Burlington City Arts

Maltex Building

The Maltex Building, located at 431 Pine St, holds four floors of artwork curated by the BCA's External Exhibitions Program. This venue features artwork from nine Vermont artists, rotating bi–annually, and can be visited during regular business hours (Monday - Friday 7am - 7pm). 



November 2020 - April 2021



Joy Huckins-Noss

Presence, oil on canvas, 30" x 40"


Joy Huckins-Noss is a contemporary artist whose love for nature is seen in her vibrant canvases. Joy’s paintings feature tiny spots of color which combine optically. Her style is similar to pointillism, but has a fresh contemporary edge. She applies color in multiple layers to create a uniquely textured surface of color and light. Joy began her art studies at Drew University, and then continued at the University of New Mexico, earning her BA in art. Joy participated in two residencies at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, where she studied painting in the tradition of the Impressionists. Joy has studied with other notable landscape painters such as Wolf Kahn, Don Stone, Charles Sovek, Doug Dawson and Ray Roberts. Today Joy resides in Vermont and spends the winter months in Arizona, creating art in both locations. 

Joy’s paintings focus on our relationship with the natural world. Landscapes of trees and bodies of water, plants, and objects found in nature, draw viewers into a deeper relationship with our environment. Joy’s art relies on the perceptive ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to mix the color dots. Her surfaces are rich, intense and seem to vibrate. “I love to work with the color to make the paintings glow. I want to bring the feelings and sensations of being outdoors into the painting”


Michael Strauss

First Day of Winter, acrylic and ink on canvas, 32" x 42"


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.  


Lisa Forster Beach, NWS

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Weathered, watercolor, 26" x 32" 


Lisa Forster Beach is an award winning artist living in Stowe, Vermont. She is widely recognized for her drawings and watercolor paintings. They represent her responses to her environment, experiences, impressions, and perceptions both seen and felt.  In addition to many solo shows, her work has been accepted in numerous group and national exhibitions.  She was awarded signature membership in  the National Watercolor Society in 1986.  She was one of the top award winners in the American Watercolor Society’s 2018 International Watercolor Exhibit.

Her background includes a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Rochester Institute of Technology, a BS degree in Art Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and study with many master painters. She is acclaimed for her teaching, which includes watercolor workshops, internationally, nationally, and regionally, art museum classes, college courses, public school, Elderhostel, and classes in her Stowe Hollow Studio. 


Shanley Triggs

Milton, VT, watercolor, 26" x 36"


All of my paintings are inspired by what I experienced as a child and young adult.  I am naturally drawn to the Vermont landscape as I roamed the hills, valleys, and woods for endless hours as a child growing up on our family dairy farm in Milton, Vermont.   I love to paint Vermont barns, Vermont wild flowers, Holstein cows, the birds that frequent my bird feeder and Lake Champlain from which I draw inspiration every day.  I love to paint because there is always a challenge and a surprise as I never know where a painting will lead.  My hope to bring joy to others through my art.


Lisa Balfour

029-20, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"


With an art education degree I began my career as a photo stylist at Hallmark Cards, working alongside photographers to create imagery for greeting cards, calendars and other social expressions. A lifetime of experience has reawakened my talent of discovery through painting. The excitement as my creations unfold in front of me is what drives me to further explore and discover. As it should be, my interpretation of the work is often different from that of the viewer's experience. I hope for you, the viewer, to make your own discoveries and interpretations.


Judy Hawkins

Clearing, oil and pencil on paper, 11" x 14"


Water, with all its varied dimensions, fascinates Hawkins.  She is drawn to and inspired by its simplicity and changing nature - from the pond pebbles on the bottom through layers of water, to surface tension, reflection, water splashes and ripples.  Minute color relationships and a sense of place have her diving into her oil paints. She remarks that she is continually learning something new whenever she puts brush and color to canvas, each experience bringing a new perspective and vocabulary to her work.   

Her paintings are inspired by country drives looking at favorite marshes, fields and ever changing Vermont skies.  She expresses her recollections in new paintings, exaggerating key highlights, beginning a painting at the top and working down, quickly establishing mood through color and composition.  She allows the paint, drips and accidental color combinations to guide her vision to create the drama of weather, skies and water. Finished paintings often don't resemble their beginnings; they go through a continual process of change. 


Conor Lahiff

Richmond, VT I, photograph, 16" x 24"


Originally hailing from the Garden State, over 20 years ago Conor Lahiff transplanted to Vermont 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 Vermont 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 (more 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 a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Burlington, wherein this position, 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. At this point, photography is only a hobby for him, but as with many photographers, he has a strong desire to share his work with others. Check out his portfolio at


James Rathmell 

Clivia, photograph



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