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Brandon artist shares her beautiful and useful art

BRANDON — As they say, “It’s not the destination, but the journey.” For Frieda Post, that couldn’t be more accurate. Her life experiences and passion for learning new techniques in arts and crafts has led her to become an artist of engaging contemporary, as well as traditional paintings. Her work is on view at the Compass Music and Arts Center through Aug. 31.
Creating contemporary and traditional art allows Post to express the beauty of nature, as she sees and feels it. She says, “There is no right or wrong way. We learn from the past and build upon it.” Now she employs a wide variety of techniques in her paintings, gathered from a lifetime of learning and exploring.
Post’s artistic career began as a child growing up during the Great Depression and World War II.“I saw people making things — useful things, and usually beautiful too.” She learned to embroider, knit and make baskets, and later made clothing for her family. “As long as I can remember, I have been curious to learn how things are made, which has led to a lifelong adventure in the arts and crafts,” she says.
Post’s enthusiasm for trying new things continued as she traveled in connection with her husband’s career. Everywhere she went, she explored a new technique, often immersing herself into regional cultures or taking advantage of local master teachers. In India it was traditional batik on fabric; in Colorado, traditional American Indian baskets; in New York state a master weaver taught her multiple-harness weaving and a master jeweler taught her jewelry making design and techniques.
Through it all, Post was inspired by the beautiful environments, vivid colors, and intricate patterns she found in nature wherever she went. These accumulated life experiences and skills eventually led Post to paint using various media. She began to reflect upon this love of nature when she studied at the Studio School in Roanoke, Va.
The “web” process is her favorite painting technique and represents the majority of the work on exhibit at Compass. Using “Yupo,” an acid free, synthetic art paper, Halloween spider web fibers, and intense watercolor paints, Post creates bold textures that bring out an endless variety of emotions with their brilliant colors and intricate designs.
Paying it forward, Post is now sharing her knowledge as a teacher. “I enjoy teaching and encourage students to explore, to express their individuality,” she says. She teaches privately and at the Fletcher Farm School in Ludlow and plans to schedule workshops at the Compass Music and Arts Center. Her work has been shown in juried shows, individual and group shows and galleries in Virginia and Vermont and can be found in private collections in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe.
The Compass Music and Arts Center is open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Drive in Brandon. For more information, visit www.cmacvt.org.

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