Wednesday, October 31, 2012

MONTPELIER: Unmasked - pastels by Sam Kerson

Sam Kerson: A Portrait Series at the City Center, Montpelier
November 3 to December 1, 2012


LYNDONVILLE: "Triple Vision" Chris Esten, Linda Bryan, and Thea Storz

Triple Vision: Seeds of Tradition in Contemporary Photography
Opening: Friday, November 2, 6 pm
Quimby Gallery at Lyndon State College
Exhibit runs November 5 through December 5, 2012

Luddites? Not! Three photographers from the Northeast Kingdom have mounted an exhibit that explores photographic expression using both antique and post-modern methods. Chris Esten, Linda Bryan, and Thea Storz are showing at the Quimby Gallery at Lyndon State College during the month of November, 2012. The three women have produced images that have common themes and concerns, yet are diverse in their approach.

by Chris Esten

Plants have been used as subject matter since photography's first beginnings. From a tradition that started with photograms and calotypes, Chris Esten explores the diversity and wonder of plant forms and image making with a scanner and ink jet pigment prints. Some of the results are reminiscent of early photo chemistry, while others play with color balance and tonal scale to create new twenty-first century effects.

by Linda Bryan

Linda Bryan investigates subtle relationships between humans and landscape. Linda’s quiet images are made using a variety of (mostly) antique film cameras.

Thea Storz uses the antique photographic process of cyanotype in order to print photographic images onto fabric. She creates quilts, bags, books, and potholders, Thea’s mixed media pieces explore fertility (animal, vegetable, and plastic) and popular culture.

Quimby Gallery
Harvey Academic Center
Lyndon State College

Lyndonville, VT

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4 pm

BURLINGTON: A Grand Petition by Christy Mitchell

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery and "Make Art, Repeat" present:
A Grand Petition by Christy Mitchell
First Friday Art Walk Reception
November 2, 5 - 9pm

On exhibit through November 30, 2012

Gallery Director, Curator, and Artist in one, Christy Mitchell has taken on the delightfully ambitious task of filling the 160 linear feet of gallery walls with a single series of work comprised of 1,000 components. The work explores our desires and fears, expressed through the act of prayer.


The S.P.A.C.E. and Backspace Galleries
266 Pine Street, Suite 105 & 106
Burlington, VT 05401

(802) 578-2512
Open Hours: Thurs.-Sat., 11am - 4pm

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

MONTPELIER: Barbara Leber's "Sunflowers and Skies"

October 28th – November 30, 2012
Green Bean Visual Art Gallery @ Capitol Grounds, Montpelier, VT

Summer by Barbara Leber

Barbara Leber captures the beauty of the Sunflower and the spaces affected by them in her art.

Her acrylics evoke the simple pleasure of painting while illuminating the Sunflower. Barbara’s exhibit Sunflowers and Skies fills the space with radiance and light.

Sunflower by Barbara Leber

For more information visit: 
Fans of Green Bean Visual Arts Gallery on Facebook
Contact: Heidi E. Goodrich, Curator

or: Barbara Leber

Birchtrees in Winter by Barbara Leber

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION: Vermont Watercolor Society

Artists' Reception: Zollikofer Gallery at the Hotel Coolidge
Friday, November 2, 5-7 pm
Exhibit continues September 21 - November 14, 2012

Members of the Vermont Watercolor Society's White River Junction hub will be showing their work in water media at the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction.

Participating artists include:  Janice Bean, Sue Bridges, Jennifer Brown, Cynthia Crawford, Nancy Dean, Jennifer Dembinski, Grace Ellis, Catherine Finnegan, Adrienne Fisk, Rebecca Gottesman, Nan Green, Debbie Hamilton, Owen Hamilton, Bea Jillette, Judy Laliberte, Judy Miller, Kate More, Kate Reeves, Pat Richardson, Victoria Shalvah-Herzberg, Barbara Tampasis, Jo Tate, and Sheryl Trainor

"Fall Arrival" by Nancy Lent Lanoue

The Vermont Watercolor Society (VWS) was founded by a small group of painters in 1995. It now boasts over 200 members and has expanded beyond Vermont's borders to include members in many other states. The VWS is "dedicated to promoting the awareness and appreciation of watercolor to our membership of all levels of ability and to the community by providing opportunities and venues for participation, education, fellowship, and exhibitions."

Zollikofer Gallery
Hotel Coolidge 
39 S Main Street
White River Junction, VT

Friday, October 26, 2012

MORRISVILLE: Thomas Fuss – “Backroads America”

Opening Reception November 8, 5 - 7 pm
November 1, 2012 – January 7, 2013
The Common Space Gallery, River Arts

Backroads America, an exhibit of ultra-high resolution photography,  provides an unconventional visualization of what lies "off the back roads" travelling across the United States. 

