Northwoods art exhibit celebrates 26 years of stewardship

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A crowd gathered at the Northwoods Stewardship Center in Charleston on Sunday. Photos courtesy of Penny Thomas.
A crowd gathered at the Northwoods Stewardship Center in Charleston on Sunday. Photos courtesy of Penny Thomas.

CHARLESTON — A large crowd enjoyed the opening of the Winter Water Woods Art Show featuring 26 Vermont artists from the Northeast Kingdom and beyond at the Northwoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston on Sunday.

This show celebrates Northwoods 26th anniversary for two weeks, running February 22 through March 8, and featuring oils, watercolors, photographs, sculptures in stone and wood, and a lighted outdoor ice sculpture.

The festivities and art show opened with a wine and cheese reception, with the artists present to show and discuss their work. Each of the show’s artworks reflect the artists’ view of winter, water or woods. Snowy landscapes, wildlife, icy brooks and tree silhouettes make up a part of the subject matter.

A lighted, outdoor ice sculpture created by staff and student artists, greets visitors to the center and offers an igloo experience for the adventurous. Lighting is partially solar-powered and adds a whimsical feel to the sculpture.

Raffle tickets are on sale for a hand-carved walking stick or a woodland oil painting. The first ticket drawn has first choice of the walking stick or the painting. Winners will be announced on March 8 on the Northwoods website.

The show’s closing reception is on Sunday, March 8 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. with hot chocolate, a blazing fire and sledding provided.

Gallery hours: M-F, 3:30 – 6:30, | Sat. – Sun. 1:00 – 4:00 or by appointment.

Participating artists include:

Ben Barnes, oil on canvas
Diane Brown, photography
Michael Clookey, stone sculpture
Deborah Crane-Foote, oil on board
Cam Devereux, iron and rock
Kenneth Foote, acrylic on paper
Byron Geigel, oil on canvas
Doug Gimler, photography
Arlene Goldberg, stoneware
Kathleen Kolb, oil on canvas
Marjoire Kramer, oil on linen
Laura LaCroix, needle-felted wool
Rebecca Laughlin, pastel drawing
Kathryn Lipke, photograph with text, enhanced with colored pencil
Jim Maas, intricate bird carving painted in oils
Victoria Mathiesen, oil on canvas
Janet McKenzie, oil on board
John Miller, archival ink-jet print
Elizabeth Nelson, acrylic on canvas
Ashley Thompson, wood carving
Barclay Tucker, digital painting
Gustav Verderber, photograph
Kristen Wilson, digital photograph.