Studios at Vermont Studio Center

The Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, Vermont, is now making studio residencies available for local artists, creating a wonderful local network of artists in this already artistic community.  I am currently occupying a studio there, to produce a series of mokuhanga prints and installations that I will be posting over the next year.



Awagami Paper Award, International Mokuhanga Conference

I am so honored to be the recipient of the Awagami Paper Award from the International Mokuhanga Conference this year, taking place in Nara, Japan. The Awagami Paper Company have been producing paper for over 6 generations by the Fujimori family in Tokushima, Japan, while keeping up with tradition and the needs of contemporary artists worldwide. The award includes 50 sheets of Awagami Paper, which is some of the best paper in the world.


I am indebted to my fantastic teachers from Japan, for the residencies that I attended by the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory in Kawaguchi-ko, Japan, under the shadow of Mt. Fuji, for the privilege of attending carving practice in the studio of Motoharu Asaka, and for the workshop in the studio of Katsutoshi Yuasa, in Tokyo. I particularly love the community of artists who are practicing Mokuhanga internationally, particularly the group of women we call the “Mokuhanga Sisters”, who have guided my practice since 2017.





Times Argus reviews “Botanical Ornaments” at TW Wood Museum

Mary Gow, from the Times Argus reviewed my exhibition “Botanical Ornaments”, at the TW Wood Museum in Montpelier, VT.  We had a lovely conversation, where we discussed how humans relate to trees, and how we can reconnect to nature through our relationships with plants. She has some very beautiful insights not only into my artwork, but her writing about art in general exposes her sensitivity to visual media and to the concerns of our times.  You can read the review here: “Botanical Ornaments” Patty Hudak Finds Solace in Nature


Botanical Ornaments at TW Wood Museum

I will be exhibiting my large scale installation, Botanical Ornaments, at the Nuquist Gallery at the TW Wood Museum  in Montpelier VT, from August 6- October 30. This work is inspired by the spiritual and mystical sensations from  the woodlands of rural Vermont.


Botanical Ornaments is a fabric installation explores humanity’s role as a part of nature, and the possibilities of what happens when the boundaries between the two dissolve. The installation features a large painted fabric stage, which can be entered, giving the feeling of immersion within the painted surface.


The installation is accompanied by three large scale prints, that personify the experience of spiritual oneness with the natural world.


For more information, you can contact the gallery at 802-262-6035 or email info@twwoodgallery.org or at www.twwoodgallery.org. The gallery is located at the Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT 05602, and is opened from Thursday-Saturday from 12-5pm. 


Lightness of Being at Minema Gallery in Johnson, VT

Minema Gallery, in Johnson, VT, will be exhibiting my work “Botanical Ornament 5” in their group exhibition “Lightness of Being” from June 29- August 28, 2021, along with the work of Tuyen My Nguyen, Chiara No, and Tara Thacker. There will be a closing party for the exhibition on August 28, at 5pm, all are welcome. The setting is beautiful, and also, the town hosts a great series of music, on Tuesday evenings, all summer. 


Kanreki at Graphic Studio Dublin

Come Closer, Mokuhanga

Kanreki – an exhibition of Mokuhanga prints by members of Graphic Studio Dublin and invited artists, will be on view from Saturday 29 May – Saturday 19 June 2021, at the Graphic Studio Gallery, in Dublin, Ireland.

Mokuhanga is a traditional printmaking technique that was made internationally known by Ukiyo-e artists – Utamaro, Hokusai and Hiroshige, for example – during the Edo period in Japan (1603 – 1863). Moku means wood in Japanese, and hanga means print. This water-based technique is similar to that of Chinese and Korean woodblock printing but master printers in Japan developed special characteristics such as the kento registration system that make Mokuhanga uniquely Japanese. 
Mokuhanga is an environmentally friendly technique. It uses only natural materials: wood, watercolour, washi (Japanese handmade paper) and a baren (a handheld tool made from bamboo to print without the need of a printing press). The pigments are applied with a brush and, though being printed by hand, the image is pressed deeply into the washi paper.
The artists in this exhibition have studied traditional Mokuhanga printmaking – adapting it to their own practice using contemporary innovations. Moya Bligh (1954 – 2009), who lived in Japan, introduced Mokuhanga to Graphic Studio Dublin in 1980s. Many of the other artists in this exhibition went on to study in Japan. There is now a growing international network of artists using this technique.
Kanreki is one of several exhibitions planned to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Graphic Studio Dublin. ‘Sixty’ is a magical number in Japanese culture. Kan means return or cycle and reki depicts calendar. It is a celebration of being reborn or of a new beginning. In Japan, Kanreki is traditionally symbolized by the colour red. All artists in this exhibition have incorporated red into their prints. 

