"Of Land & Local: Watershed" Art Exhibition

Thursday, September 29, 2016 to Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 10 am - 5 pm daily (Opening reception Thursday, September 29 at 5-8PM)
Event Type: 
Special Event
Location: Coach Barn
Fee: Property admission - $8 adults; $6 senior; $5 children 3-17; free to children under 3, Shelburne Farms members, Burlington City Arts members, and Shelburne residents

Now entering its fourth year, “Of Land and Local: Watershed” continues its commitment to the creation of new work through site-specific and place-based art-making and community programming that encourages critical dialogue.

This coming August marks five years since Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont. Water, as both an ecological fact and metaphor, will be the subject of this year's Of Land & Local exhibitions. Here in Vermont, while the effects of agriculture and climate change experienced through the Champlain Basin and traumatic flooding continue to reinforce our need for water resiliency, our lakes, rivers, and snow also represent the beauty and leisure that is an important element of the Vermont identity and economy. The increasing awareness of water highlights the complicated place it has in our world; both its necessity for sustaining life and the destructive power of water are overwhelmingly present in the history and future of Vermont.

Exhibiting artists at the BCA Center: Sean Clute, Cameron Davis, Al Larsen, Rachel Moore, Michael Zebrowski

Exhibiting artists at Shelburne Farms: Cameron Davis, John Douglas, Janet Fredericks, Brenda Garand, Karen Henderson, Rachel Moore, Jen Morris, Erika Senft Miller, Michael Zebrowski

Associated Exhibitions

As an ongoing partnership between Shelburne Farms and Burlington City Arts, “Of Land & Local: Watershed” combines the missions of both organizations and supports artist led conversations about social, ethical, and political issues impacting the Vermont landscape, culminating in exhibitions at both locations.

Lenses on the Land

Date: September 29, 2016 – October 23, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 29, 5-8pm

Concurrent to “Of Land & Local: Watershed”, Shelburne Farms is pleased to present a photography exhibit featuring juried work by participants in their long-time “Lenses on the Land” program at the Farm. The exhibition will take place in the East Hall of the Coach Barn.

Vermont Metro Gallery

Date: October 7, 2016 – January 14, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, October 7, 5-8pm

Exhibiting Artists: Casey Blanchard, Galen Cheney, John Douglas, Mark Reamy, Gail Salzman

Of Land and Local continues on the fourth floor with a selection of work which speaks directly to the sense of urgency created by rising waters. Through various mediums and imagery each artist is exploring the power of nature and how humans survive, react and respond to immediate environmental crisis’s facing our community and our planet.


“Of Land & Local: Watershed” events

Water Tasting with Sean Clute + Al Larsen

Date: Friday, August 5, 8-10pm
Location: Pine Street Studios, 339 Pine St, Burlington, VT

Between Land & Water: A site-specific performance by Erica Senft Miller during Art Hop

Date: Saturday, September 10, 5:45 and 6:45 pm (Rain date: Sunday, September 11)
Location: Community Sailing Center on the Burlington Waterfront

Shelburne Farms Exhibition Opening Reception 

Date: September 29, 5-8pm
Location: Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms

BCA Center Exhibition Opening Reception

Date: October 7 Time: 5-8pm
Location: Burlington City Arts, 135 Church Street, Burlington, VT

Artist Talk and Sculpture Tour with Michael Zebrowski at Shelburne Farms

Date: October 8, 11:30am
Location: Shelburne Farms, Coach Barn
Registration: Coming Soon!

Gihon (a performance) with Sean Clute & Leif Hunneman followed by a panel discussion for BTV Innovation Week

Date: October 18,  7-9pm
Location: Burlington City Arts, 135 Church Street, Burlington, VT

Panel Discussion on Water issues in Vermont, featuring artist Rachel Moore

A gathering of ecologists, artists and historians to discuss the impact water has had on the landscape of Vermont.
Date: October 20, 6pm
Location: Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms
Registration: Coming soon!

Artist Talk and Water Tasting

A panel of the contributing artists followed by a water tasting performance by Al Larsen and Sean Clute
Date: November 10, 6pm
Location: BCA Center

MEMBERS EVENT: Of Land & Local Watershed Closing Party and Artmaking Activity

A panel of the contributing artists followed by a water tasting performance by Al Larsen and Sean Clute
Date: January 12, 6pm
Location: BCA Center

Please continue to check the BCA website for additional programming.

Special thanks to the Middlebury College Environmental Studies Program Senior Seminar for their contributions to this exhibition.  This exhibition is sponsored by the Vermont Community Foundation
and the Vermont Department of Tourism.

BCA Exhibitions are funded in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council, National Endowment for
the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Farrell Distributing, Harpoon Brewery, Fluid Bar Service and Misery Loves Co. are proud sponsors of BCA Center exhibitions and events.

Photo credit: Michael Zebrowski, Observatory, 2015

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