Observe, Absorb, Capture
The Photography of Sherry Knudsen
Jan 10 - Mar 02, 2024
Imagine this: You have loved taking photographs your entire life and with the encouragement of your friends decide to enter one of them to a local competition thinking there was no way you would win. And then you do. You win First Prize and now have the chance to fill the gallery with your favorite images of your life’s journey.
This is the path that brings the photography of Sherry Knudsen to Axel’s Gallery. Between January 10 and March 2 the winner of the 2023 Photography Shoot-Out is sharing her favorite shots from her adventurous life at Axel’s Gallery. This is the first exhibit of her photography.
"I’m drawn to tight shots and details, to black and white photography, and to images that tell a story – a glimpse into other people’s lives and experiences. If there’s such a thing as a “next life” I would want to pursue a career as a documentary or photo journalist." - Sherry Knudsen
MEET THE ARTIST
An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Jan 13th from 5-7pm. Sherry is planning to give a short talk at 6pm and announce the 2024 theme for the Photography Shoot-Out. Don’t miss this chance to meet an aspiring artist and learn more about her journey. Please join us!
Figurative Ceramic Artwork by Susan Wilson
Mar 13 - Apr 27, 2024
More info to come soon
MEET THE ARTIST
An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 16th from 5-7pm. Don’t miss this chance to meet a veteran artist and learn more about her journey. Please join us!
Axel's Staff Exhibition
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Recent work by Rob Hitzig
Jun 26 - Aug 3 2024
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Aug 7 - Sep 14 2024
You know their mugs, bowls, platters and such but did you know they also make artistic, decorative work too?
This group exhibition highlights the little known side of the ceramicist.
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Axel's Annual Photography Shoot-Out
Oct 30 - Nov 23 2024
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Celebrate the Smalls
Nov 30 - Dec 24 2024
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A Selection of PAST Exhibitions
STILL LIFE by Denis Versweyveld
May 30 - September 30 2023
Denis Versweyveld is an award-winning sculptor, painter and draftsman who has resided in Vermont for over 50 years and whose art has been exhibited throughout the country. His work is characterized by iconic everyday household objects that are skillfully crafted. Each form, executed in plaster, lath, and cast concrete, is pared down to its essence. Signs of this process, like fine etching lines, remain in the exquisite surfaces.
Recent Work by Sam Colt
Oct 26 - Nov 19, 2022
“I make work in a bid to amplify and make visible to myself the knocking from within.”
– Sam Colt
In the studio Colt uses trowels, knives and brushes to apply multiple coats of Italian marble plasters ~ “grassello” ~ on Masonite panels. With knives, she zips around through the grassello surface while it’s still wet to reveal under-stories, sometimes burnishing ashes from a fire or a cremation into the matrix. The resulting complex grounds serve as backdrops for quick sketches of a fairly unhinged inner cartography peopled by ships, key-stoned bridges, architectural ruins and phantom hermitages. Oils, gold leaf, gouache, charcoal, shellac & varnishes are used to punctuate and/or disguise.
"The First Figure" by Sam Colt
Duo Exhibition: Kate Smith & Elizabeth Nelson
Sept 07 - Oct 08, 2022
A conversation from the sidelines of the soccer fields blossomed into a collaborative exhibition of complimentary work at Axel’s Gallery in Waterbury, VT.
One artist moved by emotion. The other moved by the minutiae. Both are creating art from memories of the special places where they are drawn to.
"Trailblazer" by Kate Smith
"Glacier Lagoon" by Elizabeth Nelson
Matt Larson & Ashley Roark
Aug 10 - Sept 03, 2022
Working towards similar ends through a variety of media and processes, Larson and Roark each present unique bodies of work within their own respective practices. Each finds inspiration in mark making, color blocking, graphic elements, and producing work in experimental series. While Larson employs vibrant colors to capture connections between ourselves and the local landscape through memories, Roark’s approach seeks to capture a metaphorical snapshot of a fragmented moment using a palette more reminiscent of low light film. This show presents these two individual approaches towards setting the scene.
