“Feathers, Farm and Foliage: A Journey in Fabric”

Martha Beauchamp
Opening Thursday, February 15th at 5:30 p.m.
The gallery opening is free and open to the public

 

“Feathers, Farm and Foliage:  A Journey in Fabric” from February 15 through March 15, 2018. The Exhibit Opening, scheduled for Thursday, February 15 at 5:30 p.m., is free and open to the public and will feature light refreshments and music.

Martha is a fabric artist living in North Bennington. Having lived in East Galway, NY for 37 years, in early 2016 she sold her house, moved to Vermont, and retired early.  Her life path now involves fabric, family and farm.

Martha began creating fabric art in 2006 after attending a class at the Vermont Quilt Festival. Her works have ranged from 4 by 6 inches to a tri-panel of 9 by 9 feet. She has taught college students and adults to create art pieces from fabric.

Most of her professional career was spent in upstate New York managing a Medicaid funded case management program for HIV positive individuals that later expanded to include people with other chronic illnesses. She has worked as a farmer, a teacher in alternative schools, a day camp and youth program director, and as a therapeutic foster care worker.

This show will be sprinkled with a smattering of flowers, farm, whimsy, feathered friends, landscapes and fun. “I do love creating animals the most — it’s watching them “come alive” on my cutting table and have their personality revealed under the sewing machine needle” said Beauchamp. What brings her the most joy is when she has done memorial pet portraits. Martha feels honored to be a part of the healing process for people and to make for them a small token of remembrance of their pet.