to May 28

MUSE - Jess Polanshek, Kristin Richland & Amanda Weisenfeld








March 9th - May 28th, 2018

For Immediate Release February 12th, 2018

Vanessa Compton, Co-Curator
Tel: (802) 533-2000

MUSE Exhibit at Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St.

Greensboro VT. On view March 3rd - May 28th.



On view March 3rd - May 28th
Opening reception Friday, March 9th 4-6pm.

Muse: a personified force that is the source of inspiration for a creative~

Three Vermont artists reflect on spirit guides, journeying, introspection and winter’s quiet. Where inspiration and magic live side by side and a deep appreciation for the natural world permeates everything.

Amanda Weisenfeld is a traditional rolling, pounding, hand felter. For three decades she has created functional art that is a deep pleasure to experience. Crows, ravens, foxes, birch trees and the Scandinavian Tomten who cares for all farm animals are reoccurring images in her work. Weisenfeld makes every effort to support local Vermont sheep farmers and her favorite fleeces are Navajo Churro, Cotswold, and Border Leicester.

Jess Polanshek’s illustrations are an escape into the world of an imagined forest with intricate patterns and vivid color. They start with a vaguely sketched animal that slowly grows into a visual story filled with curiosity and magic. Along with a traditional arts education, Polanshek has spent time traveling internationally which has been a great influence for her artistic progression. Within these different environments Polanshek’s art has al- ways revolved around elements of northern forests and the creatures that inhabit them. Focusing on high detail and loose realism, her art has evolved into an illustrative and whimsical style with a strong focus on the beauty and intricacies of the natural world.

Kristin Richland paints and illustrates woodland creatures that possess characteristics of fragility and strength. Creatures who have appeared in oral traditions around the world for thousands of years, who are relatable yet always wild. Her series of 8x10” paintings began a year ago as studies in colored pencil. She revels in the effects of light and shadow and is in- spired by the cold pink sky before a winter’s sunrise, the moon warming a thin layer of clouds and strange light in icy woods. In each piece a single bear or rabbit appears, standing sentry, alone and waiting. Richland attended the Maine College of Art and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Come take in this imaginative and affirming exhibit and meet Amanda, Jess and Kristin at the opening reception Friday, March 9th from 4-6pm. Catered by the Hardwick Street Cafe.

Free and open to the public. For more information, please call (802) 533-2000 or visit

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6:30 PM18:30

Guest artist at Visual & Performing Arts Gala to benefit South Burlington Arts Scholarship fund

On Saturday, March 20th, I'll be throwing in my hat to help raise funds for current and future art students of SBHS. In my high school days, art was the thing that kept me going and gave me a sense of self-worth. I wasn't the most motivated of students ;) but the few grants and awards that came my way really made a difference. It wasn't until I was in art school that I realized how much better my arts education could have been, if we'd really been exposed to more working artists, etc. So I'm glad to see the school addressing that issue AND raising funds for students to pursue their passion. We need STEAM not just STEM. I hope to see at least some of you there! 

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to May 27

Visit my studio! VT Open Studio Weekend May 26th & 27th 2018

It's February as I'm writing this, so I am hoping that I will have finished some of the new pieces that I'm really excited about by this weekend! Rabbits, owls and bears will be represented, and I'm going to have more of the miniature framed pieces. There will be all kinds of treasures pulled out of the vaults and I can't wait to pair you up with the perfect piece. Even if you just want to stop in and see how I do what I do, and what the studio looks like, all are welcome. 
We'll have some light refreshments, and the whole town is full of artists and interesting things to see and do!


Owl in Winter (Acrylic gouache on wood panel, 10x8" wood panel ©Kristin Richland)

Owl in Winter
(Acrylic gouache on wood panel, 10x8" wood panel ©Kristin Richland)

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to Jul 29

Weirdo! 11 Vermont Artists at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, Burlington VT

July First Friday Art Walk @ The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

Too weird for Vermont, not weird enough for New York

Curated by Robert Waldo Brunelle and Blake Larsen

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery prides itself on being an accesible space for artists and the viewing community to enjoy work that you will not often see anywhere else. 

