Bennington Arts Guild Welcomes Two New Artists

Lmm33The Bennington Arts Guild will host a reception for Linda Masten and Lynn Mazza, their two new artists, at the Guild, 103 South Street, Bennington on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 5 to 8 pm. The reception will be part of the Bennington Arts First Friday event.

Linda Masten has been an oil painter and pastel artist for most of her life. She is a self-taught artist and has taken numerous workshops in both mediums over the years. She enjoys painting in Plein Air and in the studio. Linda is a member of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society and the Marco Island Plein Air Artists. She resides in Bennington, VT and Naples, FL.


Lynn Mazza creates extraordinary mandalas (meaning “circle” in Sanskrit). However, Lynn states that the motif of using repeating patterns in a circle is present in most cultures, usually with a religious or sacred context. Lynn enjoys creating these beautiful mandalas and feels there is something about them that are inherently mesmerizing and relaxing, suggesting higher states of mind. She uses both ink and watercolor to create these intricate pieces. Lynn resides in Vermont.

For more information on these two fine artists and other upcoming shows, please visit the Guild’s website



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Bennington Arts Guild Open House – Holiday Gift Show Opens November 22, 2013


Bennington Arts Guild to Hold Holiday Show

Bennington, VT, November 11, 2013 – This year, you can choose beautiful, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gifts for the holidays made by local craftspeople. Kicking off the shopping season,The Bennington Arts Guild will hold its annual Holiday Show beginning on Friday, November 22, with a reception from 5 – 8 p.m. at the gallery, located at 103 South Street, near the Four Corners intersection in Bennington, Vermont.

The Bennington Arts Guild, or BAG, is a cooperative association of local artists —  painters, photographers, potters, woodcrafters, weavers, glass artists and jewelers and more.  There’s sure to be something for everyone on your gift list, all at reasonable prices.

Please join The Guild at the opening reception on the 22nd and enjoy some refreshments while you see what’s in store. And, BAG is open Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 – 5 and on Sundays from 12 – 4. BAG is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

For more information, please feel free to visit the Guild’s website at

www., or contact Ceil Petrucelli at

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Bennington Arts Guild Open House – New Show Opening September 6, 2013

The Bennington Arts Guild will host a joint show by two local artists in September. Tony Conner will show plein air watercolors while Teru Simon will exhibit ceramics and sculpture.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, September 6, from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Guild’s gallery at 103 South Street in downtown Bennington. The reception will be part of the First Friday events as well as part of the Plein Air Vermont evening activities. The show will run till September 30.

The primary focus of Conner’s watercolors is the rural landscape of Vermont and New England, although he also enjoys painting flowers and seascapes. In all his subjects he is attracted to the quality of light and its effects on form, color and texture.

Simon describes her process as, “like a dialogue or dance. Through the evolution of a piece I am being informed and am informing.” Her work has evolved from traditional figurative work to metaphorical imagery and abstraction. Although she also works in two dimensions this show will focus on her pottery and sculpture.

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Bennington Arts Guild Openning Reception – August 2, 2013

The Bennington Arts Guild will host a combined exhibit by a trio of well-known Vermont artists during August. Mary Angus, Ellie Roden and Stacie Mincher will share the guest gallery at the Guild at 103 South Street, Bennington, showing blown glass perfume bottles, pressed flower pictures and recycled zipper creations respectively. The show will open with a reception on Friday, August 2, from 5 – 8 p.m and will run till the end of the month.

The reception will be part of the Bennington Arts weekend as the town holds its First Friday celebrations and welcomes the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival.

Perfume Bottles

Mary Angus – Perfume Bottles

Mary Angus, who has been working with glass since 1973, loves the shape, size and graceful form of perfume bottles. Using both subtle relief and deep carving she creates what are essentially small sculptures. Dustings of colored glass on the surface of raised areas or an interior layer of colored glass glowing from within carved surfaces enhance the beauty of the forms.

