The Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild in St. Johnsbury will feature Elizabeth Robbins’ works in stained glass and mixed media through Oct. 5.
An opening party is scheduled for Sept. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments as you view her luminous art and celebrate the human family so central in her work.
Robbins graduated with a degree in art from Southern Connecticut State College in 1967. She went on to study a wide variety of topics including stained glass, ceramics, photography, fashion design, calligraphy, painting, color theory and art history at such institutions as: Silvermine Guild, Cooper Union and Yale University. Her work and studies took her to New York City, Jerusalem (besides owning a boutique she also did costume design for MGM), Amsterdam and Cambridge, Mass. Elizabeth has also traveled extensively worldwide.
She has worked and studied privately with the foremost experts in stained glass: Albinas Elskus, John Nussbaum, Gene Mallard and Jack Smith.
In 1995, Elizabeth was one of four prominent American stained-glass artists invited to participate in a special program at Wolverhampton College in Wolverhampton, England. In the company of her peers from around the world, Elizabeth studied ancient painting techniques and modern glass casting techniques.
Her stained-glass pieces are unique in the extent of depth and detail achieved by applying these ancient and modern techniques. She works from her studio in Lyndonville.
Elizabeth’s works are displayed in public buildings, homes and museums throughout the United States, Europe, India, and Israel.
In the 1950s Elizabeth spent many hours researching Native American art and regalia at the Brooklyn Museum and at the Native American Museum in the Bronx, NY. Since that time, she has become a respected practitioner of beading and leatherwork and has worked with Native American youths to pass on her skills.
In the Native American tradition of recycling, she makes many of her beads by melting down and reforming scrap stained glass. She combines them with commercial beads to create regalia, clothing, bags and jewelry.
Celebrating her native American Heritage, a new fiber work will be part of the exhibit, as well as work from her two books, “A Is for Angel, A New Testament ABC,” and “In Searching for Absolute Blue, Love is not what you think.” Both books will be available at the exhibition.
Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild is located at 430 Railroad Street in St. Johnsbury and open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.