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Art along the lake comes to Shelburne

SHELBURNE From traditional images in oils, watercolors and photography to airy sculptures made of Japanese paper, the Shelburne Farms annual Art Exhibition and Sale will showcase the works of a broad range of talented artists. This will be the twenty-first year for the special event held daily from Friday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the historic Coach Barn on the shores of Lake Champlain. The beautiful lakeside site provides a spectacular setting for the works of artists , most of them from New England, in mediums including oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, graphite, etching, photography, wood and stone. New to the exhibition this year are Sarah Ashe and her husband Tom Dunne from Middlebury. Sarah crafts delightful light sculptures from Japanese paper, and Tom is a woodturner who makes artistic keepsakes from the character-marked wood of local trees. Among the many returning artists are Jen Violette of Wilmington with her glass sculpture, the delicate drawings of Miriam Adams of Hinesburg, Vermont landscapes in oil by Bob Huntoon of Winooski and the ceramics of Bob Green, formerly of Shelburne Art Center, now in Western Massachusetts. We have so many pieces in such a wide variety of mediums, said Art Show coordinator Holly Brough of Shelburne Farms. We have etchings, woodcuts, fabric, bronze, glass and much more. This year there will also be an exhibition of black and white photography by American artist and environmentalist Clyde Butcher. Americas National Parks: A Monumental Vision will be on display in the east hall of the Coach Barn. Admission is $5; free for members of Shelburne Farms. Tickets are available at Shelburne Farms Welcome Center. On Wednesday, Oct. 8 the Art Exhibition Tea and Tour will give a look behind the scenes, an exploration of the creativity and craft of participating artists. Visitors can tour the exhibition with some of the exhibition artists and then continue the conversation over afternoon tea at The Inn at Shelburne Farms. The Tea and Tour program takes place from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for non-members. To reserve a space, call 802-985-8686 ext 341. Another art-related program at Shelburne Farms this fall is a photographic exploration called Lenses on the Land: Photography at Shelburne Farms. This course, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 17 to 19, 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 eco-community, its ecology, history, agriculture, seasonal changes and more. The course, from 5 p.m. on Friday and to 9:30 a.m. on Sunday will cost $225 per person including tuition and meals. Overnight accommodations are available for an additional $40 per person double occupancy. A digital camera with 2 megapixel capacity minimum is recommended. For registration call 802-985-8686 ext 341.

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