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Upcoming Events

On June 12, Darkroom Gallery will host an artist’s reception for its “Black & White” exhibition.  The reception will run from 5-7 p.m. to coincide with the Essex Junction Farmer’s Market.  It is free and open to the public. Information: http://www.darkroomgallery.com/ex69/

“Texture And Light In Watercolor” Class With Amanda Amend. On June 13, Artists’ Mediums will be hosting artist Amanda Amend. Amend will take students step by step through a small painting model that will focus on composition, watercolor handling and textures. Students will take home a finished painting.  Registration deadline, June 6. Artists’ Mediums, Williston, 1:30-4:30 p.m. $45 plus materials. Class materials list available on vtmakeart.com.

Art on Board. On May 23, ArtsRiot in Burlington will be hosting Art on Board, a unique organization combining physical, artistic, and entrepreneurial creativity with active community involvement to build strong individuals that will, in turn, build even stronger communities. Each event brings the community together for a celebration of creativity within the action sports and arts cultures. The main attraction will be a silent auction for one-of-a-kind snowboards, hand created by collaborating artists.  The event will also include participation from local culinary artists, live music and live art as well as tons of prizes and giveaways from partnering brands. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free, $20 suggested donation can be made to support Art on Board.

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Current Exhibits 

“The Waskowmium: Where the Art Stops.” The Amy E. Tarrant Gallery presents selections from art collector Mark Waskow’s extensive collection. Waskow’s world-class art collection known as “The Waskowmium,” is elusive with over 15,000 art objects collected since 1998 and is considered to be the largest private collection of in northern New England. The gallery will have 45 pieces on display featuring Vermont artists and exemplify Waskow’s varied, eclectic interests. On display through May 30. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Burlington. Contact: 652-4505.

Piles and Passageways: Drawings and Prints. Artist Katie Loesel is the next featured artist at Shelburne Vineyard’s Tasting Room Gallery. Loesel’s current body of work “Piles and Passageways” explores ideas of piling, webs, and balance. Through worlds and structures comprised of geometric shapes, lines and ladders, she explores just how much can be piled up before it falls down. The use of cool colors with stark black and white evokes an icy, wintry atmosphere reminiscent of glaciers, icebergs and winter mountains. Size, height and formwork together to build a solid foundation that can teeter on the verge of collapse. Exhibit runs until June 1. Shelburne Vineyard’s Tasting Room Gallery, Shelburne. Gallery hours: Sunday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 985-8222 or shelburnevineyard.com.

“Jackee Foley: The Past and the Present.” Jackee Foley is a third-generation resident of Brandon. Best known for her finely detailed paintings of animals and nature, her passion for her subject matter is evident. The Brandon Artists Guild, of which she is a founding member, will be hosting a solo show of her work. The show will be a retrospective of Foley’s work, with new work featuring the lovely buildings and architecture of Brandon. This will represent a new beginning. On exhibition through June 2. Brandon Artists Guild, Brandon. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Closed Mondays. Information: http://brandonartistsguild.org/the-gallery/

Travelers in Postwar Europe. Photographer H. A. Durfee, Jr. spent a long career in obstetrics and gynecology at Mary Fletcher Allen Health Care. Between 1951 and 1953, while practicing medicine at a U.S. Army Airbase in Germany he took more than 600 black-and-white images in the aftermath of World War II. A majority of the work remained unseen for more than 60 years, until 2014, when Durfee’s son began to print the negatives, bringing these images to view. The exhibit runs through June 28. Fleming Museum, UVM Campus, Burlington. Gallery hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m.; Mondays, closed. Admission: $5 adults; $3 students and senior citizens; children under 6, free. Information: www.uvm.edu/~fleming.

“Life Forms and Color Studies.” Vermont artist Lynn Cummings will be showing a collection of her newly-created abstract paintings.  The “life forms” paintings exhibit bold use of color and abstract forms based on personal symbols, shapes and patterns perhaps reminding one of creatures from the depths of the ocean or microbes enlarged millions of times.  On display through June 28. The Gallery at Main Street Landing, Burlington. Information: http://www.artsalivevt.org/

“Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic.” The Shelburne Musuem will be hosting this retrospective exhibition of the photographic illustrator and award-winning co-author of the “I SPY” children’s books. Featuring large-scale photographs, meticulous models, and behind the scenes video of Wick and his assistants building the models, this exhibition will thrill with puzzles, vibrant colors and optical illusions. Exhibit runs through July 5. Shelburne Art Museum, Shelburne. Exhibit Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8 adults, $5 children. Information: shelburnemuseum.org.

Thomas Brennan: Darkness From Light. Thomas Brennan has been an exhibiting photographer for the past 25 years and is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Vermont, where he has taught since 1989. In “Darkness From Light,” Brennan uses ‘photogenic drawing,’ a cameraless photography technique pioneered by 19th century photographer Henry Fox-Talbot. Brennan explores mortality and metaphorical implication through his documentation of objects from nature. In the format of shadows, Brennan captures animal specimens, molecular models and instruments of scientific measure, resulting in an unexpected sense of beauty and modernized aesthetic. The exhibition runs through June 20. BCA Center, Burlington. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; closed Mondays. Information: www.burlingtoncityarts.org/exhibitions