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Spotlight Gallery

Featuring rotating exhibits by Vermont artists, the Council's gallery is located in the corridor and conference room of the offices at 136 State Street in Montpelier. The space is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. with the corridor available every day. The conference room is closed Tuesdays until noon, and at other times when the room is occupied. (Feel free to call 802.828.3291 to see if the entire show is available when you plan to visit.)

Conduits: A Show with Three Artists. Richard Heller, Rachel Portesi, Liz Hawkes deNiord


September 6-October 31, 2019

Three artists (Liz Hawkes deNiord, Richard Heller, and Rachel Portesi) with divergent expressions convene to complement and explore underlying realities in their art. Two painters and a wet plate collodion print photographer challenge the viewer to engage with the works, discovering connected meaning beyond what is seen.

Hawkes deNiord’s many-layered paintings and clay forms extract a luminescence where the surface is only part of all that engages the viewer. A penultimate inner glow from the second-to-last layer as well as the pentimento of scraped and scarred surfaces reveal a deep engagement with the building of a painting.

Heller’s exquisite, deeply patterned rhythmical oils are pushed so far that the parts exceed the whole. Standing before one of his paintings is akin to falling into space or oceans; they are thickly layered and visually consuming.

Portesi’s collodion print photography, a haunting mid-nineteenth-century technique, engages viewers in her subject’s intimate and surreal gaze with an elegant cacophony of tangles spread across the print.

All three artists work to create a conduit for inspired expression.

Read more about the artists.

Past Shows

Read more about past shows.

SiteTime : Cordwood : Sharing

Almost Forgotten

Looking North

Artists to Watch 2019

7 Women 7 Walls

Macaulay in Montpelier

New American Artists

Artists to Watch 2018

Caroline Tavelli-Abar

The Family Portrait Project

Curator Ric Kasini Kadour

Laura Jane Walker

Kathy Stark

Katie Runde

Elizabeth Nelson

Amanda Amend

Gabriel Tempesta

Dianne Shullenberger

Caryn King

Works by GRACE artists

Nancy Tomczak

Hannah Morris

Jonathan VanTassel

Nick Neddo

Bhakti Ziek

Tony Conner

Art Costa

Piper Strong

Diane Donovan

Jeff Clarke

Alexis Kyriak

Janet Fredericks

Robert Gold