First Floor Gallery, Center for Arts and Learning, Feb. 1 – Apr. 27, 2019 Reception during Feb. 1st Art Walk, 4-8 pm
Mindy Fisher calls her series of fantastically loud,
cataclysmically calligraphic abstract paintings ‘ornaglyphs’. As the name
suggests, there is an almost-language of symbolic characters in them – her
marks seem like a system of writing lost to the world, and her colors suggest
the chaos of a jungle of birds taking off all at once. They are abstract, but
funny and full of personality, an all-over pattern that refuses to stay still.
They call to mind the garish palette and crazy aliens of late-night cartoons,
but when you look at them the colors create unlikely sophisticated harmonies.
Mindy describes them as battle scenes, but not from earthly wars: these are how
a bubbly six-year old, armed with a golden cape and a pink sword, might imagine
her path to glory.
Mindy Fisher grew up in a small town in New Hampshire. In 1998 she moved to Chicago to study set design at Columbia College. She stayed in Chicago and focused on painting, cartooning, and self-taught animation. She taught at Right Brained Studio in Oak Park, Il. She now lives and works in Vermont. She has shown work all over the country, including Chicago, Cincinnati, Portland (Oregon), and Rutland, Vermont. Last year she participated in Vermont Studio Center’s Vermont Artists Week residency program.
Second Floor Gallery, Center for Arts and Learning, Feb. 1 – Apr. 27, 2019
Reception during Feb. 1st Art Walk, 4-8pm.
Medieval people made pilgrimages, walking across entire countries
to visit specific religious sites that held relics – parts of the bodies of
saints. Though the reliquaries holding these objects were highly decorated, the
important part was inside – you could often open a tiny door to reach in and
hold the relic while praying. People believed they had to have this physical
connection in order truly commune with the spiritual.
Alexis Kyriak’s work shares this sensibility. Her forms are
never whole; they are not bodies carrying identities, but instead embody a
perception of the elements, the seasons, the divine, the mythic. The spirit and
body are almost one and the same, but there is a tension between weight and
emptiness, light and darkness. Kyriak sees them as representing a concept of
the feminine, but they are not women. She never gives them heads.
Alexis Kyriak lives and works in Northfield, Vermont. She has studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Art Students’ League, the National Academy of Fine Art & Design, the Brooklyn Museum School, and elsewhere. She has shown work locally at various venues including the Helen Day Center in Stowe, Studio Place Arts in Barre, and Artful Things in Lebanon, New Hampshire, among others.
After years of planning, we’re finally beginning construction on our LULA elevator! The elevator will allow us to serve all visitors, and to offer all kinds of new concerts, exhibitions, readings, camps, lessons, and other programs – it will more than quadruple the accessible space in our building, and will reach five levels. For the first time, all visitors will be able to explore shows at the T. W. Wood Gallery, participate in rehearsals and performances with Monteverdi Music School, and take part in River Rock School activities throughout the building.
We are deeply grateful for all those who have supported the project so far – including the State of Vermont, Vermont Arts Council, and National Life Group – but we are still in need of help to complete construction this summer. We hope you’ll check back here for updates, come visit us, and help us make so much more possible at the Center for Arts and Learning!
First Floor Gallery, Center for Arts & Learning, Dec.7, 2018 – Jan. 26, 2019
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.
Second Floor Gallery, Center for Arts & Learning, Dec.7, 2018 – Jan. 26, 2019
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
Saturday, December 15, from 10-5, Liz LeServiget will have her studio open as a holiday pop-up store – paintings, hand-painted objects, prints, and more. Liz’ studio is on the first floor at CAL – down the stairs and to the left.