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Sally Hughes: Watercolor for the Senses

June 5 - August 9
Opening reception: Friday, June 5th from 5-7pm

Sally Hughes has always dabbled in artistic pursuits, but not until chronic neurological Lyme Disease drastically altered her enjoyment of the outdoors did she seriously pursue watercolor painting. She went from being a rigorous participant in the outdoors to more of an observer of the beauty and awe of the world we live in. Sally's watercolor exhibit, “Watercolor for the Senses”, is a collection of paintings which show her ability to capture the essence of this beauty in her own interpretive style.

“I am inspired outdoors. I pay attention to scenes or places that emotionally affect me, and try to translate that onto paper”, she says. Painting allows Sally to continue her love of the outdoors but she has also found great reward from the social and inspirational aspects of painting with others. “I had a revelation one summer day, painting along a brook just north of Stowe during the final day of a plein air workshop. There were probably 7 or so of us outdoors, painting, conversing off and on, giggling, for a 6 hour period.  When I headed home that day, I was on such a high.  I thought WOW!!!  That was just as much fun, if not more fun, than spending those 6 hours hiking the surrounding mountains.”  

Inspiration also comes to Sally from her past professions. Most notably, her geology career ultimately sent her to 17 states and Canada where the variety of the landscapes in the country continually amazed her. “Whatever painting technique I am currently using or experimenting with just reminds me that there are an infinite number of alternate techniques with which we can depict the variety of forms and colors we see outdoors.”

Sally has exhibited in several locales throughout Northern VT including The Bryan Gallery, The Gruppe Gallery, SEABA, the Davis Center, Rustic Roots, The Gallery at Main Street Landing on College and Main Streets, and the Department of Justice. She has studied or taken workshops with Linda Kemp, Alvero Castignet, Kathleen Bergeron, Lisa Beach, Lynn Cummings, Karen Vernon and Tom Lynch, and recently completed an artist-in-residency program at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson.

At right: Poppies

This event celebrates Vermont Arts 2015, in celebration of public funding for the arts.

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