VAE's 'Artreach' Program continues with work by Aimee LaPorte

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NORTH BENNINGTON — Vermont Arts Exchange's "Artreach" Program continues with an exhibition of work by Aimee LaPorte at the Taconic Spine in Manchester.

LaPorte spent her formative years roaming the shires of Vermont with her faithful German shepherd. Countless hours in the woods fostered her deep appreciation for the natural beauty of this area.

"I have an ongoing interest in landscape painting and what it means to be connected to a place or environment," LaPorte said. "EO Wilson uses the term `Biophilia' when he describes `the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.' He proposed the idea that the deep affections humans have with nature are rooted in human biology."

LaPorte grew up on Carpenter Hill Road and attended Pownal Elementary and Mount Anthony junior and senior high schools. She received her BA from Alfred University's School of Art and Design in 1998. Additionally, she received her MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, affiliated with Tufts University.

Currently, LaPorte runs The Left Bank Gallery in North Bennington and teaches at the Vermont Art Exchange. She also makes art and shows under the alias Rhonda Ratray. She has taught printmaking at the Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Mass., and was visiting faculty of screen printing at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Following its desire to get art out in the public places more, VAE's "Artreach" Program extends to the waiting room at Taconic Spine, a spine center for back and neck pain sufferers. Artreach brings art to the people, it benefits the community, helps businesses and showcases talented artists.

Works are for sale with a portion going to VAE, a non-profit community arts organization with the mission of, " Bringing the arts to people of all ages, abilities and income since 1994". Visit vtartxchange.org, email infovae@comcast.net or call 802-442-5549 for sales or more information.

Taconic Spine is located at 3505 Richville Road in Manchester.

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