SKY AND EARTH
Pulp paintings by Claire Van Vliet
January 3 – March 30, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 11 • 4:00–7:00 PM
Montpelier Artwalk Reception: February 2 • 4:00–7:00 PM
111 State Street, Montpelier
Van Vliet is a true Vermont treasure, known for her print and papermaking abilities and as the founder of the esteemed Janus Press in Newark, Vermont. This latest exhibition of her work is entitled Sky and Earth—pulp paintings she created from 1995-2011.
Inspired by the vast skies and landscapes observed over many years living in the Northeast Kingdom, Van Vliet states, “It was the clouds coming close over the plateau of Newark that made me settle there fifty years ago—they come out of the Willoughby Lake gap and feel like one could actually touch them. The plateau is high and there are long views to the hills and mountains, but mainly there is a big sky.”
Using mineral pigments in a two-dimensional handmade papermaking process to color and form the images into textured paper. Van Vilet then further develops some of the images by working with acrylic watercolor paints. Some of the pieces in the exhibit were made in collaboration with artists Katie MacGregor and Bernie Vinzani of Whiting, Maine. These collectively created works are in large format and require many hands to work with the materials.