Kent architecture

Opening of the “INTERPLAY” exhibition in Kent

Art at the Kent presents “INTERPLAY”, a thoughtful exploration of diverse creations that illuminate time, memory and personal history. Twenty contemporary Vermont artists express themselves in paintings, prints, photographs, and works of metal, glass, fiber, and wood. Art at the Kent hosts a lively conversation between these artists, their work and the unforgettable historic buildings that contain the show. The enhanced interaction between these key elements of an Art at the Kent experience will be particularly evident this year. In this annual exhibition, Art at the Kent presents a carefully curated selection of artists from Vermont, from September 9 to October 9, 2022. Visitors can view these works inside the rambling historic structures of the Kents State Historic Site. ‘Corner – as well as all over the pitch. An opening celebration will feature music, food and drink on Saturday, September 10 from 3-5 p.m. “The ‘INTERPLAY’ theme, expressed and woven throughout the exhibition, appears as a dialogue visual between the works of individual artists as well as for the buildings. For example, visitors will see current events graphically depicted in fabric by Cabot artist Rosalind Daniels alongside beautiful glass peplums by West Brattleboro artist Marta Bernbaum, both of which highlight 21st century events. Half a dozen furniture artists are turning traditional forms upside down by reinventing seats in a surprising and playful way. The intricate geometry of polychrome wood carvings by the Charlotte Clark artist Derbes draws attention to similar motifs in paintings by James Secor, Cynthia Kirkwood and others. Floral imagery is both powerful and larger than life at the hands of painter Sara Katz, while Bristol artist Pamela Smith’s whimsical blooms create an almost hypnotic pattern. Westminster West artist Evie Lovett’s detailed gelatin silver photographs of ancestral journals are juxtaposed with early 20th century writing scrawled on the plaster of one of Kent’s iconic walls, drawing attention to the art and building. Works by artists exhibiting in ‘INTERPLAY’ span a wide variety of media and genres and are brought together in the beautiful halls of Kent, inviting visitors to see in new ways,” said curators Nel Emlen and Allyson Evans.

“In many ways, this exhibit exudes all of the strengths for which Art at the Kent exhibits have become renowned,” says Vermont State Curator David Schutz. “We start with the empty and somewhat deconstructed historic buildings – and add the artists who we think have work that might resonate in some way with that setting – but also with each other. And because many of these artists are longtime favorites who have never exhibited with us before, the passionate voices of enthusiastic curators are also heard. Additionally, Art at the Kent runs a variety of associated events for visitors to experience, including Words Out Loud, our popular Sunday afternoon reading series (September 18, 25 and October 2) at the nearby church Old West, plus an illustrated lecture by acclaimed author/artist David Macaulay. Art at the Kent is a partnership between Historic Kents’ Corner, Inc., the Vermont State Curator’s Office, and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. Over the past decade and a half, exhibitions of contemporary art have been presented that engage and challenge the public by providing an unusual exposure to mid-19th century architecture enhanced by the art of our time. Kents’ Corner State Historic Site is administered by the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation. Visitors are encouraged to check the Kent website kentscorner.org for current COVID recommendations and advice prior to arrival. Exhibiting artists include James Secor from Montpelier, Drew Clay from Calais and Cynthia Kirkwood from Warren.

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