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SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

BCAs Contemporary Exhibition Of Land and Local 2014 Opens at 5 Locations Statewide in September

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BCA’s Contemporary Exhibition Of Land and Local 2014 Opens at 5 Locations Statewide in September

Burlington, VT:  (September 9, 2014) Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce the second annual state-wide contemporary exhibition Of Land and Local 2014. This exhibition features contemporary art in a variety of mediums in 5 locations around Vermont – The BCA Center in Burlington, Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in Rutland, The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, and The Kent Museum in Calais, Vermont. Complete information about opening receptions, events, locations and artists can be found at www.oflandandlocalvt.org

About:
Now in its second year, Of Land & Local is a multidisciplinary, state-wide exhibition designed to initiate a dialogue about issues surrounding the Vermont landscape.  Our shared history in land and our pride for the local lay the groundwork for this annual exhibition. Of Land and Local will be presented at several veteran venues from its 2013 namesake in concert with new sites to widen the visitor experience.  Opportunities to critically engage with contemporary artwork as it reflects on and exists within the Vermont landscape will offer viewers the chance to contemplate the significance and strength, as well as the vulnerability and fragility of our surroundings.

Artists:
There are over 40 artists participating this year in Of Land and Local, and most live and work right here in Vermont. These artists represent a cross section of fantastic contemporary work in all mediums being created all over the state and beyond. 

Events of Note: (Full event listing at www.oflandandlocalvt.org)

Saturday, September 13th, 5-7pm
Opening Reception, Carving Studio, Rutland, VT

Saturday, September 13th, 3-5pm
Opening Celebration, Kent Museum, Calais, VT

Friday, September 19th, 5-8pm
Opening Reception, BCA Center, Burlington, VT

Saturday, September 20th, 12pm
Picnic and Tour of Cold Hollow Sculpture Park with artist David Stromeyer
Enosburg Falls, VT

September 27th – 28th
Saturday 9:30 am – 5 pm Sunday 10 am – 4:30 pm
Forest Festival
The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT
Enjoy the park in its fall glory while exploring forest history, science and art. Horse drawn wagon rides, woodworking and portable sawmill demonstrations, hikes with foresters, wood crafts for kids, and more! (Park admission and activities free.) Visit the Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival with more than 50 furniture makers and wood artisans at the Woodstock Union Arena (entrance fee).

Thursday, October 9, 5-8pm
Opening Reception, Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, Shelburne, VT

Saturday, October 11th, 1pm
Artist Talk with Kate Katomski & DJ Hellerman
Carving Studio, Rutland, VT

Saturday, October 11, 5 pm
Artist Talk featuring Judy Natal, Nancy Winship Milliken, Kathryn Lipke, and Eben Markowski
Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, Shelburne, VT

October 20th – 26th
Symposium Week – events to be determined
Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, Shelburne, VT

Saturday, October 25th, 11am
Tour of Wheelock Barn Sculptures with artist JP Marton
South Burlington, VT

Locations:

The BCA Center, Burlington, VT: September 19 — November 15, 2014
135 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401In 1995, BCA won permission from the City of Burlington to convert the ground floor of the former firehouse building (now The BCA Center) into an art gallery on a trial basis. Since then, the Center has blossomed into Vermont’s premiere location for contemporary art. Securing and exhibiting national-level artists from Vermont and elsewhere, the Center’s mission is to bring a unique arts experience to the public that will challenge, teach and engage. The BCA Center features two floors of contemporary art exhibition, a Vermont-centric gallery on the fourth floor, and numerous events throughout the year including music, film and performance. Weblink: www.bcacentervt.org
Artists at location:  Judy Natal, Angus McCullough, Katie Loesel, Claire Von Vliet, Olivia Kaufman-Rovira, John Douglas, Jessica Langley

Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, Shelburne, VT: October 9 — 26, 2014
1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT 05482
Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit education organization working to cultivate change fora sustainable future. Collaborating with educators, schools, and partners in Vermont, nationally and internationally, Shelburne Farms offers learning experiences to inspire a culture of sustainability. Recognized by Yankee Magazine in 2013 for “Best Hands-On Farm Programs” in New England, and reaching 145,000 participants each year, Shelburne Farms’ campus for learning is a 1,400-acre working farm and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. The nonprofit is supported by foundations and the charitable contributions of supporters from 44 states and several countries, as well as its enterprises, which include a Certified Humane grass-based dairy and award-winning farmstead cheese operation, a farm-to-table restaurant supported by an organic market garden and pastured meats, sustainable forestry, and a seasonal inn that was a Fodor’s 2012 “100 Best Hotel” for its trendsetting farm-to-inn concept.
Weblink: shelburnefarms.org
Artists at location: Judy Natal, Nancy Winship Milliken, Kathryn Lipke, Eben Markowski, Alexandra Heller, Douglas Biklen, Adrienne Ginter, Lynda McIntyre, Kate Katomski, Annemie Curlin, Leslie Fry, Dianne Shullenberger, Brenda Garand, Susan Raber Bray, Wendy Copp.

Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, Rutland, VT: September 13 — October 26, 2014
636 Marble Street, West Rutland, VT 05777
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center (www.carvingstudio.org) is a non-profit arts education organization occupying the former company store and other buildings of the Vermont Marble Company in West Rutland. In over 25 years, programming has expanded from two 3-week summer stone carving workshops to include year-round exploration in most sculptural media. Workshop participants work side-by-side with people of all ages and experience. Our Artist in Residence program encourages exchange of technical skills and aesthetic viewpoints with sculptors from around the world. One and two person exhibitions in our gallery feature artistic excellence in contemporary sculpture.
A sculpture park greets visitors to SculptFest2014, prior to the discovery of site-specific installations mingled among post-industrial ruins. SculptFest began at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in 1998 to showcase both permanent and temporary work by contemporary sculptors in a variety of media and techniques. This year nine selected artists will respond to the theme “Historical Markers,” working with guest curator Phil Whitman of Barre.
Weblink: carvingstudio.org
Artist at location: Kate Katomski

The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT: August 15 — October 13, 2014 (artist in residence until August 29)
54 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT 05091
Nestled among the rolling hills and pastures of eastern-central Vermont, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is the only national park to tell the story of conservation history and the evolving nature of land stewardship in America. The boyhood home of George Perkins Marsh, one of America’s first conservationists, and later the home of Frederick Billings, the property was given to the American people by its most recent owners, Laurance S. and Mary F. Rockefeller. The park was created by an Act of Congress and signed into law by President George Bush on August 26, 1992. Today, the park is a living symbol of three generations of conservationist thought and practice. It is also a repository for the histories of three quintessentially American families. Visitors can tour the mansion and gardens where these exceptional people lived and observed nature, and learn more about land stewardship and conservation by hiking in the managed forest and visiting the conservation stewardship exhibit at the Carriage Barn Visitor Center.
The park seeks to put the idea of conservation stewardship into a modern context, interpreting the idea of place and the ways in which humans can balance natural resource conservation with the requirements of our twenty-first century world. The Conservation Study Institute, established by the National Park Service to enhance leadership in conservation and facilitate stewardship partnerships in local communities, is also located at the park. The park operates in partnership with The Woodstock Foundation, Inc. and the adjacent Billings Farm & Museum, a working dairy farm and a museum of agricultural and rural life. There will be an artist in residence at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park location, who will create new work on the park grounds
Weblink: www.nps.gov/mabi/index.htm
Artists at location: Jessica Langley, Katie Loesel

The Kent Museum, Calais, VT: September 12 — October 5, 2014
Reflections
September 12 – October 5, 2014
(10:00 – 5:00, Fridays – Sundays and by appointment)
7 Old West Church Road, Calais, Vermont 05648
The Kent Museum is an historic 1837 tavern/general store at Kents’ Corner—a crossroads hamlet in Calais, Vermont—just 10 miles north of Montpelier. Operated for over 40 years as a seasonal museum by the Vermont Historical Society, the Museum today is owned by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, and currently hosts shows of contemporary art within the complex.
“Art at the Kent” has hosted a number of these shows over the course of the past 7 years, and the current show, Reflections, includes the work of over 30 of Vermont’s finest visual and literary artists. Considering the actual return of light as inspiration or using internal thought as visual motivation are equal focuses for the exhibit. Reflective materials, highly polished surfaces, and mirrored or repeated imagery will enlighten visitors through an overt look at how art reflects life and how forms of thought bounce back.
www.kentscorner.org

Presenting artists in literature, painting, photography, sculpture, and textile arts
Mary Admasian, Robyn Alvin, Ann Barlow, Michael Belenky, Elizabeth Billings, Didi Brush, Jamie Cope, Regis Cummings, Annemie Curlin, Jody Gladding, Daniel Gottsegen, Thomas Christopher Greene, Erica Heilman, Geof Hewitt, Darren Higgins, Robert Hitzig, Mary Elder Jacobsen, Andrew Kline, Craig Line, Nina Line, Joan Morris, Lynn Newcomb, Kerstin Nichols, Emma Norman, Eric Oberg, Eleanor Ott, Ron Padgett, Marjorie Ryerson, Michael Sacca, Gail Salzman, Adelaide Tyrol, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Susan Wahlrab, Jeb Wallace-Brodeur, Frank Woods, and Judith Wrend

Curators: Cornelia Emlen, Allyson Evans, Craig Line, and David Schutz

Of Land and Local 2014 is sponsored by Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Seven Days, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing and Friends of BCA, and is an important part of Burlington City Arts, celebrating over 30 years of supporting the arts, which is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. For more information about gallery exhibitions, special events, classes and workshops, please call 802.865.7166 or visit BURLINGTONCITYARTS.ORG. 

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