By Susan Wacker-Donle
Bruce Pike with his photo of a waterfall and “Color of Autumn”
By Sally D. Curtis
KILLINGTON—The “All is White” art show can be viewed at the Killington Arts Guild Gallery now through February. Many visitors viewed the art representative of many media created by local Vermont artists at the opening reception Friday evening Nov. 20.
The featured artist for this show is Bruce Pike, who owns and operates Willowbrook Photography. His work encompasses local landscapes including waterfalls, barns, and pond scenes such as “Colors of Autumn,” which captures fall trees and their reflections. A recent addition to Pike’s repertoire is a collection of flower photographs which are vibrant close-ups entitled “Dynamic” and “Starburst. Trees are dominant images in his photography and should be seen to be fully appreciated.
Wood sculptures by Alice Sciore and marble sculpture by Rob Pye adorn several pedestals in the Gallery’s open space, which is housed upstairs at Base Camp Outfitters/Cabin Fever Gifts at the foot of Killington Road. Sciore’s works in butternut wood are 3-dimensional works entitled “Earth, Sea and Sky” and “Sun on Your Wings.” This special wood has taken her application of stain colors in very unique ways, which enhance the concepts of these pieces.
Pye works in white Danby marble and has created a sculpted falcon titled “Horus”–named after an Egyptian god. His other pieces include a loon of black Champlain marble embedded in white Danby marble (the pond) for a visually exciting piece and a bird also in Danby marble.
The “All is White” winter theme is seen in a snow covered tree-scape “At the Top” by photographer Susan Wacker-Donle; in “Snow Owl and Red Fox,” an acrylic painting by Nancy Neyerlin Pisano; and in watercolor paintings of snow-covered sap buckets by Lynn Pratt and watercolor snow scenes by Maurie Harrington.
There is a most unique three-dimensional snowflake on display which is crafted out of standing acrylic sheets designed by John Kim. This sculpture stands three feet high with a similar diameter—snow enthusiasts should be sure to take in this show just to see this sculpture.
Mixed media works by Mary Fran Lloyd, which capture the essence of an idea in an abstract collage, are sure to visually entice the viewer. Additionally, a new medium, alcohol-based inks, are represented on both paper and ceramic tile trivets and coasters–these vibrant color pieces are the work of Sally D. Curtis, past president of the Guild.
The “All is White” theme is much in evidence in “Backyard Peonies” and “Royal Terns,” both photography on canvas–the latter by John Q. Brennan. The artists of the Killington Arts Guild urge the community to visit as there are more works on display than can be mentioned here. All pieces are for sale. Visitors are encouraged to find something to gift to a special person this holiday season.
The Gallery is free from admission and open to the public everyday upstairs at Base Camp Outfitters/Cabin Fever Gifts on Route 4 in Killington, from 10 a.m. to 6 p,.m. daily throughout the season.