The Jericho artisan holiday market returns to the community centerBy Phyl Newbeck For The Essex Reporter
After a hiatus of several years, the Jericho Artisan Holiday Market is returning to the Community Center of Jericho, which was its home for over two decades. Local artisans are happy the two-day event is returning to its roots. The show will begin with a reception on Nov. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. and continue on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For several years, the show was held at Mount Mansfield Union High School, but when members of the Community Center Board invited the artisans to return, they enthusiastically agreed. Event facilitator Carla Hochschild is glad to have the show come home to where it started. “This was never supposed to be just another craft show,” she said. “It was supposed to be largely for people who sustain themselves with art. Having the show at the community center also brings the community aspect of it into focus.”
Hochschild concedes the Community Center is a smaller venue than the high school but she doesn’t think that’s a bad thing. “People almost rub up against one another,” she said “and that can create an emotionally good feeling. We lost that at the high school.” Hochschild noted that sustainability is a current buzzword, but people usually think about it in terms of food, forestry and agriculture. “It works for the arts, too,” she said. “Vermont is known for its art, but we are also competing against imports. We appreciate CSAs and farmers’ markets and local breweries but artists are also part of the local economy.”
Hochschild said most artists contribute their wares for non-profit fundraisers so this is a chance to have their work purchased at its regular price. “Everyone is really enthused,” she said. “We spend a lot of time in our studios and we don’t get to see who our customers are. This allows us to visit with the people who buy our work.”
Some artists have presented at the show before while others will be at the Community Center for the first time. Included will be Hochschild’s archival boxes and albums, Bill Butler and Shannon Greenlese’s jewelry, Tracey Campbell Pearson’s books, Russ Fellows’ wooden bowls, Kevin Ruelle’s retro posters, Jerry Stoner’s sculptures, Carl Newton’s wood boxes, Andrea Hook’s pottery, Terry Miller’s knitted goods, Kristen Richland’s drawings and cards, Arthur Shelmandine’s food products and Anna Vasserstein’s sewn items.
Although the visual arts are being highlighted, other media will be featured. Local harpist Bonnie MacLeod will play on Friday night and the culinary arts will be featured in a bake sale to support the MMU music program. The Jericho Town Library will have their always-popular soup café. Hochschild believes some people have come to the event over the years solely for the food. As they’ve done in previous years, the library will have some tables and chairs so neighbors can sit with one another and enjoy hot soup and conversation.
One addition to this year’s event is the honoring of a local centenarian, Clara Manor, whose needlepoint artwork will be featured at the show. Manor’s daughter, June Taylor, said her mother has been creating needlepoint wall hangings for the last three decades. Most of her work has been given as gifts to family members and many of those pieces will be on loan for the show. Taylor said her mother did her last needlepoint at the age of 99. Manor lives independently in Jericho and is planning on attending the opening reception, which takes place shortly after her 101st birthday.
Potter, Andrea Hook, is on the board of directors of the Community Center and is excited to have the show return to that venue where she will display her wares for the first time. “I really enjoyed visiting the show when it was at the Community Center,” she said. “The atmosphere was festive and it was fun bumping into neighbors and seeing the talents of artists in the community.” Hook only attended once when the event moved to the high school, finding the atmosphere a bit sterile. “I’m happy to have the show back where it started,” she said.
Best in show
Bryan Memorial Gallery announces that John Caggiano of Rockport, Mass., won its coveted Alden Bryan Medal for Best in Show, for its 2014 Land and Light and Water and Air exhibition. The awards were juried by Gunnel Clarke, President of Erickkson Fine Art of Stowe and Boston, with Caggiano’s oil painting “Meandering River,” winning from a field of over 200 paintings. One hundred paintings were selected for the current exhibit. Caggiano won a gold medal and a cash award.
Cash awards were also awarded to Phil Laughline of Williston, for his oil painting “Cook’s Cove,” which placed second; third place was awarded to Margaret Wilson Kipp of Belmont, Mass., for her watercolor “Fruitlands;” and the first honorable mention recipient was Courtney Lachaussie of Essex Junction, for her untitled diptych.
Additional honorable mention awards went to Elizabeth Allen of Williston, for her oil “Clouds over Charlotte;” Robin Nuse of Hanover, N.H. for her oil painting “Farm Land;” Wendy Harris of Syracuse, N.Y. for her pastel “On High;” Bruce Conklin of Burlington, for his oil painting “Morning, Intervale;” Marilyn James of Essex Junction, for her oil painting “The Retreat;” Lynn Van Natta of Brownsville, for her oil “Late Thaw,” Susan Larkin of Isle La Motte, for her oil “Quarry Road;” and Robert Duffy of Worcester, Mass., for his oil “Duffy Road.”
The cash awards for Land and Light and Water and Air are made possible by the Mary and Alden Bryan Art Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation and a private donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The entries are submitted by artists from all over the U.S. and Canada, although the subject matter must be New England landscape painting.
Land and Light and Water and Air is on exhibit at Bryan Memorial Gallery through Dec. 28. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. between Oct. 16 and Dec. 28. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days. The gallery is also open by advance appointment. Bryan Memorial Gallery is located at 180 Main Street, Jeffersonville, VT. Contact the gallery at (802) 644-5100. Or visit online at www.bryangallery.org.
Clark and Caswell
Tim and Cathy Clark of Underhill, announce the engagement of their daughter Christina Clark to Calvin Caswell, son of Lorri Caswell of Essex Junction, and David Caswell of Jericho. Christy graduated from Mount Mansfield Union High School in 2011 and is a senior at Johnson State College in the Elementary Education Program. Cal graduated from Mount Mansfield Union High School in 2010 and is employed at Clark’s Truck Center as an Outside Parts Salesman and is a Lieutenant on the Underhill-Jericho Fire Department. A fall of 2016 wedding is planned.