AND I had the honor of creating the Ringmaster for the whole affair! I will also have a few of the aforementioned Specimen Boxes, one of the Spider dolls, and a Dr Scops on display (Sideshow treats of course). Speaking of sideshow, Shain Erin will also have some strange creations in there as well.
“CIRCUS” Show runs from:
Tuesday, June 16, 10 a.m – Saturday, July 25, 5 p.m.
Reception: Friday, June 19
Studio Place Arts
I will see you there!
The Circus Comes to Studio Place Arts
Studio Place Arts (SPA) has brought dozens of funny and fabulous thematic exhibits to central Vermont over the years, including The Gun Show, The Boat Show, Maps and Journeys, and Forever Forests. The latest in this series of smash-hits is CIRCUS!, slated to run from June 16 – July 25, 2009, with an opening reception on Friday, June 19, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.
There are three large, raised rings in the middle of the gallery, filled with circus acts in paper mache, clay, cloth, and porcelain figures B including elephants, trapeze artists, an audience of dogs by Beanie-the-dog artist David Klein, and a ringmaster by dollmaker Beth Robinson, who is currently exhibiting her work at Galerie Madame des Vosges in Paris. One of the rings is populated by clay whistle circus figures made by Delia Robinson, who sold one of her whistles several years ago to Bill Clinton for Hillary’s 50th birthday.
Adjacent parts of the gallery are devoted to images of aerialists in paintings and sculpture, to sideshow images B including strange things in bottles B and to clowns. One of the country=s foremost painters of sideshow banners, Toni-Lee Sangastiano, is showing both a six-foot sideshow banner and a painting, Last King of the Sideshow, Ward Hall, which just won an honorable mention in the Art Interview 16th International Online Artist Competition.
Other prominent artists represented in the show are Paul Graubard of Lenox, Massachusetts, whose work is in the permanent collection of the American Museum of Visionary Arts (AVAM) in Baltimore, Maryland, and Robin Croft of Manassas, Virginia, whose figures are made of found objects, many of which he finds on southern beaches.
The show is bound to delight young and old alike, and is open Tuesday – Friday, 10AM – 5PM, and Saturday from noon – 4PM. More information is available by calling 479-7069, or at www.studioplacearts.com