SVM to Host First Friday Event and Art Show


By Scott Atkinson

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

April 5, 2013

Location: Slate Valley Museum

Event Description

The Slate Valley Museum is happy to announce another exciting First Friday event and art show. Opening on Friday night, April 5 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and running through the month of April, SVM will host the fish relief sculptures created by Waterbury Center, VT based artist Rachel Laudon. Ms. Laundon’s vibrant art is often shown at art shows and is exhibited at several galleries throughout Vermont. She is known for her dog and fish relief sculptures as well as paintings, assemblages and collages.

The sculptures that will be shown at the Slate Valley Museum are creative depictions of fish found in local streams such as pike, trout, and bass. Ms. Laundon uses wood, copper, acrylic paint, texture mediums, and re-purposed objects to develop each individual character. Ms. Laundon takes inspiration from her natural surroundings and also her family history, “Being from a long line of ladies who love to fish I too became hooked on the sport as soon as I pulled my first bass out of Lake Champlain. Fish are sleek and lovely creatures and their form lends itself to endless combinations of color, texture and pattern.”

Throughout the spring and summer, residents and visitors to Granville are often spotted on the banks of the Mettowee River on the Cultural Campus, fishing for trout and other local varieties of fish. Slate Valley Museum Executive Director Kathryn Weller hopes that this exhibit will “better connect the outside landscape with the museum. We hope that visitors who come in April to fish in the Mettowee will also plan to come into the museum to see Ms. Laundon’s fish relief sculptures and also learn about the local slate industry and the cultures that made their homes in the Slate Valley of New York and Vermont.”

Rachel Laundon’s fish relief sculptures will be on display from Friday, April 5th to the end of the month. The show opening with coincide with our monthly First Friday event, starting at 7pm and ending at 9pm. For more information about Rachel Laundon and her work, please visit her website For more information about First Friday, visit our website at, sign up for weekly emails, and also, for the most up to date information, “like” the Slate Valley Museum on Facebook.
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