Friday, March 29, 2013

TUNBRIDGE: Photographer Fred Carty solo show

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 7, from 2-4 p.m. 
The public is invited.
Exhibition on display: April 5 to May 31, 2013

"Picture Show: As Seen Through My Eyes," a solo show by Tunbridge, Vt., photographer Fred Carty, will be on exhibit at the Tunbridge Public Library from April 5, 2013, to May 31, 2013.

Fred Carty's Artist's Statement:
This show is a collection of all the wonderful pictures -- from landscapes to wild flowers -- that I have taken and enjoyed over the years and wish to share them with the general public.

Fred Carty's Bio:
Fred Carty was born in Providence, R. I., in July 1933. While growing up in Milford, Mass., he fell in love with archery and photography. He loves nature, traveling and adventure. Fred is a man of wisdom and integrity. Fred came to Vermont on the pretense of archery hunting and ended up shooting more with his Canon A1. He loved Vermont so much he moved here permanently in 1986.

ESSEX: Michael Strauss presentation at Essex Art League

Editor's Note: I have not yet seen or read the book but advance reviews sound intriguing. More details on Michael Strauss' Web site. - Meg Brazill, editor.

Michael Strauss will be giving presentations about his new book, "The Mind at Hand: What Drawing Reveals / Stories of Exploration, Discover, and Design" (Brown Walker Press, January 1, 2013) at the Essex Art League on May 2, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.; at Burlington High School later in the summer; and at UVM in the Fall. Stay tuned.

Advance Reviews
   As even a casual reader of The Mind at Hand will quickly discover, Michael Strauss possesses that rare combination of variegated talents that make him a contemporary version of the Renaissance Man.  Strauss ranges deftly between both hemispheres of the brain--from the analytical to the imaginative, from the sciences to the arts--with an appreciation for each that is infectious.  He is equally at home exploring theories of cognition and discovery as he is explaining the process of creation and re-creation in a century-old painting.  - Tony Magistrale, Professor and Chair, English Department, University of Vermont
Michael Strauss argues that scientific and artistic endeavors are integral to each other. In The Mind at Hand he provides many examples and sources, blending genres by immersing himself in both science and drawing, personally demonstrating the social construction of disciplines.  In this new book he helps yet more of us expand our horizons through first-person vignettes, stories and testimonies that embark into qualitative inquiry, an elaboration of the work of people who use drawing as an integral part of thinking and learning. - Corrine Glesne, Author of Becoming Qualitative Researchers, 2011 (4th ed.)
You may think of drawing as a form of creating or re-creating, but Michael Strauss shows how drawing can be a powerful form of learning. Through a host of compelling examples--from his own life, from classrooms at all age levels and in many disciplines, and from the work of famous artists and scientists--this book demonstrates how drawing and revising drawings can benefit teachers and learners, inventors and researchers--virtually all of us. It's a fascinating read! - Glenda L. Bissex, Ed.D., Educator and author
The Mind at Hand offers a uniquely functional perspective on that most basic aspect of the visual creative process, drawing.  Much in the spirit of Focillon's The Life of Forms in Art, but offering examples from all aspects of life, Michael Strauss explores the territory of creative revision – the development of an initial idea through to its conclusion – with an infectious enthusiasm for the creative process as a powerful tool that we all can share. - Tad Spurgeon, Artist and Author of "Living Craft A Painter’s Process," 2012 (3rd ed.)
There aren’t many research scientists like Michael Strauss, an accomplished artist who writes well about the relationship between art and science.  His latest book, The Mind at Hand, is in part, autobiography -- about an interesting life lived in two different worlds.  The non-artist reader can learn about drawing and painting, and the non-scientist might come to understand the physical world a little better.- Willem R. Leenstra, chemistry professor and former chair of the chemistry department at The University of Vermont

Contact the Essex Art League for details of the presentation on May 2:
For a review and summary of the book:

About The Author

Michael Strauss was a professor of chemistry at the University of Vermont (UVM) from 1968 to 2003. His academic life focused on teaching chemistry and on research in physical-organic and medicinal chemistry. Since 2003 he has been teaching drawing for the Honors College, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Continuing Education at UVM. He has also been involved with outreach efforts in grade schools and high schools around Vermont, focused on science education. In all of his classes, both art and science, the iterative process of learning how to see, draw, and revise was paramount. There was considerable overlap between his university teaching and his outreach efforts in community schools. He had, along with colleagues in the College of Education at UVM, a National Science Foundation grant from the Teacher Enhancement Program to help train teachers in both active learning pedagogy, and content in chemistry, physics and geology. And for about a decade, he was also heavily involved with the Writing-to-Learn and Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) movements, traveling around the country giving workshops and meeting with educators in both elementary schools and colleges to talk about science education.

