Bartstool Artists

Gerald K. Stoner

Gerald Stoner teaches sculpture, photography, and visual arts at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans Vermont. In addition Gerald is an Instructor at Community College of Vermont in St. Albans and Burlington teaching ceramics, sculpture, and photography one and two respectively.

Gerald's sculpture and photography has been displayed throughout New England and group exhibitions in Colorado, Illinois, New York and Texas. Gerald has received various awards for his work at a number of shows including Noble horizons in Salisbury, Connecticut, Open Spectrum in Libertyville, Illinois, and the Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show in Corpus Chirsti, Texas.

Gerald was born in Kokomo, Indiana, and grew up in upstate New York. He received his B.A in sculpture and photography from State University of New York at Plattsburgh and his M.F.A in sculpture from Northern Illinois University. He lives in Underhill, Vermont with his wife and two young sons.

Mark Eliot Schwabe, SteamSmith

Mark Eliot Schwabe is a leading artist in the SteamPunk movement, as a sculptor and jewelry designer/maker. After many years of work in metals, in 2008 he came across the work of Winona Cookie, discovering the SteamPunk genre. He was taken by the elaborate detail, subject matter and moving parts of her paper collages; and fascinated by the wonderful "naughty Victorian" stories that are part of her work. After researching the genre, he was completely hooked. Adopting the pseudonym "SteamSmith", Mark set about making unique and short production run jewelry using traditional metal working techniques. Soon thereafter he added small scale metal sculptures to his portfolio. Considerable detail, quality of workmanship and the occasional moving part are the hallmarks of his work.

Detailed metal work with moving parts was not new to Mark. As a young man he worked in the studio of his father, James Author Schwabe. The elder Schwabe made elaborate jewelry and precious metal sculpture, often with moving parts, for Cartier, NY and others. Science fiction was also not new to Mark. He spent much of the 1990's as a free lance model maker retained by the Rawcliffe Corporation. Rawcliffe produced miniature pewter sculptures of Star Trek and Star Wars space ships (among other items). Mark made the original sculptings for most of those "vehicles". To aid his work, Mark made dozens of specialized tools.

Now entering his sixth decade as a metal worker, Mark Eliot Schwabe is devoted to making objects of his imagining in the SteamPunk style. Frequently these include details made with his Star Trek and Star Wars tools and occasionally he will include a component part that he originally made for those projects. From time to time, there is a fanciful story about the object he has made (homage to Winona Cookie).

I started doing stained glass in the early '90s-a friend dragged me to a class. I fell in love; her piece is still unfinished under her bed, as far as I know.

I took a few years off to have a baby-babies and stained glass really don't mix-and what with one thing and another, it took a move to Vermont and the acquisition of a basement to get going on my art again; my baby was now 10.

I decided to focus on animals. With my pet portraits I try to depict a special moment-a snapshot, in glass. Stained glass, strangely, seems to capture animal essence excellently. The stillness that animals achieve lends itself to the crispness of glass. Moments, seized.Yet, glass is fluid, and animals flow. Mysteriously, impressing us with their grace. And their goofiness. Especially dogs. The most serene dog can give a grin and get a laugh. And, playing to the laugh, I include a favorite toy in a lot of my pieces. Pet's props. Even the proudest cat has a plaything. Possibly you.

Pets and their people are fantabulous to work with-I have made some great, interestingly intense but brief friendships as I work with people to immortalize their pets, or their mother's, or wives', or friend's pets. I hope to work with you, soon.

Jacques Burke

As man that loves living in Vermont, he finds the world outside his door as an abstract pattern yet to be trapped on canvas. Not just the shapes, but colors and tones alike, letting nature take over and create the art itself. His unique techniques includes ink, water colors, acrylic, spray paint, different cut outs, gravity and an occasional metal slurpy straw...all this combined makes a very messy art room and a happy soul!

Living in Milton on his little "farm" the days may be busy, but the nights are his to create art and edit photos on Photoshop resulting in his vibrant and unique digitally produced Photography. No TV or internet makes great time for him to just fall into his love of colors.

When he makes art he hopes people start to think, but not think like you think you're thinking, because that sounds way too much like work. The kind of thinking that makes you feel that there just might be something else inspiration right in front of you.

The Craftiest Crafters from Shelburne Craft School

The Shelburne Craft School's mission is to inspire individual creativity by providing hands-on education in craft and art. We believe that working with one's hands is an essential part of a well-rounded life.

We offer opportunities to learn, teach, and develop as artists, artisans, and professionals. Since 1945 thousands have pursued their creative interests here, developing their own style and voice. We believe these individuals have had and will continue to have a significant, positive impact on the community.

