“The Creative World of Stephanie Stouffer,” an exhibition at the Compass Music and Arts Center

 

"Queen Bees" by Stephanie Stouffer. Photo courtesy of Compass Music & Art Center website
“Queen Bees” by Stephanie Stouffer.
Photo courtesy of Compass Music & Art Center website

BRANDON, Vt. ­- Stephanie Stouffer, an internationally recognized artist based in Belmont, Vt., will exhibit her original artwork at the Compass Music and Arts Center.

The show is from Sept. 2 to Oct. 29.

Her whimsical style has not been exhibited beyond her home­based gallery in more than 35 years, although Stouffer has licensed her work to companies like Caspari, Certified International, and Peking Handicrafts.

Her artwork has been displayed on mugs, tapestries, greeting cards, pillows, and rugs, and now, a fraction of her more than 1,500 of her original paintings will be on display and offered for sale.

Stouffer is known for her vivid imagination, precision, and exceptional use of color, and her work can be described as folk art with a contemporary flair.

Stouffer’s love of literature and art was nurtured during her time at Bennington College and at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she majored in sculpture. She worked to develop a solid foundation of skills, including figure modeling and drawing, modifying the form of her subjects, understanding the intricacies of positive and negative space, and using the role of light in every form of her art.

Her work was recognized by Hallmark, where Stouffer worked in their Kansas City headquarters for 10 years. She worked to refine her skills, broaden her horizons, and found her niche in the social expression market, building the skills necessary to start her own freelance career in Vermont, where she discovered another side of her creativity.

Stouffer opened her home­based gallery in 2008, when she realized that she was internationally-recognized by her art and name.

“This was “a very special feeling,” she said. “The main goal of my work was to keep it fun and whimsical and to bring delight to people.”

She has done exactly that, and her work has brought pleasure to many as “they continue to discover my art all over the marketplace and buy products which they bring into their homes or share with friends.”

Stouffer’s designs often depict traditional scenes and include iconic, recognizable symbols. Her knack for turning these ‘traditional symbols’ into something fresh with her vibrant colors, decorative style and rich imagination has caught the eyes of people all over the world.

Stouffer explains that “the simplicity of my layouts reflected the serenity and balance that I have sought in my life and that many others seek. I learned that my best work came from the heart, from the intuitive part of the process, and hopefully that is what others feel as well.”

Stouffer has now eased into retirement, but she continues to paint and enjoys freedom and time to pursue new creative endeavors, without thinking about their use on a salable product.

A few of these new pieces will be on display at the Compass Music and Arts Center.

The exhibit, titled “The Creative World of Stephanie Stouffer,” opened on Friday, Sept. 2 with a reception. Stouffer will give a gallery talk on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m., and the exhibit will close on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The Compass Music and Arts Center is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Drive, Brandon, Vt. Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, and is located 1.5 miles north of downtown  Brandon ..

Visit the websites www.cmacvt.org and  www.stephaniestouffer.com for more information.

 

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