Strauss realized that part of the pedagogy of Writing-to-Learn elaborated in those workshops was happening in both his elementary school science workshops, and university science classes. The realization was simple enough. The term "writing," when considered "writ large," could encompass any kind of mark making: mathematical and chemical symbols, musical notation - drawings of any kind. The learning part of Writing-to-Learn was happening as part of a very important feedback loop of creation, observation, and revision. This process can be done with texts in order to learn how to write better, but also with marks, images, and symbols of any kind, to learn their meaning and relationships better, and to solve problems.


Monday, March 25, 2013

BENNINGTON: Laura Christensen at Bennington Museum

Laura Christensen
March 23 through June 16, 2013
Artist Reception: Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 3-4:30 pm

Works by Laura Christensen on view in Regional Artists Gallery
Described as delicate visual mash-ups, Laura Christensen’s work is created with subtly detailed painting or carefully cut fragments mixed with old snapshots and photographic portraits. These new composites tell mysterious stories that express personal reflections and light-hearted fictions. 
In one of the series of Christensen’s work, 1970’s color snapshots became substrates for new collages incorporating bits of art history. “Janson’s History of Art was the first victim of my Xacto knife,” states the artist.  Other art books followed. “Now, elements of paintings from many artists, including Giotto, Ellsworth Kelly, Jacques Louis David, and Grandma Moses, interact with the characters and places in the photographs. A few parts are cut from science books to create such scenes as a baby shark peering over a woman’s shoulder and a microscopic view of blood dancing with a cat,” the artist explains.
Here,Then,Today and Far Away, 2011
Another series incorporates photographs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. “These I have altered, not with cut out collage bits, but by painting miniature images onto each photograph. In Here, Then, Today and Far Away, I painted a swarm of colorful flitting butterflies. I also crafted the cherry wood box and silk curtains to set the stage,” states Christensen.   In As Long As Breath Holds, a picture of water gushing from a dam was painted directly onto an antique tintype portrait. Below it rests a part from the score of Water Music, an early composition by John Cage.
From the Midwest, Christensen’s experiences gradually expanded to include the metropolitan buzz of New York City, the Rocky Mountains, New England woods, fifteenth-century Italian frescoes, and telemark skiing. She has studied German, Economics, and Art History, in addition to accomplishing the M.F.A. in drawing. Her artwork has been exhibited both in the United States and internationally.  Regionally, both The Art Center of the Capital Region and Kidspace at MASS MoCA have featured her work. Within the last several years Christensen was awarded an Artists’ Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Grant, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and an Individual Artist Grant, a fund of the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Currently, her artwork can be found at Hudsons in the MASS MoCA campus and in the exhibit, Some Assembly Required, at the Albany International Airport.

About the Museum
The Bennington Museum, located at 75 Main Street (Route 9), Bennington has the largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings in the world as well as the largest collection of 19th century Bennington pottery.  In the other nine galleries, the museum presents a 1924 Wasp Touring Car, one of only twenty produced, military artifacts, one of the earliest ‘stars and stripes’ in existence, fine and decorative arts and more. On view November 24 through December 30 is Festival of Trees – Around the World.  The museum is open Thursday through Tuesday, 10 am to 5 pm.  Regular admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students over 18.  Admission is never charged for younger students or to visit the museum shop. Visit the museum’s website or call 802-447-1571 for more information.

Here,Then,Today and Far Away, 2011
Laura Christensen
6” x 15” x  3” inches
Oil paint, antique photographs, antique paper, cherry wood, and silk

ESSEX JUNCTION: "Skin" at Darkroom Gallery


Exhibition Opens: April 4, 2013
Artists' Reception: 4/21/13 5:30PM
Juror: Allen Birnbach

The undulating landscape of the human form is one of the most variable in nature. With so many sizes, shapes, textures, and tones, our subject matter is endlessly inspiring. How we see, interpret, re-define, and then represent the figure in our photographic work is as diverse as the individuals we celebrate. 

Director's Choice "Nude 020" by Peter Bajzek
Director's Choice "Nude 020" by Peter Bajzek
Juror's Statement:

My first impression as I did my quick overview was the breadth of styles in the submissions.  And the high level of technique brought to bear in the images.  The result was several extended editing sessions poring over the concepts and great craft participants exhibited in their work.  In the end it was difficult to narrow the field down to a cohesive show, and I felt honored to have been involved in the judging.

Notable was what was not included.  Interesting diptychs, tributes to Kertesz, Mondrian and Japanese printmaking, wonderful self-portraits and playful juxtaposition of the figure in unique environments.  In the end, many well-conceived images were not included because they fell short in composition or technique but the creative process behind the work was truly impressive. Congratulations to all who submitted. - Allen Birnbach

(Allen selected five "Honorable Mention" images, but he didn't feel comfortable choosing a "Juror's Choice" overall. We selected a "Director's Choice" from those five images. Congrats to Peter Bajzek!)

