CERF’s “At the Ready” Fund

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For 30 years, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, or CERF+, has helped artists get back on their feet after personal and natural disasters. Providing immediate financial aid through grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment, CERF+ allows artists from all over the USA to get back on their feet and back to creating.

Donations to CERF+’s “At the Ready” Fund will be matched by the Windgate Charitable Foundation. Help support American Artists and keep our creative economy strong. Donate to CERF+ today!

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.