Uncommon Art at The Tenney

Kandyman by James McGarrell

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The Tenney Memorial Library in Newbury, Vermont is hosting an exhibit of eight Newbury visual artists through the month of March.  The library is located at 4886 Main Street South in Newbury Village.  Hours: Tuesdays 10-5, Thursdays 2-8, Saturdays 9-4.

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Robin Roberts


Mountain Roads by Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts, a relative newcomer to Newbury, graciously organized the exhibition.  Robin's paintings begin during his treks he makes thru places wild from the White Mountains to the Coast of Maine down through old haunts in the Allegheny's and Adirondacks.  He works out most of his paintings from sketches and photographs made during his sojourns.  Robin studied under Paul Edwards at W&J College in southwestern, PA and Ann and Hans Schuler at the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, MD.  He has received awards for his work and was juried into the Pittsburgh Society of Artists in 2015.  Robin occasionally hosts open studio days at his North Main Street studio so do stop in if you see an "open" sign.

Robert Chapla


Herd on the Move by Robert Chapla

Robert's artist statement follows:  "Midwest born and raised, East Coast educated, long time San Francisco Bay Area and Vermont teacher/painter, I have experienced and enjoyed many landscapes. My painting style, originating on the East Coast, was developed and reached maturity in Northern California. Moving to Vermont 10 years ago has been a return to my painting ‘roots’ and to the seasonal changes and scenes that are so important to my painting.  I begin some paintings on-site, in 'plein air', not only because of the unique light, mood and ideas a specific setting affords, but also because of the society of people I paint with and meet locally. It is much about placing oneself "out" there, with the paintings at times acquiring finish from interior motives realized in the studio.  Robert grew up in Lorain, Ohio and graduated from Columbia College in New York City with a degree in Art History. He has taken numerous graduate classes in fine art at several institutions including Washington Univ., St, Louis and others and taught extensively over the years, including six years in Yosemite Valley. He has taught painting at SPA Gallery in Barre, Alumni Hall in Haverhill, N.H., and summer adult program at Putney School, Putney, Vermont."

A frequent exhibitor at SPA Gallery in Barre, Robert has also shown at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, TW Wood Gallery in Montpelier, and AVA Gallery in Lebanon and exhibited frequently at multiple galleries during his California days.  Be on the look-out for open studio announcements at Robert's Hidden Spring Studio and Gallery when he and his wife, poet Lenice Cicchini, welcome the public in to view not only his paintings but the work of other local artists.

Judith Lerner


Judith Lerner's unfinished gouache "The Luscious Pornography of Seed Catalogs"

Judith's "... technique in gouache presents broad vistas as well as details, using her immediate environment of the Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and travels.  Though best known for landscapes, she also produces paintings of botanicals each summer – a series of lotus dancing, roadside wildflowers, and garden flowers.  She has been a printmaker, an art director and designer of covers for recordings, and a book illustrator."  Lerner is represented in public, private and corporate collections including the De Cordova Museum, the First National Bank of Boston (Bank of America), the Philadelphia Print Club (The Print Center), the New Hampshire State House, and the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont.  Her paintings and prints have been the subject of many solo gallery and group exhibitions in New York, Boston, New England, Washington, D.C., and London; and her paintings have been represented in the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies program.  Judith opens her studio to the public on several occasions during the warmer months when she will place an "open" sign outside her North Main Street studio.

James McGarrell


Amapola by James McGarrell

James is showing three paintings from 2007-08 that were in his last New York exhibition which he says was "... subtitled Windows Without Words, suggested in turn by Mendlessohn’s having titled a suite of pieces for solo piano, Songs Without Words. They may be read if one likes, with a hearty leap of transformative imagination on the viewer’s part, as interior spaces with still life incident and windows out to a bountiful landscape……. But sprung loose I hope, by the music of their marking and composition."  James McGarrells paintings are in the permanent collections of some of the finest museums including in The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum.

Linda Bryan


Known for her fine art photographs and scenes of Newbury, Linda is exploring new creative processes at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction including woodblock, etching, solar plate, and cyanotype.  A traveling exhibit of her cyanotypes has been presented at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, The Space on Main in Bradford, and will continue at Northern Vermont University in Lyndon.  An educator, Linda has taught at Lyndon State College, Vermont Community College, and Two Rivers.  She is exhibiting two black and white prints of spirited rabbits who question the viewer with a "yes" or "no".

Jane Booth


The River by Jane Booth

The town of Newbury has given Jane abundant subject matter for her fine art photography.  Last year she was invited to show her evolving evocative series "Spirits of Place" at Vermont Technical College.  A handful of tiny images from this haunting series are in the Tenney exhibit.  A two-time recipient of the Connecticut Women Artists Best Featured Artist award, her images have been sold internationally through the Japanese stock photography house, Photonica.  She has exhibited her work in more than 100 solo and group invitational exhibits.

A love of gardening developed into photography and writing commissions from various magazine's including BBC's Gardens Illustrated, Yankee Magazine, Country Living, Better Homes & Gardens, and Cape Cod Home.  Jane is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers.  Her photographs are in many corporate and private collections.

Michael Heffernan

Cinnamon Roll by Michael Heffernan

Kids and adults delight in Heffernan's wildly bold oversized paintings of tempting treats whether heavily glazed and sprinkled donuts or waffles buttered and oozing with maple syrup.  A selection from a new series of exuberantly colored paintings of his childrens' abandoned toys are also on display at Tenney.  Mike has exhibited throughout the northeast most recently at Studio Place Arts in Barre, AVA Gallery, and Boston's Trident Booksellers & Cafe on Newbury Street.  He received his MFA in painting from The New York Academy of Art and teaches studio art at Plymouth State University.  

John Layton


Peas by John Layton

A traditionalist, John makes exquisite black and white photographs utilizing an award-winning 4x5 view camera he designed, built, and patented.  As an educator, John has run photography workshops at Dartmouth, chaired he photography department at  Lebanon College, and "he has also held appointments at Goddard College, Green Mountain College, and Johnson State College."  He is an annual exhibitor at the reknowned League of New Hampshire Craftsmen show and his photographs "have graced gallery walls in New York and throughout New England and have earned his several awards."  His images have appeared in The New York Times, Audubon magazine, Vermont Life, and View Camera magazine among others.  

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