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Open to Landscape

Jul 1, 2021 - Sep 26, 2021

After a year of closure due to Covid 19, Catamount Arts is pleased to announce the reopening of the Fried Family Gallery in its St. Johnsbury, Vermont arts center.  From July 1-September 26, 2021, Open to Landscape, a four person exhibition of paintings, photographs and works on paper, will be on view and feature works by Keith Chamberlin, Terry Ekasala, Anni Lorenzini and Elizabeth Nelson. The exhibition explores a range of artistic response to Vermont’s dramatic landscape, from observed to imagined and in ways that touch upon the psychological and spiritual. Photographer Keith Chamberlin connects organic to the abstract; Terry Ekasala creates vibrantly colored dreams; Anni Lorenzini expands upon tonalist painting; and Elizabeth Nelson contemplates natural and geometric form in response to the I Ching Book of Changes. Taken together, the 35 paintings and 9 photographs in the exhibition present numerous opportunities for viewers to contemplate landscape as a way to understand the self-imposed isolation and unprecedented change we’ve all experienced over the past year.

About the Artists:

Keith Chamberlin A graduate of Lyndon State College, Chamberlin is a fine arts photographer, as well as principal and creative director of Flek, Inc., a design and advertising firm in St. Johnsbury known for creative work with Circus Smirkus, Catamount Arts, the Fairbanks Museum and winner of national awards for work with Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Chamberlin’s photographic work has been displayed at Catamount Arts and the Vermont Arts Council and is in numerous private collections. For more info, see https://chamberlin365.squarespace.com

Terry Ekasala After receiving her degree from the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Ekasala was a part of Miami’s Artifacts Artist Group which staged multimedia art happenings before moving to Paris in 1987 and finally Vermont in 2001. Her work has been displayed widely in Paris, Berlin and NYC with solo exhibitions at Catamount Arts and Burlington City Arts in Vermont, as well as Metalstone Gallery in NYC, Matter & Light in Boston, and at the Piermarq Gallery in Sydney, Australia. In 2018, the Hall Art Foundation presented her work as part of a group show, Made in Vermont and again in 2021 in a solo exhibition on view through August 22, see http://www.hallartfoundation.org/exhibition/terry-ekasala/information. With work in numerous private collections, Ekasala resides in East Burke and works from a mountainside studio in nearby West Burke, VT. For more info, see https://www.terryekasala.com/work.

Anni Lorenzini Now living and working in East St. Johnsbury, VT, Lorenzini received a BFA from Johnson State College in Johnson and attended the Vermont Studio Center as a Resident Artist Fellow. She has exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States, which include Catamount Arts, the Munson Williams Proctor Art Museum in Utica, Arnot Art Museum in Elmira,  Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, NY, and the Vermont Arts Council. State University of New York gallery exhibitions include Bertha V.B. Lerder Gallery in Geneseo and the Roland Gibson Gallery in Potsdam, NY. Her work appears nationally in both public and private collections. For more info, see http://www.annilorenzini.com/index.html.

Elizabeth Nelson Born in New York City, Nelson graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and before receiving a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work appears in both permanent private and public collections across the United States, and she has exhibited in numerous venues, including Catamount Arts, the Helen Day Art Center, the Highland Center for the Arts, River Arts, the Vermont Arts Council and many others.  Recipient of a Coleman Award from the Mellon Foundation and winner of two Vermont Public Art commissions, her work is part of the Vermont State Art Collection. In 2015 work completed during her participation in Vermont’s Of Land and Local Artist in Residency Program was displayed at Shelburne Farms and Burlington City Arts. In 2017 and 2018 she was granted an artist’s residencies in Reykjavik, Iceland, an experience that expanded her vision and deepened her commitment to the beauty of the northern landscape.  For more info, see https://www.elizabeth-nelson.com

The Fried Family Gallery at Catamount Arts

The Fried Family Gallery at Catamount Arts is dedicated to an exploration of contemporary art in curated exhibitions that both challenge and delight viewers. Each year the gallery presents work by member artists in a juried show Arts Connect at Catamount Arts, as well as an exhibition related to the Vermont Animation Festival.