The Old Firehouse is open 3 days a week, Tuesday through Thursday 10am-4pm.
GRACE’s Old Firehouse
59 Mill Street, Hardwick, VT
Studio, Office & Gallery Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10-4 pm, or by appointment
Artists of all abilities and ages welcome
Tuesday 1-3:30 pm OPEN STUDIO
Thursday 1-3 pm WORKSHOP
Winter in the Studio: Exploring Still Life with Acrylics
Tuesdays 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30
Come in out of the cold and brush up on still life painting with acrylics. How do we relate to the everyday objects around us? The objects around us can’t help but tell our stories, and artists have been using still life to tell the stories of human culture since the days of ancient Egypt. Still lives have been found in ancient Greek and Roman ruins, on up through Renaissance, the age of Dutch Masters, Impressionists and into the 20th and 21st century. Along with traditional fruit and florals, a still life may include unusual and surprising things like shoes, a pile of books, tools, a piece of cake, a children’s toy. It’s great fun to paint a still life. You can keep it as simple or complex as you choose. Painting the still life gives you a chance to explore basic painting principals, including composition, point of view, color and spatial relationships.
Surfaces: Small stretched canvases, Watercolor paper cut to about 18 x 24 or smaller, Masking tape
Acrylic Paints: Mars black, Titanium white, Cadmium red, Cadmium yellow, Ultramarine Blue
Brushes: A variety of round and flat brushes, At least 3 of each.
Other: Paper towels, a bar of soap, jar, sprayer for water, 2 pallet knifes
Mondays 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5
Join beginning and intermediate level knitters for instruction in a welcoming environment on Thursdays during the winter. Bring wool knitting worsted yarn and knitting needles size 5 -7 ( 3.75 mm- 4.5mm).
Betsy Day & Lucy Hull
Thursdays 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22
This introductory weaving class will give you hands-on experience in a variety of weaving techniques and patterns. The looms will be warped and ready to work on. You will learn about the looms, how they function and how to mix and match yarn colors and textures to achieve a desired effect.
Materials: each student should bring 3 colors med weight balls of yarn.
Help Your Voice Go Free – Writing Workshop
Mondays 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2
Join the GRACE Writing Group to learn and practice writing techniques that will unlock the power of your writer’s voice, no matter what kind of writing you want to do.
Learn how to help smother that editor in your head. Premature, compulsive editing makes writing difficult, dreaded and dead. The changes and pauses between your consciousness and the page damps down your voice. You have a sound, texture and rhythm to your voice that when unleashed creates powerful writing and makes a reader listen to you. You may not like your voice, but it’s the only one you have and your source of powerful writing. If you keep writing your voice will get better and you may like it better. If you stop writing, you’ll never have a voice and never be heard.
Write nonstop 5 minutes a day then bring your favorite selection to our weekly group for positive, noncritical feedback. Your voice will love being set free and make you smile.
Collage Monotype Printing
Tuesday & Thursday 2/27 & 3/1
Cost: $55; Additional materials fee: $10
In this workshop participants will create a monotype using collage techniques and utilizing a printing press to create an image in reverse. Participants will cut, tear, hole punch, etc. a variety of dry pre-inked oak tag to create a creature, which will be placed onto a print plate and run through the print press with damp blotted paper. Participants will then peel the pre-inked oak tag off their paper, transferring the oak tag colored shapes to paper. This is a one of a kind technique that creates rich and colorful original art.
Life Drawing at GRACE
Marie LaPré Grabon
Thursdays 3/8, 3/15 & 3/22
6 – 9 pm
This workshop is appropriate for all levels of drawing expertise. We will focus on proportion of the figure, how to include foreshortening of the figure, the attitude of the pose, and composition of the picture plane. The workshop will include a variety of long and short poses. Participants are encouraged to use whatever drawing materials they are comfortable with. Suggested materials include: drawing or charcoal paper…at least 9 x 12” or 18 x 24”, vine charcoal with chamois and kneed eraser, graphite pencils #’s 4 – 6.
GRACE’s Old Firehouse Gallery Exhibition Schedule
Ongoing Gallery Annex: Selections from the consigned and permanent collection; workshop selections; works by staff.
Community Art Show: August 3 – September 28, 2016. A non-juried group show featuring over 25 community artists of all ages and abilities from Hardwick and surrounding towns. A variety of media are represented, including watercolor, acrylic and oil paint, ceramic, molded paper, graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, collage, mixed and found object art.
Celebrating Dot Kibbee: May 25 – July 27, 2016. Dot was a long time GRACE artist, whose distinct style is celebrated by many collectors of GRACE art. Dot was featured in Who is Community (an interview and portrait project conducted by Marie LaPre Grabon and Mary-Ellen Lovinsky), with an interview and portrait which are included in the solo exhibition of more than 30 pieces of Dot’s work.
Amazing G.R.A.C.E.: 40 years: March 2 – May 18, 2016. The first part of a retrospective traveling exhibition of GRACE work. Featuring over 25 GRACE artists from the past 40 years of artmaking. The show will travel to the Amy Tarrant Gallery at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, VT from June 3- August 27, 2016. The show will then continue on to The Vermont FolkLife Center in Middlebury, VT.
Thanks to our partnership with the Flynn Center, and a grant from the Northeast Kingdom Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation for helping fund this project. Thank you to the Lyman Orton Foundation and multiple private collectors for loaning artwork to GRACE to make this exhibition possible.