A contemporary art gallery at 34 Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont. A new show opens the first Friday of every month for Gallery Walk. Join us for an opening reception from 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Gallery 34 is open during River Gallery School's regular business hours, Monday - Friday from 9 - 5. If the door is locked, come through the school's main entrance next door at 32 Main Street and we'll bring you through.
April: Ricia Gordon
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.
May: Tina K. Olsen
Opening May 4th
Tina Olsen - born July 30,1943 - grew up in Springfield Massachusetts and lives in Brattleboro, Vermont with her partner Schuyler Gould. She has two daughters and four grandchildren. She studied art at Skidmore College BS 1965 and with Peter Voulkas and Harold Paris in Berkeley, California 1978.
When very young she wrote poetry and drew plants, animals and ballet dancers. As a teenager she was struck by a yellow abstract painting which she first saw in the Springfield Art Museum. She still remembers this moment and has been painting all her life. Living in Soho NYC 1971-1976 as part of that artists community solidified her identity as a painter. She earned her living as a creative arts therapist at South Beach Psychiatric Center; Staten Island, NY and showed her work at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Red Hook Brooklyn. As she became more practiced at insight meditation and contact improv the country of her roots, the mountains and the Connecticut River its light and beauty called her finally out of the city where she had been for too long. At present she paints at the River Gallery School of Brattleboro and finds the atmosphere very congenial. She works in oil paint. The abstract/real nature of things is how she describes her work. It's real if it’s attract and abstract if it’s real. She likes John Singer Sargent, Nolde, Alice Neal, Bonnard, Beverly Brown, Peter Voulkas and Zen Brush painting. Sometimes her granddaughter helps her choose her colors and she is often right!
June: Ross Smart
Opening June 1st
Ross Smart is a local artist and illustrator, who has been drawing and teaching drawing for 20 years.
July: Jess Weitz
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
August: Senior Exhibit
Opening August 3rd
September: Kate Spencer
Opening September 1st
October: David Graham
Opening October 5th
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
November: Leigh Niland
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.