StJ Art on the Street is a public art collaboration among the Window Warriors volunteers of St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce; Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild; Catamount Arts; Caplan’s; the Town of St. Johnsbury; 142 Eastern; MSI Property Management, Aine Baker; and Northern Express Care. StJ Art on the Street is brought to you by a Vermont Community Foundation Spark Grant and support from the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Curators Group, and Maple Groves Farm of Vermont.
St J Art on the Street received a Spark Connecting Community Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation. Spark! Connecting Community grants put building and nurturing community front and center. We aim to support grassroots work that builds social capital—our communities’ connective tissue. Social capital can be described as the value developed from working together, connecting across social networks, and sharing common place-based experiences. The more social capital a community has, the stronger and more resilient those communities will be, providing desirable places for us to live, work, and play.
StJ Art on the Street gives a heartfelt thank you to Maple Grove Farms for sponsoring this project! Thanks to their generous support we will be purchasing easels that will be available for artists to use in future exhibitions.
457 Railroad Street
Mwanga began painting when he was very young, growing up in Entebbe, Uganda. He went on to University to study fine art at the Michelangelo College of Creative Arts in Kisubi, Uganda. Many of Mwanga’s paintings reflect African cultural activities and daily life. He also enjoys painting animals from the great lakes region of Eastern Africa. Using both oil and acrylic paints, Mwanga explores semi-abstract realism, texture, and color. Mwanga lives and paints in Newport, VT. Contact Mwanga at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girl Playing Euphonium by Mwanga William
Northern Express Care
1 Eastern Avenue
Andrea Pearlman is originally from Hartford, CT., but has lived in Vermont since the mid 1970’s. After graduating from Pratt Institute in 1974, she and her husband George, headed to Vermont for its quality of life, and to be close to their mentors, James and Pat Gahagan, artists living in Woodbury. Andrea’s paintings try to reflect the inherent dynamic push and pull of nature, and the experience of movement. She paints primarily in oils but also hooks rugs and uses wool strips when “painting” in fiber. Contact Andrea at https://www.instagram.com/andreapearlmanstudio/
Northern Express Care
1 Eastern Avenue
George has been a painter all his life. He’s maintained a studio practice, and has shown regularly at galleries in NYC and Vermont, and participated in group shows in the US and internationally. He studied at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute and completed his masters at Brooklyn College. While at Pratt, George met James Gahagan who was a long time student and studio assistant to Hans Hofmann. Jim introduced George to the teachings of Hofmann, as well as other Hofmann students, and became a longtime mentor and friend. In 1985, George became part of the administration at the Vermont Studio Center. http://www.georgeepearlman.com/
67 Eastern Avenue
Kelly Doyle, a Montpelier native, earned her MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 1990. Much of her work involves transforming existing materials into works of art. Recent works include paintings on panels recovered from home demolitions, slipcovers no longer in use, and repurposed work pants. Kelly enjoys recycling with creativity; taking apart old things and making them into something vibrant and new. Since moving to St Johnsbury in 2014 she has exhibited her work at the Artisans Guild, the Hardwick Cafe at the Highland Center, and numerous other cafes. When Kelly is not painting, she fabricates custom slipcovers, reupholsters, and sews anything and everything for the home. Contact Kelly at email@example.com.
142 Eastern Avenue
Barbara received her MFA at University of Georgia 1975, working primarily in fiber arts. Barbara created large, 3-dimensional installations including commissioned work for a church. Barbara has shown her fiber installations both regionally and nationally. Barabara also served as the Director of Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, GA 1980-1991, before moving to Vermont.
Although she had not explored painting much before, she decided in the early 2000’s to attend an independent study in plein air painting in Siena, Italy. Though Barbara expressed frustration for not learning certain techniques such as how to “properly load a brush”, her Italian instructors told her she had a talent for painting, and encouraged her to continue. After returning from Italy, Barbara continued to paint plein air, exploring the natural landscape of the Northeast Kingdom and beyond. Contact Barbara at 802-684-9648.
166 Eastern Avenue
Tara is a large-scale artist whose vivid murals have inspired and reflected communities locally and abroad. A portion of a mural she created with students from the Northeast Kingdom is on view. The mural in its entirety depicts musicians and the four seasons. The autumn portion of the mural is featured for the Fall Show. To learn more about Tara: http://www.walltonic.com/about.
Autumn section of Musaic by Tara Goreau
Other Art Happenings around Town
Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild
430 Railroad Street
The Book Arts Guild of Vermont
The Book Arts Guild of Vermont brings a variety of books to fill our Back Room in ways never envisioned for your reading and visual delight. There are books that open like accordions, or hang like paintings and are 3-dimensional sculptures. There are even some made into shapes that will definitely ask the question in your mind (or right out loud); “Is this a book?”
Rude Awakening by Rebecca Boardman
397 Railroad Street
Harlan is a multidisciplinary artist based at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. He employs blacksmithing, steel fabrication, painting, and oral storytelling to build an expanding, constellated narrative that invites viewers and listeners into an imaginary future. This world is generated and inspired by Harlan’s life experience, exploration and thoughts around identity, labor, perception, contemplation, fiction, community, emergence and afro-futurism. The Whirligig taproom is open Thursday through Sunday. Gallery is open to the public. For more information visit https://whirligigbrewing.square.site/
418 Railroad Street
Shaun is a photographer who grew up in Vermont, home to rolling green mountains, cows, and maple trees and tin sap buckets. Shaun now lives with his wife Elisabeth and works his craft in northern New Hampshire – their personal idea of paradise. His history with the White Mountains goes back to his teen years, when he regularly hitched rides into the wild places to experience a remoteness and ruggedness he couldn’t find anywhere else in the East.
115 Eastern Avenue
Catamount Arts opens the doors to the arts center for the first time in over a year with a show featuring four local artists. In the Fried Family Gallery, Open to Landscape: Elizabeth Nelson, Anni Lorenzini, Keith Chamberlin, and Terry Ekasala present paintings and photography exploring landscapes in both realism and abstract form.
Also, in the Fireplace Room, a collection of work created by community members during the pandemic is on view. Peruse handmade “Covid Chronicles” documenting life under lockdown. Contact: https://www.catamountarts.org/visual-art/the-fried-family-gallery-at-catamount-arts/
Light Breaking Through By Anni Lorenzini
Cosmic Cup Cafe
139 Eastern Avenue
Jackie Fox Photography
A fine art event photographer, Jackie Fox exhibits a collection of medium format film photographs showcasing both urban and rural landscape. This technique of photographing is slow and methodical, resulting in capturing moments of natural beauty that may otherwise be undetected. https://www.facebook.com/CosmicCupCafe/
St Johnsbury Athenaeum
1171 Main Street
The gallery features over 100 paintings by American and European artists from the late eighteenth century to the middle nineteenth century. The famous Hudson River School is strongly represented by such artists as Asher B. Durand (the father of American Landscape painting), Jasper Cropsey (known for autumn landscapes), Sanford Gifford (a Luminist painter), James and William Hart (pastoral landscapes with cattle), and western views by Samuel Colman and Worthington Whittredge. Dominating the gallery from its inception has been the magnificent canvas, ten feet by fifteen feet, of the Domes of the Yosemite, by Albert Bierstadt. An audio tour is available at 802-922-9094.