May 16, 2017
Many of you know that, for over 25 years, I made my living selling artwork at juried outdoor art festivals, as seen in these photos. I was also represented by galleries. But I sold most of my work directly to the public, and it was a grand time meeting all of you!
In 2016, I decided to take a break from doing shows. I sold my tent, but I still have the gallery walls and the big van to fit all of it...so...who knows?
This year, I do not plan to do any outdoor art shows.
June 14, 2014 5:30 a.m.
June 14, 2014 11:24 a.m.
You may see my new oil pastel paintings at one of my favorite places: Shore Acres Inn and Restaurant, Route 2, North Hero, VT.
Vermonters may see my art here and there, since I still show my work through Burlington City Arts. I have a small show of acrylics and oil pastels at Brownell Library in Essex Jct., VT from May through June.
For commissions, please contact me for information.
March 6, 2015
This year I'll have a short, sweet art festival season--partly due to a trip to Italy, more on that below. The image of my oil pastel painting of the Atlantic Ocean at dawn is titled "Daybreak" (Oil Pastel on Panel 40" h x 60" w $6500). It is a time of day for starting fresh, appropriate for this time of year when we start to dream of spring .... right now I see lovely blue shadows of trees on the snow in our yard ....
I'm excited to be preparing for a long awaited trip to Italy. I will see wonderful art and architecture from Venice to Florence to Rome, and beautiful landscapes in between. We plan to hike Cinque Terre trails and also will plan to hike Mount Vesuvius-- if the active volcano is cooperative...Perhaps I will wish to create some Italy-inspired artwork when I return...
I hope to see you at one or more of these events. If you are on my mailing list, you will receive a card soon....please check here for schedule changes as some shows are not yet confirmed. Ciao and Arrivederci!
October 3, 2014
Harvest "Saison's" Greetings! The squirrels got a bumper crop of acorns, and I got a revamped website courtesy of TopDesign. Oh, I get to keep the Long Trail Saison Tap with my art image on it also. Hope you got a chance to taste the limited edition brew.
Hope you enjoy that the online gallery loads fast, and you can sort the art in different ways. I'd love to hear what you think of the new website design--and for the rest of 2014, take 10% off your purchase of art viewed on my site. Send me an email and put the code AUTUMN14 in your email to receive the discount.
Last show of 2014 season will be at my favorite autumn venue: Outdoor Art Festival of the Bruce Museum on 10/11-12 in Greenwich, CT. I'll have new oil pastels and acrylics. Keep your eyes peeled for deals on my "vintage" work. Happy Autumn!
May 28, 2014
I have painted an upcycled table lamp base for a charity called "Give Way to Freedom" for an art auction to be held Friday June 6 at Red Square in Burlington. The event is called "Shine a Light on Human Trafficking." Here is a link to describe what they do.
If you want to attend the event, it's $25 for a ticket, which includes appetizers and one drink. It's $45 for two if you pay in advance. Here are links for more information.
About the lamp: I used Golden Acrylic paints and media. It took about 14 hours of hand sanding the wood base and finial, and three hours to paint the lamp base and finial. The lamp is signed on the back. You can see it and even bid on it at the auction. Proceeds benefit "Give Way to Freedom."
April 4, 2014
Over 21? You are invited to a tasting of Long Trail Brewery's Saison Beer, now available at Sweet Clover Market in Essex Junction. Local resident Carol Boucher painted the image featured on the label. Join her at Sweet Clover Market on Friday, April 11, from 3-7 p.m. She has signed some bottles, which are for sale as well.
Saison is only available until June, and it's the third in Long Trail's Brush and Barrel series of limited edition beers. Brush and Barrel beers pair Vermont artists with Long Trail Brewery's brewmasters. Saison was created by Brewmaster Dave Hartmann, and is available in pubs and stores through June.
Carol's painting, featured on the label, depicts hops growing in the foreground, a red barn and farm fields with distant hills in the background. For more information about the tasting, please see http://www.sweetclovermarket.com/events.htm. This event is open to those over age 21.
Long Trail Brewery's limited edition Saison Beer is hitting the stores and pubs with an official launch on April 1. It's nice to see my artwork on the product label!
March 21, 2014
Long Trail Brewery's Limited Edition Saison Beer is being bottled, with my art image on the label, soon to be in stores and pubs. More info to come.
Through late April, I have two acrylic abstract "cityscape" paintings at the wonderful Axel's Gallery in Waterbury, VT.
