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Painter in Vergennes makes art in a meditative state

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Posted on May 3, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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VERGENNES ARTIST PETER Fried uses natural light streaming through the front of his new gallery space in Vergennes to work on a painting last week. Fried’s work, including new pieces painted in Addison County, will be on display at the gallery’s opening this Friday between 6 and 9 p.m. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

VERGENNES — Pacing the floor in paint-speckled slippers, Peter Fried leads a tour of his small gallery and studio. The narrow space, previously used as a shoe store, had high ceilings with a wide glass window facing Main Street in downtown Vergennes.

The scene in Fried’s space is that of creative activity just paused. Two pieces of crusty bread smeared with peanut butter sit next to partially completed drawings, a pair of easels stand idle at opposing ends of the room and all around him, the white walls are covered with samples of his work.

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