WEST BRATTLEBORO -- "March Into Spring," an exhibit of still-life and geometric paintings and painted gourds by Terry Carter, is showing in gallery spaces at All Souls Church during March and April. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. (snow date: March 10).
The public is invited to meet the artist, speak with her , and enjoy refreshments prepared by the All Souls Arts Committee.
Carter’s life experience has encompassed a wide range of visual and performance arts, including dance, film, and theater, in which she has served as both a performer and in a variety of production roles. Her roots include a number of family members who explored their artistic expression. Her more formal art training has included studies at High Street Painters in Brattleboro, Great River Art Institute in Bellows Falls, and the Art Institute of Boston. She works in oils, acrylics, pen and ink, watercolor and other media.
"I’ve been painting and drawing since a child living in the country in southern New Hampshire," says Carter. "I have always been interested in artists like Van Gogh and Matisse for their use of pure color. I like Picasso for his bold, precise line, and Andrew Wyeth for his subtle, precise line. I’m inspired by Early American art due to its use of pure color, precise line and geometric style. My geometric paintings are variations on a theme: I find early glyphs of various cultures interesting and timeless.
Regarding her fascination with gourds, which began in the early ‘90s, she shares that "each unique design is based on the gourd’s shape and texture. It was a pleasant surprise to learn that a recurring theme for gourds since very early times was that of the ancient earth mother because of their rounded shape and serving as a womblike vessel holding an abundance of seeds. And it was certainly convenient to be able to work on their decoration at the kitchen table while attending to the duties of motherhood."
Carter’s paintings and gourds have been exhibited in a number of regional venues and are found in private collections throughout New England and in Florida, California and Chicago, Ill. She has also been a poster and mural designer for a number of local causes. For more than a dozen years, Carter worked through the schools and various agencies as a mentor for children with special needs. Working today in one-on-one settings, she continues to derive pleasure in bringing out each child’s creative potential.
All Souls Church is located in the West Village Meeting House at 29 South St. Regular weekly gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as during worship services and other public events; personal showings may be arranged for other times with the artist at 802-254-5421. For more information call the church office at 802-254-9377.