Sabra Field, arguably Vermont's most famous artist, is one of America's most accomplished printmakers. Her wood block and giclee prints capture the pastoral spirit of Vermont like no other. Stowe Craft features her newest prints as well as a large, ongoing display of selected framed giclee and woodblock prints. Custom framing and prints without frames are also available.
Sabra began making woodblock prints over 40 years ago. When the giclee digital scanning and printing technique became able to make perfect copies, Sabra was an early adopter. Now this high-end process has allowed Sabra to create a woodblock print, tweak it until it is just as she wants it and then make giclee prints from that best print. It has also allowed her to bring back some prints that no longer had usable woodblocks.
Sabra Field's Life, Work and Honors
Sabra Field, arguably Vermont's most famous artist, is one of America's most accomplished printmakers. She grew up in the metropolitan New York area but was born in 1935 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She went to school here in Vermont earning a B. A. with honors in The Arts from Middlebury College. She went on to receive a MAT degree from Wesleyan University. Sabra taught high school art for seven years and has inspired many Vermont artists over the years. She started her Vermont print studio in 1969. Stowe Craft Gallery began carrying her work in 1980.
Her work has been featured in over 50 one- person shows and several magazine covers.
In 1975, Sabra Field won the Vermont Bicentennial poster contest. Since then, her work as been commissioned by UNICEF, Dartmouth College, IBM, and Middlebury College. In 1989, she made a stained glass window for Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Chapel. In 1991, she was asked by the U.S. Postal Service to create a stamp commemorating Vermont's Bicentennial of statehood. Governor Madeline Kunin named Field an Extraordinary Vermonter in 1991 and she received the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts from Governor
Howard Dean in 1999. Named a "Living Treasure" by the Shelburne Crafts School of Vermont. Received the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Medal for the Arts in 2001. In 2002 over 7,000 people (including Stowe Craft owners Stephen & Susan) visited Sabra Field's 2nd Retrospective exhibit at Middlebury College.
In 2017, a full-length documentary of her work and life was published and aired on the Vermont Public Broadcasting network.
Custom Framed Prints
Our standard framing for Sabra prints is actually a custom frame. Our customers tell us over and over again how much they like their Sabra Field when framed by us. You can see examples of the framing on many of our pages. Here's why:
1.The color of each frame is made to complement the art inside it. Our framer cuts each frame to order and uses natural dyes to color the wood. (And custom colors may be requested ) 2. We use a hand cut mat. This way, the proportion of the mat to the print and to the frame is the same proportion all around.
3. The glass is conservation UV glass which protects the print from sun damage.
4. If you are into the details, look at the back of one of our framed Sabra prints. The hanging wire is precisely tied onto D-ring hooks. The back is sealed with a heavy, acid-free protective paper. And finally, a pair of bumpers are attached at the bottom corners so the print hangs without tipping forward.
5. This framing also protects your investment in a Sabra Field print. All materials are museum quality. Anything touching the print is acid free. The glass protects from UV and the back of the frame is sealed against dust. All this adds up to your Sabra Field print will continue to look great for generations.