Art on Main


RAKU-FIRED CLAY with crackle glaze by Valerie Dearing
BRISTOL — What’s “5X5,” you ask? Five artists will be showing five new pieces of work at Art on Main in Bristol. The show opens on Oct. 15 and will run through Nov. 14. There will be an opening reception on Friday from 5-7 p.m. The featured artists include Valerie Dearing, David King, Anne Majusiak, Ellen Spring and Michelle Turbide. Their works reveal a new twist or turn to their current mediums — this could be a new technique, a new source of inspiration, color or shape. Come see the new pieces at Art on Main. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

TERRY RACICH IS the new gallery manager at Art on Main, Bristol’s downtown gallery. Art on Main plans to open six days a week beginning in June and Racich hopes to usher in a bustling summer season. Independent photo/Steve James
Terry Racich joined the board of Bristol’s Art on Main gallery a year ago — “just at the time we had to close because of COVID,” she said in an interview last month. That’s when things were bleak and getting bleaker.  “It came to the point where we needed to let go of the director (Martine Bisagni), who we had just hired,” Racich explained. “So a couple of us board members took over the gallery until we could figure out what we were doing.” Art on Main, it turns out, weathered the storm fairly well.  “We are happy to report that with the assistance of two PPP forgivable loans under the CARES...

NEW YORK GALLERIST and artist Martine Bisagni has a passion for building bridges between the creators of art and the broader community. She brings that passion to her new role at an art gallery in downtown Bristol. Photo by Amani Ansari
While most everyone has felt the strong effects of COVID-19 on day-to-day business, Art on Main (Bristol’s Main Street art gallery) recently had a leadership change too. Annie Perkins handed her role of gallery manager over to Martine Bisagni in mid-April.  “We had a perfect plan in place for a month of overlap and training between us and high hopes for a very smooth transition,” Perkins wrote in her farewell newsletter. “Well — such is the way of plans… It has been an immense pleasure working with and getting to know all of you Art on Main folks: artists, customers, teachers, students,...

JUST ONE OF the lovely items on offer at the silent auction.
Art on Main will host its Annual Fall Fundraising Silent Auction at the Bristol Harvest Fest on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Stop by their booth and bid on jewelry, ceramics, paintings, prints, textiles, books, Vermont food products, gift certificates for local restaurants, healing arts, lodging, cultural events, skiing, and other products and services. Proceeds benefit the gallery’s classes and community like the local student clay show, the Mount Abraham Emerging Artists exhibit and the HOME exhibit. Art on Main is located at 25 Main Street in Bristol Vermont. For more...

A CLAY POT by Stacey Stanhope Dundon
BRISTOL — Bristol’s Art on Main gallery presents “HomeThrown,” an exhibit featuring Bristol area potters: Judith Bryant, Robert Compton, Ken Martin, Matlak Mayforth, Stacey Stanhope and Liz Saslaw.  The exhibit opens on Friday, July 19 with an artist’s reception from 5-7 p.m. and will be on display until Aug. 18. ROBERT COMPTON “I have come to understand that life is a journey, not a destination, and I feel privileged to be making that journey as a potter.” Robert Compton’s studio on the edge of Bristol has for many years offered a behind the scenes look at many of these techniques. His home...

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