Current Exhibit Summer 2020

Our Mission: The Arts Collective works collaboratively to ensure that there are opportunities for artists with lived experience of mental health challenges to connect, create, and exhibit work. We strive to create a supportive, non-hierarchical community that fosters mutuality, creative expression, and empowerment. We value the transformative power of the creative process on a personal, social, and systemic level, and we acknowledge that we are stronger when everyone has a voice.

“Contrast” Art Exhibition

November 4 – December 27, 2019

The Art Tribe presents varied impressions on the theme of CONTRAST in this exhibition at FlynnDog Gallery. This work ranges from abstract to representational in a variety of media including watercolor, oil, acrylic, photography, fabric, and recycled and found objects.

The Art Tribe members are Melanie Brotz, Annie Caswell, LaVerne Ferguson, Kara Greenblott, Billie Miles, Lynne Reed, Kelley Taft, and Beth Young: eight women dedicated to supporting and encouraging each other in making art.



De la alegrìa y otros actos de resistencia

Of Joy and Other Acts of Resistance



FRIDAY, SEPT. 6TH from 5-8 P.M.

“My multidisciplinary work combines object art, visual poetry, ceramics, painting, photography and textile art; developing in the last years installation projects, where the poetic space takes center stage.”

Merche Bautista is a Spanish artist and poet currently living in Mexico. She is also an art teacher in different institutions of the CAM (Autonomous Community of Madrid) and in the UQROO (University of Quintana Roo, Mexico.) She organizes workshops in the Tuukul Art Laboratory (artist’s studio open to the public, to create identity and culture, social transformation through education, art and creativity). Bautista obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid, having specialized in Painting. She currently works in several mediums and has exhibited all around Spain, Mexico, France, and the U.S.A. She focuses much of her energy toward female identity within the world of art.




CASH BAR (all by donation $$$)


Art Shape Mammoth Group Show for Art Hop 2018

Art Shape Mammoth Group Show for Art Hop

September 7th– End of October

John Rovnak – Kate Leier – Sharon Webster – Jared Maher – Abbi Meyers-Orr – Barbee Hauzinger – Pievy Polyte – Emily Foster – Brooke Monte

Join us at the reception September 14th 5pm–8pm

A wide-ranging group show including photography, sculpture, works on paper, embroidery, and acrylic paintings.



2016 Exhibitions

November – December 2016



New Work by Karla Van Vliet


New Work by Lily Hinrichsen

Coming Out of Darkness TOWARD LIGHT

Artist Statements:

Lily Hinrichsen

To be physically or emotionally in a place of darkness can be daunting, fear-inducing, and rife with anxiety. At least for me.

The inability to see clearly.

The unknown possibilities lurking beyond my reach.

And yet, these are the very attributes I relish in my studio practice.

Sitting with these Unknowns ironically moves me eventually into clarity, definition, and ultimately – completed works of art.

These new works are no exception.

The square has become a boundary for me to work in and around. It grounds and stabilizes the myriad of snapshots revealing themselves as clusters of circles, wandering lines, and dots of French Knots.

Light and lightness tread delicately across the white surfaces in the form of fine lines, hand sewn paths, shades of yellow, and even the spaciousness of the paper itself. The color yellow draws me in . . . and out — much like a Full Moon, a setting sun, a bonfire.

Mystery, Illumination, Warmth

are words that come to mind as I move toward light in these mixed media pieces.

Karla Van Vliet

As a girl I was introduced to the Quaker concept of the light within. I imagined a lit candle burning within me and was greatly comforted by the thought.
The light within, the lit candle, an illumination of the self from within the self. The quiet presence of divine energy, as the Quakers say it. A place of meditation, waiting and what arises there, out of the darkness, into the flickering light of consciousness.

Out of Darkness: Toward Light.

These new pieces have the feel of being uncovered by that light. And also, that they are stepping forward into that light, to be seen at last. They have a kind of ancient feel to them, portraits of women, women who have historically not had a voice, a record; I am making their record, each with her own expression, her own selfness.

