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Art on Main Invites Community to View Holiday Featured Artist Exhibit

Tuesday November 27, 2007

   Over the River & Through the Woods showcases paintings by Reed A Prescott III, Lincoln and Vermont Hardwood Pens by Jim Cunningham, Bristol

   Bristol Art on Main announces its Holiday 2007 Featured Artist Exhibit Over the River & Through the Woods. The exhibit features paintings & prints by Lincoln artist Reed A Prescott III and turned wood pens by Bristol woodworker Jim Cunningham. The community is invited to meet the artists at a celebratory reception on Friday November 30 from 5-7pm in the Gallery at 25 Main Street, Bristol. Both artists will be on hand and refreshments will be served. The Gallery will be open until 8pm that evening.

   Reed A. Prescott III, a native Vermonter, resident of Lincoln and a graduate of the School of the Worcester Art Museum, has been a full time artist since 1988. He is one of New England’s premier artists and illustrators and his oil paintings are part of private collections world wide. His realistic landscapes are worked on site and capture a time and place that is recognized by all who view his work. His love for Vermont and its people give his work a sense of familiarity and that feeling of home to all who have experienced life in Vermont.

   Reed is not just a successful artist, he is also an active participant in bringing the arts alive in the everyday life of his community. He has given numerous workshops in elementary schools throughout Vermont on his career in art. He involves students in the artistic process by allowing them to actually add strokes of paint to his original oil paintings in progress. There is a very proud teenager in Lincoln who, to this day, can point out the blades of grass he painted, when in elementary school, on Reed’s painting “Reservations for Two.”

   Jim Cunningham from Bristol has been creating beautiful writing pens made from Vermont hardwoods for over 5 years. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Jim visited Vermont in the early 1980s and fell in love with the countryside and people. He decided it was the perfect place to live and stayed. Jim has always worked with his hands: from remodeling and carpentry to working with nature in creating rustic furniture pieces to his new passion of turning pens.

   In creating Vermont Hardwood Pens, Jim uses only reclaimed wood˜gathered from many sources including weather damaged trees, firewood, scrap wood boxes in woodshops and waste wood from local sawyers with portable saw mills˜which means no trees are cut to make his pens. American Elm, originally planted in the mid 1850's on the Vermont State House lawn, and lilac pruned each year from Shelburne Museum are just a few of the unique woods he uses.  

   After making thousands of pens over the years, Jim is debuting something new this holiday season: desk pens and pen stands. Many of his customers shared that they save his pen for use at their desk at home, so he began to develop a style designed specifically for the desk. The pen stands were inspired by a visit to Hinesburg artist David Epstein who makes beautiful jewelry from Iberville shale stone, a Lake Champlain beach stone. The leaf pen holders, inserted in the stone, are made of 99.9% pure silver PMC Silver Clay.

   The exhibit will be on view in the Gallery through Monday December 31st. Art on Main is open Monday thru Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday noon-4pm. Throughout December, the Gallery will also be open until 8pm on Friday evenings.

   For more information, visit or contact Carolyn Ashby, Gallery Manager at (802) 453-4032 or [email protected].


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