Percherons pulling a sleigh at Christmastime in 1993. Plattsburgh, NY.
Dad and his Percherons, Prince & Tony, pulling a sleigh at Christmastime in 1993. It was a holiday tradition that our family cherished for many years. Plattsburgh, NY.

Driving the Team Back to a Farm: Stonehurst!

Last weekend when I went to Plattsburgh to visit my mother I saw this familiar drawing of the 2 Percherons that Dad had purchased from Iowa artist William A Weber.  I asked if I could relocate the boys to Stonehurst, which had been a working farm on and off for over 200 years.  It would be a fitting place for the horses to retire as Stonehurst in the 1930s would have been quite similar to the O’Neil Farm that Maude & Tony served at that time.  Mother agreed & now the 2 two horses hang on the wall looking out the windows of our showroom to the farmland that houses our sustainable furniture store today.

Come Visit Stonehurst and Meet Prince & Tony

Love horses?  Farms?  History?  Come visit us at Stonehurst!  You can enjoy the 109 acre plot of beautifully managed farm and forest land that’s now home to Prince and Tony.  And if you’re in the market for sustainable, American made furniture or Vermont made home decor, all the better.  See you in the showroom!

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

In yesterday’s blog post we introduced the Jazz Art collection of original silk paintings by Vermont artist Linda Marcille.  Today– a little more about how silk paintings are created, a short bio of the artist and information on how to acquire this remarkable collection at a “Vermont price”.

About Silk Painting

Who is this female jazz singer performing with a quintet?  Ella?  Sarah?  Nina?
Who is this female jazz singer performing with a quintet? Ella Fitzgerald? Sarah Vaughan? Nina Simone? Original silk painting by Linda Marcille, available exclusively at Vermont Woods Studios – Stonehurst.

Linda Marcille:

“Silk painting is an ancient Asian art form and it is very unique and mysterious. The silk itself is seemingly so fragile yet it is one of the strongest fibers in nature. There is also a serendipitous quality to painting on silk with dyes. The process never allows the artist to be fully in control or to know exactly the effect that will be created.

Painting on silk is an incredibly time-consuming and unforgiving medium. Just one drop of misplaced dye, or a broken resist line, and days of painstaking work are ruined. As challenging as painting on silk is, however, it is also one of the most rewarding art forms because the two-hour steaming process joins the fiber-reactive dyes molecularly with the silk, so the dyes take on the silk’s iridescent sheen. It is because of this union that silk paintings are able to produce an awe-inspiring range of reflective color that no other medium is capable of creating,”

Linda’s paintings feature the highest quality steam set French dyes from Europe, the finest crepe de chine silks from China and a one of a kind resist made only in New Zealand. Linda’s work appears in many publications. Her Jazz series has been showcased by the Guild of Silk Painters and featured in the Spring 2010 issue of their Journal.

About Artist Linda Marcille

Jazz trumpeter:  Miles Davis?  Dizzie Gillespie?  Original silk painting by Linda Marcille.
Jazz trumpeter: Miles Davis? Dizzie Gillespie? Original silk painting by Linda Marcille. Original silk painting by Linda Marcille, available exclusively at Vermont Woods Studios – Stonehurst.

In 2012 Linda and her husband, Don, built a beautiful home and studio on 36 wooded acres in Westminster, Vermont where they are slowing down and living a more simplified life.  The creative process has been a powerful healing force in Linda’s life, she strongly believes in the healing properties of art, both for the viewer and the creator. She feels that art must be made available to those with chronic & terminal illness as part of their treatment plan. Linda has been battling an autoimmune disease caused by advanced neurological Lyme disease since 2000.

How to Purchase Linda’s Paintings

Do you have the perfect spot in your home for this remarkable series of Jazz paintings on silk?  We are proud to be able to offer them for purchase here at Stonehurst over the next couple months.  These are the only jazz paintings Linda has done out of an extensive body of work over many years and she will not be creating more like them.  They are an investment sure to increase in value.