Revival Studios/Aaron Stein

I have a passion for the automobile. My artwork explores the love and hate relationship our automotive consumerism forces us all to experience. I hope to confront the viewer with the same basic conflict I struggle with every day. How can something so influential in the design of the landscape and destructive to the environment have become our way of life? This phenomenon fascinates me. As James Taylor said in his song Traffic Jam, "We are drivin' down that road to ruin." In a perverse way I am enjoying every minute of the drive. Now that I have brought up the negative impacts the car has had on our society, you might feel trapped in our culture, where you literally need one or two cars to survive. Mix in the good experiences you have had with the automobile, fond memories of family vacations in your family car, your first kiss in a car, or your wheels were so reliable it was like having a best friend. My work explores the conflict.

The feelings I have about cars and trucks are flooded with romantic and nostalgic admiration for these rolling sculptures. My earliest memories are experiences with vehicles. The romantic feeling I get when I see abandoned vehicles sitting in a field or on the edge of a wood runs deep. These "sites" are exciting discoveries- perfect just the way they are. They become an image in my mind that I hold onto and look forward to seeing again. They are in the process of deterioration, a state that is hard to preserve. In my constructions I strive to capture the initial intrigue and excitement of discovering these "sites". In an idyllic way I am preserving these images as a capsule of feeling and time.

License plates, especially the older ones that are bent, rusted, and full of character, catch my attention. The state, date, numbers, and letters all are ripe with associations. Each person has his or her own automotive experiences and can identify with the year, or maybe the state of a plate. They become familiar icons and our common everyday associations are telltale signs of the extent to which the automobile has infiltrated our lives. The plates are also an allegorical reference to all the nameless automobile owners we have become. And isn't it ironic that each plate is as unique as each one of us? In my work I use license plates as my main material to help express the melancholy feeling I have about the automobile and its place in our society.

I also draw my inspiration from the Surrealist and Dada movements- particularly Marcel Duchamp, the organized chaos of Edward Klineholtz, Robert Rauschenberg, Arman, and of course my favorite, Joesph Cornell. They have all shown me how to tell my stories using provocative assemblages. I feel compelled to produce my work, almost like an obsession. My constructs are created from common objects that are combined to express a very personal view. Having worked in many mediums, and enjoyed each one, I feel fortunate to have discovered the freedom of assemblages and constructions. Drawing, painting, sculpting, collecting found objects, photography, wood and metal working, buying toys, wrecking toys- all are now part of my creative process. All my glass, plywood, metal, and most other materials I have scavenged because it is important to me to reuse material wherever possible. I hope you enjoy my work. May it inspire you to react creatively to your experiences driving down that road to ruin. Commissions are welcome.

Dostie Bros Frame Shop

Dostie Bros. Frame Shop is a Custom Picture Framing, Contemporary Art, Vintage Frame & Mirror Gallery owned and operated by Jeremy & Alex Dostie who were born on the same day, two years apart in Vermont. Dostie Bros. opened on September 1, 2011 at its current location in the historic Kilburn & Gates Building at 308 Pine St. in Burlington, Vermont and are proud to be members of SEABA (South End Arts and Business Association) and to be located in the heart of the South End Arts District, where the artists are!

At Dostie Bros. we are committed to an ethos of service, quality and a competitive pricing structure designed to meet the needs of each individual client. Dostie Bros. is dedicated to a policy of community outreach and contributing to the growth of the creative economy in Vermont. In our gallery we exhibit many of the best contemporary artists from Burlington and around the state. Dostie Bros. seek to partner with and work alongside local Arts organizations and other area 501(c)3 non-profits through sponsorship, labor trade and in-kind donations. You can check out our News & Events page to learn about Dostie Bros. current sponsorship activity!

Alex Dostie is a professional custom picture framer, visual/performance artist and Studio Boss who has been living and working in Burlington for more than 10 years! He is the manager of the Box Art Studio on Pine St, the President of Art's Alive Vermont, a principal officer serving on the board of directors for the Green Candle Theatre Company and a current member of the Team Vermont Snow Sculpting, the 2012 National Champions!

Jeremy Dostie has over 10 years of diverse experience as a professional. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 2000 with concentrations in Geography and Studio Art/Photography. He began his professional career as a Flood Map Analyst with U.S. Determination Services / PCi Services in September 2000 in Boston MA., analyzing flood hazard zones affecting residential and commercial real estate. In September 2004 Mr. Dostie founded DostC, and began working under contract as a flood hazard consultant from central Vermont. Jeremy Is an accomplished wood worker and a novice snow/ice sculptor! Dostie Bros. Frame Shop offers its clientele a unique custom picture framing and fine art gallery experience! We invite traditional customers, amateur & professional artists, students, businesses and/or other kinds of organizations to visit our Design Gallery and Custom Picture Framing Workshop on Pine St. where the working artists are because we are professional artisans!

Freeman French Freeman Architects

Nearly eight decades ago John French joined the husband and wife team of Bill and Ruth Freeman to form Freeman French Freeman.

Over the years our firm has prospered by focusing on the long-term growth and development for our employees and maintaining a singular focus on quality architecture built to stand the test of time. Today we employ approximately twenty professional staff, including eight licensed architects and four LEED accredited professionals.

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