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February 3-March 27 | opening reception February 13, 5-7 p.m.
The Vermont Art Guide, in partnership with Vermont Arts Council, presents a survey of contemporary Vermont art in exhibition and print. The survey appears as a special feature in Vermont Art Guide #11 and as an exhibition in the Spotlight Gallery. Exhibition curator and Vermont Art Guide Editor Ric Kasini Kadour recruited ten Vermont art professionals and asked them to nominate artists who are making contemporary Vermont art that commands our attention.
Ric explains that "The deeper purpose of Vermont Artists to Watch goes beyond a magazine feature, an exhibition, and artist boosterism. The project is an opportunity to discover artists, revisit familiar ones, and develop a deeper appreciation of visual arts in the state."
The curators who selected artists are: Sophie Bréchu-West, director, 571 Projects in Stowe; Anne Corso, executive director, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester; Heather Ferrell, curator and director of exhibitions, BCA Center, Burlington; Jamie Franklin, curator of collections, Bennington Museum; Kelly Holt, curator, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe; Jon Meyer, independent artist, Norwich; Mickey Myers, executive director, Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville; Elizabeth Nelson, independent artist and former Vermont Artist to Watch, West Glover; Sebastian Sweatman, independent artist, Stowe; Katherine Taylor-McBroom, curator of exhibits and collections at Sullivan Museum and History Center, Northfield.
The 2020 Vermont Artists to Watch are: Misoo, Shelburne; Josh Blackwell, Bennington; Mark Collier, Montpelier; Trevor Corp, Wolcott; Brian Fekete, Kingston, New York; Patty Hudak, Underhill; Susan Larkin, Isle La Motte; Kathryn Lipke, Mansonville, Quebec; Steve Sharon, Burlington; and Kathy Stark Craftsbury Common.
2/3/20 8:30am - 3/27/20 4:30pm
Spotlight Gallery, Montpelier
The Center for Arts and Learning is presenting Cat McQ: United Signs of America in our second-floor gallery, and paintings by Jeanne Thurston on the first floor. Cat McQ: United Signs of America takes the viewer on a road trip looking backwards. Intense skies are punctuated by vintage signage, some rusted, some vibrant, each a portrait of a larger road culture. Jeanne Thurston’s paintings use intensely colored, dimensional bars of color to create reliefs full of movement and volume. Both exhibitions open during Montpelier Alive’s Art Walk on Feb.7th and run through March.
2/7/20 4:00pm - 3/28/20 11:59pm
The Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre St., Montpelier
"Portraits: A Group Show" features art from 12 artists working in various mediums. On display at The Beyond Gallery in Bennington, VT.
Friday 4PM - 8PM
Saturday 11AM - 6PM
Sunday 12PM - 4PM
2/7/20 4:00pm - 3/29/20 4:00pm
The Beyond Gallery 437 Main St., Bennington
Ray Brown: Tumbling toward the End
The Front, 6 Barre St., Montpelier, VT
March 6-29, 2020; Opening Reception March 6, 4-7pm
Film Screening: "Portrait of an Artist", Sunday, March 22, 2:00 pm
Information at thefrontvt.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-552-0877
Fridays 4-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm
Ray Brown: Tumbling toward the End, the first solo show presented at the Front, takes its title from the last collection of poems by Vermont poet David Budbill – a volume that, like Ray Brown's work, considers beauty together with imminent mortality, and what it means to have a fleeting present and a fickle body.
Brown, who has been a fixture of the Montpelier art scene for many years, has been a member of the Front since 2018. He is the first of our members to present a solo show as part of the gallery's new format, which will alternate between all-member group shows and solo shows every month, with openings on the first Friday of the month. As part of the exhibition, we will present a free screening of “Portrait of an Artist,” the feature length documentary film about Brown by filmmaker Nat Winthrop, on Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 at the gallery.
