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Artist captures essence of lake and Quadricentennial

SHELBURNE-The Luxton-Jones Gallery in Shelburne, the oldest Fine Arts & Custom Framing Gallery in Chittenden County will present a new exhibition and sale entitled "Impressions of Lake Champlain and Beyond", in connection with the 400th anniversary of French explorer Samuel de Champlain's discovery of the lake that bears his name.

The exhibit opens on Saturday, Oct. 3, with a reception from 3 to 7 pm, where the artists will be present and refreshments will be served. The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 31, features many new paintings by the internationally renowned artist Carolyn Walton, a former Shelburne resident.

Walton is also one of the featured artists in a new hardcover book "The Art of Lake Champlain". This book is richly illustrated with over 60 stirring works by a variety of artists. This true collectors item for Art lovers was recently published by Verve Editions in Burlington. During the opening reception the artist will autograph copies of the book.

Walton's oil paintings, her primary medium, capture both the landscape and the architecture of New England and Europe. She is inspired by rural landscapes and by coastal waters. Well-known for her interpretations of hay bales, meadows and barns, her water paintings are gaining a devoted following as well.

In addition to the inspiring paintings of Lake Champlain and its surroundings by Walton, the gallery reception will also offer a definite Dutch touch. One of these touches is the just-released compact disk named "Toccare" (meaning "to touch") by the internationally renowned Dutch classical pianist Annemieke Spoelstra.

Tineke Russell, a Burlington resident, is also from the Netherlands. Tineke will be showing many of her new designs from custom-designed jewelry collection "Beads Work". Several of Tineke's jewelry designs were selected for the fashion show during the recent South End Art Hop in Burlington.

Adding another Dutch touch, gallery owner Marilene Luxton-Jones was also born in the Netherlands; she has lived in Shelburne since 1986.

Check it Out: The Luxton-Jones Gallery is located at 5955 Shelburne Rd. in Shelburne. The gallery is open from Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and also by appointment or by chance.

For more information about the reception and tgallery, call 985-8223 or visit www.luxtonjonesgallery.com In honor of World Animal Day, Oct. 4, the gallery will donate 4 percent of all sales to the Humane Society of Chittenden County during the opening weekend of the show.

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