Chandler Gallery: Feast for the Eye And All the Other Senses, As Well

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Arts / Dec. 16, 2010 12:53pm EST


A snowflake photograph by Stu Hal is among the visual treats at the Chandler show. Hall puts an actual flake on black velvet, dusting around it with a feather, and then takes a photograph.A snowflake photograph by Stu Hal is among the visual treats at the Chandler show. Hall puts an actual flake on black velvet, dusting around it with a feather, and then takes a photograph.

By Dian Parker

Walking into the Chandler Gallery is a feast for the eye. Hanging on the walls and displayed on draped tables are gifts made by 51 Vermont artisans. Christmas music plays in the background while you wander at your leisure to sniff fragrant handmade soaps or feel soft fleece jackets and felted hats.

There is much to see in this Artisans Bazaar where the care and attention each artisan gives their work is evident.

So much to choose from—like Laughing Moon chocolates and Loominations’ handwoven towels. Zug Glass studio offers hand blown hanging and standing vases. Sarah Munro’s silk scapes painted on silk can be hung in a window or on the wall. There are crazy shaped pillows from Shape Shifta pillows, dried flower wreaths from Spruce Lane Farms. Mary Conrad’s elegant red osier bush wreath, perfect for an all season wall hanging.

Glazed pottery. Handmade potholders. Paper Dragon ornaments and cards of peace cranes. Farmhouse truffles and Fat Toad Farm caramel. Peanut brittle. Plum jelly and strawberry jelly. Ornaments of many designs made out of felt, tin, or hand-painted wood. Randolph Elementary school decorated paper bowls "making sure no one has an empty bowl". They also made clay bowls painted with Southwest Native American designs. What talented children!

Pins shaped like flowers and even earrings—all made out of colorful zippers. Lovely cutting boards of all sizes and wood by Rowan Woodworks. Hand-stamped Christmas cards on gilded handmade paper by Emerlye Arts. Annie Cameron has a light-filled photograph of a golden Queen Ann’s Lace flower. Unique wallets by Claire Garner actually made from discarded books. Kirstin Quick’s handmade cards are intriguing and beautiful.

On the wall there are also many paintings. Jan Fowler’s small landscapes in oil. Andy Schneller’s oil on panel, Bonny Fallon’s watercolor and ink, Ravenhorst-Adams’ watercolor flowers, Brent Martin’s watercolors of barns and landscapes, as well as Hali Issente’s paintings.

Jasper Tomkins, children’s book author and illustrator, offers three of his brightly painted award-winning books, all personally signed by the author. Cat lovers will love "Catwalk."

Gorgeous are the snowflake photographs taken by Stu Hall. Each unique snowflake is an exquisite design and geometrically perfect. Hall even has a sheet that tells how he does the photographs. He puts snow on black velvet, dusts around it with a feather to isolate the individual snowflake, and then takes a photograph. Each snowflake is a one-of-a-kind artwork.

There is something for everyone in this delicious, scented, texture-filled array of crafts and art of all shapes and sizes. Christmas shopping never looked and felt so good.

For last-minute shoppers, a solstice celebration will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 21 from 5-7 p.m. with music, treats and door prizes.


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