The works Ray Brown presents in this show are all from the past fifteen years, since a stroke at age sixty-five changed the way he paints – he learned to use his left arm instead of his right – as well as the way he thinks and uses his memory. Now at age seventy-nine, he is still inspired by the visible world, loosely basing compositions on the golden mean – a ratio of proportions often found in nature and widely used in renaissance painting. These works, many of which are being shown for the first time, cover a wide range of subject matter and styles, from still-lifes and flowers to large abstractions based on travels through Italy. Despite this diversity, Brown's dedication to composition and his creative use of color are what unite his work. When viewing multiple canvases together, you can see how the elements of composition in a still life or grouping of building structures evolve into abstraction as shapes lose recognition and stand on their own merit. He uses a strong and unusual sense of color to resolve dynamic relationships between flatness and depth in his work.
While many of Ray Brown's shows have presented viewers with a single complete body of work, this sampling of numerous styles gives a fresh perspective on the active life of a local artist who, as he approaches eighty this spring, has over sixty years of making art behind him. From a disciplined practice of painting every day comes work that feels fresh and vibrant. Though he is physically challenged and has an awareness of “tumbling toward the end,” Ray is able to be present in his work, without concern for the past or future. He’s able to paint exactly the way he wants to.
3/6/20 4:00pm - 3/29/20 5:00pm
The Front, 6 Barre Street, Montpelier
The 29th annual Women’s Film Festival in Brattleboro, VT is a celebration of movies from around the world, and a platform for women to tell their own stories. It is also the longest-running women’s film festival in New England and was established to raise funds for the vital work of the Women’s Freedom Center, the non-profit domestic and sexual violence organization providing shelter, advocacy, and support to southeastern Vermont for over 45 years.
For two weekends, 40+ documentaries, feature films, and shorts will be screened at the New England Youth Theatre. There is truly something for everyone with films about the arts, food, friendship, activism, sports, lesbian/queer lives, motherhood, gender roles, religion, romance, and so much more.
3/20/20 7:00pm - 3/29/20 10:00pm
New England Youth Theatre, Brattleboro
TIME AFTER TIME: The Artwork of Lauren Hakala
Lauren Hakala on her process and practice of making art: "I have always been drawn to the beauty inherent in found and natural objects. My pockets and backpacks are always full of things I find lying on the ground or abandoned. I often find myself arranging natural materials according to a personal aesthetic. I am attracted to anything organic and am adamant about using materials over and over again, finding value in items that normally get discarded or disrespected.
I have dabbled in photography, card making, weaving, knitting, quilting, painting and collaging. But it was in teaching children to make recycled paper that I found my true calling. I love ripping paper into bits and soaking it, blending the fibers, and setting up the studio for my meditative practice. It has gotten me through many winters by the woodstove as I decompress from the demanding job of overseeing and teaching at a Montessori school.
I began my art practice by creating a piece a day. This daily ritual turned into month after month of panels. Eventually I assembled them into a personal calendar suspended from a branch in my hallway. Within these panels you can find the color of the day as it relates to the planets, numerology, special dates and celebrations, and morning intentions. That commitment of 15 minutes a day has enriched my awareness of the daily, monthly and yearly rhythms that shape my life.
All my panels fit in shoe boxes because when I was little, my pilot grandfather had a box of postcards that literally came from all over the world. I would pour over them, ordering and reordering them according to my dreams. It would take me weeks to find the same one again. Every time I held these photos it was like visiting with a friend from far away. When I was nine, we had to move and I never saw that faded pink box of postcards again. It has taken me decades to stop longing for them; I think that I make my art to fit into shoeboxes as a direct result of my longing. When I grow up, I will make my own shoebox collection to gift a grandchild some day."
Main Street Arts, Saxtons River
Traci Molloy is an artist, collaborator, and social activist that creates figurative works of art on paper – primarily headshots – utilizing drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and digital processes. Her work, minimal in aesthetic, explores themes of adolescent culture, identity, and narrative in relation to gender, class, race, and violence. The pieces are actualized as a large, conceptually-related series. Molloy's goal as an artist is to make resiliency manifest in visual art. She is particularly curious about how humans process trauma and grief, what occurs emotionally and psychologically during the aftermath of violence, and our society's ability to recontextualize history to mask painful truths and nullify collective loss. Though the content of Molloy's work is often difficult, the finished pieces are celebratory, acknowledging the spirit and strength of the individuals she depicts.
