9 Late-Fall Art Exhibits in Stowe

November 2, 2018


If you’ve been to Stowe before, the area’s natural beauty is immediately apparent with scenic landscapes at every turn. You may be surprised to find there are equally beautiful displays of artwork inside the town’s distinctive art galleries. Discover quality works from artists from Stowe, the Vermont region and around the world. Read about the hidden treasures on display at these nine art exhibits in Stowe this fall:

Helen Day Art Center
Familiars: Valerie Hammond and Kiki Smith (through November 3) demonstrates the uniqueness and intersections of the printmaking practices that these internationally-renowned artists have developed as contemporaries and friends over the last twenty years. Their cooperative working and planning is often an expansion of their individual explorations as artists. Their printed works fill all three galleries at Helen Day Art Center, a member-supported community art center. The 2018 Members’ Art Show & Sale and Festival of Trees & Light (November 20 – December 29) unites the community in celebration of the holiday season. This eclectic group exhibition will feature more than 100 member artworks situated among evergreen trees decorated by master artisans and a beautiful Hanukkah display of menorahs, games and dreidels.

In a Bower, 2015. © Kiki Smith

[Insider Tip: The Festival of Trees & Light takes place during A Traditional Christmas in Stowe, also the perfect opportunity to find a unique and meaningful gift from ceramic sculpture to fine art photographs.]

Robert Paul Galleries
The annual autumn landscape show Purely Vermont (through November 6) features the works of Frank Larson and Alexander Volkov. Larson is a well-known landscape painter who captures the light and color of rural, northern Vermont, where he resides, on canvas. Volkov is a Russian-American oil painter. Combining a lifelong fascination with architecture, landscape and still-life subjects, Volkov brings drama and poetic expression into his landscapes, portraits and genre paintings. Heralded as one of the country’s finest art galleries, Robert Paul Galleries offers a unique selection of original paintings, sculpture, glass work, limited editions and fine porcelain by locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.

[Insider Tip: Access the gallery from the Stowe Recreation Path. There are several restaurants and shops within close walking distance.] 

West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park
View the works of Susan H. Wilson (through November 6), a Vermont-based ceramic sculptor who creates evocative sculptures exploring self within all aspects of life. She uses animal and figural images to tell stories. Moving Pictures (through November 20) features new abstract works by Krista Harris who became fascinated with capturing the sounds, smells and visual imagery all around her in her artwork. Small Works (November 10 – December 31) is a collection of small works for the upcoming holiday season. These modestly scaled pieces range from Vermont landscapes and whimsical animal figures, to pop art on vintage soda crates to Vermont landscapes.

Octopus Garden© Helen Shulman

[Insider Tip: This gallery is conveniently located next to Stowe Cider and Tres Amigos – perfect destinations for hydrating and fueling up after a long day of exploring artwork in Stowe!]

Edgewater Gallery
anthropocene (November 2 – 30) features the works of Sean Thomas who will be giving an artist talk about his solo exhibition at an opening reception event on November 2. Thomas is known for his mark-making and layering techniques using drawings and oil and wax on panel. The scope of his work delves into a continual interest in studying architectural forms, the modern industrialized landscape and human impact. This new series is an “examination of the landscape’s development resulting from human presence and a response to the relationship between the artificial and natural environment.” Edgewater Gallery in Stowe features contemporary and traditional fine art with established and emerging artists from Vermont and beyond.

Winters Provision. © TJ Cunningham

[Insider Tip: On the note of architecture, Edgewater Gallery is located next to the Stowe Community Church, an iconic part of the Stowe skyline and one of the most sought-after photo subjects of visitors and photographers.]

Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery
Creativity Times Two (throughout the fall) is an exciting show of new work by Eric Tobin and Craig Mooney. Tobin is a self-taught artist who creates his Vermont landscapes in oil “en plein air” (or painting outdoors) while Mooney, a semi-abstract landscape and figurative painter, works primarily in oils on canvas. Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery draws from the deep pool of richly talented artists resident in the region to make unique original artworks available to visitors from throughout the world. Nestled in the heart of this historic New England village in the midst of the Green Mountains, the gallery is located in a historic federal style building built in 1828 that is a contributing structure to Stowe, Vermont’s National Historic District.

[Insider Tip: Catch a chocolate-dipping demonstration – and sample – next door at Laughing Moon Chocolates. Hey, some people consider chocolates a work of art!]

Which art exhibit(s) will you attend in Stowe this fall?

Featured image: “Farmall Red (Study)” by Charlie Hunter (courtesy of West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park)
Images courtesy of: Kiki Smith (published and printed by Harlan & Weaver, Inc., photographed by Jason Mandella); TJ Cunningham (Edgewater Gallery); and Helen Shulman (
West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park).