Open Studio weekend is part of the Vermont Crafts Council statewide weekend event, where you can visit individual studios, observe artists at work, and immerse yourself in a creative atmosphere. The event occurs the weekend of September 30 - October 1 from 10 am - 5 pm.
The Emile Gruppe Gallery will again be the headquarters for the local participants doing the state Open Studio Tour, where there will be samples of artists' works and maps. Ecologist-Painter Gretchen Alexander will be a guest artist at the Gallery and will be giving live painting demonstrations.
South Burlington artist Michael Strauss is exhibiting at the Emile A Gruppe Gallery in Jericho from September 28 through November 5, with an artist reception on Sunday, October 15 from 1-3 pm. The following week on Sunday, October 22, Strauss will be at the Gallery from 10am to 2 pm. At 1pm he will present a talk “Exploring How Art Gets Made with Timelapse and Stop-motion Video”. The talk is free. Stauss's work in acrylics and pastel capture his subjects in bold swaths of color with shapes delineated with hard edges capturing the Vermont landscape and cityscapes.
South Burlington's Michael J. Strauss seems to be a study in contrasts: a scientist who is also an artist; a painter who is also a writer; a realist who also has a thing for magic tricks. Or you could say he's something of a Renaissance man. Strauss calls on all those skills and ways of thinking in his newest book, The Mind at Hand: What Drawing Reveals. And, as if to telescope in further on what lies within, the book cover offers two additional subtitles: Stories of Exploration, Discovery, Design and Drawing to Learn Across the Disciplines.
It's not easy to sum up succinctly who Strauss is, what he does and what he has to say. But here's a stab at it: Born in San Francisco in 1940 and a Californian until he earned his PhD in chemistry, Strauss landed at the University of Vermont in 1968. Barring fellowships and visiting professorships elsewhere, he remained a UVM chemistry prof until 2003, focused on teaching and research in physical-organic and medical chemistry. On paper, Strauss' transition to adjunct professor of art seems odd. But in The Mind at Hand, he explains that he's been drawing since he was young, has long been a practicing artist and, moreover, has extensively used drawing as an approach to learning.