Summer 2017 Studio Update


kristen m. watson art studio
spring-summer update 

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Variable Condition Series (working title), acrylic on panel, 12x12x1.5 in. each © 2017 kristen m. watson
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.


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. 


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.