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Opening of Four New Art Exhibits at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

Opening of Four New Art Exhibits at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center featuring ceramics, textiles, and fantastical cardboard sculpture, on Saturday, October 14, at 11 AM.
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Opening of Four New Art Exhibits at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center featuring ceramics, textiles, fantastical cardboard sculpture, on Saturday, October 14, at 11 AM.

The new exhibits include “Home Bodies,” a collaboration between ceramic artist Fawn Krieger and textile artist David B. Smith; “And To This World” by printmaker Michael Smoot; “Sounds Deep” by sculptor Art Costa; and “Paper Made,” a group show by nine artists working in fiber and paper.

Each of the exhibits makes “unique use of materials and methods,” according to BMAC Director of Exhibitions Sarah Freeman. They all “attempt to make sense of our world and our place in it, whether that’s the physical world around us, or our own interior worlds.”

Costa uses reclaimed cardboard to shed light on the deep sea, where so much remains unknown and undiscovered. Smoot combines traditional printmaking techniques with digital technologies to create delicate, haunting images that evoke the possibilities of human capacity for change. The works of Krieger and Smith reimagine ceramics and textiles around the idea that home is found not only in our physical environments, but also within our own bodies and imaginations. The group exhibit uses the seemingly simple medium of paper to express ideas and images from nature, ritual, cultural exchange, and consumerism.

There is surprise, and hope, within each of the exhibits, Freeman observes. “To put something you have made out into the world is brave, and inherently optimistic,” she says. “I think people will see lots of things that provoke questions and conversation.”

BMAC closes on October 10 to install the new exhibits, and re-opens with a brunch celebration on Saturday, October 14, at 11 a.m. The brunch, with complimentary baked goods from Fire Arts Bakery & Café and a cash bar by Windham Wines, is open to all, and admission is free. The new exhibits will remain on view through March 9, 2024, with the exception of “Paper Made,” which closes on Feb. 11, 2024.

Four New Art Exhibits at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

Home Bodies

In “Home Bodies,” artists Fawn Krieger and David B. Smith layer, collide, and collapse physical materials and visual forms to reimagine ceramics and textiles, respectively. The exhibit was conceived during the pandemic, when the idea of “home” was being redefined. Both artists explore themes of attachment, association, relation, embodiment, and perception. They consider how society documents and celebrates creative labor, which generates new ideas about organizing and understanding the world.

And To This World

Printmaker Michael Smoot demonstrates a variety of traditional techniques and digital tools in “And To This World,” which delves into ideas of interconnectedness and the systems and structures we put in place to fulfill our needs. Inspired by concepts and imagery from chemistry, physics, biology, geology, economics, anthropology, and sociology, Smoot considers the connection between models of the physical world and their potential to serve as a meditative tool as we confront ecological, political, and cultural calamities.

Sounds Deep

In “Sounds Deep,” Art Costa enters a world of strange, sightless creatures that inhabit the darkest depths of the ocean. Inspired by Sy Montgomery’s book “The Soul of an Octopus,” Costa makes his forms from reclaimed cardboard, paper mache, and a variety of natural materials. His deep-sea denizens are richly textured and colored, and their faceless forms are full of personality and humor. Costa conjures a beautiful, dark, seldom-seen world, encouraging viewers to protect Earth’s fragile environments.

Paper Made

Tearing, cutting, binding, stitching, and rolling, the artists in “Paper Made” manipulate paper to create diverse works that challenge the notion that paper is only a surface to be drawn or painted on. Selected from a juried exhibition by “Fiber Art Now,” a magazine for fiber artists, the work of the featured artists is meticulously crafted and visually compelling. The relationship that most people have with paper is utilitarian, yet these creations provoke an understanding of paper that transcends function and generates thoughtful, creative visual narratives. The artists include Linda Colsh, Barbara De Pirro, Amy Genser, Virginia Green, Karen Gubitz, Barbara Hocker, Libby Raab, Jo Stealey, and Marcia Vogler.

The four new exhibits join three current ones remaining on view: “Lela Jaacks: micro/tele SCOPE,” which closes Oct. 31, 2023; “Aurora Robson: Human Nature Walk,” which closes Feb. 11, 2024; and “Hannah Morris: Moveable Objects,” which closes next April. BMAC will hold numerous events throughout the fall and winter in conjunction with the new exhibits, including artist talks, workshops, and more. For more information, visit

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. BMAC is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10-4. Admission is free, courtesy of M&T Bank. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit

BMAC is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Four Columns Inn, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Beer Co.


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