The work of Halifax visual artists and writers will be on display at the Southeastern Vermont Welcome Center in Guilford, Vermont through June 26. The southern Vermont hill town of Halifax is home to artists and writers who find inspiration in the quiet solitude of the forested landscape and the scenic Green River. In 2012, residents concerned about land use formed the Halifax Conservation Group to bring attention to and preserve the town’s forests and open spaces. As the community came together for various meetings, people learned about the creative talents of their neighbors. This exhibit features works by Halifax Conservation Group members.
David Brewster is a ‘plein air’ painter who has worked in Vermont since he moved to Halifax over a decade ago. His large scale paintings are rendered with great energy and color. Marilyn Allen’s images are derived from the physical world and, using a palette knife to build layers of paint, she creates a sense of energy and motion in her work. Lithographic prints by Janet Eldridge-Taylor combine realistic imagery with abstract effects. Drawings of swirling spirals by Donna Silverberg as well as her 3-dimensional paintings seem to expand beyond the edges of the canvas. Bonny Hall’s one-of-a-kind felted birds are fantastical colorful sculptures unlike anything seen in nature. Poems and book excerpts by Wyn Cooper, Gregg Orifici, and David Brown (author of “East European Dairies”) accompany the exhibit.
Southeastern Vermont Welcome Center in Guilford, Vermont is on Interstate 91 North, at mile marker 5.6, south of Exit 1 for Brattleboro. The exhibit hours are 7 a.m.to 11 p.m. daily. For more information on the Welcome Center, go to http://informationcenter.vermont.gov/centers/guilford or call (802)258-4503.
Photograph: Conundrum #7 by Donna Silverberg