Exhibit at Bennington Museum Focuses on the Night
Margaret Lampe Kannenstine has always had a profound interest in darkness, night skies in particular. “I am interested in what we see at night – and what we cannot see. Both are important in conveying the sense of darkness,” states the artist. Her work is featured at the Bennington Museum in an exhibition titled ‘Nocturnes: Variations on a Theme,’ now through Tuesday, December 30.
“The colors and emotions evoked by sunset, dusk and night have been of interest to me my whole life. In this exhibit you will see recent works on this subject. But I have painted or drawn evening and night for most of my life,” Kannenstine said.
“Some of the colors that suggest dark night are not necessarily the expected ones: nothing is really black.” Kannenstine continues, “Sometimes the sky appears reddish, or even green, and many other colors can be suggestive of nighttime. Moreover, the feelings evoked by night can be quite varied, ranging from the comfortable end of a work day and the promise of sleep to the fear of dark so often experienced in childhood, and, at best, a sense of awe at the universe that is shown to us only in the hours of no sun.”
Kannenstine’s artwork has shown widely for decades and are held in the permanent collections of museums and in numerous private collections around the country. She lives and works in Vermont, which inspires her by its beauty.
Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street/Route 9, Bennington, Vt. Visit benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571.