A gem of an art exhibit radiates the artistic "soul" of this area and is only up until Sept. 16 in Dorset, in the Bickford Building on the Dorset Green. "Vermont Artists Then & Dorset Artists Now" fills nine rooms in a former residence with the first floor showing the paintings, furniture and crafts of men and women who are around us everyday working in the arts. The second floor highlights the many "greats" who came before us including illustrators who formed a sort of mini-Renaissance of artists, many from Arlington, who sent their work to New York for advertisement images and covers for magazines.
Many other images chronicle the country stores, farms, and roadside scenes from the 20th century including the towns of Jamaica, Londonderry, Chester, Manchester, and Dorset. All the pieces are on loan from private collections and some of the works by living artists are for sale. I have seen no better exhibit this year that captures the artistic spirit of Southern Vermont better. All visitors will walk away asking which piece they liked best.