Mary Therese Wright’s artwork and community based projects have been shown throughout the United States since 1989. A lifelong artist, Wright founded Gallery Wright, a brick and mortar retail exhibition and teaching space, co-founded Campicaso@, a traveling artist-run organization focused on connecting school age children through media and creativity, and taught workshops for over 30 years in school systems, artist-run spaces and non-profits. Wright has a keen interest in materiality whether painting, printmaking or metalsmithing. Her current work is a response to the vibrant colors and dynamic shapes of nature.
I have spent more time in conversation with Lake Whitingham and its trails than I have with most people I know. These paintings are a reflection, a portrait of sorts, of that relationship.
~ Mary Therese Wright
After growing up in Springfield, MA, Tina Olsen traveled widely before moving to New York City where she taught art at the Walden School and worked therapeutically with the arts at the South Beach Psychiatric Center on Staten Island for many years. Throughout her life, no matter what else was going on, she maintained a practice of painting for what she calls ‘therapeutic creative expression.’ For Tina, to experience art is to be bathed in a cleansing and healing light. She moved to Brattleboro in 2006 to live near her daughter and found a community of artists at the River Gallery School and and118 Elliot. She curated the ‘Creative Relations’ shows at 118 and nurtures other artists with her positive energy.
I have been able to look back and see how my work reflects the time and place when it was created, but living in Vermont has brought me closer to nature and that has opened my art to pure abstraction. ~ Tina Olsen
Ellen Cone Maddrey came to painting later in life after careers as a lawyer, an elementary school teacher and a parent of three. She explores her feelings through color, texture, and shape. She has traveled widely, including living for three years in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her artistic inspiration is deeply embedded in the mountains and waters of Seattle, her childhood home, and the natural world of Vermont. She currently divides her time between Montclair, New Jersey, Wilmington, Vermont, and Paris, where her eldest daughter lives.
Through my painting, I continue to learn about myself as part of the brilliant life that surrounds us. ~ Ellen Cone Maddrey
John Loggia has been painting and working in the arts since 1979 when he worked as an artist’s assistant to Dan Flavin and other major minimalist artists. He maintained a practice of drawing and painting while working in film as a production designer and producer, most recently on the documentary ‘Fire Music’ released in 2021. From 1984 – 2000 John ran a multi-purpose art and music space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In 2015 John opened 118 Elliot, an arts and education center in Brattleboro, Vermont that he still runs with his partner. John Is also a musician who has played with Jazz greats including Daniel Carter, Jeff Lederer, Blaise Siwula and Bonnie Kane, among others.
“Playing music and painting are two sides of the same coin with each practice informing the other, encouraging more experimentation, more risk, and more unexpected revelations .” John Loggia