Artist: Stu Eichel
Located in historic Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY, and amidst the rolling hills of Washington County in upstate New York, Valley Artisans Market is one of the oldest arts cooperatives in the country. Local fine artists and craftsmen work in a variety of hand-crafted media including glass, paper, cloth, photography, oil paintings, pastels, wood, mosaic, sculpture, metal, jewelry, ceramics and more. The Small Gallery features rotating shows by members and guest artists, and the market is always staffed by one of its artisan members.
September 29, 2017 - October 24, 2017
I found that through 32 years of selling art, clients who purchase particular pieces of art are unconsciously attracted to the symbolism present in the pieces. When they are made aware of what the piece is conveying, using Jungian concepts, Tarot-type meanings and typical spiritual dream symbolism across cultures, they often identify with these symbols in their present lives or self.
In my own work, I use doves to represent spirit. They also represent peace, of course. But in many cultures, the dove is also a messenger to sacrifice oneself to a higher cause, to purify oneself of lower agendas and to acquire devotion to a cause, people or persons. It is a call to more awareness, to seeing spirit and meaning in everything. When an art work has doves combined with other spirit animals, the dove is part of the overall meaning or story of the piece.
I also depict rabbits and Tarot figures in a lot of my work. The rabbit is a vulnerable animal, yet a survivor, and it learns to avoid predators. I use rabbits in my work to represent vulnerable people and children. When rabbits and doves are together, there is a blessing and a calling to become aware and to spread the word of peace. When Tarot figures are in the work, it is about recognizing their symbolic meanings within oneself.
I am an artist of many mediums in the tradition of old-time artists like William Morris and Leonardo DaVinci. My work tends to fall in the traditions of storybook art, fantasy art, Celtic-style art and “cause art”. Most of my inspirations come through dreams and dream imagery.
In 2013, I began a long research and writing project on abuse and bullying, and some of that research and art-making was assembled and compressed in my ever-evolving survivor-oriented blog called “Misadventures With Angry Alcoholics, Bullies and Narcissists”. Some of the art works from that blog spread through social media and culminated in being featured in a book published by the Whitney Museum of Art. Even much of my present fantasy and spiritual art is about, and is meant for, the audience of survivors.
I like to think that my art is part of my life path following in the tradition of my Uncle Albert Bigelow and my father. My uncle was one of the 13 original Freedom Riders, a protester of war and nuclear weapons, called me “twin”, was a painter and architect, and was featured in the PBS documentary, “Freedom Riders” (http://ivy50.com/blackhistory/story.aspx?sid=3/11/2009). My father was like my uncle Albert: also a civil rights demonstrator, anti-war demonstrator and architect who designed buildings for the poor. It is my belief that my mother married my father for this uncanny like-ness to Uncle Albert.
Being an educator, advocate, activist and voice for victims of bullying and abuse is my part in a continuation of this family tradition. Most of the despotic tyrants who start wars often come from abusive authoritarian families, so war and peace often start in the home, and with small children. The dove is the apt symbol for a quest to bring spiritual awakening to issues of child abuse and abuse of other innocents, and spreading peace and awareness in the world
Visionary & Contemporary Fine Art
“Painting the magnificent beauty of Heaven and Earth through my vision”
I am an artist, clairvoyant, and present workshops in Intuitive Painting and Developing Intuition. I paint what I love, what inspires me. My artwork ranges from visionary and celestial pieces, to realistic landscapes, equine portraits, still life and bold abstract works….some of which are considered “Healing Art.” Many of my paintings are created intuitively, from my imagination. Painting from my inner world demands existing in the moment–responding to impulses and impressions as they arise and seek external life. My still life pieces and more realistic landscapes and florals are painted from life or photographs. This provides the dynamic of a visual reference point in the external world–a radically different experience. One is my internal, spiritual world brought into visibility. The other brings the external world into, and through me, for expression. Each is a great adventure, providing unlimited possibilities for creative discovery. I participate with the “Daily Painters” and have exhibited with the Daily Painters Online International Art Gallery. We are a worldwide