Brattleboro-West Arts: New Visions exhibit at River Garden in January

BRATTLEBORO — During the month of January, seven Brattleboro-West Arts members will exhibit recent work in a variety of media at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro.

The art on display will include acrylic paintings, watercolors, hooked and braided wool, oil paintings, encaustics and pastels. The artists offer new visions of wildlife to landscapes to abstraction.

Participants: Julia Eva Bacon, Maisie Crowther, Lesley Heathcote, Ron Karpius, Kris McDermet, Walter Slowinski and Jen Wiechers.

Bacon's oil paintings highlight a spiritual connection to the natural world by way of its animal inhabitants.

Crowther will be showing watercolors of natural scenes, including waterfall, trees, fields, rivers and beach. Her watercolors reflection the different states of water — ice, snow, clouds, fog, rivers — and their relationships to the elements in the landscape.

Heathcote will exhibit pastels of birds. They are depicted with close attention to detail, conveying their unique spirits, beauty and intelligence.

Karpius's acrylic paintings depict scenes ranging from landscapes and seascapes to nautical and wildlife themes.

Each of McDermet's hooked and braided wool pieces has a story. For example, her piece titled Musical Chairs honors the child's game it's named for, her love of all styles of chairs, the harpsichord keyboard and the recorder. She asks, "Can you find the mistake in the keyboard?"

Slowinski will be exhibiting his acrylic landscape paintings, which are done plein-air.

Wiechers offers her abstract encaustic (wax) paintings from her Laughing Lizard Studio. She said this lesser-known medium offers, "A very comfortable, versatile physical interface full of interweaving layers and unplanned effects that encourage a dance between intention and happenstance. The depths and dreaminess of encaustic paintings offer layer upon layer of possibilities that reveal the connections between our internal landscape and our external world. I'd like to think that the incredible joy I feel when creating the paintings is captured in each of them."

The show will run through Jan. 29. The River Garden will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays (closed Sundays).

Brattleboro-West Arts is a group of about three dozen artists who create their art and make their homes within the watershed of the Whetstone Brook in West Brattleboro, Marlboro and Dummerston.

Profiles of the participating artists, as well as other BWA members, are viewable online at For more information, email


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