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Artist studied at West Rutland Studio

RUTLAND - The Chaffee Art Center and the Lake Sunapee Bank announced a new partnership in exhibiting regional artists' work in downtown Rutland.

As the Chaffee enters its 47th year presenting the visual arts for the Rutland region, it is reaching out to extend the range of exhibition locations throughout the area. The museum began with the Lake Sunapee Bank in downtown Rutland, where it is presenting sculpture by Paul Hilliard of Pawlet in the lobby of the building at the corner of Center Street and Merchants Row.

Hilliard works in stone and metal and is presenting dynamic examples of both mediums. He studied at the Swan School of Design and at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland. His work in stone represented here includes "Looking Up" which is carved in travertine marble and "Introspection" executed in local white marble. Both are strong and fluid examples of his mastery of the medium. In addition, his command of metal is illustrated by both "hammer and Nail" executed in thin rod, and "Group of Three" a more symbolic abstract piece.

Lake Sunapee Bank Senior Vice President, Bob O'Brien welcomed the current group of sculpture and expressed excitement about the new collaboration with the Art Center. "I would like to extend an invitation to everyone in the Rutland area to visit our downtown location to enjoy this wonderful artwork, and I look forward to future exhibits through our new partnership with the Chaffee" he said in a recent phone conversation with Chaffee board member Bob Hooker of Pittsford.

In December the museum will be sharing examples of two-dimensional pieces from our permanent collection with the public in this same downtown location. The Chaffee permanent collection represents both gifts to the art center and a series of "purchase prizes" awarded to area artists over the years, and includes a range of work from realism to abstraction.

The December show at the Lake Sunapee Bank will include watercolor, oil, acrylic, pencil and print. The provenance of some of these pieces includes exhibitions at major venues in New York and elsewhere, and demonstrates a broad range of styles.

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