BMAC’s Giddings, Fels and ‘Water Studies’ exhibits close Sunday


BRATTLEBORO -- Only four more days remain to view the exhibits "Out of the Shadows: Paintings by Jim Giddings" and Jennifer Stock’s "Water Studies, Brattleboro." These exhibits close on Sunday to make room for three new shows opening May 9. "Flora: A Celebration of Flowers in Contemporary Art" continues through June 22.

Giddings maintained a painting studio and exhibition schedule during the 31 years he worked as the museum’s building manager and art handler. "Out of the Shadows: Paintings by Jim Giddings" traces some of the transformations his work and approach to painting underwent during that time. With a focus on surface rather than scene, the paintings include figurative landscapes, abstract mixed-media paintings, and fields of color containing figures, numbers, letters and geometric shapes.

In her audio-video installation "Water Studies, Brattleboro," Jennifer Stock mixes images reflected in the Connecticut River and Whetstone Brook near the museum with ambient field recordings she made at those locations. Adding synthesized music to the soundscape of rain, the distant train, and the rushing brook, Stock offers an abstract anatomy of the town, a literal and metaphoric reflection on the small details that create a sense of place.

Also coming down Sunday are the large cyanotype photographic prints by artist Tom Fels currently filling the museum’s Mary Sommer Room. These unusual prints are made with no more than sunlight, specially treated paper -- and patience. Fels carefully holds the large sheets of fragile paper behind flowering trees and shrubs in his yard, allowing the sunlight to make shadowy, often abstract images. He achieves multiple tones of blue, from nearly white to deep indigo, by bending the paper behind the leaves and branches.

Following behind the departing exhibits are "Opposing Forces: New Paintings by John Gibson," "Cloaked and Revealed: Sculptural Paintings by Marela Zacarias" and a video installation by Walter Ungerer, "All the Days of the Year." An opening reception for the three new exhibits will take place Friday, May 9, at 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

The museum’s exhibits and gift shop are open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11a.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.

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