Photographer Thomas Fuss examines the beauty of  "real Americana"  with microscopic precision using the extreme panoramic format of the Linhof Technorama S III camera.  From random “side of the road” places of obscurity, to those of fame and infamy, the exhibit includes the America found “in between” while taking the viewer to the breathtaking natural spectacles of Monument Valley, the arched rocks of Moab, and the redwoods of California.   Photographs also include the man-made spectacles of Graceland, Speed Week on the Bonneville Salt Flats, and the scene of murders from the book "In Cold Blood."

Thomas Fuss is a photographer whose award winning work has been merited and exhibited by the Professional Photographers of America. With over thirty years of experience and having travelled to 68 countries, he puts his unique eye and technical expertise into displaying photography as an art form.

The Common Space Gallery (Main Floor)
River Arts Center

74 Pleasant Street
Morrisville, VT

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m - 2 pm
For off hours, please call River Arts:
Admission is free.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

BURLINGTON: Watercolors "After the Hunt" from Martin Lalonde

"After the Hunt: LeRoy Club Nostalgia" by Martin Lalonde
Opening reception: 
Friday, November 2, 2012, 5-9 pm
The Davis Studio Gallery
404 Pine Street
Burlington, VT
(802) 425-2700

Watercolor works of art from artist Martin Lalonde

WOODSTOCK: "Charlie Hunter & Clair Dunn" at ArtisTree

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 27, 6-8:30 pm
October 27 - November 17, 2012
An exhibit of plein air painting and photography reflecting hardships and harmony.

CHARLIE HUNTER is a Bellows Falls-based Vermont artist, currently emerging on the national level. In 2012 he won awards at plein air painting events across the East, including Easton, MD (Best New Artist), Wayne, PA, Cranford, NJ and Plein Air Vermont. This show of paintings from Summer, 2012 captures Hunter's propensity for the drippy, begrimed and neglected.

"This is not the Vermont of fall leaves and covered bridges the tourists come to see, but the Vermont of abandoned Plymouths, lost industries and declining family farms. Charlie Hunter captures that everyday beauty with realism and sympathy, his eye eager for the telling detail, the unusual viewpoint, and the unexpected angle." - Art New England

CLAIR DUNN sees Vermont in black and white. Her rural images often capture the result of abandonment while "rural urban" images depict the very human and very comfortable scale of Vermont's towns. The former are fast vanishing, the latter we still have time to think about. She lives and works in Swanton.

ArtisTree Gallery
1206 Route 12, Mount Tom Building
Woodstock, VT

802 457-3500
Gallery Hours - During exhibitions:
11am - 4pm, Tuesday - Saturday

MONTPELIER: Unmasked - pastels by Sam Kerson

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

MORRISVILLE: Figuring it Out - An Open Studio Figure Drawing Group Show

Opening Reception November 8,  5 - 7 pm
The Gallery at River Arts Presents:
Figuring it Out - An Open Studio Figure Drawing Group Show at River Arts
October 16 – January 7, 2013

by Marie La Pre Grabon
The Open Studio Figure Drawing Group at River Arts meets weekly on Tuesday evenings, and has developed a strong working camaraderie that has evolved into friendships over the past 4 years.  Members are committed to maintaining a professional and artistic approach to drawing and/or painting from models. They love working from the human form, striving to enhance their skills, try new media, and learn not only from the immediate artistic and creative experience but also from each other.
The artwork in this exhibit reflects the variety of styles, approaches and media used in the River Arts Open Studio and the quality of work that results from each participant’s commitment to this activity.

Exhibiting artists include Marie La Pre Grabon, Lauren Stagnitti, Caroline McKinney, Ann Young, Lassie Rathbone, Kimberly Lipinski, Kim Anetsberger, Wendy Breeden, Denise Cote and more.

Open Studio Figure Drawing, which meets Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the River Arts Center, is open to new participants, with all levels of expertise welcome. No registration is required, participants work on their own and need to bring their own materials. Fee is $8 per evening.

The Gallery at River Arts
River Arts Center
74 Pleasant Street
Morrisville, VT

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m - 2 pm
For off hours, please call River Arts: 
Admission is free. 

