BRATTLEBORO — There will be a reception for three artists on Friday, Jan. 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Music will accompany the show featuring the works of Valeri Claff, Avn Hanna and Naomi Lindenfeld.

Valerie Claff : Winter Tree Dreaming

Describing her inspiration, Valerie Claff said, "The wild is tangible here in the deeply forested hills. Human made sounds are few. Wandering the land, the old stories and myths of my Celtic and Northern European ancestors seem to come alive in the misty glades and through my frequent encounters with woodland creatures. Though inspired by the land around me, my painted woodlands are imagined, archetypal places – journeys into the primeval forest where the numinous spirit of place is encountered. My watercolor paintings are an attempt to capture the mystery of the forest and to shape a terrain where the mythic imagination comes alive and thresholds to other realms are illuminated."

Ayn Hanna: Textile Art Quilting

About her work, Avn Hanna said, "Trained as a printmaker, I create richly drawn active surfaces, exploring drawing and mark-making. My textile paintings include layers of fabric combined with thread "drawing" to develop texture and line.

I am inspired by our many systems for mapping and organizing ideas, stories, data and place. I enjoy the overlaps that exist between art and science – shapes, models, diagrams, formulas, patterns, etc. I am also fascinated by connectors and connections, both physical and spiritual. My work is a mapping of my inner and outer world, combining imagery and personal symbols to convey my feelings of places and experiences."


Naomi Lindenfeld Ceramic Art: The Forest Transformed

Naomi Lindenfeld is renowned for her signature pattern-working of layered porcelain vessels and platters, and the new year brings new patterns infused with the movement of wind,water, and the deeper layers of earth. The recent Forest series focuses on the upward flow of tree forms, a poetic addition to our focus on the beauty of the winter forest.

At Gallery in the Woods. 145 Main St. Brattleboro.