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SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: "Of Land and Local: Watershed," BCA Exhibitions & Related Events

Burlington, VT (Friday, September 23, 2016): Now entering its fourth year, Of Land and Local: Watershed continues its commitment to the creation of new work through site-specific and place-based art making as well as community programming that encourages critical dialogue. As an ongoing partnership between Shelburne Farms and Burlington City Arts, Of Land and Local: Watershed combines the missions of both organizations and supports artist led conversations about social, ethical, and political issues impacting the Vermont landscape, culminating in exhibitions at both locations.
 
Cameron Davis, exhibiting Of Land & Local: Watershed artist at Shelburne Farms and at the BCA Center said, "I am thrilled to participate in this important exhibition which I see as a part of a complex system of conversations-from scientists, governmental and non-governmental organizations, to citizens, students, and artists-all of whom address the quality of water in our beloved Lake Champlain, throughout the state of Vermont, and globally."
 
Watershed, a word that is used to describe a system of interconnected streams, rivers, and lakes can also mean a turning point, a moment when a shift occurs. Both meanings are evident in the work of these artists, all Vermonters, who are investigating questions both emotional and ecological. The subject of water and our relationship to it can be broad and poetic-but the underlying tension of climate change and the very human loss that occurs in extreme weather events and flooding is now an unavoidable implication. 
 
"Over the past three years Of Land & Local has served as a broad platform for critical dialogue about the environment. This year, the decision for Of Land & Local to have a central theme of water is in response to the immensely important role this resource plays within our local community and the world as a whole. It has been a great pleasure to work with such a stellar group of exhibiting artists and once again, to partner with Shelburne Farms to make this exhibition possible. It is BCA's hope thatOf Land & Local: Watershed will offer a meaningful experience to our audience and provide an opportunity for reflection on our society's complicated relationship with water," remarked Ashley Jimenez, Gallery Manager and Assistant Curator, BCA Center. 
 
Special thanks to the Middlebury College Environmental Studies Program Senior Seminar for their contributions to this exhibition.  This exhibition is sponsored by theVermont Community Foundation. BCA Exhibitions are funded in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.  Farrell Distributing, Have Your Cake Catering , and Fluid Bar Service  are proud sponsors of BCA Center exhibitions and events.
 

OF LAND AND LOCAL EXHIBITING ARTISTS

 
Exhibiting artists at Shelburne Farms: Cameron Davis, John Douglas, Janet Fredericks, Brenda Garand, Karen Henderson, Rachel Moore, Jen Morris, Erika Senft Miller in collaboration with Hilary Hess, Michael Zebrowski
 
Exhibiting artists at the BCA Center: Sean Clute, Cameron Davis, Al Larsen, Rachel Moore, Michael Zebrowski, John Douglas, Casey Blanchard, Galen Cheney, Mark Reamy, Gail Salzman.
 
Of Land and Local: Watershed is co-curated by Ashley Jimenez, BCA Gallery Manager and Assistant Curator, Meara McGinniss, BCA Center Gallery Assistant and Kerri Macon, Director of the Vermont Metro Gallery.
 

ASSOCIATED EXHIBITION 

Lenses on the Land
September 29, 2016 - October 23, 2016
Opening Reception
Thursday, September 29, 5-8 p.m.
Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms
 
Concurrent to Of Land & Local: Watershed, Shelburne Farms is pleased to present a photography exhibit featuring juried work by participants in their long-time "Lenses on the Land" program at the Farm. The exhibition will take place in the East Hall of the Coach Barn.
 

OF LAND & LOCAL: WATERSHED SUPPORTING EVENTS 

Exhibition Opening Reception at Shelburne Farms
Thursday, September 29, 5-8 p.m.
Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms
 
Exhibiting artists at Shelburne Farms: Cameron Davis, John Douglas, Janet Fredericks, Brenda Garand, Karen Henderson, Rachel Moore, Jen Morris, Erika Senft Miller in collaboration with Hilary Hess, Michael Zebrowski
 
Exhibition Opening Reception at BCA
Friday, October 7, 5-8 p.m.
BCA Center
 
Exhibiting artists at the BCA Center: Sean Clute, Cameron Davis, Al Larsen, Rachel Moore, Michael Zebrowski, John Douglas, Casey Blanchard, Galen Cheney, Mark Reamy, Gail Salzman
 
Artist Talk and Sculpture Tour with Michael Zebrowski at Shelburne Farms
Saturday, October 811:30 a.m.
Shelburne Farms, meet at the Coach Barn
 
Artist-in-residence Michael Zebrowski leads a tour of his site-specific sculptures and installations on the grounds of Shelburne Farms.
 
Gihon (a performance) w/ Sean Clute & Leif Hunneman Innovation Week
Tuesday, October 18, 7-9 p.m.
BCA Center
 
An audiovisual performance based on rural Vermont's Gihon River, presented in association with BTV Ignite's Innovation Week. 
 
Resiliency and Water: A Panel Discussion
October 13, 6 p.m.
Shelburne Farms
 
A discussion centering on the human impact of changes in our landscape.  Resiliency and Water will be moderated by Middlebury professor Rebecca Kneale Gould, Ph.D.  Panelists include UVM professor Kelly Hamshaw, exhibiting artist Rachel Moore, and Ned Swanburg from the Vermont DEC Rivers Program.
 
Panel Discussion: The Alchemy of Science, Spirituality and the Arts - Creating a Culture of Clean Water
Thursday, October 20, 6 p.m.
All Souls Interfaith Gathering
 
A discussion centering on creating a culture of clean water. Panelists include Cameron Davis, Phelan Fretz, and Reverend Nancy Wright.
 
Watermark, Screening 
In Conjunction with the Architecture and Design Film Series
Wednesday, November 9, 6 p.m.
Contois Auditorium, City Hall
 
Artist Talk and Water Tasting
Thursday, November 10, 6 p.m.
BCA Center
 
A panel of the contributing artists followed by a water tasting performance by Al Larsen and Sean Clute.
 
MEMBERS EVENT: 
Of Land & Local: Watershed Closing Party and Art Making Activity
Thursday, January 12, 6 p.m. 
BCA Center
 
Details to follow.
 
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CONTACT Llu Mulvaney-Stanak

P 802.865-5355

lmulvaneystanak@burlingtoncityarts.org

PHOTO CREDITS: Top right, Jen Morris, Northern Shore of White River Near Bethel, 2013​. Bottom right, Michael Zebrowski_Observatory as installed at Shelburne Farms​.