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Liz Nelson "ĺsland í Maí: Iceland in May"

Liz Nelson "ĺsland í Maí: Iceland in May" Vermont Arts 2017
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The Gallery at River Arts Presents:
ĺsland í Maí: Iceland in May
Opening Reception Thursday, October 26th, 5-7pm

The Gallery at River Arts is pleased to present, “ĺsland í Maí: Iceland in May,” an exhibit of work by Vermont based artist Liz Nelson, on view October 26 - December 29, 2017.

After a short visit to Iceland, Nelson felt “an irresistible magnetic pull.” Captivated by the geography and geology shaped by volcanic activity, erosion, and wind, Nelson describes the island as one of isolation and change. The earth underneath is continually disrupted, the air is a tumult of wind, clouds, smoke, rain and snow. There is no prevailing wind; it comes from around the world in every direction. Active volcanoes, bright green valleys, glacier-cut fjords, black sand beaches, and roaring rivers are the most distinctive features of the Icelandic landscape. And although they are very accessible, they still remain virtually untouched by human civilization.

Nelson returned for a month long Arts Residency with SĺM (the Association of Icelandic Artists), an organization that supports a cultural exchange of visual artists with all countries of the world. These paintings are the result of that experience.

Elizabeth Nelson has exhibited in shows throughout Vermont and New England as well as in juried shows in Wisconsin, New York, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Her work was featured prominently in the recent “Art of Vermont” exhibit which toured statewide, and is in many private collections, including those of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tanglewood, The Federal Reserve in Boston, Cobella Design in Portland, Oregon, and Jay Peak Resort. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, and a Masters of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Join River Arts in celebrating Liz Nelson’s work on Thursday, October 26th, from 5-7pm for the Opening Reception.

The Gallery at River Arts is located on 74 Pleasant Street in Morrisville, VT. Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday 9-4pm and Friday 9-2pm. For off hours please call ahead. Admission is free. Galleries are wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call (802) 888-1261, or visit their website at www.riverartsvt.org.

Time: 10/26/17 9:00am - 12/29/17 5:00pm
Location: River Arts, Morrisville
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26
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29
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Cindy Griffith "Magic in the Landscape"

Cindy Griffith "Magic in the Landscape" Vermont Arts 2017
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The Common Space Gallery at River Arts Presents:
Magic in the Landscape
Opening Reception Thursday, October 26th, 5-7pm

River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, VT

Magic in the Landscape, an exhibition of work by Cindy Griffith, will be on exhibit in The Common Space Gallery at River Arts October 26 through December 29, 2017.

Inspired by nature, Griffith’s work is characterized by amplified colors and textures creating a magical-realism effect in her representational art. Playing with light and dark, warm and cool, in subjects such as forest shadows, mountain sun, fields, trees and a variety of landscapes, she captures special vignettes, allowing the viewer to share those joyful and intimate moments in nature.

Painting in her studio under the watchful eye of Hunger Mountain, Griffith works from reference photos or painting en plein air for a more three-dimensional experience in the warmer months. Being born and raised in Vermont contributed to becoming an artist of nature. Her training began early at the hands (and brush) of her father, Artist Leon Griffith, who imparted a respect and appreciation for nature in addition to a love of art.

Griffith has been juried into many exhibits throughout New England, including the Southern Vermont Art Center, The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA, Art in the Round Barn, the Bryan Memorial Gallery, Studio Place Arts, the Vermont Governor’s Office, Chaffee Art Center, Gruppe Gallery, T.W. Wood Art Gallery, and many others. She’s been selected to be an Artist in Residence for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Crawford Notch, NH. She teaches pastel painting classes in Central Vermont as well as teaching privately.

Join River Arts in celebrating Cindy Griffith’s work on Thursday, October 26th, from 5-7pm for the Opening Reception.

The Gallery at River Arts is located on 74 Pleasant Street in Morrisville, VT. Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday 9-4pm and Friday 9-2pm. For off hours please call ahead. Admission is free. Galleries are wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call (802) 888-1261, or visit their website at www.riverartsvt.org.

Time: 10/26/17 9:00am - 12/29/17 5:00pm
Location: River Arts, Morrisville
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30
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Members’ Art Show and Festival of Trees & Light

Members’ Art Show and Festival of Trees & Light Vermont Arts 2017
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Opening reception: December 1, 5pm - 7pm
Time: Gallery Hours Tue-Sat 10-5pm
Description: The Members’ Art Show and Festival of Trees & Light brings together the community to share and celebrate the season through decorated evergreens, a Hanukkah display, and over 100 art works by our members’.
Venue: Helen Day Art Center
Parking: street
Contact: mail@helenday.com
Cost: Donations
Web link: https://www.helenday.com/community/150-2016-members-art-show-2

Time: 12/1/17 10:00am - 12/30/17 5:00pm
Location: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe
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Winterscapes: Photography by Jim Westphalen

Winterscapes: Photography by Jim Westphalen
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Vermont-based photographer Jim Westphalen uses an adapted vintage camera to capture dynamic winter landscapes that blur the line between photography and painting. Inspired by Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper, Westphalen's work speaks to the decay of iconic structures in rural America.

Time: 11/11/17 10:00am - 1/31/18 5:00pm
Location: West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park, Stowe
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The Book of Changes: Symbolic Landscapes of the I Ching

The Book of Changes: Symbolic Landscapes of the I Ching
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ON VIEW DECEMBER 2 – FEBRUARY 18
OPENING RECEPTION: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 FROM 4-6PM
64 works by Elizabeth Nelson inspired by the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching


Elizabeth Nelson is best known for her images of northeastern landscapes. Her work has been shown since the late 1980s and has been presented in juried shows for nearly as long. She is represented by galleries in New York and Vermont and has won commissions for public art. Neither a young nor obscure artist, one can believe her
when she says, “Every so often artists come to the end of what they’re exploring.” They have to ask, “Where do I go from here?” 2012 was one of those periods for Liz. She
wanted to transform her work.

In January 2012, she started a series of “Symbolic Landscapes” inspired by the sixty four hexagrams of the I Ching. Incorporating chance even into the procedure, She threw coins to choose a hexagram each time a painting was started and would contemplate the result as she thought or dreamt an image. Her work has always referenced the landscape of northern New England and this new series continued that exploration, but with an interior dimension of symbols and geometric juxtapositions.

A friend showed her the book in the mid 1960s. “The language about the symbols connected so closely to unconscious thoughts I had been having.” She wears divination loosely; there are times she refers to the method frequently and times she puts it aside for years. Liz describes her use as “something I have used in different ways for different questions and in different intensities.”

The discipline of such a project is “very freeing.” Describing the freedom inside of discipline, Liz makes this analogy: “If you’ve cooked a souffle, one that’s followed the rules, and have had some success, then you start changing things.” She applies that thought to painting: “You have to keep pushing the edges of your knowledge and capabilities to grow as an artist. “Completing one idea,” she explains, gives her the “confidence to do a riff on it. It’s a physical skill, among other things. You have to have confidence in your skills; you keep practicing.”

For the first time all 64 of these new paintings will be on exhibit.

Free and open to the public. For more information, please call (802) 533-9075 or visit www.HighlandArtsVT.org.

Location: Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro