Arts Calendar: Visual Arts
Carrie Gelfan: Paintings 2008 - 2018
Exhibition May 20 - June 28
Artist Reception: 5:30 to 7 pm o Thursday, May 23 at Main Street Arts in Saxtons River, VT
Presenting oil paintings from the past ten years. With a few exceptions, works include nudes, portraits, and “groupings”, which are paintings inspired by old photos of friends and family.
Carrie Gelfan earned a B. A. in Fine Art from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She also studied at the Art Students League in New York, and Cabrillo Jr. College in Soquel, Ca. At the Art Students League she studied with portrait artist William Draper and with Will Barnett.
For the most part, Gelfan’s work is figurative and includes many portraits and groupings of friends and family members, some from life and some from old photos. Drawing is an essential part of Gelfan’s work, and all of her paintings are preceded by drawings, often many. She has been a member of two life drawing groups in the Putney area, and many of her charcoal life drawings have become the basis of later paintings.
Gelfan’s work has been shown in numerous Vermont, New Hampshire, and on-line venues including the Thorne- Sagendorf Gallery, Stratton Arts Festival, Norwich University, Women to Watch 2010, West Branch Gallery, Crowell Art Gallery, Catherine Dianich Gallery, Hooker Dunham Gallery, and Figure50.com. In addition she has been awarded two fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center’s Vermont Week. Gelfan is currently affiliated with the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton, MA. Carrie Gelfan lives in Westminster, VT with her husband and his cat.
Why do I paint? I paint because I like to create and make things. I like the feel of manipulating paint around the surface of whatever I am working on. I enjoy working alone and independently.
I mostly do figurative work and have always enjoyed painting portraits. I like painting people (and sometimes animals), because it allows me to create an intimacy with my subjects in a very safe way, one where I am in control of the relationship.
Photographs or drawings are usually the starting point for my paintings. The “Groupings”, which are paintings of two or more figures, are inspired by old photos of friends and family or from life drawings I have done. In several of these I have taken figures from more than one photo or drawing, grouping them together. I am not particularly interested in getting true likenesses of the subjects in these paintings. Instead my goal is to create an interesting dynamic between the figures, an essence or atmosphere, and also some mystery, intrigue, or even ambiguity about their situation or relationship. This is also true of the straight portraits, though striving for a likeness of the subject comes more into play.
All of this said, the real subject of my paintings is the paint itself and the dance of painting. The figures are mostly a vehicle for me to express myself with paint. I am interested in how the paint sits on the canvas, its consistency, the relationship of the various colors on the canvas, the spontaneity and rhythm of the brush strokes and lines….. all the abstract elements of the painting.
I feel like I am always learning and re-learning how to paint. Each painting is a struggle and often feels like I am starting from scratch again. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that with each painting I take two steps forward, and then fall one step back the next time I start anew.
5/20/19 9:00am - 5/28/19 3:00pm
Main Street Arts, Saxtons River
Tom Hall's show, Paintings of Local Structures, will be featured in the Gallery at The Space On Main for the month of May. Opening reception on May 3rd (First Friday) 5:00–7:00pm and for public viewing hours 3:00–5:00pm on subsequent Fridays throughout the month.
These paintings were done in the last few years. Tom continues his interest in local landscapes as a source of subject matter.
Tom has lived, worked and painted in the Upper Valley since arriving in 1975. He recently retired from a 37 year stint as the bartender at the Colatina Exit Restaurant.
Visit https://thespaceonmain.org/gallery for more information. If you cannot make it to a public viewing time, but would like to see the art, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Space On Main, Bradford
Featuring works from Stowe Elementary, Stowe Middle School, Stowe High School, and guests Rumney Elementary in Middlesex. Join us for the opening reception Wednesday, May 1, 3pm-6pm, which will mark the 38th year of exhibiting local students' work in the galleries. All are welcome. Complimentary ice cream and refreshments will be served. In addition to enjoying the exhibit and tasty treats, reception guests will be invited to participate in an art activity.
5/1/19 10:00am - 6/1/19 5:00pm
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe
OFF THE GROUND PLANE explores architectural rhythms and harmonies in Danny Sagan’s futuristic watercolors.
“It’s the variables that are interesting not the rules themselves”.
5/3/19 5:00pm - 6/2/19 1:00pm
Local 64, Montpelier
OFF THE GROUND PLANE is an exhibition of watercolors by Danny Sagan that explore architectural rhythms and harmonies in futuristic schemes. Riffing on his favorites he creates mood freed from the constraints of gravity, energy and human needs. "It's the variables that are interesting not the rules themselves".
