THE TRIBUTARY ARTISTS SYMPOSIUM

Welcome to Artists Symposium 2021!

The Tributary, a group of teaching artists with a connection to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, are gathering and inviting others to paint en plein air, drawing inspiration from the land in Kirby, Vermont. They offer a unique symposium experience this August 2nd-7th, with something for anyone interested in creating landscape-based art:

Professional artists
Expand your repertoire, or log plenty of time painting en plein air. Develop a body of work among peers in an organic, relaxed setting.

Artists new to landscape painting
Learn by doing in an immersive, supportive atmosphere, alongside more experienced artists.

Anyone can find focused instruction, inspiration, and insight in one of our workshops or artist demonstrations. Supplement your Symposium experience, or participate in the workshops independently.

The setting…

The Symposium’s residential retreat takes place on the rolling 40-acre Kirby estate. Accommodations are in a large hillside apartment, which has a great view and room for six artists to sleep, relax, and cook meals together. The owners are artists, but will not be formally participating in the Symposium, however, their influence will be felt: large-scale sculptures installed in fields and lawns add interest to artists who might include them in their landscape paintings; paintings adorn interior rooms.

Century-old maples traverse the fields, and layers of green, blue, and buff create a path for the eye to find the horizon. Sunset is a great time to gather around the fire pit, watch the sunset, and take it all in...

…A plein air painter’s dream!

There will be a public reception for Symposium artists on Thursday evening 5-8pm at the Satellite Gallery, in Lyndonville.

Public workshops and demonstrations on plein air painting technique, and related painting topics will be held Tuesday 8/3, Wednesday, 8/4, and Saturday, 8/7, with Saturday’s workshop taking place in Saint Johnsbury, based at Catamount Arts.

Create, learn, relax, and connect with other artists in a wonderful natural setting!

Opportunities abound to learn by doing in an informal, supportive group atmosphere, as well as chances to take workshops with experienced teaching artists. ARTISTS OF ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME. PARTICIPATE IN A WAY THAT SUITS YOU!….

JOIN THE SYMPOSIUM BY DAY SPOTS STILL LEFT!

For local artists, or those with accommodations elsewhere: join the residential group to paint, critique, and socialize during the days, through the evening meal, starting the morning of Monday, August 2nd, and depart Friday, August 6th. This will be identical to the residential symposium experience, except that artists will stay off-site, and make their own arrangements for travel to and from all symposium sessions on the beautiful Kirby estate at the center of our artistic activity. Enjoy a few days of simple life with art at its center. Each day will involve group outings on the estate, or nearby, to paint en plein air, enjoy lunch on-site, and then gather around the lodgings again for a sharing and critique session (accompanied by libations and light fare) in the afternoon. After a period of open time, an evening meal will be served, and another day celebrated. ALL mid-week demo and workshop sessions are included.

A special public reception will be held for all Symposium artists on Thursday, August 5th from 5 pm-8 pm at Satellite Gallery in Lyndonville, Vermont.

SCHOLARSHIP/DISCOUNT: Because we feel that commerce shouldn’t come before people, we are offering scholarships to a limited number of applicants- please contact us at contact.thetributaryarts.com with your inquiry. Also, if you are interested in sponsoring us, or an individual artist, please email us.

JOIN THE SYMPOSIUM RESIDENCY SOLD OUT

Come stay on the beautiful Kirby estate at the center of our artistic activity. You will join a small group of fellow artists to paint, share meals and critique sessions, relax, and enjoy a few days of simple life with art at its center. Start with an evening gathering on Sunday, August 1st, and depart Friday, August 6th. Each day in between will involve group outings on the estate, or nearby, to paint en plein air, enjoy lunch on-site, and then gather around the lodgings again for a sharing and critique session (accompanied by libations and light fare) in the afternoon. After a period of open time, an evening meal will be served, and another day celebrated. all mid-week demo and workshop sessions are included.

A special public reception will be held for all Symposium artists on Thursday, August 5th from 5 pm-8 pm at Satellite Gallery in Lyndonville, Vermont.

TAKE OUR WORKSHOPS SPOTS STILL LEFT!

Learn from our lead artists in any of our public workshops, offered a la carte for anyone wishing to join in-person or online. Workshops and demonstrations on plein air painting, pastoral portraiture, and more, are led by our residential founding artists Laura Noble and James Keul. Workshop and demo sessions will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings , and Thursday and Friday morning/midday in Kirby, and Saturday August 7th in Saint Johnsbury.

JOIN US SATURDAY, AUGUST 7th AT CATAMOUNT ARTS IN SAINT JOHNSBURY

A UNIQUE ALL-DAY WORKSHOP WITH BOTH TEACHING ARTISTS. A MINI-SYMPOSIUM EXPERIENCE!

Teaching artists Laura Noble and James Keul are excited to help you have a wonderful Symposium experience, in one of their favorite places on earth!

One of our Symposium Residency artists, painter, and illustrator Almigdad Aldikhaiiry is looking forward to practicing watercolor, and expanding his practice to include painting en plein air.

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