Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild to host Wet, Wild and Wonderful New Works by Rachel Laundon March 5 through April 17 in the Back Room Gallery.

Break a hole in the ice and join us for a an artist reception (and party) on March 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. Food, wine, and fun shall be served.

Making a debut at this exhibition, we welcome Rachel’s Merfolk, a series of fishpeople inspired by a blend of nautical lore, playful traditional gender roles, with a dash of hipster sprinkled in.

Rachel tells us more, “There will be Roly-Poly Fish Heads, a growing collection of fish helmet masks that fully embrace my moniker “fish lady." I’ve created one per month since August along with a performance art photoshoot to accompany them. Stay tuned for this month’s ice fishing catfish! Also waddling into the mix are some waterfowl, the Daring Ducklins, a collection of freestanding altered duck decoy sculptures with personalities that will quack you up! I hope you enjoy the show!”

Rachel Laundon is a Vermont mixed media sculptor happily creating in Waterbury Center. She has a lot of help from her husband, and “shop guy," Sage Laundon and her art dog Nepal. Born with an urge to create and explore new mediums Rachel has been sculpting, painting, and artmaking since she was a child growing up in Danville.

“As an artist we are often known by what we make and I am frequently referred to as the “fish lady," she said. "I have been making fish wall sculpture for a number of years now. I am inspired by water and often wonder about the rich colorful universe that lives beneath its surface. Creativity is like water, when I am in a flow state of artmaking it is like riding the best wave. Fish are also endless inspiration to me. They have sleek aerodynamic shapes that lend themselves to an endless combination of color and patterns. In my artwork I often represent a species in their natural state but I also enjoy creating their more abstract, fantastical alter egos."

"Each piece is one of a kind and carefully crafted from a combination of wood, architectural clay, hammered oxidized copper, glass, and repurposed objects," she explained. "Hand-paint the vivid hues and patterns with either acrylic, oil, or encaustic paint. I am always on the quest to discover and learn new mediums and techniques to incorporate into my work.”