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Local men light the way in design arts

The Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater will present "Let There Be Light:Fantastic Fixtures, Lamps and Light Sculpture" by local artists Dennis Sparling, Daniel Sparling and Jim Sanford starting this week. An opening reception will be held Friday, March 11, 5-7 p.m. The exhibit will be open through April 17

Three artists, each with a designer's eye, a naturalist's appreciation for plant and animal form, and a free creative spirit, will be represented in this exhibit combining art and functionality. The show will include Daniel's fantastic masks with dramatic light shooting from the faces. Dennis's lights and sculpture are varied and adventurous, playful and thoughtful, finely crafted and highly creative. Jim Sanford creates lamps and fixtures from unexpected objects, with a sense of humor and some unusual lighting concepts.

Dennis has spent 40 years creating sculpture and architectural arts throughout Vermont and the US. He is best known in the Burlington area for the "Leap Froggers" sculpture on the Church Street Marketplace and "UVM Catamount" near the Royall Tyler Theatre. Sparling's studio is located in New Haven, where last year he created a large representational sculpture of Leonardo Da Vinci for the World Canals Conference in Rochester, N.Y.

Daniel has learned the sculptural arts from his father while pursuing other creative directions in film, art direction and stop-motion animation. He created the original concept and costume design for Occupational Hazards, a short film that won the 2010 Vermont International Film Festival Board of Directors Special Award. 

He continues collaboration with Tim Joy of Projection Films on their current project Soul Keeper - A Joseph A. Citro Story.

Jim of Sanford/Strauss Architects has been a practicing architect in Vermont for the past thirty years, with his office currently in Middlebury. Known for his energetic spirit and creativity, his wide range of interest has led to projects in a broad spectrum from component design and fabrication to city planning, including residential, industrial, and commercial work throughout Vermont and the U.S. Jim was one of several architects featured in the recent Jackson Gallery exhibit Home in Vermont.

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