SHELBURNE: Recent Paintings by Brian Sweetland

Mettawee Riverbank, oil, 20 x 24
Opening Reception: 
November 3, 3-5 pm
Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery
October 26- November 27, 2012

Brian Sweetland lives and works in Pawlet, Vermont. He travels the state painting outdoors year round in the company of his beloved dogs. "Brian Sweetland's oil paintings of rural Vermont... have the immediacy of the Impressionist tradition, and there's an underlying compositional architecture that is careful and deliberate and enduring. His subjects are the threatened landscape, that which is bound to disappear, and he is adept at capturing both its substance and its essence. Pastoral Vermont is depicted lovingly, but not sentimentally..."

Brian Sweetland was born in Wheaton, Minnesota in 1952 and was raised in Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. In 1977, his sketches caught the attention of Dean Fausett, a prominent portrait, landscape and mural painter, and Sweetland was invited to Vermont to continue his studies. A grant from the Society for the Preservation of Traditional Values in the Fine Arts helped Sweetland begin his apprenticeship. His first major exhibit was held in 1980 in Middleburg, VA, and since then he has shown at many galleries in Vermont, New York, Alabama, and Massachusetts, where he has exhibited at the Copley Society and, in 1988, at the St. Botolph Club.

Cows and Equipment, oil, 5 ½ x 9 ½

His work is found in the permanent collection of the Southern Vermont Art Center and in many private collections around the world.

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery
86 Falls Road, Shelburne Village

Hours are Tue-Fri 9:30-5:30, and Sat 10-5.

images: Mettawee Riverbank, oil, 20 x 24 and Cows and Equipment, oil, 5 ½ x 9 ½     

Monday, October 22, 2012

BRATTLEBORO: Fifth Annual LEGO Contest & Exhibit at BMAC

Calling all LEGO enthusiasts! All Ages!

Deadline for delivery of contest entries to museum: Wednesday, October 24
Opening Reception and Awards: Friday, October 26 at 5 p.m
LEGOs on display October 26-28, 2012

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is gearing up for its Fifth Annual LEGO Contest, which will take place October 26-28, 2012. This year’s event, open to LEGO enthusiasts of all ages, is generously sponsored by G.S. Precision, Inc. and Don Robinson, Builder. Prizes will be awarded based on creativity and craftsmanship in six age groups: preschool, grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, adult, and adult/child collaborations. There will also be overall prizes for Best in Show, Best Architectural Design, Best Use of Moving Parts, Best Title, Best Diorama, and Best Space-Themed Creation. Every contestant will receive a personalized certificate of participation and four complimentary admission passes to BMAC, which may be used at any time.

Contest entries must be delivered to the museum on Wednesday, October 24. The opening reception and awards ceremony will take place Friday, October 26 at 5 p.m., with all entries remaining on display at the museum through Sunday, October 28. Complete contest guidelines and entry forms are available at or by calling 802-257-0124, ext.101.

Admission to the October 26 Awards Ceremony is $4 for adults and teens, $3 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Admission to the museum on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, while LEGO entries are on display, is $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students, free for BMAC members and children 5 and under.

“This is definitely one of our most popular events of the year,” said BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld. “In the past we’ve received entries from as far away as New Jersey and from contestants ranging in age from toddlers to senior citizens.” According to Lichtenfeld, memorable entries have included an amusement park, a bust of Abe Lincoln, a model of Brattleboro’s Harris Hill ski jump (complete with spectators), and a Pharaoh's tomb with hidden treasure. “One thing we want to emphasize,” Lichtenfeld added, “is that the contest element is really just for fun. The best part of this event is that it encourages kids—and adults—to put their hands and minds to work in creating something original, which we are happy to put on display in the museum.”

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301

SOUTH BURLINGTON: Robin LaHue's "October Moon" at Barnes & Noble Café

Through Saturday, October 27, 2012
Barnes & Noble Café
Dorset Street, South Burlington

Northfield Falls artist Robin LaHue will have an exhibit of paintings in various mediums, interpreting the mysticism of our ever present neighbor in the sky, the moon. There will also be works with trees that illuminate the way they reach into the sky, while clinging firmly to the earth. The paintings and collages in "October Moon" were completed over a period of 5 years. As a whimsical touch, there will also be a few animal and bird portraits done in water soluble oils. Spend a cozy fall day in the café with a snack, browse through the books, and enjoy some art! All of the work is available for purchase.

Sacred Grove

Contact the artist at:
Robin LaHue

Saturday, October 20, 2012


A visitation with Marc Awodey's family will be held on Saturday, October 20, from 2 — 4 pm at Burlington College, 351 North Ave, Room 253.  Those wishing to pay their respects are most welcome.

