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At a Crossroad, Victoria Blewer at Frog Hollow Gallery
November 4 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
In the Summer of 2023, Victoria Blewer’s show, At a Crossroad, was set to open at the Vermont Supreme Court Gallery. The show was originally scheduled for April 2020 and was postponed due to the pandemic. As the rain fell this July, the work was being installed in Montpelier at the Vermont Supreme Court Gallery. The city and the building quickly flooded causing the show to be postponed indefinitely. From October 30th to November 27th, the photographic and mixed media collages from Blewer’s canceled show will be offered a new chance to be seen at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery.
Let’s begin with this: this show was supposed to open in April 2020.
But first we had a pandemic. Details, I know.
Had this show opened three and a half years ago, it would have included my classic hand-painted and black and white Americana: a chronicle of how we define who we are by what we build – and then allow what we build to fall into ruin. Americana has been a theme l’ve explored since I first picked up a camera as a girl, my subjects ranging from those remarkable, glitzy, grandiose movie palaces of an earlier era to large signage for rundown motels on blacktop returning to desert. In rural America, i’ve been entranced by barns, agricultural buildings, and grain elevators – some also melting little by little back into the earth.
The pandemic changed this show – as it changed all of us.
In the lockdown, and then in the months when we clawed our way back to the new normal, I found myself experimenting. I began combining my photographs with vintage magazines, old books, acrylic media, and paints. Suddenly, I was building analog and digital collages.
Which brings me to the crossroad ahead.
I look to the future and see so many ways to incorporate my photographs into new pieces and craft a totally different form of 2-D art. The opportunities are bountiful…and I know my time is limited.
– Victoria Blewer, Summer 2023