Art Notes: An artist turns paint into sculpture

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    "Whimsy," a 2019 painting in acrylic, ceramic stucco and iridescent medium on canvas by Alison Palizzolo, is among the works on view in "Color Sculptures," an exhibition of Palizzolo's work at the Howe Library's Ledyard Gallery. A reception is planned for Saturday afternoon, 2 to 4. (Courtesy Alison Palizzolo) Courtesy Alison Palizzolo

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 4/10/2019 10:00:20 PM
Modified: 4/10/2019 10:00:15 PM

At her day job, Alison Palizzolo presents at a buttoned down pro. She’s the PR coordinator at the Hood Museum of Art.

Her recent artwork is something else. It’s pleasingly messy, a mix of acrylic paint, ceramic stucco and an iridescent medium, which she layers onto canvas in a mass of thick blocks and blobs of color. She uses palette knives in place of brushes and the resulting works are as much low reliefs as they are paintings. There’s a brief video of Palizzolo making a painting on her website,

She’s also the only artist in the area, other than Hartland printmaker Rachel Gross, who’s working with shaped canvases or panels, a technique from mid-20th-century abstraction most famously used by the painter Frank Stella.

The Howe Library’s Ledyard Gallery is hosting a show of Palizzolo’s work, aptly titled “Color Sculptures,” through May 1. A reception for the artist is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center hosts spring exhibitions, including work by painter Collin Leech, photographers Joan Crimlisk and John Lehet, watercolorists Nick Mayer and Marion Blodgett, multi-media artist Stacy Harshman, and the hospital’s employees and volunteers.

Of note

The Library Arts Center in Newport, N.H., has set a submission deadline for its annual Peeps Diorama Contest. Submissions can be dropped off at the LAC from Saturday through Thursday during regular hours, Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 to 2.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio is holding a series of workshops led by Upper Valley printmakers through the spring. The next, pronto plate lithography with Mary Mead, is scheduled for May 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. For more information, go to


Betty Grant Gallery, Converse Free Library, Lyme. Paintings by Liliana Paradiso. A reception is planned for 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, and the show is on view through June.

BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. “Bringing the Bull Home,” work on paper and in ceramics and painted shoes by Rick Skogsberg, and “Figures in the Landscape,” recent paintings by Burlington artist Peter Fried. Through May 4.

Center for the Arts, New London. The New London Inn shows photographs by Marc Beerman; at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, abstract work of Roger Wells and sculptures by Loren Howar; Blue Loon Bakery, photographs by Rick Stockwell; Whipple Hall Gallery shows work by Proctor Academy students; and Emil Nelson Gallery and Annex shows work by 20th-century artists.

Chelsea Public Library. “Promises of Spring,” watercolors by Brookfield, Vt., artist Marcia Hammond. Through April.

Chew & Co. Design, Hanover. Pastels by former Upper Valley resident Phyllis Orem. Through June 1.

Kilton Public Library, West Lebanon. Artwork by students at Hanover Street School. Through May.

Library Arts Center, Newport, N.H. Annual Student Art Show, featuring artwork from students in Newport’s public schools. Through April 25.

Long River Gallery, White River Junction. “Through the Trees,” pastels by White River Junction artist Kathryn Detzer.

Main Street Museum, White River Junction. “Jack Rowell, Cultural Documentarian: Portraits of Vermont People and Other Wildlife.”

North Common Arts, Chelsea. “Glass Onions,” painted glass objects by Chelsea artist Nick De Friez, through April.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. “Flower Portraits,” Claremont artist Sue Lawrence’s oil paintings of floral blossoms.

Steven Thomas, Inc. Fine Arts & Antiques, White River Junction. Work by Upper Valley “vintage” artists, such as Alice Standish Buell, John Semple and Horace Brown.

Tunbridge Public Library. Woodburning and painting by tattoo artist Tom Ball. Through May 3.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. Retrospective of prints by Norwich artist Penelope Bennett. Through April.

Zollikofer Gallery, White River Junction. Paintings and tourism posters by Burlington painter Kevin Ruelle. Through June 26.

Alex Hanson can be reached at or 603-727-3207.

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