February 2020 Featured Artists:
Kathleen Grant ~ painter, teacher, eclectic artist
Sue Duprat ~ handcrafted leather, wood journals
ArtWalk Opening: Friday, February 7, 4:00-8:00pm
Kathleen Caraher Grant grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. Her love for art started at a young age. After taking numerous art classes in high school she then attended Johnson State College to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.
Kathleen then found her calling; she wanted to share her love and enthusiasm of art through teaching. At the age of 27 she became a K-8 art teacher. Kathleen found while she worked with the children, they were bringing more inspiration to her art.
Thirty years later, Kathleen is an art teacher at Shelburne Community School. She resides in the beautiful Green Mountains of Shelburne, Vermont with her husband, Doug and three cats. She also has three beautiful children of her own, Ashley, Kaitlyn, and Nicholas.
While teaching is a full time job, Kathleen is constantly filling any free time she has to work on her art. As an artist, she finds there are no boundaries when sticking to a specific artistic medium.
In her paintings, she works in a wide variety of media including: water colors, pen, oil sticks, acrylic paints, colored pencils, and ink sticks.
Sue’s love of book arts and handmade journals started through an adventure with building dollhouses. During that time, Sue attempted to learn how to make Nesting Dollhouses.
That foray led to a discovery of binder’s board and bookbinding instructions and all of the many creative things that can be made from that medium. After the purchase of her first book on making creative journals, Sue was off and running in a mixed media world of journal-making.
A connection with a local print shop led to an abundant supply of donated, recycled printing paper. Needing to find a way to utilize more paper than she knew what to do with, Sue explored additional mixed media ways to bind books.
Up-cycled materials such as leather, suede, wood, binder’s board, fabric, paint, foam board, old books, and metal combined with recycled paper and endbands, paint, glue, found embellishments all go into creating one of a kind, hand-assembled, hand-made journals, diaries, and sketchbooks.
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