Frog Hollow has a rich history of working with local and statewide organizations, schools, and grassroots campaigns. Our goal is to further the understanding of and accessibility to the hand crafted. We have done this in many ways and continue to explore new and creative means to do so. Originally we accomplished this through the use of our craft school facilities and integrated arts programming. Today we achieve this goal through the promotion of arts programming in the statewide studios of our juried artisan members, through continued integrated arts programming with Vermont schools, and through partnerships with area businesses and organizations to raise awareness regarding our Vermont artisans work, craft education, and appreciation. Over the past few years Frog Hollow has made great progress in escaping the boundaries of our Gallery walls to create larger exhibits around the state of Vermont with a more individual focus on a specific artist or small group of artisans, exploring a body of work or defined theme. Below is a listing of our more recent community outreach efforts...
A Lifetime of Vermont People
Statewide Library Tour June 2013 - June 2014
Frog Hollow Gallery Presents A bold glimpse of the rural people who gave Vermont its character as documented over 60 years by the photographer-writer Peter Miller.
In celebration of Peter Miller's new book Frog Hollow has organized a state wide tour of Vermont Libraries. Each stop of the tour hosted images from the book as well as a display about Peter Miller and his efforts in writing the book. Each stop also hosted a “meet the artist” talk and book signing. To watch Peter's talk in the Frog Hollow Gallery from this show visit Peter's Frog Hollow Bio page by Clicking Here!
Library Tour Schedule
Burlington - Frog Hollow Gallery - June 1 - July 3 - 2013 Manchester - Mark Skinner Library – July 8th to Aug 14th - 2013 with an off-site gallery display at the Southern Vermont Arts Center Author talk July 10th at the First Congregational Church in Manchester - 7PM Middlebury - Ilsley Library – Aug 15th to Sept 30th - 2013 Author talk September 13th at the Ilsley Library - 5PM with book signing and reception to follow. Brattleboro - Brooks Memorial Library – Oct 1st to 30th - 2013 Author talk October 9th at the Brooks Memorial Library - 7PM with book signing to follow Woodstock - Norman Williams Library – Nov 15th - 2013 to Jan 2nd 2014 Author talk Wednesday, November 20th at the Norman Williams Library - 6:30PM with book signing to follow Stowe – Stowe Free Library – Jan 15th to Feb 14th - 2014 Author talk Thursday, January 23rd at the Stowe Free Library - 7PM with book signing to follow St Johnsbury - Atheneaum – March 15th to April 14th - 2014 Author talk Wednesday, April 9th at the St Johnsbury Atheneaum - 7PM with book signing to follow Derby Line - Haskel Free Library – April 15th to May 14th - 2014 Author talk Wednesday, April 30th at the Haskel Free Library - 6:30PM with book signing to follow Barre – Aldrich Public Library – May 15th to June 14th -2014 Author talk Tuesday, June 3rd at the Aldrich Public Library - 6:30PM with book signing to follow.
Robert Compton: A Forty Year Retrospective
Off Site Exhibit October 2012 Hanging Aquariums, Fountains, large Urns as well as smaller Sake cups, pitchers and housewares were on display in this wonderful examination of the evolution of one of Vermont's most well known potters over a forty year period. For the first time ever, all of his styles and creations were displayed together and broken down into 4 distinct time-periods. Visitors to the gallery could experience each period, and see how his work had changed over the years. Included in this exhibit was a mock craft-fair booth modeled on the same design from his early 70's craft fair efforts as well as three gallery lectures on different aspects of life as a potter. To view the lectures visit Robert Compton's Frog Hollow Bio page by Clicking Here!
FIVE: Five Artists with a Common Vermont History
Off Site Exhibit July 2012 An exhibit focusing on FIVE unique artists and their diverse array of creations. FIVE featured the work of Jeanne Amato, Sabra Field, Faith Fellows, Daryl Storrs, and Marie Weaver. Beaded bags and accessories, woodblock prints, pastels, jewelry and sculpture all interacted within the temporary gallery display highlighting a unique collection forty years in the making.
