BRATTLEBORO -- Fantastical creatures fashioned out of glass, a huge and growing map of an imaginary world, a suite of prints by one of Vermont’s best-loved artists, and artwork inspired by astronauts’ impressions of the earth from space -- all this and more will be on view at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, when four new exhibits open during Brattleboro’s monthly Gallery Walk on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Many of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance at the opening, which is free and open to the general public.
VT Kids Design Glass II is the sequel to a successful exhibit/community outreach program undertaken by BMAC two years ago, in which professional glass artists created one-of-a-kind sculptures based on kids’ drawings of imaginary creatures. The new exhibit features 24 glass sculptures by 21 artists, as well as all 812 drawings submitted by kids from around the world and the kids’ descriptions of their imaginary creatures. Each sculpture is for sale, with proceeds supporting the museum’s education programs.
Opening alongside VT Kids Design Glass II is "Jerry’s Map," a room-sized installation of hand-drawn panels comprising a highly-detailed map of an imaginary world sprung from the mind of artist Jerry Gretzinger. Gretzinger started the map as a doodle in 1963 and has been working on it ever since. What he adds to the map each day and what happens to the sections he has already created are determined in part by cards drawn at random from a customized deck.
Rounding out the new exhibits are "Cosmic Geometry: Sabra Field," a suite of 16 prints by the much-admired Vermont artist; and "Our Fragile Home: Pat Musick," a multimedia installation inspired by impressions of the earth from space, conveyed by astronauts and cosmonauts, including Musick’s husband and collaborator, Jerry Carr.
The new exhibits will remain on view until March 8, with the exception of "Our Fragile Home: Pat Musick," which closes Feb. 9.
The museum is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for students. Members and children under 6 are admitted free.
Located in historic Union Station at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.