On exhibit: art of Osgood, words of Nethercott

BRATTLEBORO — Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St., will feature “Mapping the Unknown,” an exhibition of monotypes, oil paintings, and collages by Susan Osgood.

The exhibit showcases work featured in the book, A Ghost of Water: Poems by GennaRose Nethercott Inspired by the Art of Susan Osgood.

An opening reception is set to take place Thursday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., with an Artist Talk scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. A special reading of A Ghost of Water by GennaRose Nethercott will take place in the gallery during the Brattleboro Literary Festival on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit will run through Nov. 5, according to a news release.

Osgood's work is known for its rich use of atmospheric color fields which, combined with calligraphic surface lines, form a sense of intriguing depth.

The atmospheric backgrounds that rest beneath fluid, map-like lines in “Mapping the Unknown” transport the viewer to what Osgood calls “the place of not-knowing - where we are suspended for a moment in the timelessness of curiosity and fascination.”

It is through this shared fascination with the allusions of color and the power of light and darkness that viewers are brought to a world energized by its sense of mystery.

Nethercott is a writer, performer, and folklorist from the woods of Vermont. Her recent work has appeared in many publications including The Offing, Rust & Moth, and PANK, and she has toured nationally and internationally writing poems-to-order for passersby on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter.

Nethercott composed a poem-to-order for Osgood on Main Street in Brattleboro one afternoon and, from this, a connection was forged that resulted in the collaborative book featuring works by Osgood paired with narrative poems by Nethercott.

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