I use a technique I call scored painting. I score into a gessoed surface and then through a process of applying thin layers of paint and then lifting them from the surface. This fills in the scoring and creates an etching-type look. The thin layering of many colors gives the pieces their atmospheric feel lending to the introspective nature of the pieces.



Karla Van Vliet


September – October 2016


South End Art Hop – Open all day Friday September 9


Art Educators Unite is a group of 18 Vermont art educators who support each other in their personal art making. We meet monthly to share our artwork and to help each other work through the challenges of making art while juggling busy teaching and personal lives.

The group includes Dorsey Hogg, Jenn Hart, Jenn Volansky, Carol Crosby, Michelle Badji, Barb Crandall, Dee Christie, Julian Bradshaw, Mags Conant, Ann Joppe-Mercure, Anne, Cummings, Deb Mager-Rickner, Lisa Bird, Krista Connolly, Alice Tregasar, Beth Coleman, Dodi Gomez, and Tina Logan.

Curated by Dorsey Hogg

Opening reception: Friday, September 30, 6-8pm

Exhibit through October

Piece #1 - Plastic Ocean (working title)


Piece #1 – Plastic Ocean (working title)

Piece #2 - Trapped in the Gyre (working title)

Piece #2 – Trapped in the Gyre (working title)



August 2016


Finished or Unfinished ?
Paintings by
Ethan Azarian

Not So Famous Cities Series –   Burlington Vermont – Acrylic on canvas  $500

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A Solo Art Show Celebrating Beauty and Humor in Contemporary Art

Introducing The Not so Famous Cities Series

Spending time painting between Austin, Texas and Calais, Vermont, Azarian has produced a collection of paintings in various stages of completion.  Azarian, a Vermont native who now resides in Austin, Texas, likes to describe his paintings as cute, colorful, humorous, a non-conceptual stream of consciousness works of art. All works for this show were painted in 2015 – 2016.

1 August – 1 September

“Oblivious to the art world at large and ignoring current artistic trends Azarian’s atypical approach to art and lack of formal training make for a refreshingly out of touch hopelessly original artist” -Austin Chronicle 2012


June-July 2016

Eben Markowski
work in steel


Inty Muenala

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Exhibit  June 3 – July 29

March 2016

Impermanence, sculpture and drawings by Margaret Jacobs and Justin O’Rourke

Margaret Jacobs
Margaret Jacobs

Opening Gala Friday, March 18th 6-8pm

Exhibit  March 1 thru April 30

2015 Exhibitions

February 2015

New Work by the Howard Center Arts Collective

An exhibit of new work from the Howard Center Arts Collective, a group of local artists who receive and provide services through the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Branch of the Howard Center. A rich variety of work will be shown, from sketches and paintings to photographs and sculpture. The Howard Center Arts Collective has been meeting for the past two years to discuss their experiences and show their work in local galleries. This will be their fourth show.

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new work by Thomas Dunn

March April 2015

In Retreat ~ new work by Julie A. Davis

An exhibition of work created during a recent residency at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson Vermont

“In Retreat” is a collection of over 25 paintings and works on paper completed while the artist was on retreat at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. They include a series of 10 works on paper called the “Full Moon Series”. The series is a monochromatic set of works in white, black, and greys that involve imagery based on prophetic dreams with a mystical feel, complemented by florals that evoke romance reminiscent of the roaring twenties.

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The “Full Moon Series” is paired with over a dozen individual paintings on canvas. The paintings are often completed in a square format and range from iconic Vermont architecture such as barn-like structures and churches to waterfalls, florals, village scenes and figures. Most of the paintings were approached from memory or from using on-site drawings, with a few selected works completed en plein air. The paintings vary in color palette, medium and level of abstraction. The common link among all the work is an expressionistic style that responds directly to both the inner world of the artist, and the retreat environment.