MANCHESTER: Art from the Schools at SVAC

Southern Vermont Arts Center
Art from the Schools
17 participating area schools
On Exhibit until April 10, 2013

  Art From the Schools

  Yester House Galleries

Join us at the Southern Vermont Arts Center for the opening reception of Art from the Schools, on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 2– 4 pm.  Yester House will be filled to the rafters with extraordinary and vibrant student artwork collected from 17 area schools. The exhibit is on display until April 10.

All of the artwork—drawings, paintings, mixed media, and sculpture—has been produced by area art students (pre-kindergarten through high school) during the course of the academic year and arranged by their art teachers in the Yester House Galleries.

Schools participating in the exhibition are Arlington Area Childcare, Arlington Arts Enrichment Program, Arlington Middle and High Schools, Burr and Burton Academy, Currier Memorial, Dorset School, Flood Brook Union, Grace Christian School, Homeschoolers of Southern Vermont, Long Trail School, Manchester Elementary Middle School, Maple Street School, Mettawee Community School, The Mountain School, North Bennington Graded School, and Sunderland Elementary.

The reception is free and open to the public.  We are located off West Road in Manchester, Vermont.  Call 802-362-1405 for more information or write

STOWE: Clark Derbes and Sarah Horne at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park

First Gala Reception and Exhibition of 2013 
Saturday, March 30th from 6 - 8:30pm 
West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Center
On Exhibit: March 30th - May 12, 2013

Clark Derbes and Sarah Horne

A gallery talk will be given by Rachel Moore, Assistant Director and Curator at Helen Day Art Center.
Burlington artist, Clarke Derbes, challenges our perceptions with each shape-shifting wood sculpture.  Using wood from trees recently fallen or being cut, Derbes finds the lifeline in each piece and accentuates it, as in “Greg,” sculpted from the last Elm tree felled on UVM's campus. Bright interplays of color accentuate angled planes to blur the line between two and three dimensions. 

Sarah Horne’s energetic graphite and charcoal works on paper know no boundaries. With gestural lines and rhythmic marks, each drawing suggests the wildness found in all seasons. Horne’s abstract depictions of the fleeting dance of wild grasses, wet winding rivulets on walking trails, and wind on water awaken the exuberance we feel with the coming of spring.

Music by Tritium Well's Bobby Farlice-Rubio, and catering by Susanna's Catering. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

STOWE: Helen Day Art Center's "GALA 54"


Blame it on the Boogie...

We are near capacity and we want to be sure you make it past the velvet rope before we are sold out!

Dine, Dance, Bid on absolutely fabulous trips, jewelry and works of art. The non-stop excitement of the heady days of Studio 54 is coming to the Stowe Mountain Lodge.  ARE YOU??   


Balloon Raffle Grand Prize: Private five-course dinner for 8 people by Jack Pickett and Josh Bard of Frida's.  Wine or tequila tasting included...  

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 - 5:00 p.m. 

Stowe Mountain Lodge
Cocktail reception followed by
silent and live auctions, dinner
and dancing... let the DJ change your life.

Black Tie Optional
Disco Glam Mandatory
Seating is limited
 Buy your tickets |  Choose your menu options 
If you have already purchased tickets, thank you! 
We look forward to sharing a great night together.

WILMINGTON: Sugaring Season at Gallery Wright

Gallery Wright to showcase William Hays' linoleum block prints
March 23-24, 2013

Do you remember linoleum blocks and those scoop-y cutters in high school? Do you remember how difficult it was to gouge the mark you wanted to make? Well stop by Gallery Wright this Maple Sugar Festival Weekend and feast your eyes on the works of a master carver.

"Sugaring Season," William Hays,  9"x 12," Edition of 30.
Gallery Wright is showcasing the astonishing linoleum block prints of Southern Vermont artist William Hays. Hays depicts Vermont in all its glorious seasons; his prints are a feast for the eyes. Gallery Wright is now located at 103 West Main St (Rt 9) near the Vermont Bowl Company in Wilmington's West End.

Open Thursday through Monday from 11-5
Extended hours on weekends - till 6pm on Friday, Open 10-6 Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday.

Gallery Wright
103 West Main St (Rt 9)
Wilmington, VT
802.464-9922 for more information.

BURLINGTON: Johanne Durocher Yordan at Studio 266

Johanne Durocher Yordan's Contemplation 
Reception: Saturday, March 23, 2013, 6-8 pm
Studio 266, Burlington VT
Exhibit continues through March 30, 2013

Through our life’s journey we contemplate everything about who we are and what we do on a daily basis.

Each piece in this new series, “Contemplation,” by Johanne Durocher Yordan defines an event or a status in her own life, with circles being the main characters to represent that change and constant evolution.

Entrance is behind New England Flooring and Bikram Yoga on Pine Street in Burlington. Large parking lot, building has a maroon canopy over door with numbers "266."

