The G4 Artists: Holiday Art Show and Sale at Oldcastle Theater, 331 Main Street, Bennington, Vermont

November 24 to December 23, 2017.  

ARTISTS RECEPTION: Friday, December 1st from 5:00 to 7:00PM

 Bennington’s Oldcastle Theater is hosting a holiday show and sale of four regional artists in its lobby-gallery proceeding the upcoming holidays. Four distinctly different visual artists are showing a range of works at special holiday prices through December 23rd.

The exhibit is open from 1PM until 6PM Monday through Thursday and 1PM until 7PM on Friday and Saturday.

25% of sales will be donated to Oldcastle Theater and its productions and programs.

Included in the exhibit-sale are works by artists Barbara Ackerman, Tony Conner, Jessica Putnam-Phillips and Greg Winterhalter.

Barbara Ackerman’s works explore her responses to the myriad uniqueness of nature forms, leading to stunning works on paper. Her most recent exhibit “Personal Geography”, uses brush, pattern and color to respond to the poetry of her surroundings. According to the artist, : “I try to represent pieces of the world full of mystery-connecting  the visible and invisible worlds; the material and the spiritual. ”Ackerman teaches computer graphics and visual design at Mount Anthony Union High School and serves as an adjunct professor at Southern Vermont College in Bennington.

Bennington watercolor painter, Tony Conner, is recognized widely for his plein-air landscapes of Vermont and other locations in the northeastern United States. In the landscapes, as well as in other subjects, his use of color, light and composition in the pictures are outstanding and capture the luminosity and atmosphere of the location from which he paints, evoking the essence and subtlety of land and place or other subject matter. The artists states: “What’s important to me and my work is drawing and painting from direct observation. Whether it is landscape, seascape, still life or the figure model, I start by identifying the essential element.”

Greg Winterhalter, from Eagle Bridge, is showing paintings in a variety of mediums including oil and acrylic paint as well as watercolor and drawing media. His pictures range from on-location landscapes to more whimsical studio pieces that focus on the artist’s expressionistic emotional response to observations of places and cultures utilizing color, texture and form.  Winterhalter says: “ I am often drawn to a visual subject to discover what it communicates in terms of immediate feeling, beyond the measurable and observable facts of the subject; for me it combines my personal history with the time and moment of observing the subject, causing me to feel connected to the past and present concurrently.

In contrast to the many paintings and print works of the three artists discussed, Arlington’s Jessica Putnam-Phillips’ ceramic pieces bring a dynamic third dimension to the overall exhibit. Her charming and lovely utilitarian cups, bowls and vases are a delight to the eye and draw the viewer to a desire of acquisition of objects that combine form with a knowledgeable and successful use of decorative design, as well as gracefulness, leading one to have appreciation of the aesthetics as well as practical use of these unique pieces of visual art. The G4 Artists love having the opportunity to combine with Oldcastle Theater!