"Sprites To Live By," a solo show by Tunbridge, Vt., artist Marion Lent, is to be on display at the Tunbridge Public Library from July 1 to Aug. 18, 2018. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, July 1, from 2-4 p.m, which is free and open to the public.
Lent's "sprites" are handmade figures, 30 of which will be suspended from the library's ceiling for the show. They have felted bodies with hand-molded and painted antennae, hands, feet and faces. Their wings are sewn in a variety of colored fabric.
A little from the artist:
I live in Tunbridge with my husband and two daughters. I have mostly focused on watercolor illustrations for the past twenty years. A year and a half ago I started working three-dimensionally. My goal was to take as much time as I needed to figure out how to articulate my vision of some sort of flying sprite-like creature. This process is the most satisfying aspect for me and it is constantly morphing into new challenges. I now have thirty or so hanging from the beams in our house and a steady stream of buyers. A few months ago I finished a concept book with photos of many of them. It is a first book of color and each of the sprites are not only a color but are of a color. My goal is to have any child who flipped the pages to be able to see themselves in one of them. In this time of "other" I thought the quiet introduction of all of our "colors" was important as well.