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Dimensional dialogues: Sculpture and paintings by Don and Justin Perdue

MIDDLEBURY — The Jackson Gallery presents “Dimensional Dialogues” — an exhibition of Donald Perdue’s modernist, abstract and figurative sculpture, and Justin Perdue’s paintings, collages and mixed-media constructions. As father and son, the two Vermont artists display a complimentary sense of design as both create works that range from abstract to figurative genres, inspired by cultural observations, jazz music, contemporary dance and creative explorations of the artists’ respective visual experiences. 
Don’s work includes wood carvings and constructions, cast stone pieces, bronze and aluminum castings, relief works in fired clay and carved foam with faux stone surfaces, plus maquettes and photos of a variety of his large format, site-specific commissions. Don has been studying, practicing and creating sculpture as well as the related visual arts for 55-plus years. His work has been widely exhibited in art centers, galleries, museums and is included in private and public collections.
In parallel to his creative work Don has taught fine arts and humanities for more than 50 years in a broad variety of venues ranging from early childhood learning opportunities, artist residencies in grade schools and art centers, middle and high school fine arts teaching positions, as well as a BFA college faculty position. In addition, for 30-plus years he has conducted adult sculpture classes in his studio.
Justin’s visual art draws inspiration from his professional work as a jazz musician/composer and related work with modern dance. Working in acrylic, powdered bronze, gold, aluminum and other metals, his modernist, abstract, contemporary, figurative art works range from 15-foot multiple canvas paintings to mixed-media works. These constructions, collages and paintings also incorporate colored tissue and 
construction papers, mylar, styrofoam and foamcore, cast plaster, powdered metals and plywood.
Justin has played guitar professionally since the late 1980’s, appearing at venues from New York City’s Knitting Factory and Vision Festival to the Burlington Jazz Festival and the University of Madison Wisconsin. He has also recorded and performed with Arthur Brooks, the So-Called Jazz Sextet, Jack Wright, and has worked and toured with the Middlebury College Dance Co.
The father-son exhibit “Dimensional Dialogues” will open with a reception on Friday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 11. The Jackson Gallery is located in the lower level of Town Hall Theater. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 12-5 p.m., and an hour before any public events in the building. For further information call (802) 382-9222 or visit townhalltheater.org or StudioPerdue.com.

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