Saturday, August 25, 2012

BURLINGTON: Lorraine Reynolds and Beth Gilmore at Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace

Lorraine Reynolds and Beth Gilmore
American Gothic
September 7 – September 30, 2012

Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace on Flynn Avenue in Burlington is pleased to announce an exhibition entitled American Gothic, featuring mixed media work by Vermont artist Lorraine Reynolds, and Beth Gilmore from Nashville, Tennessee. The exhibition opens with a special reception during Art Hop, Friday, September 7, 2012, 5-8pm (featuring live jazz beginning at 5:30pm), and runs through the month of September.

Lorraine Reynolds and Beth Gilmore’s American Gothic bridges the distance between past and present, north and south. Reynolds and Gilmore have assembled mixed media work using alternative printmaking and painting processes that speak to the viewer thorough nostalgia and memory, melding a collective past and visions of haunted tales.

Lorraine Reynolds: Artist Lorraine Reynolds’ mixed media assemblages are a collection of “glimmering prizes”. Assembled in old boxes, frames and books, found objects find unity and a common voice in her hands. Her assemblages not only speak to the sadness of lost and forgotten things but through Lorraine’s creative touch find life again. Lorraine’s gift is in sifting through these disparate objects, finding the compatible bits and pieces of others’ lives and weaving their faint and ancient energies together until they sing in one voice. Her assemblages not only speak to the sadness of these lost and forgotten things, but they remind us that their owners have been lost and forgotten as well.

Over the past several years, Lorraine Reynolds has displayed her work in various group shows throughout the state of Vermont. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Lorraine Reynolds is a costume and technical designer by day and mixed media artist by night. A Vermont transplant for over 20 years she lives in Williston, VT with her husband, her two sons and her enormously affectionate German Shorthair Pointer. Lorraine is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Visual Arts at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the recipient of the 2011 Art Hop People’s Choice Award.

Beth Gilmore: Beth Gilmore is a Nashville, Tennessee native with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts through Vermont College’s Low-Residency MFA program. Additionally, she is an artist-in-residence at the Nashville Downtown Presbyterian Church. Beth also dresses up as various antebellum figures for her job at the historic Belmont Mansion, which inspired the work seen in this exhibition. She is the owner and curator of the Twist Art Gallery.

Images: Above, Lorraine Reynolds; Below, Beth Gilmore