Megan Humphrey

Megan Humphrey, VT Crafts, Frog Hollow Artisan
I attribute my desire for making greeting cards to Captain Kangaroo. His was one of the few shows I was allowed to watch on TV when I was a child. I can still hear the sound of scissors through construction paper as Captain Kangaroo would cut out shapes for an art project from his shoebox filled with supplies. I LOVED that sound---it meant that another creation would be unfolding before my eyes.

I originally began to make cards for family and friends based on vintage Valentines that date to the 1890’s. Back then, cards were designed with layers of doilies, images, bits of ribbon, and embellishments. For many years, I made each card by hand with those precious Valentines in mind. Limitations of that process became apparent: each card took too long based on retail pricing, I couldn’t add a lovely button or bauble if I didn’t want to part with it quite yet, and letters are no longer hand-cancelled so pieces could be ruined in modern postal equipment.

These days, I set up a collage with a vintage postcard or image as the centerpiece and then take a photo. I make a color copy of the card and add a final touch of ribbon. I strive to maintain the three-dimensional look of those vintage Valentines. My collage-like greeting cards include most of the major holidays and life’s celebrations. In addition, I continue to expand my photography and linoleum-print card lines.

I have been a Frog Hollow artisan for 30 years. I appreciate the longevity of such a wonderful organization that showcases and encourages a community of artisans for the world to see.

John Geery

John Geery, Frog Hollow Artisan, VT Photography
Two things appeal to me most about my craft:  the satisfaction of creating a beautiful photograph, and that it brings pleasure into other people’s lives.

Jeff Clarke

Jeff Clarke, Frog Hollow Artist, VT Photography
My best times in the darkroom are when a storm is raging outside or on dark winter afternoons because I’m less tempted to be outside shooting. When printing I still feel the magical excitement I felt the first time I made a print, watching it slowly appear in the amber light. The finished black and white image is the culmination of my entire experience.

John Churchman

John Churchman, Frog Hollow Artist, VT Photography
What inspires me to create imagery is the conditions of light within the image. Each season has it’s own serendipitous beauty and mystery; I strive to bring that into my finished pieces. I believe that first working as a painter and then as a photographer gives me a unique eye for capturing color and light. I have always been very inspired by Franz Marc, Rothko, and Turner, especially Franz Marc’s portrayals of animals in nature.