Studio 266
266 South Champlain Street
Burlington 05401
(802) 578-2512

UPPER VALLEY: AVA 2013 Silent Auction

AVA's 2013 Silent Auction
Open Everyday through March 23 
Silent Auction Party and Final Bids:  
Saturday, March 23, 5:30-8pm

AVA Gallery and Art Center's Silent Auction has begun! 
This year, AVA's 40th anniversary year, more than 100 artists and craftspeople have donated works, including oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, photographs, sculpture, mixed media works, drawings, prints, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, and glass.  
Additionally, donations from many generous local businesses--including jewelry, clothing, cookware, fashion accessories, various services and gift certificates--also constitute an important part of the auction.   

Elegant hors d'oeuvre, provided by Home Hill Inn, will be served at the Silent Auction Party on Saturday, March 23, and music performed by Ed Eastridge, guitar and Fred Haas, saxophone,  will set the tone for this festive occasion.

The Silent Auction is AVA's most important annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the Silent Auction help support every aspect of AVA's art programming and mission, including art classes and workshops, exhibitions by established and emerging artists, scholarship and internship opportunities as well as special opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.
No admission is charged to preview the Silent Auction Exhibition or to make early-bird bids between March 16 - March 23, 2013, 11am-5pm  

There is an admission fee for the Silent Auction Party, which will take place on Saturday, March 23, from 5:30-8:00pm:

$25 for members, if purchased in advance 
$30 for non-members, if purchased in advance  
$40 at the door  

Not surprisingly, the bidding has been brisk since the Silent Auction Exhibition opened last Saturday, as this year's auction items are spectacular! Come see for yourself!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

MORRISVILLE: Lisa Forster Beach - Artist Talk at River Arts Center

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. 
Gallery at River Arts Presents: Lisa Forster Beach, NWS, VWS - Artist Talk
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free.
Exhibit continues through March 25, 2013.

The Gallery at River Arts is pleased to present an artist talk with Lisa Forster Beach at the River Arts Center in Morrisville, VT. The talk will focus on her abstract paintings, currently on display at the Gallery at River Arts through March 25, 2013.

Cultural Energy by Lisa Forster Beach
Beach's exhibit, Abstract Paintings, represents her responses to her environment, experiences, impressions, and perceptions, both seen and felt. Beach builds up many layers of transparent paint in her paintings, the layers relating conceptually to the layers present in the Earth, body, and consciousness. ”They are about the energy underlying and glowing” says Beach.

Lisa Forster Beach is an award winning artist living in Stowe, Vermont. She is widely recognized for her drawings, as well as her acrylic and watercolor paintings. In addition to many solo shows, her work has been accepted in numerous group and national exhibitions. She was awarded signature membership in the National Watercolor Society in 1986.

Energy by Lisa Forster Beach
Her background includes a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Rochester Institute of Technology, a BS degree in Art Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and study with many master painters. She is acclaimed for her teaching, which includes watercolor workshops, internationally, nationally, and regionally, art museum classes, college courses, public school, Elderhostel, and classes in her Stowe Hollow Studio.

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

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10-2.
For off hours, please call River Arts: 802-888-1261.
Admission is free.
For more information, call or visit their website at

MONTPELIER: The Nature of Things - Installation by 7 Artists at Goddard Art Gallery

Friday, April 5, 4:00 pm to Saturday, May 11, 8:00 pm
Open for Montpelier Art Walk in April

"The Nature of Things" MONTPELIER art exhibit

 From April 5 - May 11, 2013, there are seven artists creating an installation at the Goddard Art Gallery at 54 Main in Montpelier. The artists include: International artist Thea Alvin, the curator of "The Nature of Things;" Khara Ledonne; Forrest White: Stone and Wood; Robyn Alvin: Photography; Gowri Savoor and Bruce Hathaway. Part of the Goddard Art Gallery / Montpelier Art Walk. Free and open to the public.

All works by Thea Alvin

Goddard Art Gallery
54 Main Street 

Montpelier, VT 05602

Friday, March 15, 2013

MIDDLEBURY: "The Blue Swans" - Seven Women @ The Jackson Gallery

March 1 – 31, 2013
Artists’ reception: Friday, March 15, 5 to ­ 7 pm

The Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater
a review by Alice Eckles

The Blue Swans, a Middlebury based artist group consisting of artists Klara Calitri, Linda Hampton Smith, Molly Hawley, Patricia LeBon Herb, Phoebe Stone, Sarah Wesson, Mary Swanson, and Yinglei Zhang, has been together since 2009 when Patricia LeBon Herb asked some of her artists friends if they wanted to start a women’s art group as a way to create community for themselves around art making. Another artist, Mary Swanson, who created the “Art House,” a space where musicians, artists, and writers could exchange ideas, perform, and take refuge, was also instrumental in bringing this idea to fruition. The group meets up once every two months for a potluck and to get feedback on their current art works, and their group shows have evolved out of these meetings.

The Blue Swans have shown art together at The Ripton Church, The Ilsley Public Library, and The Art House. And now they have their first show as a group at The Jackson Gallery. Whether you walk in off the street or from the a theater production upstairs it feels as if you are walking into a conversation among friends sharing the special places and spaces that belong to them. The viewer feels invited into the cozy, peaceful, and beautiful views - both inside and outside.

