Catastrophe Hats and Other Recent Works: Gallery at Southern Vermont College, opening June 4


BENNINGTON >> Southern Vermont College (SVC) is pleased to exhibit "Catastrophe Hats and Other Recent Works" by Southern Vermont artist Maggi Randall. The exhibit is available for viewing June 4 through July 8 in Everett Mansion's Burgdorff Gallery. The public and friends of the artist are encouraged to attend Randall's opening reception on June 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Gallery. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends by arrangement with the Campus Safety Office.

Randall works in a wide variety of media that includes ceramics, wood, fabric, egg tempera, oil paint, and pastels. Her work forms the basis of a range of unique visual expressions that lead the viewer through a veritable path of insights that are unique to Randall's gifted vision, derived from encounters with people, society, and the natural world. In this show on "Catastrophe Hats," Randall utilizes a creation that responds to all manner of climate change and natural catastrophes which in the artist's imagination: "reflect our psychic longing to heal the planet now" - called "psychic alchemy." Landscape works in other media, such as painting, are evidence of Randall's source of inspiration that is being threatened: the miraculous nature in all its power and beauty. More personalized insights along this track are represented in Randall's egg tempera portraits of friends and family wearing the "catastrophe hats" while posing for the artist. The artist makes the possibilities of climate change insight both broad and compelling to the intellect.

Randall received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Penn., and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design. She became involved with her design-related business forming children's spaces with New York designers John Salidino and Robert Bray creating children's murals, carvings, and ceramic installations that included two carved children's beds for David Rockefeller. The artist has exhibited widely, including Pritam and Eames Gallery in East Hampton, N.Y., the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, N.Y., and a number of other New York area galleries. One-woman shows were sponsored by The Gallery North in Setauket, N.Y., and at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan and most recently at HAYC3 in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. Her work can be found in a number of public and private collections including commissioned pieces at the Episcopal Church in Port Jefferson and a fabric creation, "A Thinking Cap for a Physicist," at the Fermilab in Chicago.

Inquiries about the exhibit may be addressed to Greg Winterhalter at


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