Arts Calendar: Visual Arts
The 12th annual great Vermont Plein Air Festival is coming up!
- Artists painting in the great outdoors
- Friday & Saturday, July 19 & 20, 9 am to 5 pm
Meet and talk with the artists! Artists working in various mediums converge on Historic Waitsfield Village to paint during this annual event and are always willing to talk about their work. “Paint the River, Paint the Covered Bridge, Paint the Historic Village” is the theme for this year’s festival.
Festival headquarters and the two day Festival Sidewalk Art Sale are located on Bridge Street in the center of the Waitsfield Village. Numerous activities and the Children’s Plein Air on Saturday make for a fun time for all. The Plein Air Festival takes place rain or shine.
Interested artists, please visit valleyartsvt.com/events for registration information.
7/20/19 9:00am - 7/21/19 5:00pm
20 Bridge Street(in the alley), Waitsfield
Hallowed Ground pays tribute to the devotion of the faithful and its continuity from the Neolithic Erin to contemporary Ireland with a series of paintings, pastels, photographs, sculpture, and accompanying Irish poetry.
Artist Gaal Shepherd has spent 34 years exploring the nooks and crannies of the island searching for sacred prehistoric sites, which has taken her to some of the most remote and desolate places in Ireland.
The opening reception for this exhibit is June 14 at 5:00 pm.
6/8/19 9:00am - 7/21/19 8:00pm
Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to announce the artist opening and reception for "Lyell Castonguay: Tributes," an exhibition of woodblock prints Saturday, June 15, 5-7 pm. The show continues through July 28, and an Artist Talk is scheduled for July 14, 5 pm.
Castonguay is co-founder, along with Carand Burnet, of BIG INK, a unique, travelling, nationally recognized woodblock printmaking partnership providing audiences an opportunity to create large - up to 8 feet - hand pulled woodcuts.
Castonguay’s woodblock prints invoke disparate influences including Japanese ukiyo-e, the naturalist works of Audubon and the expressionism of Baskin. He fills his paracosm with familiar animals made beholden with human emotions. Being a birder himself, most of his images are avian or strangely bird-like, bold personalities seemingly at odds with each subject’s intrinsic wildness. The artist’s distorted narratives often incorporate covert references to environmental decline, natural resource commodification, and displacement.
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is committed to presenting innovative, contemporary works that stimulate and challenge both the seasoned collector and aesthetic explorer. Regular gallery hours: Wed. - Mon., 11-5.
6/15/19 5:00pm - 7/28/19 7:00pm
Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro
Within Sight/With Insight : New paintings by Helen Shulman and Kevin Kearns
Two artists are featured in the main gallery with new works that share dramatic color palettes with very different outcomes.
Kevin Kearns' landscapes come from a place where memory, reality and imagination are combined. They are atmospheric, sensual and continue to evolve overtime, allowing us, the viewer, to enter into a splice of his world. Having immersed himself in the business of art direction in film and 2-d work for many years, his vast experience and curiosity with composition, structure and color earned Kearns a Lions award from the Cannes Film Festival and an Emmy nomination.
Helen Shulman often starts her paintings with a landscape underpainting. The initial concept is then abstracted by layers of cold wax, oil paints; then sanded, scraped to reveal complex relationships of color, form, geometry. As if one stopped on the road to look closely at the shadow and light play at one’s feet, Shulman’s paintings bring the viewer deeply into the sensation of nature. Shulman’s work is exhibited widely and in the collections of Dana Farber Institute and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park represents the regions finest contemporary artists. The thoughtful selection and exhibition of art, and a respect for artists and collectors are gallery hallmarks. The gallery provides an inviting space for visitors to experience art in their own way.
6/9/19 10:00am - 8/4/19 5:00pm
West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park, Stowe
Bryan Memorial Gallery celebrates its 35th anniversary with THEN AND NOW, an exhibition featuring the works of 20th century plein air landscape painters, and contemporary artists who follow, literally, in their footsteps. The exhibit includes 30 paintings by masters of the Vermont landscape, and the works of 30 artists who returned to the locations they painted, over a period of a year.
The resulting exhibit features 120 paintings, installed in groups according to location, that spans over 100 years of painting.
6/27/19 11:00am - 9/2/19 5:00pm
Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville
Jenny Swanson’s high-fire wall pieces, each one a unique microcosm, are inspired by the art of India, and by floating lotuses she was intrigued by during her residency in Shangyu, China. Also on view are her unglazed, low-fire sculptural vessels carbonized in saggars, in bottle and funnel-like forms. Swanson’s innovative work gracefully curves and undulates.
In contrast, Holly Walker’s terracotta forms are Shakeresque and utilitarian. Rolled coils of clay are glazed with bold colors that are playful, saturated, and luminous. Walker’s painterly designs are geometric, floral, and sometimes alphabetical. Walker’s colorfully patterned rectangular palettes and disc shapes are the foil to Jenny Swanson’s silky black and white ceramics.
