Arts Calendar: Visual Arts in Central Vermont
Magic from the ancients to the present is embodied in Sande French Stockwell’s recent sculptures and drawings. And her work begs you to be a part of this manifestation, to react, to think, and pose more searching questions about your life and your relationship to our deep and ancient past. Through this search of ancient connections are our new possible beings and Be-comings. Many of these “beings” are on display as the “Portraits of a Different Kind” exhibit at Axel’s Gallery in Waterbury, Vermont. Sande French-Stockwell has presented her latest pieces: both works on paper and in the round and invites you to celebrate your dreams!
Ms. Stockwell has fallen in love with the creative freedom newly found in plaster. Come discover how a single change in medium has allowed one artist to flourish creatively.
“Working with plaster allows a quick and instant breath of life into these beings I sculpt. I use my hands to shape and form the traces of a hypnotic yesteryear, a raw present and magical future.”
Meet the artist Friday, April 13th from 6-8pm. This event is open and free to the public. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.
Axel's Gallery & Frame Shop, Waterbury
Imagining Home, presents innovative home design born of collaboration between community members dealing with homelessness and prominent local architects. The resulting designs will be on display at State House cafeteria in Montpelier from
May 1 – 31, 2018.
5/1/18 8:00am - 5/31/18 4:30pm
State House Cafeteria, Montpelier
Middlebury, VT—Richard Brown’s recently published retrospective—The Last of the Hill Farms: Echoes of Vermont’s Past—showcases the photographer’s most cherished subject: Vermont’s hill farmers. A new exhibition at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, VT offers the chance to experience the Vermont that Richard entered and began to photograph in the 1970s.
The lives, landscapes, and time period Brown so lovingly documented are available for viewing through a range of more than thirty large and small format, finely detailed, black-and-white photographic prints, which were hand-made by the artist.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 18, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, VT, will host a public reception and gallery talk. Complimentary locally sourced food and drink, including beer, wine, craft cheeses, produce, and more will be served.
Exhibit on Display now through June 23, 2018
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk – Friday, May 18, 2018 - 5-7PM
4/18/18 10:00am - 6/23/18 5:00pm
Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury
Braintree painter Carolyn Egeli exhibits her oil paintings celebrating Vermont and its people through landscapes and portraits. Opening reception April 4, 4:00-7:00 PM. Montpelier Art Walk May 4, 4:00-7:00 PM. Photo ID required for entry.
4/3/18 8:00am - 6/28/18 4:30pm
Governor's Gallery, 109 State Street, Montpelier
Merwin’s exhibit of oil paintings explodes with color and light. This series of over 18 pieces was created from 2015 to the present and celebrates the rites of spring in its color and vibrancy. Opening reception April 4, 4:00-7:00 PM. Montpelier Art Walk May 4, 4:00-7:00 PM.
4/3/18 8:00am - 6/28/18 4:30pm
Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, 111 State Street, Montpelier
The T. W. Wood Gallery at 46 Barre St. in Montpelier, Vermont, is pleased to announce an important exhibit, Ronald Slayton: Master of Watercolor from May 1, 2018 through June 29, 2018. Slayton (1910-1992) was born in Barre, Vermont. During the Great Depression he worked as an artist in the Vermont Division of the Federally funded Works Progress Administration (WPA) from 1936-1939. W.C. Lipke once commented that Slayton “has been a painter, poet, dramatist, educator, politician, gallery director, peace activist, humorist, critic and historian suggest that the single appellation 'artist' is not broad enough to encompass his many achievements.” There will be a celebratory free public opening reception at the Gallery on Friday, May 4, from 5:00-8:00 pm and an Art Talk at 6:00 pm with a panel that will include Nancy Graff, Bobby Gosh, Tom Slayton and Phillip Robertson.
The Ronald Slayton exhibit will highlight two watercolor murals “The Last Supper” (1985) and “The Hunger Dream” (1985). Figures in “The Hunger Dream” The majority of Slayton's works in this exhibit are from the private collection of Billi and Bobby Gosh. They have included twelve of Slayton's later watercolors that will be for sale with 100% of the sales being generously donated to the Gallery.
5/1/18 12:00pm - 6/29/18 4:00pm
T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier
This two-part exhibit of contemporary Vermont art is a collaboration between the Vermont Arts Council, Ric Kasini Kadour, and six guest curators. The 25 artists included come from all across the state and were identified as being on the verge of great work. Part II includes work by: work by Robert Gold (Burlington), August Burns (Middlesex), Jean Cherouny (South Burlington), Caroline Tavelli-Abar(Rochester), Sam Talbot-Kelly (Montpelier), Vanessa Compton (Greensboro), Hannah Morris (Barre), Angelo Arnold(Montpelier), Erika Senft Miller (Colchester), Renee Greenlee (Burlington), and Rose Umerlik (Jeffersonville).
Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call ahead to ensure conference room is available for viewing.
5/4/18 4:30pm - 6/29/18 4:30pm
Spotlight Gallery at Vermont Arts Council, Montpelier
In celebration of his 60th reunion at Middlebury College, the Henry Sheldon Museum offers a retrospective of the whimsical wood carvings of John Cross, a masterful contemporary folk artist.
Few would have predicted that an economics major at Middlebury College who earned a master’s degree in business at the University of Chicago would have begun carving during his career as a creative copywriter at a premier New York advertising agency. Humor, perseverance, and imagination are the skills reflected in all phases of his life journey.
John Cross began whittling while watching the filming of commercials for which he wrote the scripts for Proctor & Gamble and for Toyota. His ad copy promoted such iconic brands as Scope mouthwash and Crest toothpaste. During the day he wrote jingles from his advertising office in New York City, then headed for 813 Broadway where he shared a rented loft with sculptor William King, coincidentally in the same building where Wolf Kahn painted. Kahn, who now maintains a summer studio near Brattleboro, VT, is known for his sumptuous landscapes, and King, who died in 2015, worked in clay, wood, bronze, vinyl, burlap, and aluminum. Cross, King, and Kahn were among the poets, artists, and museum professionals who gathered for drinks and conversation at the renowned Cedar Tavern in Greenwich Village to encourage one another.
Cross has always worked with wood, in particular sugar pine. He favors figurative renderings of sports figures, especially the players and fans of the New York Yankees, artists, sideshow performers, Miss America contestants, fishermen, operatic stars, and playful everyday characters. He has researched players from the Negro Baseball League and commemorated them in compelling wood carvings. For many years Cross was represented by Jay Johnson, owner of a leading New York City American Folk Art gallery on Madison Avenue and later by the David Findlay Jr. Gallery on Fifth Avenue, and currently by the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY. His carvings are in the public collections of the Museum of American Folk Art and the Smithsonian, and in the private collections of Garrison Keillor and Ali McGraw.
John Cross and his wife Linda Cross, also an artist, reside and work from their home studios in Elizaville, New York. The Hudson River is nearby, as is the scenic rail line which provides them easy access to New York City galleries and museums and their son Peter Cross (Middlebury College ’93) and his family, who live in Manhattan.
The Sheldon Museum retrospective will honor this accomplished sculptor, who continues to carve and inspire gallery and museum visitors.
Man with Cigar, c. 1990. Photo: Christian Carone
3/20/18 10:00am - 7/8/18 5:00pm
Henry Sheldon Museum, One Park Street, Middlebury
Studio Place Arts presents “Stewards of the Land,” by Orah Moore on display at The Morse Block Deli (located at 260 N. Main Street, Barre).
Since 1984, Orah Moore has been studying the lifestyle of Montana ranchers. “I am interested in the spirit that impels them, the land that nurtures them, the storms they weather, and the livestock that support their way of life.” This show of handprinted silverprint photographs is on view through August 10, 2018. There will be an opening reception on Thurs., May 24, 5:30-6:30PM.
Visit: www.morseblockdeli.com for hours.
For more details about the exhibit, visit: www.studioplacearts.com
Morse Block Deli (260 N. Main Street), Barre
"Waterfowl Wonders and Amusing Animals by Three Self-taught Addison County, Vermont carvers – Gary Starr, Chuck Herrmann, and William Holway - greet delighted visitors to the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, Vermont.
Gary Starr is a world-class self-taught carver whose decorative decoys and birds are on display at the Sheldon – from three magnificent oversized shore birds – one standing, a second running, and a third feeding – to a variety of life-sized colorful birds including a Puffin, American Oyster Catcher, Belted King Fisher, Baltimore Oriole, and Lilac Breasted Roller.
Before perfecting his drawing, Bill Holway began his artistic pursuits by whittling and was one of the original craftsmen when Frog Hollow the Vermont State Craft Center was started in Middlebury in 1971. For years, Bill Holway was known locally for his “performance drawings” at Kennedy Brothers in Vergennes. His wood carvings at the Sheldon feature a moose with an iconic rack of antlers and a prominent beard-like dewlap under its chin, a brown bear, a frolicking horse, and more exotic animals such as long-horned goat, hippopotamus, elephant, zebra, camel, and giraffes.
Chuck Herrmann's carvings are a reflection of his deep commitment to the Vermont forest, its history and value. As an example, true to his investigative and collecting habits, he carved birds and waterfowl from remnants of a “root fence” that was once located on a farm field at New Haven Junction at the intersection of Routes 7 and 17.
3/20/18 10:00am - 11/11/18 5:00pm
Henry Sheldon Museum, One Park Street, Middlebury