Burlington City Arts

Shelburne Farms

Shelburne, Vermont

Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit organization educating for a sustainable future. Located along the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont, its campus is a 1,400acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark. The Farm collaborates with educators, schools, and other partners to advance education for sustainability in Vermont, nationally, and internationally. 


Residency Schedule

Wendy Copp and Susan Raber Bray will continue their project at Shelburne Farms mid- August from 9:00 am -1:00 pm Monday through Friday. The specific schedule for August will posted once determined. Their first finished sculpture is currently visible, situated on a tree covered knoll by the Farm Road and walking path and can be viewed when heading west toward the lake.

Please stay tuned for Angelo Arnold’s residency schedule.

Artists in residence: 

Wendy Copp
Burlington, VT

Susan Raber Bray
Charlotte, VT

Project Summary: (Wendy Copp & Susan Raber Bray)

Our intention is to bring attention to the negative space between paired trees, by creating pieces made of materials gathered on the farm - grapevine, grasses, cattail stalks, fallen twigs and small branches etc. Our methods will include various primitive weaving techniques and styles of wrapping and binding, performed on site. The idea is that this will be something that people may not notice at first, but those using their eyes will see. We may introduce bits of color to serve as tiny heralds, just as a bird’s plumage catches your eye as it flits through the foliage.’

We plan to make sculptural chairs out of natural materials found onsite at Shelburne Farms and the surrounding Champlain Valley. We aren't focused on functionality, as much as the notion of a domestic form, indicative of rest, conversation and thought, gone wild.

Wendy Copp:

Wendy Copp is an artist and designer whose career in commercial design, product design, fine art, and theater has taken her to France, Mexico, India, Japan and Peru. Her work has been exhibited in galleries nationwide; her trade show booths have won awards In Atlanta, San Francisco, and L.A.; and her large-scale clocks and murals can be found in restaurants and public facilities around New England. She is the co-founder of the Very Merry Theatre in Burlington. 

Copp’s current work utilizes natural materials that were once alive: the result of the cycle of the seasons, evidence of the arc of life from birth to death. The act of gathering and recycling is central to her process and connects the work with a locale. The resulting in “textiles” create snapshots of a region’s vegetation and wildlife. During Of Land and Local, Copp will create sculptures from an invasive species of vines at Shelburne Farms. From June through August, Copp will be in residence in collaboration with Susan Raber Bray at Shelburne Farms, working within the general hours of 9 a.m. through 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Susan Raber Bray:

Susan Raber Bray was born in New York and has lived in Vermont since the early 1970s. She works in a variety of media, including clay, oils, and natural found materials. Her work is shown both nationally and internationally. In recent years, Susan has held clay workshops in France, England, and Italy. As a visiting artist sponsored by the Vermont Council On The Arts since 1989, she has taught in numerous Vermont public schools, and currently teaches at the University of Vermont and the Community College of Vermont. She has also taught at St Michael’s College, Champlain College, the Rhode island School of Design, and her own studio school, Spring House Arts in Charlotte. From June through August, Raber Bray will be in residence in collaboration with Copp at Shelburne Farms, working within the general hours of 9 a.m. through 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Angelo Arnold
Barre, VT

Angelo Arnold is a professional visual artist who primarily creates furniture–inspired, anthropomorphic sculpture. His upholstered forms are dynamic in gesture, and the reference to furniture vocabulary provides a platform to recall past memories. Arnold received his MFA in Studio Arts and Sculpture from Ohio State University. He has been the recipient of a Berkshire Taconic Artist Resource Trust Grant, plus multiple fellowships and awards for his sculpture and community arts projects. Arnold also shows his work in national and international juried exhibitions.  He is a specialized instructor at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., and resides in Barre, Vt.