BMAC exhibits artwork of Roger Sandes, opening Friday, Sept. 1

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center will unveil a new exhibit of artwork by Roger Sandes during Gallery Walk, Friday, Sept. 1, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The opening is free, and all are welcome to attend.Occupying the museum's large Center Gallery, "Constellations: Roger Sandes" features 21 paintings created by the artist over the past 27 years. According to BMAC's chief curator, Mara Williams, the exhibit is organized as a series of constellations, each consisting of a recent painting displayed alongside one or more older paintings upon which the recent one is based. "The new paintings are kaleidoscopic abstractions of the earlier works," says Williams, "at once symmetrical and asymmetrical, figurative and abstract, ebullient and quiet.""Making art is my purpose in life," says Sandes. "It's always in my imagination, waiting for realization. For 50 years I have produced figurative works on nature-based, multicultural, and art historical themes. I incorporate symbols of life and fertility — icons integral to art in all cultures since primitive times—highlighting their natural beauty and form. I also integrate elements of modern and folk art, nature and artifact."Roger Sandes and his wife, collage artist Mary Welsh, live and work in Williamsville. Sandes' artwork has been exhibited and collected throughout the United States and abroad. Sandes co-founded southern Vermont's Rock River Artists collective."Constellations: Roger Sandes" remains on view at BMAC through Jan. 8. Also on view, through Oct. 8, are "Wolf Kahn Density & Transparency," "Lost Porches: Nathalie Miebach," "Boundaries, Balance, and Confinement: Mary Admasian," "Free Fall: Barbara Garber," and "Spaceship of Dreams: William Chambers."The museum is located in Brattleboro, 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 brattleboromuseum.org.


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