Burlington City Arts

NOVEMBER 20, 2014

Four Vermont Artists Featured In Preoccupied Exhibition at Vermont Metro Gallery


Burlington, VT:  (November 20, 2014): Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce the new exhibition, Preoccupied, opening Thursday, December, 4th at Vermont Metro Gallery on Church Street, with a reception from 5:30-7:30pm. Exhibited in the Vermont Metro Gallery, the new commercial gallery space at The BCA Center on Church Street in Burlington, Preoccupied features work by Wylie Garcia, Adrienne Ginter, Dianne Shullenberger and Xavier Donnelly. This exhibition runs through January 24th 2015. 

Preoccupied features visually stunning work that demands careful study. Each artist has accomplished incredibly ornate scenes that are impressive at first glance and upon closer inspection illustrate tiny features diligently cut, sewn, hashed, and drawn with the utmost attention to detail. 
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.



Artist statement: My approach to my artwork is that of an exploration into the reoccurring oddities and subtle fascinations of the natural world.  The uniqueness of it all provides me with aesthetic inspiration, and I draw parallels between these narratives and the stories of human beings- whether from ancient myths, history, or my own personal experiences.  Every scene in nature tells a million little stories, and I work to incorporate an extreme amount of detail to tell not only the macro, but the micro stories in a scene. This gives the viewer a greater sense of depth, not only visually, but narratively, depending on how close they choose to engage with the piece.

Artist Bio: Adrienne Ginter is a Vermont-based artist working in various mediums from her studio at the Whetstone Studio of the Arts in Brattleboro.  She received a BFA in painting from The University of New Hampshire in 2003 and a Masters in Fine Arts with a concentration in painting from Boston University in 2008.  She has since exhibited her work in galleries throughout the United States. Currently Adrienne is concentrating on extremely detailed, nature--inspired hand cut paper pieces. The work was featured in numerous solo gallery shows- including Outerlands Gallery in Vergennes VT, and “Wilderness Kingdom” at the Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston Massachusetts. 

Dianne Shullenberger creates intimate fabric landscapes, sculptures and colored pencil drawings.  In her fiber artwork, Dianne uses hundreds of pieces of fabric and fiber scraps to convey the random beauty and mystery of nature.  Her sculptures reflect the grace of natural shapes while incorporating elements such as feathers, rocks and sticks.  A passionate outdoors woman, Dianne’s art reflects the places she loves.

Numerous museums and galleries have exhibited Dianne’s work in both solo and group shows.  She has been recognized with awards and feature publications.  Her work is regularly commissioned and displayed in corporate, museum and private collections.  Of particular note are: Vermont State Governor’s Gallery featured artist 2014, Winner-2013 Loeschner Art Competition Fredrik Meijer Museum, Grand Rapids MI, Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection The Woods, fabric collage, 1996, Art Institute of Chicago, Contemporary Fiber Art of the 20th Century, 2009.

Dianne has a passion for artistic re-use.  She grew up surrounded by her mother’s fashion design work.  Today, her collection of fabrics speaks of this history and provides a treasure trove for new works.  A single collage may have hundreds of fabrics, including old ties and scarves, which Dianne manipulates by wrinkling, coiling, pulling threads and cutting through layers, constantly altering the fabrics. The images in her fabric collages are developed with small individual pieces that are meticulously pinned in place, then, top stitched with different colored threads. She machine stitches the pieces to the background, varying stitch patterns, techniques and colors to subdue shapes, soften edges and clarify the design. Dianne’s studio and the Shullenberger Gallery are located in Jericho Vermont.   During the summer, she works at her tree house studio on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Wylie Sofia Garcia was born and raised in Houston, Texas and resides in Burlington, Vermont. Her work is influenced by the rich surfaces of historic textile design. Imbued with her signature staccato mark making, these works represent a new direction for Garcia and are a departure from her established practice in installation and performance art. These ink drawings are a continuation of the artist’s preoccupation with concepts of place, time, and feminine materiality. 

Garcia received her undergraduate degree from The University of Chicago and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Her work has been exhibited in museums and institutions across the United States. She has been the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship, a St. Botolph Club Foundation Fellowship, and a Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant.

Xavier Donnelly was born in 1992 in NYC and grew up in Burlington, Vermont. He studied sculpture and printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design, earning a BFA with honors in 2014. Xavier also studied at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague, Czech Republic. His awards include the Congressional Arts Award, the Alfred T. Granger Award, the Vermont Alliance for Arts Education Scholarship, Scholastic Art and Writing National Portfolio Gold Award, the Jeanne StahlWebber Award in Sculpture, and most recently the Winston Art Scholarship from the National Society of Arts and Letters. Xavier has exhibited widely including at the West Branch Gallery in Stowe Vermont, Seattle Museum of Art, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and most recently at David Zwirner in NYC. He is currently living in Beirut, Lebanon where he is working on a series of large scale drawings and interning at Beirut Arts Center.

Vermont Metro Gallery events are sponsored by: Bluebird Tavern, Harpoon Brewery, Fluid Bar Service and Farrell Distributing. Preoccupied 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.