The year 2016 marked a milestone for Readsboro Arts as we opened Confluence, a new art gallery in Readsboro, in the historic EJ Bullock Building. We presented four distinct exhibitions of artists’ work. The board believes that running a gallery is consistent with our mission of promoting growth of the Arts in Readsboro and the surrounding areas.
The gallery’s first show opened on May 6th, 2016 with an exhibit of landscape photographs by five local women photographers. Since then the gallery has organized shows on contemporary quilting, portraiture, botanical prints and drawings, a one person show (Jen Violette, painter and glass artist) and had an “open call.” The remaining shows for 2017 are Studio Glass (Aug 5-Sept 10) and a painting invitational September into October.
The name Confluence is a reference to a coming together of groups of people of different backgrounds and artistic sensibilities, and also honors one of the salient features of the town — the meeting in Readsboro of two branches of the Deerfield River.
Showcasing Great Art
Confluence gives artists from the local region a venue to show in; and gives the people of Readsboro and surrounding towns the chance to meet the artists and become familiar with the work of the many local artists and artisans dotting the hillsides of southeastern Vermont and nearby northwestern Massachusetts.
Board member Mary Angus says, “We are hoping to be able to further our mission by the shows we present in the gallery- by bringing people from the community into Confluence to see the shows, meet the artists, see work they may never have seen before.”
Part of the Community
The gallery is manned by volunteers from Readsboro Arts. Says John Walker, a board member of Readsboro Arts, and the gallery’s primary curator, “We’re proud of the support the community has shown for the gallery, and of our being able to work with other organizations in town to realize a common goal.” So far those organizations include Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment, which rents the space to Confluence (Walker points to Readsboro Arts’ commitment to lease the space in the Bullock Building as a contributing factor in RHR’s renovation of the 19th Century structure); and the Readsboro Preschool, which used the Confluence gallery space for a fundraising exhibit.
Since it opened, Confluence has:
· Showed the work of 43 regional artists
· Sold the work of 11 different artists; generating income for artists
· Welcomed over 700 visitors, from Readsboro, the United States, Europe and India
Confluence is proving to be a draw for art-lovers throughout the region.