Artist’s work brings nature’s details indoors at FS Gallery

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery will host an exhibit titled “Outside Influences” by Vermont artist Dianne Shullenberger from Sept. 21-Oct. 23 at its Shelburne gallery. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 21 from 6-8 pm.

Shullenberger works in two distinctive mediums that both uniquely convey the intricate details found in natural objects and the outside world. Her detailed colored pencil drawings on black paper capture the luminosity that a photograph cannot easily convey. The fabric collages, composed of infinitely shifting shades of silk and other fabrics, transport one into the dimensionality and depth of nature yet they have a playful surface quality that engages the viewer in a more abstract manner.

Spring Rush, image 20”x13,” fabric collage

Shullenberger says of her work: “The places I go and the outdoor activities I do are major influences in my fiber and colored pencil work. I have always wanted my work to take you with me or to provide an opportunity to share these special observations. I am a collector of all natural objects and apply the same philosophy I use when I buy fabric and thread: “it will have a use sometime.” I love detail so every piece of work is a study of light, texture, color, patterns, and weather. When I squint my eyes I see objects fractured into the many colors that make up the shape. Layering of color is crucial in the way I work with both fiber collage pieces and colored pencil drawings.”

For more information, contact Joan Furchgott by email at or by phone at (802) 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery is located at 86 Falls Road in Shelburne Village. Hours are Tues.-Fri. 9:30 am-5:30 pm, and Sat. 10 am-5 pm.

Red Branch, image 22”x16,” colored pencil

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