Castleton University Christine Price Gallery, Castleton
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts presents a large group exhibit, "MGFA 2020", February 15 through April 12. An Artists Reception is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 5 pm. Featured along with the work of gallery artists is a selection of collaborative prints by master printer Lisa Mackie, including collagraphs by Wolf Kahn and Mary Frank, and lithographs by Bill Murphy. As well, the gallery is honored to introduce three new artists: Tim Segar (bronze sculptures), Jim Urbaska (landscape oil paintings), and Jen Violette (vegetable-inspired glass sculpture).
Gallery hours: Wed. - Mon., 11-5
2/15/20 11:00am - 4/12/20 5:00pm
Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro
This prestigious collection of Fine Art Photobooks is a provocative, creative and beautiful display of books by photographers, journalists and artists, assembled by the celebrated magazine Aperture in collaboration with the international photography festival Paris Photo.
Books will be on display for viewers to page through in the gallery. The subject matter ranges from highly personal visual essays and political documentaries to elaborate museum catalogs of historical importance. Publications are from a wide range of countries in Asia, Europe, North and South America, and this will be a rare opportunity to experience the contemporary culture of countries including the U.S., Italy, Ukraine, Uruguay, Poland, China, Japan and Bolivia.
Student groups are especially welcome, and we can arrange for a gallery tour with advance notice.
The Gallery is open during library hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm, Wednesday from 9 am to 5 pm, Friday from 2 to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. For more information, call 802-375-6153, email email@example.com, or find us on Facebook. A portion of all artwork sold in the gallery goes to support the community-wide work of the nonprofit Martha Canfield Library.
Martha Canfield Library - Canfield Gallery, Arlington
The 2019 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist presents the world's most notable photobooks of the past year, assembled by the Aperture Foundation in cooperation with the international photography fair Paris Photo. Aperture is the pre-eminent American journal of fine art photography, and the Photobook is one of the most dynamic genres in the contemporary art world, powered by the recent explosion of online digital publishing, enabling artists to produce highly creative and personal book designs.
The exhibit is comprised of 35 individual books nominated by a distinguished jury of art and photography curators, critics and publishers and celebrated at a gala reception in Paris in November. Books in the exhibit are from across the United States and many foreign countries including Italy, Uruguay, China, Bolivia, Ukraine, Brazil, England, Poland and the Netherlands. The exhibit presents the books laid out on tables, allowing visitors to turn the pages and view each book in its entirety. The subject matter is diverse and provocative and reflects the culture and social fabric of the many countries represented.
The show will run from February 15 to April 15, 2020. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 15, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. The gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
The Canfield Gallery
Martha Canfield Memorial Library
528 East Arlington Road
Arlington VT 05250
The Canfield Gallery, Arlington
For decades the central and northern sectors of Vermont have been known as a bed of creativity. Valley Arts in Waitsfield, VT is pleased to present a show devoted to the celebration of those artists and artisans who make the area special.
LeArte brings together work by some of the most prominent names from the vast pool of northern Vermont’s artists and artisans. Oil, pastel and watercolor paintings as well as photography will be showcased along with three dimensional works in clay, glass, metal and fiber. The unique show will fill the Festival Galleries at Valley Arts.
The show opens March 11 with an artists’ reception on Sunday, March 29 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. This is a FREE event.
3/11/20 1:00pm - 4/18/20 5:00pm
Valley Arts Festival Gallery, Waitsfield
Artists in this exhibition focus on love past, love lost, love hoped for, love lived in a way that both honors relationships and propels the power of love beyond two, beyond power structures, into a world where multiplicity and non hierarchical structure creates action and change on a larger scale. While love may start with individuals, these artists examine their love not subjugated nor confined by any preconceived ideals or prescribed structures, but love for itself as a verb, a noun, an emotion, and a driving force. Artists include:
Louise Bourgeois, Robert Buck, Molly Davies, Jim Dine, Tracey Emin, John Killacky & Eiko Otake & Brian Stevenson, and Jeroen Nelemans. Image: Unrequited Love 2, Jeroen Nelemans. Photo credit: Robert Chase Heishman
1/16/20 10:00am - 4/18/20 5:00pm
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe
Join us on Thursday, March 5th from 6-8pm to celebrate the opening of "PASSAGE," Vanessa Compton's first solo exhibition at Soapbox Arts!
