T.W. Wood Gallery Announces Two New Exhibits for May

MONTPELIER – “Sweet” and “ANEW” showcase the talents of Montpelier-area artists and Vermont artists with disabilities at the T.W. Wood Gallery.

The “Sweet” exhibit is on view in the Nuquist Gallery, through July 31. The curator tour is scheduled for Saturday, July 10 at 1 p.m.

The exhibition curated by The Front gallery co-founder Glen Coburn-Hutcheson, explores the question: “What does it mean for a painting, or any other work of art, to be ‘sweet?’”

Sweet has its genesis in the genre paintings of Thomas Waterman Wood, including the newly acquired work “In the Jelly Jar,” with the speculation that they may be too sweet for some contemporary viewers. Sweetness remains present, if transformed, in the art practice of six contemporary Vermont artists: Lois Eby, PJ Desrochers, Monica DiGiovanni, Deluxe Unlimited, Sam Talbot-Kelly, and Cheryl Betz. The works in “Sweet” present alternatives, critiques, and new tastes to sample and consider.

“ANEW” is the latest Inclusive Arts Vermont exhibition showcasing works by Vermont artists with disabilities. This is a traveling exhibition of work by 29 artists who each give a unique interpretation to the title of the show, highlighting beginnings, doorways, fresh starts, and opportunity. Established and emerging artists share work in a variety of mediums: sculpture, photography, multimedia, painting, collage, textile and more. The show also includes accessibility features such as large print and braille documents and verbal description of all artwork.

“ANEW” is on view in the Hallway Exhibitions gallery, through June 25. To register for curator’s tours, register at twwwoodgallery.org or email mcoleman@twwoodgallery.org.

“ANEW” is presented with support from the Vermont Community Foundation Arts Endowment Fund, the Vermont Arts Council, and Fountain Fund.

Online artist talks will be given by Gyllian Rae Svensson on May 23 at 6:30 p.m., and Willow Bascom, on June 9, at 6:30 p.m. on Facebook at facebook.com/inclusiveartsvermont. During COVID the Wood Gallery is open to the public on Thursdays through appointment only. Call (802) 262-6035 or email mcoleman@twwoodgallery.org to make a reservation for either exhibit. Visit the gallery web page, twwoodgallery.org, for updates on visiting hours as state restrictions and guidelines are updated.