THE EFFECTS OF BIRD SONG ON SHIFTING STRATA
Paintings by Tom Merwin
April 3–June 28, 2018
Opening Reception: April 4th • 4:00–7:00 PM
Montpelier Artwalk: May 4th • 4:00–7:00 PM
111 State Street, Montpelier
Kicking off the spring season at the Vermont Supreme Court Gallery is an exhibit that explodes with color and light—the oil paintings of Tom Merwin. This series of over 18 pieces was created from 2015 to the present.
Merwin states, “Running and hiking woodland trails is a main influence in my painting process of layering memory and landscape. The subconscious plays a big part in my painting technique and expression.” Initially influenced by the Hudson River School, Asian influences, and abstract art, Tom’s large-scale works are deeply layered with symbolic and intuitive spirit. Tom incorporates an essence of a natural environment into his paintings to reflect existential issues.
Vermont State Curator David Schutz says, “This exhibit truly celebrates the rites of spring and the passions of summer. Those two elements are perfectly integrated in Tom’s fantastic works!”
About the Artist
Tom has been actively painting for over 50 years. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, he studied at the Art Students League of New York. He is a retired second-generation member of the FDNY along with his brother; both served at Ground Zero on 9-11 when the towers collapsed. He currently lives with his family in Castleton, VT, where they created the Merwin Gallery and Studios.
Tom’s art has been exhibited widely throughout the Northeast. He has been painting, promoting, and exhibiting work created by the mentally and physically challenged in a program he designed in Castleton. He has received a grant from Psychiatric Survivors of Vermont to expand this program beyond Rutland County.
July 2–September 28