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March 22–25: Annual High School Design Competition Exhibit. Features work by teams from schools around Vermont that create a poster to promote next year’s design contest. Awards ceremony: March 22, 4 pm. Quimby Gallery in Harvey Academic Center at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon.
Though March 27: 9th annual Mt Abe Emerging Artists Show. Mt Abe High School students in grades 9-12 were invited to submit their work on the basis of their artistic talent and dedication to creating art as well as their potential as future artists. The mediums represented will include painting, photography, jewelry, ceramics, and others. Art on Main, 25 Main St., Bristol.
Through March 28: Axel Stohlberg and Frankie Gardiner, On Paper. City Center, 89 Main Street, Montpelier.
Through March 28: Ryan Geary, Ascent (Part One: Eulogy). A collection of 2D and 3D collages. River Arts Center, Copley Common Room, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. www.riverartsvt.org.
Through March 29: Close to the Cloth. Textile exhibit featuring the work of Barbara Bendix, Karen Henderson, Stephanie Krauss, Skye Livingston, Kate Ruddle, and Neysa Russo. The T.W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. twwoodgallery.org.
Through March 30: The Body Stops Here: Keiko Narahashi and Sarah Peters. Combines the artists’ respective formations of bodies and parts of bodies—in particular, heads and faces. Works in various media. Usdan Gallery, Bennington College. bennington.edu
Through March 31: Coastal Paintings by Mary and Alden Bryan. A 35th Anniversary Exhibition. Paintings by Bryan Memorial Gallery founder and spouse. 180 Main St., Jeffersonville. bryangallery.org
Through April 5: Notweed. A multimedia exhibit featuring 500 hanging stalks of Japanese knotweed, soundscapes, and interactive contemporary dance by NVU-Johnson associate professor of digital art Sean Clute. Opening reception: March 14, 3–5 pm. Dance performance by Pauline Jennings: March 28, 7 pm. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery at Northern Vermont University-Johnson. NorthernVermont.edu
Through April 7: Precarious Magic: The Paintings of Kate Emlen. Painted scenes of the fields and forests of Vermont and the coast of Maine. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. www.highlandartsvt.org
Through April 9: A People’s History. A solo collage exhibition by Vanessa Compton featuring 23 collages on the birth, development, and destiny of our nation. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. www.barreoperahouse.org
Through April 19: Thom Egan, On Making Pictures. Wood block prints, lithographs, and colored low reliefs. River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. www.riverartsvt.org.
March 27–April 24: Linda Bryan, Deeper than Blue: Cyanotypes and Printmaking. Opening reception: March 26, 6 pm. Quimby Gallery in Harvey Academic Center at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon.
Through April 26: Susan Bull Riley, Illuminating Wonder. Bull Riley challenged herself to push past the watercolor’s traditional boundaries of pure transparency, and her background in botanical watercolors, to create large landscapes with heightened surface complexity more typical of oil painting. The Gallery at Central Vermont Medical Center, 130 Fisher Rd., Berlin. susanbullriley.com
Through April 26: Ray Brown and Toby Bartles, Steps on a Journey—An Exhibit of Two Vermont Painters. Both artists share much in common with the second generation abstract expressionists, as they both draw influence for painterly choices from immediate surroundings such as landscape or architecture to create inner meaning. The T. W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. 262-6035. twwoodgallery.org
Through April 26: Central/Northeast Kingdom Vermont Watercolor Society. Works by works of Janice Avery, Lisa Beach, Joann DiNicola, Gary Eckhart, Terry Hodgdon, Susan Bull Riley, Michael Ridge, and more. Opening reception: April 4, 5–7 pm. The T.W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. vermontwatercolorsociety.com
Through April 26: Looking North—Catamount Artists Connect. Nineteen visual artists from Catamount Arts in the Northeast Kingdom show their work in the Spotlight Gallery’s latest exhibition at the Vermont Arts Council. Vermont Arts Council, 136 State St., Montpelier. vermontartscouncil.org
Through April 27: Mad River Rug Hookers. Considered both a craft and an art form, rug hooking with its variety of colors and textures appeals to both young and old alike. Numerous styles and techniques will be on display at this exhibition by the Mad River Hookers. Demos on Saturdays through April 27, 1 –4 pm. 5031 Main Street, Waitsfield. valleyartsvt.com
Through April 28: The Front presents SHOW 31. Recent works by the membership of Montpelier’s sole collective art gallery. 6 Barre St., Montpelier. thefrontvt.com
Through April 30: Out, Around, and Back Again. Paintings from Sally Giddings Smith since leaving Vermont 30 years ago. The Old Meeting House, 1620 Center Rd., East Montpelier. www.oldmeetinghouse.org
Through April 30: Promises of Spring. Watercolors by Marcia Hammond of Brookfield. Chelsea Public Library, 296 Rt. 110, Chelsea. 685-2188.
Through May 2: Ruth Pope. Landscape paintings. Jaquith Public Library, Old Schoolhouse Common, 122 School St., Marshfield. 426-3581
Through June 1: Thomas Waterman Wood: The Master Copies. The T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier, VT announces an upcoming exhibit of Thomas Waterman Wood’s Master Copies. This exhibit is a selection of Wood’s master copies from the T.W. Wood Art Gallery collection. While Wood was in Europe he fell in love with the paintings of the European Masters, including Rembrandt and Turner.Following current fashion, Wood copied paintings to learn techniques from the masters. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-4:00 pm and by appointment. The Gallery is located at 46 Barre Street at the Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier, VT. For more information contact the Gallery’s Director Ginny Callan at 802-262-6035, email@example.com or visit www.twwoodgallery.org
June 22–Aug. 24: West Gallery: Composing Form. This group exhibition of contemporary sculptors working in ceramics highlights both figurative and abstract work that is both poetic and humorous, referencing human history, intervention and experience. Opening reception: June 22, 5–7 pm. Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. helenday.com
Through Dec. 21: 200 Years—200 Objects. An exhibition celebrating Norwich University’s bicentennial. Curated to include objects from the museum collection, as well as documents and images from Archives and Special Collections, that reflect and retell the university’s 200-year history. Opening reception, Feb. 15, 4–6 pm. Norwich University Sullivan Museum and History Center, Northfield. norwich.edu