Burlington City Arts

JANUARY 14, 2015

Vibrant Painting and Sculpture Create In Motion Exhibition at Vermont Metro Gallery

Burlington, VT: Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce the new exhibition, In Motion, opening Friday, January 30th at Vermont Metro Gallery on Church Street, with a reception from 5:00-8:00pm. Exhibited in the Vermont Metro Gallery, the new commercial gallery space at The BCA Center on Church Street in Burlington, In Motion features work by Nancy H. Taplin and Ethan Bond-Watts. This exhibition runs through March 7th, 2015. 

In Motion features a collection of abstract work by Nancy H. Taplin and Ethan Bond-Watts that captures the kinetic energy of color and light. Fluid dance-like strokes, smooth sculptural forms, and glowing color create a graceful elegance that is both poetic and energetic.
The Vermont Metro Gallery showcases Vermont-based artists or those with strong ties to Vermont, drawing from more than 150 artists who participate in BCA's existing leasing program, as well as artists who have a history of sales through BCA, a strong exhibition resume, and who regularly produce work. A critical component of the Metro Gallery is creating a reciprocal relationship between sales potential of an artist and building a community of collectors. Events in the gallery encourage collecting Vermont artists as a rewarding personal and social experience for a broad demographic.


Nancy H. Taplin

Artist Statement 
I think of my paintings as a drama on a stage, the first big strokes are the start of a loose plot that tightens as it moves along. The lines, shapes, and colors whisper, shout, shove, lean, kick, leap and slide as though they might be in an opera. I have no fear of making changes. At a certain point the painting takes on a life of its own. I want it to look like it just happened, a flash of magic and like magic it will show me when it’s finished.
Artist Bio
I studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where I won a European Traveling Scholarship. I have won a number of fellowships, three from The Vermont Studio Center. I have shown my work in New York City, Philadelphia, and New England in small museums, galleries, and universities. I am currently affiliated with The Big Town Gallery in Rochester, Vermont, where I have had two solo shows and have been in numerous group member shows. My most recent show was at The Robert Lehman Arts Center at the Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts where I was the artist in residence.

Ethan Bond-Watts

Ethan Bond-Watts creates contemporary glass with a timeless aesthetic. 
Having fallen in love with glass at the age of 14, Bond-Watts was trained in the classical Italian tradition through an apprenticeship with American Studio Glass movement maestro Alan Goldfarb.  During his apprenticeship, Bond-Watts made a pilgrimage to the furnaces of Murano, Venice, to explore the primary sources of his craft. Feeling the responsibility to carry forward his movement’s torch, his finished bodies of work tip a hat to diverse artistic traditions from around the world. His technical mastery and historical rootedness come together with beautiful, exceptionally well made objects known for their clean lines, and careful details.
While actively moving culture forward with his classical glass, Bond-Watts also engages in the long arc of art and design through his conceptual projects, using mixed media sculpture as an opportunity to engage in current discourse.
Vermont Metro Gallery events are sponsored by: Bluebird Tavern, Harpoon Brewery, Fluid Bar Service and Farrell Distributing. In Motion is an important part of Burlington City Arts, celebrating over 30 years of supporting the arts, which is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. For more information about gallery exhibitions, special events, classes and workshops, please call 802.865.7166 or visit BURLINGTONCITYARTS.ORG.