Four Fun Fall Shows

Say that four times fast!  The fun begins with the South End Burlington Art Hop in Burlington, VT this weekend, September 6-8.  The Art Hop is a HUGE event with over 500 artists showing their work at over 100 locations!  This is the first year I’ll be participating at WND & WVS, a board shop at 688 Pine St., Suite C on the south side of the building.  That’s #19 on the map.

Deep Blue Sea mobile

Deep Blue Sea mobile

In honor of the location I’ll be showing one of my fishy mobiles “Deep Blue Sea” made from carved wood, fabric, paper and wire, in addition to other pieces.  There will also be another kinetic artist and 2 stained glass artists at our site.  We’re just a block north of Champlain Chocolates, so it’s an easy hop from us to them, or visa versa.  There’s even a free bus to take you up and down Pine St. on Saturday from 6:15 a.m. to 6:40pm, so be sure to visit!

 

Autumn is my favorite season when our local Vermont landscape explodes with color.  It’s a great time to visit Vermont and see our famous foliage so for the 3rd year in a row, the Vermont Crafts Council is sponsoring a state wide Open Studio Weekend, October 5 & 6.  Just like the spring version, artists will open their studios to share their work and process with whom ever stops by.  I will open my doors at The Granary, 29 Union St in Brandon from 10 to 5 on Saturday and Sunday.  You can watch as I find the delicate balance point in my mobiles and you’re sure to find some colorful, leafy kinetic sculptures cascading from the ceiling.  There are 7 local artists participating so it’s well worth you while to visit Brandon.  You can find state maps and details here.

 

The following weekend is the 30th Weston Craft Show on Columbus Day Weekend,  October 11-13, from 10-5 each day. Fall Flurry mobile This show features Vermont artists working in clay, glass, metal and other mediums.  This is my first time at this show with my kinetic sculptures and you will find me on the lower level.  Weston is a cute little VT town with a Vermont Country Store just 5 minutes from the show site.  If you’re out leaf peeping, this is the place to visit!  Find show details here.

 

I’ve decided to show only at the  Paradise City Marlborough show this year, November 22-24 at the Royal Plaza Trade Center.  This Paradise Show is more intimate than the Northampton show and features every kind of fine art and craft with approximately 200 exhibitors.  Just in time for the holidays, its the perfect time to shop for friends, family and yourself!  Please visit me in Booth #422, where you’ll find my mobiles and kinetic sculptures and kinetic wall pieces too.  You’ll find a $2.00 coupon toward admission here.

Enjoy the cooler temps of Autumn and I hope to see you at some of my Four Fun Shows!

Kinetic art in Woodstock, VT

If you’ve never been to Vermont, the village of Woodstock is the quintessential small New England town complete with a town green,  towering church steeples and lots of small shops and inns.  IMG_0322Here at 46 Central St is the Collective Gallery, an artisan owned and cooperatively run art gallery.  I have the pleasure of showing my kinetic sculptures at Collective for the 2013 spring and summer seasons as a guest artist.   The gallery is housed in an historic building where flax was milled into linseed in the 19th Century.  It overlooks the Kendron river which flows through town and was probably a source of water power in those early days.  The gallery opened in 2006 with 12 artist members who share the running of the business.  IMG_0323

 

They have a high ceiling which is perfect for displaying my mobiles.  Here a a few photos of the art you can find there.

 

Autumn Balance mobile

Autumn Balance mobile

Autumn Shower mobile hanging in the back of the gallery

Autumn Shower mobile hanging in the back of the gallery

Honree mobile pays homage to Henri Matisse

Honree mobile pays homage to Henri Matisse

Fall Flurry and Dusk hang above the other art

Fall Flurry and Dusk hang above the other art

Kinetic Art and Mobiles- Spring Show Line Up

Copper & leaf fw I’ve been scurrying around the studio this month working on new mobiles for lots of upcoming shows.   I am loving a new material – copper tubing-recommended by my friend  and artist Mark Poulin.  The copper adds a wonderful warmth to my kinetic sculptures, especially when paired with hand painted organza.

Here’s a look at where and when I’ll be showing my kinetic sculptures and mobiles this spring.  I have 4 new galleries of Art and Fine Craft showing my sculptures.  They are:  Handworks Gallery in Acton, MA, Worldly Goods in Portsmouth, NH,  Heartwood Gallery in Saluda, NC and Show of Hands Gallery in Denver, CO in late spring.  I’ll also be a featured artist at the Collective Gallery in Woodstock, VT for the spring and summer seasons starting in April.  If you’re in the neighborhood please stop in and tell them I sent you.

