Each issue of Vermont Art Guide has over a hundred places to see art around the state. This week we are in Montpelier checking out these exhibitions.
Between a tattoo parlor and a laundromat, this high energy gallery, founded by artist Glen Coburn Hutcheson in 2015, is run by its artist members who provoke curiosity and community engagement with visual art through exhibitions, events, and activities. The artists present diverse, energetic, high-quality contemporary art in painting, sculpture, drawing, prints and mixed media. Newest member Sabrina Fadial writes her art “is a byproduct of the creative process, which is life itself. I am a collector of seed pods, corks and rusty bits (treasures from scrap yards, industrial detritus). My practice is one of experimentation. I exploit the possibilities of play and improvisation creating an ambiguous coexistence of subtlety and surprise.” It is open on Friday evenings and Saturday daytime and evenings. (image right: Burdock by Sabrina Fadial (16″x14″x14″; forged steel and gold leaf; 2014) This work will be part of “Revival: Stone and Steel” at Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland, February 15-March 18, 2017.)
6 Barre Street, Montpelier 05602
Located on the 5th floor of the Pavilion Building, the Governor’s Gallery shows rotating exhibits of contemporary art. Valid photo ID is required to enter. Through 3/31/17: “From Far Away” features Stephen M. Schaub’s scenes of unresolved narrative, a story which, left unfinished, resembles an emotional memory, or the illogic of a dream. Schaub’s artworks often turn the artistic gaze inward, enlarging small moments and focusing on a personal landscape. Influences such as Edward Hopper, Vermeer and Andrew Wyeth are evident in the color palettes, the instrumental use of light, and the intimate and quiet subject matter. (image: Girl in Red Cloak, Vermont (16″x10″; direct pigment on maple wood panel; edition 1 of 1))
Pavilion Building, 109 State Street, 5th Floor, Montpelier 05633
Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery
The Spotlight Gallery has rotating exhibits of artists throughout the year. Through 3/30/17: Kathy Stark presents the progression of her work from the 1980s to the present. Stark writes, “I have been working with pattern, mark making and repetition for the past 35-40 years. I work in series, each series lasting three to six years, often with transitional pieces bridging the change.” Five series are shown in this exhibit. Sculpture is displayed in the front garden. (image: from Kathy Stark’s “Checkerboard Series”)
136 State Street, Montpelier 05609
T. W. Wood Gallery
The museum is the home of the permanent collection of Thomas Waterman Wood and his contemporaries from the 1850’s to 1890’s. It also serves as Vermont’s repository for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) collection and a contemporary art gallery showing works of Vermont artists. Through 3/3/17: “Heart of Vermont Quilt Guild Member Show.” (image) 3/4/17 to 4/28/17: “Following the Rules/Breaking the Rules” is a juried show. The Gallery is committed to preserve our artistic heritage and to bring the best of today’s art to Central Vermont showing contemporary art exhibits.
at the Center for Arts & Learning, 46 Barre Street, Montpelier 05602
This juried craft store in downtown Montpelier also sells prints and other art by a who’s who of Vermont artists. The gallery is a great source for affordable, block prints by Vermont artists like Daryl Storrs (image), Mary Azarian, and Carol MacDonald.
89 Main Street, Montpelier 05602