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Category: Spotlight Gallery

Celebrating New American Artists

Celebrating New American Artists

Posted: July 5, 2018

Photographs hanging in the Spotlight Gallery beginning July 10 honor the work of seven groups of artists. Music, dance, and fiber art traditions of Somali, Nepali, Burmese, Burundian, Tibetan, and Bosnian people are represented. There are important through lines. New Americans living in Vermont are making the art. They gather as a part of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program – an initiative of the Vermont Folklife Center. The Apprenticeship Program was one of the many passions of Gregory Sharrow, whose life ended earlier this year. Greg left an impressive legacy; the enduring practices shown in the images give credit to a minute portion his substantial work. Through the continuity of these art forms, Greg's service to foklife will remain alive in Vermont for generations to come. Read More
Why Watch Artists

Why Watch Artists

Posted: March 1, 2018

Visual artists are at a disadvantage in our culture these days because their contribution to our social discourse is often free of those things that demand our collective attention. The art may be flashy and eye-catching, but the person behind the art often isn't and that makes it difficult to cultivate fame and participate in a celebrity culture. Social media — Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and so on — requires a constant stream of images and stories. For an artist who may make a few dozen paintings a year, it is hard to keep up. But that is only part of it. Read More
A Glance at Glimpse

A Glance at Glimpse

Posted: January 4, 2018

Caroline Tavelli-Abar made a collage this year and titled it “Inside.” It hangs next to a similarly framed photograph from 2013 called “Green Marble Quarry.” Caroline imagines “Inside” portrays the rock before it was taken from that quarry. Just as that image reveals stone extracted from deep in the ground, the 24 pieces her show reveal expressions offered by the artist over the past 20 years. Drawings, paintings, collages, and photographs span small and large, dark and light. "Glimpse" is the current exhibit in the Spotlight Gallery. Read More
It’s About Family

It’s About Family

Posted: November 21, 2017

Michelle Saffran makes photo-based art. Often, she blends more than one image; sometimes she manipulates, alters, or defaces photographs. Michelle does not always work in portraits, but she has proven herself to be the right artist for making pictures of students and families at the Integrated Arts Academy (IAA) in Burlington. The images from the K-5 school are fun and forthright. They are unaltered and shine with love. Read More
Artists and Their Communities

Artists and Their Communities

Posted: May 31, 2017

I spent most of May speaking with artists about their community. I feel lucky. My purpose was to curate a survey of Vermont contemporary art organized around artists’ connections to one another by asking artists to select someone for the exhibition. The results of this experiment, the exhibition “Connection: the Art of Coming Together” will be on view June 5-October 6 at the Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier. A version of the exhibition will appear in print in Vermont Art Guide #5, due out in August 2017. Read More
The Art of Chance

The Art of Chance

Posted: April 27, 2017

Laura Jane Walker calls her pieces paintings and says the colored threads are brush strokes. The threads run inches or feet between nails in plywood. Some of the panels are brightly colored, some shimmer, some have only earth tones. The newest employ seed-shaped divots carved into the wood. All are built around a chance event — a spilled cup of coffee, an I Ching coin toss, a burn. Read More