Monday, November 9, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: Vermont Memories, works by Sheel Gardner Anand

Vermont Memories, works by Sheel Gardner Anand

at the Governor’s Office through November 26

Vermont Memories, a show of original paintings and prints by Sheel Gardner Anand is on display at the Governor’s Office on the fifth floor of the Pavilion Office Building in Montpelier through November 26th.

Beginning as a child, Sheel Anand pursued an interest in the visual arts. Over the years, he has studied independently with a number of Vermont artists and received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Vermont.

Sheel arrived at his current style of expression while studying with acclaimed Vermont artist Carroll Jones Jr. Jones, who had mastered a process of applying paint rarely practiced since the Renaissance, instructed Sheel in this exacting technique.

Layering egg tempera, earth-tone washes and oil paint, Sheel achieves an astonishingly realistic result. In concert with his use of light, shadow and atmospheric perspective, Sheel’s technique gives the viewer the feeling of being present at the very place and time that the painting was created.

Sheel’s work has been shown at Fiske Farm in Isle La Motte and at the Luxton-Jones Gallery in Sheburne. His painting August Moon over Burlington was selected for inclusion in the recent juried show celebrating the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial, Champlain’s Lake Rediscovered. Additionally, Sheel’s work has appeared in Vermont Life and the Vermont Quarterly Magazine. Sheel’s work may also be seen at his studio, by appointment, or at the Art Gallery in Stowe.

The public is invited to a reception at the Governor's Office in honor of the artist on Thursday, November 5th, from 3 to 5 PM.