The Blue Mountains come to the Green Mountains

Beyond Gallery welcomes artist Amanda Le Kline

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BENNINGTON — "Return to the Blue Mountains," a new exhibition by Ohio artist Amanda Le Kline, will be on display at the Beyond Gallery & Gift Shop until Sept. 27.

"Return to the Blue Mountains" explores the artist's roots in Strausstown, Pa., where her family owned a local hardware store and service business. She was born and raised in a trailer set deep in the woods in Eastern-Central Pennsylvania and comes from a working-class family of laborers and hunters.

The exhibition displays collages made from old family photographs, portraits, photographs and mixed media.

"Through an exploration of my family's history and labor, I portray the dignity of the American working class that keeps our communities running," Le Kline said. "I make this work to explore ideas of domesticity, class and place as they relate to my identity."

Le Kline is an assistant professor of art at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio,

"We are very excited to have Amanda's work on display in Bennington," said Beth Dow of the Beyond Gallery. "She has a great eye for composition. Her work is accessible, relevant and interesting."

This exhibition will mark The Beyond Gallery's first anniversary. "It has been a great year getting to know the artists in the community and being able to share our love of art with all of our visitors," Dow said.

The Beyond Gallery is located at 437 Main St. in Bennington, and is open Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information is available at www.thebeyondgallery.com.

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