I’m excited to share that next week artist Dianne Shullenberger and I will have a new show at the Emile G. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho, VT entitled “What Did the Rock Say?”. Over a year ago Dianne, who is both a fabulous artist as well as a devoted lover of the out-of-doors, asked me to join her in envisioning a project to help young artists to get outside and be inspired by the Green Mountains.
In particular, Dianne feels inspiration comes when we listen to what rocks have to say! Of course, based on my appreciation of her work and dynamic personality as well my own love of rocks, I immediately said “YES!” We were also joined by poet and educator Zoe Fowler.
We ended up taking a lovely hike to Libby’s Look in West Bolton with a group of a dozen middle- and high-school students. The result was inspiring, poems, photographs, sketches, paintings and plenty of good friendships. While we had hoped to do more hiking, various issues necessitated putting that part of the project on hold but the exhibit at the Gruppe had already been arranged and has come together beautifully.
Having grown up in Lower Michigan, I never saw rocks. In Vermont, of course, they are part of every day, from road cuts to cemeteries to old stone walls to quarries; every hike offers a chance to talk with more rocks! How lucky we are to be close enough to them to hear what they say.
The show runs from February 22nd through March 18th and I want to extend a special invitation for all to join us on Sunday, March 4th (2:00-4:00) for a reception that will also feature poetry reading and cello playing. Gallery hours are 10:00-3:00 Thursday through Sunday or by appointment. Please, come and listen to what the rock has to say to you!