A larger community memorial tribute will be held on Friday, November 2, at 5 pm in the Unitarian Universalist Church in Burlington. All those wishing to celebrate Marc’s life with art, music, poetry, reminiscences, or otherwise are very welcome. To reserve a slot, leave a comment and leave your email on the Web site at: or email Marc’s brother, Steve, at

WINDSOR: 12 Sculptors at Cider Hill Gardens

CIDER HILL GARDENS: Inaugural Sculpture Show 
Last Two Weekends through October 28, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

HARDWICK: Landscape & Kimonos by Frank Woods

Opening Reception: Monday, October 22, 4 pm

Claire's Restaurant and Bar
41 South Main Street
Hardwick, VT

A new show of landscape and kimono paintings - and some stuff in between - from Frank Woods.

by Frank Woods


UPPER VALLEY: Barbara Bartlett - Art of Tea

Come Round for Tea, 12 x 12 x 1, Tea bags, bamboo sieve
Barbara Bartlett – The Art of Tea II
Opening Reception: 
Friday, October 19, 5-7pm
Gallery Talk: Thursday, November 15, 5:30pm
October 19 – November 16, 2012
E.N. Wennberg Gallery and Gallery 3

Barbara Bartlett, of Woodstock, VT, grew up in Chicago and pursued a career in special education and social work before following what had been a longtime interest in art. Bartlett initially studied watercolor and acrylic painting, but soon became drawn to printmaking. The aspects of layering and texturing easily translated into mixed media, which has been the focus of her work for the past several years. While still continuing to create two-dimensional work, she has recently become fascinated by the possibilities of working three dimensionally, using re-cycled or re-purposed material.

Bartlett has exhibited work throughout the country and in Australia and is represented in private and corporate collections in the United States, Europe and Australia. She now divides her time between studios in Vermont and Sydney.

Tea Weaves, 46 x 40, Tea bags, red thread
For her exhibition at AVA, Bartlett will be exhibiting her “tea series.” The artist has been a lover of tea since childhood and three years ago tea bags began to show up in her artwork. Bartlett states: “Since then, I have immersed myself in the world of the overlooked, discarded tea bag—the beauty of the stained paper, the subtle colors of the spent tea leaves, the bright variety of tea tag designs, and even the simple charm of stained tea strings. I love the aspect of recycling and reuse that comes into play in this work. Although the process of drying and dissembling the bags can be labor intensive, there is also a satisfying and meditative quality to re-purposing the materials.”

 Note: Images which appear here may not be part of exhibit.

Barbara Bartlett will give a gallery talk on Thursday, November 15 at 5:30pm.
The talk is free and open to the public.
AVA Gallery and Art Center11 Bank Street Lebanon, NH 03766

Gallery Hours:
Tues–Sat, 11am-5pm • Thurs until 7pm
and by appointment

UPPER VALLEY: Affinity: Cyndy Barbone, Deborah Frazee Carlson, Fuyuko Matsubara and Bhakti Ziek

Opening Reception: Friday, October 19, 5-7 pm
Gallery Talk: Thursday, November 1, 5:30pm
On Exhibit: October 19 – November 16, 2012Rebecca Lawrence Gallery
Entry and Clifford B. West Gallery
AVA Gallery and Art Center

Affinity: Cyndy Barbone, Deborah Frazee Carlson, Fuyuko Matsubara and Bhakti Ziek

weaving by Bhakti Ziek


Images: please note this work may not appear in the exhibit.

AVA Gallery and Art Center

11 Bank Street Lebanon, NH 03766

Gallery Hours:
Tues–Sat, 11am-5pm • Thurs until 7pm
and by appointment

WINOOSKI: 6th Annual 24-Hour Comics Day

October 20 - 21, 2012
6th Annual 24-Hour Comics Day
Winooski Welcome Center

24-Hour Comics Day, the fun and possibly gruelling challenge for comic artists and writers worldwide is back! Artists of all abilities and styles are invited to push themselves to their physical and creative limits in the singular artistic challenge of creating an entire 24-page comic book in one 24-hour period. The event is being co-produced by Artists’ Mediums, Rick Evans, and the Winooski Welcome Center.

“We are excited to be bringing this dynamic event to Winooski,” said Winooski Welcome Center’s Jodi Harrington. “24-Hour Comics Day is the perfect example of the sort of artistic energy that is firing up Winooski and making it one of Vermont’s up-and-coming creative communities.”

The event, presented as part of International 24-Hour Comics Day, begins at 10 am on Saturday, October 20 and continues until 10 am on Sunday, October 21: a full twenty-four consecutive hours of comics making!

The public is invited to join in the fun. People can peruse comics from the participating artists or make their own comics panel. On the walls surrounding the 24-Hour Comics Day is an exhibition of paintings by Robert Waldo Brunelle, Jr., “What I Have Painted So Far”, which wraps up on Sunday. Bluebird Barbecue is stopping by at 4PM on Saturday to feed the comic artists. Stop by for a tasting. On Sunday from 10AM-2PM, the Winooski Welcome Center hosts a Book Sale to benefit the Winooski Memorial Library.

