The Fine Arts faculty of St. Johnsbury Academy, including Dyan Wallace, Kreg Owens, Rodney Reis, Rosie Prevost, Florence Darling, Bill Darling and Kim Darling, will hold an exhibition of their work “Seven Artists” from March 1 – 31 in the main gallery at Catamount Arts.
The public is cordially invited to attend a free reception for these seven artists from 5 – 7 pm Friday, March 7 in the gallery. Refreshments will be served.
Along with their teaching careers, all of the artists involved in the show maintain professional studio practices. Their studio experiences form a foundation upon which they build their teaching. Although this group of artists has largely been working together for many years, this is the first time they will all participate together in a show.
Each artist will display original work from his or her particular area of expertise. Wallace, who teaches fashion and digital design, will be showing a gown of her own design and construction. Owens, who teaches ceramics and sculpture, will show furniture, ceramic sculpture, and vessels. Reis, who teaches drawing, painting and AP Art, will be exhibiting landscape oil paintings. Rosie Prevost, the chair of the Academy’s Fine Arts Department and teacher of photography, will be showing silver gelatin images. Florence Darling, new to the Academy art faculty this year teaching drawing and printmaking, will exhibit etchings and copper relief prints. Bill Darling, teacher of printmaking and drawing, will be habiting large format etchings. Kim Darling, who teaches oil painting, drawing, and Fine Art Capstone, will be showing oil paintings and intaglio prints.
Kim Darling said about the collaborative show, “Artists can’t work in a vacuum – we have to get out of the studio and put our work before the public eye. This show is a great opportunity to do that.”
This is also an opportunity for the students to see their teachers in another light. “We want our students to see that we are artists as well as teachers. It is good for them to see our work,” said Prevost. “In fact, the idea for having this group show came from seeing all of our students’ work displayed together. The energy and excitement was palpable. The inspiration between teacher and student is a constant loop.”
Academy Headmaster Tom Lovett said, “The exhibit will show what I say all the time about the members of our art department; they are some of the most talented artists in New England, and their high quality of professionalism gives our students an example to emulate. Not only are they outstanding teachers, they are outstanding practitioners as well.”
Jody Fried, the Executive Director of Catamount Arts, added, “They Academy Fine Arts faculty members are also some of the most creative artists in all of Vermont. “Seven Artists” will be a special opportunity for area residents to see some of the signature works by these outstanding teachers and representatives of our local arts community.”
The galleries at Catamount Arts are open to the public free of charge from 11 am – 6 pm Monday through Saturday and before and after each film screening.
For more information on the Fine Arts Department at St. Johnsbury Academy, please visit www.stjacademy.org.