Bennington Center for the Arts
Impressions of New England
"Impressions of New England" and an annual exhibit by the Signature Quilt Artists will both open on August 5, 2000 and run through Labor Day and be open again on September 15 - 17, 2000 in conjunction with Bennington's annual Quilt and Antique Car Show.
This first annual "Impressions of New England" exhibit and sale was juried by the Art Center, with artists from around the country submitting their work. The show is a competition, with award money being offered for the top honors. Over eighty pieces are included in the show, with subjects including sugar houses, maritime work, covered bridges and fall foliage. Artists participating in the show include those who have shown at the Center before as well as artists from surrounding areas who heard of the show from art leagues and magazines. "We do have artists from as far away as California and Arizona, but most of the exhibiting artists are from the Northeast," says Elizabeth Small, curator. "Some of the Plein Air Painters who were here for last year's show submitted work that was completed during their stay in Bennington, so we also have quite a few local scenes, including ones of the monument and our covered bridges." (left: John Swatsley, Coastal Schooners, oil; right: Timothy Thies, Winter Birch, oil)
The second show opening August 5th is a collection of fiber art from the Signature Quilt Artists, a group of 13 women from New York state. Thirty one quilts will hang in the show, many of which have embellishments such as beading and embroidery. Quilt styles include traditional, representational and abstract, with many of the works made from fabrics that have been hand-painted or dyed by the artists. (left: Ina Stentiford, Looking for a Place to Land, mixed media; right: Lita Star, Goldenrod on the Beach, mixed media)
An opening reception is scheduled for the exhibitions on August 13 from 2 - 5pm. Artists from both shows will be in attendance and hors d' oeuvres will be served.
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