Saturday, November 24, 2012

JERICHO CENTER: Northern Vermont Artists' Association's "Inspired by Gruppe"

The Emile A. Gruppe Gallery presents the Winter Show for members of the Northern Vermont Artists' Association. The exhibition entitled "Inspired by Gruppe" will hang November 23 through December 23rd. An artist reception will be held on Sunday November 25 from 1- 4pm with a talk at 1:30 pm about the history of the NVAA by member Robert Brunelle, Jr.

by Janet Bonneau

The NVAA was founded in Burlington, VT in 1931 as the result of an attempt by Harold Knight to generate exhibition space for local artists. This first show was such a success that the decision was made to make it an annual event. The recently opened Robert Hull Fleming Museum invited the group to hold their next show at the Museum and they did so for the next 40 years. Since then the NVAA has shown in various places in the northern counties of Vermont.

The mission of the NVAA established in 1931 still resonates for today's artists: "To Encourage the study, improve the practice, elevate the standards and advance the cause of creative art."
by Janet Bonneau

Emile A Gruppe, prominent New England landscape painter, was a member of the NVAA in the early 40's. Although his home was in Gloucester, Mass., he regularly traveled to Jeffersonville in the late fall and in the early spring to paint. Many of his Vermont landscapes are on exhibition at the gallery.

The gallery is located outside Jericho Center at 22 Barber Farm Road.
Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm or by appointment 802 899 3211.

Images by Janet Bonneau, current president of the NVAA