The Christine Price Gallery, located in the lobby of the Castleton Fine Arts Center, and the Castleton Downtown Gallery, located in the heart of Rutland's historic downtown, showcase local and regional artists throughout the year.
With a nod to the tradition of femmage, art constructed of found and saved objects that express a female narrative, the artists use mirrors, cosmetics, beautification products, and natural elements to address themes around self-confidence, worth, and age-related sexual power. They explore their own experiences as targets of aggressively marketed “beautification” products that promise youth, glamour, and success. Watson & Admasian create compelling works that comment on the influence of history, social norms, perception, social media, and vanity on the current state of womanhood.
"Go Figure!" is the collective title of Christine Holzschuh's 100 daily, figurative paintings represented in this show. These small works capture the human form in movement during candid moments of interaction through daily activities of work and play. Her colorful paintings embrace contemporary realism with expressionistic brushwork and abstract elements. Her subjects, including you and me, are captured in action and reflect mood, or thoughtfulness, evoking a feeling of joy. That is a key goal she has for the patron who visits this show, to walk away with a feeling of joy to help counteract all the difficulties we face daily. Come see these little gems and you may find yourself in one of her works...Go Figure!
The newest collection of work at the Castleton University Bank Gallery comes from three Vermont Artists, representing three distinct artistic journeys. The works encompass a variety of styles and mediums, including figurative ceramic sculpture, acrylics and ink, and mixed media.
Phoebe Stone’s new large format pastels and oils revolving around the subject of still life, everyday life and our mysterious relationship with the universe. “This quality of magical surrealism is what elevates Stone’s work to the status of dreams, and in dreams anything is possible.” -Pamela Poston, Seven Days
Bruce Blanchette is a New Hampshire artist for whom combining traditional art media with some materials more common to the construction trades often inspire his aesthetic. His fascination with the interface of sculpture and wall mounted art dominates most of his work over the years and it is his process-oriented approach which often suggests the initial direction of his projects. Power tools and hand assembly play a big role in his final results.
The exhibition is about, and inspired by, Water. The encompassing work varies in materials, from oil paintings to mixed media constructions, and includes excerpts of poems the artist has found inspiring. Experiencing visual art and the sound of words together has always fascinated Hamilton. She finds the practice of combining the two enriching.
This group show represents the talent and exploration of four sculptors from Vermont’s stone carving and fabrication traditions. Delving into the hands-on manipulation of stone and steel and bringing them to life, reviving them into unique figural, botanical, mechanical and conceptual ways.
Pam Brown uses synthetic polymer clays and recycled sheet metal, copper, rubber and fabric to model anatomical shapes that incorporate and replicate a variety of figurative,organic and animal forms.
Elizabeth Michelman's exhibition is a cavern of hybrid art forms and synesthetic stimuli occupying Castleton University Downtown Gallery. In one room, walls of high-contrast, black-and-white works of ink-on-paper surround an interactive installation of steel I-beams. In another, the visitor must clamber around vinyl collages that riff on the colors and musical rhythms of Stuart Davis paintings. A disquieting video installation in a third room links the disintegration of language with that of democratic values. Trusting in the rational basis for emotional associations and intuitive leaps, Michelman proposes new connections that can orient us in the wilderness of our lives.