7 Women 7 Walls Show Announcement

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Please join me at the opening of
 7 Women, 7 Walls
the Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery
Friday, November 9, 5-7pm. 

I'm honored to be sharing walls with seven top-notch Vermont women artists. I'll be showcasing my newest work, Fractionate, a series of colorful, textured, geometric paintings that explore human behavior with regard to how we navigate, and are influenced by, news and Internet. 

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frac·tion·ate | \ˈfrak-shə-ˌnāt
transitive verb: to divide or break up



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Kristen M. Watson

Kristen makes and teaches art in a broad range of media. She’s a licensed art educator and masters of Art education candidate at St. Michael’s college. She is also a member of the Vermont Arts Council teaching artist roster. As a teaching artist, Kristen splits her time between her home studio and the classroom. She teaches analog, digital, and stop-motion (claymation) processes to children and adults at Burlington City Arts. She’s also teaches visual arts at Davis Studio, Burlington. Kristen’s work focuses on mixed media painting and installations. She exhibits her work locally and regionally in both group and solo shows, and has been selected for several juried exhibits. Her work is also held in private collections. She has completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont and Rensing Center, South Carolina.

spring 2018 update

Strain I, acrylic on canvas, 23x23x1.5". ©2018 kristen m. watson

The birds, flowers, bumble bees, and other buzzy things are out and about. The lilacs are in full bloom right now and it smells as though I've walked into a bouquet of fragrant bliss when I go outside. Spring has finally come to Vermont. 

I have been hard at work on a commission this spring as well as a new series of small and larger artworks. A Show of Hands at Penny Cluse was a great success and I'm glad to say that my contributed art work sold to a lovely supporter and collector.  I've also found time to update my website and add some new original work, greeting cards, and small works which people have loved for their affordability, gift-ability, and ease of adding a dash of color in small places. 


                                            

Exhibiting Now

This work, called Tide, began in 2005 and was reworked intermittently for over a decade. How does that much time and life experience change a person? The addition of metallics, lacy fabrics, and broken magnolia leaves speak of tenderness, delicacy and fineness, and the slow, consistent and perfect action of ebbing water to purify, nurture, and reveal.

SEABA has curated a selection of original intuitive works in collage, paint, and ink. This includes pieces from the StratumNaturaAntipode, and Bleed Series.
Original artworks available for purchase.

Innovation Center 128 Lakeside Drive, Burlington, VT
Open daily.

Coming Soon

This piece, Behavior Afflicts Us All, was completed shortly after the 2016 election and is part of the Bleed series. The feelings of dread, fear, confusion, and anger suffuse the red-browns and blacks. Shapes that tumble and bump into one another, bursting, blooming, bleeding. But there is also hope behind it all, peaking through in shy yellows, pinks, and whites- waiting patiently for its opportunity to shine through. 

SEABA MEMBERS EXHIBITION 
JUNE 1-SEPT 1, 2018
RECEPTION: JULY 6, 2018
VCAM GALLERY
OPEN DAILY
DETAILS HERE

NEW! Note Cards and Prints For Sale

From the very FRESH and NEW Variable Condition Series, which I'm working on this Spring and summer so keep your eyes peeled for new works and exhibition dates! 

The originals are not for sale but you can buy individual (mix and match!!) or sets of these very cool, premium quality note cards right now. 

Free priority shipping in U.S on print and card orders over $49. Use code LUVART at checkout.

Sequencia: Getting HANDS-ON with paint

Sequencia and the other small works included in the series grew out of my exposure to an intuitive approach to painting developed by Ric Campman in Brattleboro. I have always used my fingers as a painting tool so this method spoke to me right away. I use it to "warm up" when I enter the studio, although sometimes it becomes the work

Join me to learn this unique, intuitive approach to painting this fall at the Davis Studio.
Get details and enroll here. 

 Creative time is always the right gift for yourself
or a special person in your life.

