National Wildlife Art Exhibition Comes to Vermont
When the Bennington Center for the Arts opened its doors in 1994, the very first exhibition on display was the 34th annual exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists. The group is back, now with its 53rd annual show, and artists from around the country will be coming for the opening reception on Friday, October 4, beginning at 7, and throughout the weekend.
This prestigious group came together in the 1950s, when a group of nine artists mounted an exhibition titled ‘Animals in the Bronx Zoo,’ sponsored by the New York Zoological Society. The enthusiastic public response to their exhibition inspired Patricia Allen Bott and Guido Borghi to form the Society of Animal Artists. Today there are almost 500 members residing in the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia and Japan. The Society is dedicated to the portrayal of living heritage and its preservation through demonstrations, education and exhibitions such as the one at the center.
Membership to this highly-respected group continues to grow. Twice per year the membership committee meets to review the work of artists that would like to be included in the society. Signature members are recognized as having attained the highest level of ability in the field of animal art and consistently uphold the Society’s standards of excellence. New members help keep the group fresh, expressing themselves with new concepts and techniques.
Animal lovers and art aficionados are in for an entertaining and inspiring tour through the animal kingdom, in a wide variety of styles.
Artists will be in attendance throughout the day on Saturday, October 5, and lectures geared toward artist education will take place in the afternoon. The public is welcome to attend the museum and related activities all day, free of charge. The exhibition and sale runs through Thursday, October 31, when it will begin its national tour.
Other shows on exhibit at the center this weekend include the Laumeister Fine Art Competition, and paintings created during the Plein Air Vermont events the first weekend in September.
The Bennington Center for the Arts is located just west of Bennington on Vermont Route 9. For details, go to TheBennington.org, or call 802-742-7158.