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"Apple Eaters," by Mark Barry, oil on canvas, 50 x 44 inches

Bennington >> Opening July 16 and on view through Oct. 2 in the Regional Artists Gallery of Bennington Museum is a vibrant exhibition of recent paintings by Baltimore and North Bennington painter Mark Barry, who describes his work as "Painting the seemingly ordinary moments in life that aren't ordinary at all." Meet the artist, July 16 at 3 p.m. in the gallery.

The show features a number of Barry's paintings varying in size all based on images of the everyday life he creates with family and friends in Maryland, Vermont and Massachusetts, all locations he calls home. Whether it's biking, exploring nature, or swinging on a swing, the artist uses rich color to portray movement and that particular instant in life. Drawing inspiration from everyday observations and depicting his family in everyday situations - preparing meals, playing board games, celebrating, and relaxing, it is the genuine appreciation of life that comes through in Barry's work.

Educated at the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Barry's most recent solo exhibitions have included Fleckenstein Gallery, Steven Scott Gallery, both in Baltimore, The Vermont Arts Exchange, North Bennington and the International Print Center, New York, among others. His paintings are held in the collections of National City Bank, Louisville, Kentucky; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland; The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Maryland; Brown and Forman, Louisville, Kentucky; Merck & Company, Washington, DC.; and Health Insurance Association of America, Washington, DC, among others.

About the Museum


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Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street (Route 9), Bennington, in The Shires of Vermont. The museum is open daily June through October, 10 am to 5 pm. It is wheelchair accessible. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students over 18. Admission is never charged for younger students, museum members, or to visit the museum shop. Visit the museum's website www.benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571 for more information.

Bennington Museum is close to other notable art and culture destinations, including Usdan Gallery at Bennington College (10 minutes), The Clark Art Institute (20 minutes); and MassMoCA (30 minutes).