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Where arts and ag converge

VERGENNES-The Vermont Arts Council and Trustee Gerianne Smart are hosting a very special art opening at Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes on Thursday, April 8, from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition, "Bounty: A Celebration of Vermont's Farming Artists" will be on display through April 24.

The opening reception gala is a fundraiser for the state's arts agency.

Presented by UVM Extension's Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the exhibit showcases more than 30 works by painters, sculptors, photographers, writers, textile, and video artists who are also farmers in Vermont.

Featured artists include Phyllis Bowdish, Jenn Colby, Emily Curtis-Murphy, Kristan Doolan, Barbara Flack, Pete Guenther, Nancy Hayden, Diane Petrie, Gerianne Smart, Kate Stockman, and George Woodard.

The opening night reception was the brainchild of Addison County resident and Vermont Arts Council trustee Gerianne Smart. "I wanted to do something to really highlight the richness and diversity of the creative talent in our region while elevating the appreciation and awareness of all that the Arts Council does for the arts in Vermont, and specifically for Addison County artists, art venues, arts education and producers.

Addison County has received close to $250,000 in arts grants from the Council in the past five years alone and yet we have one of the fewest numbers of members in the Arts Council. I wanted to change that and bring it all together for a fun evening."

The Bounty art show has been traveling the state for six months under the auspices of the Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and that Vergennes is the final location of the traveling exhibit. Concurrently with the Bounty exhibition, Creative Space Gallery will show works by its member artists inspired by Vermont's farms and farmers.

Admission to the reception is $40.00 per household which includes a one-year membership to the Vermont Arts Council, light fare, a cash bar, and the opportunity to meet Arts Council trustees and staff. Current Arts Council members will be admitted free of charge.

RSVPs are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 802-828-3292 or by email at lcarlson@vermontartscouncil.org.

Creative Space Gallery is located at 235 Main St. in Vergennes and is wheelchair accessible.

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