Thursday, September 15, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Foliage Season Art Show at The Gallery at Phoenix Books in Essex

Throughout the fall foliage season, The Gallery at Phoenix Books will host an exhibit featuring the work of graphic artist Rick Evans, Cubist Jonathan Russell, Impressionist Daphne Tanis, 12-year-old photographer Joshua Mower, and Karen Dawson of Burlington's Lakeside Gallery. This exhibit marks the grand opening of The Gallery at Phoenix Books & Café in the Essex Shoppes & Cinema, at the intersections of Rtes. 15 and 289.

The exhibit runs from Saturday, October 1st through the end of November. Please join us for an opening reception from 6:00-8:00pm on Saturday, October 1st.

Karen Dawson has been operating a visual art studio in Burlington's Lakeside Neighborhood for the last 18 years and has been an apprentice at a stained glass business for nine years. Her professional experience ranges from farming to real estate to teaching, but art is always at the root of her adventures. Since 1998, she has facilitated four classes a week at a local correctional center.

A graphic designer by trade, Richard Evans was born in Massachusetts and escaped as soon as he could. He specializes in Page 100 Comics - black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings based on page 100 of (almost) any book.

Joshua Mower is 12 years old and in the 6th grade at Essex Middle School. His artful eye and passion for photography is apparent all throughout his first public installation at Phoenix Books. Joshua exhibits a true natural talent and keen eye for capturing the moment. He instinctively gravitates toward the natural world in his subject matter, but has also shown emerging interest in architectural details and Americana.

Jonathan E. Russell uses abstraction and focus to encourage people to look again at the natural world. He works in acrylic on canvas, primarily using Cubist techniques. He is perhaps best known for his Mother Nature series, in which he integrates the female form into landscapes. Jonathan grew up in the Philadelphia area. He has lived and worked all over the US, but finds himself most at home in his new digs in Bolton, VT.

Daphne Tanis was born and raised in Vermont and as a child she learned to paint snow scenes with her mother. As a young painter she yearned to paint in the style of the Impressionist Claude Monet. Today, she still paints using a loose brush with a pallet that includes a lots of blues and purples.

More information is available at or 872-7111.

Image: Fire, by Jonathan Russell
Pink Champagne, photograph, Josh Mower
Rt 2 Fishing Access Area , Karen Dawson