Come get a dose of spring at the museum: “Flora: A Celebration of Flowers in Comtemporary Art”
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BRATTLEBORO- New England may be experiencing an old-fashioned, snow-filled winter, but spring is about to burst into bloom at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center on Saturday, March 15, when “Flora: A Celebration of Flowers in Contemporary Art” fills four of the museum’s six galleries with vibrant work by 13 artists. Opening alongside “Flora” are “Out of the Shadows: Paintings by Jim Giddings” and “Water Studies, Brattleboro,” a site-specific installation by Jennifer Stock. All three new exhibits open to BMAC members at 11 am and to the general public at 2 pm.

Those artists include Robert Kushner, whose 18-foot-wide painting, “Indian Summer – Homage to Bonnard,” anchors the north wall of the museum’s Wolf Kahn & Emily Mason Gallery, and Bobbi Angell, whose exquisite botanical illustrations share space in the Ticket Gallery with living orchids on loan from Brattleboro florist Windham Flowers. Janet Fish’s dazzling painted bouquets are complemented by Nan Montgomery’s minimalist renderings of lilies. Anne Morgan Spalter’s kaleidoscopic videos, displayed on large screens and on small, gem-like objects, create flower-like images from diverse source footage. Marta Bernbaum’s glass flowers and Floyd Elzinga’s steel leaves and pine cones add dimension to a visually rich, strikingly colorful exhibit.

Opening alongside “Flora” is “Out of the Shadows: Paintings by Jim Giddings.” From 1982 through 2013, Giddings worked as BMAC’s building manager and art handler, transporting, hanging, and focusing lights on the work of other artists, while continuing to maintain his own painting studio and exhibition schedule. “Out of the Shadows” reveals some of the transformations Giddings’s painting underwent during that time.

Rounding out the new exhibits is “Water Studies, Brattleboro,” a site-specific audio-visual installation by New York City–based artist Jennifer Stock. The work offers an abstracted portrait of Brattleboro through images of the Connecticut River and its tributary, the Whetstone Brook.

“Flora” will remain on view through June 22, while “Out of the Shadows” and “Water Studies, Brattleboro” will close May 4. In connection with these new exhibits, BMAC will present a number of related events, including artist talks by Bobbi Angell, Tom Fels, Jim Giddings, and Anne Morgan Spalter; a guided wildflower walk at Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center; a tour of the famed North Hill Garden in Readsboro; an orchid care workshop; a lecture on the status of Vermont’s bumblebees; and much more. For information on these and other events planned for the coming months visit www.brattleboromuseum.org/calendar.

For more information call (802) 257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.
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