24 Hour Comic Day was started by Scott McCloud (author of Understanding Comics and Making Comics) as an exercise to break creative blocks. It has since expanded to encompass events around the world with over 1,200 artists in eighteen countries participating!

The event is made possible through the support of Artists’ Mediums, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England, Bluebird BBQ, Art Map Burlington, Kasini House, and the Winooski Welcome Center.

The event is free and open to comic artists of all abilities over age sixteen. Anyone interested in accepting this singular challenge should email their name, address and telephone number to or call (802) 879-1236. Space is limited so sign up today!

BENNINGTON: "Painting and Drawing by Thorsten Dennerline"

October 6 through November 18
Regional Artists Gallery
Bennington Museum

Thorsten Dennerline’s work begins with an investigation of concepts that arise through an interest in words, poetry, and the landscape. The artist states, “This is fueled by my desire to translate these observations and experiences into visual language. In much of my painting and printmaking, I work on top of photographs. The mixture of photography with drawing marks or oil paint creates a juxtaposition of materials and visual language. Flying and floating forms metaphorically reflect on the space between what is understood and what is not, what is real and what is not, and on differences between the micro and macro-cosmos. In some cases, the drawing marks simply serve as corrections or deletions of the photographic information. These modifications are meant to address the poetic possibility of an in-between space.”

One of the artist’s recent series of small mixed media drawings, entitled “Flowers,” uses photographs that document a trip through the botanical gardens in Copenhagen, while a recent group of large paintings makes use of found electron micrograph images of streambeds. Both are considered by the artist as examples of “micro-landscapes” in the sense that they are dealing with very small spaces.

In the summer of 2011, Dennerline took up artist’s residency in the restored studio of painter Asger Jorn on the isolated island of Læsø, in Kattegat. This small island lies in the body of water between Denmark and Sweden. Jorn was the artist’s grandfather, so this location was both personally meaningful and provided a quiet and contemplative time for Dennerline to create a new series of works. “What I was really curious about, however, was what kind of energy I could extract from my grandfather’s work space.” states the artist. In his short time there, Dennerline produced eleven paintings, thirty-one pencil drawings, and four silver point drawings.  “All the pieces were a direct response to my feelings and experiences there.” says Dennerline.

Images:  Untitled, mixed media and digital pigment on panel, 2012

About the Artist

Dennerline received a BFA from the University of Massachusetts and an MFA from Syracuse University. He has exhibited his work across the United States, in Vallparaiso, Chile, as well as Copenhagen and other cities in Denmark. His prints are included in numerous collections including the Saint Louis Art Museum,  Kunstindustri Museet in Copenhagen, Denmark, Yale University Library, University of Vermont Special Collections, the Library of Congress and libraries at Stanford University and UCLA. Most recently he has had solo exhibitions at Galleri Tom Christoffersen in Copenhagen and group exhibitions at IPCNY in New York City and Dishman Art Museum in Beaumont, Texas.

In 2000, he was awarded a one year Fulbright grant for Research and Study Abroad where he produced a large body of paintings and a collaborative book project with Chilean printmakers. He has been a resident artist at the MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, (2005), Frans Masereel Center in Belgium (2008), and most recently Læsø Artists' Studio, Læsø, Denmark (2011).  He is currently on the faculty at Bennington College.  He has taught, since 1999, at Southern Illinois University and the University of Notre Dame.

Bennington Museum
75 Main Street (Route 9)
Bennington, VT
Open 10 am to 5 pm, daily through October

Thursday, October 18, 2012

WHITE RIVER JCT: A Review of Adam Blue: AstroExplorer

Adam Blue: AstroExplorer - A Guide to the Heavens
Main Street Museum, White River Junction

Through November 18, 2012

Review by Laura Di Piazza

Adam Blue’s current exhibition, AstroExplorer, at the Main Street Museum, takes us through three distinct spheres. “Constellations for the New Millennium” consists of 84 drawings and text pieces, providing concise and sometimes blunt discourse on current environmental, political, and social issues, as well as pop culture. Its range is wide – from the garbage dump epidemic in the Pacific Ocean to easily accessible online porn.

Sprinkled within the commentary of our times is what I view as the "consolations" of the constellations: horoscopes. I was born under the sign of the Predator Drone. When things do not go well for the Predator Drone, AstroExplorer’s horoscope wisely advises: “Never you mind, you can always take refuge in the Pringles and Mountain Dew that feed your soul.” (Wow, it’s like that was written just for me.)  In this series Blue also juxtaposes contrasting features. For example, "Goth Fairies" is a drawing of a levitating fairy in Dominatrix style attire, with crop in hand, and angelic wings.

