Thursday, October 1, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: Women to Watch 2010 at West Branch Gallery in Stowe

The Vermont Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) announces a dynamic series of exhibitions which begin a tour of the state at West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park in Stowe on October 4th.

Women to Watch 2010: Contemporary Figurative Painting features a group of five emerging Vermont women artists whom exhibit curator Idoline Duke believes deserve a spot on the national art scene for both their evolving talent and unusual vision.

Artists Susan Abbott, Carrie Gelfan, Kate Longmaid, Aline Ordman, and Adelaide Tyrol highlight the best of Vermont figurative painting. Through traditional portraiture, model studies and compelling narrative works, as well as genre scenes from various locales, we are drawn in by the distinctive styles and sensibilities of the artists. Duke said she chose these artists in part because “they demonstrate a willingness to divert from the expected and create another reality.”

Duke affirmed that figurative painting is thriving in Vermont and continues to hold an important place in the world of contemporary art. “Without it,” she said, “there is no context for the abstract. For the figurative artist, it is often not the struggle for likeness, but the expression of fleeting impressions or emotions that, without the artist’s skilled hand, would never be seen or felt again.”

The Vermont NMWA committee has arranged three subsequent exhibitions: in Burlington at the Flynn’s Amy Tarrant Gallery, at the Christine Price Gallery at Castleton State College, and at St. Michael’s College.

Women to Watch 2010: Contemporary Figurative Painting
Inaugural Exhibit Details:
West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park, Mountain Rd., Stowe, October 4-November 8.
Gallery hours: 11am-6pm Wednesday –Sunday or by appt. 802-253-8943
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 4th, 4:30-6:30pm
Remarks by noted painter and teacher Gail Salzman
Free and open to the public

Contact: Judy Raven

Images: Top left, Carrie Gelfan; Right, Aline Ordman