Paradise City Art Buzz – August, 2014

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August, 2014

It’s the exhibitors of Paradise City that make our festivals fun, inspiring and rewarding events. These innovative artists work all year to make things for you to wear, furnish your home, give to someone special or treasure as a favorite piece of art for years to come. Paradise City Art Buzz, our new monthly email newsletter, brings you profiles of Paradise City artists. This month, we feature Jacob Albee, who makes jewelry out of meteorites, William McCarthy, a painter of atmospheric landscapes, and Warren Vienneau, who creates vessels from buckeye burl and other exotic woods. We hope you enjoy learning what makes them tick. Come see their work in person at Paradise City Northampton, October 11-13 or Paradise City Marlborough, November 21-23, 2014!

Jacob & Son

Jacob Albee: Inspired by Meteorites

“The short story behind why I make jewelry is because I wasn’t a star athlete in high school and didn’t play guitar but I did like girls.” Jacob Albee found that girls were indeed interested in talking to him about his work! A few years later he met his wife, Kristen, when she purchased a ring from his first gallery show.

Jacob made his first ring in 1992 at age 15 and after college took a job as a jeweler at Grannis Gallery in Burlington, VT. Working there, a key event changed his life. He received a gift of Gibeon meteorite from his employer (“it was the most electrifying material I had ever seen”), which led him to his signature work using iron meteorite.


William McCarthy: Painting from Memory and Imagination "Just this Once"“I had an awakening one day that changed my whole approach to the landscape. After that moment I started to paint from memory and imagination.”

Warren Vienneau: As the Burl Turns
WarrenVienneauVase252x336At age seven, Warren Vienneau visited relatives in New Brunswick, Canada who had a woodworking shop next to their house. And so began a lifelong love of working wood with his hands.

Watch a video where Warren transforms a 1,775 pound burl into art!