Winter 2018 Studio Update!

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12.2017 early winter update

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A work in progress, acrylic on archival paper, 36x36". ©2017 kristen m. watson
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.
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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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Variable Condition Series (working title), acrylic on panel, 12x12x1.5 in. each © 2017 kristen m. watson
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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. 

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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 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 2017 Studio Update

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spring 2017 update 

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Variable Condition IV (detail, in progress), acrylic on panel, 12x12x1.5 in. © 2017 kristen m. watson
Dear *|FNAME|*, 

Spring has finally arrived! 
 
I've been thoroughly enjoying late afternoon jogs, even in the rain. Inhaling the warmth, the smells and sounds of the awakening earth has been so rejuvenating! What have you been doing to welcome spring into your life?

In March Dave and I traveled to New York to the Barrett Art Center to celebrate the opening of Digitalia, a juried exhibition that featured the TMI Prints from Digital Immigrant Installation. Many artists and fans attended and several artists gave brief talks about their work. 

I've just passed the halfway point of a 6-month artist residency at the New City Galerie and am really excited about the new work I'm making. You can read more about Variable Condition and see images of the work below.

Speaking of new work, I hope you'll stop by the studio and say hello. Just be sure to call ahead as my hours vary. Generally Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 11-5pm.

Two big events are in the works in May at New City Galerie. Check out the details below along with current and upcoming shows.

Until next time...

                                            
The Variable Condition (working title) series is well underway. Through these textured, highly structured almost sculptural paintings I'm exploring perspective, pixelization (handmade vs. digital), varying conditions and outcomes (through color mixing and juxtaposition), and the experience of holding things (or views) so closely that we develop a myopic viewpoint. The paintings are symbolic of these habits of thinking and behavior. Technically I'm thinking about the nature of painting, specifically the unrepeatability of color mixing on a molecular level and how that contrasts with digitized bits of data.

On View Now

 

The SHE Project Part I
with Mary Admasian

 

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!
 

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.

Closing Soon! 

Process of Continual Change

 
March 4-April 28, 2017 
Juried Show Theme: Following the Rules/Breaking the Rules

Free and open to the public.

T.W. Wood Gallery  
46 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT


Click here for hours and directions

You're Invited! 

"You're everywhere! How do you do it?" Mary and I hear this alot. So we decided to put our knowledge and experience together and share it with artists who want to take their practice to the professional level. 

ProArtist Marketing & Branding Workshop 
with artists Kristen M. Watson & Mary Admasian
Saturday, May 20th, 9am-Noon
New City Galerie, 132 Church Street (across from BCA)
Parking: Bank St. Garage (First two hours free!)
Limited slots available so don't wait to sign up. 
Details and Registration can be found here.
Open Studio Evening with Kristen M. Watson
When: First Friday May 5, 2017, 5-8pm
Where: New City Galerie, 132 Church Street (across from BCA)
Free & open to the public.
Talk to the artist, collect affordable, original works of art and enjoy refreshments.
Parking: Bank Street Garage, first two hours FREE.

Scrapbook 

Excursions and Adventures this Winter
Clockwise from top: Artist talk at the Digitalia opening reception, Barrett Art Center; Viewers engaging with TMI Series at NXNE opening reception, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center; selfie with my dear friend and figurative sculptor Susan Wilson (Putney, VT) at MassMOCA; Images from Nick Cave installation, MassMOCA.

ICYMI: New Video! 

She Project Panel Discussion- Castleton University
The SHE Project Part I Academic & Artist Panel Discussion, Castleton University, March 9, 2017

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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.

 

Half Remembered, Half Made Up, acrylic and graphite on canvas, 24x 24x 1.5 in. One of the paintings I've been working on at the Vermont Studio Center © 2016 kristen m. watson


I hope you had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving holiday.

I arrived at the Vermont Studio Center to begin a month-long artist residency a few days before Thanksgiving. It took a bit to get settled. With lots of new (and friendly!) faces, communal meals, and making a home and studio away from home, it's been a busy time. 
I've already had so many amazing conversations and have taken pages of notes and it's only been ten days. Whew! 

The short days and foul weather have made it easy to cloister myself in the studio and get back to my work, with my sketchbook and my head brimming with ideas from a recent jaunt to NYC and a slew of Vermont and NH exhibits. (Follow me on Facebook or Instagram to see images from NYC, and from the VSC studio.)

I've been reacquainting myself with my painting palette, brushes, and collage materials after a long hiatus of only making installation work (Digital Immigrant & the SHE Project).

the SHE Project closed on October 29. A huge 'THANK YOU!' for all the support Mary and I received for this show. Besides two well attended receptions, feature articles have appeared in Seven Days and Take Magazine Art New England and we did a very fun radio interview with Mary Williams for Art Hounds on Vermont Public Radio. Have a listen!
 


Objects of industry (Pin up), 2016, From the SHE Project - part I, Velcro curlers,
Gil Elvgren art reproductions, adhesive, acrylic gesso, mirror, $650. ©2016 kristen m. watson


Continuing the "Project"... Got an idea?
In addition to conceptualizing part II and considering bringing on other artists that are speaking to the female experience, Mary and I are working on placing the show in other venues. If you know of a university (or other) museum or gallery that would be interested please email me. 

New City Galerie Artist in Residence 

January-May 2017

I'm excited to announce the I've been invited as an artist in residence at the New City Galerie, 132 Church Street, Burlington, VT. This is a unique opportunity because New City is a gallery space with three art studios attached, so everyday is open studio. I'm looking forward to working in such a unique environment. I'll have works for sale and may am developing some workshops so stay tuned for more info, and please stop by and say hello. The residency lasts six months and begins January 2017.  

Show some LOVE for the Creative Economy this Holiday

There's nothing better that receiving unique, hand-made Art for the holidays (or any time). And let's be honest, artists need to sell their work so they can afford to make more!

Now it's more important than ever to show yourLOVE for the artists in your community. Please consider making a purchase from me or another local artist this season. 

You can find a variety of very affordably priced works of art (original and archival reproductions) on my website, many under $100. My site is up to date with all the latest encrypting so it's safe to shop, but it's OK if you'd rather not buy online. I welcome your call or email. 

Please shop early!
I personally process, pack and ship each and every order. 

Go Art Shopping

You can also show some LOVE to the creative economy by joining me at Helen Day art Center this Friday evening. I'll be taking a break from my residency to attend. Event details below.

Helen Day Art Center
Holiday Art Show &
 Sale
 Festival of Trees & Light

 

December 2-31, 2016
Opening Reception:
Friday, December 2, 5-8pm
(free and open to the public)


Click here for hours & directions.

On View Now

 

Eyes that Can See

A photography exhibit featuring original artworks made in Vermont. Available for purchase.
Selected images from my photographic series Homestead: the Journey Back to Mother are on display now.

Juried & Curated by Monika Rivard

New City Galerie
132 Church Street, Burlington, VT

Click here for hours & directions

 

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.

Upcoming Exhibits

 

Brattleboro Museum of Art

 

Selected works from the TMI Series (part of Digital Immigrant) will be on display (and for sale) along with other digital & photographic art.

January 14-March 5, 2017

Opening Reception Brunch: Saturday, January 14, 11am.
(free and open to the public)

Click here for hours & directions.


I know the holidays can be hectic. I wish you time to nurture your creative spirit, feel the gratitude for all the blessings in your life, and cultivate peace and joy with your loved ones. 


With deep gratitude for your continued interest and support,

Big thanks to all those who supported my crowdfunding campaign and to the Vermont Studio Center, the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for their financial support. 

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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.