Otto Pierce is the founder and director of The Sable Project. He is a native Vermonter, born at home before the midwife got there. Growing up in the middle of the woods, he became an environmentalist by default, a farmer by necessity, and an artist at heart. Constantly walking the knife between art and craft, his feet hurt. Occasionally, he professionally wears clothes.
Anna Ready-Campbell, a printmaker born and raised in Vermont, spent the summer painting. Big canvases and acrylic paint pushed her art from technical to expressive - both abstract expression and intimate portraiture. She also continued to make block prints and tramp through the woods looking for old stone walls and oyster mushrooms.
Anna was The Sable Project's 2014 Co-Director.
Emma Gohlke is a multimedia installation artist and writer investigating the psychology of gender, storytelling, ritual, and the power of place through manipulation of images, words, space and physical materials. Having graduated in 2013 from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a degree in sculpture, she moved to Tucson, Arizona to dabble in the farm-to-table restaurant world as a vegan pastry chef. While she delighted in producing art out of food, she found herself searching for an experience that more fully integrated her passions for sustainability, self-sufficiency, community, meaningful discourse, and creative work. She found that and more in The Sable Project. To see more of her work, check out her website.
Emma was one of the main documentarians of The Sable Project's 2014 Season.
Rebecca Tishman is an interdisciplinary artist focusing on sculpture and acrobatics. While at the Sable Project she took her art to new heights building structures into the forest canopy to perform acrobatics and dance atop. To see more of her work, check out her website.
Jessica Lee is a dancer, teacher, and arts administrator from Fairfield, CT. She is a graduate of Middlebury College who now works in NYC. Her work is founded upon the relationship between body and earth and deeply rooted in place study. Inspired by the magic of The Sable Land and influenced by collaboration with fellow Sable artists, she danced to tell stories about the life of fern forests, the death of bugs and fears, the power of finding one’s voice, and the complexity of a mother’s love.
Jessica was The Sable Project's 2014 Communications and Promotional Manager. Read more about Jessica on The Sable Team page.
Kern Samuel is a visual artist who has been living and working in New York City for the past five years. He is a graduate of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and he works in the mediums of drawing and sculpture. His work asked questions about space, place, and intention through meticulous material practice.
Kern is The Sable Project's Archivist, keeping important documents and keepsakes safe.
Annie McRay has made poems,
photos and videos.
Annie was one of The Sable Project's main documentarians for the 2014 Season.
Scotty Hardwig is a dance artist originally from the Appalachian mountains of southwest Virginia. His stage work, dance for camera, and site-specific installations have been shown domestically and internationally. With a unique movement aesthetic inspired heavily by performance improvisation and poetic anatomies, his work has been described at once as “subtle,” “Gothic,” “irreverent,” and “rebellious.” He recently received his MFA in dance from the University of Utah, a Dance Magazine award for performance, and is the 2014-15 Artist-in Residence in Dance at Middlebury College. To see more of his work, check out his website.
Elias Alexander is an independent musical and theatrical adventurer. Hailing from Ashland, Oregon, he graduated from Middlebury College in 2013 with a major in music. He now lives in Boston where he plays with four different bands, in the genres of Celtic fusion, funk, and American Old-time. He also teaches at numerous folk music camps across the country. At Sable, Elias relished living in the outdoors. His work was inspired by collaborations with other artists and by a desire to create music that speaks to specific places. To listen to more of Elias' work, check out his bands Soulsha and Cat and the Moon.
Ruth Lichtman’s paintings are transcriptions of the natural world that explore the dissonance between what we see and how we represent it. Using pattern and vivid color, her paintings engaged in the ways in which we organize and compartmentalize visual information.
Ella Belenky is a visual artist and puppeteer from Vermont. Ella graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Bard College in upstate New York. In her studio she creates work that moves in-between the narrative and abstract realms. Since graduating, she and has since been continuing to work on her own projects as well as collaborating with various artists and puppetry companies. For the past five years she has been involved with The Bread and Puppet Theater, and has recently worked along side The Phantom Limb Company from New York. To see more of her work, check out her website.