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February Gallery at the Garden: Artists: Aaron John Bourque “Very Little, Almost Nothing” & Margaret Shipman’s “Originals”
1 February, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 2 February, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
An exhibition of new works by Boston based photographer Aaron John Bourque. Fresh off his recent exhibition at the Vermont Center for Photography titled “Sight Unseen”, Bourque shows off his range of image making through the creative arrangement of the looser and more associative work of the series “Very Little Almost Nothing”.
Aaron John Bourque is an artist, photographer, and educator. By visiting document archives and reading the landscape for the evidence of our histories, Bourque creates lyric documents that a find tension between the descriptive qualities of the photographic object and the experience of an encounter with the world. Bourque’s large format landscapes search for connection to the places we dwell and the histories we leave behind. His work is a meditation on America’s relationship with its own history, and a challenge to know the places we call home. As an educator, Bourque is the founding Manager of the Center for Arts and Graphic Equipment and Studios at Mount Ida College, as well as a Photography Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He holds a B.A. in History Keene State College, and an MFA from Tufts University. Originally from New Hampshire, Bourque now lives in Boston.
Margaret Shipman is inspired by the vibrant craziness of the world and magic in everyday life. Her paintings help her to learn how to paint. Every time she sits down at the canvas she learns a little more about color, texture, pattern and how they might work together. Many of her recent paintings are of herbs. Shipman tries to commit the shapes and looks of various herbs to memory, as well as edible and medicinal properties, by recording them in a painting – and so in her mind.
Shipman lives in Vernon, Vermont, in an old farmhouse filled with animals, crazy kid energy, and herbs. Her husband has an garden that grows larger every year. Her yard has a small stream running behind the house, on the other side is a steep hillside that blocks the setting sun. It is full of tall beautiful trees. Sometimes, as the sun is setting, they walk up the hill and chase the light as it fades. She loves being home. Shipman has crafted her life so that she can be home as much as possible. Shipman has a part-time job and is a freelance graphic designer on the days she’s not at that job. When her son is in school, she paints with every last moment she can fit it in. She loves to travel and her goal is to feed her dreams of traveling the world with her art.