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in retreat ~ full moon (intervals) series

in retreat ~  full moon series
in retreat ~ full moon series

May June 2015

Opening Reception:  Saturday, May 2nd,  6:00-8:00

Radical Empathy: Stephanie Seguino


Radical Empathy is an exploration of issues of race through photography by artist, economist, and professor Stephanie Seguino <> . In this work, Seguino is moved by a question posed by philosopher Anthony Kwame Appiah, “What do we owe strangers by virtue of our shared humanity?” Perhaps the single most important debt we owe strangers is our willingness to see and respond to their humanity.

And yet, when it comes to black men, stereotypes serve as blinders that obscure our vision. The images in this exhibit reflect on those stereotypes and the underlying humanity of black men in the artist’s life. They include both faceless and frontal portraits, and serve as an invitation for viewers to reflect on their own projections onto people they may not know but feel compelled to judge.

A reflection on the humanity of black men in Vermont  ~ (WCAX interview)


July 9th –  September 5th 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, July 31st, 5:00-8:00

Works Both Ways


Works Both Ways is a unique collection of work by free range artists who are also writers.

Sharon Webster + Roger Coleman + Genese Grill + Marian Willmott + Jon Turner + Merche Bautista + Bren Alvarez + Tina Escaja

Works Both Ways works are inspired by both the visual and literary arts within new and classic media.

curated by Sharon Webster

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a preview

 more about the exhibit that work both ways


Marian Willmott exhibits a new series of luminous, richly colored, oil paintings along with evocative excerpts from her poems. Willmott’s work is landscaped based, and begins in what the artist calls “the place of poetry.” Her sensual compositions are a joyful feast for the eye, mind and soul.


Sharon Webster presents a new collection of many-textured, many-layered  assemblages that are sometimes a meditation on language as metaphor, and sometimes an exploration of the nature and suggestive qualities of the tools of language.


Jon Turner exhibits two large 2 feet x 4 feet pieces of handmade, hand-designed paper transformed from fibers that were once something else. He also presents one smaller letterpress print. In addition, he may surprise us with something new!


Genese Grill presents “Almandal Grimoire: The Book as Magical Object,” a room-sized illuminated book/portal that consists of ten large panels, 4 by 8 feet each, inscribed with beautiful, hand-painted essays on the history of the book as a magical object – and contemporary ideas about materiality and the virtual world. It is egg-tempera on paper, mounted on panels and bound with wood and fabric.


Tina Escaja works in the intersections of poetry, gender and technology.  She presents a work in progress: “Poesía LED/LED Poetry”  of a series of voice-activated LED poetry and an installation of the first “Poesía robotica/Robot Poem’


Roger Coleman exhibits new and current mixed media paintings. In the artist’s words,“The surface is a build-up of latex slathered on a recycled cabinet door or other surface. After that I start the painting with acrylics. Many influences go into this part of the process. Radio. Music. Books. Newspapers. Journals. Bird song. Rain, snow telephone interruptions. Lots of things are open. And I use whatever to keep me going.”


Merche Bautista presents new highly personal, hand-stitched fabric art imbued with sensual imagery that reflects the magic and richness of her adopted home in Mexico.


Bren Alvarez revisits Snapshot ~ a powerful installation of black & white portraits of a dozen immigrants whose trajectories transcended diverse international borders in the journey toward home in the Burlington community.   A bilingual book is in progress along with an abstract work that reflects hope for more permeable and humane borders than those that currently divide our planet.

contact Sharon for more information
and enjoy these works
Apologia: Why Do We Write? – Genese Grill

Genese Grillpainting by Genese Grill

September ArtHop + October 2015



Beasts and Other Reflections from QUEBEC + VERMONT

new work by Anne Massicotte (Quebec) and Gerald K. Stoner (Vermont)

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Un Bestiaire á Notre Image  A Bestiary in Our Image  ~ Masks and Paintings by Anne Massicotte

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Observations in Abstraction  ~  Steel Sculpture by Gerald K. Stoner


opening reception during the ArtHop

 November December 2015

opening Reception Saturday, December 12, 6 to 9 pm


 This show exhibits the thesis work of three recent graduates from the RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) Jacob Sienkiewycz, Abigail Stoner, and Cameron Breck, whose investigations pull from shared beginnings in Vermont and their individual studies. Through their work they ask the question: how do the traditional ways of making and thinking fit into the modern world?

