Hunter and Aho to discuss railroad art exhibit

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) presents a conversation with artist Charlie Hunter and curator Eric Aho about the exhibit “Charlie Hunter: Semaphore.” The free talk will take place on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m. via livestream. Register at

Hunter, of Bellows Falls, and Aho, of Saxtons River, both nationally known artists, will discuss Hunter's precisely rendered railroad-themed paintings, their shared history with New England's railroads, and broader questions about life and art.

“Charlie and I grew up with New England's railroads in our blood,” Aho wrote in a statement accompanying the exhibit. “Though Charlie and I hadn't yet met, the railroad brought the paths of our childhoods unwittingly close. Today, Charlie's studio sits close to the rails in Bellows Falls, Vermont. We're neighbors and colleagues, and the railroad continues to connect as it rattles through us.”

Hunter is well known for paintings that depict decaying American infrastructure, including railroads and bridges. A former concert-tour poster designer, album-cover designer, and music manager, he has exhibited nationally since 2014. He holds a B.A. in art from Yale University.

Aho studied at the Central School of Art and Design in London before receiving his B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His works can be found in the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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