Participating artists:

Yoko Akino, Moya Bligh, Debra Bowden, Kari Cahill, Cliona Doyle, Susan Early, Niamh Flanagan, Paul Furneaux, Mary Grey, Patty Hudak, Ann Kavanagh, Jennifer Lane, Louise Leonard, Kate MacDonagh, Ed Miliano, Ross McDonnell, Susan Mannion, Geraldine O’Reilly, Helen O’Sullivan, Robert Russell, Mateja Smic, Elke Thonnes, Vaida Varnagiene, Katsutoshi Yuasa


Flora at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA

I am so pleased that my print, Botanical Ornament 1, will be included in the exhibition, Flora, at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA, which runs from May 20-June 19, 2021.  The exhibition is truly gorgeous, and involves many artists for whom environmental healing is at the center of their work.  Here is a digital tour of the exhibition, created by a company called


This show presents the work of 50 artists from across the United States whose art evokes the wonder of plants or questions preconceived notions about them. Enlisting photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, video, and installation, these artists envision and observe the role of flora in raising awareness of planetary change, considering the human condition, and making a connection with the natural world. FLORA is juried by artist Mark Dion. 


For more information and hours, click here


Cone Editions

Spent the day at Cone Editions in East Topsham, Vermont, where Nathanael Kooperkamp and Walker Blackwell made my work look sooooo good! Handmade pigments in high tech prints on Japanese Awagami paper– mixing the old with the new- Thanks to Cathy Cone for her hospitality and introduction to the many possibilities of this process.


At Home in the Body

I am taking my second class with The Alternative Arts School. The course called At Home in the Body and is taught by the fabulous Janine Antoni. The course is transformative and experiential, with lists of questions and projects to open up the connections between our bodies, life, and art. I find myself questioning every aspect of what I am doing. The course is open to artists at all stages of their careers, the exchange of ideas is rich and personal, and there is also a lot of humor.





Solve Studio

I have been working with a think tank of artists, poets, craftspeople and a composer in a collective called Solve Studio. Conceived of by Claire Cuccio, Solve Studio is conceptualizing themes around depression, and how art could be used to mentor youth around these issues. 

The video above is a work in progress, which is exploring the feeling of going into a crater, a black hole, deep time and imagining the expansiveness of solitude and thinking, and how we can dissolve our individuality into a collective whole.



Arts and Culture of Nature

I am currently taking an online class with The Alternative Arts School. The mission of TAAS is to create a global community of artists who use the tools of art to create a better society. The instructors are among the brightest thinkers and practitioners in the world of art, and the student body is global, diverse in age, nationality, education levels and are themselves emerging leaders in both art and their local communities.

 The class I am taking is The Art and Culture of Nature, taught by Mark Dion, who encourages us to examine ideas about nature, and to challenge our own ideas about nature. His gentle persona, along with his own years of experience, lead to discussions which always seem to end too early. 

One of our assignments this week is to create a one minute nature video, I have attached mine here:


Unmasked: Artful Responses To The Pandemic

On view:

January 16 - March 28, 2021


Southern Vermont Arts Center will be exhibiting 3 of my works, as well as an installation, in their powerful winter exhibition in which artists reveal their struggles, creative breakthroughs, perspectives, and personal relationships through new works of art. This thematic exhibition titled “Unmasked: ArtfulResponses to the Pandemic”unfolds over the course of ten galleries in SVAC’s Yester House, and includes over 40 artists.


930 SVAC Drive, Manchester, VT

www.svac.org • 802-362-1405


SVAC’s Unmasked exhibition is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.


For hours and information, please check the website at Southern Vermont Arts Center


Participating artists: 

Sachiko Akiyama, Nancy Banks, Renee Bouchard, Adrien Broom, Scottie Burgess, Christie Carter, B Chehayeb, Irene Cole, Monique Crabb, Rosalind Daniels, Lisa Dimonstein, Nicole Duennebier, Trey Duvall, Helen Ellis, Betsy Fram, Eben Haines, Barry Hazardl, Ona Herman, Arthur Huang, Patty Hudak, Barbara Ishikura, Katelyn Ledford, Sammy Lee, Tiffany Matheson, Maria Molteni, Kevin Moore, Noah Phillips, Elysyn Porter, Dale Raisig, Linda Rubinstein, Marcie Scudder, Freyja Sewell, Kent Shaw, Ross Sheehan, Dianne Shullenberger, Peggy Smith, Shap Smith, Tracy Tomko, Dana Walrath, Susan Weiss, Diana Weymar, Susan White

