Group show covers all mediums, all subjects

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BELLOWS FALLS — Canal Street Art Gallery presents the Vermont Summer Group Show - all mediums, all subjects, all art - opening June 21 and on view to the public through August 17. There will be an opening reception to meet the artists, on Bellows Falls 3rd Friday Gallery Night from 5 to 8 p.m. June 21. Enjoy live music with Asante Duo; musicians Ken Rokicki (guitar) and Johnny Yuma (percussion) perform a mix of Latin, Ska, Reggae and Jazz Fusion.

The gallery is located at 23 Canal St. and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Vermont Summer Group show is the gallery's second annual open call to regional artists, showing artworks in all mediums, styles, and subject matters. The exhibition celebrates the diversity and abundance of local art in southern Vermont. The gallery's mission to offer an open space where all creative voices may be heard presents a group show full of free artistic expression.

The 18 artists and their mediums in this year's show include: Clare Adams etching, Jean Cannon watercolor painting, Terry A. Carter painted sculpture, Nancy Fitz-Rapalje oil painting, Kathleen Gatto-Gurney ceramic sculpture, Kim Grall multimedia sculpture, Corinne Greenhalgh oil painting, Carol Keiser acrylic painting, Carla Liguori multimedia and ceramic sculpture, Jeanne McMahan oil painting, Lisa Eckhardt McNealus acrylic painting, Amy Pandolfi photography, Gil Perry oil painting, Mark Ragonesse wood sculpture, Melissa Rubin multimedia painting, Matthew Saxton oil painting, Jeffrey Spring photography, and Rodrica Tilley pastel painting.

Cannon, who relocated to the Exner Block in Bellows Falls from Burlington in 2016, presents watercolor paintings from the artist's series on the Robertson Paper Mill, in Bellows Falls. The artist has worked for the past three years on studies and finished paintings of the historic site, a conscious effort to create as much as possible while the mill was still standing.

Gatto-Gurney, based in Brattleboro, creates ceramic sculpture inspired by her career in improvising and choreographing dance in New York City. The artist sculpts in many formats including wall hung and tabletop work, pedestal centerpieces, and free-standing garden sculpture. The biomorphic forms Gatto-Gurney creates reference the human figure with shape, movement, and line.

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Grall, of Westminster Station, is an artist working in an array of mediums and techniques, including paper, fiber, leather, photography, printmaking, and pyrography. Grall's current work uses gourds as both a sculptural object and as a substrate for the artist's toolbox of materials. The gourds Grall uses are grown by the artist, seen through their entire life cycle intentioned to become art. Grall's work presents the concepts of utilitarian objects, made to be sacred objects, and treated as painted sculpture.

Keiser, Based in Putney, is a painter driven by the study of color, color relationships, and design. Keiser's seated figures with views of the landscape through an open window use narratives which demand attention, with subjects of cultural, provincial, and art historical significance.

Perry, based in Springfield, is an oil painter of the American Impressionist tradition, using detailed lines and controlled compositions to portray the artist's direct observation of the changing light of the natural, and often pastoral landscape. The artist applies many fine layers of pigment, using detailed and precise lines, to create works which often push the boundaries between impressionism and hyper-realism.

Rubin, based in New York City with a location in The Village of Cambridgeport, Vermont, shares a selection of paintings using oil, encaustic, graphite, and collage. This work was done after Hurricane Sandy, in 2012, which directly impacted Rubin's Studio in Rockaway Beach, NYC. The pieces express the power, strength, mystery and beauty of nature.

The Vermont Summer Group Show is the gallery's longest exhibition in its yearly calendar, with 3 Bellows Falls 3rd Friday Gallery Night Events throughout the show.

For more information, visit canalstreetartgallery.com online, call Mike or Emmett by phone at 802-289-0104, or send emails to artinfo@canalstreetartgallery.com.


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