In the bar and solarium: Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson’s unique kites are a wonder to see: a menagerie of
beasts and birds and an occasional human. These are traditional
diamond-shaped kites constructed of brown craft paper on a frame of
wooden dowels and fish line. On each Jim uses acrylics to paint a
face with eyes staring directly at the viewer, so when in the gallery
you have the sense that it is you and not them who is being viewed.
Some gaze at you with curiosity, some with pleasure, some with
caution, and some seem to stare in judgment. These kites are designed
to fly, but few owners dare to take them outside. Those who do fly
them report that they take on an even stronger personality when the
wind breathes life into them.
Jim Thompson is an educator, musician and artist who has lived most of
his life in Montpelier, Vermont. Although he made a few kites in the
early 70’s, it wasn’t until March of 2011 that he took up the craft in
earnest after a neck injury left him out of work and unable to perform
music. Since then he and his kites have been featured in many
publications, on radio, and on WCAX TV’s “Made in Vermont” segment.