Category: Spotlight Gallery

I AM Speaks for Itself

I AM Speaks for Itself

Posted: October 24, 2019

Twenty-five Vermont artists are represented in an exhibit titled I AM . . . , a display of work culminating the first year of the I am a Vermont Artist e-newsletter series. The online publication is built on a series of interviews and documents how artists' creative expressions reflect their experiences of ethnicity, gender identity, religion, disability, or age. Art in the resulting show varies widely; the muse for some is identity, for others, landscape. There are two-dimensional pieces as well as music and sound, spoken word, poetry, dance, and movement within a digital compilation. All carry two requests: You are invited just to see what is there, and to uncover what is underneath. Read More
Notes on Conduits

Notes on Conduits

Posted: August 29, 2019

Three artists (Liz Hawkes deNiord, Richard Heller, and Rachel Portesi) made pieces for a new show opening September 6 in the Spotlight Gallery. All worked to channel inspired expression: Liz with multi-layered paintings and clay forms, Richard with patterned rhythmical oil pieces. Rachel employed collodion print photography. Let these words and images from each of the group whet your artistic appetite. Read More
Sliding Into Tree Time

Sliding Into Tree Time

Posted: July 17, 2019

SiteTime : Cordwood was deliberately a slow-moving installation in the Council's garden. SiteTime : Cordwood : Sharing is a new exhibit in the Spotlight Gallery comprising documentation, sketches, and artifacts highlighting that two-year process which was presented in four scenes. Erika Senft Miller expressed abstraction through her performances and costumes. Nancy Winship Milliken worked with the materiality of wood through sculpture and prints, and Michael Zebrowski chose to create and record the situations for the cordwood to change throughout the time span. When you visit, you're invited to slide into something the makers of this work call “tree time.” Reflections by the artists explain. Read More
Sharing Stories

Sharing Stories

Posted: April 25, 2019

Details in one of Kate Burnim’s paintings spurred the first conversation. Daryl Burtnett saw an entire story inside a small portion of the piece. The two artists talked about that, and have spoken many times since. The painters were showing up in the same spaces, the same shows. Each visited the other’s studio. What dialogue led to this joint exhibit? Read More
Looking North: Catamount Artists Connect

Looking North: Catamount Artists Connect

Posted: February 28, 2019

A network is born when an arts organization provides a showcase for visual artists. Catamount Arts, an independent arts center based in St. Johnsbury and serving northern New England, is known primarily for bringing film and live performance to the region. The organization also provides local gallery space, offering the foundation for connection with artists in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom (NEK) and beyond. For Looking North: Catamount Artists Connect opening in the Arts Council’s Spotlight Gallery March 8, Catamount Arts' Gallery Director Katherine French selected the work of nineteen artists from the NEK. Everyone exhibiting is a member of the organization. Collectively, they represent only a handful of the creative individuals who live and work in the northern part of our state. Read More
Artists to Watch 2019

Artists to Watch 2019

Posted: January 10, 2019

Vermont Art Guide Editor Ric Kasini Kadour: "Vermont Art Guide started Artists to Watch last year as a way of taking the pulse of the state’s art scene. This year, we refined the project a little and recruited ten curators to each select one artist and tell us why they were on their radar. Some reached far and identified an artist who they would like to work with but haven’t yet had the opportunity to do so. Others went for an artist from their own organization or gallery who they felt deserved special recognition. Some chose artists for what they have accomplished and others chose artists they felt had great potential and the were on the cusp of doing something great. The ten artists featured here are making remarkable contributions to Vermont art. It is by no means an exhaustive list but a wonderful place to start." Read More