Current Show: May 2nd – July 1st 2017
W. David Powell: The Golden Era of the New Dawn & other distractions
Opening Reception, Saturday, June 3, 4-6 pm
In this exhibit, W. David Powell has amassed a treasure trove of exciting images. The many collages draw material from 19th century books and ephemera, mixing digital prints and traditional media. They are not only beautiful but also challenge our habitual thinking about science and philosophy.“I am increasingly interested in the 19th century, when knowledge was shared and scientific pursuit was part of a holistic “natural philosophy,” not a narrow search for new weapons or drugs,” Powell said. “We have lost much of our child-like wonder and awe for a universe that presents us with new marvels. The need to quantify existence has become a shackle to science and education.”Indeed, the artwork in this show is a testament Powell’s unbounded curiosity and genius. A native of Georgia, Powell received his BFA in painting from the University of Georgia and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Art from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Art at Plattsburgh State University in New York.In the 1980’s, Powell founded Wonder Graphics and created album cover art for the music industry. His album cover for “Eat a Peach” by the Allman Brothers Band was selected by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the top 100 album covers of all time. He also founded Porcupine Graphic T-Shirts with clients such as Ben & Jerry’s, Vermont artist Woody Jackson, Vermont Castings, and was the Art Director for Computer Games Magazine in Burlington, Vermont.W. David Powell’s artwork has been shown in galleries and museums in Massachusetts, Chicago, New York, and Vermont. He is in the collections of the Fleming Museum, Hampshire College, New York Public Library, University of Pittsburgh, Smith College, University of Vermont’s and Yale’s Special Collections, as well as numerous private collections.
February 20 – April 30, 2017
Jasper Tomkins; Expansions
The award winning author/illustrator Jasper Tomkins displays a series of colorful paintings titled Expansions. These dynamic, enchanting and humorous acrylics on canvas have been created by taking selections from thousands of back pocket thumbnail sketches and expanding them from one-inch squares to two-foot squares. Jasper Tomkins is the award-winning and bestselling children’s book author and illustrator. His published books have won many prestigious awards including the International Children’s Book Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the Washington State Children’s Choice Award, the National Parent’s Choice Award and the National Children’s Choice Award. He has toured schools K-6 throughout the U.S and China inspiring thousands of children to read and write and draw for 30 years.
Tomkins’ children’s books will also be on sale at the gallery.
White River Gallery, 35 South Windsor Street, South Royalton, Vermont, 05068 802.498.8438
Hours: Weekdays and by appointment: Contact Gallery Director Dian Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past and future shows at the White River Gallery: curated by Dian Parker
1. Winter 2016 – The Power of Black Ink – Lynn Newcomb; etchings and lithographs
2.Spring 2016 – Who Turned on the Light? – James Vogler; oil paintings
3. Summer 2016 – Fully Involved – Bunny Harvey; semi-abstract landscape oil paintings
4. Fall 2016 – Touching at a Distance – Brenda Garand; sculptures and drawings
5. Winter 2017 – National Tour – Award-Winning Audubon Bird Photographs from 2016
6. Winter 2017– Expansions – Jasper Tomkins; acrylics
7. Spring 2017 – W. David Powell; collages
8. Summer 2017 – Patrick Dunfey; large paintings on paper
9. Fall 2017 – John Parker; assemblages
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