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7 Vt. art teachers featured in new exhibit

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Kreg Owens sits at the center of the workstation in his studio at the St. Johnsbury Academy. He offers guidance with a comfortable back and forth-- artist to artist.

"Take a fine detailed brush and follow the trail as you lay it on," he advised a student artist.

Owens has always been an artist, but only started teaching his craft two years ago. Before that he was a speech communications professor at James Madison University in Virginia.

"I find that my own work grows and progresses tremendously when I'm in the process of teaching," Owens said. "You're always trying to find ways to make the material connect with the kids, concepts, aesthetic questions, and in doing so; I think you really grow yourself as an artist."

Rosie Prevost's hands-on approach to teaching photography comes from years of doing it professionally.

While their focus is almost always on their students, Prevost and the six other members of the fine arts department are now collaborating on an exhibit of their own.

"We tend to travel a lot, so the five in the center were taken in Austria," Prevost said.

The one that caught my eye is also one of her favorites. The photo shows her family from behind, backlit over a hill with a cross on one side and a tree on the other side.

"When you work with your tools and materials for a long time you know what you're going to be able to produce from a scene. So, I knew that the lighting and the background was going to be backlit and these beautiful bold black objects would really stand out. It just really had a message for me, it's everything I love in one photograph," Prevost said.

It's called "Grace" and captures her family and her faith.

The seven teachers from the Academy had to apply to have this exhibit just like any other artist here in the Northeast Kingdom. It's a juried system so a group of people look at their work and determine whether they will be selected for an exhibit.

"We expect that each show will have a theme, a hook to bring in the people in the community. And I'm very pleased that the Academy faculty chose to call this show "Seven Artists," not seven teachers, not seven representatives of the local school, but truly to focus on what their creativity is and I think that's a beautiful theme to have," said Jerry Aldredge, the artistic director at Catamount Arts.

Aldredge says this is a unique exhibit because of the number of artists and the type of work from sculpture to oil painting to dressmaking.

"This is an opportunity for the people in our area to see the Academy faculty as creative artists and see just what their specialty is, what their passion is for the arts," Aldredge said.

A passion they pass on each day to the students they teach.

The exhibit is up all month at Catamount and it is free. There will be a reception Friday starting at 5:30 p.m. It is open to everyone. Click here for more information.

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