A Juried Exhibit of Contemporary Artisans
Woodstock Museum - Woodstock Ontario
September 5 to November 1 - 2008

Grave Goods

Featuring the work of:

Caz Bently
wood block prints
Daniel Bernyk
metal scuplture
Pat Burns-Wendland
hand spun weaving
Scott Caple
Larry Cluchey
wood turning
Catherine Crowe
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
living history
Sandra Dunn
& Steve White

Dianne Edwards
Kelly Green
wood carving
Allison Hamilton
Lydia Ilarion
fine metalwork
David Ivens
Lloyd Johnson
forged metals
Mary Lazier
Elsa Mann
Darrell Markewitz
forged metals
Rosemary Molesworth
Kelly Probyn-Smith
Mark Puigmarti
forged metals
David Robertson
forged metals
Brenda Roy
fine metalwork
Rob Schweitzer
tablet weaving
Graeme Sheffield
forged metals
A.G. Smith
Steve Strang
painting & drawing
Ruth Swanson
Kathryn Thomson
blown glass
Mark Tichenor
Laura Travis
stone carving
Catherine VamVakas Lay
blown glass
Sara Washbush
fine metalwork
Brigitte Wolf
stained glass

Laura Travis
Laura Travis Carving
Middlebridge, RI

As an artist, Laura walks between the worlds of fine and folk art, utilizing traditional iconography in some very contemporary contexts. The inspiration for her work comes from the Celtic traditions in music, dance and the visual arts which she has studied extensively for more than twenty years. She works primarily in limestone, soapstone, and slate. She has shown her work in Providence, Maryland, Toronto, Worcester and New Bedford. She is an art teacher at Hope Arts High School (awarded Rhode Island Teacher of the Year 2007 at High School Level) holds an MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and lives a stone's throw from the ocean in Rhode Island.

Lake Huron limestone beach stones, mild steel, water, found materials

Cairns and stones in general often function as boundary markers; pilings of stones secure sacred space and commemorate events, people, and dramatic transitions, including that between here and the otherworld. Stones reserve place for particular use and injunctions or taboos against moving them are common. The number nine signifies transition in many cultures.
Given time, I could have made a hundred pieces on the theme of Grave Goods. I’m continuing this structuring idea of the transition between worlds into more work for an upcoming exhibition in Providence, RI, April 2009.


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