Come to Gallery at the VAULT to gear up for and get a taste of what will be at the Springfield Steampunk Festival in September. What is it? Steampunk is a mix of Victorian fantasy and fun with some science fiction thrown in as well. It is retro/futuristic, gear/steam related. A perfect match for Springfield. VAULT's show includes hats and jewelry which you can wear for the festival as well as craft and fine art related to the genre. Artists Lynette Carsten, Sloane Dawson, Tim Campbell, Sue Carey and Freida Post have used their imaginations to create art you are sure to enjoy. We also have Martha Welch's beautiful vintage button jewelry.
The show will run from July 15 through September 16.
The Festival is September 11, 12, 13.
Two main venues ... Great Hall and the Hartness House Inn.
Features Work and Videos by Select Frog Hollow Artisans
Look for the traveling gallery housed in a retrofitted 1969 Airstream parked across from Gallery at the VAULT (68 Main St. in Springfield) on Thursday, August 27 from 11 to 6. Step inside this vintage Airstream to see the dynamic exhibit of artists featured in the series The Artists of Frog Hollow. Utilizing the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects' Archistream (a traveling mobile education facility crafted from a 1969 Airstream) as a traveling gallery, Frog Hollow, Vermont’s first State Craft Center, is hosting this mobile Artsteam exhibit currently touring the state. The Artists of Frog Hollow series was created over the past three years and consists of four to ten minute profiles of individual artists providing an intimate connection to the people behind the craft. Samples of each artists work will be on display. The video profiles will be playing on loops via different Archistream installed media devices.
Gallery at the VAULT is currently featuring an exhibit by one of the Artstream artists, Susan Raber Bray. Susan’s ceramic sculptures, many of birds, are made with white clay bodies, carved and burnished, then fired to 1800 degrees. Next the pieces are pit fired in sawdust and straw that has been soaked in salt. This firing can take anywhere from 4 to 24 hours, depending on weather conditions.
Participating Artists of Frog Hollow are David Hurwitz – woodworker, Carol MacDonald – printmaker, Susan Raber Bray – ceramic, Aaron Stein – metal, Steven Bronstein – blacksmith, Mark Elliot Schwabe – steampunk jewelry, Mark Dabelstein – woodworker, Victoria Blewer – photographer, Wendy James – digital collage, Eric Nelson – glass, and Norton Latourelle – woodcarver.
Gallery at the VAULT, a Vermont State Craft Center on 68 Main St. in Springfield, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 5. It will remain open until 6:00 on August 27, the day the traveling Artstream will be in Springfield.