New Edgewater exhibits features ‘Old friends and new faces’

Edgewater Gallery will feature six artists between the gallery’s two Middlebury locations during the month of August in its group show “Old Friends and New Faces.” Edgewater at the Falls will be showing the work of two “old” favorites Woody Jackson and Homer Wells along with a new favorite, Philip Frey. Edgewater on the Green will be showing the work of three new artists, Timothy Horn, William B. Hoyt and Kim Alemian.
Here’s a snapshot of the three artists on view at the Falls:
Woody Jackson
Woody Jackson graduated from Middlebury College in the early ’70s and then went on to get a master’s degree from the Yale University School of Art. The artist lives just outside of Middlebury and calls Vermont “home for the body as well as the soul.” Jackson’s work has been part of Edgewater’s collection since 2009.  Famous for Holstein cow paintings, Jackson is inspired by the barns and hills of Vermont and has been painting this landscape for over 40 years.
“I am still learning and am still intrigued by my Vermont homeland. My Vermont landscape is filled with old memories as well as present impressions.”
Homer Wells
Homer Wells’ career as an artist has crossed several disciplines. He has been a member of Edgewater’s family of artists since 2012. He is a pre-eminent metal sculptor whose luminescent metal pieces reflect and refract light and draw the viewer to observe the work from multiple angles. Each piece changes and shifts gently as the viewer moves around it. Wells had a successful career as a sign maker and he has incorporated the skills he developed there in his art. Using micro-engraving techniques, brushing, auto paint and sealants, the artist’s distinctive pieces are about movement and light. 
His work continues to evolve. “Although at times I let accident and imagination lead me in the creation of my paintings,” Wells said. “I feel ready to explore in a more detailed and representational style the subtle beauty of the Vermont landscape and the sky scape near my home in Monkton.”
Philip Frey
Philip Frey is a nationally exhibiting artist whose work creates a connection to the here and now and to everyday experience through his subject matter, inviting color palette, depiction of light and his loose gesture.
For the artist, the work is about the act of painting itself.
“When a painting is going well, I experience a palpable feeling of being in the groove, an experience of being present,” Frey explained. “Many artists, writers, musicians and athletes also experience this state of being, where one is not overly thinking about what came before, or what is to come. Essentially, in those carefree, clear and joyful moments, there is ‘no painter’ and ‘no painting.’”
Frey maintains a full time studio practice in northern Maine and teaches select painting workshops throughout the year, one of which is being offered Aug. 18-20 at Edgewater’s Mill Street gallery.
Look for a summary of the remaining other artists exhibiting at the gallery on the green in next week’s Arts+Leisure. For more information call Edgewater at (802) 458-0098, email [email protected] or visit edgewatergallery-vt.com.

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