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Burlington City Arts

UVM Medical Center

The University of Vermont Medical Center, located at 111 Colchester Avenue, has been exhibiting and purchasing the work of Vermont artists on the main medical center campus in various locations for many years, thanks to its ongoing partnership with Burlington City Arts. Rotating artwork can be found in the ACC East Pavilion 2 & West Pavilion 3, McClure 4, Breast Care Center, and Cancer Center.  Permanent artwork is also on display throughout the hospital.

 

February - August 2020

 

Michael Strauss

Moonshadows II, acrylic & ink on canvas, 11x14

 

Michael Strauss has been painting and drawing since his teens.  After forty years as a professor of chemistry, he began devoting full time to painting in 2003.  His primary interest is in how color and value create the illusion of light and shadow.  For example, when he paints landscapes depicting early morning or late afternoon, the light is often filtered by dust or moisture, resulting in a warm red-orange glow.  In this circumstance, portions of objects lit by orange light reflect warmth in the viewer’s eye, even if the reflection is from snow.  The cooler blue, purple and green shadows in these warmly lit scenes build depth. This is reinforced using linear perspective, which is most evident in the lines of lanes, houses, poles, trees and wires in his street scenes. Strauss’s work is strongly influenced by the Canadian and California colorists, both in style and subject matter. He is particularly indebted to Mike Svob, Nicholas Bott and Min Ma for inspiration in the subject matter and style of the paintings in this small collection. Like these artists, he sometimes uses bright, bold, color shapes, often with hard and sometimes black edges, to create interesting patterns and design.  Though the colors and lines he uses are sometimes not found in nature, the resulting images retain the logic of light and shadow. He often tries to make the brightest objects seem lit from within as well as from incident light, to create an otherworldly glow, like electrified neon in glass.  It is this luminous quality of saturated and impressionistic color that pleases him most. 100% of proceeds on sales of work from this exhibit are being generously donated to Burlington City Arts.

 

Sandy Sokoloff

Archangel Michael, acrylic on canvas, 38x78

 

Beliefs: Sandy doesn’t believe in G-d. He believes in divine inspiration.

 

Sephirot (The Quabalistic Spheres): Sokoloff does not consider himself an observant Jew, but has been strongly influenced by his cultural heritage. As a child, he loved to draw and color but early on he was told, “you may never create an image of G-d”.  Still, Kabballah describes Sephirot as the manifestations of G-d that allow Him to appear in both the metaphysical and physicaluniverse. Archangels (as referred to by the Zohar, The Book of Splendor): Isaac Luria explains in his writings that angels are energies formed by the deeds of people. When someone is occupied in acts of creation, the breath that leaves the mouth becomes a vehicle for these angels – through which they may reveal themselves. He paints this paradox: an image that both appears and does not appear.

 

Sokoloff's work had been exhibited in New York and Boston beginning in the 70’s, during which time he taught at Wellesley College and Boston University. The ‘Emanation’ exhibition at The Brattleboro Museum in Spring, 2019 was his first since the early 1990’s, and his work was also featured at the BCA Center as part of ‘Transcendent: Spirituality in Contemporary Art’ last fall. The artist has taken these years to work in isolation and explore a developing interest in spirituality. He now knows that Art is essential and is the response to our mortality.

 

Conor Lahiff

South Royalton, VT, photograph on metal, 16x24

 

Conor Lahiff transplanted to Vermont over 20 years ago to attend college and for the love of snow and mountains, and never left. He now lives in Jericho in Mount Mansfield's shadow, with his VT native wife and two sons.  Conor has always had a love for photography and art. His mother was an art teacher and has always been an artist, and his great uncle was a published photographer in New York City, specializing in flowers (specifically roses). Though his education always focused on the sciences, his love for the arts has always been an undercurrent. Conor's full time "day job" is as a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Burlington, where he spends most of his time at a computer focused on scientific models of projected weather patterns. To escape the deck he satisfies his love for nature through landscape photography, and experiencing the outdoors through snowboarding or hiking, riding his motorcycle through Vermont's mountain roads, and working on his wife's classic 1966 Mustang in the driveway.  Everywhere he adventures within Vermont and beyond, he almost always has his camera within arm's reach. Once the photographs are taken from the camera, a little bit of editing is almost always applied. The intent behind most of his work is to add a touch of the surreal to the existing beauty that exists in the subject at hand. Sometimes this includes high-dynamic-range imaging (HDR) and tone mapping, other times it's simply adding his watermark.

 

Carol Boucher

Pink Clouds at Sunset, acrylic on canvas, 48x36

 

This series of paintings consists of imagined/remembered landscapes, done in acrylic on canvas or panel.  In the warmer months Boucher paints with oils on location (plein air).  She has been painting since childhood, and over 25 years has sold her artwork at galleries and at juried outdoor art festivals. You can view more of her work at www.carolboucher.com and at Shore Acres in North Hero, VT, in addition to other BCA venues. The artist thanks you for taking the time to view her work!   

 

Maurie Harrington

Hollyhocks, watercolor, 16x20

 

Maurie Harrington's deep-seated love of nature is captured with her special artist’s touch. From mountain vistas and quiet forests to vibrant flowers, the artist strives to capture their unique beauty. While her studio is located in Killington, Vermont, Maurie exhibits widely throughout New England. Her work is hanging on walls around the world. She is well known for her watercolor workshops, which are held at her studio as well as in other locations. Her work illustrates nationally published books. From the quiet, muted tones of soft flowers, to the vibrant blast of color displayed by the flashy set, Maurie uses a variety of techniques to convey and explore nature’s offerings. Her ability to capture the mood is unique.

 

 

All artwork is available for sale. For more information, to purchase, or to see additional works by these artists, please contact Kate Ashman at (802) 865-7296 or kashman@burlingtoncityarts.org