OPENING RECEPTION JULY 13, 5-7pm, with Artists' Talk
7/13/18 5:00pm - 9/6/19 11:59pm
White River Gallery @ BALE, South Royalton
Figurative and narrative oil paintings by Deborah Brown and Mark Barry
May 25 through October 13, Saturdays & Sundays 12–5 pm
Deborah Brown's paintings focus on a lone female character, fearlessly nude, striding through a variety of natural settings, posing the questions: Do we understand the female as source of power? ..or do we reject female strength at face value? The figures are both recognizable and utterly strange.
Mark Barry's work reveals the human nature that is revealed in a flash, a glance, a second in time; moments that are not often recorded but when captured in paint on canvas provide poignant recognition of the humor, warmth, and universality of everyday experience.
The Bundy Modern, a Bauhaus modern architectural gem in the woods, is located at 361 Bundy Rd, Waitsfield, just 2 miles south of town off Route 100. The building is spectacular in true modern style with all structural elements visible: walls of glass, brick parapets, massive wooden beams and Vermont slate floors. The renovation has resulted in a versatile space that will carry the building and its history forward in to its next half century.
5/25/19 12:00pm - 10/13/19 5:00pm
Bundy Modern, Waitsfield
Shelburne Museum is proud to present William Wegman: Outside In, a comprehensive exhibition exploring over four decades of the renowned artist’s ongoing fascination with the natural world. This poignant exhibition is drawn from the artist’s collection and showcases over 60 works of art in a variety of media.
In addition to a selection of 20 x 24 Polaroid photographs with his beloved Weimaraners, for which he is so well known, William Wegman: Outside In also features portfolio pages from his handmade book Field Guide to North America and to Other Regions, drawings, and his most recent postcard paintings, including two new works inspired by archival postcards of Shelburne Museum.
Organized by the William Wegman Studio and Shelburne Museum’s assistant curator, Carolyn Bauer.
6/22/19 6:00pm - 10/20/19 11:59pm
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
Amassed & Up-ended gathers objects, artworks and documents representing four generations of a Vermont farm family to explore how what we save over a lifetime gives voice to some of our stories, and silences others.
Exhibit Opening & Gallery Talk
Sunday, July 14, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Amassed & Up-ended gathers objects, artworks and documents representing four generations of a Vermont farm family to explore how what we save over a lifetime gives voice to some of our stories, and silences others. How to Weed Your Attic: Getting Rid of Junk without Destroying History: Authors Elizabeth Dow and Lucinda Cockerel will provide answers to the question: when someone dies or it’s time to move --- or just clean out the attic, garage, or basement - what papers and other things should we save for the sake of history and what can we safely toss?
Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburg
Shelburne Museum is thrilled to present In Their Element: Jonathan D. Ebinger, Rodrigo Nava, Dan Snow, an outdoor installation featuring the evocative work of three contemporary artists on view across the Museum’s expansive campus, from May 1 through October 31, 2019. These captivating sculptures complement and amplify one another through their shared engagement with fire, wind, and earth – subjects of fascination since antiquity. Exploring themes ranging from the anatomy of wildlife, the buoyancy of inflated steel forms, to the relationship between site-specific stone structures within the natural environment, Ebinger, Nava, and Snow push the boundaries of their respective materials and processes, revealing new experimentation with these classical elements.
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce, Made in Vermont, a group exhibition of new and recently completed work by Vermont artists to be held in its galleries in Reading, Vermont. Including paintings, works on paper and sculpture by Arista Alanis, Steve Budington, Clark Derbes, Jason Galligan-Baldwin and Sarah Letteney, this show spotlights artists who live and work in Vermont. On view from 11 May through 1 December 2019. Appointments available 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sa–Su. $10 pp. First Friday of every month, 5–8 p.m., free without a guide.
5/11/19 11:00am - 12/1/19 4:00pm
Hall Art Foundation, Reading
The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce an exhibition by British-born American artist Malcolm Morley at its galleries in Reading, Vermont. Hailed internationally as a pioneering figure of his generation, Morley was a founder of Super-Realism, which developed as a counterpoint to Pop Art in the 1960s. He is also remembered as an artist who deliberately broke away from the stylistic innovations which brought him this initial fame. Over a career spanning sixty years, Morley’s practice continually evolved, his paintings becoming ever more colorful, expressive and distinctive. This exhibition includes approximately 40 paintings, sculptures and works on paper created between 1964 and 2016 from the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections. On view from 11 May through 1 December 2019. Appointments available 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sa–Su. $10 pp. First Friday of every month, 5–8 p.m., free without a guide.
5/11/19 11:00am - 12/1/19 4:00pm
Hall Art Foundation, Reading