Artist Spotlight: Jane Chenaille, Quilts by Jane

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In the days leading up to Craftproducers Autumn Arts Festivals, we are profiling a few of the participating Exhibitors.
If you are an Exhibitor and you would like to see your information here, email amanda@craftproducers.com.

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Jane Chenaille is a new Exhibitor with Craftproducers Festivals. Based in Granby, MA, Jane designs and creates beautiful quilted works, including bed and wall quilts, table runners, hotpads, and napkins, and a line of aprons that are now sewn by her husband. Meet Jane at the Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival, beginning Friday, October 4, at the Practice Tee at Riley Rink in Manchester VT.

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When people ask you what you “do”, how do you answer?
I’m a quilter

What mediums do you work with?
Mostly fabric. Hand embroidery with Redwork.

How would you describe your work?
Sewn items: Bed Quilts, Wall Quilts, Table Runners, Aprons, several sizes, and specialty items for special orders.

What are you trying to communicate with your art?
To provide my clients with quality sewn items at reasonable and fair prices.

What do you want your work to accomplish?
I need to create my own satisfaction in producing high quality items for my customers.

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What are you most proud of?
The many and varied facets of crafting through sewing, and serving my client base.

How long have you been exhibiting at Arts Festivals?
12 years

How many shows do you do each year?
As many as 20, and as few as 15, Depending on the year.

How long have you exhibited with Craftproducers?
This is my first year.

What aspect of Festival life do you most enjoy?
Meeting new crafters and people who enter my booth.

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Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to create things. From mud pies when I was a child to the quilts and sewn items I create today. Unfortunately, most of what I do today is for resale so I can only enjoy it until it finds a “new home”.

Which creative medium would you love to pursue but have not?
I’ve never learned or been taught, TATTING.

Do you have a designated Studio? How does this space inspire or contribute to your creative process?
No studio. Just craft fairs, website, and Ebay or other sales outlets.

What is the best advice you ever received about how to be more creative?
My grandmother told me, many, many years ago to be yourself, and create what you love.

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Visit Jane Chenaille’s booth at the Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival.
You can also find her work online at www.qualitysewingbyjane.com.

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Artist Spotlight: Caryn King

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In the days leading up to Craftproducers Autumn Arts Festivals, we are profiling a few of the participating Exhibitors.
If you are an Exhibitor and you would like to see your information here, email amanda@craftproducers.com.

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Caryn King will be at the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival with her lovely and gently humorous animal paintings. With bright colors and minimal backgrounds, these paintings are reminiscent of vintage graphics, while also being detailed realistic portraits. The artist clearly loves animals, and you will love her work! Here is Caryn…
I paint mostly animals. I find it hard to resist starting a new painting every time I see a great looking cow, sheep pig, cat etc. Many of the chickens I paint live by my studio door so getting good reference of chickens is easy!

My paintings are contemporary folk art, realistically painted animals with personality. I am concerned with finding emotion and individuality in my paintings and feel I have a mission to share the wonder and love I feel for animals.

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I first did Craftproducers fairs over thirty years ago although at the time I was working in clay and my business was called Claydreams. Through the years since I studied and received a BFA at  Massachusetts College of Art, worked as an illustrator, moved to Vermont and taught art in Southern Vermont schools. For the last 8 years I have concentrated on painting. My studio is in South Newfane where I welcome visitors and students.

Artist Spotlight: Kimberlee Forney Art

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In the days leading up to Craftproducers Autumn Arts Festivals, we will be profiling a few of the participating Exhibitors.
If you are an Exhibitor and you would like to see your information here, email amanda@craftproducers.com.

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Kimberlee Forney finds her inspiration among the beautiful Vermont landscape, within music, animals, people, and her daily surroundings. Texture and color are used in her creations to not only convey mood but to also represent the surrounding energy. For Kimberlee, being an artist is more than just about creating art. It is also about using her artwork to help benefit the lives of others. She spends a portion of her time promoting awareness about the “silent epidemic” of TBI (traumatic brain injury) and child abuse in our society. Every year, another 2 million persons in America sustain a brain injury and little assistance is available.  Kimberlee is also concerned about the epidemic of generational child abuse and the need for swift and appropriate action by our social systems to protect the children and end the cycle.

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When people ask you what you “do”, how do you answer?
I create…paintings mainly.

What mediums do you work with?
Acrylic on canvas…wood.

How would you describe your subject matter?
Colorful animals and ambiguous figures embedded in a joyful and playful world of solid color or intricate backgrounds.

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What are you trying to communicate with your art?
Harmony. Peace. Laughter. Joy. Lightness. Love.

