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Art Shows

Shannon O'Connell

When: Jan. 4-March 2 2022

If you want a respite from the cold and snow — and can’t face getting on a plane during a pandemic — consider tromping over to Burlington City Hall. In the lobby, Shannon O’Connell’s richly hued botanical paintings deliver a tropical paradise one rectangular view at a time. Think ocean. Think larger-than-life blossoms. Think warmth. It’s no surprise that the now-Vermont-based artist used to live in Hawaii. “I’m focused on the detail and dreamlike color combinations,” O’Connell writes in an artist statement. “I’ve always been enchanted by the magic in flowers.” She boosts the magic in her 2D versions by adding phosphorescent and UV-sensitive pigments to the acrylic paint. That’s why O’Connell’s flora seem illuminated from within and nearly bursting from the canvas. “Sometimes the glowing, secondary painting represents how a bee would see a blossom, in ultraviolet,” she writes. Even in a venue where you’re reminded to pay your property taxes, a little fairy dust goes a long way. Pictured: “Aloha Print #3.”

Price: 802-865-7296