As her instructor, Lisa Rader, wrote, she "is relentlessly experimental with materials and always eager to revise her work." For example, she has been known to transform photographs into detailed and provocative drawings that then disappear into studies of the space surrounding the objects. Recently, she has also developed a strong interest in printmaking with its layered dependence on process and vision.
Calder Birdsey's work is characterized by order and thoughtful observation. His drawings capture objects in very specific moments. While he has experience using oil paint, charcoal, collage, and clay, his favorite medium is graphite. Rose Messner, his teacher, observes, "His results are elegant, purely smooth and expressive." In his drawings he uses line and shading to suggest the story that surrounds the object. In this way, for Calder the visual arts join math and science as yet another way to understand the world around us.
Dorothy Punderson has taken independent art classes for several years during which her drawing skills have grown in power and control.
Her art instructor Mary Lower notes, "She has a clear vision of what she wants to accomplish." Dorothy has recently turned to oil painting. Her natural grasp of this complex process-from under paintings onward-promises to be one in which she will excel as her understanding of color, value, and form merge.
Olivia Lane's work shows an exuberant love for the visual arts. Color and line merge with freedom and discipline to delight the mind and eye. Her willingness to try a variety of materials encourages others and sends her own work soaring. Attention to detail can sometimes be an end in itself, but Olivia has shown us how detail leads to a larger perspective, a wider and deeper understanding of the object she brings to our attention. Her teacher Kimberly Waterman reports that Olivia has continually shown "passion, determination, and perseverance" whether she is painting, drawing, sculpting, sewing, or using some other creative way to express herself.
When they founded the Middlebury Arts Walk, now in its third year, the original members of the committee afforded Middlebury residents and visitors the ongoing pleasure of strolling through a town filled with art.
The Middlebury community owes its gratitude to the founding members of the Arts Walk committee-Barbara Doyle-Wilch, Rachel Baird, Liza Sacheli-Lloyd, Jean Cherouny, Sue Hoxie, Nancy Cobden-Slater, Doug Anderson, and Nancy Malcom-and to all who continue to volunteer their time with the committee to organize, publicize, and promote this event.
The awards process begins in January each year with a call for nominations from the community.