Southern Vermont Arts Center

At Southern Vermont Arts Center,  As you explore the campus, you’ll discover an outdoor sculpture park. Yester House, once the 28 room Georgian Revival mansion and centerpiece of the former Gertrude Divine Webster estate. And the Wilson Museum.

Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, Designed by noted architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, the Wilson Museum admirably serves a dual purpose; first, it is a secure repository and display space for the Arts Center’s permanent collection, now approaching 800 pieces of 19th and 20th century works, including the world’s largest collection of works by Luigi Lucioni.

Secondly and very happily, the Wilson Museum offers an appropriate venue in which to host major national and international traveling exhibitions. In 2013, the Museum opens May 18.

Here’s what we saw:

Kate Gridley, “Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults”

  • Kate Gridley’s installation of larger-than-life-size oil portraits with accompanying sound portraits of seventeen young adults, honoring their passage into adulthood.
  • August 3, 2013 – October 21, 2013
    10 am – 5 pm

About Laurel

Laurel Thorndike is our "artist in residence" here at We Love Museums. "Lately I have been experimenting with a very illustrative style. Using images & feelings as a writer would use words to bring characters "to life" Suggesting a possible story or building from existing ones." Inspiring artists & art periods include Art Nouveau's Alphonse Mucha and Maxfield Parrish. Pre-Raphaelites such as Waterhouse, Holman Hunt, Leighton. Portrait painter's John Singer Sargent and Julio Romero de Torres. Symbolists such as Jean Delville and Carlos Schwabe. In 2001 she studied photography with nature photographer Patrick Pacheo Zephyr. She immediately fell in love with using the camera to 'paint with light'. Using natural light to create a picture full of emotion from something as ordinary as a reflection in a small pond or a lone tree on a hill. In 2014 she attended the 'Illustrator Master Class' at Amherst College, A one week intensive with the instruction of some of the finest illustrator's in the country! Her works have been shown at the juried Art On The Mountain show 2004 & 2005 Wilmington VT and the Northeastern Fine Arts Juried Exhibition at the Green Trees Gallery Northfield MA 2005. As well as at various galleries and art fairs throughout New England. Her work can be viewed and purchased at:

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