FOR THE LOVE OF VERMONT
Paintings by Carolyn Egeli
April 3–June 28, 2018
Opening Reception: April 4th • 4–7 PM
Montpelier Artwalk: May 4 • 4–7 PM
Pavilion Office Building, 109 State Street, Montpelier
photo ID required for admission
Originally from Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay area, Carolyn Egeli moved to an old farm in Braintree in 2012. She, like so many other artists, fell in love with Vermont during a previous visit and simply chose to stay. She bought an old farm and has been painting ever since—creating works that beautifully convey the landscape, people and farm animals for which Vermont is famous. Of additional interest are the portraits she is including in the Gallery: a state senator and a local logger. She says, “I painted the portraits of these two men after I moved to Vermont. They represent the broad interests and lifestyles of the people who contribute to Vermont’s communities—which is just one of the many reasons why I’m so grateful to be living here.”
Two paintings feature teams of Belgian draft horses plowing through the woods in winter, iconic images, beautifully rendered. Egeli has captured the majesty of these powerful animals as they work cooperatively with humans to “work the land”—the kind of activity that celebrates Vermont’s agricultural past and present.
About the Artist
Classically trained by her father, an acclaimed American portrait painter, Egeli makes a living selling her work. She has exhibited widely outside Vermont, and her paintings can be found in public and private collections both here and abroad. As a teacher, Egeli has trained quite a few professional artists and also served as a mentor/instructor for Boston College of Art’s MFA program. She has been featured in numerous magazines, local and national newspapers, and on Maryland public television and ABC’s Good Morning America. She continues to maintain a connection with her native Mid-Atlantic region, but, for the most part, is now focused on images of Vermont. She teaches art classes, workshops, and encourages the public to visit her studio or website to gain insight about her work.
“Carolyn’s incredible landscapes are very much in the tradition of other important painters of the past and present who never cease to find new ways to reveal the life of the Vermont we all love so much,” states David Schutz, Vermont State Curator
July 2–September 28