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Burlington City Arts

A LIFE IN COLOR: A RETROSPECTIVE OF THE ARTWORK OF LEE GARRISON

May 17, 2016 - May 18, 2016

Burlington City Arts was pleased to present a two-day special exhibition at Shelburne Farm’s Coach Barn, which honored the life and work of artist Emily O. “Lee” Garrison (1928–2014).

 

Though she lived variously in Boston, New York and throughout the world, Lee spent her summers on the shores of Lake Champlain for more than 40 years, relaxing with friends, communing with fellow artists, painting, and sketching. Never without the tools of her trade, Lee also sketched and painted in places as far-flung as the gardens of Positano and the mountains of Chiusaforte in Italy to archeological excavations at Sardis in Turkey.

A prolific artist, Lee revisited certain subjects—flowers, grasses, water, her friends’ gardens, familiar landscapes—and painted them time and again, each canvas captured a new emotion, a change in season, or the play of light at a particular time of day. The contemplative and gestural style of Chinese art and its water-filled landscapes, flower paintings, and portraits was inspirational to Lee’s evolving artistic practice.

Prior to her death, Lee made arrangements to leave her life’s work to the Burlington City Arts Foundation in order to support the arts and regional artists through the sale of her work. BCA is grateful for this generous gift, which will help to benefit, among others, its exhibition and education programs.