The shires of Vermont are alive with art happenings this summer. Don't miss these highlights of the summer art season:
• "It is all a mystery, Drawings by Marcy Hermansader 1981-2015"
This retrospective will span 35 years of Marcy Hermansader's art, representing works drawn from four distinct periods of her thematic emphasis.
"The paper is often just a background to work on," Hermansader said. "But I may cut into it, creating flaps or windows or punctures, as if seeking something vital inside or behind it. On the other hand, weaving paper or building up layers has seemed to me like an attempt at repair, the repetition of small marks, an act of meditation."
On display through Saturday, July 30. www.benningtonmuseum.org
• "Milton Avery's Vermont"
The museum's major exhibition of 2016, this is the first show to take an intensive look at an American modernist based upon his summers spent in southern Vermont, from the mid-1930s through the mid-1940s. Avery, who regularly vacationed while traveling with his family in search of ideas for his paintings, was drawn to Vermont by his friend Meyer Schapiro, one of the most important art historians of the 20th century, who owned a summer home in Bennington County.
Opens Saturday, July 2, through Nov. 6. http://www.benningtonmuseum.org/
Southern Vermont Arts Center
• "Modern Alchemy: The Art of Glass"
The Vermont Glass Guild brings together artists working in glass for joint support and professional development. This show highlights the broad spectrum of glass art created using age-old techniques, including blown, kiln-formed, torch-worked, and stained glass.
Townshend glass blower Robert DuGrenier said that his pieces often "result in a frozen moment of time that show the fluidity, clarity and beauty of the material without really showing the hand of the maker."
Open now through Sunday, July 3. svac.org, 802-362-1405
• "The Healing Power of Art"
Southwest Vermont Health Center and SVAC will co-host an exhibit of more than 100 juried works by Vermont artists. Sponsored by the Susan Sebastian Foundation, SVHC will choose work for the hospital from among those exhibited, and members of the public may purchase remaining works.
The foundation directs gifts of art, and has funded the purchase of art for permanent display in the patient rooms of every Vermont hospital. After five years, with this summer's gift to SVHC, its mission will be complete.
Saturday, June 11-12. svac.org, 802-362-1405.