In addition I’m preparing for Craftboston’s Spring Show, April 19-21 at the Seaport World Trade Center.  This show is a harbinger of spring with 200 artists showing their hand crafted art and fine craft over the weekend.  Then in May I’ll be part of a 2 person show : Nature Reflected in Water, Line and Form at the Brandon Artists Guild in Brandon, VT.  The show will run through the end of June.  Since all my new work will be in the gallery  you’ll find me there for the annual  VT Open Studio Weekend, sponsored by the Vermont Crafts Council- May 25th & 26th.  So there’s the line-up.  I’ll have more info and images as each show date approaches.  Stay tuned!  Or follow me on Facebook for the latest news.

Kinetic Art – Fall Show Line Up

Today I head to Northampton, MA for the Paradise City Arts Fest.  This year the fair falls on Columbus Day weekend, so it’s a great time to take a drive to see the foliage and discover some great art.  Here’s a piece I just finished in time for the show.

Kinetic wall sculpture

I started it months ago, but couldn’t resolve how to finish it until I printed the colorful paper that I incorporated.  Some how it all fell into place then.  This kinetic wall piece is approximately 54″ H x 16″ W x 9″ D and is made of foam board, wood, reed and hand painted papers.  I’m still pondering what title to give it.  Suggestions?  Come see me in booth #808 this weekend to see this and other sculptures.  If you can’t make it I’ll also be showing in NYC at the American Craft Show in the Jacob Javits Center, October 19, 20 & 21, booth # 142 and the Paradise City Arts Fest in Marlborough, MA,  November 16,17,18, booth #352. See you at the show!

American Craft Show NYC – Here I Come

I just received notice that I was accepted into the American Craft Show NYC at the Jacob Javits Center

Blue Hole ©Patty Sgrecci, 22′ x 16″ x 6″

in NYC this fall.  Yippee! This is exciting news as I’ve never done a NY show and I’m eager to see what the response to my kinetic sculptures will be.  There are two other shows simultaneously running at the Javits: the Contemporary Art Fair NYC and Art Off the Main, a show of African, Caribbean and Latin American art.  This will be an art destination October 19, 20, & 21!   There’s lots to do between now and then as I work on new designs to unveil there.  Stay tuned for that.  In the mean time here is one of my recent kinetic wall pieces: “Blue Hole” made from foam board, wood, papers and fiber.  NYC, here I come!

Mobiles Installed for Emergence Show

Installing “Spin Dr” in The Great Hall

Two of my largest mobiles are now hanging in The Great Hall at One Hundred River Street, Springfield, VT as part of their Great Hall grand opening “Emergence” show.   Formerly known as the Gear Shaper building this factory  was the site where gears were machined from the late 1800s until 1960 when the company moved.  The building remained empty and deteriorating until 2008 when John Meekin and Rick Genderson bought the building with plans to transform it into a downtown hub.  They totally renovated it, turning it into a community health center with The Great Hall reserved for large public art works.  With 25′ ceilings this is a dream space for a kinetic artist.  The show is up until November 1st, so if you’re in the area stop in to see my two mobiles: Spin Dr and Jubilation.  Other artists exhibiting are: Rick Hearn, Scot Borofsky, Robert Carsten, Robert O’Brien, Oliver Schemm, Carolyn Enz Hack, Stephen Procter and Tapestry Weavers in New England (TWiNE): Suzanne Pretty, Betsy Wing, Sarah Robbins, Priscilla May Alden, and Eve S.Pearce.

What’s Hatching in Brandon?

Rockin’ Rooster © Patty Sgrecci

“What’s Hatching in Brandon?” is this year’s community art project for the Brandon Artists Guild, which I am a member of.  Stop by the gallery at 7 Center St. all summer to see all kinds of barnyard fowl sculptures and paintings donated by Guild members.  I have several carved and paper mache chickens and roosters on display, while they last!  Featured here is my “Rockin Rooster”  made from hand painted papers, wood, wire, reed, screen and paper mache.  Using a friend’s rooster as a model I hand painted and applied each feather!  It was fun looking for just the right color and texture to represent each feather.  Money raised goes toward local scholarships and maintaining the gallery.  This show runs through September 29th when it will end with a Silent Auction and Barn Dance at the Brandon Town Hall.   Auction preview at 6pm.

Mobile at the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Art

I am thrilled to be showing at VTICA– The VT Institute of Contemporary Art in Chester, VT.

Contango © Patty Sgrecci

I just installed “Contango” in the front window of the gallery.   This kinetic sculpture is made of hand painted papers, reed, wood and fiber and measures 65″ H x 28″ W.  As you can see light and shadow add an extra dimension to it.  It will hang for the duration of “The Uncommon Thread” contemporary quilt show.  There’s so much color and texture to see in this show that you should be sure to make the trip to Chester.  It runs through October 21st.