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Compass opens new exhibit, “What EMMA Loves”

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“Sun on Your Wings” by artist Alice Sciore is part of the new exhibit at Compass, “What EMMA Loves.”

Friday, Aug. 14 at 5 p.m. — BRANDON — EMMA member Karen Seward titled one of her recent paintings “For the Love of Painting,” which not only sums up the group’s upcoming exhibit at the Compass Music and Arts Center, but also their purpose. EMMA, the East Mountain Mentoring Artists, exists to support the love of creating.

“What EMMA Loves” is the second group exhibit for the Rutland area visual artists and opens on Aug. 14 with an opening reception to be held on Friday, Aug. 21 from 5-7 p.m.

“For ten artists with different personal loves, it really is the love of creating that motivates us”, says Christine Holzschuh, one of the painters in the group. There is a photographer that has an eye for beauty in the seemingly mundane; a painter who expresses her love for animals in delicate carvings and paintings; some are drawn to the everyday occurrences; others portray the sights of travel; while conceptual artists create abstract images which reflect a particular point of view. Holzschuh goes on to say, “Although our work is varied, our love for creating unifies us. That is ‘What EMMA Loves’.”

Exhibiting members include free-spirited painter Mary Crowley; figurative painter Christine Holzschuh; ordinary-into-extraordinary photographer Lowell Snowdon Klock; Ann McFarren, an oil and watercolor landscape painter; painter of stories Betsy Moakley; New England painter Rae Newell; wood sculptor and multimedia artist Alice Sciore; painter of light and color Karen Seward; traveling painter Heather Shay; and Christine Townsend, a painter and sculptor of animals.

The exhibit at Compass will run through Nov. 1. This exhibit also celebrates Vermont Arts 2015, in celebration of public funding for the arts.

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

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