BRATTLEBORO- Five new exhibits open at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center on Friday, October 4, with an opening reception at 5:30 pm. The new exhibits explore the essence of birch trees, the concept of inherited trauma, the personalities of tables, the tarot, and more. Several of the exhibiting artists are expected to attend the opening reception, which is free and open to all. Three of the exhibits will remain on view through February 9, while the other two will be up through March 7.
“María Elena González: Tree Talk” is a multisensory, multimodal rumination on nature and art. González uses rubbings and tracings of birch bark as templates for laser-cutting paper piano rolls. “Doug Trump: By Rail” is a suite of 12 intimately scaled abstract paintings. Trump covered narrow boards with old Polaroid photographs, then layered a full range of energetic mark making, flowing brushwork, and color. “Fafnir Adamites: Interfere (with)” is a sculptural installation created from felted wool and burlap that focuses on intergenerational trauma and the emotional turmoil inherited from past generations.
Artist Gordon Meinhard, who has painted in Brattleboro for more than four decades, was one of the volunteers who helped to launch the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center in the 1970s. As such, “Gordon Meinhard: The Lives of Tables” is a coming home of sorts, “a conversation around the family table,” according to Williams. “Thelma Appel: Observed/Abstract” surveys the career of one of the co-founders of the Bennington College Summer Painting Workshop.
Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. Members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. The museum is located in historic Union Station, at the intersection of Main Street and routes 119 and 142. For more information call (802)257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.