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Sardonis – Form / Design

Design is a number of things, one of those is form. Malcolm Grear is not a well known person, but his work was of interest, his work is tied up with Rhode Island School of Design. The material in  his  book Inside / Outside covers the 1990’s and the discussion on the book addresses form and primarily the manipulation of form.  As a recognized member of AIGA and together with his association with RISD Grear opens an important discussion.

Jim Sardonis is another piece of the form puzzle, Sardonis lectured extensively and credits include Yale. Working with Jim included a look at creative process, the idea that free expression of ideas held by an experienced artist can create forms, forms of interest; with deep ties to nature form has given voice to Jim’s work and defined his work.

I met with Jim at Campbell Plaster and Iron and talked with Jim about his work. CPI was the ideal place to talk about his work, the discussion may be on Art, the ideas in his work are ideas that are shaping and giving expression to the sculpture.



Form is around us in a lot of places, whether natural forms, geometric forms, form is an essential part of design. As a photographer I’m always on the lookout for interesting ideas, ideas for the next project. Jim works with the title Sardonis Natural Forms, as an an Artist he is using forms found in nature, natural forms that give life to designs. Looking through the eyes of designers and sculptors forms reveal themselves all around. Forms is not only in nature, on the street, form is in architecture, form is around us everywhere.





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Gagnon Lumber

Gagnon Lumber

Ken Gagnon is a keen source of knowledge on the Lumber trade. Established in 1958 Gagnon Lumber has a track record for finding the right answers.

As a Native Vermonter Gagnon knows about forestry, not just a lumber yard owner Gagnon has a background in what keeps business going. In a recent Seven Days article Ken pitched in on the state of Vermont forestry.

Started as a family business Gagnon Lumber has kept the Vermont tradition of forestry alive. With modern practices that include a revised look at the Environment Gagnon is a Vermont business built to last.

A new look from the upcoming Gagnon site is only part of the Gagnon Lumber picture, another great example of great Vermont business at work.


Merwin Studios

Merwin Studios

Tom Merwin is an Artist local to the Central Vermont area. From the Brooklyn, NY he was a fireman in his early years. Working in New York left little time for anything else to do, however Tom was involved with Art.

With his Father as an Artist he picked up studying at the Arts Student League. Developing strong drafting skills and working in different media Merwin put together strong work. Shown at a number of Galleries in New York City Merwin developed a solid Resume.

Moving to the Vermont was a break from the New York Art scene but not a break from his Art. Continuing to paint in his studio Merwin has put together new work. The works he creates are primarily representational drawings of water forms. The Merwin Studios home page has a collection of oils and watercolors, a nice introduction to his work.

I created the original Merwin Studios site with Merwin to show his work, with new technology he has included a number of new paintings including videos. The site includes a store so people can purchase and the blog is soon to be launched and will be featuring writing from his wife Julie.

If you have a minute see http://www.merwinstudios.com/ and see what is going on with Artist Tom Merwin.

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Solar City

adc - Solar City - Louras

My first days in Vermont were cooler Fall days in Burlington. Burlington was the first part of  Vermont that caught my imagination. What caught my attention were the people, the landscape and the weather.

Vermonters lean towards progressive ideas, Vermonters also have a strong sense of tradtion. Learning about “Self Reliance” and the Environment was part of a Vermont Education. Living in Central Vermont the same ideas apply to how people live and work.

Rutland has been part of the growing Solar Industry in Vermont. Yesterday marked Rutland as the Solar Capital of New England. With a host of Solar projects having been developed in the area and a number of new developments planned Rutland has been involved in going Solar.

As the Green Mountain State Vermont can claim a good record on the Environment. With local companies that keep an eye on Sustainability and other Environmental concerns, Rutland is a good example of progressive work on the Environment.

As the seasons turn from Summer to Fall and as the leaves change the beauty of the state reveals itself in Foliage. Vermonters are assured that an investment in Solar is a renewed investment in Vermont.