We’ll miss you, Ray.

We are all deeply saddened by the passing of one of our members, Ray Brown, on March 13, 2020. Ray was a wonderful person and a valued member of our community, and will be sorely missed. We have extended his solo show, Ray Brown: Tumbling Toward the End, through April, though we are closed until April 6 to do our part against Coronavirus. We will be screening the film Ray Brown: Portrait of an Artist once the gallery opens to the public; stay tuned or sign up for our mailing list for details. To read more about Ray, please see his obituary on Seven Days, who have also published a review of his show, as have the Times-Argus.

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Show 38

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Show 38 will look a little different – but we’re excited about it all the same! This show will be a rotating display of new works by members viewable through the gallery’s windows; each week will feature work by a different artist. This means we can simultaneously present a new show and adhere to the current social distancing guidelines. New art work will go up on Friday mornings and will remain on display for one week. The show will be open through May and June. Our six new members make their debut: a huge welcome to Cathy Cone, Erica Cummings, PJ Desrochers, Sandy Mayo, Sam Thurston, and Autumn Tomlinson. Celebrate our 5th birthday on May 1st! The party starts at 12:30 on Instagram and Facebook.[foogallery id=”2491″]

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Ray Brown: Tumbling toward the End

The show has been extended through April 26; however, the gallery will be closed (open by appointment only) until April 6 due to Coronavirus precautions. The film screening of Ray Brown: Portrait of an Artist has been postponed, date and time TBA. Ray Brown passed away peacefully on March 13; we were so grateful to have the honor of working with him on this show. Please feel free to peruse the show virtually, and contact us if you wish to purchase or make an appointment to see the works in person. [foogallery id=”2402″] Ray Brown: Tumbling toward the End, the first solo show presented at the Front, takes its title from the last collection of poems by Vermont poet David Budbill – a volume that, like Ray Brown’s work, considers beauty together with imminent mortality, and what it means to have a fleeting present and a fickle body. Brown, who has been a fixture of the Montpelier art scene for many years, has been a member of the Front since 2018. He is the first of our members to present a solo show as part of the gallery’s new format, which will alternate between all-member group shows and solo shows every month, with openings on the first Friday of the month. As part of the exhibition, we will present a free screening of “Portrait of an Artist,” the feature length documentary film about Brown by filmmaker Nat Winthrop, on Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 at the gallery. The works Ray Brown presents in this show are all from the past fifteen years, since a stroke at age sixty-five changed the way he paints – he learned to use his left arm instead of his right – as well as the way he thinks and uses his memory. Now at age seventy-nine, he is still inspired by the visible world, loosely basing compositions on the golden mean – a ratio of proportions often found in nature and widely used in renaissance painting. These works, many of which are being shown for the first time, cover a wide range of subject matter and styles, from still-lifes and flowers to large abstractions based on travels through Italy. Despite this diversity, Brown’s dedication to composition and his creative use of color are what unite his work. When viewing multiple canvases together, you can see how the elements of composition in a still life or grouping

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Show 37

A group show of works by all of the Front’s members. The opening has been rescheduled to February 15, 4-7pm. The show will run through March 1.

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