"I wanted to tell you what a wonderful instructor Kristen is. I just completed her eight week photography course and couldn't be happier with the amount of knowledge she brought to the class. 

Her explanations are clear and concise and she takes the extra time and effort with everyone and shares an abundance of useful information.

I am looking forward to the field trips she is planning for next year where I am sure she won't disappoint us.

Thanks for having her as an instructor!"

Patricia D.

Interested in trying painting, collage, or mixed media work but don't have the space or resources to invest in the materials and supplies?
Try Artist Open Studio sessions. You bring your imagination; I supply the rest! My studio is open by appointment for Artist Open Studio

I'm also scheduling private and small group classes now in painting, mixed media, and collage. 

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Give the gift of guided creative time to yourself or a special someone. Gift certificates can be used on any service or artwork on my website.

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Summer Art Camps and Fall Classes for all ages.
Photography, digital design, stop-motion, and NEW THIS YEAR! GRAFFITI & STREET ART. Some are wait-listed and others are filling up fast so don't wait to enroll.
Access my teaching calendar and enroll here.

Scrapbook

Clockwise from top: The Forest Grew Up Around Us found a new home this month (thank you Sarah!); enjoying spring with my class of young artists at Davis Studio. They worked so hard grew so much as people and as artists this year. So did I!  I'm truly blessed to be able to take part in their lives and artistic development; a cherished handmade card from student, Lucy. We share a love of Pusheen the Cat; a detail ofVivian, a 40x40 inch commission I just completed for a patron in Wallingford. It will be used along with other commissioned works as a set piece for a new play; one of my favorites from the Sequencia series found a home with Orah. Thank you so much for your support! 


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Kristen M. Watson

Kristen makes and teaches art in a broad range of media. She’s a licensed art educator and masters of Art education candidate at St. Michael’s college. She is also a member of the Vermont Arts Council teaching artist roster. As a teaching artist, Kristen splits her time between her home studio and the classroom. She teaches analog, digital, and stop-motion (claymation) processes to children and adults at Burlington City Arts. She’s also teaches visual arts at Davis Studio, Burlington. Kristen’s work focuses on mixed media painting and installations. She exhibits her work locally and regionally in both group and solo shows, and has been selected for several juried exhibits. Her work is also held in private collections. She has completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont and Rensing Center, South Carolina.

Winter 2018 Studio Update!

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Dear *|FNAME|*, 

The year is fast winding down and it's been a busy one hasn't it? Dave and I sold our home in Georgia and relocated to a sweet little condo in Burlington's New North End, a temporary stop as we contemplate where our next home will be. Suggestions welcome!

In the meantime, we love being a stone's throw from the Burlington Greenway (aka bike path) and it's extraordinary views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. I run the path almost daily to the Winooski River.



In other news, I'm recovering from wrist surgery following an injury last fall that didn't heal quite right so I'm fast becoming ambidextrous -doing all kinds of things with my left hand, including artwork! 

With all this change I have had to be patient with my art practice and put exhibitions on pause. But the (art) show must go on! You can find my work for sale in four venues, including my website, so read on to see where you can view and purchase.

Before I go I have to take a moment to acknowledge all of our precious friends and family, as well as all of you, my fans, collectors, and clients, who have been so supportive in this year of change. You've been so generous with your time and encouragement. We have felt your love, and for that we are deeply grateful.

Here's to remaining deeply hopeful for our world, cultivating kindness, and nurturing your creative hearts in 2018!

Warmly,

                                            
Water soluble oil, collage, pastel, and cold wax pieces I created at Helen Shulman's workshop at West Branch Gallery this month. 

New studio, New possibilities

Dave and I (and Lily the Cat) have relocated to Burlington's New North End. I've set up a quaint home studio to work and teach from and I'd love for you to visit! Hours vary so call ahead. 

New Studio Address:
28B Woodlawn Road, Burlington, VT
802.578.0300
Did your address change this year too?
If so, please send updates my way so you can continue receiving quarterly art postcards. Simply reply to this email with your new address. And thanks! 

