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 recently, the Friends honored 13 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."
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. As her instructor, Lisa Rader, wrote, she "is relentlessly experimental with materials and always eager to revise her work."
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.
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.
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.
On the second Friday of every month from May through October shops, restaurants, and public facilities stay open from 5 to 7 p.m. as they become galleries displaying the work of dozens of artists.
The awards process begins in January each year with a call for nominations from the community. For further information, contact Mikki Lane, Bookstore and Receptionist Coordinator at the Middlebury College Museum of Art or visit the museum's website at museum.middlebury.edu.