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Burlington City Arts

Airport Gallery

The Burlington International Airport features Vermont artists from BCA's External Exhibitions program in several spaces. These exhibits are located in the Skyway and Gates 1-8 (both located on the 2nd floor) as well as above the escalator in the main building. Artwork rotates every few months in these locations.

CURRENT EXHIBITION:

 

October 2019 - January 2020

Gates

Susan Abbott

 

Hill Farm, Dawn, oil on linen, 26x40

Abbott moved to Vermont almost twenty years ago for the most impractical of reasons, love at first sight. Driving through a small town in the southern part of the state, in the early morning, on her way to somewhere else, she caught a glimpse of a stream running through the backyard of an old clapboard cape. Suddenly she was back in her childhood, in a time before the creeks in her own town were culverted and the yards subdivided. The Vermont she saw from a car window looked like a memory of home, and she was hooked. Two decades later, she’s still attracted to what she sees here and on her frequent travels to downeast Maine: a work-a-day patchwork of small towns, dirt roads, village greens, barn yards and back fields. Looking carefully at these ordinary places, landscape and memory intersect for her. While she paints, the abstraction of color, light, and shape combine with subject to compose a mood and a meaning. In these landscapes, the mood may be melancholy, the meaning ambiguous. Both mood and meaning in her landscapes—images of old houses, old farms, old towns, old trucks–have to do with age and time. Like many Vermonters, she values the old. Even when a barn has outlived its purpose, we respect its venerable presence and want to see it endure. The Japanese concept of “wabi-sabi” has helped her understand why she finds these old, ordinary, and sometimes broken-down places so beautiful. Wabi-sabi embraces the aged, the imperfect, the modest, the subjective, the natural, the seasonal, the private, the mysterious. In Vermont and Maine, she finds wabi-sabi everywhere she looks. In her painting, she finds beauty in the ordinary, and tries to hold on to the changing, the disappearing, the memory, and the first glimpse.

Skyway

Kimberly Bombard

Clear Tonight, Sunny Tomorrow, oil on canvas, 30x40

From her very first memories, Bombard has always seen herself as an artist.  She vividly remembers coloring in kindergarten, experiencing a pleasant feeling like a trance, a kind of meditation, pure joy. She still feels that way when she paints. Through the years, she has hoarded all sorts of ephemera. She buys wallpaper and fabric because she loves it, and she finds herself drawn to its history, or to the graphics. She likes patterns in the background because her style is less orderly and it gives it some order to the paintings. She enjoys painting still life because it is an easy way to fall into color, and she is all about color and movement. In many ways, she has been putting herself through her own school of painting, where she breaks apart the subject simplify it, and then puts it back together. Flowers, to her, are the opposite of still. Growing and dying in a short time frame, they are perfect symbols for life, death, love, and beauty. Her brushstrokes are layered with her own internal emotions depicting how she feels when she paints the stroke, weather its happiness, sorrow, satisfaction, or love… it’s all in the strokes.

 

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