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Viewing the latest exhibit of Cameron Davis' paintings is like stepping into an old-growth forest. Senses become alert to nuances of light, depth and color. The mind is calmed by an invitation to linger and look closely at what is visible and what is hidden beneath layers of time and space.
VERGENNES — Hannah Sessions has a new exhibit on view at Northern Daughters Fine Art Gallery on Main Street in Vergennes. “Keep it Simple” a solo exhibit of new work from Sessions, will be on view April 4-May 31, with an opening reception on April 19, from 5-8 p.m. During the opening reception Sessions will speak about her process and this body of work. Greg Bernhard, her husband and co-owner of Blue Ledge Farm, will read excerpts from his new poetry anthology “ Goats & Those Who Live By Them.”
Northern Daughters is hosting its third annual small works exhibit “more light,” on view at the gallery’s 221 Main Street location in Vergennes. The opening reception will coincide with Vergennes Magic on Main, Thursday, Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m. Gumbo Ya Ya will perform an acoustic set at NoDa, with their mix of calypso, ska, reggae and n’aline funk, and Barr Hill will be serving their delicious gin cocktails.
Smith is a self-taught painter based in Bristol. She draws from a background in textiles, years of living abroad and studying folk art from around the world. These influences are beautifully evident in her work. Smith’s paintings are rich in pattern and floral elements, and exhibit the liberty experienced by an outsider artist who plays with perspectives, dimensions and mediums freely.
Rose Umerlik, Composure, 2017
“The colors in this piece speak to what you would want in a bedroom—they are very serene, light, and airy. The bedroom should be the place where you relax, so there shouldn’t be any loud or offending colors. You want art that that clears your mind, that brings the calmness you want at the end of the day. And this is an oil painting, so you could hang it above your bed without a frame and not worry about earthquakes!”
Anaïs Nin once wrote, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
And that is how I would introduce the paintings of Vermont-born Maine artist Anna Dibble on view now at Northern Daughters Gallery in Vergennes. Dibble writes of her new collection, “A Crossing Place.”
“This current series began at a crossing place. The paintings grow from the confluence of a good life that ended in grief, and a new uncertain one I’m constructing, mostly winging, as I move forward towards the end.”
The Vergennes gallery Northern Daughters this week puts up a summer show that features the work of Anne Cady, Julia Jensen and Jessica Smith, three artists who use familiar landscapes as an entrance point to creating art, but otherwise have very little else in common. “Blades Will Sprout,” the title of the show, will be on view at the gallery’s 221 Main St. location from June 14 through July 29. There will be an opening reception on June 22 from 5-8 p.m.
Anne Cady’s distinctive oil paintings are inspired by the Vermont countryside that surrounds her ("Someday to Return," pictured, right). Her paintings are playful and bold, full of vibrant color and spirit.