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April 26, 2018

“Dew of the Sea” opens Friday at GMC

Courtesy GMC Rosemary Connelli uses women’s bodies and whales in her drawings, exploring self-love and appreciation for the large mammals of the Atlantic.

Courtesy GMC Rosemary Connelli uses women’s bodies and whales in her drawings, exploring self-love and appreciation for the large mammals of the Atlantic.

Friday, April 27, 5 p.m.—POULTNEY—In the short and thankful words of poet Rupi Kaur, “Look down at your body, whisper, there is no home like you.” On April 27, “Dew of the Sea” by artist Rosemary Connelli will explore the celebration of self-love and the appreciation for the whales that exist in the Atlantic waters surrounding the artist’s home, through drawings composed of women’s bodies and whales. The opening reception will be on Friday, April 27, from 5-7 p.m. at the Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College, with music, beverages and delicious food. The exhibit will run from April 27-May 13.

Rosemary Connelli began making art when she was a child, inspired by her island environment. Growing up, she began to experience vivid dreams of whales approaching the island and would find herself in the dream helplessly rushing to the shore. “In dream interpretation, whales have been known to lead those back home when the time comes; in a sense, I am constantly being led back to the waters surrounding the island where I was raised.” While she always had a strong love for the ocean, she also struggled with loving her own body. “I adored my island sanctuary, but continued to shame and hate my own body; the vessel I call home.” By combining her exploration for self-love, the ocean and the whales surrounding her island home, she is happy to present her final body of artwork to the Green Mountain College community.

To view her artwork, or to understand her creative process, check out her website: rosemaryconnelli.portfoliobox.net.

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