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Hannah Bureau

When: Through June 1

Her paintings are the visual equivalent of a deep sigh, a calming breath, a meditation. Hannah Bureau’s exhibition at the Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls offers viewers vistas in a soft, tranquil palette. The artist, who lives in Lincoln, Mass., suggests her works are “at the intersection of landscape and abstraction.” That’s true, but those words imply sharp edges. Rather, Bureau’s landscapes seem to melt into a companionable relationship with, and to benefit from, ambiguity. She does not eschew form altogether; her acrylic canvases present discernible horizon lines, clouds, and approximate shapes of trees, water and even structures. With the current body of work, Bureau notes in an artist statement, “I wanted to emphasize the sky … The paintings in this show have a lower horizon, allowing for more sky, light and air to create a bright atmosphere that feels open and fresh.” Bureau was born in Paris, France, and moved to the U.S. at age 8. As the Edgewater website explains, she is the third generation of female painters in her family and grew up surrounded by art. She earned degrees at the Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has worked in product and pattern design, as well as illustration for an educational publisher. Among her mentors, Bureau includes Vermont-based painter Eric Aho, who currently has an exhibition of abstracted landscapes at Burlington’s BCA Center. Indeed, what the two artists share is the gift of transcendent expression with paint.