169 Park St
Burlington, VT 05401
by Shannon Lee Gilmour exploring the "Under Construction" exhibit as well as two other exhibits showing at Studio Place Arts until April 15, 2017.
STUDIO PLACE ARTS, Barre, Vermont
March 14 - April 15, 2017
A show about the joining of 2 or more dissimilar media to create a finished artwork, so that one plus one equals more than two. Assembled by Sue Higby and guest curator Mark Waskow.
Exhibiting Artists: Tom Batey; John Brickels; Elizabeth Chapek; Robert Chapla; Jesse Cooper; Joan Curtis; Nicole Czapinski; Diane Gabriel; Diane Elliott Gayer; Robert Hitzig; Lynda Knisley; Tinka Theresa Martell; Rob Millard-Mendez; Tuyen My Nguyen; Torin Porter; Leslie Roth; Aaron Stein; Robert Towne; Janet Van Fleet; Sharon Webster; Sean Williams
March 7- April 28, 2017
"FOLLOWING THE RULES,
BREAKING THE RULES"
T.W. WOOD GALLERY
46 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT
TURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017
"LIFT" by Sharon Webster
THE ART OF WINTER
A group show curated by Christy Mitchell
and Ric Kasini Kadour at
266 Pine St. Burlington, Vermont
Winter Moon, S Webster
SHOW RUNS through MARCH 31, 2017
Gallery hours Thursday - Sat., Noon- 5pm
Many artists and lovely description of the show featured in the elegant Arts quarterly here,
February 20 - March 31, 2017
RECEPTION - THURS, FEB 23, 5:30 PM
University of Vermont
Friday, Jan. 6th 2017 from 5-7pm ish
"A World Free of Violence"
Main Street Landing/ Union Station at 1 Main
Art BY and FOR people affected by domestic violence… via Steps to End Domestic Violence sponsored by Art’s Alive. Hear artists talk about their work – and enjoy music presented by local guitar teacher and performer, Francis Llewellyn Andreas. Image below: "Pink Mother Totem, Protection"
November 9 - December 9, 2016
Inventive Fiber Art by members of VT Surface Design Association
Chaffee Art Center
16 S Main Street
RECEPTION - FRIDAY NOV. 18, 5-7 PM
Eve Jacobs-Carnaham, Artist Talk Dec. 3, 2017
SePT 2 - OcT 3rd, 2016
The First 50 Show!
Art at MAIN STREET LANDING UNION STATION
1 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont
group show sponsored by
Art’s Alive & SEABA
Curated by Sarah Drexler
Friday, September 9-11, 2016
Among 35 artists in the annual
The SEABA Gallery at 404 Pine Street
on fRIDAY & sATuRday
OPEN STUDIO 3rd floor at 4 Howard Street (corner of Howard & Pine St)
Lovely film of "Visionary Conspiracy" made by Shannon Lee Gilmour, including an interview of me at 4;22 mark.
But watch it all. Sensitive details of beautiful work by 14 artists... and other interviews!
The backstory matters with this work...
"Stairs for Heaven and Earth"
This “staircase” wearing clothes is metaphor and abstraction. The stairway wears clothing that I wore to a wedding where my mother had a stroke and died a few days later.
The form of the church kneeler, or prie-dieu, struck me as poignant as I moved from wedding to funeral. The kneelers were often covered with nice fabric – or velvet like my skirt. My kneeler grew into a staircase. Apart from being interesting as a form for its own sake, it represents generational support, the way we stand on the shoulders of those who come before us.
The stitching on the piece became an outward expression of the urge to heal, as well as a way to express reverence for (her) life through the use of rich golds & silvers. As I tried out various materials, methods and forms, I could hear my mom’s wise advice to try new approaches in order to “get the effect,” as she put it, in my sculpture.
Seen from the side, the stairs are flat. The absence, the negative space, is as important as what remains. The sensual details of clothing….what could be more personal?
Mother Light is my mother’s face, upside down now as she swings from the heavens. It glows as moon, archetype, cycle, circle, warmth. It’s illuminated by an LED bulb and hangs by an old-fashioned work cord.
Thank you to the Surface Design Association of Vermont for curating this show.
This show runs concurrently with an outdoor exhibit called “Soft Bomb Barre.” Around downtown Barre, there will be an array of fiber art installations and soft, colorful “explosions,” special exhibits, talks, a moving pop-up weaving studio, and more. The show will also overlap with the Barre Heritage Festival which brings together hundreds of visitors for a weekend of parades, music and fun July 30.
SLICE OF LIFE at MAIN STREET LANDING UNION STATION
1 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont
group show sponsored by
Art’s Alive & SEABA
JULY 1ST – AUGUST 31st, 2016
Thanks to Sarah Drexler of SEABA for curating this show!