Not all is fun and games; there’s also serious commentary on social injustice. As seen in "There’s Margin$ in the Marginalized.” In this series Blue accurately depicts, in an uncensored manner, the tone of our current and common form of modern-day information consumption: “sound-bites.”

The next series in this exhibition, “How the White Cube Hangs Once the Gallery Has Closed,” is a photographic collection of site-specific journeys of the White Cube. If the “Constellations for a New Millennium” is like the WiFi in the home then “How the White Cube Hangs Once the Gallery Has Closed” must surely be the balcony. Here, the moment calls for reflection and space. The traveling minimalist White Cube becomes part of the landscape by being a participant within a site, however still it may appear. The White Cube makes observations that we may ourselves ponder, like when in the produce section of a supermarket: “Eating organic whenever you can is important.”

Raking Leaves Can Be Totally Zen.

The final series is a collection of 12 finely executed gouache drawings that unfold like riddles. This series reminds me of the coziness of bedtime stories and the vast inner-space those words can hurl me into.  In this case Blue’s paintings send my imagination running and questioning. Will Artificial Intelligence one-day wonder, “Who am I?” Do our internal forces no longer shield themselves within powerful symbols but instead hides within sugary snacks? Why is that monkey swinging with a cell phone in his hand? Is he too distracted by the ever-shifting monkey-mind that plagues my sleep before important meetings/events the following day? I wonder.

Laura Di Piazza is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who lives in Hanover, NH, and works in her little Mill studio in White River Junction, Vt

Adam Blue is the Education Director at AVA Gallery and Art Center, a nonprofit community art center in Lebanon, NH and is an art editor of The Whitefish Review, a semi-annual, nonprofit, literary and arts journal.

UPPER VALLEY: "By Hand: Two Rivers Printmakers, an exhibition of prints by Artist Members"

Ledyard Gallery in the Howe Library  
September 29 through October 31, 2012

Printmaking by its nature has historically been a cooperative experience. Artists with little printmaking experience have worked with master printers to make prints. Because the facilities required to make an etching or a lithograph are often large and expensive, printmakers turn to cooperative studios to create their images.

For over a decade Two Rivers Printmaking Studio has been providing a space for printmakers to create fine art prints in a well-equipped light-filled studio. Artists, both experienced and novice, have learned the technical aspects of etching, lithography, solar plate, and relief printmaking through workshops and from fellow members. Every month our artist members have the opportunity to show work in our gallery space. Several times a year our members show work in prestigious exhibition spaces throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.

A variety of techniques are on display in this exhibition including intaglio printmaking—etching, aquatint, mezzotint and drypoint, relief prints with wood and linoleum, stencils, and monotypes. All of these prints were printed by the artist by hand.

Howe Library
13 South Street
Hanover, NH

Monday, October 15, 2012

IN MEMORIAM: Marc Awodey, 1960-2012

Marc Awodey
November 4, 1960 - October 13, 2012

Co-Founder and Co-Publisher of Vermont Art Zine

Trees by Marc Awodey, 2011
From Meg Brazill, Editor: I just heard a few hours ago that Marc Awodey passed away yesterday. I have heard that the family is planning a memorial service and that they will let people know when plans have been put in place.

If there's one thing I've discovered in the short time I've know him: it's impossible to pigeon-hole the man. Marc was a teacher, a mentor, a poet, a writer, a painter, a critic - so many things to so many people. He was the consummate artist - a huge appreciator of art while remaining critical. For me, Marc's advocacy of art, especially the art scene in Vermont, was what impressed me most. I will miss his assistance finding - and posting - news of interest about openings and exhibits around Vermont, and the many artists and writers he's already introduced me to. And I will miss his sense of humor, his activism, and his outspokenness.

Along with Janet Van Fleet, Marc co-founded, co-published and co-edited Vermont Art Zine in January 2009. After three+ years of this labor of love, they turned the Zine over to me in August 2012 to edit and publish into its next phase. I'm forever indebted to both of them for putting this fine work together to benefit the Vermont art scene. Marc's most recent review for Vermont Art Zine was covering the sculpture for Art Hop 2012.

When we were last in touch, he was finishing a proposal for teaching a writing workshop and had just referred several writers to Vermont Art Zine. He was looking forward to a site visit at Castleton State College where he was scheduled to have a show - and to the group show he was in, "The Art of Horror" at S.P.A.C.E. More images of Marc's work and a review of his 2011 exhibit at Johnson State College can be found here:

Rest in peace, Marc. You will be dearly missed and well remembered.

