“Hot Topic” by Emily Mason.
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“Hot Topic” by Emily Mason.

Gallery exhibits work of 18 artists: paintings, prints, ceramics, and sculpture

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 181–183 Main St., celebrates the new year with a large group exhibit, "18 Artists - 44 Days," opening with an artist reception Saturday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition continues through March 17 and features a diverse selection of paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by Mucuy Bolles, Eric Boyer, David Brewster, Fran Bull, Bruce Campbell, Liz Chalfin, Willa Cox, Gay Malin, Emily Mason, Chuck Olson, Susan Osgood, Erika Radich, Donald Saaf, Deidre Scherer, Helen Schmidt, Cameron Schmitz, Jim Urbaska, and Dan Welden.

As described in a news release, ceramic artist Bolles's inscribed stoneware vessels speak to the artist's Mayan heritage. Printmaker Chalfin has created collaged prints as an intuitive response to the devastating rains of last summer.

As characters in Saaf's large, quilt-like painting, Cherryfield, stroll through their rural village, Malin's bronze figure, titled What's Going On? nervously peers ahead into 2024. Neighborhood of Worries, suggests Brewster's attempts to "synthesize a 200-year-old tradition of American Scene Painting into a new breaking point of abstraction in order to make sense of an increasingly bizarre and incongruous synthetic landscape."

The aptly titled carborundum monoprint, Hot Topic, heralds Mason's growing critical recognition as one of the art world's premiere colorists, according to Jackson Arn of The New Yorker, who says Mason is "an American genius, turning color into its own form of storytelling."

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts is committed to presenting innovative, contemporary works that stimulate and challenge both the seasoned collector and aesthetic explorer, as well as hosting and promoting events aimed to connect the community with its local and regional artists.

The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact 802-251-8290 or [email protected] or visit mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com.

This The Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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