Southern Vermont Arts Center reaches out to regional artists


MANCHESTER, VT. >> Boys on horseback, girls marching in coronas of feathers — native peoples of Honduras will move with quiet pride on the walls of the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vt., alongside scenes of summer pastures.

Among the artists in the Summer Solos show, Tom Remp will exhibit photographs from his series "Veterans of the Football War" (what Americans would call soccer,) a conflict between Honduras and El Salvador 40 years ago.

He went to Honduras for the commemeration of the 40th anniversary, he said, and found himself the only international journalist there to witness the celebrations of culture and memories of conflict.

"The U.S. doesn't often think of veterans from other wars," he said.

Remp came to SVAC as an artist and now serves as director of marketing and pubic relations. His work will appear in SVAC's summer show, June 20 to Aug. 2, along with regional and national artists — Margret Carde and Richard Weinstein, Douglas David, Barrack Evans, Lesley Heathcote, Keith Hoffman, Caryn King, Robert Lafond, John Olson and Mark Tougias.

David will also teach. He travels the country teaching floral still-lifes and plein air painting, said Sarah Hall Weaver, director of galleries and development at SVAC.

Under new leadership, she and Remp said, SVAC is working to reaching out to artists from beginner to professional and expanding children's programs, adult workshops from oils to pastels and sculpture to photography, and a new makerspace, Createplace, in downtown Manchester.

"The sense of community is very important," she said.

SVAC will also host performances all summer long — popular music, dance, a series of 1950s films and two Shakespeare performances.

Outside the galleries, many sculptures brighten the grounds and acres of trails cross the campus and lead up to Mount Equinox.


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