“Looking up,” a 36”-by-24” acrylic by LeBon Herb is a stylized blue landscape featuring water, ice, sky, or perhaps even mountains. It’s hard to tell which and it doesn’t seem to matter. These precisely drawn dynamic layers are like a blue tapestry, each wave woven in to support our knowing of the place. The stylized lines convey movement as of clouds or water and are reminiscent of a Japanese woodcut, and her signature resembles in a way, the type of signature seal stamped on Japanese woodcuts.

Sarah Wesson’s “Inside, Outside,” a 15”-by-12” oil on masonite is a wonderfully cozy view of a pink couch and the view out the window into a wooded back yard. It looks so real you just want to snuggle into the cushions with the soft green pillow and striped throw blanket. Without being hyper-realistic, it’s very convincing, and very seductive to that part of us that just wants to take a nap.

Molly Hawley’s “Two Rocks,” a 24”-by-30” oil, is a picture of one glorious day! We’ve all at times had moments, the lavender hour as photographer’s call it, when the light is just right and a scene becomes miraculous. Hawley’s “Two Rocks” captures that moment. The wind blown grasses in the foreground are somehow delicious and inviting, making one really want to be there to touch those tall grasses, pull them, smell them, and make a nest of them.

Klara Calitri’s “Still Life with Pears,” and 22”-by-30” oil on canvas is a homey and pleasant still life. Her pitter patter touch with the brush gives the pears and flowers a cared for look, drawing attention to the way things have to be made little by little with the guidance of human touch, and natures touch. The predominate use of various greens, blues and yellows provides a relaxing setting for the sweetness of the many petaled pink flowers.

The name for the group borrows from the Blaue Reiter a German group of artists active in Munich 1911-1914. So where does the swan part come in? The "swan" was taken from Mary Swanson’s name, one of the founders of the group now living in the Bay Area. There is something very powerful about a group of artists… or a movement of them, something in the evolution of a functioning art group that adds so much to the inspiring paintings and monoprints of these individual artists. Klara Calitri, the senior member of this group who will be approximately ninety this year was the instigator of this particular exhibit at the Jackson Gallery, and Molly Hawley is their most recent member. Elinor Friml hung the artwork and sent out the press releases. Each of the seven artists in the group contributes beautiful and interesting artwork in this exhibit that you won’t want to miss, bring a friend and enjoy the view be it a cozy couch, a mysterious night sky, or a surprise street scene. If you are worried about the ides of March take a load off and enjoy the views these talented artist have brought together at the Jackson gallery, on the basement level of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater.

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

Alice Eckles is writing, homesteading and making art in Middlebury, Vermont. Her book of essays, A Phrase Book for Spiritual Emergencies was published in 2009, and her novel The Literature Preferred by Wild Boar is upcoming. pPlease see her website for details:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

MANCHESTER CENTER: Nature Photographer Matthew Lerman at Equinox Village

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 5 to 6 pm
Exhibit continues: 9 am - 5 pm daily until Monday April 15, 2013

Come and enjoy an evening of art, live music and hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Equinox Village culinary team. Free and open to the public. Co-hosted by Equinox Village and the Greater Manchester Arts Council. Call Ashley at (802) 362-4061 to R.S.V.P.

Matthew Lerman presents "Through the Lens: A View of Life." Natural history photographer and retired marine biology professor/author Matthew Paul Lerman will be exhibiting his unusual and revealing images at Equinox Village starting on March 22, 2013. Lerman’s photographic images represent a sampling of work that captures the uniqueness of life on Earth. His works in this exhibit range from scenic vistas to emotional portraits of plant and animal life.  His deep roots in ecology diffuse into each photograph.

The exhibit at Equinox Village will remain on display from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily until Monday, April 15, 2013.

Please R.S.V.P. Ashley at (802) 362-4061 for the opening reception.


The Gallery at Equinox Village
Equinox Village
49 Maple Street
Manchester Center, VT 05255
(802) 362-4061

All images by Matthew Lerman

ST. JOHNSBURY: Lydia Corrow and Mathew Pardue at the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild

March 4 through April 22, 2013 

Summer of Change is an exhibition of oil paintings by Lydia Corrow and Mathew Purdue at the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild in St. Johnsbury.

Oscar's Barn, oil on canvas, by Lydia Corrow
Purdue and Corrow present differing but complementary interpretations of the Vermont landscape and its changing seasons. Lydia Corrow has been making art -- drawing, painting, or weaving as long as she can remember. A longtime resident of the Northeast Kingdom, she draws inspiration from the color and textures found in the rural landscape's older buildings, especially barns. Travels out west have also provided material for her work. She is especially interested in translating the textures found in nature to the canvas. Colors in her work range from the red cliffs of the West to Vermont's greens, oranges and yellows. As a weaver, she experiments with various textures and colors to create her handwoven textiles. She studied at Boston University's College of Fine Arts and at St. Michael's College. She has taught art and English as a second language in Vermont and Switzerland. Now retired, she has time again to devote to her own artistic endeavors.

