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). 



April - August 2019



Caleb Foster


Sunset in Lake Champlain, digital photograph, 24" x 36"

Caleb’s life experiences have shaped a dynamic, multi-cultural perspective that is actively portrayed throughout his photography and artwork. Born and raised internationally, but now based in Jericho, Vermont, Caleb loves capturing the amazing details Vermont has to offer.  He continues regularly exploring the rest of the globe as well, with his camera always in tow.  He focuses on nature, landscape, travel, portrait, and snowflake photography. With a profession in the Life Sciences, he enjoys fusing science and art by combining his expertise in Microscopy with his creative passions.   


On snowy winter days, you will likely find Caleb on his back porch pursuing one of his favorite activities - snowflake photography with a homemade microscope. Hours of patience and perseverance in sub-zero temperatures help him capture fleeting designs that will never be repeated. He has photographed over 3000 individual snowflakes over the last decade and enjoys sharing these intricate snowflake designs with others.

Erika Lawlor Schmidt


Horizon/February, monotype, 16" x 30"

Born in Lake Forest, Illinois, Erika Lawlor Schmidt has shaped a career as a visual and performing artist whose work is deeply shaped by investigations into Eastern philosophy and Indian mysticism. Schmidt received her B.F.A. from the University of South Florida in Tampa and did post-baccalaureate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She later earned an M.F.A. from the University of South Florida, where she founded the Vital Spark Performance Group, a collaborative interdisciplinary ensemble that has traveled to major U.S. cities and throughout Europe. 

 Schmidt has been a guest artist at the Honghua School in Guangham, China , Anderson House: Harvard Club in Wash. D.C., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, Elon University, Elon, N.C. and a commissioned artist for the Southern Graphics Council Conference, Graphic Studio, at University of South Florida,  Tampa, FL. 

 Erika’s prints and collages have been widely exhibited at different venues, including the Drawing Center and the Lincoln Center Gallery in New York; the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida; the Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa: and the Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art in Sarasota, Florida. Among the numerous awards she has received acknowledging her unique approach to art and multi-media theater are accolades at international dance festivals in Prague, Czech Republic (1999); Cercena, Italy (2001); and Barcelona, Spain (2006). 


Cecelia Kane


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A Year of Forgetting: April-May, acrylic on canvas, 40" x 62"

“A Year of Forgetting” are paintings and studies of aging that visually, playfully record twelve months of mental lapses using my own symbolic language to represent the various ways I actually forget, like when someone finishes my sentence, or forgetting what I was saying after I’m interrupted, plus many more. I begin with pencil composites of each day’s forgetting-symbols in my sketchbook. Later I make a fanciful painting that functions as a map or calendar of the mental-me, poking fun, I hope, at the aging process. 

Art is my conduit for making sense of myself in the universe. It consists of wrestling imagery out of paint, thread, line, and the camera. The point seems to be to probe what in the world I’m doing here at this random time on earth. My latest works are in a sense self-portraiture.


Tatiana Yakusheva


Festive Church Street, oil on canvas, 22"x28"

For me Art is Life and Life is Art. Both processes are pretty complicated, but also adventurous, creative, challenging, and infinite. As we look for our paths in life so do I also look for approaches and techniques in the process. Every time I draw or paint, I try to improvise… with new mediums and styles. Art, for me, turns into a meditation process. It is something sacred, magical, and ephemeral. The state of creation, or the process of creation, is life in different dimension. Artwork turns into separate substance that has energy, light and lives its own life. The goal for me is not to create painting with the right succession of strokes, proportions and perspective. All the beauty is in imperfection. Drawing or painting becomes a separate substance that has energy and light, and lives its own life. My works are usually the result of generated experience, passion, feelings, concerns, and questions. Emotions: love, friendship, happiness, grief, disappointment, failure, and success make the works impressionistic, lively, and dynamic.


Leif Kruse 


Loom, mixed media, 40" x 40"

For years I thought my constantly changing subject matter took away from my identity as an artist, but over time I’ve realized that it actually helps define my style. Although I revisit past subjects and ideas frequently; they are never re-made in the same style that was previously used. I see it as a frequent evolution, and a necessary path forward. I will continue to follow this path until I find that one process that I might stick to.  

Combining acrylic paints and charcoal is one of my preferred mediums. I’ve always found black and white tonality very satisfying, but in need of a simple color addition. At times, these color additions become more prominent, but most of my work still has heavy use of charcoal throughout the layers of paint. I prefer to have a gritty and raw application of materials that can coincide with much more finished and softer areas. Perhaps this is inspired by the extremes of so much in daily life. 

Subject matter comes from many places, but I’m mainly inspired by the outdoors, and how we as humans interact with the natural world. As we continue to change our surroundings, I will continue to change my process and ideals. Through thick and thin, the desire to create still burns bright. 


Dierdra Michelle


Cree Beadwork, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 24"

In 2010 at the age of 44, Dierdra found the courage to finally embrace life as an artist. Though holding no academic training in art, she quit all her jobs to enter the studio day after day to become a painter. The attendance of two portrait painting classes a year of at Burlington City Arts with Gail Salzman coupled with the sheer tenacity of approaching the canvas daily, has aided Dierdra in building her skills in portraiture and figurative painting.  Dierdra now identifies herself as an artist and has great faith in the life her art is mapping out for her. 


Steve Sharon

Summer Runs, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36"

Steve Sharon is an abstract painter, musician and mixed media artist living in Burlington, VT. He went to school for music at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT, and has been a musician since the age of 14. He started painting six years ago when he decided to shift some of his focus into making visual art. His paintings involve a deep and heavy process -- a method that he discovered through chance and through the drive of using the art of improvisation to create. The artist in Steve wants the viewer to look upon the paintings and come to their own conclusions as to what they see.


Liz Hawkes deNiord


The Practice, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 48"


These abstract works address the distillation of dreams, emotions and the ‘present’ in a visual language, marking the ordinary as extraordinary, or the smallest thing as notable. These thick impasto layers reveal recurring iconographic markings: the horizontal plane, the circle or void, the crest. They are the indicators, entrances, passports. 

 I look to the natural world and to the beauty and mess of daily living. I read and journal and absorb as much as possible from being present to all that surrounds me. Paintings emerge from this, addressing the ephemeral and things that cannot stay- things that morph, divide, erode, mutate, reflect, shimmer, disseminate, evaporate, break, fade, dissolve. 

 Mark making with paint sets up calls and responses, creating a back and forth exchange on the canvas and also, even unconsciously, when not in the studio. “Echoes, mirages, phantoms, hallucinations and like a dream..” One needs to 'pay attention' consciously and unconsciously. My process is one of multiple layering, scraping, covering up, building up heavily textured surfaces with palette knife and paint. People ask me how I know a painting is ‘finished’- usually I can tell when it sings. 


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