5/3/19 5:00pm - 6/2/19 8:00pm
LOCAL 64, Montpelier
David Rohn was born in Chicago in 1934 and grew up in the small town of Ludington, along the shore of Lake Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Design and stepped into a creative life richly lived as cartoonist, puppeteer, printmaker, teacher and painter.
Running parallel to his explorations in abstract painting and printmaking, and during his tenure at Windham College in Putney, Vermont, in the mid-1960s and ’70s, David’s watercolor painting gave relief from the more formal demands and cultural mandates of artistic invention and novelty of non-figurative oil painting. The delicate washes and expansive passages of color represent liberation from an art world of expectation and judgement. His modest still-lifes are deceptively loose and easy, and we’re comforted by the associations we bring to his unassuming and familiar scenes.
In 1953, I was the kid who was good at drawing, actually one of three in eighth grade. I did airplanes. After hundreds of airplanes, then dozens of cartoons, I was introduced to looking at paintings. I began to learn about the language of visual art: not depiction, but the secret language—form, color, symmetry, rhythm. This felt fundamental.
I thought I might give it a go.
There are other secret languages in art, of course, including some I don’t quite grasp. Art, done well, Is a way of twanging the mind, and the mind is infinitely resonant. Who knows what’s coming next? For me it’s mainly the classical ideas of form/color/architecture, plus the paradox of 3-D on a 2-D surface that Cézanne calls attention to.
Working from observation offers an endless variety of visual situations, and has the bonus of requiring prolonged intimate contact with plain stuff—a jar, an apple. I begin by gathering in. I yield to it. Later, I play with what I have harvested, playing the dialogue between the parts.
Sometimes a dynamic equilibrium results—a perpetually self-charging energy source. That’s the goal.
Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street, Brattleboro
Catamount Arts is pleased to present Debra Weisberg: Drawn to Touch, an exhibition of sculpture and works on paper on view in the Fried Family Gallery from April 27-June 14, 2019. A wine and cheese reception will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 4-5:30 pm, with remarks by the artist at 5 pm. All are welcome to attend.
Debra Weisberg: Drawn to Touch is an exhibition showcases the artist’s fascination with exploratory drawing as the basis for work that invokes a sense of touch. Using tape, fiber, fiberglass mesh, and hydrostone, she creates installations and stand-alone pieces that act both in collaboration and resistance to material. “All of my work is rooted in drawing,” Weisberg observes. It is her desire to establish sensory awareness of spatial relationships between the human body and material, one that is “dynamic, improvisational, and mutable.”
A native of Philadelphia, Debra Weisberg graduated from the Tyler School of Art and currently lives and works in the Boston area. Known both nationally and internationally for large installations and smaller works that explore drawing in physical terms, she has exhibited at the Paper Biennial in the Netherlands; the East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art in New York; and in numerous venues in the Boston area, including the Art Complex Museum, Boston Center for the Arts, Danforth Art, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Gallery Kayafas, Lesley University, and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.
4/29/19 11:00am - 6/14/19 8:00pm
Catamount Arts, Saint Johnsbury
Vanishment, new work featured by Vermont artist Janet Van Fleet, will be on view at the Vermont Supreme Court Gallery from April 2 through June 28, 2019, with an opening reception on Thursday, April 4, 4-7 PM. The exhibit explores the fraught relationship between humans and the natural world, using, in part, materials that Van Fleet has repurposed from previous bodies of work.
4/2/19 8:00am - 6/28/19 4:30pm
Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, 111 State Street, Montpelier
April 29-July 10, 2019
Artist Reception Thursday, May 23, 5-7pm
Ann Young’s interest lies in realism, especially of people, fascinated by the almost limitless variations afforded by the human condition and the same basic emotions shared by humanity. Rather than light and dark in a literal sense, these paintings consider the good and bad sides of human nature. People rain down terror and destruction on one another and at the same time are loving and considerate. Young explains, “This collection tries to sort things out, the good and bad that resides in all people, including myself.”
Young was raised in Illinois and Nebraska but has lived her adult life in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. From her first job illustrating the varmints of the Nebraska plains, through her stint as an illustrator for The Center For Northern Studies, to her abstract closeups of pond vegetation and the shells of crustaceans, she has looked to nature for inspiration. She spent years in a fruitful career making miniature animal and figure porcelain figurines for the wholesale craft market. An interest in large wooden sculpture occupied several years culminating in large scale gallery installations, combining the large cedar sculptures with the miniature porcelain figures. Young now devotes all her time with studies of people, in portrait and social interactions, enjoying the exquisite hues and textures which oil on canvas allows.
4/29/19 9:00am - 7/10/19 11:59pm
River Arts, Morrisville
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
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