Monday, April 29, 2013

STOWE: Aline Ordman & Sheryl Trainor at West Branch

Artists Reception: Saturday, May 4th, 4 to 6pm
Upstairs at West Branch
West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park
Stowe, VT

 Upstairs at West Branch presents Sheryl Trainor and Aline Ordman

  Upstairs at West Branch
is pleased to present: 

Paintings by Aline Ordman and
Prints by Sheryl Trainor

Join us this Saturday, May 4th from 4-6pm

West Branch Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of two solo-shows for the month of May as part of our ongoing monthly exhibition series, Upstairs at West Branch.
This show will feature new work by painter, Aline Ordman as well as works on paper by print maker, Sheryl Trainor.

Sheryl Trainor studied painting at the Massachusetts College of Art and was introduced to printmaking after moving to Vermont in 1995. Trainor considers herself the keeper of her family’s memories, saving photographs, magazines, scraps of papers, old school books and scribbles from children who long ago became adults. From these images she creates stories that inform her artwork. Using silhouetted figures against patterned backgrounds, Trainor references the types of iconic moments we associate with family, childhood, and memories of times gone by.

Aline Ordman’s landscapes, figures and still lives use the particular qualities of light and color to illuminate the human and natural worlds; to capture the beauty that radiates from a particular passing moment. A flicker of light on a shoulder, a splash of
sun on a summer hat, flakes of light in a stand of maples, a shower of
late afternoon sun on a hillside – these are the moments Ordman finds herself attracted to. She describes her goal as an artist as finding those times and places where beauty is
not only evident, but startling and suddenly present.

Join  us for a first Saturday preview, May 4th from 4-6pm 
to share a glass of wine with the artists and see their newest work.
For more information, please visit the gallery website,

BURLINGTON: Larger works by Marc Awodey at The Innovation Center

EXHIBIT: March 1 to May 30, 2013
The Innovation Center former General Dynamic headquarters)
Lakeside Avenue off of Pine Street in Burlington
Open Weekdays: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm

Featuring some of Marc Awodey’s larger works. This site is curated by the South End Arts & Business Association (SEABA), and this rotation of artists’ works is dedicated to Marc.  There will be signage up indicating this.  There are no opening receptions at this location.  The building is open from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM each weekday.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

BURLINGTON: Marc Awodey Retrospective @Union Station

RECEPTION: Saturday April 27, 2013 4pm-8pm.
Gallery Talk byMark S. Waskow, curator
at 4:30pm.

One Main/Union Station
Burlington, VT
 The Potato Eaters by Marc Awodey
 5:30 – 6:30pm 
Poetry of Marc Awodey featuring readings by:
Michael Nedell & Michael Jordan Evans.

Steve Goldberg…and more!

Food by Skinny Pancake and a Cash Bar provided by Finnigan’s Pub.

This event is free and open to the public.
Gallery Hours: Mon- Fri 10am- 4pm.

One Main/Union Station
Burlington, VT

This exhibition was previously installed at the Christine Price Gallery at Castleton State College, VT 
from March 4 – April 5, 2013 and is being curated by Mark S. Waskow.

