G. Seifert

Installation view of “GRETCHEN SEIFERT In Abstraction,” including two works by the artist: “A Provisional Life,” 2021, Acrylic, graphite, crayon on cradled panel, 24x36 inches, and “Untitled 1: Chicago, 1998, from a series on childhood,” 1998, Silver gelatin print on archival mount, 16x20 inches.

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BELLOWS FALLS — An exhibit by a visual artist who recently moved to Brattleboro is now on display at the Canal Street Art Gallery.

“GRETCHEN SEIFERT In Abstraction” is on view through April 3 at the gallery at 23 Canal St., Bellows Falls. This is the first show in Canal Street Art Gallery’s new Spring Solo Shows line up of local artists and artwork.

Seifert is a visual artist and musician. The new exhibit offers a glimpse into nearly three decades of Seifert’s work. This retrospective will include silver gelatin prints of the artist’s photographs, multimedia works on paper, paintings and drawings.

“I see abstraction as an opportunity to be curious and to discover. There is an important imaginal quality, a dreamlike exploration that occurs. Abstraction has always, for me, been a doorway into the complex of individual-ness, or, how we relate personally to our unconscious. Not what is in thought, but what is embodied; felt,” Seifert said in an exhibit description provided by the gallery.

Through her art, Seifert aims to heal trauma through visually representing the relationships between sensations, feelings and memory. Using her training as a classical musician, Seifert is inspired by experimental music to create abstract visual work.

Seifert has degrees from Boston University and Northwestern University in cello performance. She worked as a musician until the birth of her first child, at which time she was given a camera. Seifert began working as a professional photographer, and now works primarily in mixed media.

A 3rd Friday Gallery Night LIVE with the artist is set for March 19 at 6 p.m. via @canalstreetartgallery on Facebook. To watch outside of Facebook, all 3rd Friday Gallery Night LIVE events are published to the gallery website following the live broadcast.

“GRETCHEN SEIFERT In Abstraction” can be explored anytime via the gallery’s online viewing rooms and in person, Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parties of two at a time will be allowed.

More information about “GRETCHEN SEIFERT In Abstraction” or Canal Street Art Gallery is online at canalstreetartgallery.com, by phone at 802-289-0104 or by email to artinfo@canalstreetartgallery.com.

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