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Accessible parking and entrance to VAULT is in the parking lot behind the gallery. (Entrance to parking lot is a few doors down on the right.) Best is to call us at 802-885-7111 so that we’ll expect you or ring the doorbell.
VAULT (Visual Art Using Local Talent) is a nonprofit visual arts organization and Vermont State Craft Center. In a former bank space, complete with a vault, we serve the community as an educational resource with our schedule of workshops and lectures.
We serve our artist community by providing a marketplace for their work. Both the gallery and the gift shop carry only original, juried, handcrafted local and regional artwork. VAULT was established to encourage an appreciation of the visual arts while furthering the revitalization of downtown Springfield.
Ross Meyer - Tulip Tree Turnings
A lifetime observing his dad create reproduction furniture and wood turnings instilled in Ross a desire to develop and hone his own wood-working skills. After graduating from high school, Ross pursued his interest in aircraft with a degree in aerospace administration and worked many years in the airline industry.
After returning home, Ross began to learn turning from his father and shared time in the wood shop as a partner-hobbyist. His ingenuity, attention to detail and unique vision create one of a kind pieces. They feel silky, which is achieved by hand buffing multiple coats of a totally natural finish made by Ross himself.
Ross’s concern for the environment, combined with his appreciation for the intrinsic beauty within pieces of wood that are unsuitable for lumber, has led to his using only “found wood”. Examples include burl, crotch and spalted finds, much of it gathered from his own property, as well as discards from saw mills, old pallets, and wind-falls from friends and neighbors. Woods like sumac, lilac, flame bush, bittersweet and yew that are commercially unusable bring variety to his work. Then with an eye for bringing out the natural beauty of each individual piece, and through use of handmade tools, Ross is ready for an amazing creation to emerge.
His work has been displayed in juried art shows, fairs, and several galleries in New England. Ross resides in Charlestown, NH.
Photo: Red Tail by Daniel Senie
Flights of Fancy
Gallery at the VAULT is proud to present a new Open Wall show "Flights of Fancy". This show includes beautiful photographs, paintings, jewelry, mixed media wall hangings, needle work and a beautiful scarf and useful woven baskets. Ask about the story of the hawk and about the butterflies. We are so grateful for our neighbors and friends sharing their awesome visions. You are sure to enjoy.
Open Wall is a non-juried show for artists living in a 30 mile radius of Springfield. The works will be on display until October 18.