When: Nov. 9-Jan. 8 2016
“I find the painting process exciting, energizing, mysterious and downright terrifying,” writes the Montpelier artist on his website. Creative from a young age, Epstein found his way back to painting after “a hiatus of more than 40 years.” During that time he was, among other things, a musician, woodstove designer, boat builder and sailor. In 1955, Epstein helped friend Pete Seeger by providing some artwork for a campaign to build a working replica of a 19th-century cargo sloop. It wasn’t until 1998 that he actually saw (and sailed alongside) the ship, named The Clearwater. The experience provided inspiration for the painting shown here. “Friends and Stories” brings new works, and a handful of older ones, to the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, including portraits, landscapes and renderings of boats.