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The Feick Arts Center features Serenity by Pat Swyler

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Green Mountain College's Feick Arts Center hosts "Serenity," an exhibit by artist Pat Swyler, through Dec. 14.

The Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College in Poultney is celebrating ceramic sculptor and pottery artist Pat Swyler. Swyler's exhibition "Serenity" will be on display at the gallery through Dec. 14.

Swyler's work is largely influenced by the human body. She believes that the forms she creates are able to express themselves through the body language depicted in her work.

"The symbolic and transient is conveyed through hand positions, postures, facial expressions or included object. The figures are seers and intermediaries who comfort, guide, protect or reveal life's innermost secrets; they are sentinels at the gates of eternity," says Swyler.

Her work is also largely influenced by Medieval, Egyptian, Renaissance, and Asian sculptures from the past. This influence is easily translated to her work as there is a clear nod to this historic iconography. Swyler's medium of choice is clay but she also applies a mixed-media approach to her work. The majority of her work is earthenware and porcelain that is fired while in an oxidizing atmosphere in an electric kiln.

Pat Swyler received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of American Craftsmen, and her work has been exhibited in national and international invitational shows as well as museums including the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, N.Y., the Heckscher Museum, Huntington, N.Y., and the Islip Art Museum, Islip, N.Y.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. General gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Please contact gallery coordinator Jessica Kaminski for more information at 802-287-8398 or email feick@greenmtn.edu.