Opening January 19th 5 – 7 pm
Nancy Detra paints primarily in oils. She enjoys painting directly from life, applying bold color areas in order of importance in her vision of the final composition. Sometimes she starts with a thinned paint line or a rough pencil sketch, to locate items or features in the picture space. Nancy has been painting for 40 years, first exploring oils with Ric Campman at the River Gallery some 30 years ago. She has also painted whimsical acrylic images for calendars and notecards, under the business name of Vermont Housewife Cards.
Opening February 2nd
Lauren Watrous received her MFA from MassArt in 2012. Lauren works in many mediums within drawing and painting and loves exploring these mediums with children. She grew up in New England close to the rural landscape from which her paintings are inspired. Visit Lauren's Website
Opening March 2nd
Opening April 6th
Helen has worked at the River Gallery School for the past twenty years, where she is currently the Director of the Children’s Program. She also teaches sculpture, printmaking and adult studio classes. She studied painting, printmaking and sculpture at Lacoste School for the Arts in Lacoste France, and received her B.A. in printmaking and sociology from Sarah Lawrence College in 1989. She received her MFA in sculpture from Vermont College of Art in 1997. She is interested in the power art has to effect personal and social change, and before moving to Vermont worked as a housing advocate for homeless women in New York City. In Vermont she co-directed Expresso, and expressive arts program for at risk young women, and worked as a legal advocate for victims of domestic violence and taught art classes for incarcerated women. She has exhibited her work throughout New England, and has taught art at Hilltop Montessori, the Putney School and the Community College of Vermont.
Tina K. Olsen
Opening May 4th
Opening June 1st
Ross Smart is a local artist and illustrator, who has been drawing and teaching drawing for 20 years.
Opening July 6th
Jess Weitz lives in Marlboro, Vermont. She grew up in Washington DC and studied studio art and photography at Bard College. She has helped run the Insight Photography Project and has taught workshops to teenagers using Wendy Ewald's Literacy through Photography curriculum. Over the years, Jess has also studied yoga, meditation, reiki, and quigong. She has brought together her two passions in a series of paintings that have been inspired and combined with passages from The Radiance Sutras. Visit Jess' Website
Opening August 3rd
Opening September 1st
Opening October 6th
David Graham is a farmer, educator, and artist from Massachusetts. He is inspired by the scenes of animals, children, and nature at The Farm School where he works. David also hand carves objects in wood. Visit David's Website
Opening November 3rd
Leigh Niland received an MA in Printmaking at the University of the Arts, London: Camberwell College of Art in 2008. In 2005 she completed the Drawing Year postgraduate program on full scholarship awarded by The Royal Drawing School, London.
A Painter/ Printmaker, her art deals with themes of human emotional state as conveyed through landscape and the built environment.
On assignment in 2012, she traveled to New Delhi, India as Visiting Professor at the International Institute of Fine Arts with the Royal Drawing School. Artist in Residencies include Dumfries House, Scotland 2014, the Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi 2012 and Chateau de Balleroy, Normandy 2008. Her work has been shown in London and at the 2009 & 2011 Venice Biennale with WW Gallery. Currently, she makes her work at Brattleboro Printmakers clubhouse studio in Vermont which she co-founded with a business partner James Primrose in 2014. Niland has taught Drawing at New England College and Printmaking at New Hampshire Institute of Art as adjunct faculty. Her work is held in the collections of the Teti Library at NHIA, UNH Museum, Hackney (London) Archive, and HRH The Prince of Wales. Publications include The Art of Dissent: London’s Olympic State (Powell, Guillemon-Morrero eds.) 2012.