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 arts center.
From July 1-Sept. 26, 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, in ways that touch upon the psychological and spiritual. Photographer Keith Chamberlin interconnects organic and abstract form; 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 nine photographs in the exhibition present numerous opportunities for viewers to contemplate landscape as a way to understand the self-imposed isolation and unprecedented change of the past year.
Fine arts photographer Keith Chamberlin, a graduate of Lyndon State College, is principal and creative director of Flek, Inc., a design and advertising firm in St. Johnsbury. Chamberlin’s photographic work has been displayed at Catamount Arts and the Vermont Arts Council and is in numerous private collections.
Terry Ekasala earned her degree from the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale and joined Miami’s Artifacts Artist Group, which staged multimedia art happenings, before she moved 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 New York City, Matter & Light in Boston, and at the Piermarq Gallery in Sydney, Australia. Ekasala resides in East Burke and works from a mountainside studio in nearby West Burke.
Anni Lorenzini lives and works in East St. Johnsbury. Lorenzini received a Bachelor’s Degree 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, N.Y., and the Vermont Arts Council.
Elizabeth Nelson was born in New York City and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design 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 residency in Reykjavik, Iceland, an experience that expanded her vision and deepened her commitment to the beauty of the northern landscape
The Catamount Arts Center is located at 115 Eastern Avenue in downtown St. Johnsbury, and is home to the Fried Family Gallery, currently open on Fridays and Saturdays from noon until 9 p.m., on Sundays from noon until 5 p.m., and by appointment. For more information, call (802) 748-2600 or visit www.catamountarts.org