fbIn 2003, 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.

Northeast Kingdom Artisans


12 x 12

New Works by BOB MANNING

From 20 April until 2 June 2018


Artist’s Statement & a Little Biography

Bob Manning wrote about his first trip to Ireland in 1984:  “The stone walls fill my heart with great joy.  I went to Ireland in search of roots and fell in love with rocks – perhaps they are the same.”

This exhibit begins with a drawing of Bob and his family posed as they were for a photograph in his childhood, on his native Connecticut shore in 1935; they stand of the firm rocks that anchor him to his ancestral home, far across the Atlantic, binding them to the Neolithic stone monuments, if not the very rocky core, of the Irish and English Isles.

12 x 12 is a series of works done in the past year that are reflections, remembrances and riffs on Bob’s past, and his passionate affection for the messages in these ancient stones.  “This exhibit is very different, all measured 12” x 12” FROM STONE TO SAND — AND BACK AGAIN for all 35 works.  The subject matter is very different, humor for example – A TENNIS CHAMPION shares space with REMBRANDT.  It begins in 1935—for a swim—my family will travel from the Connecticut Sea Shore to the Irish Sea Shore and back again—and so forth—I LOVE IT!”

Rembrandt & Tennis (Featuring Olympian Andy Murray)

Cappadocia – Turkey#1

My First Car

Bob was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1933.  He attended the school of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1951-1953, until he entered the U.S. Army in 1954.  His duty as a high-speed Morse Code radio operator was based in Ulm, Germany which gave him the opportunity to tour the continent and visit museums in England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.  This inspired his entrance into Pratt Institute in Brooklyn (with thanks to the G.I. Bill of Rights), where he earned his BF with honors in 1958.  He went on to receive his MA in Studio Arts from Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT, in 1970.  He began a career of teaching, always involved in the arts.  Bob has exhibited his works, both and solo and group shows, including the Benton Museum at the University of Connecticut, Storrs: El Museo del Arte in Lima, Peru, The Helen Day Art Center, Stowe; the New Britain Museum of American Art, and most recently in a splendid retrospective at Catamount Arts, in St. Johnsbury, VT.

In 1991, Bob retired after a devoted career of teaching.  In 1993 Bob and his wife, Libby Hillhouse, moved to Vermont, and now reside in Danville.  He has served on the Board of Directors at Catamount Arts beginning in 1996, and on the Speakers Bureau for the Vermont Humanities Council since 2001.


We are Open Mon-Sat 10:30 – 5:30

We are proud to celebrate the works of over 100 Northeast Kingdom Artisans  

Beginning our 21st Year !

Coming Next:  Water Is Life, A group show 

Passumpsic Spring by Benjamin Barnes, Acrylic on Canvas


Just as our own Passumpsic and Moose Rivers join in our lovely city, artisans of all callings will celebrate this primal, most necessary element.  We will be joined by the Passumpsic Valley Land Trust (https://pvlt.org)   .  Th PVLT is a volunteer organization working to preserve the beauty and ecological habitat of the Passumspic River and its watershed.


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For more information about the Backroom Gallery shows please contact James M Frase-White: 802-424-1085 – email – jimfw420@gmail.com .