Featured Members

Featured Artist: Nancy Tomczak

“I grew up surrounded by nature and art; I’ve always been fond of watching and recording birds. After years of experimenting with various mediums, and spending time in another career I have finally decided to pursue the art of watercolor painting full time.” -Nancy

Featured Business: PT 360

PT 360 is the first employee owned physical therapy cooperative in the state of Vermont. Cooperatives are member owned and demographically governed enterprises that put people and community before profit. We provide 360˚ of care – prevention, rehabilitation and facilitation of life-long health and wellness.

Working collaboratively we treat all ages and diagnoses. Some of our specialties include: out-patient orthopaedics, sports medicine, myofascial release, oncology rehabilitation and lymphedema, and pain management. Additionally we have a 30’ x 18’ saltwater pool and offer aquatic therapy at our Williston site. We take the time to ask the right questions, think about your answers, go beyond the obvious and consider your entire medical history to guide you towards your individual goals. Therefore, we are accountable to each other and each patient in a way that other clinics simply are not.

We are happier in business together; and happy therapists make happy patients! We are located in Williston and Burlington – www.pt360coop.com.

Featured Artist: Johanne Durocher Yordan

“Eclipse” by Johanne Durocher Yordan

I am a self- taught artist who as an adult went back to school to redefine what it was I wanted to accomplish with my art. After experimenting with my art for a while, a life altering event caused a complete shift in the process of how I painted, rather than painting landscapes I began to paint abstracts. Painting abstracts allows me to paint with no boundaries to confine my creativity. As I continue my journey through abstract painting, I find more fascination and freedom to explore and experiment. Some paintings are deliberate and are meant to evoke specific emotions while others are an exploration of technique, color and texture. Many of my paintings are well planned while others are very impromptu. Some of my paintings have included found or collected items which add depth and meaning to combine form and function to my work.

Featured Business: Volunteers For Peace (VFP)

Volunteers For Peace (VFP) is a non-profit organization located in the heart of Burlington’s South End. We promote international voluntary service as an effective means of intercultural education and community service around the world, offering over 3000 projects in more than 100 countries every year including the US! This year, we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary and organizing 19 projects in Vermont that will bring international diversity, culture and vibrancy to local communities. Since 1982, VFP has exchanged over 30,000 volunteers worldwide and organized more than 850 volunteer projects in North America. Start planning your volunteer adventure or learn how to get involved at VFP.org!

For more information, please contact info@vfp.org

Featured Artist: Mark Eliot Schwabe

Mark Eliot Schwabe, the SteamSmith, lives and works in a world that challenges description and defies understanding by peoples of the 21st century Earth. It is a world in which creative people work with their hands and their heads; it is a world in which machines and industries are built with parts that move, and parts that don’t. Land and sea are traveled in wondrous machines, often made by hand. And the sky is filled with airships of amazing construction. Time is understood in a way that 21st century people cannot fathom. The taverns are filled with ladies of style, wisdom and sass, and with strong-handed men with nimble brains.

for more information contact: mark@markiemoose.com

Featured Business: Local Motion

Local Motion is a member-supported non-profit organization promoting people-powered transportation and recreation for healthy and sustainable Vermont communities. We’ve improved personal health and the local economy by developing regional trails, promoting walkable communities, and fostering active lifestyles. Community leaders founded the organization in 1999 to develop the Winooski River Bike Ferry and the 10-mile historic Cycle the City tour. With two early successes, the organization broadened its sights on making the Greater Burlington area a better place to walk, bike, run and ski. Today we have 1,000+ member households, a 15-member Board of Directors, 400 annual volunteers and a long wish list of projects still to tackle.

Featured Artist: Kevin Ruelle

Kevin paints impressionist landscapes from New England, the Southwest and Mexico. His experience in commercial art includes: technical illustrations, book covers, book illustrations, packaging art, architectural renderings, illustrated maps, cartooning, and decorative art. Kevin works in watercolor, oils, charcoal, airbrush, mixed media, and participates in exhibitions in Vermont. Although Kevin has over 25 years of experience as a commercial artist, he is also a fine artist working in the media mentioned above. His studio is located at the St. Paul Street entrance of the Kilburn and Gates Building.

Featured Business: New England Floor Covering

For more than 25 years New England Floor Covering has provided customers with extensive flooring selections that include high performance, good design, sensitivity to the environment, and color options, on time and within budget. Based in Burlington, Vermont we offer high quality custom installation services. They encourage their customers to choose flooring from an ever-growing selection of green flooring products that are environmentally friendly. New England Floor Covering is one of Vermont’s largest commercial flooring companies because of their carpet manufacturing knowledge, expertise and experience in the field of color and construction support services.

Featured Artist: Beth Robinson

Beth Robinson is a self taught artist who has been living in Vermont for 15 years. While she has dabbled in a variety of mediums, it was the discovery of polymer clay that allowed her to combine her interests in design, sewing, sculpting, and painting and gave her a concrete foundation of expression in the form of Strange Dolls. Since 2003 she has been creating macabre and grotesque characters in clay for collectors across the globe. She is currently represented in Berlin/NYC/London by Strychnin Gallery. Robinson’s dolls have been featured in the magazines: Art Doll Quarterly, SPIN, “Stuff” in the US, “Maxim UK” and “Maxim Hong Kong,” “Rue Morgue” in Canada, “RIP” in Russia, and “Nordic Vision” in Norway.

Featured Business: Coffee Enterprises

The Coffee Enterprises team of coffee consultants has the professional expertise to enhance the quality of your coffee products and services, and to improve the overall strength of your coffee business. Coffee Enterprises has some of the most technically advanced sensory and analytical coffee equipment in the world, which gives Coffee Enterprises a unique ability to delve into all aspects of coffee—from business best-practices to flavor profiles. With their specialized expertise, the coffee consultants and coffee professionals at Coffee Enterprises and its companies help you get the most out of your coffee, and your coffee business.

Featured Artist: Aaron Stein

This piece was completed for the Art Hop last fall. The plates start as rust at floor lever and rise up to bright bare metal. The design is analogues to the environmental abatement work Alderson complete restoring contaminated, or rusted, spaces into safe useable places for another life, shiny plates. The air/water ‘bubbles’ also rising to the top and are a design element highlighting the importance of these elements in not only their work, but to support life in general.”

Featured Business: Hanson & Doremus Investment Management

Hanson Manages equity and fixed income portfolios for individuals and family groups, businesses, endowments and foundations. It also consults with individuals and institutions on financial issues on an hourly basis.

Featured Artist: Shawna Cross

Shawna Cross makes abstract work that allows felt moments to become physical realities as she combines the psychology of color with the creation of form and rhythm to evoke the id and explore the chaotic circumplex of emotion.

Pictured, “and it was glorious” 54″ x 35″ oil on canvas, 2011.

Featured Business: H. Keith Wagner Partnership

The process of uniting program, context, form and materials provides the basis for H. Keith Wagner Partnership‘s approach, crafting modern sculptural landscapes expressing the essential inherent beauty of natural materials.

Featured Artist: John Brickels

John’s robots and machines acclaim the industrial heritage of his childhood, rust-belt home, Akron Ohio.

Featured Business: Play Dog Play

Burlington couple, Masha and Ryan, set about creating a safe and healthy environment for theirs and other dogs to socialize. Their dogs Kismet and Roscoe have been life long clients in other daycares and were closely involved in designing Play Dog Play facility.