Montpelier Art Walk Open Studio October 6

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Make your own Rock ART!

Please come to the Center for Arts and Learning on Friday October 6th during the Montpelier Art Walk for Open Studio festivities at the Lake Champlain Rock Art Studio and Exploratorium.  Create your own Rock art sculpture with materials provided.  Earth friendly!

Visit during Open Studio, Friday, October 6, 4 – 8:00 p.m.

Workshop – Friday, October 6, 7 – 8:00 p.m. 3rd floor

Center for Arts and Learning
46 Barre St.
Montpelier, VT 05602

Studio # 13 on the Ground Floor

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Along a Shore

All of my sculptures are made from rocks gathered along the shores of Lake Champlain. Lake Champlain lies between Vermont and New York and is the 6th largest fresh water lake in the United States.

Lake Champlain is home to a rich variety of rocks.  The bedrock of southern Isle La Motte in Lake Champlain consists of a 450-million-year-old fossil reef and this reef is the oldest reef in the world where corals first appeared.  This ancient reef is a National Natural Landmark and is protected in two preserves in Isle La Motte.

To find out more about the geology of Lake Champlain and to help preserve its rock record – please visit the Isle La Motte Preservation Trust.

 

 

Visit the Open Studio

studio window with display is Welcome Autumn – The ideal time to get on the road for Vermont Open Studio Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 14 & 15, 12:00 – 5:00pm.  Tour studios and create your own Art:

Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre, Street, Montpelier, VT 05602

Join me in the studio working on new pieces demonstrating how you can create and design your own piece with Lake Champlain Rock.

Triangles

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Triangles range from large to small – rough to smooth – acute to unilateral and everything in between.  Triangles are the building blocks for sail boats, angels, trees, stars and some very interesting towers!

 

The way these rocks create the same shapes  – over and over again – never ceases to amaze me.

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A Triangle is Born!

Red Rocks, Watering Holes, and Everything In Between

My friend Corie – a rock hound from childhood – discovered these metal balls and showed me how to find them. Finding one of these glittering balls is like finding a pearl!

I call the holes left behind – Watering Holes  and find these make nice bases for certain animals – like the Elephants.

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There is a a depression like this in front of the actual Hen Island in Lake Champlain.

 

 

I  also like rocks that have some of the metal left in place like the  Ruby Throated Heron

 

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The rock that became Grey’s head has one of the best “outcroppings” ever:

 

See Grey

I had the rock that became Grey’s head long before Grey was a twinkle in my eye. I call Grey my first sculpture because it was the first time I manipulated the rocks to be something other then what they are by themselves.  Given Corie’s connection to Grey – and Corie’s connection to the red rocks – it is fitting that Grey is a red-nosed cat,  with a very, very, shiny nose.

 

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Grey at peace in Corie’s garden – 2007