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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.

Nancy Tomczak: "Avian Encounters"

Artist Statement

The spontaneous flow of color and added anatomical detail are combined for my watercolor paintings. Birds of the Northeast in various settings, sometimes found through unusual encounters, are the most common subjects of these paintings. My lifelong observervation of birds has pooled with my love of watercolor painting for seemingly endless inspiration.

Recently I have been working on collages of my watercolor images in order to push the boundaries of my compositions.

Though I have been painting and drawing all my life, it has been just in the last three years that it has been my full-time endeavor. Photography and stained glass are other mediums I have pursued.

Originally from Buffalo, I have spent most of my life in the snow belt areas of western New York and in the Finger Lakes region. A job relocation for my husband, James, brought us to Milton in 2008.

More About the Artist

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Past Exhibits

Hannah Morris

Jonathan VanTassel

Nick Neddo

Bhakti Ziek

Tony Conner

Art Costa

Piper Strong

Diane Donovan

Jeff Clarke

Alexis Kyriak

Janet Fredericks

Robert Gold

Exhibiting Your Work

If you are interested in having your work in the Spotlight Gallery, send samples, information on the proposed exhibit, and an artist’s statement/resume or biography by email to Thaddeus Gibson, or by postal mail to: Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery, Attn: Thaddeus Gibson, 136 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-6001.

If you are chosen for exhibition you will receive a detailed floor plan and special instructions for hanging your work to be fully accessible. Work is displayed in two spaces in our offices: 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. Exhibits should fill both spaces and be accessible to people using wheelchairs.