Business owner and artist Katheryn Chasse and Marji Graff of the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce have put the Aug. 28 flood behind them to celebrate the autumn opening of Chester’s Chasse Fine Art Gallery. Photo by Don Dill
Many Vermont businesses are slowly emerging from the effects of the Aug. 28 Tropical Storm Irene flooding. In Chester, local artists are helping provide renewed hope during the painful and costly recovery process. Owners of the Chasse Fine Art Galley, Denis and Katheryn Chasse, are helping to bring color and excitement back to storm-battered Windsor County.
“The magic of the moment, light illuminating land or sea, the essence of the scene captured forever, these are the elements which bring a feeling of joy and beauty to life,” said Denis Chasse. His paintings and Katheryn's photography are a welcome tonic and on display at gallery on 558 Main St.
Denis received his training at the Art Institute of Boston from 1976 to 1978 where he received the Certificate of Merit for his art. He continued his training at the Paul Goodridge Art Studio, Salem, Mass., from 1979 to 1983. Denis learned the techniques of the Gloucester School of Outdoor Painting founded by Emile Gruppe in the early 1930s. These techniques emphasize the use of bold color applied with expressive brushstrokes, creating a vibrant impression of a scenes and seascapes.
Denis and Katheryn operate the Chasse' Fine Art Gallery in Chester, up main Street from the village green.
This husband and wife artist team capture the many distinctive moods and seasons of New England as well as historic, patriotic Williamsburg Va.,where the couple lived for 13n years.
While in Virginia, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation purchased the rights to make a Christmas card from Denis’ painting, “The Olde Boot Shop at Christmas”.
The Chester couple have exhibited throughout New England and in Virginia at the following: the Newburyport Art Association in Massachusetts, the Southern Vermont Art Association in Manchester, Mt. Washington Valley Art Association in New Hampshire, Twentieth Century Gallery and Trimble Collection Gallery in Williamsburg, Va., the On the Hill Gallery in Yorktown, Va., and the Home Port Gallery on Hatteras Island, N.C.
So if you need to rediscover your inner light to get you through winter, the Chasse Fine Art Gallery may be just your ticket. In addition to art sales, the gallery also offers a wide range of art instruction, workshops, art and yoga retreats. There’s something to satisfy every soul at the gallery.
Celebrated dancer, stage performer Twyla Tharp may have been talking about the Chasse Fine Art Gallery when she said, “In difficult times, art can provide both an escape and a path to recovery. Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”