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Vermont farms are focus of photo exhibit

MIDDLEBURY The inaugural exhibit at the Carolyn and Will Jackson Gallery, located in the newly restored Town Hall Theater, will feature the large format black-and-white prints of photographer Richard W. Brown. Obstinate Paradise: Scenes from Vermonts Hill Farms, will grace the gallery beginning July 9. An opening reception, free and open to the public, will be held July 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m Browns images of Chittenden, Addison, Rutland and other county farms, depict a disappearing way of life. They celebrate the magnificence of the land, the power of the weather, the cycles of nature, and the people who work Vermonts rugged land. I am drawn to the last remnants of hill farm life, and the hidden, still wild corners of the state, said Brown. I am especially moved by those mundane but telling moments that reveal simple truths about the day-to-day lives of the people. It is no coincidence that Browns work graces the Jackson Gallery for its inaugural exhibit. Here we are, celebrating the rebirth of Town Hall Theater, an historic landmark in the heart of Addison Countys Shire Town, said Curator Kate Gridley. This was, and is, primarily a farming community, and we must never forget the towns agricultural heritage. Browns show is about the intrinsic human connection to the land. In the years after Brown moved to Peacham in 1971, he worked primarily on editorial assignments for magazines and newspapers. Over the last two decades Brown has concentrated on over a dozen of his own book projects. All photographs are museum-quality pigment images printed on 100 percent cotton rag paper and using archival inks for maximum permanence and subtlety of tone. This is his first exhibit in the Middlebury area. The Jackson Gallery is open noon until 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and also any time there is an event on the Town Hall Theater main stage. Entrance to the gallery is on the lower level of the building. For more information call 802-388-1436.

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