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Jake Sienkiewycz

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Abby Stoner

Jacob Sienkiewycz
By demonstrating the force that nature still holds over humans, Jacob is showing a return to an idealized past; one in which human sprawl and needs have not extended too far. It represents a past where people have not destroyed over half of the world’s forests. A time when our fish stocking programs haven’t cross-contaminated species out of existence. It is a pure, natural state. There is a balance of power in which nature controls. Most in the industrialized world lack a fear of nature. They feel too safe and secure in their homes and cities. This work shows that nature can still produce fear in people. It has a grasp on humans and it will not let go.

Cameron Breck: Wood spans between the human realm and the natural world.  Trees are organic, living, and intelligent; while human ingenuity can transform the material of trees (wood) into many things, much is lost from the material’s original state.  By understanding trees, one can better understand wood, and in turn better understand how to build with it.  This body of work is part of a continual investigation and pursuit in understanding material, structure, form, and space all in relation to our human experience. Cameron Breck

Abigail Stoner

We need stories, as much as the story needs us, the body, to tell of it,
the story is how we exist, a means to express
this is how we give ourselves, pulling out what is in,
here, giving ourselves, sharing,
projecting, sounding.
connecting us, grounding us.
We are held in the world by stories,
we too dance between the known and the unknown.
a beautiful place to be,
there is space here,

But, this has been lost somewhere, this sounding.
There is this obsession with the image,
the perspective, in lines and dots floating in space,
the eye has been overworked, and the hands and the ears,
the nose, the mouth, the body has been forgotten.

This is a project of past, a studying of an archaic part of our being, lost.
the resuscitation of story, to fill the space with story.


The Road to Duchity

a photo essay by Robin Katrick



The Road to Duchity captures my time working in community development in rural Haiti.
My goal was to show a side to Haiti that wasn’t often portrayed in the media following the earthquake.
The stories that these photos tell are stories of happiness, community, strength, and hope.
Some of my photos also tell a story of Vermont Haiti Project – a local organization working to bring education, clean water, and other community based projects to Haiti.

Puerto Cabezas:

photos, poems & insights  by  Dan Higgins


Remigio & Tiger

With this show I hope to introduce a new group of Vermonters to Puerto Cabezas, Burlington’s sister city on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.
The Burlington/ Puerto Cabezas relationship was initiated by the Burlington city counsel in 1984.
What we discovered was an extraordinary region whose history and cultures were vastly different from the predominantly Spanish side of Nicaragua.
Many of my photographs show “Port” in those most ordinary locations where people gather, while others highlight poets, artists, and musicians whose works provide unique insights into the character of the place.
The sister city program invites residents of Burlington to connect with their Nicaraguan counterparts.
I’d like viewers from this show to find that invitation irresistible.
For more information, <>   

Video interview with Dan Higgins at FLYNNDOG in January 2016 by Meghan O’Rourke

January 5 – February 26

gala opening reception

Friday, January 22nd  5:30 – 8:00

March 2016

Impermanence, sculpture and drawings by Margaret Jacobs and Justin O’Rourke

Margaret Jacobs
Margaret Jacobs

Opening Gala Friday, March 18th 6-8pm

Exhibit  March 1 thru April 30

2014 Exhibitions

January February 2014

Roadside Picnic
Installation by Emiko Sawaragi Gilbert and Midori Harima

For humans, the world is a reflection of our consciousness, which is limited by our nature. The world exists beyond us and our knowledge. This exhibition is an experiment that attempts to open a door to the unknown in nature and in ourselves.

