Taking flight in Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY - For thousands of years, humans dreamed of flying, but it wasn't until the Wright Brothers' daring attempt at Kitty Hawk that humans could finally see their world from the perspective of birds.

Now a new exhibit on Merchants Row in downtown Middlebury celebrates our feathered friends and their evolutionary advantage of natural flight.

"Taking Flight" is on display at Town Hall Theater's Jackson Gallery and depicts birds in various media.

Behind the winged works on display are several well known, and lesser known, Vermont artists-Susan Raber Bray, Ray Hudson, Carol E. S. MacDonald, Liza Myers, Gary Starr, and Adelaide Tyrol.

Two Addison County artists showing at the gallery are worth noting.

Gary Starr of Weybridge likes to work with basswood and he's shaped this respected material into many birds-local and foreign. He credits his father's influence in his art and respects the New England tradition of crafting exquisite hunting decoys.

Middlebury artist Ray Hudson provides her view of birds through a series of unique woodblock prints. Hudson said that a carved block becomes her brush and canvas-each print has a life of its own.

Downtown Middlebury's soaring exhibit ends this Sunday, June 19. The gallery, on Merchants Row, is open noon - 5 p.m.

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