Opening March 2nd
My name is Melody Squires from Guilford, Vermont. I have two types of Cerebral Palsy and I am confined to a wheelchair all the time and I have a speech problem. It's very hard to understand me, but the more that you're with me, my speech is easier to understand.
From my Cerebral Palsy, I cannot use my arms that easily, so I use a head stick to paint or type with. It's like a helmet that sits right on my head with a rod coming out to use. I attach a paintbrush to the rod. When I paint, it is very relaxing to me that sometimes, I forget what I am doing. My mind likes to wander as I am painting.
I am very surprised at what I can paint by myself because I never thought that I'd ever paint in my life. It's very enlightening to me to see my artwork after I am finished with a painting.
Opening April 6th
Ricia Gordon began painting in 2010, making a gradual transition away from writing as the primary focus of her artistic endeavors. She is largely self-taught as a painter although an online studio course through the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) that focused on abstract expressionism and techniques for painting introduced her to strategies for working with oil. She has shown her work regionally, including at Southern Vermont Arts Center, and in the Landmark College Gallery’s 2017 Winter show. She lives in Brattleboro, VT.
Tina K. Olsen
Opening May 4th
Opening June 1st
Ross Smart is a local artist and illustrator, who has been drawing and teaching drawing for 20 years.
Opening July 6th
Jess Weitz lives in Marlboro, Vermont. She grew up in Washington DC and studied studio art and photography at Bard College. She has helped run the Insight Photography Project and has taught workshops to teenagers using Wendy Ewald's Literacy through Photography curriculum. Over the years, Jess has also studied yoga, meditation, reiki, and quigong. She has brought together her two passions in a series of paintings that have been inspired and combined with passages from The Radiance Sutras. Visit Jess' Website
Opening August 3rd
Opening September 1st
Opening October 6th
David Graham is a farmer, educator, and artist from Massachusetts. He is inspired by the scenes of animals, children, and nature at The Farm School where he works. David also hand carves objects in wood. Visit David's Website
Opening November 3rd
Leigh Niland received an MA in Printmaking at the University of the Arts, London: Camberwell College of Art in 2008. In 2005 she completed the Drawing Year postgraduate program on full scholarship awarded by The Royal Drawing School, London.
A Painter/ Printmaker, her art deals with themes of human emotional state as conveyed through landscape and the built environment.
On assignment in 2012, she traveled to New Delhi, India as Visiting Professor at the International Institute of Fine Arts with the Royal Drawing School. Artist in Residencies include Dumfries House, Scotland 2014, the Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi 2012 and Chateau de Balleroy, Normandy 2008. Her work has been shown in London and at the 2009 & 2011 Venice Biennale with WW Gallery. Currently, she makes her work at Brattleboro Printmakers clubhouse studio in Vermont which she co-founded with a business partner James Primrose in 2014. Niland has taught Drawing at New England College and Printmaking at New Hampshire Institute of Art as adjunct faculty. Her work is held in the collections of the Teti Library at NHIA, UNH Museum, Hackney (London) Archive, and HRH The Prince of Wales. Publications include The Art of Dissent: London’s Olympic State (Powell, Guillemon-Morrero eds.) 2012.