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Category: Spotlight Gallery

To Do With as You Wish

To Do With as You Wish

Posted: November 2, 2018

Seven Vermont artists were invited to show pieces of their choosing in the Spotlight Gallery beginning November 9, 2018. When one asked if there was a theme, the answer was "fill your wall with work you love." The stunning result is "7Women 7Walls." The work they love is made with fiber, encaustic painting, collage, and frottage. The mood is bright, solid, and outspoken; the colors are rich. Here is more about the artists and the way each approaches her work. Read More
Macaulay in Montpelier Explained

Macaulay in Montpelier Explained

Posted: September 12, 2018

Original drawings for eight of David Macaulay's publications hang in the Spotlight Gallery until November 2. Macaulay dubs himself an "explainer." He offered these words about each of the books. Mill (1983) Having lived in southern New England since 1962, I finally became curious about all the mills and mill towns and villages I’d been driving past for much of that time. I then did what I always do when this kind of thing happens. I started taking pictures, finding books on the subject, and introducing myself to experts who might be able and willing to help. Fortunately, I haven’t met an expert yet who was unwilling to guide me through their unfamiliar but intriguing territory. The story in the book traces the evolution of mill architecture and engineering through an imaginary 19th-century Rhode Island community. Read More
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