Several private studios are available now for artists, musicians, and writers available in a community of creative people. Our building is currently closed to the general public, but accessible by studio tenants. Most spaces are 8’x10.5′, with one larger studio also available. Limited parking, wifi, utilities included, starting at $220/month. Please note our shared facilities are currently closed, and we’re asking visitors to wear masks. We’d love to have you join us – contact us for details!
For its first shows of 2020, The Center for Arts and Learning will be presenting Cat McQ: United Signs of America in our second-floor gallery, and Paintings by Jeanne Thurston on the first floor. Join us for our rescheduled opening reception on Saturday, February 15 from 4-6pm. Both exhibitions run through March.
Cat McQ: United Signs of America takes the viewer on a road trip looking backwards. Intense skies are punctuated by vintage signage, some rusted, some vibrant, each signaling a larger road culture. Each engages the viewer in a different way; for some, the sign’s story or geography is the obvious focus, but for others, the image’s composition and color come to the fore. In a country we often think of as regionally divided, these photographs portray a common aesthetic of glitzy convenience. Many of them promise the exotic, with all the comforts of home. Removed from their locales and presented against the same skies, they become like formal portraits of forgotten sitters.
Jeanne Thurston’s paintings use intensely colored, dimensional bars of color to create reliefs. As you move around the space, the optics of each piece change, revealing new colors that combine to effect remarkable movement and volume. Thurston takes inspiration from her work keeping bees. Like beehives, her pieces use stable, simple geometric forms to build a base for a dynamic, ever-changing surface. Her colors buzz and flutter, dancing to communicate.
Join us on December 6, 2019 from 4-8 pm for Montpelier Alive’s Artwalk. We’ll have works in the first-floor gallery from How to Draw Everything, an observational drawing class taught this fall by Glen Coburn Hutcheson. How to Draw Everything features drawings by Daryl Burtnett, Hasso Ewing, Glen Coburn Hutcheson, Ned Richardson, and Nicole Wolfgang. These accomplished students show us individual ways of looking and seeing, detailing their world from objects to the human form.
Upstairs in the second-floor gallery, we’ll be presenting works by Burlington collage artist Lauren Hood. Lauren’s richly colored, surreal images combine retro advertising shots with landscapes to create a dreamlike, floating narrative full of strange nostalgia.
We’ll also be hosting the Secular Holiday Jam Session & Sing-Along from 7-8pm in room 207 at CAL, presented by Monteverdi Music School. Sheet music will be on hand for classic holiday songs – musicians and singers of all ages and abilities are welcome!
Don’t miss other events in the building as well – get your tickets for the River Rock Holiday Raffle, hear artist talks at 5pm and see exhibitions by Elliott Burg and Athena Petra Tasiopoulous at the T.W. Wood Gallery, and don’t miss the unveiling of the newly-restored painting Old Home by the Sea by Hudson River School painter Worthington Whittredge (1820-1910) at 6pm, also at the T.W. Wood Gallery.
See you at Art Walk!
Second Floor Gallery, Sept. 6 – November 30, 2019
Opening Reception Friday, Sept. 6th, 3-8pm
Laura Gans has an eye for structure. While her subjects range from architecture to the natural world, her compositions are unequivocally clean and graphic, focusing on details that articulate solid forms. Her stark, direct approach sheds new light on forms that are relatively ordinary – a flower or the side of a building. Many of Gans’ images, some taken years apart, have an uncanny compositional resonance with each other that brings out new meanings – whether it’s the rational, architectural quality of pine needles or the elegance and grace of a bird and a parachute in flight. The weight of spaces in her photographs draws in the air around them. Looking at them is almost an experience of sculpture.
First Floor Gallery, Sept 6 – November 30, 2019
Opening Reception September 6, 3-8 pm
Chris Jeffrey’s work will make your brain vibrate. He works primarily with perception – of light, line, color and form – to create instability between what you see and what you think you should be seeing. His mirror boxes create tiny and infinite alien worlds that you can peer into but not quite enter. The wall-based works use line – both painted and delineated – to create uncertainty in space. Precise and frenetic, Jeffrey’s pieces play with the quality of intensity, seeming to create pressure and relief depending on where you rest your eye. They are fascinating in the oldest sense of the word – you can’t really look away.
Thanks to you, we’ve got an elevator!
Join us for the Elevation Celebration on September 6, starting at 3pm. We’ll have:
- A ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Anne Watson and Katie Miller of Vermont Inclusive Arts
- Ice cream courtesy of Chill Vermont Gelato
- Fun stuff for kids and all ages outside, including the Suncommon bounce house, food vendors, and more
- Events will take place near the elevator at our Msgr. Crosby entrance
4:00 – 8:00 pm: Art Walk
- Light boxes and more by Chris Jeffrey in CAL’s first-floor gallery
- Photography by Laura Gans in CAL’s second-floor gallery
- Tessa G. O’Brien, Galen Cheney, and the Vermont Pastel Society at T.W. Wood Gallery
- Beverages by Magic Hat
7:00 pm: New Music Uncaged
- A music and dance performance by Abundant Silence in Room 207 at CAL
Accessibility questions or requests?
