Chad Alan Heise, Heise Metal Sculpture

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Chad Alan Heise of Heise Metal Sculpture is an Exhibitor new to our Syracuse Holiday Crafts Spectacular this year. Read Chad’s introduction below, and come meet him in person at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, December 6, 7, & 8. Welcome, Chad – we are so pleased you are joining us!
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Proudly carrying the proverbial “torch” for my uncle, Bill Heise (who started Heise Metal Sculpture in 1966) I strictly adhere to his principles, using only recycled and repurposed metal, the majority of which is turn-of-the-century agricultural equipment and tools collected from the fields and farms of Vermont. Employing this unusual twist on the concept of “swords into ploughshares,” I assemble the various component parts to create sculptures with graceful lines and distinct personalities.

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The delicate lines of the sculptures often defy their rugged origins, and I feel I’m paying homage to the farm equipment which faithfully turned soil for years, as well as to my uncle, who discovered the unique shapes within these components, and who taught me to discover how those shapes could be given new life.

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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: 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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