The White River Craft Center

Welcome to the White River Craft Center

The White River Craft Center is a Non profit in Randolph Vermont, focused on educational opportunities that involve art and hand craft

Mission

The White River Craft Center is a Non profit focused on educational opportunities that involve art and hand craft. We appreciate the support and generosity of our donors to make this mission possible.  Please consider giving to White River Craft Center – your donation will be used to stimulate life long learning.

Our thanks to our steadfast supporters:

• Gifford Medical Center

• Randolph National Bank

• Randolph Technical Career Center

• SimplePortals

• The Freeman Foundation

• The Preservation Trust of Vermont

• The Town of Randolph

• Upper Valley Community Foundation

• Vermont Arts Council

• Vermont Clay Studio

• Vermont Community Foundation

• Vermont Department of Health

• Vermont Agency of Human Services

• Vermont Department of Labor


CARE: (Community Arts in Randolph for Everyone)

Instructor: Susannah Colby

A community art drop in for children and their parent/guardians. The White River Craft Center will be open on Sunday mornings from 8AM - 10PM for children 5 and older to drop in and explore the arts with their parent/guardians. Children must be accompanied by an adult and adults need to sign their family up prior to arrival.


Call 802-591-1894 or email susannahcolbyfineart@gmail.com


Amy Hook-Therrien; Branching Out

November 9, 2018 - February 8. 2019, Opening Reception, November 9, 5:00 - 7:00

Amy is a native Vermonter, originally from Chelsea she grew up nestled on top of a hill overlooking the valley below. She was surrounded by nature and adventure. She graduated from Randolph Union High School with a passion for art. She went onto college at the University of Maine in Orono majoring in fine art with a focus in sculpture & painting. After Graduation with a BFA from Umaine, she moved back to Vermont with her Mainer husband. They live in Windsor, Vermont with their two dogs and two bunnies. When she is not creating art Amy loves to travel, hike, garden and spend time with family.


Learn More

White River Craft Center

50 Randolph Avenue

Randolph VT 05060

https://amyhooktherrien.com

Jack Rowell:  Cultural Documentarian

Portraits of Vermont People and other wildlife.

  

“Jack Rowell:  Cultural Documentarian” will be at the White River Craft Center in Randolph, Vermont, from July through October. The exhibit of 35 works by the Braintree photographer debuted at Studio Place Arts in Barre in May.

The show spans a more than 40-year career spent recording moments in the lives of authentic Vermonters: construction workers, musicians, politicians, anglers, pageant winners, and many others that, before Jack raised his camera and seasoned eyes to the task, were undiscovered personalities in our rural state. 

“It’s clear in his images that Rowell likes people — all kinds of people,” wrote arts correspondent Mary Gow in her review of the exhibit for the Times-Argus/Rutland Herald.” The photographs, she added, are “beautifully composed and convey the dignity, depth and authenticity of his subjects — and also their spirit of fun.”

Whether his subjects are in the studio or in available light conditions, Rowell masterfully considers the environment in which he operates and catches subtle shadows and variations of gray in his black and white images. His black and white portraits include an exceptionally wide range of tones between black and white.

“It’s the highlights and subtle differences in gray tones that distinguish his work as savory, fine art photographs,” commented Sue Higby, Executive Director of Studio Place Arts. “When he pulls out his gray card, I know that I’m in good hands.”  Higby has served as Rowell’s photo assistant on several shoots and knows well his exacting standards.

It is Rowell’s first solo show since “Big Fish and Good Lookin’ Women” at the Main Street Museum in White River Junction; he has threatened that it will be his last.  According to Rowell, “We called it that to rile up the politically correct folks.  It worked.”

Recently Rowell was involved in the show “The Hale Street Gang,” in which he photographed 12 elders who were involved in a memoir-writing workshop run by Sara Tucker at the Randolph Senior Center.  His large-scale black-and-white photographs depict their rich life stories, which were revealed in the traveling exhibition through excerpts from their memoirs.

“Rowell's photographs don't just sing; they bleed,” wrote Meg Brazill in her review of the new exhibit for Seven Days. “To be sure, some images exude joy, serenity or outright glee, but Rowell always captures a deep emotional connection and reflects it back to the viewer. For him, the eyes really are the windows to the soul.” 

A fifth-generation Vermonter, Rowell is quick to point out, in his irreverent and joking manner, that in a gallery setting, “black and white photographs are always regarded as art,” while color photographs are castigated as “smut.”  The show includes both types, and is weighted heavier on the “art” side with two-thirds printed in black and white.

Rowell’s show records the people we know in respectful, vivid detail and if there is a wistful reaction to the show, it is not because he has superimposed an artificial sense of romance on his subjects like some photographers; rather, it is because we long for the memory to record the details he has magnified through his practiced use of the lens.

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White River Craft Center

50 Randolph Ave, Randolph, VT 05060, us

(802) 728-8912

Hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed