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 our 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, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Exhibiting through December 31: Bhakti Ziek
Preliminary work produced while researching a larger work is often overlooked, yet these pieces contain insights and information essential to the large work. The weavings in this exhibition, Études, are finished works in their own right, and, simultaneously, studies for other weavings.
I could also have called this exhibition Mindscapes. The weavings are reflections of places in my inner world—a place of abstraction, words, and light. They connect to the outer world and its terrain, but are not referential to any specific place or time. Letters float like leaves, the potential for communication not yet formalized. For me, letters are beautiful in their own right, which then become exquisite chains of insight.
There is always a nod to historical textiles in my work. I identify with a lineage of narrative textiles that includes Safavid and Ottoman weavings. Rich in details, refined but sparkling with gold and silver, they told stories about their times. They are a source of possibilities and inspiration for me, as I hope my weavings will be for others.