One of my landscape paintings will appear on a limited edition Saison beer label from Long Trail Brewery. It is part of the Brush and Barrel series, pairing a Vermont artist with a brewmaster's creation, in this case, a Saison beer. Here is a link to the Vermont Beer website.
7 Days has a nice post about my show at Alchemy Jewelry Arts in Burlington.
"Most of Carol Boucher’s paintings and monotypes currently on view at Alchemy Jewelry Arts in Burlington are small and intimate. Like the jewelry in adjacent display cases, they invite a closer look. And the viewer is rewarded with rich colors to rival precious gems."
In Vermont, I am exhibiting oil pastel paintings at Fletcher Allen Health Care through December, in the Patient Garden Area. I've got small paintings and reproductions for sale at Shore Acres Inn and Restaurant in North Hero, VT.
Devon House Stonington in Stonington, CT has renovated. Here is a photo of my work displayed there.
In November and December, I will show at Alchemy Jewelry Arts, 2 Howard St., Burlington, VT.
I am working on new pieces, and I look forward to exhibiting them soon.
While selling is always nice, it's also great to receive awards. The most recent was Director's Choice at Cain Park Arts Festival in Cleveland Heights, OH in July. This was my 14th year there, what a wonderful, well-run show.
For those who need anything framed, please consider me. I would love to frame your special mementos. You can reach me here.
My booth at Norwalk Art Festival, June 30, 2013.
Photo by Erik Trautmann, used by permission.
May 9, 2013
I’m celebrating 20 years of exhibiting at juried art festivals! My new oil pastels, acrylic and oil paintings echo favorite landscape themes and introduce new ones.
Hope to see you at these wonderful events. Please check back to confirm shows, I will post acceptances and booth numbers when I get them.
If you are on my mailing list, you should receive a show schedule postcard with image of “Golden Light in the Grove,” my new oil pastel painting. If you have moved, or if you wish to be added to my mailing list, please email me. To be removed from the mailing list, please email me!
October 17, 2012
I got interviewed at the Outdoor Art Festival of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT on 10/6/12. Here is a link to the story:
October 10, 2012
I will be exhibiting in the 25th Annual Art at the Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT from October 18 to November 4. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and there is a $5 admission fee, or free with property admission and free to members. Opening Reception will be Friday October 19 from 5-7 p.m. Hope you can make it!
On 10/20/12, I will be teaching an oil pastel workshop at River Arts Gallery in Morrisville, VT from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is geared toward those with some experience using oil pastel. To sign up, please see this link or contact River Arts http://riverartsvt.org/
May 24, 2012
Late Spring Greetings!
My show season began this year at Bethesda Fine Art Festival, Bethesda, MD. New artwork images will be posted soon in the gallery.
It has been an early spring, weather wise, but I have gotten behind, in part, due to a fire at my neighbor’s house in March. Read about it here.
Please note: I have dropped a few shows. On June 9 and 10, I will be returning to Chicago for the first time in several years. I can’t wait to see all of you art lovers!
Booth numbers are listed, when known, to help you find me. If you need directions or more information, links are posted, or you can contact me.
Do you have an interesting story about a piece you purchased from me? Feel free to email me. I will post the most interesting ones on my website.
April 18, 2011
Hello and Happy Spring!
My 2011 show season begins in Kansas City, MO, at Brookside Art Annual. I hope to see you at a nearby show.
** Late season shows are not yet confirmed, please check website for updates. **
Booth numbers are listed wherever possible, to help you find me. If you need directions or more information, links are posted, or you can contact me.
New artwork images are now in the gallery!
October 5, 2010
Ann Brauer wrote a post in her blog about a custom painting. Here's an excerpt:
"When she began working she sent me a snapshot of the house half finished. What should the lights look like reflected on the snow? I tried to tell her to use her discretion--that is why I wanted her to create this painting. But I did get up early one morning after my husband had left for work, turn on all the lights and snap a picture of the house. She tweaked the painting a bit."
... and after!
Read full article.
Raven's Wing Studio
Burnell Yow! of Raven's Wing Studio wrote about Carol in his blog post titled "Carol Boucher – Meet the Artists Who Have Inspired Us to Part with Our Cash". Here's an excerpt:
"She had gotten Carol’s business card and had spent hours on her website viewing her marvelous artworks. It was this particular piece, however, that had gotten under Betsy’s skin and into her heart. So, when we returned to the festival this year, it was more or less a given that if the piece was still available, it would be coming home with us."
Betsy Alexander and I are standing next to "Red Porch, Yellow Porch".
Read full article.