CSWD Recycle/ReUse Showcase
Chittenden Solid Waste District March 2012 16th annual art contest in which Chittenden County high school students take materials that might normally be considered trash and recycle them to create works of art. The idea is to recognize the usefulness of items we might normally consign to the landfill and reuse them in a creative (and durable) way. Found objects, surplus materials, used items… it’s all fair game!
This exhibit is a partnership between Frog Hollow and CSWD.
Interpreting the Trail
Green Mountain Club and Long Trail Brewing Co. February 2012 A Frog Hollow Artisan Celebration of Vermont’s Long Trail System From photographs to pastels to bottle cap clocks and backgammon boards the Long Trail system of Vermont has inspired a myriad of Vermont artists to create a variety of unique responses to it. An exhibit which brings together Frog Hollow, the Green Mountain Club and Long Trail Brewing Co: Interpreting the Trail an artisan celebration of Vermont's Long Trail. Created with the aide of the Green Mountain Club and generously supported by the Long Trail Brewing Co. the exhibit runs the month of February 2012.
Art in the Classroom
Integrated Arts Academy June 2011 In an effort to establish artisans in the classroom for the 2010/2011 school year, Frog Hollow will be collaborating with the faculty at the Integrated Arts Academy at HO Wheeler Elementary School in Burlington, VT to organize an arts initiative in which different classes will participate in the creation of original works of art. These arts projects will be created under the guidance of recruited Frog Hollow artisans working with the classes in different given mediums. The goal of the placement of artisans in the classroom is to act as a useful tool for the educators in conveying the practical nature of the basic competencies they are teaching. It is our intention to have educators and artists working together to bring this understanding to the students while creating single works of art by the classes in a collaborative effort. Artisans will visit the classrooms between January and April 2011, and the end product of these visits will be a completed single work of art to be displayed in a group show at Frog Hollow. This exhibit is fundedby Frog Hollow's Sara Silberberg Fund, an endowment used to fund arts education projects by Frog Hollow artisans.
Montshire's Woodland Garden
Montshire Museum May 2011 The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich and Frog Hollow announce a collaboration that involves Vermont artists in the creation of five benches for the Montshire Museum's Woodland Garden. Members of the Vermont Furniture Guild and juried Frog Hollow artisans were invited to submit proposals which were juried to select five designs for commission by the Montshire Museum. Frog Hollow will host a gallery exhibit May 1–31, 2011 with an opening on May 6th from 5-8 p.m. featuring the five completed benches. After the show the benches will be permanently installed in the Montshire Museum's Woodland Garden in Norwich, Vermont for visitors to enjoy. The goal is to both expand public awareness of and appreciation for the work of Vermont artisans as well as provide artistic and functional features that will enhance visitors' enjoyment of Montshire's Woodland Garden.
Transcendence: Mooring the Storms
Women's Rape Crisis Center (Known today as "HOPE Works") April 2011 The Burlington Women’s Rape Crisis Center (WRCC) and Frog Hollow are collaborating on a project to raise awareness regarding sexual violence and survivor recovery in the Burlington community. The project will take form in several stages. Frog Hollow artisans Carol MacDonald and Erik Rehman will be working with survivors of sexual violence, taking their stories and creating unique, inspirational artwork that embodies their healing journey and depicts a sense of hope. The artwork will be publicly created throughout the month of April 2011 in the front window of the Burlington Frog Hollow gallery. Once created, the work will tour the state of Vermont in an effort to raise awareness statewide. Twelve month-long exhibits across the state are anticipated before the final installation of the work takes place in April 2012 in the Laura Winterbottom room at the Burlington WRCC location. Frog Hollow gratefully acknowledges the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Arts Council for their aid in funding this event. For more information on NEA and VAC, please visit their websites at www.nea.gov and www.vermontartscouncil.org.
CSWD Recycle/ReUse Showcase
Chittenden Solid Waste District March 2011 15th annual art contest in which Chittenden County high school students take materials that might normally be considered trash and recycle them to create works of art. The idea is to recognize the usefulness of items we might normally consign to the landfill and reuse them in a creative (and durable) way. Found objects, surplus materials, used items… it’s all fair game!
This exhibit is a partnership between Frog Hollow and CSWD. Frog Hollow would also like to acknowledge the support and sponsorship of this event by Vermont resident and Frog Hollow member Lisa Steele.