Ellie Roden, a retired elementary school teacher and avid flower gardener, is a self-taught pressed flower artist. Only real flowers and other plant materials gathered from her garden, woodlands and roadsides, are used in her designs to create pictures, prints, cards and bookmarks.

Stacie Mincher is best known for her designs using recycled zippers which she organizes into interesting patterns to create beautiful and unique brooches, pendants, and earrings or to cover the faces of clocks, lids of boxes, frames or Christmas ornaments. She begins with whole zippers scavenged from thrift stores and rummage sales, cuts off the fabric tape, and glues them to a base in a process that she likens to “painting with zippers”.

For more information on all three artists and other upcoming shows, please visit the Guild’s website at

 The opening reception

5 – 8 pm on Friday, August 2, 2013

The Gayle Garrison Gallery

The Bennington Arts Guild on 103 South Street, Bennington, VT

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Bennington Arts Guild Exhibits

The Gayle Garrison Gallery
The Bennington Arts Guild

103 South Street, Bennington, VT, 

will have a full schedule of exhibitions starting with a group show in May by members of the Guild. The opening reception for that show will be:

5 – 8 pm on Friday, May 3 – all are welcome.

Jackie kelly-Whiteflowers
White Flowers (Oil), by Jackie Kelly

June 7 marks the start of a show of Zentangle-inspired art in both 2 and 3 dimensions. Zentangle is a method of repeated, meditative, abstract patterning. Among those exhibiting will be Sadelle Wiltshire, CZT,and Ann Coakley, CZT, both certified teachers of the Zentangle method.

In July Bennington ceramic artist Joshua Primmer will exhibit his sculptural and functional stoneware while Jeanne Marklin of Williamstown, Mass., will show her hand-dyed art quilts.

In August a trio of well-known Vermont artists will have a combined show. Mary Angus will exhibit her blown and etched glass alongside Ellie Roden‘s pressed flower art and Stacie Mincher‘s jewelry and other accessories made from recycled zippers and vintage fabrics.

In September, coinciding with PleinAir Vermont 2013, Bennington artist Tony Conner will show his watercolors and they will be accompanied by ceramics by North Pownal artist Teru Simon.

From October 4 – November 18, MaryJane Sarvis will show her art photography and hand-painted fabrics, scarves, bags and pillows.

To wrap up the year, the Bennington Arts Guild will host its Annual Holiday Show of work by Guild members. For more information about the gallery or opening receptions visit

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Holiday Art Show


Angel Ornaments

Trinket Box

Trinket Box

The Bennington Arts Guild’s annual Holiday Art Show opens on Friday November 23 and runs till the end of December. The show is a great opportunity to find unique, locally produced, hand made gift items in a range of prices. On display will be jewelry, cards, paintings, pottery, turned wood items, sculpture, hooked rugs and more from 21 local artists.

The Bennington Arts Guild will participate in the Hometown Holiday Celebration on Saturday November 24 and will host an Open House on Sunday December 2. Both events are from 1 – 4 pm and are open to the public and include free refreshments.

The Guild’s gallery is at 103 South Street in Bennington, VT.

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New show combines hooked rugs and art porcelain

Small Vases

Small Vases

The Bennington Arts Guild will present a joint exhibit by two of its member-artists from October 6 to November 17 – hooked rugs by Dan Barber and porcelain vessels by Colleen Williams. An opening reception with refreshments will be held Saturday October 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the gallery at 103 South Street, Bennington, VT.

Both artists, each of whom formerly worked in the field of architecture, will show new work that celebrates the season in southern Vermont.

Arlington, VT, artist, Dan Barber, recycles used clothing to form his rug wall-hangings. He pulls loops of yarn or fabric through a stiff woven base to create scenes of everyday life in a small New England town, a collection he calls “My Town”.



With an emphasis on form and surface design, Colleen Williams, of North Adams, MA, presents intricate, textural, patterned designs onto hand-built, colored porcelain forms, celebrating autumn. Surfaces are achieved by layering porcelain, using a resist and water-etching.

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