BRATTLEBORO -- Perhaps no artist is more closely identified with Vermont’s pastoral landscape than Sabra Field, whose spare, elegant prints depict the Green Mountain State in all its seasonal splendor. Yet Field’s interests as an artist range far beyond Vermont’s hills and barns.
"Cosmic Geometry," Field’s suite of 16 prints currently on view at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, explores the way in which geometric proportion sheds light on a complex world and illuminates the classical concept of Beauty as it relates to nature, art, and architecture. On Sunday at 2 p.m., in BMAC’s Center Gallery, Field will discuss her work and her longstanding interest in the intersection of nature, mathematical proportion and art. Admission to the talk is $5 for adults, seniors, and students, free for BMAC members and children under 6.
Commenting on the images contained in the exhibit "Cosmic Geometry," Field says, "Our ability to see the cosmos has expanded far beyond what we dreamed half a century ago: from inside our DNA to far beyond our galaxy. Instead of being overwhelmed, we are enchanted to find in these new images a sense of familiarity, because our minds are equipped to categorize, to seek order ... The images in this suite -- and many, many more I’ve experienced over a lifetime of looking, thinking, and drawing -- lead me to the conclusion that everything is part of everything, or, more simply put, ‘all is one.’"
Field was born in Tulsa, Okla., and grew up in the metropolitan New York area. She earned a B.A. with honors in The Arts from Middlebury College, which awarded her its Alumni Achievement Award in 1984, and an Honorary Doctor of Arts in 1991. She holds an M.A.T. degree from Wesleyan University, where she studied printmaking with Russell T. Limbach. Field has lived in Vermont since 1969 when she opened a studio to publish her hand-pulled wood block prints. Field was named an Extraordinary Vermonter by Governor Kunin in 1991 and received the 1999 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from Governor Dean.
Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. The museum’s exhibits and gift shop are open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and 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. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. Members and children under 6 are admitted free. Located in 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.