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Burlington City Arts

Pierson Library

The Pierson Library, located at 5376 Shelburne Road, in Shelburne, features artwork curated by the BCA's External Exhibitions Program on a rotating basis.

 

CURRENT EXHIBITION:

June - October 2020

 


 

Susan Abbott

Newton's Pasture Autumn, 24x24, oil on linen

 

 

I moved to Vermont almost twenty years ago for the most impractical of reasons, love at first sight. Driving through a small town in the southern part of the state, in the early morning, on my way to somewhere else, I caught a glimpse of a stream running through the backyard of an old clapboard cape. Suddenly I was back in my childhood, in a time before the creeks in my own town were culverted and the yards subdivided. The Vermont I saw from a car window looked like a memory of home, and I was hooked.

Two decades later, I’m still attracted to what I see here and on my frequent travels to downeast Maine: a work-a-day patchwork of small towns, dirt roads, village greens, barn yards and back fields. Looking carefully at these ordinary places, landscape and memory intersect for me. While I paint, the abstraction of color, light, and shape combine with subject to compose a mood and a meaning.

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.

 

Joy Huckins-Noss

Presence, 30x40, oil on canvas

 

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 began her art studies at Drew University, and then continued at the University of New Mexico, earning her BA in art. Joy participated in two residencies at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, where she studied painting in the tradition of the Impressionists. Joy has studied with other notable landscape painters such as Wolf Kahn, Don Stone, Charles Sovek, Doug Dawson and Ray Roberts. Today Joy resides in Vermont and spends the winter months in Arizona, creating art in both locations.

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. Her 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”

Huckins-Noss has exhibited extensively around Vermont, New York and New Hampshire, Cape Cod, Florida, and Arizona. Notable individual shows include the Julian Scott Gallery at Johnson State College, Johnson, VT (2001), Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT (2002), Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester, VT (2002 and 2008) and the Vermont Governor’s Office in Montpelier, VT in 2003. An exhibition of Huckins-Noss’s paintings was held at the Tribeca Showroom of Pompanoosuc Mills in New York City in 2006, as well as at Pompanoosuc Mills, Burlington, in 2012. In 2011 a solo exhibit was held at the Vermont Supreme Court. Her art is in the collection of Green Mountain Orthopedic Surgeons, and is in private collections throughout the United States. Joy also exhibits her southwest paintings at Art Gallery H in Tubac Arizona.

 

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