VanGogh and the VT Statehouse are This Week’s Topics at Northshire
Northshire Bookstore in Manchester will be holding two events this week. At 7 p.m. on Friday, January 29, local author Carol Berry will present her new work on Vincent Van Gogh, (1859-1890), perhaps the most beloved artist in the world, who was motivated by a deep spiritual vision, first expressed in his ambition to become a missionary and minister, and later through his art. Though virtually ignored and consistently misunderstood in his own lifetime, he poured out his convictions in letters to his brother Theo. Through these letters, examples of his drawings and her own reflections on the interplay between his life, his spiritual vision and his art, Berry offers a moving portrait of Van Gogh as a spiritual seeker and teacher for our time. Berry has degrees in art and psychology and art education. She has lectured and led retreats based on the spiritual teaching of Henri Nouwen and Van Gogh for many years. For this volume, she prepared her own translations of Van Gogh’s writings from Dutch and French. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, Vermont state curator David Schütz will be speaking about his new book, ‘Intimate Grandeur: Vermont’s State House.’ His office oversees the restoration, care and conservation of the historic Vermont State House and the collections of fine art and historic furniture housed there. It also manages three gallery spaces in the capitol complex for rotating exhibitions of contemporary art. Schütz’s new book is a 120-page celebration of the historic seat of Vermont State government, illustrated with exquisite photographs and dozens of historic paintings and drawings.