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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.

 

May - September 2019

 

Liz Hawkes deNiord 

Janus Series II, acrylic on canvas 36" x 36"

These abstract works address the distillation of dreams, emotions and the ‘present’ in a visual language, marking the ordinary as extraordinary, or the smallest thing as notable. These thick impasto layers reveal recurring iconographic markings: the horizontal plane, the circle or void, the crest. They are the indicators, entrances, passports. 

I look to the natural world and to the beauty and mess of daily living. I read and journal and absorb as much as possible from being present to all that surrounds me. Paintings emerge from this, addressing the ephemeral and things that cannot stay- things that morph, divide, erode, mutate, reflect, shimmer, disseminate, evaporate, break, fade, dissolve. 

Mark making with paint sets up calls and responses, creating a back and forth exchange on the canvas and also, even unconsciously, when not in the studio. “Echoes, mirages, phantoms, hallucinations and like a dream..” One needs to 'pay attention' consciously and unconsciously. My process is one of multiple layering, scraping, covering up, building up heavily textured surfaces with palette knife and paint. People ask me how I know a painting is ‘finished’- usually I can tell when it sings. 

 

Susan Abbott

Small Town Intersection, Evening, oil on linen, 24" x 24"

In these landscapes, the mood may be melancholy, the meaning ambiguous. Both mood and meaning in my landscapes—images of old houses, old farms, old towns, old trucks–have to do with age and time. Like many Vermonters, I value the old. Even when a barn has outlived its purpose, we respect its venerable presence and want to see it endure. 
 

The Japanese concept of “wabi-sabi” has helped me understand why I find these old, ordinary, and sometimes broken-down places so beautiful. Wabi-sabi embraces the aged, the imperfect, the modest, the subjective, the natural, the seasonal, the private, the mysterious. In Vermont and Maine, I find wabi-sabi everywhere I look. In my painting, I find beauty in the ordinary, and try to hold on to the changing, the disappearing, the memory, and the first glimpse. 

 

Greg Danford

Silver Lake, Silver Moon, digital photogaph, 16" x 24"

I have always believed that the best investment you can make in your photography is plane tickets. So while I’ve been fortunate to live in Vermont, one of the world’s most scenic places, for 25 years, I’ve been just as fortunate to have traveled through Central and South America, the Middle East, Africa, and many parts of the U.S. What hangs on these walls is a small sample of what I’ve seen along the way. Hope you enjoy my take on the world. 

 

Ken Russack

Hathorne School, Addison VT, oil on canvas, 24" x 30"

This collection of paintings captures one of my favorite subject matters, that being the urban landscape of Burlington. In my travels I continue to find subjects located on main streets, back yards, farms, the waterfront, the rail yard and many of the painted ladies of the old north end.  On most days I pack up my paints and search for that scene that offers the colors, light and subject matter that eventually ends up as a finished painting. Being a plein-air painter, I also enjoy interacting with the folks that stop by to see what I’m up to. The paintings are noted by streets and specific locations. I can imagine that you will instantly recognize some of these iconic locations of our city.  If not it might be time to find for yourselves some of these wonderful locations that are literally right in front of you. 

 

John Snell

Rock and Pond Reflections, digital photograph, 18" x 22"

Among the complex layers of life I enjoy discovering the hidden gems of visual beauty and from them creating photographs. The natural world is a special realm because so much of it exists with inherently satisfying harmony. When I see this kind of balance in my viewfinder, I know I’ve found a visual treasure—lines may lead my eye to a focal point or colors might compel me to stop and see an unfolding moment or a hidden mystery is revealed. In those moments I’m aware I’m seeing treasures. Whether that moment simply appears or I go searching, whether in nature or in our built environment, I do my best work when I’m open and receptive to seeing exactly what is in front of me. With my camera I sort the elements—light, shapes, colors, textures—into images that I find simple, satisfying and exciting. Then the click of the camera’s shutter frames a photograph that brings pleasure and inspires me to learn to see even more of our world. 

 

Boston Neary

Sunrise Reflection, digital photograph, 20" x 30"

Before Boston Neary moved to Vermont in 2011, all she knew about birds was trying to get birdies on the golf course. Her life changed when she moved to a house on Shelburne Bay in Shelburne. Every day she started seeing scores of different birds—including eagles, osprey and snowy owls. And each morning and evening during the summer she was wowed by incredible sunrises and sunsets. She knew that none of her friends from around the country would believe Vermont’s incredible beauty. Being outdoors and capturing these moments brings her incredible joy – and the what makes her incredibly happy is the ability to share it via social media and at different public showings.  She truly believes that Vermont has brought out the artist in her.

 

 

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