Apples, crows and Iceland.

Art review by The Times Argus.

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“Blues, pale grays and white, the palette of Elizabeth Nelson’s abstracted landscapes evoke the water and air of Iceland. Mary McKay Lower’s large canvasses draw viewers in close to myriad apples peppered on the ground in a bountiful year, a murder of flapping crows, the catalpas in her back yard and more.

Nelson and Lower are the featured artists in an exhibition that opened earlier this month in the Contemporary Gallery at Montpelier’s T.W. Wood Gallery. The show includes large oil paintings by Lower considering aspects of landscape and nature in Vermont and Nelson’s acrylic paintings inspired by the landscape of Iceland.”

Residency in Reykjavik

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Elizabeth took part in two residencies in Reykjavik Iceland sponsored by the SIM Association (Association of Icelandic Artists) for the month of May of 2017 and the month of October 2018.

She participated in a group show at the SIM Gallery during both residencies.

Seasonal Expressions Exhibit

Catamount Arts is pleased to present Seasonal Expression: Prilla Smith Brackett, Elizabeth Nelson, and Jane Sherrill, on view in Main Gallery from February 24-April 14, 2018.

On Saturday, March 10 from 5-7 pm, the St. Johnsbury Business and Professional Women’s Association will host a special reception for the artists in celebration of March as National Women’s Month.  All are welcome to attend.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: Working from such seemingly diverse settings as the hills and valleys of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, the windswept coast of Iceland, and artist studios tree near urban Boston, these artists create work as a personal response to nature. Prilla Smith Brackett’s monochromatic drawings of rooted plant life are studies of growth and decay, yet also convey a sense of danger by inviting the viewer to consider darkly seductive imagery. Jane Sherrill seeks to bear witness to the lichen and moss covering trees around New England that “seem to glow when wet;” and Elizabeth Nelson places herself in the middle of the rain and wind she experienced during a month long artist’s residency in Reykjavik Iceland.  Seen together, these gestural and expressive paintings reveal personal interpretations of landscape that reflect human experience. 

Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery

Chosen to be one of The Artists to Watch by the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Art Guide, one of the I Ching series paintings is included in the exhibition of the same name in the Vermont Arts Council's Spotlight Gallery. March 1, 2018 - April 30, 2018. 

A network is born when an arts organization provides a showcase for visual artists. Catamount
Arts, an independent arts center based in St. Johnsbury and serving northern New England, is
known primarily for bringing film and live performance to the region. The organization also
provides local gallery space, offering the foundation for connection with artists in Vermont’s
Northeast Kingdom (NEK) and beyond. For Looking North: Catamount Artists Connect opening
in the Arts Council’s Spotlight Gallery March 8, Catamount Arts’ Gallery Director Katherine
French selected the work of nineteen artists from the NEK. Everyone exhibiting is a member of
the organization. Collectively, they represent only a handful of the creative individuals who live
and work in the northern part of our state.