September 30, 2010
Three more shows to go. On 10/2-3, I'll be at the Gracie Square Art Show on East End Avenue near Carl Schurz Park and Gracie Mansion in Manhattan. On 10/9-10, it's on to Greenwich, CT for the Outdoor Art Festival of the Bruce Museum. I'll be demonstrating oil pastels during the show. Come ask questions or roll up your sleeves and give them a try! I'll have multiple oil pastel sets available. The last show of my 2010 season will be Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Bethesda, MD. Then I'm off to Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, for a month of intensive painting, to help me prepare for show season 2011.
My Booth in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, September 2010, with Oil Pastel Paintings
During the coming months, I expect to have time to complete special projects, including commissions. If you have always wanted your favorite view painted, feel free to contact me. I enjoy commissions and custom work, and I would be honored to work with you to create a special painting of your home, your view, etc.
April 30, 2010
This year marks the 10th anniversary of my website, carolboucher.com. Year 10 is reputed to be the tin and aluminum anniversary, but in our household, it’s the steel, chrome and fiberglas anniversary: I just picked up our new Ford Econoline van. The old one logged over 150,000 miles traveling to shows across the U.S. All those miles helped me connect with all of you through my art ... amazing!
Photo from Cain Park Arts Festival, Cleveland Heights, OH, July 2009.
I’m excited to get back on the road, and I look forward to seeing you at a show! Folks on the mailing list will receive their cards soon. Please let me know via email if you want to be on or off the list.
For this year’s roster of events, click here. I’ve detailed a few highlights from this year’s roster:
Shore Acres Inn and Restaurant
Spectacular views, congenial and professional hosts Susan and Mike Tranby, Chef Dan’s great food ... and my oil pastel paintings on some of the walls. Shore Acres is my favorite place to visit.
Fort Worth, Texas
I’ll be visiting the school district’s exemplary art education department, sharing my knowledge of oil pastel techniques with the teachers and the gifted students. This fantastic opportunity came about through connection with Beverly Fletcher, Art Director of Fort Worth Independent School District. I met Beverly at the Vermont Studio Center when I participated in a painting residency November-December 2009. She and her artist friend and colleague Alison Aldrich teach art in Fort Worth public schools. It was wonderful to meet kindred spirits, and I look forward to reconnecting with them on my visit, and sharing my love of oil pastels with their faculty and students.
July 15, 2010 - August 15, 2010
Trilogy--Art Exhibition at Emile Gruppe Gallery, Jericho, VT
Build Me a Landscape" monotype with colored pencil and oil pastel
12" x 12" copyright 2010 by Carol Boucher
Monotype exhibition with Dorothy L Martinez and Jane S Morgan. We’ve been artists and friends since the 1990s and thought we should put together a top notch exhibit of our favorite monotypes, many of which we began or completed in one another’s presence at monotype workshops. An opening reception will be held on July 25, 2010 from 3-5 p.m. Gallery hours 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, or by appointment.
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Residency program in painting
My Studio, November-December 2009, Vermont Studio Center
Paintings Created at Vermont Studio Center, November-December 2009
I will return to VSC for a month to explore new techniques and to begin creating a new body of work for 2011. Going to VSC has been part retreat, part networking with artists from all over the globe, and a terrific way to renew and refresh my art. The friendly year-round staff/artists welcome me like family. I recommend VSC for working artists who aren’t looking for instruction (none is given; artists are expected to work on their own, quite different from attending workshops and classes).
July 22, 2009
Three of my paintings are reproduced in recently published Verve Editions The Art of Lake Champlain. Representing the work of 50 visual artists, the hardcover book commemorates the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Lake Champlain. It retails for $24.95 and may be ordered by contacting Erin Ostreicher at Verve Editions.
All are invited to the opening reception for "Land and Light" at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, VT on Sunday, July 26 from 3-5 p.m. For more information, please contact www.bryangallery.org
On Tuesday, July 28 from 10 a.m.-noon, I will demonstrate oil pastel painting at Brownell Library in Essex Junction, VT. Participation is encouraged. Materials and supplies provided, admission is free.
May 1, 2009
News from the Art Laboratory ...
In March, I painted with oils and created 75 new monotypes in an intensive 3-day program. You may view them at upcoming shows. In April, I finished two large acrylic/oil paintings, commissioned by my favorite resort, Shore Acres Inn and Restaurant. You may view them here:
Sunrise at Shore Acres
Clouds Over A Lakeside Meadow
I’m continuing with oil pastel paintings as well. Please see my show schedule. Cards are in the mail to those on the mailing list. New images will be posted soon to the gallery. I have three new reproductions as well. I’m excited to get back on the road, and I look forward to seeing you at a show!