Painting IS The Object 
            Marc Awodey lived existentially.  He didn’t do drawing; he was drawing.  Marc didn’t do painting; he was painting.  Marc didn’t dabble in anything, but he excelled in a lot of different things.  He was a true renaissance man.  In addition to being an award winning visual artist, Marc Awodey played bass, was a published writer of both prose and poetry, was a publisher and ran an independent imprint of Northern New England writers: The Minimal Press, as well as being a deep and critical thinker.  He ran the Rhombus Gallery, an alternative space for all manner of arts that was very popular during the 1990’s, located in downtown Burlington, Vermont.  He also was the primary art critic for what is arguably the most art-centric newspaper in Vermont, Seven Days. In 1997, he won the John D. Donoghue Arts Criticism Award from the Vermont Press Association.   This is the top honor in this field of endeavor.  He won top honors for his visual art at juried, invitational and prestigious annual competitive exhibitions in three different states.  Most recently, he co-founded Vermont Art Zine, an online resource to highlight, review and discuss visual art exhibitions in Vermont.  A perfect exemplar of Marc’s prodigious abilities is his last minute entry into a haiku poetry contest which he didn’t know he would be attending and certainly one in which he did not plan to participate, and ended up being awarded the top prize, which was the title of Haiku Master Champion at the National Poetry Slam in 2000.
                Marc spent part of his life formally as a teacher.  He held adjunct posts at five different colleges (not all at the same time).  He really enjoyed this, and even before he started teaching formally, it would have been clear to many, that Marc was destined to do this.  He was extremely bright and articulate, willing to share, always interested in helping others to gain insights into the fields that captivated him and was generally quite patient about these things. His views and insights were often world class; that is, he engaged in original thought on a regular basis, and as a result, he had great clarity about many issues related to his passions.
                Marc had two periods characterized by essentially abstract work.  The first of these was toward the end of his undergraduate studies at Johnson State College and the time between these studies and his graduate work at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.  During this period, some of his largest and most complex pieces were created.  Many of them were used in a variety of performances, with very few surviving into the present time.  The second period was between roughly 1997 and 2001.  This was the intense poetry period for Marc.  He was converting now obsolete, through legislation banning their use, cigarette vending machines into poetry machines, and installing them in nearly every New England State and New York as well. He was also just starting The Minimal Press and was consumed with writing poetry.  He was also reading from his writings in public, sometimes at planned places and times and sometimes rather spontaneously.  This free-form-ness found its way into his painting as well.
                For most of his visual art career, Marc was an expressionistic figurative painter, and it is for this body of work that he is best known.  During several years, he would purchase random, unidentified photographs on e-bay and base his paintings on these images. Ironically, the content of his work was, most often, of no consequence to him.  In fact, often when Marc was viewing art for his art criticism column, he would be somewhat oblivious to the content of the composition at hand.  What mattered to him were the formal considerations:  How did the artist work with his/her media?-Did they demonstrate a respect for it/them?-Was the composition balanced?-If so, was this intentional or accidental; and was it a good thing or not in that case?-Did the lines increase or kill the “action” in the piece?-If color was involved, was it manifested with care and consideration?  In concert with his judgments of others’ works, he also was quite often totally uninterested in the object or subject he was painting.  It was truly just another wonderful excuse to paint.  As the title of this show suggests, the objects he depicted were not the sum of the painting, rather painting itself was the object.
             This show is intended to be a tribute to Marc Awodey, who passed away way too soon on October 13, 2012, at the age of 51. His was a deep and keen intellect tethered to that rarity; a kind and compassionate man.
             Mark S. Waskow, Director/Founder-The Waskowmium, Curator 

The Art’s Alive exhibition program brings communities together around art. The gallery at Union Station shows Vermont Artists and art from other artist groups. We have exhibited work by the members of the Northern Vermont Artist AssociationChamplain Valley Regional High School Seniors, and Grassroots Art and Community Effort (GRACE).

Friday, April 19, 2013

JERICHO CENTER: Vermont Pastel Society's Annual Juried Show at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 20, 1 - 4 pm.
Exhibit Runs: April 18 through May 19, 2013

Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho Center presents the annual juried exhibition of the Vermont Pastel Society with an opening reception on Saturday, April 20, 1-4 pm.  The public is invited to meet the artists and view their work.  The show will hang April 18 - May 19.

Hilltop Farm by Phil Laughlin

Sunday May 5, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading 
by Mary Jane Dickerson
Reading from her first published book of poems

About the Emile Gruppe Gallery
The Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, Inc., located in Jericho, Vermont since 2003, exhibits and sells the works of noted landscape artist Emile A. Gruppe. It also promotes local New England artists through exhibition and sales. The gallery is located in a renovated 1860s English Sheep barn at the home of Emile's daughter, Emilie Gruppe Alexander, and her husband Stuart. . The Gallery also supports local artists by hosting an annual Plein Air Festival and workshops, throughout the year, by guest artist. 

Gallery hours are 10 am -3 pm  
Thursday through Sunday or by appointment  

UPPER VALLEY: Red Roof Gallery Closing Sale - Final Weekend

Editor's Note: Received via email but could not confirm this on their Web site. You may wish to call before heading over. Note that it's cash or check only. As they say, everything must go!
(Enfield location only)
Fri - Sat - Sun, 9Am - 3PM
April 12, 13, 14 and April 19, 20, 21

"I have sold my property in Enfield and and therefore am closing the Red Roof Frame Shop and Gallery in ENFIELD. The West Lebanon Red Roof Frame Shop WILL remain open.