June 1 - 28, 2016
A POETRY READING AT ONE ARTS CENTER 72 N. Champlain St. Burlington's Old North End on
SUNDAY AFTERNOON March 13th @ 3 o’clock
SUE D. BURTON
KRISTIN DYKSTRA translating from Spanish
Five accomplished poets read from their work in the evocative setting of Contexere, a month-long art show celebrating the complex dance between verbal and visual communication.
Cookies will be served! FREE!
CONTEXERE (Latin - to weave, entwine, braid)
A month-long group show at O.N.E. Arts Center weaving together the multiple strands of texts and images, words and visual arrangement in space and time, and exploring the complex processes of verbal and non-verbal communication. Contexere will open on Friday evening, March 4th with a cocktail party featuring pop-up readings and performances by the artists from 6-9 p.m. Over the course of the month, O.N.E. Arts will host a series of events and workshops further exploring the themes of the show including
- A drop-off creative writing & zine station all month
"LATE AND SOON"
Musical a cappella adaptation of “So Little Time, Words and Images for a World in Climate Crisis” Green Writers Press 2014, including my poem, "Resistance." Thomas L. Read has composed new music for the choral musicians, Social Band.
JULY 9 - SEPT. 5, 2015
FLYNNDOG, 208 Flynn Ave., Burlington, Vermont
8 visual artists / 8 writers. New artwork that spans a range of new and classic media and shares a common thread of visual intensity
Bren Alvarez, Mercha Bautista, Roger Coleman, Tina Escaja, Genese Grill, Jon Turner, Sharon Webster, Marian Willmott.
invented & curated by Sharon Webster
Show runs through Sept. 5, 2015.
In celebration of Burlington's Old North End Ramble......until August 31, 2015.
Five mixed media paintings at North End Studios, 294 N Winooski Ave, Burlington
ART + SOUL Thurday June 11, 2015 5:30-9 pm
College Street, Burlington, VT
"WE ARE THE SOUTH END" Group show featuring artists of the South End Arts District, Burlington, Vermont
SEABA Gallery, 404 Pine Street, Burlington, VT
Opening reception JANUARY 9, 2014 5-8 pm Through Jan. 3
PHOTOS OF BOOK LAUNCH.....! Here!
BOOK READING, LAUNCH &
CELEBRATION WITH ART EXHIBIT
OCTOBER 5, 2014 3 pm
For “Everyone Lives Here,” poems and artwork. Howard Space, 1st floor, main hall, 4 Howard Street, Burlington, Vermont.
Review of "Everyone Lives Here" by Nancy Means Wright:
"Sharon Webster divides her fabulous collection of poems and artwork into four seasons, beginning with spring where 'Fragile elbows of light" nudge the sleeper and make her, like a Mary Poppins, "fall gently out and / down, but also up." We breathe in grass, and the "wild / huge earth" with its "white teeth / pulling," and discover that "step after step / is everyone's name."
Like Whitman in his Leaves of Grass, Webster does, indeed, celebrate everything and everyone. In the poem TEMPLE GRANDIN, we meet the autistic activist who "senses what is / invisible to others," and in WEEPING IN THE KMART, PREMENSTRUAL (I love these offbeat titles!), we encounter the poet's Alzheimer/Down Syndrome companion, Jackie, a "wet / berry of pain, a hanged human voice...I imagine air and pull her up." In ALMOST THANKSGIVING, UNSTEADY," the developmentally challenged Thelma "takes a broom from every neighbor on Buell Street" (but "always brings them back,") and vigorously sweeps the pavement: "Swoosh. Swoosh." In THE CLEANING LADY, a resentful worker who "imagines her eyes / becoming rags" still manages to find "some beauty / beneath the dirt." And in YES, the speaker admits her "special outlook on life. / It comes from the dirt."
There are autobiographical poems, too, like the art teacher who teaches "the freedom to be imperfect." After her hysterectomy, the poet promises "to do good things / forever if I ever get better" and allows herself to "cry." She visits the gym where sweat is "held / in high esteem"; she praises "the democracy / of a locker room" where "what was sunken is indeed / ample and dusky, and naked / with other women on the warm cedar planks." In THE MUSIC OF THEIR NAMES, she takes on the ignored women artists of the Renaissance and pledges to "think of what was forgotten. / Think of how to find it again."
Like her vibrant artwork (a Remington typewriter, for example, that spews out a mass of fragmented pages on its top), Webster's poems, with their whimsical line breaks, become a virtual painting on the page. The reader will find a surprise in every line, a fresh, sensuous way of seeing and knowing. S/he will want to read the collection over and over again, and meet, hug and weep over Everyone Who Lives Here."
