Turned wooden bowls, handmade quilts on display

A new exhibit featuring turned bowls and other wood objects by Toby Fulwiler and pieced and stitched works by Jeri Canfield goes on display at Art on Main in Bristol this week. The exhibit “Turning and Stitching” opens on Friday, July 6, with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. and will be on display until Aug. 10.
Jeri Canfield of Shoreham learned to sew a straight line in 4-H club, a skill she put to good use when she discovered quilt making in the 1970s. She quickly developed a passion for working with fabric in this way; using both traditional quilt patterns and developing her own more modern and abstract designs. The many gorgeous fabrics available today continue to inspire her in the studio. Canfield has developed a line of pillows, wall hangings, table runners, potholders and the like that she sells through Vermont Handcrafter shows and I several galleries.
THIS BEAUTIFUL QUILT by Jeri Canfield of Shoreham is part of the Art on Main exhibit.
Toby Fulwiler of Fairfield turns wooden bowls of all sizes — from tiny salt bowls to quite large salad bowls. He works with Vermont hardwoods, much of the wood from his own land in Fairfield, some 12 miles south of the Canadian border. Fulwiler says, “I especially enjoy finding interesting wood in my 90-acre woods and finding out what sort of wooden object I can create from it — the pleasure of discovery as well as the self-sufficiency! I much prefer discovering wood in the forest or even my own woodpile to buying it from a logger or lumberyard.”
Fulwiler’s father taught him woodworking in his basement shop in Wisconsin — as a 10-year old he used to turn handles for wooden tomahawks for playing cowboys and Indians. When he retired in 2002 from a 35-year career teaching writing, he inherited a lathe and began exploring turning wholeheartedly. Fulwiler credits the Woodchuck Turners of Northern Vermont club for advancing his artistic skills. Fulwiler discovered that Vermont has the richest collection of hardwoods found anywhere in North America: sugar maple, black cherry, yellow birch, white ash and butternut. He has made it an ethic to use only Vermont wood in the products he makes in his woodshop — “a good-smelling and peaceful place located in a renovated horse barn half a mile from my house to which I bicycle daily as if going to real work.”
Art on Main is a nonprofit, community supported gallery showcasing the creative talents of artisans from around the state. During the summer, the gallery at 25 Main St. will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information call 802-453-4032 or go to artonmain.net.

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