Habitat Gallery Art Exhibition—July
"Capturing the Wind"
A collaboration of fiber arts and prints by Berri Kramer and Susan Wilder.
On display July 1–31, 2022
Mass Audubon Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary Gallery presents their July show, “Capturing the Wind” featuring a collaboration between two artists from the coast of Maine, Berri Kramer, a fiber/collage artist and Susan Wilder, a printmaker. The theme is birds, a rich icon that Emily Dickinson relied on to inspire her hymn-like poem, “Hope is a Thing with Feathers”.
Kramer and Wilder’s collaboration was shaped by a love of birds in all their incarnations and the coastal wind that both bends and inspires their flight; the sky waits for the blackbird’s whistle, or the silence just after. Forging images through carved blocks and multi layered collage, these two artists search for the human spirit in the beauty of birds.
"Hope" is a Thing with Feathers
“Hope” is a thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without words -
And never stops - at all -
And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little bird -
That kept so many warm -
I’ve heard it in the chilliest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in - Extremity,
Is asked a crumb of me.
- Emily Dickinson
About the Artists
Berri Kramer grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts and was greatly influenced by classes at DeCordova Museum. She earned a BFA in Design and Crafts from Kent State University in Ohio and a Masters in Fiber Exploration from Lesley University in Boston. Berri learned how to express stories in clay, metal and color, but most importantly, she observed people making their way in the world as artists. Her art career began as a designer for Better Homes and Gardens and lasted over 20 years. That venture became not only an opportunity to discover new materials and techniques, but one that involved continuous creative problem solving. She founded Heartwood College of Art in Maine, and for the past 25 years she has been its President.
Susan Wilder was born and raised in a small town in Upstate New York and then spent 25 years working in Los Angeles before returning to the northeast. She received her BFA in Drawing from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, studied Surface Design at UCLA and completed a certificate of study in Scientific Illustration from California State University, Long Beach. She is currently Dean of Students at Heartwood College of Art in Maine and lives near the coast with her two cats, Betty Francis and Tuck.
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