Meet the Artists: Vanessa Compton, Analog Collagist, Designer
My good friend cuts my hair sometimes. It was at her Winooski apartment that I first saw one of Vanessa Compton's pieces. This large, colorful, edgy piece greets me everytime I am there. I have known this piece longer than I have known Vanessa, herself. I have spent countless hours on her website, examining the pieces in the gallery. Over the months of thinking about and planning the artwork for this piece, I kept coming back to her work.
Meet the Artists: Emer Pond Feeney, Dance Artist
I met Emer, like many of the dancers I know, during the early days of performing with the Spielpalast Cabaret. We also worked together for several years and become close friends during that time, spending many an evening watching Meryl Streep movies with her daughter, Esse.
Meet the Artists: Holly Chagnon, Dance Artist
Photo courtesy of Holly Chagnon
Meet the Artists: Toby MacNutt, Dance Artist
Photos courtesy of Toby MacNutt. Headshot by Owen Leavey.
Meet the Artists: Danielle Tekut, Co-Choreographer, Dance Artist
I met Danielle in my first semester at Smith College in 2012. I was there as an Ada Comstock scholar, or a non-traditional student, working toward a degree a major in Dance and a minor in German when I was 33 years old. The first semester was really hard. Academically, it was exciting. I was thrilled to be there, ready to dig in, ready to be immersed in dance and learning. But I felt alone. I was so much older than almost every one of my classmates, many of whom were not yet 20. And at 33, I felt I just made the biggest mistake of my life. I was focused in a different way than most of my classmates were, and because of the age difference, it was harder for me to connect with them in a significant way. There were certainly many other non-traditional students at Smith, but there were only two of us pursuing a dance major, and I was the only one in the German department. It was a lonely time, and for the most part, that okay with me, because I was there to learn.