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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:

 

March - July 2021

Gates

Ken Russack

 

Homer Knight Farm, North Hero VT, pastel, 14x18

 

 

Let's start with what is a pastel?  In its simplest form, Pastel is a colored drawing medium made from pure colored pigment mixed with a binder to form a stick. That simple!  These paintings are soft pastels, the most widely used form of pastel. The sticks have a higher portion of pigment and less binder. The drawing can be readily smudged and blended, but it results in a higher proportion of dust. Finished drawings made with soft pastels require protecting, either framing under glass or spraying with a fixative to prevent smudging. This is the reason these paintings are behind glare-free glass and double matted.

 

Russack painted these images in and around northern Vermont. They represent the mostly rural landscape that we are so proud of. In particular, He has arrived at a style that brings an abstract spin to the subject matter. Bold images, strong shadows and brilliant colors complete the paintings. 

 

Ken lives in Burlington VT with his wife Janice.  He has been painting for numerous years and although mostly an oil painter, these pastels provided an escape, especially during these covid times to explore and reach to the unknowns. You can view more of his work at kenrussack.com.

 

Skyway

Nancy Chapman

  

Mansfield (triptych), oil on canvas, 72x30

 

Nancy Chapman’s work is landscape based and stems from memory. She is aware of nature’s active dialogue. Painting can be a way for her to touch what cannot be literally touched. Her work celebrates natural beauty through form, texture, line and color with oil paint on canvas and/or on paper. Her goal is not to describe a scene for the viewer, but rather to render the setting’s spirit; to reveal the story.

 

Chapman is a landscape based and abstract oil painter. She moved to Vermont from Rhode Island in 2018, where she has established herself in her new home studio and has enjoyed connecting with her Vermont art community.  Chapman received her MFA in Visual Studies at Vermont College, Montpelier, VT, (1993), served on RISCA Board (’04 -’11), and was selected Teacher of the Year, RI AEA (’03). She won the E. C. Gordon Harris Award for best painting for the South County Arts Association’s All Members Annual Exhibit (2007), and was a juried member of the Providence Art Club (2007- 2017).

 

She has studied with gifted artists such as Phoebe Florie, Aya Itagaki, Carol Fitzsimonds, Douglas David, Amy Bynger, and Jane Davies. Her work has been exhibited at Mystic Art Center, Mystic, CT, Yawkey Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI; Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island Collage, Providence, RI; Krause Gallery, Providence, RI; Capital One, Providence, RI; AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH; Woods Gallery, Montpellier, VT; Providence Art Club, Providence, RI.;  Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jefferson, VT.

 

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