Dorset Artists Show Extended Through October 14

Dorset Artists Show Extended Through October 14

Dorset Artists Show Extended Through October 14

‘McWayne’s Farm,’ by Georgine MacGarvey, on exhibit at ‘Dorset Artists: Then and Now.’

‘McWayne’s Farm,’ by Georgine MacGarvey, on exhibit at ‘Dorset Artists: Then and Now.’

The exhibit, ‘Dorset Artists: Then and Now,” will remain open through the Columbus Day weekend, due to its overwhelming popularity. Originally scheduled to run only through Labor Day, the show has proved such a success that it has remained open an additional five weeks. The artists have been adding new work as pieces have sold, so the exhibition has substantially changed during its run; it is a very different show from when it opened in August. Stop in and see the new work!

The exhibit pays tribute to the work of the town’s past and present working artists, showcasing the creative endeavor of over two centuries. It is located in the Bickford Building, next to the Dorset Union Store on the historic green, and features over 100 works of painting, sculpture, and furniture. As in the past, this year’s show is driven by the joint vision of Barbara Melhado, local art historian, and Georgine MacGarvey, local artist.

The Dorset Historical Society’s Museum Curator, Jon Matthewson, has assembled the work of past artists. Says Melhado, “Dorset has long been a haven for the working artist. Artists and artisans have not only sprung from its native soil, but they have come here from all over the United States — not only for its natural beauty, but because of its kindred spirits, both working in the arts and supporting them.” Matthewson has collected works from a span of 200 years, from a walking wheel made by Experience Barrows in 1804, to a watercolor rendered by Bill Auperlee to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Dorset Theatre Festival in 2000. On display will be internationally renowned artists like Edwin Child, Lorenzo Hatch and Dean Fausett, as well as works by local poultry farmers, storekeepers and carpenters. In all, it is an eclectic mix that amply demonstrates the creativity harbored in Dorset.

MacGarvey is curating the work of present day artists working in Dorset. “The artists of Dorset have been — and continue to be — so numerous and prolific that our problem has been limiting the work that can be comfortably hung in this historic building.” This segment of the exhibit features the work of over twenty artists currently working in Dorset, spanning the disciplines of painting, sculpture, fabric art, and furniture. Nancy Howe, Brian Sweetland, and Pam Marron — among many others — represent artists working now.

Gallery hours are 12 to 6, Thursday through Sunday. For more information, call Georgine MacGarvey at 802-867-5562, or email her at gmacg@sover.net.

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