The original paintings are priced at just $1200 each to the person or family who will cherish and care for them.  We would prefer to sell them as a set or perhaps split them into two sets, if necessary.  Dimensions are 29″W x 25″H, matted and framed (actual image approximately 20″W x 15″H).  For additional information or to purchase please call Peggy, Liz or any of our sales team at Vermont Woods Studios.  Looking to buy just one?  We’ll talk.

This is an investment opportunity of a lifetime for jazz lovers and art collectors!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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.

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

susan osgood

susan osgood

 

 

Adding Susan Osgood to the Woods

A few weeks ago, Peggy wrote a blog about her chance meeting with Brattleboro artist Susan Osgood. Susan is an archaeologist by day and a painter by night, so her pieces all have character and a story. When Peggy told us about Susans work, we were intrigued and knew we had to get her work on our walls. So Douglas and I went up to meet Susan and pick out a few pieces to add to the showroom.

She certainly didn’t make the decision very easy on us. Susan does all of her painting right out of her home and showcases paintings throughout her house. Susan picked out a variety of paintings for us to choose from including small gallery-wrapped pieces to some larger ones in wood-framed glass and even a few painted on actual Egyptian graffiti! I personally fell in love with the graffiti art. It feels like we’re bringing a piece of history into our showroom. I’m hoping that our customers will love Susan Osgood Egyptian paintings as much as I do.

We ended up picking out nine exquisite pieces to display throughout the showroom. We choose pieces that we thought would look best displayed with our furniture. With our art consignments, we’re attempting to create a look that our customers will be able to identify with and want to create in their own homes. With our Vermont-made furniture, art, housewares and linens, we’re developing our showroom into the ideal, artistic Vermont home.

What other types of art would you like to see here at Stonehurst? Let us know on Facebook!

susan osgood

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Vermont Artists Profile

Janet Picard

What do you think of Janet Picard’s oil paintings? 

Welcoming Janet Picard to the Walls of Stonehurst!

You may have noticed from our past blogs that a lot is happening here at Stonehurst. New driveways, new furniture, new landscapes and new… art? One of the areas we have been exploring for our showroom is displaying beautiful, handmade pieces from artists across Southern Vermont. It’s our belief that our customers love the beauty and elegance of our handmade furniture, so showcasing our furniture with paintings and sculptures that evoke the same feelings just makes sense.

One of the artists that I had the chance to meet with this week and who will be showcasing her paintings in the months to come is Janet Picard. I discovered Janet’s work while browsing through a few artist groups located in the Brattleboro area. The pieces above really stuck out to me because it seemed to capture everything I love about Vermont’s forests.

Janet uses bright colors and expressionistic strokes to create unusual yet realistic paintings of landscapes, forests and flowers. Janet’s art is beautiful to look at and is a modern take on a traditional style of painting. Janet describes her paintings as “merging actual places with imagined visions.” After chatting with Janet for a while on Tuesday, Douglas and I agree that Janet will make a fine addition to our showroom and we think our customers will agree.

Janet has a showroom of her own at her studio in West Brattleboro right behind the Chelsea Royal Diner. Speaking of which, when she’s not spreading oil on canvas you can find her making ice cream for Chelsea Royal, which she and her partner own. If you haven’t been there yet, it’s worth stopping. Their menu features ingredients grown right on their own farm! They have free-range chickens, grass-fed beef and some very well fed pigs. What better way to absorb Vermont culture than to enjoy a plate of locally-produced cuisine and then take-in some gorgeous, Vermont inspired art.

We’re so excited to have Janet’s work gracing the walls of Stonehurst! She’s just one of a few artists that you’ll be able to see on display when you come to visit our fine furniture showroom. Stop by and check it out or be on the look-out for the arts section of our website, coming soon!

Janet Picard - Walls

I’m thinking we’ll put Janet’s pieces up right here! What do you think? 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.