The Stone Soup Painters
This group of painters has been meeting at the Senior Center in Brattleboro for ten years and adopted the title of Stone Soup Painters. Their experience of making art together is similar to making something delicious from a stone and water when everyone adds an ingredient. The result of the collaboration is a rich offering in oil paint that expresses the joy of making something that is uniquely yours.
Many of these artists have never painted before and arrive with all of the fear and uncertainty that accompanies a new adventure. The class begins with an introduction to Sequencing, a technique developed by Ric Campman, one of the founders of the River Gallery School. Each new participant begins by creating a series of small paintings using their hands, Dorland’s Wax medium and good quality oil paints. The direct experience of using hands, not brushes, and the process of repetition encourages the joy of creating something beautiful. The challenge of learning how to see in new ways links the participants in a collaborative effort that makes art from paper, paint and each person’s gifts. Frequent laughter helps ease moments of frustration, and when someone achieves a breakthrough, everyone celebrates. Whatever may be happening in their individual lives these artists come together each week to make art that offers validation of the importance of creative work at any age.
Participating artists: Manya Crosby, Cynthia Keyes, Marya Koskoris, Lynn Martin, Meris Morrison, Mary Tyler, Dorothy Edelman, Cyndi Ferrante, Kathy Livesy and Lola Bryant.
Marilyn Allen, River Gallery School Outreach teacher and coordinator, teaches the Senior Center art classes on Tuesday mornings. For more information about this program, please contact River Gallery School.
The Stone Soup Painters wish to thank the Arts Council of Vermont for the grant that makes this show possible.