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Unraveling and Turning: Climate Cabaret 2013

Virtual gallery of visual art from 350VT's 2013 climate cabaret in Montpelier

Nora Stoelting

on 25 September 2013

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Transcript of Unraveling and Turning: Climate Cabaret 2013

Unraveling and Turning: Climate Cabaret 2013
Virtual Art Gallery

Produced by: Pete Nielsen
Directed by: Celina Moore and Linda Patterson
Virtual gallery: Nora Stoelting

Sally Linder
Political and environmental activism is a vital component of Linder’s artistic process. In a painting career spanning forty years her work has taken her to many corners of Earth. With the indigenous tribes in the jungles of Borneo, Madagascar and Cameroon she ceremoniously buried her paintings of 23 primates lost in the Philadelphia Zoo fire.

Within hours after 9/11, she began a two month 650 mile walk along with Earth Charter supporters delivering the 1000 pound Ark of Hope to the United Nations. With the Ark, which represents her visual expression of the Earth Charter, she has travelled throughout the US, Europe and India utilizing art to teach the principles of the Earth Charter. In 2002, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa, the youth of Johannesburg’s informal settlements and she gifted the Ark to the world.

Since 2010, her passion and artistic focus has been the Arctic, primarily its polar bears, and their struggle in this warming climate. The Natural Resource Defense Council utilizes her polar bear images in their literature. This summer she traveled with National Geographic to Svalbard in the high Arctic to bear witness.

Her art strives to provide us with the opportunity to turn around so that we may discover who the others are and our connection to them.

Breached Sacred Geometry
The Closing Chapter
Call and Response
Kevyn Cundiff
I am a stained glass artist specializing in pet portraits. I minored in studio art at the University of Texas in the early ‘70s. I started doing stained glass in the early ‘90s—a friend dragged me to a class. I fell in love; her piece is still unfinished under her bed, as far as I know. I took a few years off to have a baby—babies and stained glass really don’t mix—and what with one thing and another, it took a move to Vermont and the acquisition of a basement to get going on my art again; my baby was now 10. I decided to focus on animals. With my pet portraits I try to depict a special moment—a snapshot, in glass. Stained glass, strangely, seems to capture animal essence excellently. The stillness that animals achieve lends itself to the crispness of glass. Moments, seized. __Yet, glass is fluid, and animals flow. Mysteriously, impressing us with their grace. And their goofiness. Especially dogs. The most serene dog can give a grin and get a laugh. And, playing to the laugh, I include a favorite toy in a lot of my pieces. Pet's props. Even the proudest cat has a plaything. Possibly you. Although my commissions are usually of pets I also do abstract pieces to please myself: megaliths, body parts, dogmas. I have had shows in many galleries around Vermont and New York. I have permanent shows at the Burlington Red Cross Donation Center, August 1st, Doggie Styles Pet Grooming, Milton Vet, and the Chittenden County Humane Society.

Sword of Damocles
Nancy Taplin
I studied at The Rhode Island School of Design and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where I won a European Traveling Scholarship. I have won a number of fellowships, three from The Vermont Studio Center, and have shown my work in New York, Philadelphia and New England in small museums, galleries and universities. I am currently affiliated with the BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vermont, where I have had two solo shows and have been in numerous group member shows. My most recent show, April 2013, was at The Robert Lehman Arts Center at the Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts where I was the artist in residence.
The Evolutionary Story
Janet Von Fleet
Janet Van Fleet is a self-taught artist from Cabot, Vermont who produces
two distinct bodies of work. Her wall-hung works, called Circular
Statements, use buttons and other disks in wire grids that have been
described as "the architecture of spacetime." She also creates
freestanding figurative works, known as Curious Lifeforms, assembled
using wood, wire, and found objects. Van Fleet grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, studied briefly at the Art Institute of Chicago, then earned a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Education. She is a founder of Studio Place Arts (SPA) in Barre, Vermont, where her studio is located. She has been a Vermont reviewer for Art New England, and is a founder of Vermont Art Zine. The Vermont Arts Council awarded her Creation grants in 1996 and 2005, and in 2010 she traveled to Nagoya, Japan for On the Planet, an exhibit in
connection with the UN Conference of the Parties to the Convention on
Biodiversity. In 2013 she will be working in residence in Western Australia.

A Float in the Parade
Shelley Warren
Shelley Warren earned an MFA in Sculpture from Yale School of Art and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. She is a recipient of a New Jersey Council of the Arts Grant, Art Matters Foundation Grant, and a Rutgers University Center for Innovative Printmaking Fellowship. Shelley was also granted a residency at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York. Her multimedia installations and videos have been exhibited in numerous venues nationally and her work is in several private and public collections including the Lannan Foundation Collection.Warren’s Buddhist Studies in the Himalayan regions of India and Nepal, beginning in the 70’s, is evidenced throughout her work. Her multimedia installations display the metaphoric tensions between ephemeral video projections merging with seemingly static material. Warren’s work explores the question of human nature, identity and sanctity.
Ricki Moss
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, BA University of Chigago, MFA Vermont College of Fine Arts. Grants from the Vermont Arts Council, Island Arts, Arts Matters (NYC), residencies at the Woman's Studio Workshop and The Vermont Studio Center, adjunct teaching in community colleges. Long career exhibiting in ceramics and encaustics, working in paper since 2006. I'm interested in exploring the idea of reciprical perception: if we look deeply into the heart of our planet we feel its response. What one takes from this experience - guilt, joy, separation, heartbreak, glory, a sense of this marvelous, biodiverse planet - it is up to the viewer.

Moving In, Moving Out. A Parade.
Galen Cheney
Galen Cheney has been painting professionally for more than 20 years. After receiving her MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, she lived in Italy then criss-crossed her way across the US doing a variety of jobs, from magazine editor to bronze foundry carver to teacher, custom framer, and massage therapist, all the while continuing to paint. She has received numerous awards and fellowships for her painting, including a nomination for a 2013 Joan Mitchell Foundation grant. Recent exhibitions include Helen Day Art Center, BCA Center, Fleming Museum, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, West Branch Gallery, and The Painting Center in New York City.
The Lost Wood
David Hurwitz
David Hurwitz is a self employed furniture designer and craftsman in Randolph, Vermont. In addition to his furniture work, which tends to be very sculptural, he has also made sculpture for the past 28 years, and has been a life-long activist and organizer for peace, justice and environmental causes. His work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums around the United States, including the Houston Center for contemporary art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Wharton Esherick Museum and the Bennington Museum. His work is in public and private collections throughout the United States and in private residences in Canada and Europe.

David has a BFA (192) in woodworking and furniture design, with a minor in sculpture, from the School for American Craftsmen, College of Fine and Applied Arts, at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York.
Blair Rayfield Borax
Blair Rayfield Borax is an Environmental Studies and Studio Art double major at the University of Vermont. She works in a wide range of mediums including but not limited to photography, digital media, painting, drawing, mixed-media collage, and sculpture. Going into her senior year, her work has been exhibited at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, in the Livak Gallery and Colburn Gallery at UVM, and published in three volumes of Vantage Point, the biannual UVM literary and art journal. She has worked as an ‘Eco-Rep’ at the University of Vermont, educating peers about environmental issues and helping them to reduce their impact on the planet, and has recently joined the VPIRG team to work on the GMO labeling campaign! Going into her third year as the art curator of the Davis Center, Blair has curated several exhibits, included her most recent ‘Created by Earthlings, Inspired by Earth: A Group Art Exhibit in the Context of the Warming World.’
Shrine to Imperialism
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