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Life’s Natural Perspective

Frog Hollow Celebrates 20 years with Marilyn Ruseckas!

Pastel Artist Marilyn RuseckasExplores the Landscapes of Vermont

Frog Hollow, the Nation's First State Craft Center presents a new body of work by Pastel Artist Marilyn Ruseckas. 

My artwork in pastel is probably best categorized as Realism, some pieces more modern than traditional. Though I like to render the landscape, I am interested in freedom of gesture within the confines of a charted composition, allowing for the piece to be moody and dream-like or as bold with color choices as possible.


But early in my career, before I started in pastel, working in photography as well as different mediums of printmaking and drawing with charcoal were fundamental for learning the importance of understanding black, white, and the tonal scale of gray which has become the basis for all of my work in color. The rich darks and bright lights as well as the gradation of neutrals are calculated before any color is applied.


Working out unique color combinations and composition is what keeps me inspired. Designs oscillate between realism and abstraction with landscape primarily as a reference. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where good ideas come from, but I know that if I spend time outdoors moving through the landscape, watching cloud formations in the sky, and being a part of life’s natural perspective, I will never run out of material.


My hope is to always be healthy enough to ski, hike, and ride in the mountains, to breathe fresh air, stay fit, and gather visual energy to bring into my studio for new imagery.



  • Marilyn Ruseckas, September  2016                        


Life’s Natural Perspective is a celebration of 20 years of continuous exhibition with Frog Hollow.

The exhibit will run the month of October.

Opening Reception
Friday, October 7th from 5-8PM
85 Church Street, Burlington VT
(802) 863-6458

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Watch for our new Art Cart on Church Street

John Brickels in the cART
John Brickels Demonstrating in the cART photo by Chris Behr


Over the past six years Frog Hollow has run a series of statewide craft outreach efforts to determine how best to educate the public on Vermont crafts people and their craft processes. These efforts included last years “Artstream” (a retrofitted Airstream camper that Frog Hollow used as a traveling gallery) and multiple traveling exhibits.  The result of these efforts is the commissioning of a mobile studio the organization has affectionately named the Art Cart (or cART as designer Aaron Stein refers to it).

The Frog Hollow Art Cart was designed and created by local artists Aaron Stein and Aaron Grossman as a mobile platform for artisans to demonstrate not just what they make, but how they craft and create it. The main concern was to make a safe environment that the public could approach and watch as work was being produced. The cART is a versatile design which can be used as a platform to create on or as a backdrop to house tools and materials. A built in plexi glass shield encompasses the entire front of the cart while an adjustable mirror allows for those watching to see an aerial view of the artists hands at work.

The cart may be a new addition to Burlington’s Church Street, but in a way, it’s been here all along. Made from rectangular aluminum framing beams, once window channel in several Church Street storefronts it may be claimed that the cart is actual built from Church Street. Add to this the locally salvaged corrugated siding, leveling jacks and motorcycle wheel, the two Aarons reclaimed and repurposed local materials for the bulk of the cart’s construction, making it an upcycled work of art in its own right.

Already up and operating (John Brickels [pictured]was our inaugural artist demonstrating on August 6th in front of the gallery) Frog Hollow has put together a schedule of upcoming artists and partner organizations (organization who use craft as a tool in their work) demonstrations for the coming month.

Date                Time               Artist                                      Medium

August 26      4-8PM            Maxine Hugon                     Clay

Sept 2             4-8PM            Daryl Storrs                          Printmaking

Sept 8             Noon - 4        Shelburne Craft School      Wood Carving

Sept 9             Noon - 4        Shelburne Craft School      Wood Carving

Sept 10           Noon – 4       Victoria Blewer                    Hand Colored Photography

Sept 16           Noon – 4       Eric Nelson                           Glass

Sept 16           5-8PM            Project Healing Waters      Fly Tying

Sept 17            Noon – 4       Eric Nelson                           Glass

Sept 23           Noon – 4       Carol MacDonald                 Printmaking

Sept 30           Noon – 4       Deborah Holmes                 Painting

Oct 7              Noon – 4      Terry Zigmund                      Stained Glass

Demonstrations are free and open to all.

Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center
85 Church Street
Burlington, VT 05401

phone (802) 863-6458 

Gallery Hours:  

Winter hours: Jan 11 – April 15
We will be closed all day Wednesday, Jan 20th for inventory
Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Summer and Fall hours: April 16 – Nov 27
Monday - Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Holiday hours: Nov 28 – Jan 7
Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

If you can’t visit us in person, check out our online gallery! You are also welcome to call us anytime so we can help you find what you are looking for or email us at  infoatfroghollow.org