Glenn Suokko, inspired by and starting from a place based on the land, is drawn to painting the representation and abstraction of nature, the familiar and unfamiliar, the rendered object and the flat plain, and brief moments that are transitory and allusive. He paints in oil on pure linen or cotton canvas. In his work he seeks to offer quiet contemplation, and to depict the serenity where he works and lives in rural Woodstock, Vermont. Suokko studied art and design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, (BFA), and at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (MFA). In addition to his work as a painter, Suokko is an author, photographer, and designer of books on art and design.
Peter France is a sculptor, working primarily in bronze and steel. His work is rooted in the natural world and he seeks to express the immaterial gestures and the very “beingness” of animals and natural forms. France creates his bronzes, three-dimensional wire drawings, and other sculptures at Crow Studio, a creative workshop that he designed and built adjacent to his home in East Washington, New Hampshire. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Tufts University before spending ten years at Founderia Mariani-Jackson in Pietrasanta, Italy, where he was steeped in the age-old traditions of bronze casting. His bronzes reside in private collections around the country and the world.
Stephen Procter makes sculptural vessels from clay. He is interested in the figural presence that large vessels can emanate, the sensuous language of their curves, and the way they beckon the viewer to approach them. Through his work, he explores line, volume, and movement, wanting to express the timeless beauty of this ancient art form. Procter works on a traditional potter’s wheel, but his approach is essentially sculptural. Beginning with an envisaged idea of scale and assertiveness, the details of form and texture result from an improvisational response to the intention, materials, and process that unfolds over a period of days as he creates the unique piece. He builds his large vessels in many stages, joining damp sections in a modified version of the coil-and-throw method that originated in ancient cultures.
Lori Pease makes sculpted books using low-fire earthenware clay that has been hand-carved and imprinted with textured vintage textiles. After bisque firing the sculptures, Pease first brushes an underglaze on their surfaces and then an additional glaze over the first color. The glazes are mixed by the potter using various combinations of rare earth oxides (copper, iron, chrome, cobalt) to create the subtle colors.