The Daily Planet restaurant has been displaying established and up coming local artists for about 20 years. Three art shows are presented each month in two different atmospheres: the Bar/Solarium and the Dining Room.
In the dining room: Matt Gang (image right) lives in Winooski, Vermont with his wife Moe. Matt started Grey Owl Design in 2012. He specializes in custom wood cutouts and cork art, which are sold at the Burlington Farmer’s market. Grey Owl Design is located in the 4 Howard Building, at the center of the Burlington’s South End Art District.
The cork designs are inspired by the 5 years Matt spent working as a bricklayer, using simple patterns to lay patios, driveways, and walkways. The same patterns, herring bone, running bond, and basket weave, are mixed together and accented with handmade frames, made from locally sourced reclaimed lumber.
In the bar/solarium: Jim Thompson, whose unique kites are a wonder to see: a menagerie of beasts and birds and an occasional human. These are traditional diamond-shaped kites constructed of brown craft paper on a frame of wooden dowels and fish line. On each Jim uses acrylics to paint a face with eyes staring directly at the viewer, so when in the gallery you have the sense that it is you and not them who is being viewed.
Jim Thompson is an educator, musician and artist who has lived most of his life in Montpelier. Although he made a few kites in the
early 70’s, it wasn’t until March of 2011 that he took up the craft in earnest after a neck injury left him out of work and unable to perform music. Since then he and his kites have been featured in many publications, on radio, and on WCAX TV’s “Made in Vermont” segment.
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