Arts Calendar: Visual Arts in Southern Vermont
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The Feick Arts Center is pleased to announce our first exhibit of the season. “Stephen Petegorsky - Photography” opens on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont with a reception from 5-7pm including refreshments, music, and a chance to meet the artist. The exhibit features a series of images based on cleared and stained animal specimens that Petegorsky remakes into haunting photographs that highlight the poetic and lyrical qualities of morphology.
Growing up in New York City, Stephen Petegorsky’s exposure to animals was limited. He saw dogs, squirrels, and depressed creatures in their depressing surroundings at the Central Park Zoo. But he was fascinated by the dioramas in the Museum of Natural History. There, the science and art of taxidermy combined with props and painted backgrounds allowed him to see animals in a manner that would otherwise have been impossible; it fueled his curiosity to no end.
Cleared and stained specimens are equally captivating to Petegorsky. In this process used by scientists to study morphology, small mammals, reptiles, fish, and amphibians are soaked in a solution that renders tissue transparent, and stains are used to make bones and cartilage a darker color. This allows their interior structure to be visible, giving us a window into a world that is beautiful, elegant, and complex. It serves as a point of departure for Petegorsky’s imagination.
Born in New York City, Petegorsky has lived in western Massachusetts for over 40 years. He graduated from Amherst College in 1975 as a Fine Arts major, and later received an M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design.
His creative work has been exhibited internationally, and is in collections throughout this country as well as in Europe. He has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Connecticut, and currently works as a freelance photographer specializing in photography of artworks.
He has been interested in animals – alive, dead, taxidermed – for as long as he can remember.
His exhibit at the Feick Arts Center runs from Friday, September 14 until Friday, October 12. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The opening reception runs from 5-7pm on Sept. 14. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday by chance or appointment. The Feick Arts Center is located at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. For more information call 802-287-8398 or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/TheFeick.
9/14/18 9:00am - 10/12/18 5:00pm
Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College, Poultney
Thriving Spaces explores the parallels of two contrasting mediums connected through a shared theme. This show brings together street artists from New York and artists from the Vermont Glass Guild to develop a combined display of original work. Cascading canvases echo sculptural glass, forming an experiential exhibit that reimagines the surrounding natural world. Free & open to the public. Suggested donation $5.
Artwork: Left: Matt Seasholtz, Coastal Bowl, Night Sky. Right: Magda Love, My Head is a Jungle, 2015
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester
An exciting group of artists will present sculptural and video installations for SculptFest2018 at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center. Proposals were submitted in response to this year’s theme of “Interdependence.” Guest curator Alisa Dworsky selected site-specific works by artists Charles Hickey, Amy Königbauer, Sophia Latysheva, Jessica Leete and Nathaniel Lieb with Eva Schmidt. Also chosen, Susan Maas, Indigo Naar, Sayward Schoonmaker, Lynn Sullivan and Sam Talbot-Kelly.
The exhibition is free and open to the public, with a self-guiding map available for visitors. SculptFest2018 closes October 22. For more information, please contact the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center by telephone at (802) 438-2097 or email to email@example.com.
9/9/18 10:00am - 10/22/18 4:00pm
The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland
Join us at the VINS Nature Center to view the diverse artwork completed from the talented, participating artists of the en Plein Air Painting Festival.
En Plein Air, “in the open air,” describes the act of painting outdoors with the use of natural lighting. This festival concentrates on mindful, artistic inspiration and exploration of the beauty the natural world embodies.
Ask for a free pass at the Nature Center if you are going to the exhibition and sale.
Sponsored by Wild Apple Graphics.
10/7/18 10:00am - 10/22/18 5:00pm
149 Natures Way, Quechee
This studio session is for artists at all levels who want to practice their skills drawing from live models. While there is no formal instruction, session sharing is encouraged and an instructor is available for some instruction. Different materials will be available for different evenings for those wishing to experiment (examples include Conte crayons, paint sticks, pastels, brush and ink, etc.) Experienced artists and beginners will all feel at home. Price $80 (daily drop ins welcome $15)
9/6/18 3:00pm - 10/25/18 5:00pm
Main Street Arts, Saxtons River
Hours: M-F 9-5 and Sat. 12-4
Pornography of War & Do Black Lives Matter? BY Namaya at the River Garden 157 Main Street in Brattleboro. Namaya Art Rat for Peace will show works from his recent New Orleans retrospective show "Building a Peaceable Community" at the New Orleans’s Art Center. Co-sponsored by Vermont Veterans for Peace and www.gracecares.org. A portion of profits benefit projects for Grace Cares.
