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Fall Open Studio Weekend Reception (Essex)

Event date: 
Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Come meet the artists at our reception to celebrate the Vermont Crafts Council's Fall Open Studio Weekend at The Gallery at Phoenix books. Light fare provided. Reception is open to the public. Join us for a fun evening and check out some local talent.

We'll be featuring work by:


Donna Kunkel's realistic art relates to her surroundings - mountains, animals, flowers, and visual landscapes.  Her paintings are mixed media - watercolor, pastel, ink and acrylic.  Her paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibits and have been selected in juries regional shows where she received a blue ribbon for her pastel of "Mt. Mansfield" at the Champlain Valley Fair, first place for her watercolor "My Summer Refuge," and many other awards. Donna is a member of the Essex Art League (past president, treasurer).

David Scrase was born in England, where he developed wood-working skills at an early age. Growing up in a house with no electricity and, as a boy of about twelve, with no money, he built his first lathe from an old treadle sewing machine. Finding it well nigh impossible to treadle and turn at the same time, he enlisted the aid of his poor mother who treadled, while he attempted to turn, albeit not very successfully. But he was hooked and much later, after emigrating to the US, he acquired a cheap Delta lathe and began to turn seriously about twenty years ago. He produces vessels of all shapes and sizes, as well as cutting boards, napkin rings, bud vases, bracelets, rings, cake stands, and funeral urns.

Cindy Gage Stotz is a self-taught watercolor artist who was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by creative people, especially her mom. She began painting in her mid twenties while traveling the country in a motorhome. When she and her husband came home after a year of traveling she started Studio C, a small greeting card company. Cindy lives in Underhill with her husband, two daughters and an assortment of creatures.

Ashley Barbeau describes herself as a country girl, and that is where she started taking photos of all her farm animals. "I have a love for all animals, but most of all horses," she says, "and I love taking photos of every single one them. I love to bring out the different personalities of each and every animal I take pictures of, and the action that they give. Horses have always given a sense of calmness, love, and true character - not only of themselves but of their riders as well - in great detail throughout their pictures. I enjoy the versatility that each animal gives to me when I take their photos."

Event address: 
21 Essex Way Ste 407
05452 Essex Junction