Two photography exhibits can currently be seen in Middlebury, VT, and should not be missed if you live nearby or will visit!
“Land and Lens, Photographers Envision the Environment” at Middlebury College Museum of Art is a brilliant collection (only until December 10th) of more than 70 works from the mid-1800s until today. Details of the nine groupings and a great deal of additional information can be found on the exhibit website. What a delight to see original prints of the work of Stieglitz, Adams, Porter and many others, all in a lovely gallery space mounted in a show where I swirled in the joy and power of them all.
Just a few blocks away at the Vermont Folklife Center is the one-person show “Driving the Back Roads In Search of Old-Time Vermonters, Photographs and Stories by Ethan Hubbard.” Over the past 50 years Ethan has wandered all over the world with his curiosity, ability to engage people and, importantly, his camera and audio recorder. His work is brilliant and, to my delight, this exhibition features many I’d never seen before. The black & white portraits of Vermonters and their stories, simply portrayed and recorded on accompanying sound tracks, are not so much nostalgic—though that emotion is there—as they are revealing of the basic nature of humanity, either in the past or today. This show is up until January 6th.
Wherever you are, local art abounds, waiting to be search out and shared. In Vermont we are fortunate to have amazing artists and support for art.These are two exhibitions I hope you can see if at all possible.
Two of my images of the Green Mountains are included in the post both made while flying in and out of the airport in Burlington.