ROCK - PAPER - SCISSORS
Neha Shukla & Nora McDonough
July 20 - Aug 06, 2022
Rock - Paper - Scissors is a literal description of the subject, material, and processes of the work by two emerging Vermont artists: Neha Shukla and Nora McDonough.
Visual cues are gathered from the artists’ natural surroundings and transcribed onto paper using layers either within the composition or quite literally with collage.
"Deep Pool" collage
by Neha Shukla
Fool's Spring: Abstract Landscapes by Kasey Loyer
May 11 - June 18, 2022
As Vermonters we know- there are more than just four seasons in our little state.
Fool’s Spring is an ode to all those in between seasons.
This series is an exploration of abstract paintings by the South Burlington-based.
Work by 17 Vermont Surface Design Association members
April 06 - April 30, 2022
Transitions surround us, create us, define us. There are transitions we see and feel as we move from winter to spring, from land to water, from illness to health, from isolation to community, from youth to old age. Others reflect emotional and intellectual states as we move from beginner to expert, from naiveté to wisdom, from ignorance to knowledge. The artists in this exhibition use transitions of color, shape, and material to reflect on conceptions of transition.
The Surface Design Association is an international organization focused on inspiring creativity, encouraging innovation, and advocating for artistic excellence as the global leader in textile-inspired art and design.
Ellen Langtree: A Retrospective
A unique mix of past and present work by Ellen Langtree on display at Axel’s Gallery from March 9 until April 2, 2022
The last time Ellen Langtree’s paintings were publicly shown was in the 1990’s.
And it makes sense.
While Langtree was providing for her new family and navigating life’s changes, she took a hiatus from making art. That is, she stopped making art for herself. This hiatus turned out to be 18 years long during which she not only raised her children but taught hundreds of others as well. As an arts educator, her focus was on others. It wasn’t until recently, pre-pandemic, that Langtree returned to the studio. And this time her medium is clay.
Musings from the Nurses Room
Current Work by Heather Guptill
Jan 05 - Feb 05, 2022
Artist Reception: Thursday, Jan 27, 2022 6-8pm
Working from a small studio, once the Nurses Room, in a converted school in Kittery, Maine, Heather Guptill lets her instincts guide her artwork. The results are raw, deeply visceral, abstract, mostly non-representational, and full of emotion and color.
Theese are large-scale original acrylic works on ram board - a material choice that supports the artists intention of exploration and spontaneity without the restriction or seriousness of the typical and expected.
Compositions in Wood by Philip Herbison
Sept 29 - Nov 06, 2021
"The reason I make art is to explore the mysterious realm of new aesthetic possibilities with materials at hand. I’ve rarely made art as a means of self expression, but rather more like an inventor of shapes and substance - associations that, when put together in a certain way, becomes an object that is new, yet somehow familiar to the psyche of the viewer. Working with piles of re-cycled wood scraps as a medium brings with it a lot intuitive play. Recognizing happy accidents when they happen leads to discovery of new aesthetic statements."
TX by Philip Herbison
The Way Light Answers
Cold Wax and Oil work by Jan Sandman
July 07 - August 14 2021
The paintings in this show, cold wax and oil, have primarily been created during the time of the pandemic. Many of them have been created with the discipline of a limited palette. As we have been held in certain ways during this past year, Jan utilized that restraint by limiting her choice of colors to both deepen her relationship with them, and with what is possible within a boundary. In relationship to deep questions, Jan consults and meditates with the vibration of Light itself. The theme of the whole body of work is “The Way Light Answers.”
Breathing Light by Jan Sandman
Blue by Kate Fetherston
Rarest color in flora and fauna, once in a blue moon is an occasion of omen or of celebration. Blue skies, blue waters foster feelings of hope, freedom, possibility. Happiness is symbolized as a bluebird. Then again, a blue mood might be sad, lonely, wistful or pensive. Blue’s the color of shadows, of twilight, of changing light. This show is an homage to blue’s power to evoke a range of expression perhaps unequaled in the rainbow.