Join a collection of eleven varied and dedicated Vermont artists for a show that allows them to push their own bounds and exhibit works which, though dear to the artists heart, have yet to find venue in the local art scene. The work is familiar; comfortable for some and graphic at times for others. We welcome you to join us in the conversation of what it means to show work, no matter how 'weird' it may get. 

Featuring work by:
Robert Waldo Brunelle, Jr
Blake Larsen
Martha Hull
Janet Bonneau
Kristin Richland
Matthew Sylvester
Theresa Somerset
Dierdra Terra Michelle
Eric Eickmann
Linda Finkelstein
Heather Farrington

Exhibition Duration: July 7 - 29, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7, 2017 from 5 - 9pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 12 - 5pm

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery
266 Pine Street, Suite 105, Burlington, VT

Contact: Christy Mitchell
(802) 578-2512

At the Weirdo! reception (photo courtesy Robert W. Brunelle)
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to Jul 29

Visit Miller's Thumb Gallery!

"We open with our 1st show In the Kingdom of the Animals, an exhibit in reverence of the animal world and on view from May 13th - July 9th. From boisterous marching penguins to sleepy bears and messenger owls, works on display celebrate our connection with and our responsibility to the earth's creatures."

Visit the gallery: May 13th - Oct 31st
Open Daily: 10am - 6pm July & August
11am - 4pm May, June / Sept & Oct

Directions to Miller's Thumb Gallery from Stowe: Travel from Stowe on Rte 15 through the center of Hardwick. Go 3 miles on Rte 16. Turn left and go 5 miles to Bend Rd on the left. Turn onto Bend Rd and go to the end, 3 miles. Turn left onto East Street and, at the end of the street, turn left onto Breezy Ave. Miller's Thumb Gallery is the red building on the right.

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to May 28


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DATE:  Saturday May 27th & Sunday May 28th

TIME: 10am- 5pm both days

ADMISSION: free! All ages welcome.

LOCATION:  My studio at 52 Maple Ridge Rd, Underhill, VT, 05489

You can find my studio listed on the event map here, site #23
In addition to the state-wide map, I am also listed on the separate map for the Jericho-Underhill group, which is available at our hub: the Gruppe Gallery in Jericho Center and other locations throughout the area.

Following the event's bright yellow signs along Vermont's roads is a great way to explore the area, even if you've lived there for years!

What is this event all about? Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and creative process, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to meet a wide variety of local artists and craftspeople in their studios, and purchase high quality, hand made artwork. I enjoy sharing my influences and process with visitors of all ages, and for visitors its a chance to fall in love with a piece of art right where it's made!

The Vermont Crafts Council publishes a free map booklet with directions to participating sites. Pictured below is last year's map, where the colors tied in directly with my current work! The Vermont Open Studio Guide is available throughout the state at Tourist Information Centers, galleries and studios. It is also available on the VCC website, or by calling 802-223-3380.

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7:00 PM19:00

Official Ribbon Cutting for the Children's Mural at Phoenix Books in Burlington, VT


DATE:  Thursday, May 4th at 7pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books, 191 Bank Street in Burlington, Vermont. For more information, please call 802-448-3350 or visit

ADMISSION:  This event is free. Children's book lovers of all ages are welcome!

  • Meet the mural's patron: Mike DeSanto, co-owner of Phoenix Books. Learn about a special NYC location that inspired this very Burlington-centric mural.
  • Activities! Selected drawings from the mural will be available as coloring pages during the event and through Children's Book Week.
  • Artists' Sketchbook: I'll be sharing my sketchbook and many other preliminary drawings, including designs for a smaller Phoenix mural soon to come.
  • Light refreshments and a fabulous selection of books to enjoy!
  • For more information on how this mural came to be, go to the press release page

Note: the Marketplace garage across from the bookstore is usually free for the first two hours. It is accessible from Bank st or Cherry St.

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