~Nancy Means Wright is the author of 18 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry - including Acts of Balance, (Finishing Line Press ’14), her most recent volume of poems which gives intimate voice to the journeys of two women – Mary Wollstonecraft and contemporary writer, Fay Hubbard - living centuries apart. She lives in Middlebury, Vermont http://www.nancymeanswright.com/
Thursday, JUNE 5 reception ART + SOUL
91 College St. Dunkiel Saunders, Burlington, VT music: RED HOT JUBA!
Show through June 28, 2014
THURS APRIL 17, 7PM GREEN WRITERS PRESS PARTY & POETRY READING
PHOENIX BOOKS, 191 Bank Street in Burlington, VT is throwing the publisher of “So Little Time, Words and Images for a World in Climate Crisis,” a Celebration Party! Hope you can come!
& the following day…
FRIDAY APRIL 18, 6PM SO LITTLE TIME Poetry Reading
Montpelier, VT Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Hayes Room, part of POEM CITY month in Montpelier
“SO LITTLE TIME, Words and Images for a World in Climate Crisis."
Poetry/photography anthology including: Greg Delanty,Mary Oliver,Seamus Heaney,Julia Alvarez,Billy Collins,Dalai Lama,Dave Cavanagh..... & me.
Stunning photos of our natural world and provocative poetry Precentage of proceeds donated to the environmental organization, 350vt.org, Order from Pub:
Large Works: December 6 - January 31st
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday 12 – 5pm
MEMBERS' ART SHOW
& FESTIVAL OF TREES AND LIGHT
Dec. 6, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014
Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe, VT
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 12pm-5pm and by appointment
Opening Reception: Friday, December 6th at 5:00PM
REPRESENT Sept. 6- Nov.16, 2013
S.P.A.C.E. Gallery & The Soda Plant, 266 Pine St. Burlington, VT
"Purity & Unruliness" and "Wrenched."
Reception, Fri. Sept. 6, 5- midnight
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 5pm and by appointment
BURLINGTON BOOK FESTIVAL
SAT. SEPTEMBER 21, 1pm
Film House, Main St. Landing, "The Novel Graphic: A Summit." Panel discussion on Word and Image.
FEBRUARY 1 - APRIL 20, 2012
The Soda Plant, 266 Pine St. Burlington, Vermont
Featuring BESSIE, giant puppet-like sculpture of Sharon’s tobacco chewing,
rifle-toting great-grandmother & mixed media piece, THINKING CAP AND NOTEBOOKS
Opening Reception: Friday, February 1 from 5 – 9 pm
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday from 9 – 5pm, Saturday from 11 – 5pm
www.thesodaplant.com poem by s. webster below
TOMORROW IT WILL PROBABLY BE HARD TO GET UP
BUT TELL ME ANYWAY For Bessie
There's not much to be surprised about now. The rain
that is falling was predicted well
in advance. "A storm tonight," was
how the radio put it. Serves us right.
The window-shade shifts
and slouches over the black
yawn of the open window. Moves
like someone is out there breathing.
Real even, regular breaths. So what?
asks the night. My
great-grandmother chewed tobacco and shot long
streams of muscular, brown juice
into a pedaled
wastebasket that squawked
every time her foot
cocked it open. She had
fingers long as candlesticks and knuckles like loose
marbles. She could shoot
a rifle and once shot
a man when he tried to rob the family
tavern – stealing hard
won money from countless
hours frying countless chickens in iron skillets big as tabletops.
She shot him, but he deserved it, makin’
her only son's wife lay nine
months pregnant all over the cold restaurant floor.
That was the Depression. Things
like that happened; they were used to it.
My middle name is for her, Elizabeth, but
they called her Bessie. She
lost her teeth around 30 and her husband
before that. Never replaced either. She
dyed her hair cold black and wore it in waves
till she died at 93.
There's a photograph I think of: she's belting back something
from a long-necked bottle, her body a
long sling-shot, tough
and graceful, an easy curve cocky as any man. So what?
asks the night. I was born like this.
But when I think of Bessie
I am tall. Like her,
reaches the trigger.
THROUGH DECEMBER, 2012
"Mother Light" and "Up Close at a Distance," from STAIRS FOR HEAVEN AND EARTH in group show, "20 MEDIUMS" at
THE SODA PLANT, 266 PINE STREET, BURLINGTON, Vermont
- SEPT. 7 & 8, 2012
South End ARTHOP, Sharon Webster Studio
3rd Floor, 2-4 Howard St. Burlington, VT
Current work & Stairs for Heaven and Earth
- FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2012 5-9 PM
Arthop Preview Party for "20 Mediums," group show at The Soda Plant, Pine St. Burlington, VT. Show runs through September 29, 2012
- MAY- JULY 30, 2012 FLYNNDOG 208 Flynn Ave. Burlington VT
THE THIRD FLOOR SHOW
from "Stairs for Heaven and Earth"
"Mother Light" mixed media from
STAIRS FOR HEAVEN AND EARTH, 2012
Copyright 2010 Sharon Webster. All rights reserved.
169 Park St
Burlington, VT 05401