Midori Harima will show new sculptures that reflect her experiences in Vermont, where she first visited in 2003 to participate in a show at FLYNNDOG that was curated by Gilbert, and now visits frequently.

“I see things in Vermont which I have never seen in my life in the city. The darkness of a night not lit by artificial light is one of them. As the sun goes down, surfaces disappear and other elements emerge. Trees become pitch black masses and their existence become stronger. I am going to make sculptures such as fallen leaves and small creatures, and putting surface information aside, I will focus on the structure and atmosphere of them.

Emiko Sawaragi Gilbert will show her series of leaf prints.

“The leaves are found in the forest a decade ago, as a fallen leaves around where I live in Vermont. I wished to preserve the beauty of their life without my influence. I choose the newest technology- ink jet printing by computer for that reason. This re-presentation just became possible at that time by developing of computer technology around 15 years ago. The images are high resolution digital print made from direct scans of leaves. I hope they will help us to recognize our limit of understanding and knowledge of the nature.”

see 1.22.14 review in 7Days by Kevin J. Kelley


March  2014

March Forth

by The HowardCenter Arts Collective – Winter show
Tom Dunn, Bonnie Gillespie, Bryant Pugh, Debbie Lyons, and Tim Savard

March 4  –  March 21.
Reception Friday March 14, 5 to 8:00 pm
For more information read the SevenDays article.

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The HowardCenter Arts Collective is a collaborative art movement where clients and employees of the MHSA (Mental Health and Substance Abuse), a branch of the Howard Center, come together to create and display visual art. This opportunity invites individuals to feel free to engage in a pursuit of self discovery and then create an inspired physical product that represents that journey. Our focus is on healing and recovery while identifying a common ground. In this environment, we make it a point to replace the word “patient” or “client” with “artist.” I am incredibly proud to report that this initiative has been very successful and has engaged many artists and resulted in countless pieces of deeply personal art.

To say that Howard Center clients have benefited from the Arts Collective would be an understatement. Simply put, the collective has changed their lives. One client in particular said that it “gave her mind a break from depression and suicidal thoughts.”

-Bryant Pugh
head chair of the Howard Center Arts Collective

March April 2014

“Roadside Picnic, Chapter Two”

an installation  by Midori Harima

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 “A picnic. Imagine: a forest, a country road, a meadow. A car pulls off the road into the meadow and unloads young men, bottles, picnic baskets, girls, transistor radios, cameras … A fire are lit, tents are pitched, music is played. And in the morning they leave. The animals, birds, and insects that were watching the whole night in horror crawl out of their shelters. And what do they see? An oil spill, a gasoline puddle, old spark plugs and oil filters strewn about … Scattered rags, burnt-out bulbs, someone has dropped a monkey wrench. The wheels have tracked mud from some godforsaken swamp … and, of course, there are the remains of the campfire, apple cores, candy wrappers, tins, bottles, someone’s handkerchief, someone’s penknife, old ragged newspapers, coins, wilted flowers from another meadow …”

                        (Roadside Picnic, by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky)

new translation published by Chicago Review Press, 2012. Translated by Olena Bormashenko.

[ISBN 978-61374-341-6] pp.131-132)

For the last few months, I have been collecting street garbage such as smashed soda cans, coffee cups, cigarettes, and food waste during my daily commute, walking between my home, studio and work place in New York City. As I was collecting, slowly my perspective on garbage changed. I was eager to find good-looking garbage and the streets became full of treasures. The refuse scattered on the street looked like a small universe. I began to see the human beings behind it all.
     Later, I cast the trash using plaster and constructed large mobiles. I’m attempting to cast human existence by casting what we discard — to make a portrait of human beings.”

(Midori Harima, New York, March 2014)

Roadside Picnic, Chapter Two” consists of mobiles, chip bags, also collected from the street, and a paper sculpture of a tree.   This exhibition is the next chapter of the “Roadside Picnic” show, with Emiko Gilbert, which was exhibited at FLYNNDOG in January and February of 2014.