Please email us at email@example.com or call 802-595-5252.
Second Floor Gallery, July 11 – August 30, 2019
Opening Reception July 11, 5-7 pm
Many of Marilyn Maddison’s abstract photographs originate with ice. Instead of viewing the landscape at a distance, she explores the spaces within it – spaces filled with light, fractures, and refractions. Recognizable crystalline structures or bubbles seem to place the viewer within these icy formations. And yet, many of Maddison’s images are not taken from nature, but made from expertly constructed and photographed still-lifes. She uses motion, lighting, and technique to create a sense of light falling through ice or water – tiny dioramas become vast caverns haunted by rainbows.
First Floor Gallery, July 11 – August 30, 2019
Opening Reception July 11, 5-7 pm
Alana LaPoint’s collaged monoprints manage to channel the power and drama of teenage angst into intricate, layered compositions. Her varied techniques include writing directly on printing plates and painting with the bottom of a paint bottle, and then printing, cutting, and collaging images to form works that are prints, drawings, and sculptures all at once. Her carefully composed rage doesn’t need to explain itself, conveying both the organic physicality of bodies and the stark, graphic quality of a breakup through abstraction. These pieces tell you everything you need to know – but you don’t get to know her.
Join us for ArtsFest on June 6th, 4-9 pm
The Center for Arts and Learning is pleased to be part of ArtsFest, presented by Montpelier Alive, on June 6th from 4-9 pm. See works throughout the building by over 25 local artists and performers.
ArtsFest is an city-wide explosion of arts and creativity taking place throughout Montpelier on June 5th and 6th – for more on the larger event, check out the ArtsFest page.
On June 6th, CAL will host:
- 6:00 pm – Michael Sherman Artist Talk at T.W. Wood Gallery
- 6:45 pm – Informational Tour of Center for Arts and Learning with Executive Director Alice Dodge – meet at the CAL sign out front
- 7:15 pm – DIORAMA: Room to Play – a collaborative performance with Dancer Alana Rancourt Phinney, Flutest Lisa Carlson, and horn soloist Lisa Lowery Busler
Throughout the evening:
- Alex Forbes Mobile Woodworking Studio (in front of building)
- Trajectory of Color, an Exhibition of works from the Helen Day Center (second floor)
- Installation by Chris Jeffrey (third floor)
- Installation by Michael Kuk (third floor)
- Lake Champlain Rock Art Workshop with Susan Aronoff (basement)
- Intuitive Tarot Readings by Sherri Glebus (third floor)
- Works from the River Rock School
- Beverage service by Magic Hat
And artwork on view by:
Conor Isaiah Cleveland • Brian D. Cohen • Karen Cygnarowicz • PJ Desrochers • Alice Dodge • Stephen Frey • Alexis Kyriak • Noam Hessler • Ellis Jacobson • Christina Lesperance • David Lesperance • Annie Limoge • Liz Le Serviget • Brecca Loh • Joni McCraw • Sara Moulton • Angus Munro • Ned Richardson • Kate Ruddle • James Secor • Ross Sheehan • Ronilynn Shrout • Missy Storrow • Jim Thompson
First Floor Gallery, Center for Arts and Learning, May 3 – July 6, 2019
Receptions May 3rd, 4-8pm and June 6th, 4-9pm
Ned Richardson’s work explores landscape – envisioning the natural world as it connects and intersects with the digital landscape we now inhabit. Both have a presence in Richardson’s paintings and drawings, as do both traditional and extremely non-traditional art processes.
For his glass micro paintings, Richardson experimented with Generative Adversarial Networks. A GAN is a neural network-based ‘deep learning’ system, with open-source code widely available on the internet; these are systems set up in pairs to learn to identify and generate specific kinds of images through input of a massive data set. The networks work off of each other to ‘learn’ to generate their own versions of the images fed to them – for example, making their own image that looks like a landscape – based on feedback and critique from a second network. Here, Richardson input several of his own images and had the system generate work ‘like’ his to use as source material for the paintings (which are then manipulated not through Photoshop, but painstakingly by hand).
Richardson’s series of mesh-dot drawings explore imaginary datasets, drawn by hand. If you can describe a landscape scientifically through an accumulation of data points, a drawing of that data is, in a sense, a description of the imagined world it measures. These very analog pen-and-ink drawings are abstract, but suggest the emergent mathematical patterns in a flock of birds or the growth of wildflowers.
Ned Richardson lives and works in Moretown, and his work can regularly be seen at the Front gallery in Montpelier. He has been making art since the 1990s, and has explored media ranging from egg tempera painting to digital and video-based work influenced by conceptual art.