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Burlington City Arts

UVM Medical Center

The University of Vermont Medical Center, located at 111 Colchester Avenue, has been exhibiting and purchasing the work of Vermont artists on the main medical center campus in various locations for many years, thanks to its ongoing partnership with Burlington City Arts. Rotating artwork can be found in the ACC East Pavilion 2 & West Pavilion 3, McClure 4, Breast Care Center, and Patient Garden.  Permanent artwork is also on display throughout the hospital.

 

September 2019 - January 2020

 

Joy Huckins-Noss

Surrender, oil on canvas 48"x 60"

 

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. Her 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. Her 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. She likes to work with the color to make the paintings glow and to bring the feelings and sensations of being outdoors into the painting.

 

Lisa Forster Beach, NWS

Nebraska Notch From Trapps, watercolor, 26" x 32"

 

Lisa Forster Beach is an award-winning artist living in Stowe, Vermont. She is widely recognized for her drawings and watercolor paintings. They represent her responses to her environment, experiences, impressions, and perceptions both seen and felt.  In addition to many solo shows, her work has been accepted in numerous group and national exhibitions.  She was awarded signature membership in  the National Watercolor Society in 1986.  She was one of the top award winners in the American Watercolor Society’s 2018 International Watercolor Exhibit. Her background includes a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Rochester Institute of Technology, a BS degree in Art Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and study with many master painters. She is acclaimed for her teaching, which includes watercolor workshops, internationally, nationally, and regionally, art museum classes, college courses, public school, Elderhostel, and classes in her Stowe Hollow Studio. 

 

Cecilia Kane

July-August, A Year of Forgetting, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 24"

 

A Year of Forgetting is a series of paintings and studies of aging that visually, playfully record twelve months of mental lapses using her own symbolic language to represent the various ways She begins with pencil composites of each day’s forgetting-symbols in her sketchbook. Later she makes a fanciful painting that functions as a map or calendar of the mental-me, poking fun, she hopes, at the aging process. Art is her conduit for making sense of herself in the universe. It consists of wrestling imagery out of paint, thread, line, and the camera. The point seems to be to probe what in the world she’s doing here at this random time on earth. Her latest works are in a sense self-portraiture.

 

Erika Lawlor Schmidt

Autumnal Equinox, monotype, 20" x 20"

 

Every spring Erika waits for the sights and sounds of birds, frogs, bees and animals returning to her surrounding hills and forests. This relationship to the natural world and understanding its delicate balance is integral to her very being, a link to her youth and a real hope for the sustenance and wellness for her children and grandchildren. A reasonable route and motivation for her work as an artist is now compelled by and linked to forms of activism in support of efforts and legislation to protect wild places and wildlife. She has for a long time, been focused on making work about the interconnectedness and interdependence of all things, a kindred spirit to Eastern philosophies. This recent series of monotypes is celebratory yet elegiac not exactly different from earlier work, except that she has created this primarily for children. Playful, imaginary in color and scale, the images are meant to prompt inquiry and invite children to identify the mammals, birds, reptiles and insects and to then perhaps to write about them, a poem or story that comes from what they know, what they are curious about or what they imagine. A child’s creative process is important, sharing what we create is important and the discussion about our fragile relationship with all living creatures on this miraculous planet is important. She feels that the role of artists today is to create awareness and platforms for action.

 

Elliot Burg

Jammin, New Orleans, photograph, 18" x 16"

 

In Elliot’s work, he thinks of heart as the sense of emotional connection he feels when he is drawn to a subject in the field_ a young girl boldly striking a martial-arts pose on a back street in Havana; an elderly woman standing in her darkened doorway in a Burmese village; a jazz musician blowing his horn in New Orleans’ Jackson Square.  These are our sisters and brothers; look at how beautiful they are.  He thinks of the word eye as shorthand for the technical process that gives rise to a strong photograph.  At the moment of shooting, the photographer is challenged to synthesize all of the elements that contribute to the image—composition; pose and mood; focus and depth of field; the play of light and shadow. This exhibition reflects his effort to bring heart and eye to the creation of compelling portraits of people he has met around the world.

 

Shanley Triggs

Milton, VT, watercolor, 26" x 36"

 

Shanley’s work is inspired by what she experienced as a child and young adult. She was naturally drawn to the Vermont landscape as she roamed the hills, valleys, and woods for endless hours as a child growing up on her family dairy farm in Milton, Vermont.  She loves to paint the subjects of Vermont barns, wild flowers, Holstein cows, the birds that frequent her bird feeder and Lake Champlain, from which she draws inspiration every day. What she loves about painting is that she finds there is always a challenge and a surprise, as she never knows where a painting will lead.  She hopes to bring joy to others through her art.

 

 

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