SVAC honors four Open artists

Wednesday October 13, 2010

MANCHESTER -- SVAC’s 54th National Fall Open Exhibition contains art chosen from across the U.S. in a show that has been juried by prominent artist, art lecturer, and teacher Gerald Auten, but it was four Vermont artists who received the choice awards for excellence in regard to principles of aesthetics and design.

Pawlet-based painter Thomas Torak received the Libi Hutchins award for his oil painting "Sheep." Torak is a popular artist and instructor both in Vermont and with the Art Students League in New York City, and is a nationally known artist whose work has been seen in over 300 juried and invitational exhibitions. A student of Frank Mason, the methods and techniques he employs are those of the Old Masters but his paintings are decidedly contemporary.

Three Juror’s Choice awards went to Terry Findeisen, Leslie Parke, and Erika Schmidt. Rupert resident Terry Findeisen’s organic sculpture, "Sisyphus’ Task II", employs cedar, soapstone and steel, a natural artistic expression of her background as an architect.

Artist Leslie Parke works from a studio spanning the top floor of a 19th century factory building on the Vermont-New York border, and her winning oil painting "China Heap" is an intense study of caustic optical effects in light, shadow, and form.

Erika Schmidt is a visual and performing artist working in innovative processes of printmaking, collage and installation, maintaining a studio in Pawlet with her husband, artist & musician Gary Schmidt. Her winning dual mixed-media works are entitled "The Reincarnation of President Lincoln and "Confounded in Paradox."

The National Fall Open Exhibition can be seen at the Southern Vermont Arts Center now through Sunday, Nov. 14, in its Yester House Galleries. The Arts Center is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free on Sundays. Its Wilson Museum currently houses the exhibition, Founders and Friends, a retrospective of SVAC’s fine permanent collection. For more information, contact SVAC at 802-362-1405.


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