Rufus Porter, inventor. Painting by Martha Stevenson of Londonderry, VT.

From Londonderry, With Love

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Dave Celone

Folk Artist Martha Stevenson to Visit River City, July 7

It may not be a long trek, but it highlights just how vibrant has become River City (a/k/a White River Junction), VT and its thriving arts scene. From Northern Stage's world-class theatre productions, to the College of Cartoon Studies, to a plethora of artists who inhabit the studios of the Tip Top Building on North Main Street including its Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, now comes one of Vermont's highly  celebrated folk artists, Martha Stevenson from Londonderry, VT. 

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You've probably seen Martha's artwork before, either on a gallery wall somewhere around Vermont, in a VT Welcome Center along an interstate, or in a friend's home or ski house you may have happened to visit. Hers is work that captures the feel of Vermont's natural landscape and beauty in true folk art style. Yes, it's stylized, but Martha's style is all her own. Okay, perhaps with one exception, and that is her reproduction work of Rufus Porter's murals found around New England.

Rufus Porter Wall Mural (from Wikipedia)

Porter decorated some 160 homes with his murals, including many in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. He was also an inventor who came up with new ideas for items like a camera, a corn-shelling machine, clocks, a life preserver, and a cheese press. Interestingly, he invented the revolving rifle and sold his rights to it to Samuel Colt for $100! See: for more Porter info.

Now, Martha picks up in the Porter tradition, reproducing many of his murals that were once painted and stenciled exclusively on plaster walls in large scale. Today, Martha's work is acrylic on canvas, and it includes Porter images reproduced in fine art quality that can be placed on any wall in a home.

Springtime, Stratton Mountain. Painting by Martha Stevenson.

In addition, Martha has a folk art style all her own that she'll put on display beginning July 7, a real First Friday treat for visitors to White River Junction that day, from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Her work will remain up and showing on the Long River Gallery & Gifts Artist of the Month Wall at 49 South Main Street through August 31. The opening reception will include refreshments, and an opportunity to chat with Martha directly. For more images of Martha's work, please Click Here to view Martha's Folk Art website. And Click Here for a event posting for this artist opening reception.

Explains Martha on her website: 

"I moved to Vermont after having lived in many big cities in the midwest, south and southwest.

Inspired by the quaint villages, beautiful countryside and breathtaking mountains of Vermont, I started painting traditional folk art scenes.

My work grew to include painted furniture, murals, grain painting and faux finishes on furniture, boxes and other decorative objects.

My work has been shown in Vermont at the Weston Craft Show,Weston; Peru Fair, Peru; Camelot Village, Bennington; John McLeod, Ltd., Wilmington; Mountainside Photo, Stratton; Gallery 103, Chester and Artist's Guild of Manchester. and of course at my own shop located at 1379 Reilly Road, Londonderry.

I am a member of the Vermont Art Council.

I have an Associate of Arts degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in Art from the University of Texas at Austin. I am also a retired attorney, have been a volunteer EMT and a Hospice volunteer.

I am happily married to my husband, Bud, have 2 children, 3 grandchildren, 3 step-daughters and 5 step-grandchildren."

Now, River City is about to benefit from our creative neighbor from Londonderry, to whom we send our abiding love!

The Lake House II. Painting by Martha Stevenson.


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