"PASSAGE" is on view March 5th through April 25th, 2020 at Soapbox Arts
Before recently putting down roots in Burlington, VT, Vanessa Compton maintained a semi-nomadic lifestyle for many years, creating art throughout the American West and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Drawn to rural environments where landscapes are vast and people are few, Compton grew up in northern Vermont where her singer-songwriter father and artist mother inspired her to create from an early age. She devoted her school years to theater, sculpture, cello and world music. Compton has lived in Dakar, Senegal studying the Kora and its influence on hip hop music, and Kumasi, Ghana learning palm wine guitar with a living master.
Compton’s most recent collages address themes of social justice through the lenses of gender, race, and implicit personal privilege. Interested in exploring the places where systems of oppression interlock and intersect, Compton’s work traces the historical roots of racist & genocidal ideologies in the U.S. Discovering power in grief, “PASSAGE” suggests that in accountability lies a possibility for positive change.
3/5/20 11:00am - 4/25/20 5:00pm
Soapbox Arts, Burlington
Opening Reception Friday, March 27th 5:30-7:30pm
An exhibit of works by local artists interpreting and inspired by the theme: MUD
The MUD exhibit runs in the Pomfret Gallery from March 27th to April 25th.
ArtisTree Gallery invites you to join us for a celebration of our most cautiously optimistic season. Area artists will exhibit a variety of works - some anticipating the warmth and color to come; others reflecting on the familiar, spare landscape of recent memory; but especially those works in the here and now - and the...MUD.
3/27/20 5:30pm - 4/25/20 11:59pm
Artistree Community arts center & gallery, South Pomfret
Inclusive Arts Vermont presents ANEW, a traveling exhibition of work by 29 Vermont artists with disabilities. All of the artwork included represents the artists’ interpretation of the title, highlighting beginnings, doorways, fresh starts, and opportunity. The show will travel statewide throughout 2020, opening at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington on February 15th.
· Anthony Vito Jacinto
· Aurora Berger
· Carol Langstaff
· Cindy Blakeslee
· Colin Fulchino
· Cristina Clarimon
· Gwendolyn Evans
· Gyllian Rae Svensson
· James Prim
· Jean Cherouny
· Jeffrey J. Hill
· Jessica Greenwald
· Joel Bertelson
· John Killacky
· Karen J. Lloyd
· Kat Pringles
· Kent Corduan
· Kristen Wiley
· Liana Pederzani
· Lissa Nilsson
· Margaret Lampe Kannenstine
· Marguerite Adelman
· Michael Leavitt
· Paul Betz
· Persephone Ringgenberg
· Randall Neal
· Robert Gold
· Susan Williams
· Willow Bascom
The opening reception will feature written verbal description, tactile representation of selected works, audio tours, braille, large print, ASL interpretation, and a quiet space.
Please make additional requests by contacting Katie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-871-5002 by February 1.
All exhibition host galleries are physically accessible. As it travels, ANEW will provide accessible program and communication features including verbal descriptions, audio tours, large print, braille, and gallery tours.
For more information, please contact:
Katie Miller, Executive Director
Inclusive Arts Vermont
Flynn Center, Burlington
Reception: Friday, April 3, 4:00 – 8:00 pm – in Conjunction with Montpelier Art Walk.
Vermonters address injustice and explore truths through multiple artistic media.
Tell Me What’s Really Going On addresses social justice/injustice in the world through the works of multiple artists and media. The show looks at political art from both a historical and contempo-rary perspective to explore the importance of protest art; banners & signs and their role as organ-izing tools. The show highlights imagery and photography as ways to make us look at the world differently, and incorporates contemporary art to highlight that the power and inspiration for po-litical art can also happen outside of the streets.
Artists include: John Douglas, Michael Kuk, Diane Gayer, Jessica Morrison, Caitlin La Dolce, Marie Davis, Joseph Gainza, Jen Berger, and Jean Cherouny.