All framed pieces in the gallery (over 200) are marked down 50%. Of interest to all you artists out there, there are MANY assembled frames of varied sizes, that are not necessarily standard readymade sizes, that are on sale at a substantial reduction in price. Will also be selling acid free mats at $4/ sheet. Also for sale are one  40” C & H matcutter, one 40” and one 60” Fletcher material cutter, glass storage rack, various mat storage and work cabinets, as well as small hand tools and framing supplies.

Since I am retiring to pursue my interests in wildlife photography and painting, and therefore moving into my motorhome to “fulltime” the next decade or so on the road, I am also selling ALL my worldly possessions, since few of them are going to fit in the motorhome and I have no inclination to store anything. Appliances, bookcases, couches, kitchen wares, Lazyboy recliner, TVs, dressers, queen size bed, washer and dryer, etc. Plus gardening equipment, a 1999 F-150, a 2003 Honda Goldwing with enclosed hauling trailer, and too much more to list. You get the idea, EVERYTHING!"

Cash or check only, please.

VERMONT ARTISTS: Call for Public Art Proposals for Montpelier City Hall Plaza

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Contact: Phayvanh Luekhamhan, Executive Director
(802) 223-9604

Montpelier Alive seeks proposals for artwork to be hung on, or between, the light poles in front of Montpelier City Hall during the summer and fall of 2013 with a possible extension, at the discretion of Montpelier Alive, through the winter. City Hall Plaza is a highly visible location in the heart of Vermont’s vibrant capital city that has displayed a variety of solid color and photographic banners over the past ten years. The successful new design will be a creative response to the plaza, the city, and its surroundings.  Designs will be judged on their creativity, visual impact from the street, and durability.

The plaza has six light posts, each with two sets of horizontal banner arms. The twelve pairs of arms are 43.5” apart (from the top of each arm to the bottom of each arm) and are each 18” wide. At a minimum, the new work of art should fill the available space on all six light poles (individual arms may be removed) and must be able to withstand summer and fall weather conditions for at least five months. It may be mechanically reproduced or hand-crafted. The design may not include any words or graphics that could be construed as advertising and must be appropriate for a public place. If an artist or team of artists would like to submit a proposal of banners, Montpelier Alive can provide information on dimensions of past banners and on past mechanical reproduction methods.

Prize: One winning artist or art team will receive:
  • $2013 fee for materials, production, and honoraria.
  • Promotion of the work through press releases submitted to local and regional publications.
  • Inclusion in concurrent art walk guides and maps.
Deadline: 4:30 Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Maps and other details can be found at:

Guidelines: Artists should submit:
  • Proposal (including written description, visual design, and budget)
  • Brief production timeline
  • Artist(s) resume(s)
The online submissions form for entries is:

Entries may also be sent via email to: with the subject line “City Hall Plaza Submission” or by post mail to: Montpelier Alive, 39 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.

Deadline is 4:30 pm Friday, April 30, 2013. Winner will be notified by 1 pm on Friday, May 10, 2013. Montpelier Alive reserves the right to opt not to choose a winner for the 2013 contest at their discretion.

Important Notice re: rights to artwork

At the discretion Montpelier Alive, the winning artwork will become the property of Montpelier Alive and may be reproduced for non-profit, publicity purposes, including on posters, on web sites, and in newsletters. Montpelier Alive also reserves the right to use the artwork in following years.

About the Montpelier Alive:
Montpelier Alive (formerly MDCA) was formed in 1999 within the framework of The National Trust’s National Main Street Center program, designed to ensure that our downtown remain the vibrant center of community life for Montpelier and our neighboring towns. Since that time, the Montpelier Alive has contributed to the enrichment of our downtown through numerous streetscape improvements (artistic banners, planters and benches) the coordination of the Independence Day and First Night celebrations, the summer Brown Bag Concert Series, the quarterly Art Walk, Green-Up Day and many other projects and events. Montpelier Alive is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, funded largely through member support. For a list of members and other information about the organization, visit us online at

Friday, April 5, 2013

MONTPELIER: Robert Gold "Embracing Change" at Spotlight Gallery

NYC Street by Robert Gold
Opening Reception: April 5, 2013
3 to 7 pm with food and music!
Exhibit continues through April 27, 2013

Robert Gold

Robert Gold is a lifelong artist who suffered a traumatic brain injury that has changed his style. Vibrant images and strong patterns illustrate his pursuit of digital impressionism in urban and country scenes that are sometimes embellished with acrylic. 
Robert Gold was a dentist for twenty-five years, but always found himself returning to art. He experimented with jewelry and image capture. But it wasn’t until his traumatic brain injury and he lost the ability to work at his trade that he embraced art as a career. His initial progress was slow as he learned to live again. His love of art returned with a passion and his work shifted from black and white, when he was a dentist, to vibrant colors and the examination of the beauty of his immediate surroundings. He wants to share the beauty that he finds in his everyday life, knowing now that he doesn’t need to travel great distances in pursuit of something that is already at home.

