SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Many first-time participants as well as some who have shown work in scores of shows contributed watercolor landscapes, glowing icons, and abstract color fields to the Magical Light Open Wall show that opened at the VAULT Gallery on Nov. 1.
“I think it’s magic that we were able to find space to hang everything!” said Marilyn Miller, gallery director. “We had more new people coming in this time than ever before. I think this is our biggest show ever.”
Miller estimated that there have been at least 40 open wall shows at the VAULT since the program started ten years ago. “All artists are invited to show their work at Gallery at the VAULT in our Open Wall Show,” she explained. “This is a chance to display your work in a non juried show. There is no fee. It is a great for artists who would like to get their work out there for the first time as well as for seasoned artists. Each show focuses on a specific theme – this time it’s magical light.”
“I love the diversity in this show!” she continued, gesturing to the wide variety of media and subjects represented. “You have this great abstract piece,” she said as she pointed to a large colorful oil – by Bruno S. of Springfield – hanging above the gallery fireplace, “and then there are these amazing icons.” She pointing to the small glowing gouaches by T. Simmons of Chester displayed on easels on the windowsill. “Both of these artists are here for the first time.”
Other interpretations of the theme included large animal portraits by Jade Carr of Springfield, another first-time contributor; brilliantly colored sunflowers in oils by first-time contributor Michael Noyes of Bellows Falls; a large abstract work in acrylics by Christine Formicelli of Chester; and several watercolors by long-time open wall artist Betsy Boundy of Springfield.
Open wall shows are presented four times a year at the VAULT. Miller says the next show, which will open in January, will be the annual Children’s Art Show. “Our volunteer coordinator, Diane Kemble, works with the art teachers in the Springfield Schools to put together a show of student art,” she explained. “It’s always a fun show!”