Venus by the Pool, by Marc Awodey, 2011

I'm reprinting here (with minor edits) his Wikipedia entry:

"Marc Awodey (November 4, 1960 - October 13, 2012) was an American contemporary artist and poet. His poetry collections include "Telegrams from the Psych Ward" (1999), "New York; A Haibun Journey" (2003). and "Senryu and Nudes" (2008) from Kasini House Books. He's also author of the collection of essays "Art and Machine: 95 theses" (2004) discussing his poetry vending machine project of the late 1990s. Awodey's paintings can be found in the Vermont State House collection and in many private collections throughout the United States. A prominent solo exhibition of his paintings was held in the lobby of the Vermont Supreme Court in 2008.

Awodey studied painting under George Earl Ortman at Cranbrook Academy of Art, and received an MFA from Cranbrook in 1984. He served on the faculty of Burlington College, Community College of Vermont, and Johnson State College. As an art critic, Awodey wrote over 500 reviews for Vermont's alternative weekly Seven Days. He also wrote for Art New England."
- End of Wiki entry.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

ROCHESTER: Paul Bowen, Joan Kahn, Celia Reisman, Fulvio Testa

Joan Kahn, 2009 - Scoot, print, 9.5" x 11.25" 

Big Town Gallery
Exhibit Runs October 3 - November 18, 2012

"New Work" features all new pieces by
four BigTown Gallery affiliated artists:
- Paul Bowen
- Joan Kahn
- Celia Reisman
- Fulvio Testa
Paul Bowen, 2012 -
Deck Hand, wood, fabric and asphaltum
15" x 7" x 7" 

Celia Reisman, 2012
Corner House, gouache on paper
9.5" x 12.25" 

Fulvio Testa, 2011
Untitled 22, watercolor on paper
10.94" x 7.86"

BigTown Gallery
99 North Main
Rochester, VT 05767

(802) 767-9670

Gallery Hours
Wednesday – Saturday 10 – 5
Sunday 11 – 4
Monday & Tuesday by appointment

Saturday, October 13, 2012

RUTLAND: "Memories" Photos by Tami Crupi Zeman

Artist Reception & Gallery Talk: October 27, 2-4 pm.
Exhibit Runs October 5 - November 3, 2012
Chaffee Art Center, Rutland

The exhibit, entitled Memories, will be in the central downstairs gallery of the Chaffee Art Center. The show coincides with the Chaffee's Annual Photography Contest, which was judged  by Tami Crupi Zeman and two other members.

Artist Statement
We are all connected.  Relationships define who we are. As humans, the “bonds” we all have experienced and shared allow us to identify, and relate, to this. A photograph can do this by triggering a memory - a recognition occurring in each person, of something we have collectively experienced before.

Victims of disaster, who have lost all of their personal possessions, have been quoted as saying their greatest sense of loss comes from the loss of family photos.  Everything else can be replaced, but not the photos - the physical record of their memories - and for this, they grieve.

This type of grief, although potentially different, is something everyone can understand simply by being human, because we feel.

Photographs also become personal objects, and I created a photographic series exploring the photograph as an object.  In putting the series together, I asked people to hold a photograph that had meaning to them, something personal.  In most cases, the selected image would be a photograph of a loved one, or that person with a loved one.  I took my portrait while my subject spoke about their photograph, and I listened to their stories, while recording or taking notes.  In the process of creating my series, the subject’s story became just as important to me as the photograph itself.

The photographs I took became my personal property and are objects, but when I look at these images, they are much more than that.  I gaze at the photographs and recall each subject, along with his or her story - including the who, what, when and where. These images hold vivid memories for me, as time and moments shared with my subjects.  Those memories have become my story.

I felt connected to the subjects while creating this series.  As I listened to their stories, memories and experiences, I was touched by their recollections, as their experiences mirrored my own. I could relate to them.  This is the same feeling I seek in my own photographic endeavors - to the have the viewer understand our shared memories. By virtue of being human, we recognize this in either an object we have owned or seen before, or possibly, in a gesture or expression.  We see the same consciousness in the subject, as in ourselves, and so, we are connected.  Rather than see ourselves as only separated from one another, it is our shared memories and experiences that define us as individuals, yet connect us as a whole. 
– Tami Crupi Zeman

Tami Crupi Zeman

Chaffee Art Center
16 South Main Street
Rutland, VT 05701

Thursday, October 11, 2012

MIDDLEBURY: Fleeting Moments/Stolen Glances by S.P. Goodman at The Jackson Gallery

