Saturday, August 1, 2009


STAART Gallery

42 South Main Street, St. Albans, VT 05478 • 802-524-5700

Contact: Stina Plant

ST.ALBANS- Three new artists are showing for the first time at the Staart Gallery in St. Albans. The gallery will be celebrating the newest additions in an artist reception on Friday, August 14 from 6-8 p.m. The featured artists include Lynne Berard, Melvin Harris, and Stefan Volatile-Wood as well as brand new paintings from artist Clair Dunn who is making her first foray into the genre. Their work will be on display through October 24.

The new work is all done in completely different styles and will satisfy the tastes of a variety of art enthusiasts.

Anyone with an appreciation for stained glass will enjoy the collection of Berard's watercolors on display. She employs boldly saturated colors and dark outlines giving her flowery subjects a crisp, polished look.

In a completely different artistic direction, the eight framed pieces Harris has on display are computer generated three dimensional landscapes derived from software programs including Ultra Fractals and Apophysis. Using highly complex mathematical formulas, Harris constructs both realistic and abstract landscapes.

Artist Clair Dunn returns to Staart with her black and white photographs including two new ones taken of the St. Albans Drive-In Theater and the New England Central Railroad building on Federal Street. However, Dunn has also taken a creative leap in a departure from photography to explore both watercolor and acrylic. Ten of her newest abstract expressions are on display.

Another exciting addition to the gallery is Volatile-Wood who is a current student at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Mass. Whether he is using acrylic, charcoal or scratchboard, Volatile-Wood's pieces combine both hyper-realism and surrealism.

"It's always great to see an infusion of new work and I'm excited to have a young artist who is currently a student" says gallery owner Stina Plant. "The gallery's foremost goal has always been to support artists by connecting the community to their work and proving how the arts can shape a person's future. That can only help us in fostering support for the continued growth of the arts in this community."

There are many fresh pieces from returning Staart artists including Harald Aksdal, Jane Bower, Karen Day Vath, Clair Dunn, Kimberlee Forney, Mary Ann Duffy Godin, Barbara Hamm, David Juaire, Suzanne Kenyon, Jen Kristel, Stina Plant, and Ellen Powell.

Join us during our opening reception to enjoy meeting the gallery's new and returning artists, view extra pieces from their collections, and partake in free refreshments. Soak up some culture in St. Albans!

For more information on this exhibit or the STAART Gallery, contact Stina Plant at 802-524-5700 or

above: "Pink and Purple Petals", Lynne Berard; "Autumn Lake", Melvin Harris; "The Other Side," Stefan Volatile-Wood, "Blue Storm," Clair Dunn