Spotlight: Summer at Southern Vermont Arts Center

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“China in the River,” by Leslie Parke; oil on linen, 28 in. x 20 in. On exhibit at SVAC.

“China in the River,” by Leslie Parke; oil on linen, 28 in. x 20 in. On exhibit at SVAC.


"The White Heron" by Ogden Pleissner

“The White Heron” by Ogden Pleissner

The Artists of Southern Vermont: A Fresh Look, will open the 2014 season at the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum. The exhibit is made up of pieces from the Permanent Collection that haven’t been seen for decades. It is the first in a series of exhibitions being planned to commemorate a remarkable legacy of 90 years of artwork and patronage by SVAC’s member artists and their patrons who have generously donated more than 800 works of art to the Arts Center’s Permanent Collection. Thanks to gifts from SVAC board members Linda Oskam and Georgine MacGarvey Holman, the full content and history of the Permanent Collection is now being catalogued for the first time and will soon be made available to art historians across the country through the Smithsonian Art Inventories Database. A Fresh Look will open with a festive opening reception on May 3 and continue through July 20.

This show will be complemented by the opening of a Collector’s Gallery at the Yester House, showcasing work for sale by SVAC’s leading artists practicing today. This gallery will be an ongoing feature at the Yester House, and will be a significant attraction for art collectors throughout the northeast.

Later in the summer, the Wilson Museum will premier a major retrospective exhibition of Brian Sweetland, the beloved Vermont painter who tragically passed away in 2013. This retrospective will celebrate his importance as an artist and underscore the inspiration, friendship and support he gave to the community. The exhibition, titled Brian Sweetland’s Nature: A Vermont Artist’s Journey, will run from August 2 through October 26.

Running alongside the Sweetland retrospective will be the 85th Summer Members’ Exhibition, which will fill the ten galleries of the Yester House mansion with original art for sale from July 26 through September 7.

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