Artist’s Reception: 
Friday, October 12, 2012, 5-7 pm
The Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater
On Exhibit through November 11, 2012

“There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman.” — Émile Zola

Italy: View from a train, oil on canvas, 12"x12"
Bike path along the Chambly Canal, acrylic on canvas, 8"x8"
Steven Goodman’s small scale landscape paintings demonstrate his mastery of technique with deftly placed brush strokes and spot-on color choices. The exhibit features these and larger works including some of Goodman’s digital prints. Goodman started his art career as a painter over 30 years ago, after receiving his B.A. at UVM and then studying at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in France and Parsons School of Design in New York. Then in 1990 he put away his brushes and began concentrating solely on digital imagery. Using the computer as a tool, he attempted to express his political, spiritual, and humanistic concerns. Inspiration ranged from a particular moment in his life to an event taking place on the world stage.

A few years ago he felt the impulse to challenge himself by painting again, and began doing small landscapes and still lifes. He soon discovered the daily painting movement where artists produce a small painting each day and post it on their website. He states that “while I never attempted to create seven paintings a week I did benefit from the discipline of painting on a frequent basis. By working small, I was able to take risks that I might not have taken with larger pieces. My overarching goal while creating these small pieces has been to become a better craftsman without diminishing the poetry. The title of the show comes from the fact I am not attempting to record an exact representation of a particular landscape. It is the lingering impression, the fleeting memory, that I want to capture and hold onto as our lives speed by in time and space.”

Goodman has exhibited widely in Vermont and teaches painting technique in the Burlington area. The exhibition will be on display through November 11, with a reception for the artist during Middlebury’s ArtsWalk from 5 – 7 pm, Friday, October 12.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday, and for an hour before each Town Hall Theater performance.

The Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater
68 South Pleasant Street

Middlebury, Vt.
(802) 382-9222

Steven P. Goodman

Italy: View from a train, oil on canvas, 12"x12"
Bike path along the Chambly Canal, acrylic on canvas, 8"x8"

ST. JOHNSBURY: Metal Sculptor David Tanych & Oil Painter Meryl Lebowitz

David Tanych launches his mobile gallery with Free at Last at the opening of Together/To Get There, a collaborative exhibit with painter Meryl Lebowitz

Opening Reception: Friday, October 12, 5-7 pmTogether/To Get There 
Catamount Arts Center
St. Johnsbury, Vt.

Free at Last
Photo by Herb Swanson
Metal sculptor, David Tanych of Kirby, Vermont, recently completed his monumental steel sculpture Free at Last, and will be taking it on the road following its opening night preview on Friday, October 12, at Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. In November, Tanych will load the sculpture onto a flat bed trailer, creating a mobile gallery, Steel on Wheels, and drive to Washington, D.C., stopping at major cities and galleries along the way.

Free at Last was begun in Tanych's Los Angeles studio this spring, and was transported cross-country. The large shackle is five feet in circumference and the chain consists of five 40-inch links. “People were giving me the thumbs-up from L.A. to Kirby, and I never stopped without someone approaching me to talk about and photograph the piece.”

On his return to Vermont in July, Tanych began to tackle the 8-foot diameter ball. “I’ve made large, 16 section balls before, but this was the biggest! It was particularly difficult to handle because of its size, and it took several attempts, and failures, before I was able to complete it.”

Tanych believes that taking his sculptures “for a ride” presents a unique marketing opportunity that has paid off. By exposing his work to galleries, in real time rather than photos, he’s been able to generate excitement and find representation in both California and Vermont. “After driving through L.A. with a flat bed carrying three 8-foot jacks and a ball, I’m comfortable taking my sculptures anywhere!”

Free at Last will be on display for one night only, at the October 12 reception for Together/To Get There, a collaborative art exhibit that he and his wife, oil painter Meryl Lebowitz, are sharing at Catamount Arts’ Main Gallery before heading out to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington,D.C. with his unique sculpture.

Tanych’s work can presently be seen at his sculpture field on the Red Village Road in Lyndonville, Vt. His sculptures are also shown on the East Coast at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vt., the Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, and Vermont Fine Arts Gallery in Stowe.

Catamount Arts Center
115 Eastern Avenue
St. Johnsbury, Vt.

Catamount Art’s Main Gallery is open to the public free of charge from 11 am – 6 pm Monday through Saturday and before and after each film screening.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

QUECHEE: Contemporary Work by Artists of the Region

The Gallery at Simon Pearce
across from The Mill
Quechee, VT
Monday through Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm

Contemporary Work by Artists of the Region, featuring paintings by Tom Ferrara and selections from the "Pure Collection" by Simon Pearce.