MANCHESTER - The Southern Vermont Arts Center's Yester House Galleries will be filled with artwork from seven different upcoming exhibits: themed group show "Endings and Beginnings," solo exhibits by five SVAC artist members, and a special photography exhibition, "Fathertime."

The Arts Center currently has more than 300 artist members from throughout New England and across the country. "Endings and Beginnings" is a juried show, open to both members and non-members, in which artists explore the concepts of cycles, seasons and transitions. Solo exhibits by Ken Ahlering, Natalee Everett, Lesley Heathcote, Clarence King and Tony Schwartz showcase the talent and diversity of SVAC's artist members. Ahlering is a mostly self-taught realist oil painter who specializes in American seascapes and skyscapes. Everett's folk-style paintings reflect villages, farmhouses and scenes of Vermont with a sense of whimsy and humor. Master animal portraitist Heathcote celebrates nature through close observation and attention to detail, capturing each animal's personality and its relationship to the environment. King paints the ever-changing agricultural terrain of upstate New York; his still lifes depict objects on a table or reflective surface through the rendering of light, shadow, and reflection. Schwartz, formerly a veterinarian, photographs nature, wildlife and people, achieving otherworldly effects using infrared techniques and wide angle lenses.


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"Fathertime" is a poignant collection of black and white photographs, taken by Kevin Bubriski, which document a Head Start project by Suzanne Meyers that strengthened bonds between fathers and their children. The exhibits run from Nov. 23 - Jan. 5. A reception will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, from 2 - 4 p.m, which is free and open to the public. Meet the artists, enjoy wine and light hors d'oeuvres and live music. Artworks in the exhibitions are available for purchase. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Southern Vermont Arts Center is located off West Road in Manchester. Visit www.svac.org or call 362-1405 for more details.