About The ArtistAngie Follensbee-Hall biography and inspiration
About Angie Follensbee-Hall
Mixed Media and Handmade Paper Artist
I was born in Sicily, a warm little island off the boot tip of Italy. My parents moved to the US when I was barely two. We moved to my father’s native New England, first Vermont and then New Hampshire. My parents are both artistic, though not directly artists. From my mother I learned to create passionately, using unconventional approaches, eager to find my own solution to problems. From my father I found a love for nature, especially the woodlands of Vermont and New Hampshire. He often took me and my brother for long walks in the woods and brisk summer swims in the nearby brook. I enjoyed both art and craft as a child, and often had a hooked rug or a beaded bracelet project to work on. I was drawn to art classes throughout elementary school, and always carried a sketch book. In high school I realized art was more than a hobby for me and I began to focus on building a portfolio of works for College. I began my college years at Elmira College, in Elmira, N.Y. as an art education major. But I found myself taking more art classes than education classes. I transferred to Plymouth State College (now Plymouth State University) in 1996. My daily commutes gave me time to observe the passing New Hampshire landscape, inspiring my art in new ways. The natural materials became more and more important to my images and my art making process. I remember watching a video in a sculpture class on Christo’s running fence. I was entranced and I knew I had to focus my studies entirely on creating art. I changed majors from Education to Fine Arts to fully express and explore my creative passion. I love everything about being an artist, the endless ideas and inspiration, the messy art studio, building, creating, and exhibiting. I have exhibited and sold many works of art over my career, both as a painter and a Mixed Media Paper Artist. I enjoy the texture and the tactile quality of manipulating plant fibers. For over ten years I have explored the art of hand papermaking from both pre-processed and raw plant fibers. My art process is always evolving, as I find new ways to be inspired. I am currently exploring plant fibers, primarily organic cotton in rope form through the ancient art of Macrame. Macrame is knotted rope decor that originated in the Arab nations and traveled throughout Europe. Sailors of old tied knots while sailing and then sold their wares at ports around the world. The art form came to fame in the US during the 1960’s and 70’s where it reached a manic popularity. It’s popularity faded in the 1980’s. Macrame is enjoying a new and stylish revival in the new century as a stylish approach to texture. I transform these mixed media sources, rope, paper, paint, and botanicals, with inspiration drawn from the world of nature: by the wisp of wind swaying in a Winter wind, or the small sprout searching for the sun’s nourishment in Spring. The world of spirit, myth, and religion are also sources of artistic inspiration, ranging from the great pantheon of Hindu gods and goddesses to the Native American anthropomorphic deities. I feel that these cultures beautifully describe the relationship between humans, the earth, and the heavens. In each creation, I invoke a meditative quality, reflecting upon the world of myth and nature, suggesting a connection between all beings at their source. I live in the woods of Cornish, New Hampshire, with my husband Josh Hall, composer and musician, and my two lovely daughters. My family loves to garden, do Yoga, look at the stars, walk in the woods, and take care of our animal companions as we are passionate Vegans. I have been an instructor at Granite State University, In New Hampshire, teaching The Creative Process in Art, Papermaking, and Art From Natural Materials. I also teach private workshops on the Art of Papermaking and creativity. I am a Reiki Master Teacher, a Certified Experienced Yoga Teacher and I lead Yoga Teacher Training Programs from my home studio.
Best in two dimensional design, 2011 League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair, Living with Craft exhibition Honorable Mention, Lossonde Juried Exhibition Vermont Studio Center Grant Bjorvard Drawing Prize, Elmira College St. Gaudens Artist Scholarship, Cornish, NH Juried Art Organizations League of NH Craftsmen Cambridge Art Association, MA New Hampshire Art Association Juried Exhibition 2002-2014 Living With Crafts, League of NH Craftsmen, Sunapee Mountain, Newbury, NH 2001 Duffy Memorial Juried Exhibition, Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH 2001-1999 Lossonde Juried Exhibition*, Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH 2001-1999 Chaffee Center, Rutland, VT 2000 Art In The Round Barn, Waitsfield, VT 2000 Fiber Celebration 2000, Estes Park, CO 2000 Cambridge National Prize Show, Cambridge, MA 1999 Library Arts Center, Newport, NH 1999 Prescott Park, Shaeffe Warehouse, Portsmouth, NH 1997 Karl Drerup Gallery, Plymouth, NH 1995, George Waters Gallery, Elmira, NY Solo Exhibitions 2015 Taylor Gallery, Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, NH 2005 East Wing Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH 2002 Foyer, Ascutney Mountain Hospital, Windsor, VT 2001 Taylor Gallery, Flickinger Art Center, Kimball Union Academy, Plainfield, NH 2000 Historic Claremont Opera House, Claremont, NH 2000 Howe Library, Hanover, NH 1999 New Hampshire Technical College Incubator Office, Manchester, NH Selected Group Exhibitions 2012 Hotel Coolidge, Group Exhibition on Paper, WRJ, VT 2011 Shades of Purple, Gallery 205, Concord, NH 2005 Hoefle, Phoenix, & Gormley, Portsmouth, NH 2002 “Like a Child”, Gallery 205, League of NH Craftsmen, Concord, NH 2000 “Paper and Paint”, Art Post, Orford, NH 2000-2001 The Fine Art House, Derry, NH 2000 River Valley Club, Lebanon, NH 2000 AVA Gallery Holiday Exhibition, Lebanon, NH 1997 Silver Cultural Arts Center, Plymouth, NH 1996 Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Selected Art Auctions 2005 NH Public Television Web Auction 1999-2005 Plainfield Library Book Auction Art Rentals 2001 Meredith Grew, Management Corporation, Boston, MA Education 1994-1996 Elmira College, Elmira, NY 1996-1998 Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH, BFA Summa cumLaude 2007 Yoga Teacher Training, RYT 200 2012 500 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, 500 Employment Art Instructor, Granite State College, University System of NH Self Employed Yoga Instructor, ERYT-500, Studio Owner Director/Owner of Myriad Yoga Teacher Training, RYS