Saturday, August 25, 2012

STOWE / Vermont: A Place Apart, New works by Charlie Hunter and Susan Abbott

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: August 25, 6pm - 8:30 pm
Gallery talk by Tom Slayton, editor-emeritus of Vermont Life Magazine
Exhibit runs: August 25-October 13, 2012

The work of two distinctly different painters brings to life the forgotten, overlooked and subtly beautiful scenes of Vermont’s captivating landscape in “Vermont: A Place Apart,” with new works by Charlie Hunter
and Susan Abbott. These painters are celebrated for their ability to capture the striking mood and evocative strength of the landscape.

Hunter's paintings capture a surprising beauty in the worn and faded corners of Vermont. He forces the viewer to consider the purpose or life behind each image. Using a muted color palette, Hunter creates a
subtle yet evocative depiction of the rural Vermont landscape.

Farmall, 48' x 48," oil on canvas - Charlie Hunter


Abbott combines the classical with the contemporary to create a unique approach to landscape painting. She uses vibrant color to capture aging outbuildings, old trucks and tractors, small town store fronts, and
village fairs. These qualities combine in her work for a fresh and moving vision of the venerable Vermont landscape.

Walking Up from the River, 24" x 24", oil on linen panel - Susan Abbott

This show continues West Branch Gallery’s nine year reputation for exhibiting outstanding works by contemporary emerging and mid-career artists. By showing two artists who approach a similar subject in
decidedly different ways, “Vermont: A Place Apart” invites viewers to reflect on how they come to understand and relate to the familiar scenes that depict life in Vermont.

West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park
17 Towne Farm Lane
Stowe, Vermont

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am-6 pm and by appointment