Author: aliced

Hasso Ewing: inside&out

May 6 – 29, 2022Opening reception Friday, May 6, 4-7pmArtist talk Thursday, May 12, 5:30 pm via zoom – join here. inside&out, a solo exhibit of new work by Calais artist Hasso Ewing, will be on view at the Front gallery from 6 May through 29 May, 2022. The opening reception will be on Friday, 6 May, 4-7pm. Ewing explores concepts of inner and outer worlds and the relationship between self and other through the experiences seen in her plaster gauze figures. The exhibit opens with a poolside installation of Ewing’s strange, elongated swimmers, sitting, jumping, floating, hanging together or just being. Together, they reflect experiences of aloneness, joy, conversation, love and humor. Single and pairs of figures appear along the pool’s edge just above the waterline, each illustrating some aspect of the artist’s emotional world. This focus on personal engagement, both with the self and others, is a response to the past two years of separation and isolation. The back of the gallery will reflect a watery inner world, bringing the viewer inside to find peace and to escape from that which lies just above the surface.  Let the world run through me, like a deep poolI float, sink, and rise againAware that I could die hereOr gather my strength and break through the surfaceCatching my breath and carrying onWe burst into this world, and we float awayBefore we know it  – Hasso Ewing In March 2020 Ewing returned early to the US from Morocco due to the pandemic. In response to Vermont’s closing down and implementation of social distancing, Ewing began working to bring together an exhibit of 60+ artists and 55 poets, creating an immersive exhibit of sculpture, haiku, light and music, which reflected the artists’ feelings around sheltering in place in the time of Covid-19. That exhibit, ‘the Sheltering in Place project’, shown at Highland Center for the Arts in July 2020, shifted Ewing’s approach to her work. Drawing on past exhibit experience, Ewing realized how much she responds to immersive experiences that take us to another place. About: For most of her professional career Hasso Ewing worked as a commercial designer in graphic and landscape design. After moving to Vermont in 2013, Ewing took to her studio to discover what she had to offer the art world on a more personal level. She has been a member of the Front since 2015 and has shown locally at Kent Museum,

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Show 48

Join us for Show 48 at the Front this April. This group show will open with a reception during Montpelier Alive’s Art Walk on April 1st from 4-8pm and will run through May 1. Stop by and take a look at works by members of the gallery, including Cheryl Betz, Daryl Burtnett, J Carrier, PJ Desrochers, Monica DiGiovanni, Alice Dodge, Hasso Ewing, Glen Coburn Hutcheson, Chris Jeffrey, Melora Kennedy, Marjorie Kramer, Michelle Lesnak, Sandy Mayo, Richard Moore, Elizabeth Nelson, Ned Richardson, Danny Sagan, James Secor, Kathy Stark, and Sam Thurston.

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Erica Cummings: Touch and Response

March 4 – 27, 2022 – Opening reception Friday, March 4, 4-7pmVirtual panel discussion Thursday, March 17th at 7pm – join the discussion here Erica Cummings’ work evokes the organic. Her ceramics seem to pulse, reminding us that clay is the stuff of life and that, on a microscopic level, it is made out of the tiniest remnants of bone, of seeds, of ancient sea creatures. This awareness of the deep biology of everything permeates Erica’s entire oeuvre, from functional plates and bowls through to her politically-minded installations. Erica worked with ceramics for over twenty years, concurrent with her academic and professional career in agricultural and environmental science. The forms she uses in her sculptures reflect her ability to observe closely the way things grow and develop. The pieces feel overwhelmingly organic, yet still abstract; we do not know if the spiny object we’re looking at is a life-sized fossil or a giant replica of a tiny molecule. Many of the pieces are modular, and seem to replicate themselves. Erica had a talent for setting a form in motion and letting it unfurl on its own as the viewer takes it in. Some of the works have an explicit larger political or social context that reflects Erica’s commitment to social justice and cultural awareness. Erica spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, which was invaluable to her practice. She created works such as Learned Helplessness to raise awareness about female genital mutilation. The piece is intriguing and painful, using simple forms that each manage to be a unique articulation of an overwhelming problem. Similarly, one of her last pieces, which is on permanent view at the University of Vermont, uses ceramic corn kernels to represent Vermont family farms that have closed in the past decade. She was able to make 56 of the kernels before her death; her friends and family created the remaining 344 kernels to complete the piece during the summer of 2021. This spirit of collaboration and growth is entirely fitting for Erica’s work, and for the dedication with which she approached her community. Erica’s sculptures reflect the deep emotional and visceral ties we all feel to the natural world and to the process of making, of feeling the earth and understanding what it’s made of. Of her own work, she wrote:  “My pieces evolve as my fingers transform clay and metal, by touch and response, forms and

