Botanical Ornaments Patty Hudak On view in the Nuquist Gallery, August 6 - October 30 Reception August 6, 4:00-8:00 We are pleased to present Patty Hudak's large scale installation, Botanical Ornaments, which will be on display at the Nuquist Gallery at the TW Wood Museum from August 6- October 30. Hudak’s work is inspired by the spiritual and mystical sensations that she perceives from the woodlands of rural Vermont, which she transforms into her work, whether through drawing, painting, installation, or large scale prints.
Botanical Ornaments, a fabric installation, explores humanity's role as a part of nature, and the possibilities of what happens when the boundaries between the two dissolve. The installation features a large painted fabric stage, which can be entered, giving the feeling of immersion within the painted surface.
The installation is accompanied by three large scale prints, created by the artist to personify the experience of spiritual oneness with the natural world.
Patty Hudak Botanical Ornaments Artist Statement
When I initially spoke to TW Wood Director, Margaret Coleman, about creating work for the Nuquist Gallery, we discussed the concepts of home, and the meaning of the phrase, “place making”. This discussion took place in February, 2020, just before the pandemic created the need for a global lock down. Since that time, my appreciation for home grew even more meaningful, as well as what the idea of “place” meant, as a resident of rural Vermont.
TW Wood’s early watercolor “Man in the Woods” inspired the sentiment in this exhibition. The image of man in the woods, moved me to consider what happens when we engage with the natural world? The individual is alone, yet not lonely, in contemplation. Walking into the woods is like entering an expanding and divine universe. The trees get larger, and more animated and sensations emanate from them.
Tuning into nature for answers to existential questions trans- forms the solitary experience. Is the sense of energy emitting from the plants and the trees is real or imagined? How do we receive these messages?
The supernatural within nature creates vibrancy as porous bodies merged within the space between organic matter. The metaphor of the experience passes through the layers of our shadow minds to enter a translucent atmosphere.
This exhibition, Botanical Ornaments, is informed by these transcendent experiences, as visual forms that seek to diagram these mystical spaces.
The Art of Stories: A Vermont Picture Book Exhibit From November 9- December 22, 2021 in the Nuquist Gallery Featuring the illustrations of: Jason Chin Amy Huntington Sarah Dillard Ashley Wolff Linda Di Sante
Story Walk and Bundle-Up Story Time with Sarah Dillard and Amy Huntington: Sat, November 13 Children, parents, grandparents and guardians- Bring your stuffed animal on a storywalk through Montpelier. Start at Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street and pick up a map that directs you to the pages of Amy Huntington’s Frankie Gets a Doggie. Pages are posted in shops along Main Street, ending at the T.W. Wood Gallery at 46 Barre St.
At 11:00 on November 13, Amy Huntington and Sarah Dillard will be at the TW Wood Gallery signing their books and reading from books featured in the exhibit.
The Storywalk, sponsored by Bear Pond Books, will be on display from November 7- November 22nd and all authors books featured in the exhibit will be available to purchase at Bear Pond Books Opening Reception: First Friday Art Walk, December 3rd Meet the author/illustrators and mingle with other picture book enthusiasts. Children's book author/illustrator meet and greet from 4 to 6
Jason Chin Award-winning author/illustrator of books about science and nature. Books featured in “The Art of Stories” exhibit include: Water is Water, Island: A Story of the Galapagos, Coral Reefs, and Gravity.
Amy Huntington Author and illustrator of over 15 books for young children. Exhibit books include: Frankie Gets a Doggie, Go Outside and Look, Go Outside and Listen
Sara Dillard Critically-acclaimed author of young graphic readers. Exhibit books include: Blueberry Cake, I Wish It Would Snow, Extraordinary Warren.
Ashley Wolff Author and/or illustrator of over 40 books for children. Books for the exhibit include: How to Help a Pumpkin Grow, and Wildfire, a new book expected to be released this November.
Linda Di Sante Artist of natural settings, Di Sante has authored and illustrated her first children’s book, Will You Be My Friend?, which will be part of the exhibit.
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