I have been excited about wood since I started exploring wood as a teen in California and in the Alaska wilderness, carving bowls and small expressive pieces. In my 20s I started teaching woodcraft in northern Vermont to adults and to children in a rural public elementary school. At that time I was moved to write about woodcraft as a vehicle for children in developing their creativity and self-empowerment.
Later I designed and built several saunas, a sailing dory and started sculpting furniture pieces including driftwood lamps, mirrors and chairs.
Recently I've been bringing my spoon and ladle carving workshop in a small caravan style studio wagon I built, out into the community. I have taught these workshops in the Alaskan wilderness, at Snowfarm Craft- Art School and will be teaching at the Carving Studio this spring in Rutland.
Carolyn Brown has a background in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. Having graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in New York City she has had a full 30 year career as an Art Director and Graphic Designer in both New York and Vermont. She taught Graphic Design at Champlain College and the University of Vermont. She also taught Drawing at the Community College of Vermont. She now runs workshops at different art schools around the country. Her most prolific work is a technique known as “collage painting” where she creates mixed media paintings through the use of mixing mediums such as paper, acrylic paint, and oil pastels. She comes to the Shelburne Craft School to share her passion for art and help others wanting to experiment using her selected technique and expressing their own artistic passion.
See my website at CarolynBrownDesign.com
Chris Ramos immersed himself in furniture making as an early student of the Vermont Woodworking School, studying under the prolific Bob Fletcher and other prominent Vermont craftspeople. Now working out of the Shelburne Craft School, Chris and his partner, Ryan Cocina design and build custom residential and commercial furnishings under the brand, Seral Designs. He returns regularly to VWS to teach introductory woodworking and is a resident instructor at the Shelburne Craft School. Chris is honored to share his method through community education, and his vision through his labor. SeralDesigns.com
For over a decade CLARK DERBES has salvaged large hardwood trunks from arborists in the area surrounding his studio and carved these trunks with his chainsaw, honing them into raw shapes and meticulously painting them with a variety of complex visual systems, patterns and patina processes to make dimensional sculpture in a variety of sizes. He uses new distributions of light and color to playfully shift space and undermine habitual viewing systems, asking viewers to question their perceptions and remain constant as the the separation between the public and the personal is dissolved by the joy of color and the delight of the unexpected.
Clark Derbes also makes paintings, works on paper and large public installations. He was born in New Orleans, LA in 1978 and raised in Baton Rouge where he remains closely tied to the community and where several of his large scale commissioned projects can be seen. He also makes large ‘self-commissioned’ public works designed to keep fluid the dialogue between free art and the material culture found in museums and other institutions. Derbes earned a BFA at Louisiana State University and exhibits extensively throughout the US. He has made his home in Vermont since 2002.
Dayna has studied and created stained glass and mosaic art for many moons. Beginning in the Bay Area of CA., she has worked alongside many talented glass artists around the country. Within her first few years in the field she found herself building commissions, teaching classes, restoring windows and creating her own pieces of glass art.
Dayna currently lives on her homestead in Bethel, Vermont with her husband and 2 children. As a teaching artist, she travels to art schools throughout Vermont and along coast of Maine, with a set of courses that she has developed. You can find a list of her classes and dates at www.daybreaksglassvt.com
Hi, my name is Dylan Fitzsimmons, an accomplished singer and songwriter who was been performing music solo and in bands for 15+ years. This summer I will be leading the Craft of Songwriting Workshop at SCS. I can't wait to share my love of music with the Craft School community!
Throughout my journey as a self-taught guitar player, vocalist, and songwriter I’ve had the pleasure of writing and performing many original tunes. I've found writing original songs to be a refreshing way of keeping my playing fresh and expressing myself through song. I believe that everyone can write and perform their own music, and that sharing music with fellow players is a wonderful way to connect and grow as a musician.
With the Craft of Songwriting Workshop I hope to share a practical framework for beginning to write one's own songs. In partnership with SCS, I also hope to develop a community of guitar players and songwriters who support one another in developing original tunes and playing in public. Hope to see you there!
