Artists

Featured Artist – Kathleen Berry Bergeron
www.kathleenberrybergeron.com

The Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association chose Kathleen Berry Bergeron as its 2023 Vermont Flower Show featured artist to create the promotional artwork for this year’s theme – Out of Hibernation! Spring Comes to the 100-Acre Wood. Kathy’s light-hearted watercolor rendition of the original Winnie the Pooh and Piglet strolling a woodland path framed by oversized flowers in shades of pinks to reds and distant greenery of the forest could well be the moment that Pooh remarked, “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

This watercolor is typical of Kathleen’s bursts of color jumping off the paper and creating feelings of tranquility and nostalgia. “The colors came naturally to me until the whole thing came together so that it made you want to walk right in. I hope this is how it makes the viewer feel! 

“We are ever grateful that Kathleen agreed to work pro bono with our Grand Garden Display designers to create this piece that captures the sweet friendship and matter-of-fact wisdom of author A.A. Milne’s original characters,” said Kristina MacKulin, executive director of the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association, which creates the Vermont Flower Show. “Her love of art and gardening really shines in this piece.”

Kathleen is a professional watercolorist who teaches watercolor classes and workshops throughout Vermont. Although she has been painting since she was a child and studied formally, after attending college and a brief time in Europe studying art, she became an art, English and psychology teacher in private and public schools. She painted in oils for many years before turning to watercolors. She says that after 25 years, she is continually learning new techniques.

She has exhibited work extensively throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and New York, including currently featured Artist at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. She is represented by Northwood Gallery in Stowe, Art Hound Gallery in Essex and in ongoing exhibits.

Her comprehensive list of awards and shows can be seen on her website below. Recent highlights include, Kathleen was chosen among 38 Vermont artists for the “Champlain’s Lake Rediscovered” touring exhibition that opened at Shelburne Farms, traveled to New York City, Boston and finished at the Vermont State House. She was the 2010 featured artist at the Champlain Valley Fair art show and competition. Her painting “Venice Canal” received the prestigious Mary Bryan award for excellence in 2007. She is a member of the Northern Vermont Artist Association, Essex Art League and Signature Member of the Vermont Watercolor Society.

Kathleen and her husband Bob Bergeron live in Jericho. They have five adult children and eight grandchildren so it’s no surprise that she says, “I have read Winnie the Pooh books many times over the years!”

Thank you Kathleen for sharing your love of art and gardening with us!

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Monique Dewyea, a retired professional nurse from Colchester, continues her 20-plus years’ self-taught journey of sketching and painting in watercolor and colored pencils – and especially in pencil and charcoal – “when the hours just fly away,” she says. Nature captivates and delights her she says, so she renders scenes, structures, flowers and fauna from her gardens and escapades from the wild. Her plein air painting sessions with a regularly gathering group of artist friends is both camaraderie and meditation. Monique participates in gallery exhibitions to challenge and motivate herself so her work has been exhibited widely in Vermont, including the Bryan Gallery, various galleries through the Vermont Watercolor Society, Phoenix Book Store, Old Mill, Champlain Valley Exposition, Fletcher Free Library and the Village Frame Shop.

Trish Murtha is known for vibrant, impressionistic images with loads of color and touches of whimsy. Primarily a self-taught watercolorist, Trish also experiments with mixed media. She is a popular teacher in watercolor, environmental art, inter-generational workshops and those designed to promote creativity for wellness, healing and team building. People comment that Trish is innately spirited and fun, adding that her work and energy are the “creative sparks” for others with humor and wisdom and the reasons her classes have filled for years whether in New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont or Colorado. She has self-published calendars, journals and cards and adapts her work to benefit projects that support children, women and a variety of social justice issues. Trish’s work has been licensed to the National Wildlife Federation and companies in Europe and the U.S. Her illustrations appear on numerous book covers and won the award for Best Children’s Non-Fiction 2020. Paintings are juried into fine art shows, galleries and are held in private and corporate collections including Golden Paints, Harvard University, and Bank of New Hampshire. Trish lives in Dummerston. Email: TrishJourneys@gmail.com

 

Kimberly Provost is inspired by the late sculptor Ann Truitt, she says. “Truitt’s honest portrayal of life as an artist, wife and mother in her collection of three journals, has given me hope, faith and persistence in my art, even during the struggles of everyday life.” Kimberly’s husband’s 2009 ALS diagnosis means she’s become his full-time caregiver. Kimberly finds solace working in her South Burlington home studio. Although her career is in healthcare and business, she pursues her art and music. Painting with pastels, her method is one of care with details and the smooth blending of colors and edges with her fingers. “I sketch and paint directly onto a colored support and add many layers of pastel,” she says. Her landscapes, architecture and animals lean toward realism. Lately, she’s regularly commissioned for pet portraits, oil landscapes and repairs of damaged antique pastel and oil pieces. Kimberly’s artwork has hung in several group exhibits and shows, including at The Strand Main Gallery in Plattsburgh and the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. She is a member of Pastel Society of America and Vermont Pastel Society.   www.kimberlyprovost.com

 

reed prescott photoReed Prescott feels that sharing art includes the process as well as the piece. He is best known for his oil paintings, book illustrations and twice winning the Vermont Duck Stamp competition. But when a vision issue closed the door on his career as an oil painter, he quickly pivoted to woodworking with a wide range of jewelry; some repurposed from skateboards, tennis rackets and field hockey sticks. Reed’s work can be found in public and private collections around the world. Reed Prescott has always had a strong passion for expressing his creativity and storytelling. He is owner and operator of the Galleries at Verde Mountain and online shops in Lincoln. www.verdemtn.com.  

 

 

James Rauchman After graduating from Goddard College, James studied art education in Philadelphia then earned his MFA in painting from Columbia University in 1987. Over the past 45 years he had solo exhibitions at Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery in Kent, CT, Arsenal Gallery and The Interchurch Center in Manhattan, and Cuban Art Factory in Havana. Group exhibitions in Philadelphia and New York, include the former Marian Locks Gallery, CRG, Mitchell Algus Gallery – all now closed, Bowery, First Street and Sideshow Galleries, as well as at the 2006 Havana Biennial.

Since returning to Vermont in 2019 James work has been included in the yearly members’ exhibitions at The Current in Stowe. In 2020 he exhibited a one-person show at River Arts in Morrisville. He won an audience favorite award at the Bryan Gallery in Jeffersonville in 2022. James has an ongoing relationship with the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson Center since its founding in 1984. His paintings are in numerous collections including New York’s Federal Reserve Bank, Bristol Myers Squibb, The University of Delaware, Sidley Austin LLP and Barnard College. He lives in Morristown. www.jamesrauchman.net

 

 

 

Shanley Triggs believes strongly in the healing power of art. She grew up on a dairy farm in Milton. “The freedom I felt in childhood, returned when I picked up a paintbrush for the first time at the age of 37. More than 30 years later, she still lives in her hometown where she’s painting and teaching numerous watercolor classes. Her art draws from the Vermont landscapes – especially Lake Champlain – and the flowers and birds close to home. Her Vermont H’Art miniature-framed prints are sold widely in Burlington Winter Farmers Markets, Vermont Handcrafter Craft Shows,15 gift shops and galleries throughout the state. She is a member of the Vermont Hand Crafters, Vermont Watercolor Society and Milton Artists’ Guild, She has won awards for her work in many juried shows and festivals and art shows.  www.shanleytriggs.com.