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“Frozen Meadow” (2018), oil on canvas by Petria Mitchell.

The Arts

MGFA presents 'Winter Group 2019'

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, email, or call 802-251-8290.

BRATTLEBORO—From Jan. 12 through Feb. 24, Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St., presents “Winter Group 2019,” an exhibition of new work by Josh Bernbaum, Bruce Campbell, Lyell Castonguay, Liz Chalfin, Jon Gregg, Emily Mason, Petria Mitchell, and other gallery artists.

An opening reception will be held Jan. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.

According to a news release, among the pieces introduced in “Winter Group 2019” are Bernbaum’s large, blown-glass vessels inspired by flowering cacti of the Southwest, and Campbell’s hand-operated steel and brass kinetic sculptures, which let viewers orbit planets and stars on a tabletop.

Castonguay creates a signature world of imagined avian beings as part of a larger distorted narrative, whereas Chalfin adroitly constructs her spaces by selectively eliminating or manipulating objects and surfaces.

Gregg’s stylized and heavily impastoed figures float and march to an unknown pulse, while visitors will thrill to a feeling of experiencing color for the first time as Mason surprises with her lyrical sensitivity and characteristic, innovative use of a brilliant palette.

Mitchell leads us into a landscape defined by atmosphere, a secret place we all imagine we’ve visited, where night and day share a delicate balance.

New to MGFA is artist Pat Gerkin, whose richly patterned and textured encaustic and mixed-media sculptures and paintings suggest topographical or biographical themes.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #492 (Wednesday, January 9, 2019). This story appeared on page B4.

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