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Local artwork celebrates the season

SHELBURNE - The Luxton-Jones Gallery in Shelburne is showing a new exhibition through Dec. 30 entitled "Celebrate the Holidays."

The exhibit will feature many new paintings by the renowned artist Carolyn Walton, a former Shelburne resident, Deborah Lamden, resident of Charlotte, and Mitzi Valentine Goward of Vergennes.The exhibit will also feature jewelry by Tineke Russell of Burlington.

Walton, a former Shelburne resident, paints primarily in oil, capturing the landscape and architecture of New England and Europe. She is inspired by the rural environment and coastal waters. Well-known for her interpretation of hay bales, meadows and barns, her water paintings are gaining a devoted following.

Her style is representational with an "atmospheric use of light and shadow." Walton paints primarily en plein air, with larger works painted in the studio.

Exhibiting widely in the Northeast, Walton has won numerous awards from prestigious art magazines and exhibits, including the International Artist Magazine and the renowned Hudson Valley Art Association in New York . Recent shows include the Hudson Valley Art Assoc. National Exhibition; Hilton Head Art League National Exhibition; Salon International, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, San Antonio, Texas; Salmagundi Club; an invitational gallery show in Manhattan and the Annual Art Exhibition at Shelburne Farms.

Lamden, graduated from the Boston Museum School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and later studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and at MIT. Originally from Vermont, she returned there in 1977 with her husband to live in Charlotte, where she began a glass business called the Charlotte Glassworks.

She also taught stained glass through the Shelburne Craft School, Frog Hollow Craft Center and Church Street Center. In 1985, she began painting portraits, still lifes and landscapes in pastel and oil.

Her paintings and glass have been shown in galleries throughout New England and she has exhibited at the Shelburne Farms "Envisioned in a Pastoral Setting" show. Deborah's glass career ended when her son was born with cerebral palsy in 1988, but she has continued to paint as time has allowed.

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