My installation, Imagined Forest, at the Southern Vermont Arts Center exhibition, Umasked: Artful Responses to the Pandemic


Kanreki at The Model in Sligo


Opens on December 3, 2020

Curated by Kate MacDonagh

Yoko Akino, Moya Bligh, Debra Bowden, Kari Cahill, Cliona Doyle, Susan Early, Niamh Flanagan, Paul Furneaux, Mary Grey, Patty Hudak, Ann Kavanagh, Jennifer Lane, Louise Leonard, Kate MacDonagh, Ed Miliano, Ross McDonnell, Susan Mannion, Geraldine O’Reilly, Helen O’Sullivan, Robert Russell, Mateja Smic, Elke Thonnes, Vaida Varnagiene, Katsutoshi Yuasa

Kanreki is an exhibition of Mokuhanga prints by members of Graphic Studio Dublin and invited artists. Mokuhanga is a traditional Japanese printmaking technique - moku means wood, and hanga means print. It is an environmentally friendly technique, using as it does only natural materials - wood, watercolour, washi (Japanese handmade paper) and a baren (a handheld tool made from bamboo to print without the need of a printing press). The pigments are applied with a brush and, though being printed by hand, the image is pressed deeply into the washi paper.

The artists in this exhibition have studied traditional Mokuhanga printmaking - adapting it to their own practice using contemporary innovations.

My image, Come Closer, will be included in this exhibition and is in a limited edition of 10 prints. For more information, please contact the Model.




There, Through the Broken Branches, Go


Southern Vermont Arts Center, Women Take Wilson

Exhibition on View: September 5 – November 30, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 5 from 3 – 5 pm

The Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester, VT, will exhibit my 2018-2019 Vermont Creation Grant Project, There, Through the Broken Branches, Go. 

The title, taken from the WB Yeats poem, Two Trees, is an invitation to enter another world.  This large scale installation (over 45 yards of fabric, 9 feet wide) invites us to contemplate the here and now, before our final passing into other worlds. 

The installation will be located in the staircase of the contemporary galleries in the Wilson Center, naturally lit from behind, with the fabric suspended and cascading down the stairs.

For more information, hours, and directions, please visit the SVAC website.



Unfiltered Spirits

SMART ARTIST VERMONT PRESENTS: UNFILTERED SPIRITS


On November, 19, at 7:30 pm, I am participating in Unfiltered Spirits, a live, online showcase featuring visual and performing artists of Vermont.

FREE

Watch via Zoom or Youtube

3 weeks. 3 artists each week. A live broadcast via Zoom and YouTube, featuring signature VT cocktails, and hosted by DJ cRAIG mITCHELL.


NOV. 5th

Sponsored by CERES NATURAL REMEDIES
features artists:
- Shirley Reid / Sculpter
- Namaya The Jazz Poet / Poet
- Lauren Larken Scuderi / Musician


NOV. 12th

features artists:

- Kyle Woolard / Singer Songwriter
- Cyndal Ellis / Dancer
- Joanne Greenberg / Theater


NOV. 19th

features artists:

- Bronwyn Sims / Devised Theater
- Patty Hudak / Visual Artist
- Sarah King / Singer Songwriter


Each episode will begin with our host making a Vermont Signature Cocktail/Mocktail that the audience is encouraged to make and enjoy during the broadcast. The host will then introduce three separate artists. 


SMART ARTIST is a collective entity of theater, music, and dance community leaders from the organizations Theater Engine, Big Heavy World, the Vermont Dance Alliance, and Main Street Landing.

HOSTED BY: 

Big Heavy World, TheaterEngine, Vermont Dance Alliance, & Main Street Landing
SPONSORED BY

Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Creative Network Chittenden County, & the Radiator 105.9FM


Ink Languages


Ink Languages: A Conversation with Chalice Mitchell, Patty Hudak, and Alison Crites

Artists: Patty Hudak and Chalice Mitchell
Moderator: Alison Crites, SVAC’s Manager of Exhibitions & Interpretive Engagement

Join artists Patty Hudak and Chalice Mitchell for an engaging online conversation about how living and working abroad in China and Japan fundamentally changed their artistic practice. 


In particular, both artists developed a personal “ink language” through their exposure to, study of, and experimentation with the tradition of ink painting, which first flourished in China during the 600s and was introduced to Japan during the 1300s.


