Courtesy of Hall Art Foundation
"volcano series" by Olafur Eliasson
We can't speak to the art market in Vermont, but Seven Days
keeps an eye on art venues.
Happily, 2014 brought a trove of new options — and some world-class collections — to the state.
From a downtown community art center in Burlington to a sculpture park in Enosburg Falls, the galleries and event spaces that opened this year offer art enthusiasts plenty to see — and perhaps take home.
Here are five new art venues you can resolve to visit in the new year.
1) Cold Hollow Sculpture Park.
File photo: Matthew Thorsen
Taking in the vibe at South Gallery
The state's largest sculpture park, located on artist David Stromeyer's sprawling, 200-acre property in Enosburg Falls, opened to the public in the summer. (A Seven Days
posse including writer Kevin J. Kelley got a sneak peek
in early June.) Cold Hollow features 55 of Stromeyer's massive, abstract metal sculptures, and well maintained walking paths between them. The park is closed for the winter months, but keep it in mind for a summer road trip. Just don't count on cell service if you get lost.
2) Hall Art Foundation.
Four 19th-century barns in Reading were transformed to house a stunning collection of contemporary art. Last year, the Hall Art Foundation's exhibitions included installations by acclaimed Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, neoexpressionist paintings by Georg Baselitz and the provocative "bad paintings" of Neil Jenney. Hall also closes for the winter, but plans to reopen with an entirely new set of exhibits in May 2015.
3) ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery.
Woodstock's arts hub moved a couple miles down the road this fall to a renovated barn in South Pomfret. Reviewer Meg Brazill called ArtisTree's new digs "transformative" for the organization's programming.
4) South Gallery.
Artist couple Clark Derbes and Wylie Sofia Garcia turned the entry space at 27 Sears Lane (home to RL Photo) into a contemporary art gallery. With a roster of more than 30 established and emerging artists — and hosting packed First Friday receptions — South Gallery is already making a mark in the Burlington art scene.
5) ONE Arts Center.
Based in Burlington's Old North End, the ONE Arts Collective was established early this year and moved into its digs at 72 North Champlain Street in September. The space hosts community arts events (including family -friendly options such as "toddler time") and classes, and curates rotating shows by local artists.