Free admission and more at the Bennington Museum


BENNINGTON — On Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission to the Bennington Museum is free for all visitors.

Among the activities planned is a visit by the Vermont Arts Exchange Art Bus, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Step on board and explore your creative side. Inside the Museum, art and history are all around, and "creative collisions" can be found around almost every corner.

At 1 p.m. join curator Jamie Franklin as he presents Grandma Moses: Her Life and Work.

Following at 3 p.m. the museum welcomes Manchester artist Pat Musick in the Works on Paper Gallery where her exhibition, "Where Did You Come From Anyway?: Works by Pat Musick" is on view through Dec. 30. This reception is free and open to the public. Included in this exhibition are both large- and small-scale sculpture, as well as two-dimensional art using natural media such as wood, stone, paper, and beeswax. Musick's art is concerned with the fragile nature of the environment and the human/nature relationship responsible for its survival.

"I began as a painter and transitioned to wall sculpture, then free standing works," Musick said. "Over the years, I have retained my interest in two dimensions by making works on paper, while my art has moved from expressionistic to abstract to conceptual and has undergone a steady reduction to simpler elements and media."

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At the Museum Store, all museum members will receive a 25 percent discount on their entire purchase and not-yet-members receive a 15 percent discount.

Explore the many exhibitions at the Museum including Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont, on view through Nov. 4. This exhibition sheds light on the important, under-studied aspect of Vermont's history, focusing on the role of these many government sponsored New Deal projects. "True to Bennington Museum's strength, combining art and history in innovative ways, the exhibition features photography, paintings, prints of post office murals, and architectural drafts that were sponsored through the government's New Deal programs," said Robert Wolterstorff, executive director of the museum. "Powerful examples of Regionalist and Social Realist paintings include Francis Colburn's Charley Smith and His Barn, and Ronald Slayton's quietly optimistic The Planter."

Also on view is furniture from Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) cabins, archival documentation of New Deal projects such as letters, as well as transcriptions of audio recordings of Vermonters created by the Federal Writers Project.

The exhibition examines three thematic topics: Preserving the Past, Inventing the Present, and Building the Future.

Also on view will be the permanent exhibitions such as Grandma Moses, now featuring paintings never before on view, Gilded Age Vermont, the Battle of Bennington Gallery, Bennington Modernism, and one of the newest galleries, Early Vermont which opened in the fall of 2017.

The Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main St. (Route 9), Bennington. in The Shires of Vermont. Visit the museum's website or call 802-447-1571 for more information.


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