The South Burlington Public Art Gallery presents an exhibition of over 60 paintings, photographs and multimedia works called the “South Burlington Showcase”.
The show features three South Burlington artists: Gin Ferrara, Jeffrey Pascoe and Michael Strauss and is hosted by Jessica Manley.
The gallery, located at 180 Market Street, is free and accessible to the public whenever the public library, city hall or senior center is open. The building is open 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday. “South Burlington Showcase” will run through Tuesday, December 13.
About Gina Ferrara
Gin Ferrara returned to creating art after a serious head injury in early 2020. While recovering, she began a daily practice of drawing, which became entrenched in a lifestyle as the pandemic wore on. is installed.
The drawings led to small watercolors, which in turn led to larger acrylic paintings. With a grant from the Vermont Arts Council, Ferrara moved into a studio, where she was able to explore serial work and create larger pieces.
This exhibition presents the “Volunteers” series from Ferrara: paintings and photographs of dried milkweed pods and sumac in late autumn. His intention is to capture the beauty and power of these plants, as well as other small but meaningful moments in nature, through watercolor, acrylic and digital photography, each medium highlighting a different aspect of this familiar but extraordinary flora.
About Jeffrey Pascoe
Jeffrey Pascoe has been surrounded by art since childhood. His mother is a professional artist and when he was a boy, she took him to summer art camp at the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and later encouraged his own artistic endeavors.
In college, Pascoe majored in media communications with an emphasis on photography and film production, but his eventual career took him in another direction.
Now retired, he became interested in frost photography in 2015 and has since developed his own techniques to capture its beauty.
For Pascoe, window frost is endlessly fascinating. Fluctuations in temperature, wind and humidity can cause water to crystallize and form intricate, icy patterns – flowers, ferns, flocks of birds, vegetation, outer space – anything the observer can to imagine.
About Michael Strauss
Michael Strauss has been painting and drawing since his teens, but it was not until his retirement in 2003, after forty years as a chemistry teacher, that he began to paint full time.
His main interest is how color and value create the illusion of light and shadow. This is reinforced by the linear perspective, which he creates through the lines of alleys, houses, poles, trees and wires in his street scenes.
Strauss’ work is heavily influenced by Canadian and Californian colorists, both in style and subject matter. Although the colors and lines he uses are sometimes not true to nature, the resulting images retain the logic of light and shadow.
It often brings out the brightest objects from within, as well as incident light, to create an otherworldly glow, like electrified neon in glass. It is this luminous quality of saturated, impressionistic color that appeals most to Strauss.