Thursday March 03, 2016
A professional photographer for over 30 years, Natalie Stultz started working on film projects five years ago. Her most recent work will premiere at Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center in Burlington, March 5. Titled, Frog Hollow’s Green Mountain Artisans, the half hour film is part of a series that will document Vermont craftspeople from around the state.
Throughout her career, Stultz’s photography has captured artists and their work for many magazine and website features. She says she enjoys working with people, telling their stories, and learning about their work and artistic directions. “It was a natural progression for me to make films about artists,” says Stultz. In 2014, Stultz showed her film profile of Vermont sculptor Eben Markowski at the 2014 Burlington City Arts show Of Land and Local accompanying Eben’s life-size elephant sculpture.
“My experience as a still photographer has honed my sense of light and composition as well as my ability to connect with subjects. I’ve found this has provided an excellent foundation for my films,” says Stultz, adding, “There are also new skills required for audio and editing which I’ve embraced.”
This inaugural episode of Frog Hollow’s Green Mountain Artisans features bowl turner Alan Stirt, sculptor Kate Pond, glassblower Michael Egan, and jewelry artist Ivy Long. In the film, Stultz’s visual imagery highlights the individuality and talents of each of her subjects; her respect for their singular artistry shapes each story’s unique style. Frog Hollow hired Stultz to create the half hour profile piece in an effort to highlight their diverse artisan population, while celebrating the long-standing creative nature of Vermont residents.
Stultz says she worked with Frog Hollow Director Rob Hunter to choose the four artists featured from among the 200 plus artists represented by the gallery. According to Hunter, Stultz’s series is “An ambitious video project, undertaken to increase the exposure of established artists and artisans. The series brings recognition to our creative community and its cultural value while examining how we fit into our nation’s landscape of creative exploration.”
The March 5 premiere will take place at 6 p.m. at Frog Hollow’s Church Street gallery and coincides with a month long display of the artisans featured in the film. Following the screening, a loop of the film will continuously play as part of the exhibit. As a special treat, Frog Hollow partnered with their neighbor, the Farmhouse Group’s Restaurant Pascolo, for an evening of beverage service to accompany the screening. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, the film trailer is available on Stultz’s website blog at www.nataliestultz.com/blog/.
When not on location creating, the South Burlington filmmaker and photographer says she can be found on hikes all over Vermont along with her husband and their chocolate Labrador Rosalita.
Looking at Stultz’s portfolio it is easy to see her unique sense of place and her enjoyment of people. She says, “I create images that tell stories about artists, chefs, gardeners, business people, and entrepreneurs of all kinds, and the natural landscapes that inspire them. I embrace light, beauty and color.”