Saturday, September 24, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: New Two-year Exhibit in the Sculpture Garden at the Vermont Arts Council in Montpelier

The Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services invite the public to join them in opening a new exhibit of outdoor sculpture in the Council's Sculpture Garden, on Friday, October 7, from 4-7 pm. The reception will be held in conjunction with Montpelier’s Art Walk, and will include an exhibition of paintings by Candy Barr in the Council’s Spotlight Gallery, music by Mayfly and a special presentation of the first-ever Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service in the Arts, which will be presented to Steve Ames of River Arts in Morrisville.

The Sculpture Garden is a rotating exhibit of contemporary work by Vermont artists. The 2011-2013 exhibition was curated by Lindsey Carlson of the Vermont Arts Council and includes sculpture by Thea Alvin, Ria Blaas, Rob Hitzig, Steve Procter, Brian-Jon Swift and James Irving Westermann. The six pieces feature work in stone, steel, wood and ceramics. The works range in style from figurative to abstract with conceptual themes that are both whimsical and thought-provoking. To see photos and artist statements please visit

The Sculpture Garden was designed in 2002 by Burlington landscape architects H. Keith Wagner and Associates. Special thanks to State Buildings Curator David Sch├╝tz and his assistant Tracy Martin for their ongoing dedication to bringing art into Montpelier’s downtown Capitol complex. The Sculpture Garden is open to the public year-round, 7 days a week. The Spotlight Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. The Vermont Arts Council and the Spotlight Gallery are accessible.