Patty and Chalice, whose artwork is currently on view at Southern Vermont Arts Center, will bring their memories and experiences to life through sharing images and stories. Alison Crites, SVAC’s Manager of Exhibitions & Interpretive Engagement, will moderate the program. There will be time at the end for audience members to ask questions.

  • Related Links:
  • Chalice’s Ink Painting Class
  • Beyond the Three Perfections: Patricia Hudak, Patrick Scott, Wei Ligang, and President Michael D Higgins, by ES de Wolfe Pettit, Dublin, Ireland
  • In the Beginning 1 Poetry by Irish President Michael D Higgins
  • In the Beginning 2 Poetry by Irish President Michael D Higgins
  • Patty Hudak in China, curated by Catherine Cheng, Being 3 Gallery, 2015

  • Ink and Indigo at Southern Vermont Arts Center

    Southern Vermont Art Center, 

    Yester House Solo Exhibitions

    I am delighted to be exhibiting my recent work at the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester, Vermont.  Beautifully situated, the Southern Vermont Arts Center has put into place CoVid safe measures to protect us, while enriching us with its thoughtfully curated art exhibitions. The opening for my exhibition is on August 22, 2020 from 3-5pm. There will be a variety of solo exhibitions opening on that afternoon.  However, don’t feel pressured to attend the opening–the exhibition will continue until October 4. There will be spectacular Fall days in Vermont when a trip to the Southern Vermont Arts Center will be peaceful and still, and you will be able to enjoy the artwork without being in a crowd.  

    More information, hours, and directions can be found at the Southern Vermont Art Center website.



    The Screen and Beyond

    The Screen and Beyond

    The Screen and Beyond is an online project originating from an open call conceived by Nick West and Yuka Otani for the Art Byte Critique collective. The world is changing rapidly due to COVID-19 pandemic. The artists participating in this e-book explore the theme of “Screen” from their perspectives. Through creating artworks, they try to find hints for surviving a world where the future is uncertain. 




    Among School Children at Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

    Among School Children at Hamilton Gallery in Sligo, Ireland

    Two Natures Blent Into a Sphere

    Among School Children

    This is Hamilton Gallery’s sixth invited artists exhibition thematically drawing upon a major poem by W B Yeats and also timed to coincide with Ireland’s Decade of Commemoration. “Among School Children” comprises an individual work from each of 115 invited artists. 


    To view the exhibition:

    Among School Children, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, Ireland


    Vermont Artists to Watch 2020

    2020 Vermont Artists to Watch


    2020 Vermont Artists to Watch

    Vermont Arts Council

    Montpelier VT
    February 3rd to March 27th, 2020
    Artist & Curator Reception: February 13th, 2020, 5-7PM


    J Blackwell (Bennington); Mark Collier (Montpelier); Trevor Corp (Wolcott); Brian Fekete(Kingston, New York); Patty Hudak (Underhill); Susan Larkin (Isle la Motte); Kathryn Lipke(Belvidere Center); Misoo (Shelburne); Steve Sharon (Burlington); and Kathy Stark (Craftsbury Common)


    Exhibition curator and Vermont Art Guide Editor Ric Kasini Kadour invited Vermont art professionals to answer the question: “Which Vermont artists are creating contemporary art that commands our attention?”

    Ten artists were selected from these responses. They are featured in Vermont Art Guide #11, and were exhibited at the Spotlight Gallery from February 2020 until the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

    Ric explains that “The deeper purpose of Vermont Artists to Watch goes beyond a magazine feature, an exhibition, and artist boosterism. The project is an opportunity to discover artists, revisit familiar ones, and develop a deeper appreciation of visual arts in the state.”

    The curators who selected artists are: Sophie Bréchu-West, director, 571 Projects in Stowe; Anne Corso, executive director, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester; Heather Ferrell, curator and director of exhibitions, BCA Center, Burlington; Jamie Franklin, curator of collections, Bennington Museum; Kelly Holt, curator, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe; Jon Meyer, independent artist, Norwich; Mickey Myers, executive director, Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville; Elizabeth Nelson, independent artist and former Vermont Artist to Watch, West Glover; Sebastian Sweatman, independent artist, Stowe; Katherine Taylor-McBroom, curator of exhibits and collections at Sullivan Museum and History Center, Northfield.

    Click here to take a video tour of the 2020 Artists to Watch exhibit.

    My drawing, Canopy, was included in the 2020 Vermont Artists to Watch Exhibition

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