An artist's talk at Mitchell Giddings

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BRATTLEBORO >> Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts will host an artist talk with Michelle and David Holzapfel in conversation with Gregory Sharrow, director of the VT Folklife Center on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Passaggi is a collection of artwork by Marlboro, artists Michelle and David Holzapfel. which continues through Oct. 23. David's unique, locally sourced hardwood furniture and sculpture highlight both his material's inherent beauty and the artist's unexpected and sensitive response to it. Michelle's exquisitely turned and carved bowls, vases and vessels transport the viewer to places where magic and fancy are transformed into handheld objects of singular delight and beauty.

David and Michelle utilize those portions of the trees left behind or overlooked by the loggers, and together they honor the imperfections, richness and personalities of these once-living organisms in their art. But Michelle and David's curiosities lead both artists to explore the world beyond spalted maple and cherry burl. David's sense of humor and his ability to celebrate the given have found easy expression in a series of photographs shot with a plastic Holga camera and plastic lens, while Michelle turns her hand to needle and thread, creating striking, quilt-like fabric wall-hangings. These new pieces suggest shifting focus and restless passage, explored with the inspiration and attention to detail we have come to know in their history.

Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts is located at 183 Main St., Brattleboro.


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