Monthly Archives: November 2014

“Who Robbed the Woods: Paintings from the Forest” Opens Friday, December 5th at 5:30 pm in Brattleboro, Vermont

Who Robbed the Woods - E-Vite Announcement

I’ve been very busy over the past week, preparing for my upcoming exhibit, “Who Robbed the Woods: Paintings from the Forest”. The show’s opening reception is Friday, December 5th from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at 133 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont. The opening coincides with Brattleboro’s First Friday and a percentage of the proceeds from sales during Gallery Walk will be donated to the Halifax Conservation Group. Although I am not a member of this organization, I very much support the cause.

My home and studio could be severely and negatively affected by a stone quarry proposed by a Massachusetts developer. My studio is a half mile from the planned excavation site. The close proximity of the quarry, and the fact that it is planned within a zoned conservation district, makes this a personal, environmental and economic issue for me. I am very grateful for the work that the HCG is doing to protect this beautiful area of Halifax from the threat of development. Through this exhibit of my artwork, I hope to both raise funds for the group’s expenses and make the local public more aware of the environmental impact of the proposed quarry. The funds I donate will be used by the HCG to fight the developers as they seek an Act 250 permit from the State of Vermont.

Today’s projects: hang show announcement posters around Windham county, prepare selections of pastels to drop off at Zephyr Designs for final frame fitting, clean up and bag the ready-to-hang pieces here at the studio and begin a plan for the show’s layout.

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November Lyric

IMG_1592.JPGNovember Lyric, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Cold Press, Deckle-Edge Paper, 30″ x 23″ 

 From the stack of things I hadn’t photographed and haven’t posted  . . .November Lyric on a cold, grey, late autumn day.

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In the studio with November Lyric

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Late in November

IMG_1495.JPG Late in November, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Cold Press, Deckle-Edge Paper, 20″ x 16″ 

 With much pre-exhibit prep going on these days, I’ve little time left over to create new work. This piece spans a few days’ time. Finished late this morning between other chores.

Icy-cold wind —more like January than November— has shortened my walks this week. I’m looking forward to the shift in temperatures forecast for Sunday, and the return of more seasonable weather.

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Rustle of Beech & December Exhibit: “Who Robbed the Woods?”

IMG_1399.JPG Rustle of Beech, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Cold Press, Deckle-Edge Paper, 20″ x 16″ 

It snowed last night in the hills. When I awoke at 5:30am and looked out my window, moonlight reflected back from a fresh coat of wintry white. Although less than an inch of snow dusted the ground, flurries continued through the day and things feel very different now. The season is shifting. On my walk, winter sounds of paper beech leaves rustling in wind and the persistent cry of blue jays.

In other news, I’ve set a date for an upcoming exhibit of my work in Brattleboro, Vermont: “Who Robbed the Woods?” will open on Friday, December 5th at 5:30 pm at 133 Main Street, Brattleboro. The opening reception coincides with Gallery Walk. Part of the proceeds from this show will be donated to the Halifax Conservation Group, in an effort to protect the forest land surrounding my studio.

My painting studio sits atop a forested hillside in Halifax, approximately 2,670′ from the excavation site of a proposed rock quarry. Jerry Pratt of Ashfield Stone in Massachusetts is applying for an Act 250 permit from the State of Vermont to open a schist quarry in the middle of this unspoiled tract of conservation land. The stone would be saw cut on site and trucked back to Massachusetts where it would be manufactured into countertops, sinks and other merchandise. The first of three hearings will begin next month. The Halifax Conservation Group formed to fight the quarry and has hired engineers and retained a lawyer to assist with the cause.

Through my exhibit, I hope to not only raise funds for the cause through a percentage-based donation of sales, but also to increase awareness of the proposed quarry and how the project would negatively impact the forest, as well as its many resources and inhabitants —including this artist. It goes without saying that the forest —and my daily walks through the quiet woods, surrounded by nature— is the greatest inspiration for my work. If a quarry were to be permitted at such a close distance to my painting studio, the noise would likely be intolerable. I would be forced to relocate permanently.

Please join me for for this benefit  —details can be found on the exhibit page as they emerge— and stay tuned for more updates as more plans develop!

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