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Show 47

Join us for Show 47, which runs January 28, 2022 – February 27, 2022, with a reception during Montpelier Alive’s Art Walk on February 4th from 4-8pm. Stop by and take a look at works by Cheryl Betz, Daryl Burtnett, Monica DiGiovanni, Alice Dodge, Hasso Ewing, Glen Coburn Hutcheson, Chris Jeffrey, Melora Kennedy, Marjorie Kramer, Michelle Lesnak, Richard Moore, Elizabeth Nelson, Ned Richardson, James Secor, Kathy Stark, and Sam Thurston.

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Show 46 / Under $100 Holiday Market!

Join us for Show 46 this December, featuring works by current members of the Front, with an opening reception during Montpelier Alive’s ArtWalk from 4-8pm on Friday, December 3. As well as the show, we’ll be hosting an Under $100 Holiday Market with small artworks, books, and other items from fifteen of our members. Stop by during our regular hours 4-7pm Fridays and 11-5 Saturday and Sundays during December, and shop local for your holiday giving this year! The Under $100 Holiday Market will be up through December; Show 46 runs through January 9, 2022. Artists Participating in the Holiday Market: You can visit them here or on instagram at: Cheryl Betz insta: @cm.betzDaryl Burtnett insta: @darylburtnettJ CarrierGlen Coburn Hutcheson insta: @glencoburnhutchesonKaren Cygnarowicz insta: @thiswildlightPJ Desrochers insta: @toseeandbeseennonbinarytarotMonica DiGiovanni insta: @laughing_violetAlice Dodge insta: @adodgevtHasso Ewing insta: @hasso.ewing Chris Jeffrey insta: @chrisjeffrey0Melora KennedyMarjorie Kramer insta: @kramer4265Sandy Mayo insta: @sandymayo0317Richard MooreElizabeth Nelson insta: @lizinvermontNed Richardson insta: @ep3lbDanny SaganJames Secor insta: @jamessecorKathy Stark insta: @kstark2102Sam Thurston insta: @samthurston7703 

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PJ Desrochers: To See & Be Seen

November 5-28, 2021, Opening Reception Friday, November 5, 4-7pm Artist’s talk on Zoom Thursday, November 18, 7pm – join meeting here! To See & Be Seen is a nonbinary tarot solo show of artwork created by PJ Desrochers. The show invites you to experience Desrochers’ artistic process. They seek to make transparent the layers of their journey building a nonbinary tarot deck. The work details their initial gender exploration and experiences coming out as nonbinary later in life. Desrochers invites the viewer to visually explore the processes involved in embodying the concepts and archetypes present within each card. Desrochers uses the tarot as a reflective tool, a mirror of sorts to see and support current states of brain, soul expressions, heart expansions, and human beingness. The tarot offers the opportunity to see and be seen. Creating this deck gave Desrochers the experience and practice of being held exactly as they are; they hope it offers the same to all of you.To See & Be Seen Nonbinary Tarot was made centering PJ’s nonbinary and queer-as-fuck lived experience to intentionally expand traditional tarot beyond its many binary & cis-gendered representations. Desrochers wants nonbinary humans to be able to pick up this tarot deck and see themselves as they are, without having to do the labor of de- or re-gendering the cards to make them fit.

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