What do you want your work to accomplish?
Bring a smile to the viewers face and inspire others to create.

What are you most proud of?
Using my art to promote peace and well-being in real-world situations.

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How long have you been exhibiting at Arts Festivals?
My first show was probably 10 years ago…and within the past couple years I have been expanding my show schedule to many kinds of festivals in different areas.

How many shows do you do each year?
This year about 20…but next year, perhaps more…

How long have you exhibited with Craftproducers?
Not sure…maybe 5, 6 years.

What aspect of Festival life do you most enjoy?
A lot of it.. traveling to a new place…meeting people…sharing my work with people.

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Which creative medium would you love to pursue but have not?
Perhaps some sculpture…but I think stained glass could be interesting too…

Do you have a designated Studio? How does this space inspire or contribute to your creative process?
I do have a space but it is not open to the public.  I work out of a basement, so there is little natural light in the space…perhaps that is why my paintings tend to be bright.

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Find Kimberlee Forney online at www.kimforney.com and on facebook.
Meet the Artist and see her wonderful, inspiring work in person at the Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival, October 4-6 at the Practice Tee at Riley Rink in Manchester VT.

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Artist Spotlight: Eli Helman

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Eli Helman is a self-taught, outsider artist with an original style of pen & ink drawings he calls Maximalist. Combining an eclectic blend of nature, animal and musical themes with hints of surrealism and a cartoon-ish sense of humor, he weaves a highly detailed and intricate array of decorative and folk art inspired shapes, patterns and images to create a stunning visual experience that is both whimsical and thought provoking.

What mediums do you work with?
Pen & Ink drawing.

How would you describe your subject matter?
Eclectic subjects ranging from nature, landscapes, trees and animals to humanities, music and humor.

How long have you been exhibiting at Arts Festivals?
This is my 4th year exhibiting at art festivals.

How many shows do you do each year?
I do 25 to 30 shows each year.

How long have you exhibited with Craftproducers?
This is my second Craftproducers show.

What aspect of Festival life do you most enjoy?
I enjoy the traveling and meeting interesting people all over.

Which creative medium would you love to pursue but have not?
I would love to learn more about 3D art — sculpture in particular.

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Eli Helman will be exhibiting at Craftproducers’ Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival, October 4-6.
Learn more about Eli and purchase his work online at www.elihelman.com and be sure to like his page on facebook!

 

 

Artist Spotlight: Sebastian Sweatman

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In the days leading up to Craftproducers Autumn Arts Festivals, we will be profiling a few of the participating Exhibitors in this space. If you are an Exhibitor and you would like to see your information here, email amanda@craftproducers.com.

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Sebastian Sweatman is a contemporary American painter who lives and works in Stowe, Vermont. He works with acrylic on canvas, paper and wood. Sebastian was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and paints in a self-taught, expressionist manner.

We asked Sebastian a few questions about his work…

When people ask you what you “do”, how do you answer?
I paint large canvases.

What mediums do you work with?
Acrylic paint on canvas, paper and wood.

How would you describe your subject matter? 
In the past I focused on figures and faces. 2013 marks a transition for me to mainly abstract subject matter.

What are you trying to communicate with your art?
My current paintings are about life. I try to use color, form and position to portray feelings, issues and relationships.

What do you want your work to accomplish?
I have always had difficulty expressing myself with words. I want my work to convey ideas that I would otherwise not be able to communicate.

What are you most proud of?
I feel like I am making good progress towards expressing interesting and important ideas in my art.

How long have you been exhibiting at Arts Festivals?
6 or 7 years.

How many shows do you do each year?
I am planning to do at least 2 Craft Fair type events per year.

How long have you exhibited with Craftproducers?
3 or 4 years.

What aspect of Festival life do you most enjoy?
As a painter I do not get enough feedback on my paintings. I am interested in any and all feedback.

Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
I don’t recall the exact ‘a-ha moment’. I feel like I have always been creating something, even if the result was not a physical thing.

Which creative medium would you love to pursue but have not?
Large scale installations that don’t require energy, are interesting to look at and change based on some variable. I have some specific thoughts and would like to collaborate on a idea/project in the Burlington area.

Do you have a designated Studio? How does this space inspire or contribute to your creative process?
I have had a studio space of some sort for the past 10 years. I currently am painting in my garage. I do like the garage setup mainly because of the proximity to my family. But low ceilings are tricky with larger works and I am planning to build a painting barn nearby.

What is the best advice you ever received about how to be more creative?
Don’t give up on art.

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Sebastian Sweatman will be Exhibiting at the Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival in Manchester VT, October 4-6.
You can find his work online at www.sebastiansweatman.com or on his instagram feed.