Blue Road Under Chestnut Trees, Mathew Pardue
Mathew Pardue’s goal in painting is to understand the relationship between what is seen in the landscape and the feelings evoked in the viewer. This occurs through understanding the inner landscape of the artist and understanding how the viewer’s eye feels each layer of the paintings. These paintings were painted at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vt., where Mathew is employed as a cook at the Inn. As a cook understands the way flavors unfold on the tongue, so too a painter understands the way the eye perceives paintings. Each layer of painting is constructed with the idea that the eye melts into the painting, absorbing content and details, and creating a meal for the eyes. Mathew Pardue studied at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota Florida and at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. He earned a culinary degree from the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, Fla. He moved to Vermont seven years ago to focus on landscape oil paintings in the Lake Champlain environment and to redefine what it means personally to be a painter.

Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild
430 Railroad St. #2
St Johnsbury, VT

Monday through Saturday, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

JERICHO CENTER: Adrien "Yellow" Patenaude's "Yellow Vistas" paintings

: Sunday, March 10 from 1-4 p.m.
EXHIBITION DATES: Thursday, March 7 through April 14, 2013.

The Emile A Gruppe Gallery, located in Jericho Center, VT, presents Yellow Vistas, an exhibition of work by Adrien "Yellow" Patenaude of Newport, Vermont. The show will hang from March 7 through April 14. The public is invited to meet the artist on Sunday, March 10 from 1-4 pm.

Adrien " Yellow" Patenaude's nickname of "Yellow" lies in his signature use of this color in all of his paintings. Irrespective of his love of yellow, Adrien is a master of many colors. Drawn to shapes and shadows, moonlit objects and the colors of the Vermont landscape, he continually strives to improve his understanding of his subject matter through dynamic expressions of color. Adrien has been painting the Vermont landscape for more than twenty years and has exhibited extensively throughout New England.

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts and a passion for farming have shaped not only Adrien's whimsical art but his life in the Northeast Kingdom.

All images by Adrienne-Yellow Patenaude

 Gallery Hours:
Thursday through Sunday
10 am - 3 pm or by appointment

Emilie G. Alexander
Emile A. Gruppe Gallery

Jericho Center, VT
Contact: 802-899-3211

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Darkroom Gallery - "SKIN" photography juried by Allen Birnbach

© Copyright Allen Birnbach

Deadline March 6th 2013 / 
Midnight EST

The undulating landscape of the human form is one of the most variable in nature.

With so many sizes, shapes, textures, and tones, our subject matter is endlessly inspiring. How we see, interpret, re-define, and then represent the figure in our photographic work is as diverse as the individuals we celebrate. Show us the Bodies you've portrayed through your photographic eye. Read More  . . . .

And more information about the submission process:

Juror: Allen Birnbach

Allen Birnbach has worked as a photographer for over 30 years; from product to non-profit, hospitality to finance and to the performing arts, he has found great success in commercial photography. His clarity of vision as a professional photographer flows through his portraiture, lifestyle, landscape and dance portfolios, as well. The breadth of these achievements may be viewed at

Birnbach’s body of work represents much more than commercial. Begin by viewing his fine art photography on, then visit for extraordinary examples of the fine art nude. There is boundless visual motivation for your own submission to Body, in the galleries on FigureWorks.

Birnbach imparts his photographic skills as a lecturer and instructor at The Santa Fe Workshops, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Focus on Nature in Iceland, The Anderson Ranch, and through his own private workshops, You’ll find a fantastic blog on his take of photographic education at 

We are most excited that Allen will be joining us in Vermont to discuss his work and yours. While we gather details, we’re very much looking forward to seeing your image submissions for SKIN.

For more information about Allen Birnbach:

Image (above right) © Copyright Allen Birnbach

Darkroom Gallery
12 Main St.
Essex Jct., VT

RUTLAND: Artist Talk by Green Mountain College Professor Emeritus of Art Richard Weis

Featured Artist Richard Weis 
"Artists talk Color" 
THIS THURSDAY: March 7, 2013 - 7pm
Chaffee Downtown!
75 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT
"Artists talk Color"
A dialogue about the ways artists have acquired and developed their use of color. The discussion will be led by Richard Weis, Green Mountain College Professor Emeritus of Art, who will present a visual chronology of his own experience with color and seek to explore with others how their experience may have been similar or different than his own.

Come be inspired & share your own experiences with color!

Look for more artist talks coming soon at Chaffee Downtown.

About Richard Weis

Weis has exhibited widely in the United States as well as in Canada, Wales and South Korea. In 2010 his work was included in a traveling exhibition, “Cross Cultural Visions,” celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in South Korea. The exhibition venues included New York City, Washington, D.C., and Seoul.  He lives in Castleton with his sculptor-wife Nancy Pulliam Weis.

