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Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center Kicks Off Holiday Season

Beginning in December and featured through February, the Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center (BMAC) will offer five new exhibits that feature 100 of works by more than 60 local and national artists.

Heading the exhibits will be Drawing Itself: A Survey Of Contemporary Practice, offering a fresh view of the scope and variety involved in contemporary drawing, including works from major artists such as Charles Burchfield, Paul Cadmus, Romare Bearden, Rico LeBrun, Whitfield Lovell and Rackshaw Downes.

Other participating artists in this exhibition include Jason Alden, Barbara Gaber, Ethan Murrow, Gordan Meinhard and Madelin Fan.

Drawing Itself offers viewers the rare pleasure of exploring this all too frequently overlooked art form.

The works in the exhibit range from the swiftly sketched to the obsessively rendered, from the process-derived to the conceptual. They run the gamut from representation to abstraction.

They exist in a variety of traditional media-graphite, watercolor, artist's crayon, wash, collage, acrylic, charcoal, and ink-as well as video and installation.

There will also be various solo shows to compliment Drawing Itself, including the work of Chester's Bill Long, Saxtons River's Eric Aho and Putney's Marcy Mermansadar and Joseph Fichter.

The museum's Activity Gallery will showcase the local painter and animator Long, who will display 32 original oil paintings created for his picture book titled Through The View.

These interesting and colorful paintings explore the idea of careful observation - with regard not only to what we as viewers see, but also to what the characters in the pictures are looking at.

The paintings are of whimsical characters within a fantasy world motif.

Aho's Ice Box is a series of recent paintings inspired by ice, accompanied by a short film by Rachel Portesi, which depicts the once common practice.

Outside the museum will stand the artist Fucter's horse sculpture "Clarion Call".

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