Hollywood. Art. Windsor VT
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Another touch of Hollywood has come to the Upper Valley. When actress Angelica Huston's film producers needed some authentic Vermont art to use in their film ("Trouble," set in Vermont, also starring Bill Pullman), they selected three works by local artist Cindy Griffith. One of them, Rays of Sunflower, (above) now hangs at Arabella Gallery and Gifts on Main Street in Windsor VT.
Arabella opened in December 2103 and is owned by Dianne Culbertson. Art abounds, and includes work by local New England artists. There are paintings--watercolors, pastels, oils,--pottery, sculptural reed work, sun catchers in the window (several, incidentally, by Cindy Griffith), handmade soaps, puzzles, scarves, and jewelry by four different designers. Culbertson, has, in her words, "dabbled" in various art forms over the years, and has done and taught Japanese sumi-é painting. She is now a metalsmith with a studio in Windsor; she produces and sells her own jewelry in silver, copper, and brass.
Culbertson's bracelets in copper.
Culbertson's sister, Kimberly Kent of Oregon, exhibits her encaustic paintings at Arabella. Encaustic, which was something new to me, is a method of painting in which the artist mixes pure beeswax and rich pigments, then applies the mixture to canvas. The colors are unusually vibrant; the medium doesn't cozy up well with direct sunlight or the too-near heat of a radiator.
Sanguine Way by Kimberly Kent
Arabella keeps a corner for books by local authors, like Joe Citro, who prefers the oddments of Vermont. (Don't you wonder what those are?) He and fellow author Robert Waldo Brunelle have a new book scheduled for publication just in time, and appropriately, for Halloween. Culbertson is planning a book signing at the gallery.
Books by author Joe Citro
Not all of Windsor's art is indoors. After a visit to Arabella, I took a short drive through the town and ended up at the old train station, home to the dinner-only Windsor Station restaurant. There are some old and beautiful arched windows.
Detail of arched window at the old train station in Windsor
Somewhat improbably, on the other side of the tracks are three large outdoor sculptures. My husband immediately identified one as akin to another that had graced the garden of the Aidron Duckworth Museum in Meriden NH. We picked our way across train tracks and a narrow grassy area and his hunch was confirmed. It was a piece by sculptor Herb Ferris. I've learned a little about how it came to be there, just enough to know that it's a story all its own. I hope to bring that story to you here, and soon.
Innsigli (Seal) by Herb Ferris, 12 feet long, hop hornbeam, and with a sweet golden face
Arabella Gallery and Gifts is located at 65 Main Street in Windsor VT. It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. For more information about artist Cindy Griffith, click here. Sculptor Herb Ferris's website can be found here.
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