Safe distancing school art exhibit opens in North Bennington

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NORTH BENNINGTON — "Inside Out," an art exhibit tailored for a time of social distancing, opens on Wednesday at the Village School of North Bennington. The exhibit, a collaboration between the Vermont Arts Exchange and the school, features artwork mounted facing outwards in the school's glass lobby entrance.

"The exhibit is sort of making up for the cancelled participation in the Art from the Schools at the Southern Vermont Art Center, plus we added a special addition" VAE Director Matthew Perry said in a media release. "VAE decided we also wanted to exhibit artwork made while 'staying at home.' This includes art made with family, which is important to highlight.

"The parents out there are not only holding down the household but helping to school their kids. Taking time to create together is a nice break and a whole lot of fun," Perry said.

Gabrielle Rynes and Caitilin McAdoo, VAE teaching artists at VSNB, have collected artwork over the past year from pre-K to sixth grade. The works on display cover all types of media, various projects, class integration, and group to individual. The sampling of stay-at-home works include a chair built from scrap wood and a large American flag made from pine — both crafted/done with a dad's help — as well as painted wood drawings cut out on the bandsaw by a mom. There's sculpture from clay, recycled material and paintings, collages and drawings.

There will be no opening reception, in light of safety guidelines around gathering. Visitors are asked to abide by the social distancing rule of staying at least 6 feet apart. Also, note that the playground is still closed for now.

The Village School of North Bennington is located at 9 School St. For more information, call VAE at 802-442-5549.

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