BRATTLEBORO -- For the past 25 years, artist John Gibson, an instructor at Smith College, has painted pictures of balls. Appearing individually and in groups, each ball is lushly painted with designs of dots, stripes, or patterns inspired by scientific and ethnographic symbols.

With a new exhibit of his paintings currently on view at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Gibson will give a talk at BMAC on Thursday at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.brattleboromuseum.org or call 802-257-0124, ext. 101.

"Although I have painted balls exclusively for over 25 years, I don’t really care much about them," says Gibson. "I paint balls because they are the most simple and fundamentally different thing from the flat surface of a painting that I can think of. I like that elegant opposition of forces. Every day I try to wring a ‘real’ ball out of a flat surface, and every day I can’t quite do it."

Gibson holds degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University. Over the past 25 years he has taught painting, drawing and printmaking at Smith College, Amherst College and Hampshire College. Gibson’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries throughout the United States.


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His paintings and prints are held in numerous public, private, and corporate collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the MFA Boston, the Museum at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Smith College Museum of Art, among others.

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, is 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.

Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for students. Members and children under 6 are admitted free.