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Arts Calendar: Northern Vermont

Friday, January 12, 2018

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Nov
11
2017
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Jan
31
2018

Winterscapes: Photography by Jim Westphalen

Winterscapes: Photography by Jim Westphalen
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Vermont-based photographer Jim Westphalen uses an adapted vintage camera to capture dynamic winter landscapes that blur the line between photography and painting. Inspired by Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper, Westphalen's work speaks to the decay of iconic structures in rural America.

Time: 11/11/17 10:00am - 1/31/18 5:00pm
Location: West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park, Stowe
Dec
2
2017
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Feb
18
2018

The Book of Changes: Symbolic Landscapes of the I Ching

The Book of Changes: Symbolic Landscapes of the I Ching
Description:

ON VIEW DECEMBER 2 – FEBRUARY 18
OPENING RECEPTION: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 FROM 4-6PM
64 works by Elizabeth Nelson inspired by the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching


Elizabeth Nelson is best known for her images of northeastern landscapes. Her work has been shown since the late 1980s and has been presented in juried shows for nearly as long. She is represented by galleries in New York and Vermont and has won commissions for public art. Neither a young nor obscure artist, one can believe her
when she says, “Every so often artists come to the end of what they’re exploring.” They have to ask, “Where do I go from here?” 2012 was one of those periods for Liz. She
wanted to transform her work.

In January 2012, she started a series of “Symbolic Landscapes” inspired by the sixty four hexagrams of the I Ching. Incorporating chance even into the procedure, She threw coins to choose a hexagram each time a painting was started and would contemplate the result as she thought or dreamt an image. Her work has always referenced the landscape of northern New England and this new series continued that exploration, but with an interior dimension of symbols and geometric juxtapositions.

A friend showed her the book in the mid 1960s. “The language about the symbols connected so closely to unconscious thoughts I had been having.” She wears divination loosely; there are times she refers to the method frequently and times she puts it aside for years. Liz describes her use as “something I have used in different ways for different questions and in different intensities.”

The discipline of such a project is “very freeing.” Describing the freedom inside of discipline, Liz makes this analogy: “If you’ve cooked a souffle, one that’s followed the rules, and have had some success, then you start changing things.” She applies that thought to painting: “You have to keep pushing the edges of your knowledge and capabilities to grow as an artist. “Completing one idea,” she explains, gives her the “confidence to do a riff on it. It’s a physical skill, among other things. You have to have confidence in your skills; you keep practicing.”

For the first time all 64 of these new paintings will be on exhibit.

Free and open to the public. For more information, please call (802) 533-9075 or visit www.HighlandArtsVT.org.

Location: Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro
Jan
12
2018
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Feb
20
2018

Dennis Sheehan - Late for the Sky

Dennis Sheehan - Late for the Sky Vermont Arts 2018
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DENNIS SHEEHAN - Late for the Sky
On display through February 20, 2018

EDGEWATER GALLERY at Stowe
151 Main Street, 802.760.6785

Edgewater Gallery at Stowe celebrates winter with lush landscapes by painter Dennis Sheehan. His exhibition Late for the Sky will be on view through March 9th. Sheehan works in the style of the masters of the Barbizon School, and shows influence from the American Tonalists. His exhibition at Edgewater Gallery at Stowe highlights the transitional period of dusk, farm and quiet gray winter days when the sun’s light is but a fleeting glimmer in the landscape. Sheehan works from imagination and his focus is in the power of shadows.

Dennis Sheehan hails from Boston, Massachusetts. He studied at the Vesper George School of Art and the Montserrat School of Visual Art. He teaches from his studio in Manchester, New Hampshire. Recent exhibits include a solo exhibition at the Whistler House Museum, in Lowell, MA, and the Guild of Boston Artists. Sheehan’s work is held in major public and private collections, including the White House and the personal collections of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

For further information on Dennis Sheehan and his exhibit, please call the gallery at 802-760-6785, email info@edgewatergallery-vt.com, or visit edgewatergallery-vt.com.

Location: Edgewater Gallery, Stowe
Jan
4
2018
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Feb
25
2018

Justin Kenney "The Parley of the Curve"

Justin Kenney "The Parley of the Curve" Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

The Parley of the Curve, an exhibit of work by Justin Kenney, will be on exhibit at the Gallery at River Arts January 4 through February 25, 2018.

Kenney’s imagery represents architecture of society in opposition with nature. The language describes the modern push and pull that happens with loss of the natural world and the gaining of technology. Natural shapes and textures abut hard and rigid forms, developing a visual puzzle. The hard edges and silhouettes of buildings describe the anatomy of our society, while he finds the beauty in opposition in the oceans and skies. Kenney faces the quandary of how to make sense of the deep conflict with the impending technology of today.

Kenney’s paintings are created through an unconventional mix of shellac, paper, inks and graphite, sometimes introducing new mediums and materials, via “a mistake”. Kenney described one such “mistake” when he was “frantically trying to put away a can of amber and it tipped all over a beautiful and finished drawing, only to reveal a magnificent shape and color.”

Kenney graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where he studied Printmaking and worked on numerous public artwork sculpture installations. He currently resides in Brattleboro, Vermont working as a professional artist and exhibiting nationally.

The Gallery at River Arts is located on 74 Pleasant Street in Morrisville, VT. Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday 9-4pm and Friday 9-2pm. For off hours please call ahead. Admission is free. Galleries are wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call (802) 888-1261, or visit their website at www.riverartsvt.org.

Time: 1/4/18 9:00am - 2/25/18 4:00pm
Location: River Arts, Morrisville
Jan
4
2018
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Feb
25
2018

Joan Brace O'Neal "The White Slip Drawings"

Joan Brace O'Neal "The White Slip Drawings" Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

The White Slip Drawings, an exhibition of work by Joan Brace O’Neal, will be on exhibit in The Common Space Gallery at River Arts January 4 through February 25, 2018.

Believing that creative expression plays a vital role in understanding the self, O’Neal explores her own vulnerabilities through an ongoing pencil on paper series entitled “The White Slip Drawings.” Fascinated by the human figure, O’Neal examines information about the self offered through the unconscious positions of the body.

She uses light to enhance emotion, similar to the way a painter may use color. It is the emotional charge created through the use of contrasting colors, that excites her. She creates that same charge through the contrast of blacks and whites, using light, to achieve this.


The Gallery at River Arts is located on 74 Pleasant Street in Morrisville, VT. Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday 9-4pm and Friday 9-2pm. For off hours please call ahead. Admission is free. Galleries are wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call (802) 888-1261, or visit their website at www.riverartsvt.org.

Time: 1/4/18 9:00am - 2/25/18 4:00pm
Location: River Arts, Morrisville
Dec
22
2017
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Sep
30
2018

Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher
Description:

A large-scale, interactive sculpture installation by LA-based artist James Peterson, inspired by magical Siberian ice caves. Presented by Spruce Peak at Stowe, produced and curated by Helen Day Art Center. Located in the Spruce Peak Village Center, outside Spa Entrance. Open to the public all hours.

Time: 12/22/17 12:00am - 9/30/18 12:00am
Location: Spruce Peak Village Center, Stowe