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Bill Ramage’s new installation “The Self” opens at the Compass Center

Friday, July 7, 5 p.m.—BRANDON—Bill Ramage’s “The Self,” an exhibit of installation drawings and sculptures, will be presented at the Compass Music and Arts Center July 7 through Aug. 19. An opening reception will be held Friday, July 7, 5-7 p.m. Ramage will speak about the ideas that have propelled his 35-year journey.

When some people observe an abstract work of art like a Mark Rothko color field or the splattered paintings of Jackson Pollock, they think, “I could do that.” A not-so-inventive comeback could be, “But you didn’t.” But that’s really not the point. The point is that the artist had a concept in mind, a reason for making that work of art. For some it may be an experiment, for others it might be self-discovery, but it’s always an artistic journey the artist is on for one reason or another. Bill Ramage has been on such a journey for 35 years. “Any one piece,” he said, “is not the art that it might appear to be; in fact, it is really nothing without the context of its purpose.”

This exhibit is a part of Vermont Arts 2017, celebrating public funding for the arts.

Compass Music and Arts Center is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Drive, Brandon. For more information, visit

Photo courtesy of CMAC

“The Self” features 7-foot tall head drawings that are part of a 35-year series of works. This is one of 10 that will be on exhibit at Compass Center.

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