The day that it snows, I can only write about snow. The
day they hung Paedra Bramhall's work in the Killington Arts
Upstairs Gallery was, like the snow, the only thing on my mind. I
was there for the hanging, but was working on the other side. When
I turned and looked back into the main Gallery, the whole room
seemed larger, the ceiling higher. The art I had first seen in
Paedra's galleries in Bridgewater had been brought to the KAG
Gallery. It had come out of the wilderness into the light where it
could be fully displayed in all it's grandeur.
This is Paedra's first "retrospective," which means a sample of
past creations over forty years. Many are one-of-a-kind and other
forms she may never create again-the blown glass for instance.
Everything in the room, as diverse as it was, had been created
by one artist in her lifetime, some of it under the humblest of
circumstances. Included in the exhibit are transfigured collages,
ink paintings, sculpture in bronze and in hand blown glass and
blown glass interiors.
The art of other KAG members is mounted up the stairs, in the
entrance gallery and in the adjacent room. With Paedra's exhibit as
the center, the Upstairs Gallery now looks like a first class
Paedra's remarks are posted at the exhibit to give viewers an
idea of sequence. The "Sumi ink drawings" are the oldest pieces in
the exhibit. "They take my creative thread back to my earliest work
here in Vermont," Paedra wrote. She discovered the way of drawing
directly from the ink stick to the paper at the Cleveland Institute
of Art in 1967. "This thread-connection resurfaced in my painting
in 2003-2009," the description says.
She writes of the transfigured collages, "This is my layering of
life and of sensuality. This is how I use this tool, a computer, to
create the many layered both figuratively and actually imagines
which are here on exhibit. I do not create simplistic art. I mark
Her reprints are done in Brandon by Edward Loedding.
The exhibit called, "A searching mind: The many transitions of
Paedra" is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through May 12. A reception
was held Feb. 15 from 4-7 p.m. Paedra spoke to an engaging audience
about her work at 6 p.m. Many questions were asked and answered
about her life works.