On view March 3 – May 28
Opening reception: Friday, March 9 from 4-6p

Muse: A personified force that is the source of inspiration for a creative.

Three Vermont artists reflect on spirit guides, journeying, introspection and winter’s quiet; where inspiration and magic live side by side, and a deep appreciation for the natural world permeates everything.

Amanda Weisenfeld is a traditional rolling and pounding hand felter. For three decades she has created functional art that is a deep pleasure to experience. Crows, ravens, foxes, birch trees and the Scandinavian Tomten who cares for all farm animals are reoccurring images in her work. Weisenfeld makes every effort to support local Vermont sheep farmers and her favorite fleeces are Navajo Churro, Cotswold, and Border Leicester.

Jess Polanshek’s illustrations are an escape into the world of an imagined forest with intricate patterns and vivid color. They start with a vaguely sketched animal that slowly grows into a visual story filled with curiosity and magic. Along with a traditional arts education, Polanshek has spent time traveling internationally which has been a great influence for her artistic progression. Within these different environments, Polanshek’s art has always revolved around elements of northern forests and the creatures that inhabit them. Focusing on high detail and loose realism, her art has evolved into an illustrative and whimsical style, with a strong focus on the beauty and intricacies of the natural world.

Kristin Richland paints and illustrates woodland creatures that possess characteristics of fragility and strength; creatures who have appeared in oral traditions around the world for thousands of years, who are familiar yet always wild. Her series of 8×10” paintings began a year ago as studies in colored pencil. She revels in the effects of light and shadow and is inspired by the cold pink sky before a winter’s sunrise, the moon warming a thin layer of clouds and strange light in icy woods. In each piece a single bear or rabbit appears, standing sentry, alone and waiting. Richland attended the Maine College of Art and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Images Above:
1. House of Fox, Jess Polanshek, framed print
2. Guides Encounter, Kristin Richlan, ink on paper
3. Snowflake Dreaming, Amanda Weisenfeld, Navajo Churro