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Local artists, students, organizers feted

MIDDLEBURY - Each year the Friends of the Art Museum at Middlebury College recognize those who have made significant contributions to the community, either through their creative endeavors or through support for the visual arts in Addison County.

At its annual meeting last month, the Friends honored thirteen individuals in five categories.

Student award winners were Middlebury College senior Emily Reed of Ancram, N.Y., Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center student Kiera Hoefle of East Middlebury, North Branch School eighth-grader Calder Birdsey of Ripton, Middlebury Studio School eighth-grader Dorothy Punderson of Weybridge, and Bridge School sixth-grader Olivia Lane of Clarendon Springs.

Members of the founding committee of the Middlebury Arts Walk-including Barbara Doyle-Wilch of Salisbury, Rachel Baird of Middlebury, Liza Sacheli-Lloyd of Middlebury, Jean Cherouny of Ripton, Sue Hoxie of Middlebury, Nancy Cobden-Slater of Weybridge, Doug Anderson of Middlebury, and Nancy Malcom of Middlebury-were honored in the category of Benefactor, Volunteer, or Organization.

Emily Reed is an artist actively exploring the complex relationships between objects and space. She uses a variety of materials and techniques: plaster, wire, wood, pigments, foam; painting, printmaking, and photography. She creates works that, in her own words, "blur the edges of a space and seep into its corners."

Understanding the place an object occupies is critical to her work-whether the object is solid or diffuse, whether the space is familiar or foreign, here or in time past. Her senior thesis explores the frontiers where different times intersect and what these intersections tell us about ourselves. Her works of art have an immediacy, an approachability, that leads us back to ourselves and where we are at any given moment.

In her work Kiera Hoefle often elucidates commonalities between mathematics and the visual arts. Her sophisticated understanding of design and its ability to convey meaning are seen in the bold colors of many of her prints.

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