SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – In the 19th century, American landscape painters gave people a glimpse into the magic of wild places and long before the days of film they helped spur the public call for preservation of wilderness rather than exploitation for resources. Wildlands, a new exhibition opening on Oct. 12 at the Great Hall, 100 River Street in Springfield, celebrates our public lands and national parks, and the beauty and experiences we enjoy in our publicly owned wild spaces. The show’s intention is to put a spotlight on preservation and how societies come to value and live in balance with natural resources in a time of climate change, development, and political stresses that threaten our wild places.
The ten artists in Wildlands share a deep love of the land and capture the breadth and feel and temporal fragility of open spaces in their art. Artists include: Susan Abbott from Marshfield, Vt., Rich Cofrancesco from Springfield, Vt., Walter Cudnohufsky from Ashfield, Mass., Ailyn Hoey, Rockingham, Vt., Joan Hoffmann, S. Royalton, Vt., Jessica Houston from Montreal, Charlie Hunter from Bellows Falls, Vt., Pat Musick from Manchester Center, Vt., Oliver Schemm from Grafton, Vt., and James Urbaska from Newfane, Vt.
The public is invited to meet the artists at a free catered reception on Oct. 12 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Several of the artists will speak about their work. For more information, please go to www.facebook.com/GreatHallSpringfield or call 802-885-3061.There is plenty of parking at either entrance. The Great Hall will be open on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate Vermont Open Studio Statewide. The exhibition runs through March 30, 2018.