For more about Robert Gold, see his Web site:

Artist Bio:

BURLINGTON: Lydia Littwin at Davis Studio Gallery

Blind Contour by Lydia Littwin

First Friday Opening: April 5, 2013 from 5-8pm
Davis Studio Gallery 
404 Pine Street, Burlington

Lydia Littwin presents a study of humans through the lens of blind contour: the act of drawing without looking at the page. Intentional and awkward observations reveal humorous and quirky characters. 

Matted and framed works in pen, color pencil, and wire.

MONTPELIER: Gary Seaton's "Twirl" at Green Bean Visual Art Gallery @ Capitol Grounds

Sunset Wave by Gary Seaton
Reception: During Montpelier Art Walk, Friday April 5th 4pm – 7pm

Artist: Gary Seaton
Exhibit Title: "Twirl”
Dates of Exhibit: April 1st – 28th, 2013
Location: Green Bean Visual Art Gallery 
@ Capitol Grounds, Montpelier, VT 

Autumn Window by Gary Seaton

Gary Seaton began a photographic journey over 40 years ago, he exhibits 10 exceptionally vivid photographs in his show “Twirl”.  Each work is a series of two juxtaposed mirror images that have been digitally altered from their original ‘captured’ photograph.

“Twirl” is an exploration of images which expose the hidden movement of nature into a collection of dances, fluidity and emotive energy moves through each photograph.

For more information visit:   


Friday, April 5, 4-8 pm
Downtown Montpelier
See Montpelier Art Walk for listings or just start cruising through town!

Save the Date!  Future Art Walks:
June 7, 2013
August 2, 2013
October 4, 2013
December 6, 2013

BRATTLEBORO: Paintings by Sarah Adam & Photography by Daniel Barlow

Gallery Opening & Reception: Friday, April 5, 5 - 9 pm
Latchis Gallery
50 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

NORWICH: Multi-Studio Art/Craft, Supplies, Tools, Equipment, Books Sale

Saturday, April 6, 2013
10 am - 1 pm
Tracy Hall, Norwich, VT

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

RUTLAND: "The Art of Practice" at Chaffee Downtown

North Chittenden Women's Art Collective featuring:  Bonnie Baird, Althea Bilodeau, Marion Campbell, Julie Fredette, M. Elizabeth Holland, Jane Kilik, Gabrielle McDermit, Kathryn Milillo, Jeannie Podolak, & Elizabeth Sojourner

Opening : Friday, March 29th, 5-8pm. 
Exhibit runs through Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Chaffee Art Center will host the work of ten female Vermont artists in its next show which opens on Friday March 29, 2013. The show is titled, The Art of Practice and the women will be sharing both the products of their practice and the process they go through to create their art. The show will be open until Saturday April 27, 2013.

Chaffee Downtown
75 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT
(802) 775-0356

Gallery hours:
Tues- Thurs: 11am-6pm
Fri & Sat:     11:30am-7pm
Sun & Mon:  Closed

BURLINGTON: Maps and Legends: New Work by Paige Berg Rizvi @ S.P.A.C.E.

Green Valley by Paige Berg Rizvi
Opening Reception: 
Friday, April 5, 5 - 9 pm
Maps and Legends: 
New Work by Paige Berg Rizvi  
Exhibit runs: April 5 - 27, 2013
Burlington artist Paige Berg Rizvi's new work incorporates maps of locations from her Midwestern past. Other elements, such as flying and inanimate objects, form a legend or symbology that helps to unpack the meanings we associate with significant places and events. Rizvi continues to explore the aesthetic possibilities of the encaustic (pigmented beeswax) medium, allowing her to produce new work in which the painterly and graphic coalesce into compelling and evocative images.

