Column-Inch Collection



Welcome to the Column-Inch Collection!

Come visit our new community gallery to see local artists’ work. The front lobby of our offices at 42 Severance Green in Colchester have been converted to a free art space, where new local art will be exhibited monthly. Stop by Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Or view the online gallery below!


September/October Column-Inch Collection Artist:

Keith Gallup

Town of residence: Fairfax

Schooling/work: Graduate of the University of Vermont in 1962. Master’s in Fine Arts from Goddard College, plus additional graduate work. I taught art for 33 years, have been retired for 20 years and have my 82nd birthday to look forward to.

How would you describe your art?

Most of my work has been done in oil paintings and a lot in watercolor. The oils were often portraits and landscapes, then on to non-traditional abstracts painted on a large format in commercial oil base paint, as well as lacquer. I am fond of my very delicate watercolors, which are very detailed and realistic to a point of being lifelike.  However, the 36-inch by 44-inch lacquer paintings on tin are powerful, dynamic and explosive, demanding one’s attention and creating a forceful response of excitement and wonder.

Why do you create art?

I think one creates because it’s an innate deep psychological need, something I have to do and just feel compulsive about. When I walk down the street I look at the wonderful things that people and nature create, but think, how can I change this or what can be done with this?

What inspires you?

Since I live on top of a hill and can see 100 miles with a 360-degree view, I find the embracement of Essex and Colchester a compounding demand on creativity, with their natural beauty with rolling hills and sailboats glimmering in the sun.

The demand to create is in front of me, and surrounds me from the shores of Lake Champlain to Malletts Bay and the views of Mount Mansfield from Essex’s surrounding hills.

See Gallup’s work displayed at the Column-Inch Collection until the end of October. Drop by anytime between 9:30 a.m-5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Essex Reporter & Colchester Sun offices at 42 Severance Green, Unit 108, Colchester. 

Learn more about Gallup and his work at his Images of Art Studios website at

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