“Pink Love Portal” (2021) by Mutsu Crispin.
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“Pink Love Portal” (2021) by Mutsu Crispin.

‘Winter Oasis’ exhibit opens at Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts

BRATTLEBORO — Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 181–183 Main Street, introduces Mutsu Crispin and Jessie Pollock, featured artists in “Winter Oasis,” opening with an artist reception Saturday, Feb. 11, 5 to 7 p.m. All are invited to an artists forum scheduled for Sunday, March 12, at 4 p.m. The exhibition continues through April 2.

Presented as a rotating exhibit, “Winter Oasis” includes recent paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture by Amy Arbus, Eric Boyer, David Brewster, Rona Lee Cohen, Jim Giddings, and Gay Malin.

Mutsu Crispin, aka Johnny DiGeorge, recently relocated to Hawaii and has exhibited sculpture, created public art installations, worked as a welder, performed as a dancer and clown, and run a small design company.

Many of his pieces are crafted from layers of vibrantly tinted plexiglass, laser cut, and assembled into different designs, “often fantastical or hypnotic,” say organizers in a news release. In some sculptures, the artist uses mirrors and lights“to create the illusion of infinite depth.”

Jessie Pollock is a 2022 Ruth and James Ewing Award winner for 2D Visual Arts. Incorporating collage, pencil and small stones into her richly textured, abstract, mixed-media landscapes, Pollock “aims to capture (a) sense of ancientness — of a time when humankind stood alone,” said Ryan Spencer in the Ruth & James Ewing Arts Awards Magazine.

Also of special interest are two woodblock prints by Southwest artist Gustave Baumann. Baumann (1881–1971), became one of the most important members of the Santa Fe, New Mexico, artist colony, and his eagerly collected woodcuts have come to shape and define our perception and understanding of the American Southwest.

Pine and Aspen, 1946, and Piñon - Grand Canyon, “are exemplary prints,” say organizers, “boasting Baumann’s relatively flat, broad passages of saturated, local color and iconic subject matter.”

For more information, contact Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts at 802-251-8290, or visit mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com.

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