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.



September 2019 – January 2020



Lorraine Manley


Lorraine has been fascinated with art since she was a young girl in St. Albans, VT, when she devoted every spare moment to exploring forms of creative expression. The natural beauty of Lorraine’s native Vermont has been the greatest influence in her art. She especially enjoys painting the landscapes near her home in colors vivid, lush, and intense. With intuitive and energetic use of a palette knife and brush, Lorraine looks for those spontaneous “accidents” of oils and acrylics to capture nature’s seasons in textural painting both impressionistic and exciting.



Jo Thomas


Jo Thomas finds an escape from her ordinary life when she delves into the creative part of her brain. Time escapes and her thoughts are lost in this process of communication. She is letting light into a part of her soul, and releasing it out to the world. Or, perhaps she's just trying to capture a moment in time. After decades of conventional painting, her artistic life transformed when she was introduced to tissue paper collage at a workshop in Georgia. She learned to mix acrylic paints with a gel medium and water. She pours the mixture onto white tissue paper and lets it dry in the sun. She begins her “rip and tear” art form by tearing the paper into pieces and gluing them to a canvas. She also uses bits of white birch bark and sometimes newspapers in her collages. She lives in Charlotte, 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