MANCHESTER - For more than 80 years, the talented artists of the Southern Vermont Arts Center have joined together in celebrating the beauty of Vermont. Part of their legacy is the stewardship of SVAC's artistic history by its member artists and their patrons, who have donated more than 800 works to the Arts Center's Permanent Collection.

This tradition of generosity is being celebrated through a major new exhibition at SVAC's Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, which opened Saturday, May 3.

Titled "The Artists of Southern Vermont: A Fresh Look," the exhibition presents important works from the Permanent Collection that have been unseen for decades, with profiles of the artists as well as the donors who created the collection.

From left, Barbara Melhado, a member of the southern Vermont Arts Center’s board of directors, Seline Skoug, their executive director, and John
From left, Barbara Melhado, a member of the southern Vermont Arts Center's board of directors, Seline Skoug, their executive director, and John LaVecchia, the chairman of the arts center's board, study a painting by Harry Shokler at a new exhibition which opened last weekend at SVAC. (Andrew McKeever photo)
Featuring works by George Inness, Julian Rix, Ogden Pleissner, Jay Connaway, Luigi Lucioni and the late Brian Sweetland, the exhibition spans more than 150 years and represents a range of varied styles, from Tonalist landscapes to Impressionist still lifes. This rare display offers a unique view of art history through the lens of artists and patrons inspired by the scenery and culture of Vermont.

A Fresh Look will continue through July 20. Also debuting on May 3 are several exhibitions at SVAC's Yester House. Sky, a group exhibition; solo shows by Angela Arkway, Caryn King, Jessica Yager and Robert Sydorowich as well as a photographic exhibit of historic painted theatre curtains by the Vermont group "Curtains Without Borders.


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" Lastly is the return of the Collector's Gallery, showcasing choice works for sale by SVAC member artists.

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is located on West Road in Manchester, Vermont, one mile north of the Equinox Resort. It features a museum, performing arts pavilion, education center, sculpture garden, hiking trails and the largest permanent art gallery in Vermont. For hours and further information, go to www.svac.org or call 802-362- 1405.