Volume One Special Coverage: Pulling Together While Staying Apart


On the Cover | Feb. 3, 2011

learn about this issue's cover art by Kim Vaughter

“Beastie #4 Hanging out in the Fridge” by Kim Vaughter
(2011, Beastie (mixed-media), refrigerator, food)

John Houseman
Kim Vaughter

“During the cold winter month of January in 2010 whilst on break from intense schooling I sat in a sewing circle with some of my friends.  This was where the first ‘Beastie’ was born.  I wanted to create whimsical characters that were sewn together (pun intended) borrowing different animal parts to create brand new species.  The idea was generated when thinking of ways to stimulate (or mess with) my future children’s out of the box thinking, and has been continuing on for about a year now.  I have quite a collection containing such beasties at a LobsterShark, TurtleGiraffeDinosaur, HippoCrabSquid, and RhinoScorpion.  Creating these Beasties is a wonderful, relaxing way to spend my free time as an art student, and the collection will continue to grow in the upcoming semesters.” – The Artist

What we were thinking: “Juxtaposition and personification are two terms that played a big role in why this cover was chosen. Let’s first explore “juxtaposition.” There are common things you would find in a refrigerator, placed next to a very uncommon thing. The proximity of these objects draws the viewer in because people are not used to seeing this when opening the fridge door, and it makes your eye wander around from the main focal point to all the groceries nestled on the shelves. “Personification” has been established by the human like characteristics this creature possesses such as limbs, torso, head, and eyes. Not only does it resemble a bipedal critter, the Beastie also suggests he/she has been up to some shenanigans inside the refrigerator and, now that the door is open, the jig is up. It is this body language and zonked out stare that gives the piece great impact. Kim Vaughter created this piece while on winter break. As a local art student, her goal was to make creatures that invoked out-of-the-box thinking.” – V1 Designer Josh Smeltzer

Volume One finds it cover art in a number of ways, from local art shows to random emails to knowing someone who knows someone who knows a great artist. The art always originates from a current or former Chippewa Valley resident. If you'd like to submit cover art, send us a letter.
Lasker Jewelers
Lasker Jewelers

Pulling Together Partners

The following organizations are currently supporting Volume One’s work in the community during the pandemic:

Lasker Jewelers

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

Downtown Eau Claire Inc DECI

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Pablo Group

Wisconsin Independent Network

Middle West Management

Bon Iver

Royal Credit Union

Silver Spring

Evergreen Surgical

Charter Bank

Chippewa Valley Technical College

The Murty Henriksen Family

The Larry and Marie Past Family

The Dan and Kerry Kincaid Family

Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets

Brady and Jeanne Foust

If your organization is interested in supporting Volume One during this difficult time, nick@volumeone.orgcontact us.