"Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done marvelous things...for the open pastures are springing up!" Joel2:21-22
Join me at my Halfway Party to see #1 - 25 of my 50 Project watercolors at Colchester Farmers Market, Weds June 12, 4 - 7 pm at the Burnham Library green, Rte 2A, Colchester, VT! #1 - 12 are in display case there thru June 30 and EAL Small Pic Show thru June 4. All at the library!
Libby at Trapp Family Lodge painting "Autumn Symphony at Trapp" on 9/30/11
The Vermont Plein Air Octoberfest this past weekend in the Waterbury/Stowe area was a great success! The participating artists whose newly created artwork makes up this dynamic exhibit are: Mary Byrom from North Berwick, ME, Jacquie Call from Burlington, VT, Chris Coyne from Rockport, MA, Libby Davidson (myself) from Colchester, VT, Caleb Stone from Gloucester, MA, Mary Krause from Essex, VT, and Will Workman from Williston, VT. Works are in oils, watercolors and oil pastels, all for sale, on display at the Galleria Fine Arte in Waterbury Center, Vermont. This week the Galleria Fine Arte will be moving to a beautiful new gallery space in downtown Stowe, right directly across from the church near the start of the Stowe Bike Path. Look for a yellow building set back from sidewalk to the left of Black Cap Coffee (which has great soups and pastries) as you face it from the street. The new gallery space will be open starting this Saturday, October 8th, and our Plein Air Exhibit will be featured there through the month of October. This is a wonderful opportunity to see and purchase some captivating Vermont landscapes completed in the Stowe and Waterbury area this past weekend by these talented artists.
"Autumn Symphony at Trapp" 8 x 10" for sale at Galleria Fine Arte
"Birches at Trapp" 8 x 10" (11 x 14" framed) for sale at Galleria Fine Arte
We were blessed with glorious weather on Friday to begin the Plein Air event. Mary Krause, Jacquie Call and I painted the amazing vistas and birches at Trapp Family Lodge near the bakery. I finished two 8 x 10" watercolors that day: "Autumn Symphony at Trapp" and "Birches at Trapp", both $300 framed, and available at the Galleria Fine Arte. Saturday the weather took a turn for the worse, with cold, wind, and rain, but all of us artists were out there in the midst of it, painting away! Jacquie Call and I found cover under the large awning of the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters temporary visitors center in Waterbury, VT, where they were giving out free coffee and updating tourists on the flood relief efforts for Waterbury. It was wonderful to see the town coming back to life, and to be there to paint near the train station. That very day was the first day the train had returned to that station after much repair work on the tracks. I would have loved to see the train, but it came early morning, and again after we left the site.
"House on Waterbury Green" in progress
Green Mountain Coffee ladies give us rain cover to paint!
We painted facing the Waterbury Green and I completed "House on Waterbury Green" in about 2 1/2 hours while tourists came to get their coffee and watch us paint. I used a 1" flat sable brush for all of my paintings this weekend, to keep from getting too tight in depicting fine details, and it served me well. From there we headed up to Cold Hollow Cider Mill with hot cider and cider donuts on our minds! We camped out under the gazebo to paint while streams of tourists made their way into the warm, cozy store. I completed "Cold Hollow Cider Mill", another 8 x 10" watercolor, looking out at the pumpkins, mums, corn stalks and the hazy hill beyond.These watercolors are all $300 framed with acid-free matboard in natural oak frames, on exhibit now through the end of October at Galleria Fine Arte. Contact them at
or (802)244-7288 for more information.
"House on Waterbury Green" 8 x 10" for sale at Galleria Fine Arte
"Cold Hollow Cider Mill" 8 x 10" for sale at Galleria Fine Arte
Maria and Giancarlo De Vito, the owners of Galleria Fine Arte, provided a wonderful dinner for us both Friday and Saturday night at the gallery, during which we exchanged stories from our various painting adventures. Giancarlo and his brother own the popular restaurant Trattoria LaFesta on Rte 108 in Stowe, in business for 25 years, so they were keeping us well-fed each evening from our long days of painting!