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20th Annual Shelburne Farms Art Exhibition

SHELBURNE -- For the 20th year Shelburne Farms will host its annual Art Exhibition and Sale in the historic Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms from Friday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 21.

The beautiful lakeside setting provides a spectacular setting for the works of primarily New England artists in mediums including oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, graphite, etching, photography, wood and stone. The exhibition is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5; free for members of Shelburne Farms. Tickets are available at Shelburne Farms Welcome Center.

Art Exhibition Coordinator Holly Brough says, In honor of this twenty-year milestone, we made an effort to introduce some new artists, recognize others who have had a longstanding presence in the show, and present works in a wide range of mediums.

Among the long-standing artists are Miriam Adams, of Hinesburg; Jane Ashley, of Windsor; Robin Mix, of Tunbridge; and Diane Shullenberger, of Jericho, who all began exhibiting in 1989, and Jo Barry, of Hampshire, England, and Robert Huntoon, of Winooski, who have been exhibiting since 1990. Artists new to the show include Craig Mooney, of Stowe; Peter Fried, of Burlington and Luca Battaglia, of Abiquiu, New Mexico.

An additional opportunity to learn about the creativity and craft behind the art happens on Wednesday, Oct. 3, as visitors tour the exhibition with participating artists and then continue the conversation over afternoon tea at The Inn at Shelburne Farms. The program takes place from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. and is $15 for members, $20 for non-members. To reserve a space, call 802-985-8686, ext. 341.

Another new addition to the art event this year is a photographic exploration of Shelburne Farms called Lenses on the Land: Photography at Shelburne Farms. This two-day course, on Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, will explore the use of photography to tell stories that link humans to the land or unlock secrets of nature.

The course, led by photographer Marshall Webb and field naturalist Matt Kolan, will take photography beyond technique to discover a deeper knowledge of Shelburne Farms ecocommunity, its ecology, history, agriculture, seasonal changes, and more.

The course, which runs from 5 p.m. on Friday to 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, costs $175 per person including tuition and meals. Overnight accommodations are available for an additional $30 per person double occupancy. A digital camera with a minimum capacity of 2 megapixels is recommended. For registration call 802-985-8686, ext 341.

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