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Burlington City Arts

Airport Gallery

The Burlington International Airport features Vermont artists from BCA's External Exhibitions program in several spaces. These exhibits are located in the Skyway and Gates 1-8 (both located on the 2nd floor) as well as above the escalator in the main building. Artwork rotates every few months in these locations.

CURRENT EXHIBITION:

 

July - October 2018:

Skyway

Elliot Burg

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Barbara Garrett (high jump). inkjet print. 

 

In July 2015, I spent a week at the National Senior Games in Minneapolis photographing athletes competing in track and field.  Twelve of those images are on display here.

 

The National Senior Games are an Olympics-style tournament held every other year for athletes age 50 and over.  In 2015, 10,000 people competed in 19 different sports. The Senior Games are remarkable.  In track and field, men and women—many in their 70s, 80s and 90s—race up to 1,500 meters; high jump, long jump and pole vault; hurl the discus, javelin, shot and hammer.  In the javelin event in Minneapolis, there were even two competitors over 100 years old!  

 

The athletes I saw at the Senior Games were tough, dedicated and supportive of one another—and, as I set out to show in these photographs, a source of inspiration for the rest of us as we get older.

Gates

Joy Huckins-Noss

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Sundance. Oil on canvas. 20x40.

 

Joy Huckins-Noss is a contemporary artist whose love for nature is seen in her vibrant canvases. Joy’s paintings feature tiny spots of color, which combine optically. Her style is similar to pointillism, but has a fresh contemporary edge. She applies color in multiple layers to create a uniquely textured surface of color and light. Joy began her art studies at Drew University, and then continued at the University of New Mexico, earning her BA in art. Joy participated in two residencies at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, where she studied painting in the tradition of the Impressionists. Joy has studied with other notable landscape painters such as Wolf Kahn, Don Stone, Charles Sovek, Doug Dawson and Ray Roberts. Today Joy resides in Vermont and spends the winter months in Arizona, creating art in both locations. Joy’s paintings focus on our relationship with the natural world. Landscapes of trees and bodies of water, plants, and objects found in nature, draw viewers into a deeper relationship with our environment. Joy’s art relies on the perceptive ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to mix the color dots. Her surfaces are rich, intense and seem to vibrate. “I love to work with the color to make the paintings glow. I want to bring the feelings and sensations of being outdoors into the painting”

 

 


 

 

Escalator

Lee Garrison

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Giant Red Hibiscus. Oil on linen. 1972.

 

A prolific artist, Emily O. “Lee” Garrison (1928–2014) revisited certain subjects—flowers, grasses, water, her friends’ gardens, familiar landscapes—and painted them time and again, each canvas capturing a new emotion, a change in season, or the play of light at a particular time of day. An avid traveler, she captured subjects in places as far-flung as the gardens of Positano and the mountains around Chiusaforte in Italy to the archeological excavation at Sardis in Turkey. Garrison often claimed inspiration from the Chinese artists of the Sung (Song) dynasty, not so much for their style but for their creative process of long meditation and contemplation followed by rapid execution. Color, too, became such a key element in her work that virtually every painting she created from the 1970s on contained a shorthand along the very edges of the canvas, recording what particular paint and colors were used, as well as the specific date/s the painting was worked or reworked, the season, and time/s of day. A close friend and fellow artist once observed that Garrison “studied colors in a systematic way. For as long as I knew her, she had sheets of color references and explorations. … Besides being a dedicated, empathetic observer of the energies of nature, she always worked on her sober craft—how to get a color combination just right, with some daring and surprise.”

 

Lee Garrison embraced life and approached her work with a tremendous passion for exploration, life-long learning, people, and nature. Though she lived variously in Boston (her long-time home), New York, Italy, and elsewhere in the world, she spent her summers painting and sketching on the shores of Lake Champlain for more than 30 years. Prior to her death, Garrison made arrangements to leave her life’s work to the Burlington City Arts Foundation (BCA). For the last two years, BCA has been working to inventory, curate, catalog, and photograph thousands of oil paintings, watercolors, sketchbooks, and other items from Garrison’s studio into a collection that now comprises more than 500 digitally archived artworks. BCA is grateful for this generous gift, which, through its sale, will continue to support the arts and regional artists.

 

All artwork is available for sale. For more information, to purchase, or to see additional works by these artists, please contact Kate Ashman at (802) 865-7296 or kashman@burlingtoncityarts.org