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“Women’s Work:  No Boundaries” 
Features Vermont Artists

“Women’s Work: No Boundaries,”  an exhibition of work of Vermont artists Patricia Burleson, Gail Salzman, Deirdre Scherer, Kathleen Schneider, and Claire Van Vliet will be featured in Marlboro College’s Drury Gallery  from November 7 through December 2.   The show is sponsored by the Vermont State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA).  It presents the five Vermont finalists for an exhibition of work from all fifty states at the NMWA during 2005. There will be an exhibition reception on Sunday, November 13 from 3 – 5 p.m. Drury Gallery hours are 1 – 5 p.m., Sunday – Friday, and the gallery will be closed November  23-27.

Townsend resident Patricia Burleson, the finalist chosen by the National Museum to exhibit her work in Washington, will show sculptural basket/vessels woven from beaver-chewed sticks, chair rungs, and wire netting combined with  bits of metal, lace, and various small found objects.

Gail Salzman defines her fluid  abstract paintings as  a visceral connection between the environment and her inner landscape.  A painter for over 35 years, her colorful expressive work is inspired by many aspects of the natural world,  particularly by her  Vermont pond and by tidal pools of the Maine coast.

Newfane artist Deirdre Scherer’s portraits relate to the themes of aging and mortality.  Working with area hospices, she draws and photographs individuals and family groups that are the basis for images constructed with subtle patterns and layers of stitched fabric. Her work, well known in the Brattleboro area, has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Sculptor Kathleen Schneider, associate professor at the University of Vermont, is represented by a group of intimate scale abstract works that explore varied surface texture and color in forms that the artist relates to the iconic Hellenistic sculpture “Nike of Samothrace.” 

Macarthur Fellow Claire Van Vliet of Newark, Vermont is known internationally as a printmaker, typographer, and creator of  illustrated artists’ books.  In this exhibition she presents a group of  recent Ireland inspired  sky and landscape pulp paintings, a technique she pioneered in the 1970s by which the basic image is incorporated in the building of the paper sheet itself, using various colors of paper pulp. 

The stated mission of the NMWA is to “bring recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments.” Jurors for the selection of the Vermont finalists  were Mara Williams, Evelyn Hankins, and Emmie Donadio. Work by the five artists was shown at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe and at St. Michael’s College last summer.  Following the Marlboro show, the series will conclude at the Chaffee Art Gallery in Rutland during January, 2006.

The Drury Gallery is fully accessible. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (http://www.marlboro.edu/news/promotional/change_lives.html).

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