Art Notes: Bradford, Vt., Gallery Opens Landscape Show

  • "Fluid Connection," a painting by Newbury, Vt., artist Robert Chapla, is among the works on view in a show of his work opening Friday in the Gallery at the Space on Main in Bradford. (Courtesy image)

Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, January 31, 2019

As befits a Vermont painter, Newbury, Vt., artist Robert Chapla tends to paint the bucolic landscape.

There’s no harm in that, especially when, like Chapla, an artist makes such great use of texture, layering paint on canvas to sculptural effect.

Still, it’s pleasing to see a painting of infrastructure in the mix, and Chapla, who came into his own as an artist in California, has a painting of a freeway overpass in a new show of his work, opening Friday in the Gallery at the Space on Main, in Bradford, Vt.’s newish co-working space. Titled Fluid Connection, the painting is of a piece with the theme of Chapla’s show, “Going With the Flow.”

A reception is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and the show is on view through February.

White River Junction once again more than holds its own on First Friday.

Scavenger Gallery opens “Bewildered,” recent work by Montpelier artist Daryl Burtnett in a variety of media, with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 that will feature a wine tasting hosted by Artisanal Cellars. Burtnett served as executive director of the Northeast Wilderness Trust, and the exhibition will serve as a fundraiser for the Montpelier-based conservation nonprofit.

(If you can’t wait until Friday to see work from Scavenger, head to Brownsville Butcher & Pantry, where Scavenger owner Stacy Hopkins will hold a pop-up gallery from 4 to 7 p.m. this evening.)

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction opens an exhibition of work by the studio’s artist-members on Friday with a reception from 5 to 7.

Zollikofer Gallery, in White River Junction, hosts “Landscapes Near and Far,” an exhibition of paintings by Thetford artist Jean Gerber. A reception is planned for Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., and the show is up through March 30.

Around the corner, Long River Gallery continues its current exhibitions, “The Mind Is a City,” mixed media work by Becky Coburn, of Amesbury, Mass., and “Photographic Vision,” by Matthew Sergeant. There will be live music from 6 to 8 p.m. by Doug Farrell.

The Center for the Arts in New London organizes a “First Friday” reception at 5:30. 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.

Openings and Receptions

“Americans Who Tell the Truth,” a show of portraits by Maine artist Robert Shetterly from his long-running series of the same name, is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday at White River Gallery in South Royalton.

“Explore the White Line Woodcut Print,” a show of prints by Pomfret artist Marilyn Syme, is on view in Osher@Dartmouth’s Hanover offices through March 22. A reception is planned for 2 to 4 this afternoon.

Of Note

BigTown Gallery, in Rochester, Vt., has extended a pair of shows: “Late Works,” an exhibition of recent “construction and collage” by Varujan Boghosian, and “A Muse: A visit to the studio of Varujan Boghosian,” a portfolio of photographs by Erick Hufschmid, will remain on view through March 16.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction holds a class on making monoprints taught by printmaker Susan Smereka on Saturday and Sunday, at a cost of $195 plus a materials fee.


“Route 66: A Defining Piece of American History,” by Weston, Mass., photographer Rich Perry; “as is,” recent work by Newton, Mass., sculptor Michael St. Germain; “Leavings,” assemblages by Bradford artist Cindy Blakeslee; and “Paperworks” by Norwich artist Luciana Frigerio are on view through Friday at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon


ArtisTree Gallery, South Pomfret. The “Daily Artists Exhibition” is the culmination of a year-long pact by a group of artists to make art every day. Through Feb. 9.

Betty Grant Gallery, Converse Free Library, Lyme. “15 Years of Monday Painting: A Journey,” features oil paintings by the Monday painting class led by artist Aline Ordman. Through March 30.

Center for the Arts, New London. Current exhibitions include: The seventh annual Juried Regional show at the New London Inn; artwork by Kearsarge Middle School students, at Whipple Hall; abstract paintings by Roger Wells and photographs by Jay Fitzpatrick, at Blue Moon Bakery; and paintings by Tom Pirozzoli and photographs by Ken Schuster, at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust.

Chandler Gallery, Randolph. “Paper Possibilities,” a group show of works made on and of paper by 10 artists, through March 2.

Chelsea Public Library. “Aspects of the Universe,” paintings in acrylic and watercolor by Chelsea artist Marina Sprague, through Feb. 28.

Chew & Co. Design, Hanover. Paintings in egg tempera and precious metals by Windsor artist Gary Milek, through February.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. Winter exhibitions include: woodworker Put Blodgett, a Bradford native now living in Hanover; Neysa Russo, who makes wool felt tapestry in Corinth; Westminster, Vt., painter Liz Hawkes deNiord; photographer Bruce Parsons, of New London; painter Alan Zola Shulman, also of New London; pastelist Gale Sweet; painter Sharla Broughton; and oil painter Bill Turner, a retired automotive restorer from Milford, N.H.

Gifford Gallery, Randolph. “Our Vanishing Vermont Landmarks,” pen-and-ink drawings of central Vermont farm buildings by Sandra Brockmeyer Button. Through Feb. 13.

The Great Hall, Springfield, Vt. “Healing: The Transformative Imagery of Art” includes work by Margaret Jacobs, of Enfield; Carolyn Enz Hack, of East Thetford; and Robert O’Brien, Robert Carsten and Neomi Lauritsen, of Springfield. Through March 30.

Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center, Hanover. “Where We Come From,” work by artist-in-residence Emily Jacir, is on view through March 3. In the adjacent Strauss Gallery is “Book Arts Across Disciplines: Work Made in the Dartmouth Book Arts Workshop,” also up through March 3

John D. Bennett Gallery, Claremont. Paintings by Vermont artist Jamie Townsend are on view through mid-February.

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

Matt Brown Fine Art, Lyme. A show featuring work by artists Susan Arnold and Sara Goodman is on view through Feb. 9.

North Common Arts, Chelsea. Paintings by Swiss-born artist Friedrich (Fritz) Gross that combine folklore, myth, and fantasy. Through March 16.

Royalton Memorial Library, in South Royalton, Paintings by South Woodstock artist Sue Lenfest.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. Recent prints by Lois Beatty and handmade jewelry by gallery owner Stacy Hopkins.

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 is on view.

Taylor Gallery, Kimball Union Academy, Meriden. “Color and Energy,” an exhibition of acrylic paintings by Maine artist Maria Castellano-Usery, is in view through Feb. 9.

Tunbridge Public Library. “Coming Into the Light,” paintings by Tunbridge artist Anna Ross, is on view at through Feb. 25.

White River Craft Center, Randolph. “Branching Out,” watercolor paintings by Amy Hook-Therrien, a Randolph native now living in Windsor, are up through Feb. 8.

Alex Hanson can be reached at ahanson@vnews.com or 603-727-3207.