Thirty-four artists and photographers are exhibiting their work in the “Pollinate This!” exhibit at the Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. According to organizers, the art show asks the question, “How can art explore, examine and express pollination, metaphorically and otherwise?”
South Burlington artists Andrew Keim, Carol McDowell and Kristi Wilkinson are among the artists exhibiting.
McDowell has two pieces of quilted fabric art in the show. The first is titled, “All we are saying … is give bees a chance,” and the second, “All who wander are not lost.”
“Free motion quilting adds texture to the pieces,” said McDowell in her artist statement. “My goal is for the viewer to not only stop and say, ‘Wow,’ but to want to go up to it to touch, feel and pet the quilt.”
Wilkinson’s submission to the exhibit includes its title and reads, “Plant for Pollinators and we can all eat local.” Wanting to emphasize the “interconnectedness of human and pollinator systems,” Wilkinson said, “We rely so heavily on pollinators to support our food system and sustain us. It is important that we contribute to that loop and provide plants that support our local pollinators as part of our local environment.”
Keim, an artist and woodworker, shows “Birds in Flight” at the exhibit. It is a graphite and white chalk drawing on paper.
“Many of my drawings try to find beauty and poetry in the ordinary and mundane,” he said.
The Birds of Vermont Museum has been hosting themed community art shows since 2014.
“Creators range in age from child to senior, with experience from just starting to established professional,” said Kir Talmage, the museum’s outreach coordinator. “The works are displayed in thematically-linked groupings, and visitors are invited to explore at their own pace, to be inspired, to engage with the images, and to browse through the book of artists’ statements.”
The “Pollinate This!” exhibit opened mid-July and is available to view daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through the end of October, with museum admission. For more information, visit www.birdsofvermont.org.