Sunday, March 22, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: Lucinda Mason, Montpelier ARTWALK, Lazy Pear, SPA Gala, weekend- 3/26, 3/27 & 3/28

The last weekend of March is going to be a hot art time in central Vermont, with THREE stellar events: Thursday 3/26 5 pm. Supreme Court exhibition opening; Friday 3/27 4-8 pm Montpelier Art Walk, and Saturday 3/28; Barre's Studio Place Arts, Gala and All-american sports exhibition opening 7-9 pm. Below are press release details and some images of the of pieces to be seen at the events.


THURSDAY- Macro-Micro, Immeasurable Space and Higgs Boson Particles: Paintings by Lucinda Mason, In Memory.

Immeasurable space and micro space, star nurseries and sub-atomic particles, these phenomena fired the imagination of painter Lucinda Mason and her explorations resulted in the creation of a remarkable series of paintings. Large in format and fairly exploding with energy, Mason’s work invites the viewer to enter
a magical cosmos. A show of paintings by the late artist is being presented by her partner Torin Porter and her parents at the Vermont Supreme Court from March 24 through May 1.

Born in northern Vermont in 1974, Lucinda Mason studied at the Vermont Studio Center while still in her teens. She received her BA from Bennington College in 1998, where she received the Elizabeth Reed Keller Outstanding Painting Award. In 2005, Mason received an MFA with distinction in painting and drawing from Concordia University in Montreal. Mason wrote for Art New England, was represented by Canvas Gallery in Toronto, and exhibited at a number of other galleries in the Northeast.

As an artist in residence at Burlington’s Firehouse Gallery in January 2007, Mason continued her investigation of the energies and elements of the natural world. Asking herself “can one paint immeasurable space?” or “can one paint the essential makeup of energy,” Mason would then strive to answer such questions on her canvases. The artist’s untimely death was a terrible loss to Vermont’s visual arts community, but her bold and expansive vision as expressed in her paintings is still very much with us.

A reception in honor of the artist’s life and work will be held on Thursday, March 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The public is invited to attend.


FRIDAY- Montpelier Art Walk Scheduled For Friday, March 27. 
Downtown Montpelier will be buzzing with art, creativity, and fun as the latest Art Walk coincides with The Green Mountain Film Festival. The combination of the two events makes downtown Montpelier a premier destination for art, entertainment, dining, and shopping. The art walk will take place Friday, March 27, from 4 pm to 8 pm and includes fifteen art venues, ranging from galleries, restaurants, shops, and government buildings.

In between seeing films and admiring art, art walk participants can also take advantage Montpelier’s many great restaurants. Art walk booklets, listing participating venues, the featured artists, and coupons to local restaurants can be picked up at all sixteen locations around Montpelier. The same information can also be found on-line at


And speakin
g of the Lazy Pear Gallery in Montpelier, they have taken three new artists onboard. The current show, New Artists/New Work, features painters Mary Admasian and Frank Woods, along with stone sculptor Jeane Wolfe, all three of whom are Montpelier residents. The show will be on display from March 19 - May 31, with an opening reception during the Montpelier Art Walk on Friday, March 27, 4-8 PM.


SATURDAY- Studio Place Arts holds its All-American Sports Gala!
Support this community visual arts center while you enjoy lively art, “tailgate gourmet” treats, music by Stretch ‘n the Limits and more at the SPA Annual Gala on Sat., March 28 (7-9 PM). Call 479-7069 for tickets. $15 advance/$25 day of event.

There will be a silent auction with Items for Business & Gift Giving. Yes … cultural institutions are taking a hit around the country. Let’s not let it happen in our own backyard! Your winning bids in SPA’s Silent Auction will energize their educational and exhibition programs. Showcased Auction Items include: 1.Massage by Sundara Day Spa (Retail: $50; Start Bid: $20); 2.Custom Still Life Photo Shoot donated by photographer Andrew Wellman [] (Retail: $1,250; Start Bid: $250); 3.Photomontage by artist Wendy James (Retail $135; Start Bid $50)

More Showcased Items: 1. A 3 Credit Course, CCV (Retail: $600; Start Bid: $300); 2. Year-Round Pass,
Millstone Trails Assn. (Retail: $105; Start Bid: $40); 3. Pair Tickets, Cecil Taylor (jazz pianist), Flynn Ctr. (Retail $72; Start Bid: $35)

Current Shows at SPA, up during the Gala and through April 18:
Whole New Ball Game (main floor gallery)
Paintings and Drawings by Cameron Schmitz (third floor gallery)
Silent Auction to Benefit SPA (second floor gallery) Bidding begins Mar 10 and concludes at the Gala on March 28.