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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.

Opening September 2, 2016

Symbolic Landscapes by Elizabeth Nelson

Artist Statement

In January 2012, I started a series of "Symbolic Landscapes" inspired by the 64 hexagrams of the "I Ching" (or "The Book of Changes"). My work has always referenced the landscape of northern New England and this series continues that exploration, but with an interior dimension of symbols and geometric juxtapositions. Incorporating chance — even into the procedure — I throw coins to choose a hexagram each time I start a painting and contemplate the result as I think or dream an image. When the 64 paintings are all finished, they will be placed in numerical order, but for now I paint them as they happen to come up.
 
"The Book of Changes" is at least 2,500 years old, and was originally used as an oracle. Eight trigrams were conceived as images of the continual transitions in heaven and on earth. When the eight trigrams are combined with one another, there is a total of sixty-four signs. There is the suggestion for right action for each situation. This allows the individual to share in shaping fate, making it possible to become independent of the tyranny of events. As long as events are in their beginnings they can be controlled.
 
It is also a book of wisdom. Change is perceived as the continuous transformation of the one force into the other and as a cycle of connected phenomena subject to the universal law, Tao. Every event in the visible world is the effect of an image, an idea, in the unseen world, the immutable, eternal law at work in all change. In discerning the seeds of things to come, we can foresee the future to understand the past.

The opening reception for “Symbolic Landscapes” will be held Friday, September 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will be up through October 28.

More about the show

Elizabeth Nelson's website

Exhibiting Your Work

The next call to artists will open in the last quarter of 2016.

Artists chosen for exhibition receive a detailed floor plan and special instructions for hanging work to be fully accessible. Art is displayed in two spaces in the building: the conference room and the main corridor. The work hangs from a picture rail; approximately 20 average size paintings (or other two-dimensional media) can be hung. The exhibit should fill both spaces.

Past Exhibits

More about past shows.

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