Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"Sitting the MAC"; Artists Contribute Time in Newport's Arts Center

 By Manfried Rieder Starhemberg

Jeff Fellinger is one of more than 55 artists who comprise the cadre of dedicated artisans, knitters, painters, wood crafters or sculptors who are represented in the MAC Center for the Arts on Main street in Newport City. "We all contribute one day or two half days every month and a percentage of our sales to the Center. In exchange we have our own space to showcase up to five pieces, replace them when they are sold and we know that someone is always here to take care of our work and our guests" explains Fellinger who is also a noted restoration carpenter and musician. He will be on Tour for the next three weeks, thus he "sat" the gallery on Tuesday so as not to get into arrears with his promised working time.
Monday the Center begun its annual Winter Art Sale which will continue until February 22.
The current exhibition is an eclectic mix of paintings, hand crafted wood items such as Fellinger's cutting boards and cheese boards to intricate small pieces of furniture or exquisitely knitted hats. There is lovingly sculpted jewelry and enchanting sculpture including a well executed bust of Abe Lincoln.
The show is as really fine presentation of North East Kingdom creativity in all its myriad forms and the high quality of the work shown deserves not only praise but will hopefully be seen by many visitors.

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