Painting by Barbara Baker-Bury

"Circus" (oil on paper, 19x25)
by Barbara Baker-Bury


Blown glass by Josh Bernbaum

"Vela" (blown glass, approx.
14" tall) by Josh Bernbaum


Seascape by Mark Littlehales

A small oil seascape
by Mark Littlehales


Fishing Buddies by Margaret Shipman

"Fishing Buddies"
(oil on canvas, 12x12)
by Margaret Shipman


7 Artists, 3 Days

View of Wilmington by Ann Coleman

Detail from Wilmington view by Ann Coleman

For one weekend this month, just around the corner from Brattleboro's busy Main Street shopping district, there will be a creative celebration not to be missed.

From December 9 to 11, "7 ARTISTS, 3 DAYS," the third such art exhibit to open in the Gallery at Headroom Stages (upstairs at 17 Elliot Street) will feature a great variety of work from its seven local artists. During the weekend show, visitors can meet the artists, take in the work, and do holiday shopping for original paintings, glass sculpture, drawings, prints, and more.

The exhibit opens Friday, December 9, with an artists' reception from 5:00 to 8:00. The show continues on Saturday, December 10, from 12:00 to 5:00 and on Sunday, December 11, from 12:00 to 4:00.

The idea for this show began when painter PETRIA MITCHELL, well known for her dramatic and expressively painted oil landscapes, moved her Brattleboro studio from Main Street to Elliot Street three years ago. Wanting to expand her annual holiday open studio and sale to include other artists who might benefit from exhibiting in the beautiful Headroom Stages gallery, Petria invited a few local artists to join her for a one-weekend exhibit.

Painting by Petria Mitchell

"Flowing South" (oil on canvas, 10x10) by Petria Mitchell

Now in its third year, the show has expanded to include seven artists in an array of media. Brattleboro's BARBARA BAKER-BURY, who works in oil on paper, uses instinctive gestures to create sensitive abstracts layering texture and color.... JOSH BERNBAUM relies on his refined sense of balanced color relationships to juxtapose transparent and opaque areas of glass to create stunning vases and wall sculptures.... ANN COLEMAN, whose Wilmington-based gallery was destroyed in the flood, along with most of her original pieces, during tropical storm Irene, will show giclée prints in her signature style of lively realism in watercolor and pastel.... MARK LITTLEHALES' wooden wall assemblages are produced using scrap collected over time from the building of various wooden boats, and his impressionistic seascape pastels and oils are inspired from years of cruising the bays along mid-coast Maine.... JUDE ROBERTS-RONDEAU's boisterous acrylic paintings, pastels, and charcoal pieces play with movement and the effects of one color against another.... MARGARET SHIPMAN combines a vigorous imagination with old photos to create whimsical scenes in bold oil colors.

Musician Aaron Chesley founded Headroom Stages in 2010 to help tap the immense depth of artistic talent here in Southern Vermont and add another venue for those passing through. The third-floor at 17 Elliot Street is a flexible, multi-use space meant to accommodate a variety of artistic production. Event, rehearsal, and gallery space are all available.

Memorial Park T-Bar by Jude Roberts-Rondeau

"Memorial Park T-Bar"
(acrylic on paper, 25.75x36)
by Jude Roberts-Rondeau

This diverse group of artists is representative of a strong current of vital creativity apparent in the area. Each approaches his or her chosen media with passion for creation and a bent for exploring the boundaries between recreation and work. Summing up the satisfaction which these artists have in crafting their art, Jude Roberts-Rondeau says, "When my work flows, I feel the union of craft and intuition. I feel a connection to all artists fighting the good fight."

For more information, please contact Petria Mitchell at (802) 257-4021 or visit headroomstages.com.

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