At the New Orleans Arts Center part of the Prospect 4, “One of the most compelling shows on peace arts in New Orleans this season.” Namaya said, "As a veteran, I am committed to speaking out against the impact of war and militarism."
This exhibit includes Peace & Human Rights Arts from the past decade: Key exhibits: Do Black Lives Matter? Pornography of War (Art on the impact of War and Militarism), Konsume (Cereal Killers & Sugar Junkies), Immigration (Welcome we are a nation of Immigrants), End Apartheid in the Holy Land,
10/1/18 9:00am - 10/31/18 5:00pm
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro
Dates & Times:
Exhibition: Monday, August 27th 2018 – Saturday, November 3rd 2018
Reception: Thursday, September 27th, 4-6 pm in the Christine Price Gallery
Artist Talk: Thursday, September 27th, 12:30 pm in the Herrick Auditorium
This exhibition is a collection of photographs, divided by images that document human interventions and text, in rural and urban landscapes, and through images that chronicles things Robert finds amusing. Beginning his photographic journey at Castleton, Robert reveals a photographic theme of capturing daily moments in time and space.
About the Artist:
Robert Gilson photographs daily wherever he is, and does not restrict his photographic practice to a specific subject. He is a Castleton University alumni, and his photographs have been exhibited and published in the U.S. and in Europe.
8/27/18 8:00am - 11/3/18 4:00pm
The Christine Price Gallery, Castleton
The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) announces a show of new paintings by Leicester artist Ashley Wolff. The exhibit, “Reinventing the View” runs August 31 through November 5. The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception Friday, August 31 from 5 to 7PM.
Ashley has built a devoted following with her colorful watercolors, gouache paintings and children’s book illustrations. The vibrant, celebratory pieces she has selected for “Reinventing the View” stem from a more personal source.
“I chose the title, ‘Reinventing the View’ to mark being back in my home state, but without either parent,” Ashley explains, “After 34 years in California I returned to live close to my mother. The lush bouquets of flowers painted in gouache are an outpouring of emotion following Mom’s death in May. She loved saturated color and anything purple.”
The other half of the show includes transparent watercolors. “It’s a medium I first learned and practiced with my father, who died 30 years ago,” says Ashley. “So it appears, without conscious planning, that I’m honoring both parents with work they would have loved if they could be here.”
“Reinventing the Landscape” is part of Vermont Arts 2018 – a year-long celebration highlighting arts events across the state, sponsored by the Vermont Arts Council.
8/31/18 5:00pm - 11/5/18 5:00pm
Brandon Artist Guild, Brandon
The Photography of Robert Cohen
Exhibition Dates: October 4th through November 12, 2018
Opening Reception: October 4th (5:30 pm to 7:00 pm)
LEONARD ROBERT COHEN
He began his photographic journey in elementary school using an Ansco box camera. His “eye” has evolved considerably since then (along with the camera). He is an inveterate traveler and photographs what appeals to his eye and the moment, from whimsy to abstraction to light to nature.
10/4/18 5:30pm - 11/12/18 5:00pm
Main Street Arts, Saxtons River
October 5 through November 18: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present Deidre Scherer’s
“Human Textures”, showcasing her paper and fabric weavings, as well as collaborative vessels with artist Jackie Abrams. Artist Opening Reception Friday, October 5 from 5-7pm, Artist Talk featuring both Artists Saturday, October 27 at 5pm.
Pioneering in the medium of thread-on-layered-fabric, Scherer's collages, both in fabric and paper media, engage the viewer with the tenderness of being human. The Rhode Island School of Design honored Scherer with their 2010 Alumni Association Award for Artistic Achievement “for the innovative medium of textile art she has developed, and for her thought-provoking investigations of our society’s views of aging, reflections on life, death, family relationships and the welfare of future generations.” Scherer has exhibited in hundreds of shows since 1979, and has been featured in several galleries nationwide including the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Heller Museum in NYC.
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is committed to presenting innovative, contemporary works in a variety of media that stimulate both the seasoned collector and aesthetic explorer.
10/5/18 5:00pm - 11/18/18 5:00pm
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro
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