Burlington City Arts

Maltex Building

The Maltex Building, located at 431 Pine St, holds four floors of artwork curated by the BCA's External Exhibitions Program. This venue features artwork from nine Vermont artists, rotating bi–annually, and can be visited during regular business hours (Monday - Friday 7am - 7pm). 



October 2018 - April 2019



Mike Couture


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Waterfall Hull, digital photograph, 12" x 18"


Michael has long been interested in and involved in the creative process, starting in 1967 in music as a member of a rock band, then on to engineering and producing music as an owner of the first multitrack recording studio and record company in Vermont.  Video post-production and special effects followed, working on historical documentaries for many of the national cable networks which has evolved into specializing in digital media of many disciplines.  He continues with his consultancy to work on documentaries, digital special effects, and archival photo restoration. Continuing his longtime passion for photography and the study of composition, texture, and color in images, Michael shoots digitally and uses many of his images and others as models for his watercolor paintings.  He notes, “The creative process, while painting, leave me in awe as to how 8 hours can evaporate as the forms and colors appear on the paper.  So satisfying!!” 

Michelle Turbide



Time Travelers, acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24"


My work is about the transformation of the soul through lived experiences that change, evolve, and grow us. While it could be described as abstract, expressionism, ethereal figurative work, or mysterious dreamscapes… it is really not about what you see in the piece, but about what you feel in the witnessing. My intent is for my work to settle into your being and communicate a message that is not always seen or felt at first glance but subtly speaks as you allow yourself to move into it. My process involves entering a state of liminal space and collective unconscious and excavating a visual narrative that holds the energy of the experience. I strive for my art to be a journey for the viewer to relate to the emotions, mystery, and depth of the essence behind the piece. 

Jo Thomas


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A Walk Through Birches, ripped paper collage, 20" x 20"


I create color images that help me to reveal what I feel about the natural world: its colors shapes, textures, lines, and forms. My background in science supports my visual expressions where my goal is to make a connection between myself and the observer. I try to make familiar and simple things in nature acquire the elegance that I see through my lenses. I seek to inspire the observer, subconsciously or not, to develop special vision and see beauty where one might not even know to look. Since 1979, I’ve placed special emphasis on teaching photography, currently teaching an online credit course in photography for UMass Amherst. My work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. In addition to teaching, I also enjoy lecturing on my travels across the country to unusual places such as Death Valley and the Okefinokee Swamp, as well as internationally to Tanzania and Kenya.


Jen Hubbard 



Hyde Park, oil on canvas, 30"x40"


My work has always been primarily focused on portraiture. When I moved to Vermont, where the landscape is such a powerful influence on daily life, I decided to move my subjects outside, into the environment. I was interested in capturing the interaction between people and the outdoors, particularly as the seasons change. Formally, I try to capture the spirit of the snapshots I use as my references, including the abstraction caused by the camera. I noticed, when doing the landscapes behind my portrait subjects, my brushwork becoming looser, and that I was developing a new painting style. I replaced some of the figures with barns, and other architectural elements, to pin down the painting in a scale and space, and then worked away from the horizon, playing with my paint strokes. The resulting paintings bring to mind both Impressionism and Photorealism and offer a contemporary perspective of the people and landscapes of Vermont.

Polly Whitcomb 


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Strumming, mixed media, 14" x 38"


Starting around 2006 when living in Ribera, New Mexico, I began collecting old objects, mostly metal, that were lying around the landscape and constructing assemblages. Drawing on years of working with clay I incorporate clay shapes with the metal, adding color and interest. I try to remain open to the possibilities of each thing I come across.  From the heap of collected stuff I make a selection that combines with the clay pieces into a satisfying whole.  Each completed piece is different and is partially determined by the nature of the "find."  The process is a partnership between the elements chosen and what I bring to it.  Some pieces fall into place with startling ease, and others need considerable fiddling and reworking. I find beauty in each of the found objects and delight in the contrasts and harmonies between them and the clay.  I love the juxtaposition of deteriorating materials that are being eaten away by time and weather, and the seed-like new life of the clay forms. The work I am doing now continues the process begun in New Mexico, although now that I have returned to my native Vermont they have changed slightly.  Some of the current pieces are smaller, and most of them have a background that I paint on aluminum flashing.  The joining of elements is done with wire. 

Mark Collier



Milkyway, digital photograph, 30" x 20"


Photographer Mark Collier entered the world of photography at age 10, when his mother, a Vermont school teacher, brought home a camera and darkroom kit in an effort to keep her chronically bored son occupied during Barre Town Elementary School’s long summer vacation. After spending the next two and a half months photographing everything in sight, Mark realized he had found his calling, and began to pursue photography in earnest.  After graduating from Spaulding High School in Barre, Vt., Mark studied photography and art at Johnson State College before enrolling in the adult degree program at Vermont College of Norwich University. His work was first published in the Washington World and Hardwick Gazette. From there he moved on to the Burlington Free Press and the Times Argus, later transitioning from photojournalism to commercial photography and digital image editing. His clientele included Sloan Marketing, Jager, DiPalo, Kemp Design, Burch and Company, as well as freelancing for about six years. In 2011, Mark returned to the Times Argus and his roots as a photojournalist. In 2013 Mark made to move to Norwich University, becoming the University’s staff photographer.

F/7 Photography


Elliot Burg, Petal Drop, Ink Jet Print, 18" x 22"


The photographs exhibited were taken by the members of the central Vermont-based photography group "f/7."  The theme of the exhibit is Simplicity.  Simplicity implies a directness of image, shorn of complexity, ornamentation, and artifice.  At the same time, it leaves ample room for beauty, introspection, and ambiguity.  We believe that there are many different ways to see the world, and this collection of images presents a diverse yet complementary take on the theme of simplicity. The members of f/7 are: Elliot Burg, Annie Tiberio, Lisa Dimondstein, Julie Parker, John Snell, Rob Spring, and Sandra Shenk. 


Joy Huckins-Noss



Horn of the Moon, oil on canvas, 20" x 30"


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’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."


Brooks Wright


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Guardians & Goddesses, painted wood 


The idea of a household guardian and goddess is ancient and a root form of private sculpture. These figures are inspired by mass-marketed plastic dolls- the guardians are from a pro-wrestler action figure and the goddesses are from a headless, large-headed Mae West doll. The base part of the carving is an integral meditation on the figures above. Brooks lives and works in Vermont. 




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