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 November 3, 2016
Etudes: Paintings by Katie Runde
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.
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