Thursday January 31, 2013

Nicki Steel’s ‘Hearts in Nature’ featured at Bartleby’s

WILMINGTON -- Bartleby’s Books hosts its annual Valentine show, "Hearts in Nature" by local photographer Nicki Steel.

In addition to her interest in the Vermont landscape, animal and gardens, Steel is often inspired to pursue a specific photographic theme. Ten years ago that inspiration led her to create the Steeples in Vermont poster. Just a few years ago she discovered patterns created by lichen on stone, inspiring a heart shaped imaged titled, "I’m Lichen You." Next, a heart-shaped tree trunk gouge lead to the creation of her photograph, "Wood You Love Me?"

In the months following Tropical Storm Irene, Steel found she wasn’t drawn to photographing landscapes. Smaller natural impressions caught her eye. Diminutive plants or clumps of snow and intriguingly shaped bits of wood got her exploring the outdoors in a different way. Steel took to heart the advice of Wilmington wildlife photographer, Bill Pool, who advised, "Don’t forget to look down at your feet. Some of the most beautiful things are right there."

Steel’s collection, "Hearts in Nature" is continually growing. As the artist explains, "This series really combines things that I treasure -- Love ... love of nature and love of photography and, while perfect for Valentine’s Day, these photos appeal to the senses any time of year."

Stee’s show will be on display at Bartleby’s Books, 17 West Main St., during February. For information, call 802-464-5425, e-mail bartbook@sover.net, or visit myvermontbookstore.com.

Ann Coleman opens
temporary collective gallery

WILMINGTON -- The Ann Coleman Gallery will be taking up temporary residence at 7 North Main St., while Coleman waits to see if the Town of Wilmington will approve her new "Ark" Gallery design by Linesync Architecture & Stevens Engineering.

Local artist Coleman will open the doors on Saturday on the main floor below Roseate Creations Frame Shop. This will be a collective space showcasing the work of six local, high-profile artists. West Brattleboro will be well represented by atmospheric landscape oil painter Petria Mitchell, fine furniture/woodworker Jason Breen, abstract painter Jim Giddings, with oil stick on paper, and ceramist Matt Tell with his functional clay vessels in colorful earth tones. Also in the lineup will be silversmith Lori Rich of Halifax, with fine art jewlery and pastelist Ann Coleman of Whitingham with her prints and originals of local scenes.

There we be an artists’ opening celebration on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 802-379-4305.