Spotlight: Newest Welcome Center introduces visitors to Vermont artists’ work

Linda Durkee’s paintings on display: “Kaleidoscope Mountain,” a mixed-media painting.

The newest Vermont State Welcome Center located in the middle of the interchange of routes 7 and 9 in Bennington has amazing views, a gorgeous interior, and an abundance of facilities for the public. In addition to the display cases and other information kiosks the Welcome Center also features an Art Wall. Each month a different artist is on display. Artists who have been featured include photographer John Giblo and artist Linda Durkee. Upcoming exhibits feature Matthew Lerman (May 7 – June 4); Leslie Heathcote (June 4 – July 2 and Tony Conner (July 2 – July 29).

The Center has also featured the artwork of patients at the Vermont Veterans’ Home. Future plans are to display artists from the Southern Vermont Arts Center of Manchester. Every month the Gallery is refreshed and includes information about the artist and available works of art.

“Singer”: mixed-media collage.

“Singer”: mixed-media collage.

Artists who are interested in exhibiting their work should call 802-447-2456 to talk with the operations manager, PJ DeVito about including their work in a display. Other opportunities also exist including setting up an easel and painting on the site. The good news for travelers is that the Welcome Center has exits going in all four directions – you can easily get to anywhere from the Center.

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