Weis currently has his "Ladder Series" on exhibit at Chaffee Downtown as part of their Juried Members Exhibit.

Chaffee Downtown
75 Merchants Row
(802) 775-0356

PUTNEY: Landmark College to Open Fine Arts Gallery

Inaugural Art Gallery Open House to Feature the Work of Artists Tim Segar and Craig Stockwell
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, March 6th, from 4 – 6 p.m.
EXHIBITION RUNS: March 6th through April 20, 2013

PUTNEY – The Landmark College Fine Arts Gallery’s opening reception, featuring the work of sculptor Tim Segar and painter Craig Stockwell, will be held Wednesday, March 6th from 4 – 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Both Segar and Stockwell will be on hand to talk about their work.

Tim Segar is a sculptor trained at Rhode Island School of Design and UC Berkeley. Segar began his career making ceramic sculpture focused on theatrical groupings of forms called “Box Theaters.” After a period of working in steel and bronze also displayed in staged groupings, he has been involved with finding intersections between sculpture and drawing. The work on display at Landmark College, made of steam-bent arcs of oak and ash, becomes at once a drawing and a sculpture. He teaches at Marlboro College.

Craig Stockwell
began his studies at Dartmouth College and Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been widely reviewed, including by The New York Times, The Village Voice, Newsday, and The Soho News. He has shown his drawings and paintings extensively in New England and nationally, including the Nielsen Gallery in Boston, the Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, Marlboro College, New England College, the Fitchburg Art Museum, The Painting Center in New York, and the Spheris Gallery, among other venues. His work is in many permanent private and public collections, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Stockwell lives in Keene, New Hampshire where he teaches at Keene State College.

The exhibit runs from March 6th through April 20th. The Landmark College Fine Arts Gallery is open to the public Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m.

The Art Department is excited to launch this gallery as both a place to showcase curatorial projects in contemporary art and as a dynamic pedagogical tool supporting its curriculum.

About Landmark College
Landmark College was the first institution of higher learning to pioneer college-level studies for students with dyslexia. Today Landmark College is a global leader in integrated teaching methods for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, ADHD, and ASD, drawing students from all over the world for its innovative educational model designed to help all students who learn differently become confident, self-empowered, and independently successful learners.

Humberto Ramirez
Chair, Art Department

Fine Arts Building Weekend Hours
Saturday, 1-6 p.m.
Sunday, 1-11 p.m.

BRATTLEBORO: "Two roads diverged:" Painting and Sculpture by Nine Women

mixed media painting by Ann Stokes
An ongoing exhibit at The Dianich Gallery 
Weekends in March 2013:
Fridays & Saturdays, 12-3 p.m.

"Two roads diverged:" Painting and Sculpture by women who have started––or returned to––making art in later life

Artists included in the show are Barbara Baribeau (sculpture), Arlene Distler (painting, and curator), Kathleen Gatto-Gurney (sculpture), Marcia Hammond (painting), Marya Koskoris (painting), Lynn Martin (painting), Meris Morrison (painting), Ann Stokes (painting), and Muriel Wolf (mixed media mono-prints).

A surprising exhibit by women who have been writers, dancers, teachers, all the various paths that did NOT lead to a life in the visual arts, and have discovered or returned to their muse in their later years.

"Dream of Haiti," mixed media by Meris Morrison
The exhibit, "Two roads diverged" will be open for viewing each weekend in March, Fridays and Saturdays, 12-3.
 A portion of proceeds of sales of work displayed will go to one of the following organizations, to be chosen by the artist: The Warrior Connection, an organization that helps women veterans dealing with PTSD through expressive art therapies; the Women's Freedom Center, which helps women suffering from physical or emotional domestic abuse; the program for women at AIDS Project of Southern Vermont; Stone Soup, an arts program of the Senior Center.

Sculpture (Vermont marble), by Barbara Baribeau ~ 30"h

The Dianich Gallery is at 139 Main Street, through the glass doors down the alley that leads to the Hooker-Dunham Gallery.

To view by appointment, call 802-380-1607

Catherine Dianich Gallery
139 Main Street
Brattleboro,VT 05301
Phone: 802-380-1607

FAIRFIELD: Mary Ann Duffy Godin solo exhibition at Bent Northrop Memorial Library

RECEPTION: March 10, 2013 at 2 pm - All are welcome
EXHIBIT continues through Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ironstone Pitcher by Mary Ann Duffy Godin
“Birds, Blooms, and Vintage,” a solo exhibition showcasing the watercolor art of Vermont artist, Mary Ann Duffy Godin, is on display at the Bent-Northrup Library in Fairfield, Vt., from Sunday, February 17 through Sunday, April 14, 2013. The reception is on Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m. All are welcome.

