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The Creative World of Stephanie Stouffer

September 2 - October 29
Opening reception: Friday, September 2, 4:00-7:30pm
Brandon Artists Guild 'Colors of Fall' opening reception (see below): Friday, September 2, 5:00-7:00pm
Gallery Talk by Stephanie: Sunday, October 2 at 2pm

The paintings of Stephanie Stouffer have not, until now, been exhibited beyond her Belmont, Vermont home-based gallery, though visitors frequently recognize the work as internationally known. The artist has been licensing her work to companies like Caspari, Certified International, and Peking Handicrafts for 35 years, with her images appearing on mugs, tapestries, greeting cards, pillows and rugs. However, the more than 1,500 original paintings she has produced during her career have never been exhibited or offered for sale.

‘The Creative World of Stephanie Stouffer' offers a rare opportunity to see and purchase the unique original work of one of the few artists to earn a living as an illustrative and decorative artist. Stouffer is known for her vivid imagination, precision, and exceptional use of color which creates work sometimes described as ‘folk art with a contemporary flair'. Viewers can see her masterful use of whimsy and the patience and love she puts into each piece.

The exhibit showcases many of Stouffer's original paintings, along with selected licensed products, and represents a significant chapter of her life's work. After a time-intensive career of creating work non-stop for the demands of licensing companies and the fickle, ever-changing market trends, Stouffer would be the first to say that she has moved on from that life. But she does continue to paint, and is enjoying the freedom and time to pursue new creative endeavors. Visitors to the exhibit will also see examples of these new works.

Stouffer's designs often depicted traditional scenes, including iconic, recognizable symbols, as required by the commercial graphic design world. But she had a knack for turning these ‘traditional symbols' into something fresh with her vibrant colors, decorative style and rich imagination.

Stouffer explains: “the simplicity of my layouts reflected the serenity and balance that I have sought in my life and that many others seek. I learned that my best work came from the heart, from the intuitive part of the process, and hopefully that is what others feel as well.”

Originally a student at Bennington College and then majoring in sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Stouffer literally stumbled into her career as an illustrator when she began working for Hallmark in Kansas City. Hallmark gave her the knowledge and skills to later develop a successful freelance career, but after 10 years with the company, she felt she had lost sight of her ‘fine art identity'. However, with a move to Vermont she was gratefully able to discover another side of her creativity which she now recognizes “has brought pleasure to many as they continue to discover my art all over the marketplace and buy products which they bring into their homes or share with friends.”

When Stouffer opened her gallery in Belmont in 2008 she finally understood that she was actually known by her art, if not by her name, and that she says “was a very special feeling”. “The main goal of my work”, she explains, “was to keep it fun and whimsical and to bring delight to people.” She hopes that is what this exhibit will do for all who see it.

The town of Brandon is rich in the arts; not only can you see the exhibit of Stephanie Stouffer, but art enthusiasts can also enjoy an exhibit at the Brandon Artists Guild. The Brandon Artists Guild (or the ‘BAG' as it's affectionately called), opens their exhibit ‘Colors of Fall' on September 1 with an opening reception on Friday the 2nd from 5:00-7:00pm. The exhibit runs through October 31 and is an all-member show celebrating the highest season in Vermont with a collection of work in many different media. The BAG is located in downtown Brandon at 7 Center Street.



Queen Bess

Etruscan Horse

Fantasia Lion

Á Votre Santé
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2016, celebrating public funding for the arts.
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