group of artists who typically paint daily and post each piece at our painting blogs. I have participated in the international “Bridging Heaven & Earth” project. This is a collaboration of artists all over the world creating a work of art with the theme of bridging heaven and earth – the spiritual with the earthly. It is considered a world wide effort, using art and the collective energies of many, to bring more light and love into this world. Four of my original oil paintings have been purchased by Saratoga Hospital, in Saratoga Springs, NY for their permanent collection of fine art. They can be viewed in the new orthopedic wing. My artwork has been used to illustrate national magazine articles, book covers, music CD covers, wine collections, business stationery, and featured in a variety of publications and national magazines. In the summer of 2015, I was commissioned to create paintings on polo balls to be presented as trophies at the Saratoga Polo Association polo matches. I hope my artwork inspires you and lifts your spirit…
Opening reception: Sunday October 1 from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
“Carefully cutting and filing each small shape by hand, we then gently soften the points and edges smoothing them until they are perfect. Using a very light hand while leaving subtle marks on the surface we create textures with fine rosewood hammers and steel wool. Oxidizing and polishing the delicate shapes comes next and what is revealed after this step is always an exciting moment. Each piece has its own personality. Once the silver shapes are connected to the chain, the pieces dance and come alive.” ~ The Quiet Woods
Kim Sheridan-Dunmore and her mother, Mue, are the creative team behind The Quiet Woods jewelry. They sell their delicate sterling silver jewelry at Valley Artisans. This article was reprinted from the Gazette with edits to shorten for space.
By Cady Kuzmich
Kim Sheridan-Dugmore grew up in Brooklyn making daisy chains and painting rocks with her mother, Mue. Her father Peter was an architect in the big city. Design has been calling to her from the beginning. When her parents decided to move upstate to the small village of Round Lake, she decided to stay in the city. Having always been “a maker,” Sheridan-Dugmore was intent on making it in the world of design. She worked as a decorator but eventually moved upstate over a decade ago when her eldest son was five. She lives just around the corner from her parents.
While a lot has changed since those daisy-chain making days in Brooklyn, some things remain the same. Sheridan-Dugmore and her mom are still in the business of creating art together — but this time they’ve turned their art into a business. The two have started their own jewelry line called The Quiet Woods. The mother-daughter duo has been turning delicate pieces of sterling silver into unique necklaces and earrings for five years now. “Mom and I, together, it’s a partnership,” said Sheridan-Dugmore. She said they’re basically self-taught, with the exception of one class they took in the beginning for some basic understanding.
Her mother worked as a dental hygienist. For years she was tasked with the intricate work of probing inside people’s mouths with fine dental instruments, so working on a very small scale with jewelry is “not dissimilar” according to Sheridan-Dunmore. The idea for The Quiet Woods came to fruition five years ago after Sheridan-Dugmore had her second son and decided she needed to make time for her creative endeavors. “I didn’t want to go back to the corporate life. I wanted to do something creative,” she said. Sheridan-Dugmore now works in municipal government as a treasurer in the mornings and concentrates on The Quiet Woods later in the day. While she noted The Quiet Woods isn’t a full time gig, she admits she’s always thinking about it in some way. While Sheridan-Dugmore is at work in the morning, her mother can likely be found working away on new pieces for the Quiet Woods at her kitchen table.
Find out more about Quiet Woods on their website or come into the Market and see their delicate work in person.
- Karen Koziol and Baxter Koziol: “Needling the Thread”
October 27, 2017 - November 18, 2017
- Annual Holiday Show
November 25, 2017 - December 31, 2017
- Fire and Ice
January 19, 2018 - February 13, 2018
- Barry Targan: “Containment”
February 16, 2018 - March 13, 2018
- Ed Hepp: “Carousel Carvings”
March 16, 2018 - April 10, 2018
- Beverley Mastrianni: “Sculpture”
April 13, 2018 - May 8, 2018
- Lea McCloskey: “Painting”
May 11, 2018 - June 5, 2018
- Clancy King: “Painting”
June 8, 2018 - July 3, 2018
- ATTRRA: “Variety”
July 6, 2018 - July 31, 2018
- Nancy Powhida: “Painting, Sculpture, Prints”
August 3, 2018 - August 28, 2018
- Pottery Sale & Overstock Sale
August 18, 2018 - August 19, 2018
- Ann Larsen: “Landscape Painter”
August 31, 2018 - September 25, 2018
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