anne havel
po box 25, pawlet, vermont 05761 united states
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I benefit from personal sensory issues which cause radical direction shifts. My unconscious issues, apparently, are the undisputed project manager at all times.

Through my enameling pursuits I explore ideas about current brain-dominating subject matter. Frequent mind disturbances include nuclear power, planet degradation, imaginary space objects and creatures, molecular level shapes, mathematical pursuits. As a general rule, my work is an attempt at resolving the battle for dominance between chaos and geometry, expressing inner turbulence through abstract drawings.

Having participated in events related to war, the environment, and human rights, each series consists of multiple pieces, all grouped around a specific theme, with the goal of offering a platform to invite the viewer into a space of speculation and hopefully, discussion.

I create the drawings either with dental tools scratching through hardened liquid enamel, graphite drawings on acid-etched enamel, or other methods of black or white line creation. Successive torch-firings render the drawings permanent, in addition to adding color layers. After the enamel piece is complete, a setting is built to hopefully unify the subject matter with the connected objects, where I rely on my definition of beauty, first and foremost, to attract and connect the observer.

Exhibitions

2016 Nurture by Nature, Lapham Gallery, Glens Falls, NY; Materials: Hard & Soft, Patterson-Denton Arts Center, Denton, TX.; 12 x 12 Exhibition: A National Juried Exhibition of Small Scale Works of Art, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN; “What If?”, Chautauqua National, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky; Invitational Exhibition New Visions in Enamel: Recent Acquisitions from the Collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; 1 - 2 - 3 - Φ:  Math and Art, Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT; (Up)Setting the Stone, Society of North American Goldsmiths.

2015 Handcrafted, Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC; Abstract Sanctuary, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR; Master Craft, Pullen Arts Center, Raleigh, NC; Appalachian Center for Craft Instructor Exhibition, Gallery One, Smithville, TN; Alchemy 3, the 15th Juried International Enamel Exhibition of the Enamelist Society, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; In Essence: Celebrating 65 Years of Art at the Webster Estate, Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT; Force of Nature, The Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Plymouth, NH; Under Fire, Enamel Guild North East online.

2014 Winner's Circle, Gallery North, East Setauket, NY; Material Matters: Making Connections, ECU Metals Symposium, Greenville, NC; Molten, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, IL; Unleased, Women's Caucus for Art's Exhibition, Denver, CO; Rock Solid, Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT.

2013 Ohio Designer Craftsmen: Best of 2013; Less is More: Small Works in a Great Space, The Mitchell Gallery, St. John¹s College, Annapolis, MD; Alchemy2, the 14th Juried International Enamel Exhibition of the Enamelist Society, The Carnegie Arts Center, Covington, KY (jurors susie ganch, elizabeth turrell, karen lorene); Material Witness, Agnes Scott College, Dalton Gallery, Decatur, GA.

2012 Winner's Circle, Gallery North, East Setauket, NY; Through the Glass, Lemmerman Gallery, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ; Ohio Designer Craftsmen: Best of 2012; The Enamel Guild North East's 20th Anniversary Juried Enamel Exhibition, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA (Juror: Linda Darty).

2011 Showcasing the Best in Contemporary Craft, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI; 13th Annual All Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition”, Upstream People’s Gallery; 12 x 12 Exhibition, Todd Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN; Ohio Designer Craftsmen: Best of 2011; The 28th Biennial Creative Crafts Council Exhibition, Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD; Invitational Exhibition, Radical Alchemy: Contemporary Art Jewelry from the Tiny and Shiny to the Large and Lavish, Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth, VA; CRAFTFORMS2011, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA.

2010 Ohio Designer Craftsmen: Best of 2010; Viewpoints, Lapham Gallery, Glens Falls, NY; Enamelis Alumnus, Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, TX.

2009 Ohio Designer Craftsmen: Best of 2009; National Art Encounter 2009, the von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL; The 27th Biennial Creative Crafts Council Exhibition, Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD (juried by James Renwick Alliance); Stick it to ‘em-Pins Behaving Badly, online exhibition Crafthaus; Reclaim, Reuse, Renew,” Atrium Art Gallery, Ball State University, Muncie, IN; Radiance, San Diego Enamel Guild, Gallery 21, Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park, San Diego (juror Linda Darty); Juror, Linda Darty. Art of Fine Craft 2009: [kuh-nek-tiv], Elder Gallery, Lincoln, NE.

2008 Close to the Skin: Juried Works of Jewelry & Personal Adornment, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL (juried by Linda Darty and Robert Ebendorf); Ohio Designer Craftsmen: Best of 2008; “5x5x(5)”, Target Gallery at Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA.

More Images

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assemblages series: things used to happen slowly
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assemblages series: snakes in the river
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nuclear series: the radius of indian point