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.



February - June 2021



Ken Russack

Dick's House on Manhattan Drive, 18x24, oil on canvas


These paintings represent a modernist, impressionist view of our urban and rural landscapes.  Ken's paintings mainly capture the subject matter of houses and buildings as Portraits of the local scene.  In this collection, the paintings take on nuances and personalities as if they are speaking to you.  They offer a time in space that reflects their daily moods as life traversers their facades. The strength of shadows and light enhance the character of these portraits.

From a reference perspective, the paintings offer a bit of Hopper-esque tranquility. The morning light in Stonington Maine is a perfect example.  The paintings of the Old North End bring a colorful depiction that is a mainstay of this area of Burlington.  Sans people, the paintings offer a focused look on the face of the buildings as if they want to speak to you.  They provide a time-sensitive experience that in so many ways reflect the ever-changing landscape, yet at the same time create a stop in time never to be repeated.  Houses and buildings age, some more graceful than others. And like the human factor in a parallel universe, they fight off aging thru renovations, new paint schemes, and simple care to themselves.

As a painter, sending time with these subjects has been a calming and rewarding experience.  All of these paintings started out as studies en plein air and were completed as studio works.   All paintings are oil, with a varnish finish.

Ken lives in Burlington with his wife Janice who is his most ardent supporter and critic.  Ken also has three daughters, and five grandchildren. 

His work can be found at



Phil Laughlin

Snuggle Buddies, 28x22, oil on canvas


I take color and shape, raw materials with no intrinsic value and assemble them into something coherent that has the power and purpose to speak. If there ever were societies without art, we don’t know about them. It’s artists, through their art, that tell the future who we are.


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