The Barre Opera House has a volunteer-run gallery space in our lobby for local artists. This space is a wonderful opportunity for community arts organizations and individuals to showcase their work and a great way for us to have interesting rotating exhibits throughout the year. If you are interested in learning more about our lobby gallery, please contact the box office at (802) 476-8188.
Now on Display: Work by Joelen Mulvaney
I have been working with bark since my early art school days in Brooklyn. Whenever I ran out of materials, I scavenged the neighborhood which included Prospect Park where I procured bark. After moving to Vermont I learned how to make birch baskets from Anishenabek masters, taking the bark from live trees without harming them, scraping designs on the finished basket. An abenaki arist gave me her collection of bark she could no longer use and after trying to fashion the aged wood without success I decided to paint on them. Much of those works are included in this exhibit as are two key canvas works from that same series, Asenabka and Thunderbird, both oil on linen 2015-16.