Since it opened in November 2000, Studio Place Arts (SPA) in Barre has become an important resource for art making, learning, and exhibition.
GRACE is located in Hardwick’s Old Firehouse, built in 1885 and now on the National Register of Historic Sites. Considered folk or outsider art, the work of GRACE participants has been recognized with numerous exhibitions in Vermont and New York City and work has found its way to a number of public and private collections.
Mikey Welsh is a self-taught representational and abstract painter based in Burlington. His work reflects the strong influence of Jean-Michel Basquiat along with Joan Mitchell, late Willem DeKooning and Jackson Pollock. His background as a musician and his untrained approach to painting have created in him a freedom with paint, mark-making and scale.