ARTIST PANEL DISCUSSION: Friday, July 20, 4–5pm OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, July 20, 5–7pm
Join us in celebrating the work of award winners from AVA’s 2017 Juried Summer Exhibition juried by John Stomberg, Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art. A lively panel discussion with three of the award-winning artists will take place from 4-5pm. In an informal setting, Bruce Blanchette, Helen Shulman, and Susan Wilson will talk about their individual art practices, backgrounds and very different mediums. Audience participation is encouraged!
BRUCE BLANCHETTE : mixed media
Bruce Blanchette, of Walpole, New Hampshire, holds a BS in Art Education from SUNY at New Paltz and an MFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He has taught art in the public schools of Long Island, New York and New Hampshire for 20 years and was an adjunct professor of art at Keene State College for a dozen more. Though seemingly a “late-starter” as a full-time artist, Blanchette’s work has been in 13 exhibitions including three solo shows in the New England region and as far away as Dubuque, Iowa. Bruce is fascinated “with the creation of invented artifacts as a means to express a metaphorical view of our cultural tendencies and viewpoints as humans.
HELEN SHULMAN : oil painting
Helen Shulman, a long time AVA artist, paints in oils with cold wax medium and incorporates other materials into her abstract works. She received her training at the School for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. She has also studied cold wax with Rebecca Crowell in Glouchester, MA and Ballycastle, Ireland. She is represented by West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT; Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, VT; Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA; and Allyn Gallup Contemporary, Sarasota, FL. “I have earth mood and sky moods…This body of work reflects the constant shift between these two states.”
SUSAN WILSON : sculpture
Susan Wilson retired to Putney, Vermont after a 30-year career of teaching in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey and doing justice work. In working with clay, Wilson searches to find her place in the world as well as exploring her fears, hopes, questions, and yearnings to belong. Her work has been included in over 55 exhibitions nationally. “There is a gathering urgency to speak out against forces and voices that challenge our very presumptions of justice and compassion for all who seek better lives. My imagery has changed from introspection and waiting for a path forward to imaging the nobility and quiet determination of a refugee on the move.”
Shawna Gibbs, recipient of the Cornelia M. Rahmelow Photography Prize, is regretfully unable to participate.