On View Now

Helen Day Art Center Holiday Show 2017

A portion of all sales benefit the Helen Day Art Center
 
Through December 30th

90 Pond Street
Stowe Vermont 05672

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

Davis Studio Staff Holiday Show 2017

Original paintings, artist postcard packs and cards for sale. Something beautiful, local, and handmade for every budget. 
 
Through December 30th

916 Shelburne Road
South Burlington, VT
Gallery Hours: Open Daily 8am-4pm

Intuitive works in collage, paint, and ink


A rotating exhibition of original artworks available for purchase.
Curated by SEABA
 
Innovation Center
128 Lakeside Drive
 Burlington, VT

Open daily.

Give the Gift of Creative Time this Season

I loved participating in Kristen’s open studio. I brought my own project (that I wasn’t making ANY progress on by myself), and she gave me lots of guidance, encouragement and tips on how to move forward. She checked in with me throughout the two-hour session to see if I needed help, which I often did, and turned me on to new techniques to help my project come to life. I especially liked how Kristen helped me to actualize ‘my vision’ for the painting, instead of imposing her personal style. Kristen is a talented teacher and has a vast array of artistic experience and skills to offer; I will definitely do more open studio sessions with her in the future. ~ Kara G.
Holiday Gift Certificates available now BOGO 25% off.

Most of us don't need more stuff. Why not give creative experiences this year? Give the gift of guided creative time to yourself or a special someone. Gift certificates can be used on any service or artwork on my website.
Use code: LOVEART at checkout.
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Interested in trying painting, collage, or mixed media work but don't have the space or resources to invest in the materials and supplies? Try Artist Open Studio sessions with me. You bring your imagination; I supply the rest! My studio is open by appointment for Artist Open Studio

I'm also scheduling private and small group classes now in painting, mixed media, and collage. 
Winter, School Vacation & Spring Classes for all ages.
It's not too soon to start thinking about committing some time to expanding your art skills and your creativity in 2018! I'm teaching digital photo, smARTphone photo, and other classes.

You can access my calendar and enroll here.
Shop Instruction & Open Studio

Scrapbook

Clockwise from top: Snapshots from the Expressions in Abstract Painting workshop with Canadian painter Claire Desjardins at Helen Day Art Center, Stowe VT (courtesy of Polly Castor). NH based painter Helen Shulman talking about her work at a Cold Wax workshop at West Branch Gallery. Fun time with young artists at the Davis Studio; Violet lily acrylic painting completed by Sage B., one of many talented and hardworking students I work with.

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Kristen M. Watson

Kristen makes and teaches art in a broad range of media. She’s a licensed art educator and masters of Art education candidate at St. Michael’s college. She is also a member of the Vermont Arts Council teaching artist roster. As a teaching artist, Kristen splits her time between her home studio and the classroom. She teaches analog, digital, and stop-motion (claymation) processes to children and adults at Burlington City Arts. She’s also teaches visual arts at Davis Studio, Burlington. Kristen’s work focuses on mixed media painting and installations. She exhibits her work locally and regionally in both group and solo shows, and has been selected for several juried exhibits. Her work is also held in private collections. She has completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont and Rensing Center, South Carolina.

Summer 2017 Studio Update

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spring-summer update 

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Dear *|FNAME|*, 

Spring for me is a time of great joy and contemplation. I try to take a little time each day (usually in the mornings) to notice and enjoy the rapidly changing foliage and the subtle and not so subtle smells and sounds of the awakening landscape. If you live near a farm as we do you know just what I mean. :)

This Thursday I'm teaching an evening of intuitive painting at New City Galerie where I'm finishing my time as an artist in residence. It's called "Everything but the Brush!" There are a few spots left so please consider attending. Details and a link to register are below. 

I've been hard at work in my studio on the Variable Condition seriesI'm in the studio almost daily so I hope you'll stop by and say hello. Just be sure to call ahead as my hours vary. Generally Tuesday-Friday 11-5pm.

