Gallery in the Garden, featuring "The Land and People"
Morrill Homestead hosts art exhibit, tours, reception and mini painting auction
Art lovers from throughout the Upper Valley eagerly anticipate the Morrill Homestead's annual Gallery in the Garden art show and silent auction. The 2017 edition -- "The Land and People" -- features works created in an array of styles by many fine artists from the Strafford community, the Upper Valley and beyond. Artists present their unique perspectives on the world around us and the relationship between people and the land, in ways that are moving, playful, profound and inspiring.
In styles ranging from classical to abstract, and from realism to impressionism, artists present the world around us in a fresh light, exploring the nature of our landscapes and the relationship between the land and humankind. The exhibiting artists for 2017 include featured artist George Lawrence of Tunbridge, as well as Gerry Bergstein, Gail Boyajian, Jennifer Brown, Deidre Dennis, Anne Leeds, Jo Levasseur, Andy Newman, Jacqueline C. Overstreet, Mary Louise Pierson and Stephanie Reininger.
The Gallery in the Garden event begins at 4pm on Friday June 30, with guided interpretive tours of the Art of the Morrill Homestead, led by guides from the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, who will share the history and mystery of the artworks and studies by "America's Michelangelo," Constantine Brumidi, and other noted artists whose works were collected by Strafford's Senator Justin Morrill. The tours run through 5:30pm.
From 5pm until 6pm there will be a reception for the art show opening, with wine and hors d'oeuvres, accompanied by the ethereal music of Samantha Moffat on hammered dulcimer.
A silent auction of "Minis for Morrill" -- magnificent mini paintings by artists of regional and national reputation -- will begin at 6pm.
Friday's event is free. The exhibit, "The Land and People," runs through July 16 during the Homestead's regular hours -- Wednesday through Sunday from 11am until 5pm -- and after Friday is included with the $6 general admission to the historic house and exhibits.
The Gallery in the Garden and "The Land and People" are sponsored by Alicia Willette, DDS, and Chippers Lawn & Tree Care.
For a peek at some of this year's minis, go to https://www.morrillhomestead.org/news-events/2017-programs-events-exhibits/gallery-in-the-garden-2017/