We have a new oil painting by Petria Mitchell Untitled #3. This is part of the Lavender Hill Waterway series. We are looking forward to an exhibit of her work in August. See more of Petria's work here.
Malcolm Wright stopped by the gallery to deliver Lockwasher. The style is influenced by Western modernist art including abstract expressionism, constructivism, and cubism. Ooriginally constructed in clay, the sculpture was then cast in bronze by Glen Campbell in West Rutland, Vermont. “It [bronze] has a feeling of permanence, which I am attracted to,” says Wright. See more about Lockwasher here.
On view now in the gallery are sculptures from Leslie Fry. Leslie's work is inspired by basic human needs: food, shelter, clothing, love, and consciousness. She models and casts by combining organic materials such as plants, paper, clay, and fabric, with plaster, concrete, metal, and resin. The intersection of the natural world and the human-made world drives her work. See more images here.
From artist Jackie Abrams, we welcome the arrival of the Blues Sisters. These woven vessels are from her "Women Forms " series representing women, their shared stories and their shared experience. This has become a continuing study of form, color, and surface texture. See more about these beauties and Jackie's work here.
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts welcomes Garrett Hack, a world-renowned maker of contemporary designed furniture based on classic forms. Garrett usually works on an individual commission basis, so enjoy a rare opportunity to see this one-of-a-kind piece of fine woodworking.
See more about Garrett Hack and his beautiful desk here.
"With a magpie sensibility, these latest works on paper continue an exploration of found local materials. old ephemera, maps, vintage hand written notes, fabric, are used as if they were tubes of paint along with India Ink, gouache and watercolors and pencils. They are usually made in one or two sittings. I try to enter each work with no preconceived notions, but instead treat each piece as a conversation or a meditation. In the end, I hope to surprise myself and when I do, I feel the pictures are complete. They are portraits of friends, memories, (imaginary and real), along with some magical beasts."
Donald Saaf has three new pictures in the gallery. See more of his work here.
We are excited to announce "MGFA Presents," a video series in colllaboration with Brattleboro Community Television, featuring Andy Reichsman and Kate Purdie of Ames Hill Film and Video Productions, as well as Robert Fritz and Gene Perulis. The series will showcase the creative process of our gallery artists. Most of the films are MGFA's artist talks, connecting community to artist and providing public education. The first film of the series is Monday, January 9 on BCTV's local channel 8, running for 2 weeks, with four airings per week. These films will be available through BCTV's website and our PRESS page.
We are happy to announce the addition of sculptor, Eric Boyer, to the gallery. Eric has been working with wire mesh for over twenty years. "While the figurative works share my fascination with the human form, and the human history of image-making in and around that form, the abstract pieces are almost purely about the material itself as expression. The wire mesh seems to be a material with no foreseeable limits as an artistic medium." See more.
MGFA welcomes the photography of Gene Parulis. His images are from travels to many countries, along with studies of natural phenomena and the interplay of time on artifacts and vision. "Since childhood I've been intrigued by the idea of a parallel universe, something I could readily observe in mirrors and windows, where one world reflects the other and both, if held in a unified vision, are altered. I wanted to venture into the implicit "what if?" See more.
MGFA is pleased to welcome new artist Anne Johnstone to the gallery. Anne works in collage, oil, and wax to create dramatic pieces that use distortion to bring forth heightened emotional response while striking a whimsical, playful tone. "What interests me are the undercurrents and energy present in relationships on both visible and unseen levels. Ironically, it is the tension between these levels which incurs whimsy." See more.
We are pleased to welcome Torin Porter as a new artist to the gallery. Torin Porter’s sculptures have been exhibited in New England galleries, in New York City, and in public spaces. His interactive sculpture installations have been featured at many Phish festivals. Growing up, he spent his summers with the Bread and Puppet Theater, and later performed with the MOMIX dance company and the rock band Jane’s Addiction. Porter was selected to attend several Vermont Week artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, and has taught sculpture classes at The Carving Studio. Porter received his B.A in Studio Art from Dartmouth College and lives in northern Vermont. See more
MGFA is happy to welcome this new artist to the gallery. Mutsu Crispin is the art alias of John DiGeorge, who grew up in a rural suburb of Atlanta playing in streams, collecting Legos, watching cartoons, drawing monsters and triumphing at video games. According to the artist, "One’s first discovery of the bouncy ball (or ‘superball’) usually involves a surprise, and extreme delight, as an unassuming little orb of compressed rubber explodes off the ground or wall. In these sculptures, balls of different sizes, colors and visceral qualities. See more
We are happy to welcome Robin Cheung and her paintings and drawings to MGFA! Robin's work is inspired by the transformation of objects as they endure through history. See more.
We are expanding! The Brooks House Atrium will now be part of our exhibit space and will be called the Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts Annex.This gorgeous bright space will be an asset to MGFA and its artists and to downtown Brattleboro as well! We are looking forward to enhancing the exposure of our artists' work by installing exhibits on a rotating basis. The grand opening for this new venture will be June 4th, with a reception with live music and refreshments from 6 - 8pm.
We are happy to welcome the work of Lauryn Welch to MGFA! Lauryn is a young woman who is serious about her work, "Since childhood I have been fascinated by the emotional tug of color and pattern. Often I am thinking about how color and pattern on the body can form the conception and expression of one’s identity, as it is perceived by the self and by others. This became my primary focus after I spent an entire year as a Red “monochromat.” Every aesthetic part of my life that had an immediate presence was replaced or altered to be Red. For a time, even the food I ate." Read More
We are putting all our artist videos in one place so they can be easily found and viewed. Take a look at what we have so far, by visiting our PRESS page.
We are happy to introduce the unique glass work of K. William LeQuier to MGFA. After years of blowing art glass vessels, LeQuier began to experiment with sandblasted surface designs. "I was intrigued with the sandblasting process. I found that I could carve the glass to generate a myriad of textures similar to results of accelerated natural erosion." Over time his sandblasted geometric patterned vessels evolved to organic sculptures carved in relief from blown glass forms . . . See more.
MGFA is happy to welcome Michele Ratté as a new artist! Precious metals, mineral pigments, printing, collage, stitching, and drawing – all unpredictable elements in Michele Ratté’s extraordinary work. Each piece evokes a primordial connection to the earth and sea. A combination of handwork, assemblage, and natural objects merge in Ratté’s personal vision of the physical world. Her blending of high karat metals with common materials reflects a strong interest in alchemical and transformative processes ... See more
MGFA is excited to welcome Donald Saaf as a new artist. "For the past 20 years I have been exploring the place where fine art and folk art intersect. My subject matter draws from the local experience of community, family and immediate surroundings as well as an internal dream place. Although some of the imagery is very personal, I am always striving for the universal. The figures in the pictures are simultaneously ‘me’ and a sort of ‘Everyman’ ... See more
We are happy to welcome Susan Osgood to the gallery as a new artist. Susan is a painter who enjoys drawing and printmaking as well. Growing up in rural New Hampshire, she developed a deep love of the natural world along with a great desire to travel. She received a BFA degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1978. Touring Egypt a year later . . . See more.