On Friday May 31, the Chaffee Art Center in Rutland opened a new
show in their downtown gallery. The show features six newly juried
artists-artists who have been accepted into the Chaffee member
program. Their mediums range from digital photography (artist Ian
Creitz) to origami (artist Morgan Haynes).
The exhibit, called the Chaffee Invitational, displays art from
around the region, including New Hampshire and New York in addition
A crowd of about 80 turned out for the official opening, both
art enthusiasts and the artists themselves attended.
Several of these artists were impressed with both the turnout
and the outcome of the piece arrangement. Jane Ann Kantor, featured
in this show as a mixed-media artist, said that she was already in
the process of completing the pieces that are showing in the
gallery before she got the notification that she was accepted. "I'm
a self-taught artist," said Kantor. "I wanted these pieces to say
something. I worked hard to get these five pieces done for the
Lisa May, another artist featured, explained a bit about her
creative process. "I've been showing for a couple of years around
New England. I love to draw, but so far I've only shown my pastel
pieces. All of my pieces are places I've been." Those on display
showed scenes in nature as well as the New York City skyline.
Courtney Jean Perry, a staff member of the Chaffee who attended
the opening, explained that juried artists receive privileges in
the Chaffee program, the most important of which is being able to
display their work at select shows in the gallery.
When asked about this particular show, Perry said "hanging a
show [as a staff member] is a work of art itself." Figuring out
where pieces will shine the most is a daunting task, one that was
completed mainly by Perry and Margaret Barros, the executive
director of the Chaffee Art Center.
The show will be hanging at 75 Merchants Row in Rutland until
Katrina Sabochick is a freelance reporter
for The Mountain Times.