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Winter Exhibitions Opening Reception

January 19, 2018, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Please join us for the Opening Reception for three new contemporary exhibitions featuring the work of Vermont-based artists Dusty Boynton, Edwin Owre, and Elise Whitemore (the 2017 Barbara Smail Award winter). During the evening, BCA will announce the winner of the Barbara Smail Award for 2018.

Free admission.


Dusty Boynton: From Within

Dusty Boynton merges memory and personal experience to create works that are seemingly child-like in appearance but sophisticated in gesture and expression. Drawing from her inner subconscious world, the artist's cast of characters rejects conventional representation and inhabit a fantasy world of their own. Boynton's expressive brushstrokes, vibrant color palette, and supernatural imagery give her compositions a carefree and imaginative innocence. Dusty Boynton's exhibition for BCA Center will feature large-scale paintings, monoprints, and reliefs created over the past decade.

Edwin Owre: New Constructions

With an artistic career spanning more than five decades, artist and educator Edwin Owre works continuously in his Grand Isle studio creating new, colorful "constructions" that explore the possibilities of drawing and the gesture through abstract sculpture. Referencing the sensibilities of the formative American art movements of the 1960s and 70s, while embracing contemporary expressions of mark-making, Owre creates work that is exciting, immediate, and most importantly formative to a generation of Vermont-based contemporary artists working today.

Elise Whittemore: One by One

Elise Whittemore, BCA’s 2017 Barbara Smail award-winner, has made important contributions to the vibrancy and excellence of Vermont’s arts community as an artist and arts advocate. In her beautifully designed prints, Whittemore is drawn to the physical labor of art making and how it challenges her to pursue different ways hand and material can create meaning together. The artist’s use of pattern develops a narrative that explores the physicality of printmaking as well as formal constructs that are inherent to the natural world.


Photo credit: Dusty Boynton, Odd Lot, 2014, 46x58, mixed media, courtesy of the artist and Denise Bibro Fine Art

Photo credit: Elise Whittemore, Specimen Book 5, 2017, (detail), Courtesy of the Artist

Photo credit: Edwin Owre, Barometer of Mercies, 2016, polychrome wood and paper, 22x30, Courtesy of the Artist

Burlington City Arts
135 Church Street
Burlington, VT 05401