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Vermont Crafts Council's SPRING CONFERENCE


May 2, 8 - 4

Goddard College, Plainfield VT

Marianne Mullen

Goddard College, Plainfield VT

Explore ways to keep The Creative Spark in all aspects of a craft/art business. Creativity coach, consultant and trainer, Marianne Mullen will give the keynote presentation focusing on blending strategy, theory and creative problem solving to ensure that both you and your business thrive.

Beyond the obvious need to keep your work fresh, innovative and appealing, creativity can be applied to all areas of the business of making art: creative marketing techniques, strategies to stay engaged with your work and avoid dry spells, methods for making your time more productive, and ways to avoid procrastination and spend more time in your studio!

Pete Talbot
Pete Talbot


8:00 - 9:00 Registration

9:00 - 10:00 Vermont Crafts Council Annual Meeting - Open to the Public

10:15 - 12:00 Keynote: Marianne Mullen

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and Pickup Open Studio Materials

1:00 - 2:00 Panel Presentation:

Artists present personal experiences of creativity practices that have proven successful for them. Hear from Kristin Richland of Sweet Enemy Art, Jessica Putnam-Phillips of Battenkill Pottery, Pete Talbot of Cardboard Teck, and others.

2:15 - 4:00 Concurrent Studio Offerings

Following the morning's work with Marianne and the panel's discussion of personal creative process, attendees will have an opportunity for some hands on creativity with one of two professional teacher/artists.

Meta Strick
Meta Strick

A. Meta Strick - CREATIVITY ENSHRINED In this workshop we will build small personal shrines to honor a concept, theme, or inspiration which supports our creative processes. Collections from the junque box and scrap bag will serve as the source materials for our shrines. Tools and additional materials will be available.

B. Mary Hill, - BANNERS! Create a small canvas banner to hang in your kitchen or office. A reminder to "breathe", "PLAY" or "dream"... Using acrylic paint, stencils and stamps Mary will guide you in your creative process to complete a fun and vibrant personal reminder.

Our Presenters

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Marianne Mullen: "As the Curator Of Creativity, it is my mission is to transform how people approach and use their creativity to create the life they want and ultimately create an engaged, productive and innovative creative community. I fulfill this mission by empowering, inspiring, training, teaching, coaching, mentoring and journeying with others on the path to creating a lifestyle, products, or business using the creative process and honoring A Creative Mindset."


Kristin Richmond
Kristin Richmond

Kristin Richland: Kristin Richland is the artist behind Sweet Enemy Art. She works from her home studio in Underhill. Finding inspiration in animals, insects, clothing and mythology, she creates artworks on paper, canvas, wood and eggshell. Reactions to her art range from "sweet enough for a nursery," to "that's creepy, but I like it." She has helped host several 24 Hour Comics Day drawing events, and has participated in other annual art-a-day challenges. Currently she is finishing the illustrations for two stories that are part of a compilation by Jeremiah Christie. Titled "The Crown of Secrets," it will be crowd-funded in the Spring of 2015.

Pete Talbot: Pete Talbot is an illustrator, photographer, videographer, and puppeteer. Currently working out of the Generator space in Burlington, Pete and partner Ben Matchstick are Cardboard Teck. They are in the process of refining a design for a cardboard pinball game, the PinBox 3000, made entirely from recycled materials. Past projects have included Grottoblaster, a combination of videography, puppetry, and interactive gaming event held at Goddard College, Halloween 2014. Pete has worked for Trouble Puppet in Austin Texas.

Jessica Putnam-Phillips
Jessica Putnam-Phillips

Jessica Putnam-Phillips: A ceramic artist and owner of Battenkill Pottery in Arlington, Vermont, Jessica was born in Hanover, New Hampshire to a military family and raised a "Navy brat". As a military intelligence specialist in the US Air Force she deployed to the Middle East. It was during this time she first became fascinated with gender roles, particularly a woman's place in society. She spent 2013-14 as an artist-in-residence at the Saratoga Clay Arts Center, where she further explored her "Service Women" series of ceramic platters and plates that depict female service women in combat juxtaposed with traditional tableware motifs and decoration. She is the director of the Canfield Gallery, a board member of the Vermont Crafts Council and teaches ceramics at the Community College of Vermont and at the Vermont Art Exchange in North Bennington.


Meta Strick: As a lifetime artist, Meta Strick makes one-of-a-kind Art Dolls, wall art (some of which could be called paintings), decorative ornaments and thingamajigs using found objects, wood, paint, paper, fiber, metal, polymer clay, and opportunistic junque. Meta has taught studio art and art history classes at Community College of Vermont for nearly thirty years, as well as countless workshops. She is an active participant on the board of Vermont Hand Crafters.

Mary Hill
Mary Hill

Mary Hill: Mary Hill is a Vermont artist who grew up in Shelburne, studied with Ken Leslie and others at Johnson State College, and the Vermont Studio School. She works with textiles, painting, sewing, and has produced many commissions for clients in Vermont, New York and Maryland. Mary leads art retreats at her home in Underhill. Her work can be found in many galleries around Vermont.

How To Get To Goddard College:


From I-89 - Take 1-89 to exit 7. Go straight off the exit, through three sets of lights and bear right, toward Montpelier. Turn left at the bottom of the hill. At the traffic circle take the first right onto Rte 2 and follow signs toward Plainfield. In East Montpelier, at the traffic light, go straight and travel for about 3 miles. As you come into Plainfield, turn left onto Rte 214. Take the next left into the upper parking lot at Goddard. The Haybarn theater is located a short walk up the campus roadway and to the left of the parking lot and is where registration will be held.

From Rte 14 - Traveling south from Hardwick on Rte 14, turn onto Rte 214 in North Montpelier. Follow Rte 214 past the first Goddard College entrance and turn right into the second Goddard College entrance, then follow the directions above. Traveling north from Barre, turn right onto Rte 2/Rte 14 in East Montpelier and continue on Rte 2, to left on Rte 214 in Plainfield, and left into the campus. The Haybarn theater is located a short walk up the campus roadway and to the left of the parking lot and is where registration will be held.

From Rte 2 - Traveling south from St Johnsbury, drive through Plainfield and bear right onto Rte 214. Take the first left and park in the upper parking lot at Goddard. The Haybarn theater is located a short walk up the campus roadway and to the left of the parking lot and is where registration will be held.

Note: While Goddard College has many accessible features, attendees with special needs should contact Martha Fitch or Greg Drew in advance of the conference for more information. 802 223-3380,,

Goddard College Map

On the map above, registration will take place at # 11.

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Vermont Crafts Council's SPRING CONFERENCE

Saturday - May 2, 8 - 4

Goddard College Haybarn - Plainfield VT

Registration Fee includes a delicious lunch of a variety of vegan, vegetarian and meaty foods.