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Spotlight Gallery

In-house Exhibits by Vermont Visual Artists

The Arts Council's gallery is open to the public and located in the corridor and conference room of the offices at 136 State Street in Montpelier. Exhibits generally run for a two-month period. There are times when the conference room is not available, but the corridor exhibit is always open during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Beginning February 3, 2017
Kathy Stark's "… and the journey continues …"

Artist Statement

This exhibit presents a progression of my work from the 1980s up to the present. I have wanted to do an exhibit like this for quite a while and want to thank the Vermont Arts Council for providing the opportunity to do so.

I have been working with pattern, mark making and repetition for the past 35-40 years. I work in series, each series lasting three to six years, often with transitional pieces bridging the change. The five series being shown, in chronological order, are: Color Poems, White Works, Words, Collage, and Checker Boards. What follows is a brief note description of each series.

Color Poems
Color Poems began in New York City continued to Nantucket and finally on to Vermont. I designed a tool with which to make a linear mark and then use acrylic paint to built up color and pattern layer upon layer.

White Works
These paintings were done after moving to Vermont where I fell in love with the white of the Vermont winter landscape. Still using my linear tool I found abundant subtle color in the snow covered landscape to work with.

This series developed out of a fascination with the marks and patterns that can be formed by words and symbols. In this series I wrote about my memories and hopes. In these works I write about my life, personal experiences and “reveal myself.” Being a very private/secret person the words are randomly placed so the “story” cannot be read and I can keep my secrets. During this time I began incorporating encaustic techniques into my work.

The collage series began as a challenge and an experiment. I was going away with my art group and wanted to bring easily transportable material. I had never focused on making collage works and took this opportunity to delve into collage and experiment with a new medium.

Checker Board
This body of work has grown out of the collage pieces. I was using a grid of black and white in the collage works and over time became drawn to using more and more of the grid. Soon I was modulating the checker board pattern creating surface movement and pattern.

Kathy Stark's website

From November 3, 2016
Etudes: Paintings by Katie Runde

Artist Statement

The more I paint, the more I realize that it all comes down to a study, appreciation, and obsession with light. Whether in still life or portrait, realist painting is an act of attunement with something or someone we may see every day but not really think to delve into. It is not about the illusion of dimension, but a celebration. Even a simple study becomes its own theology — to look hard enough at what is is to engage with its sublimity. This engagement is no more apparent to me than in the painting of a portrait. Here there are so many levels that must be attuned to — not just the light without and the tones and subtle color plays that it makes, but the light within, the irreplaceable spark that makes each person an individual.

I am particularly intrigued by the space of extreme solitude in between a musician and his or her music. Music is such a public art, yet the musician in the act of creating is at once attuned to the music around her yet completely isolated within. There is a similar unspoken space created by the visual relationship between two figures, whether it be the musician and his music or the farmer with his cow — even within the lone mind. Here there is not just the light without and the light within, but a third factor, far too easy to miss lost among the mundane, of that creative force that exists within and between us.

more about the exhibit

Katie Runde's website

Past Exhibits

More about past shows.

Elizabeth Nelson

Amanda Amend

Gabriel Tempesta

Dianne Shullenberger

Caryn King

Works by GRACE artists

Nancy Tomczak

Hannah Morris

Jonathan VanTassel

Nick Neddo

Bhakti Ziek

Tony Conner

Art Costa

Piper Strong

Diane Donovan

Jeff Clarke

Alexis Kyriak

Janet Fredericks

Robert Gold