Guest Curator: Jen Berger / At the Root
Jen Berger is an interdisciplinary, socially engaged artist and educator based in Burlington, VT. She uses painting, printmaking, and performance for education and dialogue around social issues that affect us all.
2/29/20 12:00pm - 4/30/20 4:00pm
T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier
In participation with: 2020 Vision: Seeing the World Through Technology, a statewide initiative of the Vermont Curators Group.
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
122 Hourglass Drive • Stowe, Vermont • 802.760.4634
On view at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center: February 1 - April 30, 2020
Opening reception: Wednesday, February 5th • 5:00 - 6:30pm
The gallery at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center unveils the group exhibition Art of Sound, the first exhibition in the gallery featuring sound installation. This exhibition is in participation with: 2020 Vision: Seeing the World Through Technology, a statewide initiative of the Vermont Curators Group. The exhibition opens with a variety of ways to interact with sound, from ambient to immersive, inviting the viewer to both play and contemplate. The exhibition is created by Kelly Holt, Spruce Peak Arts Curator, and features the work of artists: John Bauer, Susan Calza, Sean Clute and Otto Muller (of the Rural Noise Ensemble) and Kathryn Lipke Vigesaa.
Artists are responding to the following statement:
The richness of sound is often hard to perceive…through the ocean of noise coming from all of our devices. And yet there is beauty in creative ways of sharing sound. It just takes a minute to slow down and take the time to listen…to interact…to play. Artmaking with sound often forms a unique dance - a call and response.
This exhibition addresses some aspects of sound that include:
• sounds from nature
• motors and trees
• strings and soundboards
• a chorus of human voices
Experience sound installations taking many forms in the Gallery.
Artist John Bauer, inspired by the prepared piano pieces by John Cage and the exploded piano pieces by Michael Zelehoski is transforming an old H. Lehr & Co. piano, deconstructing it and inviting the viewer to make sound with it in new ways. Susan Calza’s “our hour” installation with projection and sound invites visitors to think about “our voices as the texture of our lives”. Sean Clute and Otto Muller of the Rural Noise Ensemble have exhibited and performed many collaborations together. Their sound installation may be experienced by entering a space as their work Duet for Tree Branch and Oil Drum sonifies a single point of contact in the production of rural space. Katherine Lipke Vigesaa’s sculpture From the Meadow’s Edge is both elegant and intimate - moving images and sound can be found by opening one if its drawers.
For further information on the Art of Sound, please call the gallery at 802-760-4634, email Kelly Holt (email@example.com), or visit SprucePeakArts.org.
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Gallery hours:
Thursday-Saturday 11am-5pm, and one hour prior to performances and events and by appointment with the Curator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe
The Edges and the Corners of the Day:
Recent work by Pamela Wilson, Sarah Burns, Kimberly Hamlin and Alanna Phinney. On display in the third floor gallery. This show highlights four artists working in traditionally feminized craft and performance mediums whose personal art-making dovetails with community-based social practice.
Exhibit Dates: March 17 – May 2, 2020
Featured Artwork: Moonrise Vase by Pamela Wilson
Studio Place Arts, Barre
Science fiction artists often predict future technologies with surprising, and sometimes alarming accuracy. Space travel, cloning and more made appearances in the art of sci-fi before they were realities. This exhibition invites 24 contemporary artists to envision our future through the lens of science fiction. Futures is an exhibition part of 2020 Vision: Seeing the World Through Technology, a statewide initiative of the Vermont Curators Group
Exhibit Dates: March 17 – May 2, 2020
Featured artwork: Control All Delete by Patrick Casey
Studio Place Arts, Barre
For many people, ancestral lineage organizations such as the Colonial Dames are a world apart. We might be intrigued by their celebration of family and colonial history, patriotic service, and shared values—or, alternately, made uncomfortable by perceptions of elitism surrounding their lineage-based membership. But who are these women—these Dames? This exhibit is a collection of oral history recordings and photographic portraits created by the Vermont Folklife Center featuring thirteen members of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Vermont. The stories of these women bring to light life challenges met with grace and courage, opportunities embraced with pioneering spirit and preparedness, lives lived with a strong sense of purpose–and a coming to terms with aging.
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier