James Secor: As Not Seen

First Floor Gallery, Center for Arts & Learning, Dec.7, 2018 – Jan. 26, 2019

James Secor, Units M-Q (Mickey D's), acrylic on paper, 2018
James Secor, Units M-Q (Mickey D’s), acrylic on paper, 2018

James Secor’s work often features that which you don’t see, or rather, what you don’t typically look at. Vermont tends to create landscape painters, and many of them focustheir view on our breathtaking hills and valleys, sunsets and lakes. Secor,instead, makes you look at a highway median, a no parking sign, the alley between buildings, the storage units you drive past on your morning commute. He is interested in the parts of the landscape that fall away as noise between views, that get glossed over.

Recently, Secor has been attracted by the strangeness of storage units. Their geometry and repetition can give them a formal, minimalist beauty, made all the stranger because of what may or may not be inside. They speak to hoarding and consumerism; they’re the last resort for when the stuff you have – owned,inherited, acquired by accident – becomes overwhelming. They are calm containers for the emotions we can’t bear to throw away.

Fill your storage unit at http://jamessecor.com/asnotseen

Through My Eyes: Digital Photography from the Montpelier Senior Activity Center

Second Floor Gallery, Center for Arts & Learning, Dec.7, 2018 – Jan. 26, 2019

Diana Celia, digital print

Through My Eyes is about new ways of seeing. Each of the artists has been pursuing a photographic approach to looking at the world, carefully framing or constructing a momentary perspective. The show is made up of works by students from the MSAC Digital Photography class and the Photo Walk Group, both led by Linda Hogan. The show includes works by Diana Ahern, Amy Davenport, Leyla Khasiyeva, Linda Hall, David Healy, Don Hirsch, Margot Lasher, Tracy Loyson, Sam Matthews, Erika Mitchell, Laura Morse, Susan Ritz, and Susan Stukey.