Review of the Year: 2021 Art Exhibitions

THIS PAINTING Of a barn at Fat Toad Farm was part of a solo exhibition of Hannah Sessions’ work at Northern Daughters in Vergennes.

WHIMSY – Dan Brett – Acrylic on wood

“Rooted” in Vergennes

Northern Daughters presented “Rooted,” a solo exhibition of new work by Hannah Sessions, in March. As well as being a professional artist, Sessions owns an agricultural and cheese business (Blue Ledge Farm) with her husband Greg Bernhardt, in Salisbury. The animals and barns she paints are not only fine specimens and interesting compositions, but her friends and livelihood. Sessions donated 10% of sales from this show to the Vermont Land Trust.

“Signs of Life” in Brandon

The Brandon Artists Guild exhibited ‘Signs of Life’ in May, featuring works by printmaker Jeannie Podolak and painter Dan Brett (pictured, left). Podolak, from North Chittenden, and Brett, from Whiting, have created works that reflect their emotional and creative journeys through 2020 for this exhibition.

“Find your own space” in Shoreham

The Lemon Fair Sculpture Park celebrated many new pieces in Shoreham Park, including Susan Teare’s art installation ‘Find Your Own Space’ in June. The site-specific installation was created by the artist, Teare, in collaboration with his son, Kirk, and is one of the newest pieces at Shoreham’s outdoor sculpture park.

‘FIND YOUR OWN Space’ by Susan Teare

Painters meet outdoors

Eight painters brought out brushes, paints, canvases and palettes from their studios and into the great outdoors of Middlebury town center in August for Plein Air 2021. It was Edgewater Gallery’s second annual celebration. Visitors saw Rory Jackson, Philip Frey, Scott Addis, Joe Bolger, Tim Horn, William Hoyt, Kathleen Kolb and Julia Purinton.

RORY JACKSON PAINTING outdoors in Middlebury. Independent Photo/Steve James

“5×5” in Bristol

Five artists presented five new works at Art on Main in Bristol in October. Featured artists include Valerie Dearing, David King, Anne Majusiak, Ellen Spring and Michelle Turbide. Their works revealed a new twist to their current mediums.

RAKU FIRED CLAY with a crackle glaze by Valerie Dearing.

Opening of a mini-gallery in Lincoln

Lincoln Library volunteer Mary Barnett led efforts to create a free mini-art gallery on the library’s porch. “The idea is this: let’s have fun,” she said. “If you’re inspired to put something in, put something in. And if you really like something there, take it.” Janet Chill, Janet Fredericks and Nancy Custer Carroll were some of the artists Barnett tapped to get the ball rolling.

MARY BARNETT DIRECTED the mini art gallery project at the Lincoln Library last August. Independent Photo/Steve James

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