fbIn 2009, with an eye toward expanding its showcase of Vermont artists, the Guild doubled its retail space and added a gallery room called The Backroom Gallery for special exhibits. We invite Vermont’s most talented artists and crafts folk to exhibit their work in one-person or collaborative shows. These special shows are publicized and reported in area newspapers, websites, community calendars and via the Guild’s vast email and postal mailing lists. We host Artist receptions with a fine selection of food and drink to welcome the public to the newest exhibit.  Gallery shows run for approximately 6 weeks.

Announcing a New Exhibit

Mind’s Eye

The Art of Randee Leightcap

& Meri Stiles

July 17 to August 24, 2019

Opening Party

Friday July 19 from 4 to 6

A Welcoming introduction by Meri Stiles

Delight with hors d’oeuvres & drinks & conversation with lovers of art and friendship


Lawyers by R. Leightcap

Renee Leightcap, a classically trained graphic artist says of her inspiration, “I am drawn to natural objects and found objects of copper or rust and combine them into what I think are beautiful contrasts.  I draw the resulting objects, placing them in a visual environment to recreate specific memories.  I limit my palette of color and use baroque lighting for emotional effect.”
 “I am a feminist artist creating cathartic imagery of women’s issues of domestic abuse, child molestation, women’s self imagery, and society expectation of women.  However I hope that my artwork can be enjoyed on other levels as well, for its colors, and textures, and design. “

Man & Nature by M. Stiles

Meri Stiles, an experienced practical and research clinical social worker and college professor notes that her work “flows from my lens as a long time meditator and Buddhist practitioner.  I consider art as a natural extension of my social work practice,” and summarizes “The art I make reflects aspects of life and society that are important to me.”
“Nature, animals, impermanence, and interdependence are all recurring themes.  I try to develop a language of symbols to represent these themes—such as bones depicting impermanence.  There is a light-hearted intuitive energy infused into my creative process:  I enjoy the simplicity and comfort of the art that arises from this process.”
These two artistic visions will take the viewer not just on a visual ride, but into the interior space of what we often call the soul, eyeing the inner reaches of our minds, to clarify, contain, and remediate.

Coming Next:

 Stained Glass:  Fresh & Savory

New & Classic works by

Elizabeth Robbins

August 28 through October 5

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For more information about the Backroom Gallery shows please contact James M Frase-White, Back Room Gallery Curator at 802-748-0158 or – email c/o the Guild:  nekguild@gmail.com (ATTN: James) or at his home email; jimfw420@gmail.com