Vermont Art Guide #4


In This Issue

On the cover of Vermont Art Guide #4 is Meadow Poppies & Mountain by Lorraine Manley. She is one of the artists at the Milton Art Center, a new art space created by the Milton Artists’ Guild. We write about their endeavour in the issue.

In the issue’s editorial, “We Are Not Alone”, Vermont Art Guide Editor Ric Kasini Kadour rallies against Modernism’s assertion that “We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone.”

“It is a myth that we are alone, a terrible story we tell ourselves that feeds the ego of our success, but isolates us from others and prevents us from relating to others. Good things happen when people get together. Great things happen when artists get together.”

–Ric Kasini Kadour

We report on bold changes happening at the Chaffee Art Center in Rutland; the loss of twenty artist studios in Burlington’s South End Arts District; and how the Vermont Art Guide is partnering with the Vermont Arts Council on an exhibition.

In January, over five million people participated in over five hundred marches to protest the election and inauguration of the new president. The symbol for the movement, the pink Pussy hat, moved Colchester artist Carol MacDonald to make a print. We tell the story. A woodcut by Woodstock artist Jeanne Amato was collected by the Boston Athenæum. We’ve got that story too. And we report on how nine Vermont artists came together to make art and raise funds for Vermont Works for Women.

In “Raw Painting,” we profile Charlotte artist Jane Ann Kantor. Her newest series, “Raw”, is forceful, blending photo transfers and street-art inspired abstract painting—think urban detritus—into a poignant essay on grief and the relentless tension between life and death. We look at how Kantor channels hard work, experimentation, and grief into her artwork.

Over the years, Chris Jeffrey has built a reputation as a talented and versatile stained glass artist in central Vermont. His new work–light installation–plays with light, but in a completely different way.

This summer, Pawlet photographer Stephen Schaub is curating an exhibition at the Southern Vermont Art Center that is bringing together photographers at the top of their game from around the world. What they have in common is that they all work with film.

“Film isn’t dead, far from it. In fact in many ways, I’d argue, it’s just getting started.”

–Stephen Schaub

Summer in Vermont is the season of outdoor sculpture. The state is blessed with a bonanza of sculpture parks, open to the public. Some of these places make great picnic spots. Others make for a great road trip. All of them provide an opportunity to experience large scale sculpture in a natural environment. We visit sculpture at Lemon Fair Sculpture Park in Shoreham; Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Enosburg Falls; West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe; Gerald K Stoner Underhill Ironworks; Vermont Arts Council Sculpture Garden in Montpelier; and Middlebury College.

Where to See Art, our curated list of 147 places to see art around the state. We pay particular attention to: Walker Contemporary, Waitsfield | Bundy Modern, Waitsfield | T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier | Brattleboro Museum & Art Center | Morrill Homestead, Strafford | Chandler Gallery, Randolph | Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury | Shelburne Museum | Maltex Building, Burlington | Ross Sheehan Studio, Vergennes | Art on Main, Bristol | Northern Daughters, Vergennes | Compass Music & Art Center, Brandon | Marble House, Dorset | Bennington Arts Weekend

and a Vermont Art Guide Artist Directory.

SPECIAL NOTE: Vermont Art Guide is a quarterly, printed magazine about contemporary art in Vermont. We have three goals: 1) To connect the entire state’s art community by sharing information about exhibitions and events. 2) To present a picture of Vermont art and art in Vermont, to tell our story. 3) To build an audience for Vermont art inside the state and out. We hope you will join us by subscribing to the print edition today!