2017-10-12 / Entertainment

Two Northfield Artists to Hold Open House

"under the Barn Ramp II", watercolor, by Kathrena Ravenhorst-Adams"under the Barn Ramp II", watercolor, by Kathrena Ravenhorst-Adams"White-Breasted Nuthatch", wood carving by William Barnard"White-Breasted Nuthatch", wood carving by William BarnardTwo Northfield artists, Kathrena Ravenhorst-Adams and William Barnard, will be participating in the Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend this year onOctober 14 and 15, from 10 AM to 5 PM both days. This state-wide event is sponsored by the Vermont Crafts Council. Maps and directions may be found at local businesses including the Northfield Pharmacy, Tops, the Gray building, both banks, O’Maddi’s, Fresh Tracks, Ellie’s, Falls Store and on-line atwww.vermontcrafts.com.



Kathrena Ravenhorst-Adams loved to draw while growing up and took her first watercolor class at the ripe old age of 30, after which she was never the same again. “I was hooked”, she says. While living in Edgewood, Maryland, she took a class with a Japanese woman, Mitsue Elston, and was immediately hooked on watercolor while watching Mitsue demonstrate a painting at the first class. Kathy has now also added oils and pastels to her interests and if asked which medium is her favorite, will respond, “which ever one I am doing at the time!”

After moving to Vermont, Kathy earned a Master of Arts in Art and Natural History through The Graduate Program at Vermont College of Norwich University, during this time spending many hours wandering the fields and woods, painting and drawing from nature. William Barnard, a Biology Professor at the time, was one of her mentors during this course of study.


Ravenhorst-Adams is active in many local groups including the Barre Paletteers, the Chandler Gallery in Randolph, the Art Resource Association, the Greater Barre Craft Guild, the Vermont Pastel Society, Vermont Watercolor Society, Vermont Hand Crafters, and others. Kathy teaches watercolor classes and workshops at Studio Place Arts in Barre. She shows her work in the Annual Paine Mountain Art Show in Northfield and has participated in the Vermont Open Studio Weekend for many years. Scenes of the details of nature and the landscape continue to be favorite subjects for her work. She also admits a fascination for old barns.


For 50 years, William Barnard was engaged in field biology as a professor at Norwich University and conducting field reseach.  The beginning of his interest in art is reflected in the pages of his field notes.  Nearly every page has a quick sketch of a plant, butterfly, or a displaying bird. These sketches were done to document specific traits or characteristics of the object to enable him to identify them when he returned to the office.

Bill began his carving career making spoons for Christmas gifts. A number of years ago he began carving ducks and fish.  Recently, he acquired a wood detailer and began to add more detail to his bird and fish carving.  He especially enjoys carving the habitat for his bird or fish.

Bill retired from Norwich University and spends most days in the shop carving.  He is a member of the Brandon Artist Guild and the Lake Placid Woodcarving Experience.  This will be Bill’s first involvement in the Open Studio and he is looking forward to showing people his craft.


Yellow Open Studio signs will be posted to direct visitors to the Northfield studios: Kathrena Ravenhorst-Adams at 540 Bear Farm Road and William Barnard at 212 Winch View Road


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