May June 2014

unless flat

an exhibit of new work and tenuous linkage

Lisa Kippen ~ drawings

Ria Blaas  ~ sculpture and painting

Susan Smereka ~ mixed media wall installation and sculpture



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July August 2014

Art Educators Unite.2:  Strength in Numbers

Art educators from central and northern Vermont come together bi-monthly to support each other in their art making while juggling busy school and personal schedules.  This show is the culmination of their efforts over the past 6 months to find the space and focus necessary to make art and follow their passions.

Dorsey Hogg • Jenn Volansky   • Dodi Gomez • Carol Crosby • Ellen Montgomery • Tina Logan • Dee Christie  • Michele Badji • Krista Connolly • Mags Conant

curated by Dorsey Hogg

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September October 2014





Our personal journey through our dreams.

New work by Lily Hinrichsen and Karla VanVliet

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this exhibition opened with the South End Arts District annual ArtHop  and is celebrated with the FlynnHop ~ a west side party at our neighbors, VCAM / RETN


November  December  2014 + January 2015

Mishky Way | Vía Dulce | Sweet Path ~ new work by Inty Muenala

Mishky Way combines Kichwa and English to say Vía Dulce in Spanish, Sweet Path in English, an exhibition circumscribing contemporary paintings that reflect the traditional values and culture of the Kichwa of the Ecuadorian Andes and shared here in the Green Mountain State.

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The Mishky Way project is about dualism. Of language: on the one hand, the Quechua, or Kichwa, Word, “Mishky,” in a Native American language; and on the other hand, “Way,” in English, a colonizing language. It is the dualism between the spiritual-material, and the fusion between the specific and the symbolic. All are parallel concepts that yield trilogies.

The aural: that syncretization of Catholic prayers with invocations to the Apus (gods)and the Andean mountains; the murmur of animals and of objects, of fears, triumphs, weeping, and dreams.

The visual: colors and symbols that explore the dimension between spiritual perceptions and cultural consciousness. The positioning of acceptance between the material and subjective nature of the textiles, whose recurring patterns express histories as well as contemporary anecdotes.

The installation, objects, rituals, energy stones, male and female, huacas, the action and positioning of constellations along with spiritual gifts that allow the meeting with those Apus, or simply the respect for brother fire, for brother wind, for sister water, or for Pachamama (Earth Mother), all conjoin into the nexus forged within the Mishky Way. Camino dulce. Sweet path. Inty Muenala. Translated by Leonora Dodge




El proyecto Mishky Way es el dualismo entre el kichwa ( Mishky ) un idioma nativo y el ingles (Way) un idioma colonizador, es ese dualismo entre lo espiritual-material, la fusión entre lo especifico y lo simbólico, estos conceptos paralelos que dan un origen a trilogias.

Lo sonoro, ese sincretismo entre alabanzas catolicas e invocaciones a los Apus y montañas andinas, murmullos de animales de objetos de miedos de triunfos de llantos y sueños.

Lo visual, colores y símbolos salen para explorar esas dimensiones entre las percepciones espirituales y de consciencia cultural , con posicionamientos de aceptación entre lo material y lo subjetivo de los tejidos, que son recurrentes para plasmar historias como también anécdotas presentes.

Instalación, y objetos, los rituales, las piedras energéticas machos y hembras las huacas la acción y el posicionamiento de las constelaciones junto con los regalos espirituales que permiten el encuentro con esos Apus (dioses) o simplemente el respeto al hermano fuego, al hermano viento, a la hermana agua, a la pachamama Madre tierra son partes de los nexos que se funden en el Mishky Way. Camino dulce. Inty Muenala.












Tina Escaja, poet and professor of Spanish Literature at UVM, will share her latest project at the opening reception:

Alm@ Pérez, cyber alter-ego of Tina Escaja, will present VeloCity, a collection of hyperpoems now translated into English, Galician, Catalan and Basque.
She will read some of her new work with opportunity for interactive engagement with the word works.

Tina Escja Velocity