Artist Statement
Mary Ann Duffy Godin grew up on a Vermont dairy farm in Milton, Vt., when all things were homespun, homebound, and homemade—a nostalgic time when life was simple and purposeful. There was time to look at things and take stock of one’s surroundings—a time that one might wish to recapture and preserve in some way because of its stark contrast to our lives today. Even though she is a farm girl at heart, many but not all of her paintings reflect an enthusiasm for the vintage with all its glamour, the femininity, the lace, the ruffles, the bows, the fabric. These all take a special place in the heart of this retired high school business/ technology teacher who has moved on to another part of life. She brings with her the many skills required for success from the professional world she left such as perseverance, organizational abilities, and technology skills, which have proven to be invaluable as she takes on this inspiring and creative venture in art.

Mary Ann is a member of the Milton Artists’ Guild, serving as one of its directors, and the Vermont Watercolor Society.

Maple sugaring is at the front and center of life in Fairfield, Vermont, which brings a quote to the mind of this teacher-turned artist. It is a quote by Andrew Wyeth and it goes like this:  “What I was after is what you get sugaring off maple from the maple tree. You keep boiling it down until you have the essence of purity.”  Isn’t this the moment we all are trying to capture?

To learn more about Mary Ann Duffy Godin, please see her blog at:

All images are by Mary Ann Duffy Godin.

For more information, please contact the head librarian, Kristen Hughes, at the Bent Northrop Memorial Library.

Bent-Northrop Memorial Library
164 Park Street
Fairfield, VT 05455

CHESTER: Fiber Arts Workshop by Emily Traynor at VT ICA


March 9, 2013 / 10 am - 2 pm
Call to reserve a spot.

Friday, March 1, 2013

BURLINGTON: Emerging artists at Davis Studio Gallery

image by Seema Lodha
Davis Studio Gallery 

Opening Reception
March 1, 2013 from 5-9pm

404 Pine Street
Burlington, Vermont

Emerging artists' group show: works in acrylic, oil and watercolor.

Participating artists include:
Cydney Wolf, Sandy and Margy Zabriskie, Brian Wright, Deb Forcier, Eric Hendel, Seema Lodha, Julie Holmesr, Lisa Littwin, Laurel Neme, Rebecca Rouiller, Anna Stein, Peggy Cohen, and Patty Corcora.

Davis Studio

MONTPELIER: Micki Colbeck, "Underwater" art in the Supreme Court

Underwater Trees by Micki Colbeck
March 1 to April 29, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 7, 5-7 pm

Artist Statement:
Earth, the “blue planet” is unique in the known universe for its abundance of and its ability to maintain liquid water. We live on one of the strangest, most delicate places in the universe. Every chemical reaction in our bodies and on our planet depends on the presence of water.*

I have been thinking about water—about glaciers, about floods and hurricanes, about storm surges and sea walls, and its consequences, displaced populations and destroyed farmlands.

I have been looking at water and down into water, wading on rocks and studying reflections.  The result is this exhibit of large oil paintings, entitled “Underwater.”

Vermont Supreme Court
111 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont

Open Mondays-Fridays 8-4:30

About the artist:

Micki Colbeck is an oil painter from Strafford, Vermont who has exhibited widely over the last decade in the Upper Valley. She has had four paintings juried into AVA, and one into the LAC, was given the People’s Choice award at Chandler’s regional exhibit, and won “Best of Show” at Justin Morrill Homestead Gallery in the Gardens exhibit. She was chosen to be part of the AVA Gallery Pomponoosuc Mills exhibit. This is her third solo exhibit in the spacious halls of the Vermont Supreme Court.

Contact: Micki Colbeck


*Paraphrasing Neil Shubin, “The Universe Within”

LYNDON CENTER: Lyndon State's Quimby Gallery Accepting Proposals for Art Exhibits

Entrance to the Quimby Gallery at Lyndon State College.
Quimby Gallery Accepting Proposals for Future Exhibits

Lyndon State College’s fine art gallery, the Quimby Gallery, is now accepting proposals for art exhibits for the 2013-2014 year. The invitation extends to all artists from the New England area. The Quimby is a small gallery best suited for wall-mounted two-dimensional or three-dimensional work.

Proposals will be reviewed in the order they are submitted and the final decision for inclusion in the 2013-2014 exhibits will be made by April 2013. 
Applicants are welcome to submit proposals for future years as well.

Each proposal must include a written proposal for the show, title and examples of previous or current work in slide or electronic format. Proposals are to be posted to:
Professor Barclay Tucker
Quimby Gallery
1001 College Road/P.O. Box 919
Lyndonville, VT 05851

Questions should be directed to Tucker at (802) 626-6487 or at The Quimby Gallery is in the Harvey Academic Center (HAC) on the LSC campus. The gallery is housed within Lyndon’s Visual Arts Department. The department offers degree programs in animation and illustration, cinema production, design, visual arts, and visual communication.


Image: Entrance to the Quimby Gallery in the Harvey Academic Center at Lyndon State College.