The Crowell Art Gallery in the back of the Library showcases the incredible talent and diversity of artists in our, and neighboring, communities. From December to February the Library exhibits its permanent collection of works by fifteen southern Vermont artists, purchased and selected by Robert Crowell. Each month thereafter features a different exhibitor, usually with a Saturday-afternoon reception to meet the artist.
Kate Hennessy, Floorcloth Maker, through September 28th
Like many people, I had never heard of hand-painted canvas floorcloths until a neighbor, floorcloth artist, Lisa Curry Mair, from Weathersfield, Vermont, was looking for a helper. I apprenticed with her for six months, and from that small beginning, I fell in love with the materials, the process and the outcome. I am inspired by traditional 18th- and 19th-century American and English designs, but I also enjoy exploring folk motifs from around the world, especially Celtic. I am always looking for ideas that will sit well in kitchens, dining rooms, bathrooms, or hallways as I’m a great believer of functional art and living one’s daily life with beautiful and unique things. Painting floorcloths is a simple and freeing way for me to explore color and design, happily knowing that they will be used and worn.
For further details and dates of opening receptions, please refer to our website or to the Ovation section of Thursday’s Brattleboro Reformer.
N W Casey, Photography, October 5-26
N W Casey’s Kaleidoscope photographs are from original images, and the digital manipulation is a separate manifestation in which a complexity is created that is continuously interesting. He is among the first modern artists to use this combination of media as a serious art form.
The Bridges of Windham County, November 2-30
Members of the Brattleboro Camera Club will display a collection of their photographs of the bridges of Windham County especially featuring the stone arch bridges built by Newfane resident James Follett in the early 1900s.
Sew Whats, Quilts, December 7-28
Quilts and sewn art by this group of local women who come together each week to share a meal and pursue their individual handiwork projects.