FRANCES CANNON is a writer and artist of hybrid mediums, and is the author and illustrator of the graphic memoir, The Highs and Lows of Shapeshift Ma and Big-Little Frank, through Gold Wake Press. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop in nonfiction writing, and a BFA from the University of Vermont. She has a book of poems and illustrations, Tropicalia, through Vagabond Press, and a book of poems and prints, Uranian Fruit, through Honeybee Press. She has a book of graphic literary criticism forthcoming with MIT Press. She has also contributed to Vice, McSweeney's Quarterly, The Believer, The Lucky Peach, and The Iowa Review. You can find more of her work at frankyfrancescannon.com
Jen berger works as an interdisciplinary, community and socially engaged artist and educator. Using street, stage and guerilla theater, visual arts, painting, printmaking, puppetry, video for education and dialogue she seeks to raise awareness and intervene in social issues that affect us all.
Jen is also works as a teaching artist, working with students in, and out, of the public schools, who are in early childhood through adult aged students.
Joel Popadics is one of the nation’s top watercolorists. He is an advocate of watercolor and has dedicated his career to the advancement and appreciation of the medium. He is Vice-President of the prestigious American Watercolor Society (AWS) in New York City and a Past-President of the New Jersey Water Color Society.
Joel has been teaching aspiring artists, young and old, to reach their artistic potential through his watercolor classes and workshops across the country. His peaceful landscapes beautify homes, corporations and public spaces throughout the United States.
He has been featured many times in AMERICAN ARTIST, THE ARTIST'S MAGAZINE, WATERCOLOR ARTIST, and WATERCOLOR MAGIC MAGAZINES. He received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He is represented in some of the finest galleries in the Northeast. He resides in Wayne, NJ with his wife Patricia and their two sons.
Kayla's crafting skills evolved when she moved to Vermont in 2011 and joined UVM's Pottery Cooperative and began to explore fiber arts independently. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2015 she went on to farm and teach handworks at a Waldorf School on the Big Island of Hawaii. For three years she worked with children teaching knitting, crocheting, felting and a variety of other hand crafts. Kayla is excited to bring her experience in ceramics and fiber arts to the children of the Shelburne Craft School as one the new after school instructors.
Misoo uses “vulnerability” as a theme revealed through her emotional self-portraits, narrative fantasy, and abstract images. Exploiting her paints ability to be both fluid and to congeal in her technique, her large paintings explore feelings of fear in reaction to abuse, abandonment and neglect. In-between her painted layers and intricate mark making, Misoo weaves her stories of innocence lost together using threads from of her childhood nightmares, news headlines that scream tales of abuse and rape, her fear for her vulnerable young daughter, and the desire to escape into fairytale and fantasy.
Misoo graduated with her Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration on painting from Florida Atlantic University in the spring of 2014. Misoo has exhibited in shows at Scope, The Art Place Wynwood in Miami, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth, Boca Raton Museum of Art, The Gallery at Art House Delray, Las Laguna Gallery in California, Fresh Paint 7 in Tel Aviv, Israel, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley in Texas, solo exhibitions at Durham Arts Council in North Carolina, Bailey Contemporary Arts in Pompono Beach, and Living Learning Center Gallery of University of Vermont. In 2018, she will be in the upcoming solo exhibition at Palm Beach State College in Florida and Champlain College in Vermont. Her work has been reviewed in Boca Raton Magazine, Palm Beach Arts Paper, Sun Sentinel, The Palm Beach Post, The Chronicle: The Independent Daily at Duke University, Seven Days, and INDA 11.
Misoo Filan currently lives and works in Shelburne, Vermont and can be reached at email@example.com
Neil on his work:
The work I most admire is blatantly in love with nature. When I see Egon Schiele drawings I think, what else is there to do but draw people (or houses, chairs) with such devastating passion and intelligence?
When I get tired of working in the sky-trees-fields landscape style I think of Charles Burchfield. His openness and ecstasy before nature is humbling. Obviously all I can do is pursue my own awe. Wyeth said one’s work goes as deep and as far as one’s love. I believe that.