It's only mid-June and yet summer already seems full! Check out what's going on below along with current and upcoming shows.

Enjoy the sunshine! 

                                            

Variable Condition is a project in progress that began at Vermont Studio Center this past fall. It investigates human behavior through the metaphor of color charting and pixels. 

Pixels make up nearly everything we look at now. Every image, print or digital, is made up of millions of them. Magnifying the images makes them pixelate, and our view of the big picture becomes myopic, distorted. We are unable to see the whole for what it is. This speaks profoundly to how we navigate our news stream and Internet, and why we seem to be unable to have nuanced conversations and we are surprised (and often upset) when we encounter a viewpoint that differs greatly from our own.

Upon completion this project will be installed as a series of paintings and large-scale pixilated digital prints depicting the paintings themselves in extreme close up. 

Don't miss this Thursday's workshop

Join us for Everything but the Brush!
An evening of painting with Kristen M. Watson


Ever wonder how some artists get those amazing textures and patterns on their paintings? Join me for an evening of fun as we explore intuitive acrylic painting using non-traditional tools-literally everything but the brush!
After some basic painting instruction we’ll move into working with brayers, bubble wrap, forks, spray bottles, plastic doo-hickeys, our fingers, and a trove of household and found objects (feel free to bring some of your own!) to spray, smear, scrape, stamp, and roll your own expressive design. You’ll leave with your very own original artwork and lots of ideas to inspire you in your home or studio. And don’t worry; there will be paintbrushes too.
When: This Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6-8pm
Where: New City Galerie, 132 Church Street (across from BCA)
Fee: $40 Your registration fee includes all supplies.

Parking: Bank Street Garage, first two hours FREE.
Learn more & Register Here

Closing Soon! 

 

The SHE Project Part I
with Mary Admasian

 

Join us for the
Closing Reception:
June 16, 5-8pm
Show runs through June 24, 2017
 
Castleton University Bank Gallery
104 Merchants Row, Downtown Rutland

Find directions to CU Bank Gallery here

 

      Read more about the SHE Project:              
Seven Days 
Take Magazine
Art New England
Vermont Public Radio. Have a listen!
 

On View Now

Intuitive works in collage, paint, and ink


A rotating exhibition of original artworks available for purchase.
Curated by SEABA
 
Innovation Center
128 Lakeside Drive
 Burlington, VT

Open daily.

Instruction

Interested in trying painting, collage, or mixed media work but don't have the space or resources to invest in the materials and supplies? Try Artist Open Studio sessions with me. You bring your imagination; I supply the rest! My studio will be open by appointment this fall for Artist Open Studio. 

I'm also scheduling private and small group classes now for fall in painting, mixed media, and collage. 
I am teaching youth Art camps this summer including digital and darkroom photography and stop-motion animation. You can access my calendar here. If you know a child or teen who wants to explore the Arts this summer please send them my way. 

Scrapbook

Clockwise from top: Works in progress from the painted paper collage workshop I took at Helen Day Art Center with Suzanne Siegel. My new friend Maryellen during our in-process feedback conversation. Gotta keep learning! Glass artist Gabi Baumann working on a painting at Artist Open Studio. Peter Fisk displays a small original painting he purchased at my Open Studio night first Friday in May at New City Galerie. Thank you Peter!

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Kristen M. Watson

Kristen makes and teaches art in a broad range of media. She’s a licensed art educator and masters of Art education candidate at St. Michael’s college. She is also a member of the Vermont Arts Council teaching artist roster. As a teaching artist, Kristen splits her time between her home studio and the classroom. She teaches analog, digital, and stop-motion (claymation) processes to children and adults at Burlington City Arts. She’s also teaches visual arts at Davis Studio, Burlington. Kristen’s work focuses on mixed media painting and installations. She exhibits her work locally and regionally in both group and solo shows, and has been selected for several juried exhibits. Her work is also held in private collections. She has completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont and Rensing Center, South Carolina.