It's not often crafters get to become film stars. But a handful of Vermont artists are just that, in a series of mini documentaries produced by Burlington's RETN (Regional Educational Technology Network) in collaboration with Frog Hollow, the Vermont State Craft Center.
The first three videos in the series, made by RETN interns, won first place in the 2012 Home Town Media Festival, a national competition for the Alliance for Community Media.
RETN and the gallery have been working together for the past year and, lately, also with Burlington College students. Tonight, Frog Hollow will show a selection of the mini docs — six to eight minutes each in length — featuring steampunk-minded sculptor Mark Schwabe, painter/photographer Wendy James, "pallet art" maker Mark Dabelstein, blacksmith Steve Bronstein (pictured below) and Norton Latourelle, who carves whimsical wooden animals.
"The Artists of Frog Hollow" can be viewed on RETN and also on YouTube. In addition, says Frog Hollow executive director Rob Hunter, the videos will be on the artists' individual pages on the Frog Hollow site.
If you attend the event tonight at 6 p.m., you'll get to meet some of the artists and student filmmakers. Hunter will give introductions.
Frog Hollow, 85 Church Street, Burlington. froghollow.org