Beyond the Sea  by Paige Berg Rizvi

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery
266 Pine Street, Suite 105
Burlington, VT 05401
Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 5 pm

Tierra Amarilla by Paige Berg Rizvi

images: Green Valley, Beyond the Sea, Tierra Amarilla, encaustic work by Paige Berg Rizvi

BURLINGTON: Ordered Chaos by Katherine Taylor-McBroom at Studio 266

the tiny house of mini-mysteries by Katherine Taylor-McBroom
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5th, from 5 - 9pm
Ordered Chaos: what lies behind the facade
Exhibit Runs: April 2 - 30, 2013
Closing Reception:
Sunday, April 28th, from 2 - 4pm

Ordered Chaos by Katherine Taylor-McBroom, features assemblages and collages of disorderly facades and chaotic compartments that house hidden behaviors. Taylor-McBroom projects her experiences of growing up in the South and the expectations of presenting perfect facades, in the home and as a personal appearance.

Studio 266
266 S. Champlain Street
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 578-2512
Additional Open Hours by Appointment

MARSHFIELD: Lark Upson & Gayle Hanson "Portraits and Poems"

Reading & Exhibit: Friday, April 19 at 6 pm
Poetry Reading by & Portrait Exhibition by Lark Upson
Exhibition runs: April 15 to May 27, 2013
Jaquith Library, Marshfield, VT

Portraits and Poems
Please join Lark Upson and Gayle Hanson

at Jacquith Public Library

Friday, April 19
6 p.m.
Jaquith Public Library
Marshfield, Vermont located in The Old Schoolhouse Common
School Street
Marshfield, VT 05658

BURLINGTON: "LARGE Works" exhibit at The Soda Plant

Reception: Friday, April 5, 2013 from 5 - 9 pm
Seated Woman by Sandy Fox de-Moll

Large Works
February 1 - April 20, 2013

The Soda Plant hallways wind through some of the most creative studios and businesses in the South End. For the next few months those halls will host their own creative works from around the region in a 'Large Works' exhibit, in which each piece must measure at least 3' in one direction.

The Soda Plant
266 Pine Street
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 578-2512
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday from 9 - 5pm
Saturday from 11 - 5pm

image: Seated Woman by Sandy Fox de-Moll

BURLINGTON: "It Came from Space!" S.P.A.C.E. Fundraiser for new Satellite Arts space

Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 2013 from 5 - 9 pm

Captain Wilson Loves his Lunchbox by Justin Atherton
It Came from Space!
April 5 - 20, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, April 5 from 5 - 9 pm

The Backspace Gallery
266 Pine Street, Suite 106
Burlington, VT 05401
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 5 pm

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery is 'launching' a Satellite Arts space on Pine Street this May. Space themed artwork is on display in a 50/50 fundraiser to help with the cost of building new artist studios for the creative community in Burlington's South End.

Now Boarding by Ben Peberdy

 Images: Now Boarding by Ben Peberdy, Captain Wilson Loves his Lunchbox by Justin Atherton)

DORSET: Matthew Lerman's Nature Photography Collection on exhibit at Dorset Library

“Through the Lens: A View of Life”
Opening Reception: April 6, 11 am - 1 pm
Dorset Library
Dorset, VT

Manchester natural history photographer and retired marine biology professor/author Matthew Paul Lerman will be exhibiting some of his unusual and revealing images at the Dorset Library starting April 1st. His show is entitled “Through the Lens: A View of Life.” An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on April 6th  from 11-1 pm.

Matthew’s photographic images on display at the library represent a sampling of his work that captures the uniqueness of life on Mother 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.

Matthew has dedicated his life to exploring nature and helping others see the beauty and splendor surrounding us. He spent forty years teaching biology in NYC area. In addition he has been a college professor of biology, marine ecology, oceanography, marine mammalogy, and anatomy-physiology at Kingsborough and CW Post Colleges in New York. He has won awards for nature photography from the NY Herpetological Society and from NMEA. In addition, Matthew took many of the nature photographs in the marine biology textbook he wrote, which is widely used in colleges and secondary schools throughout the world.

His work has been on display at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, the Gallery at Equinox Village, the National Art League in Douglaston, NY, and the Gander Gallery in Manchester VT. His artistic portrayal of nature strives to bring the beauty of the outdoors into focus by capturing fleeting moments and unique compositions. 

All are invited to meet the artist at the opening reception. Refreshments will be served and all works are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the library.

Dorset Library
Route 30 on the Green at Church St
PO Box 38
Dorset, VT 05251

Matthew Lerman Photography