Sunday, January 22, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Opening of gallery at Phoenix Books in Essex

Art fans are invited to meet the artists at The Gallery at Phoenix Books' art opening on Sunday, January 29th from 3:00pm through 5:00pm. Light fare will be provided, and the reception is free and open to the public. Featured artists will include Paige Dunbar, Rick Evans, Eric Fitzgerald, Brittany Foster, Donna McDermid, and artists of the Essex Art League.

As at their first official gallery exhibit, Phoenix has chosen to feature a range of local talent. Rick Evans, a graphic artist hailing from Underhill, takes commissions for pen-and-ink drawings of page 100 of (almost) any book. Donna McDermid creates sculptural images with felted wool. Brittany Foster and Paige Dunbar are high school students from Essex and Hardwick, respectively. Foster works primarily in acrylics. Dunbar is a photographer, as is fifth-generation Vermonter Eric Fitzgerald.

The exhibit will stay up through the beginning of March. The gallery (along with the associated bookstore and cafe) is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am through 7:00pm, Saturday from 10:00 am through 7:00 pm, and Sunday from 11:00am through 6:00pm. For more information, please visit our website or call 872-7111.

About Phoenix Books:
Phoenix Books was established in 2007 on the principles of social responsibility, community, and sustainability. Phoenix Books is a locally-owned, independent bookstore, gallery, and café, and a proud member of Local First Vermont and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Whenever possible, Phoenix Books sources eco-friendly products from Fair Trade/Green Certified companies.

Images: A Piece of the Story by Donna McDermid; Photograph by Eric Fitzgerald