In the Jackson Gallery...

The Jackson Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by mother and daughter, Barbara Lane and Brenda Myrick. In a perfect example of the apple falling near the tree, Myrick was encouraged and inspired by her mother’s creativity while carving her own artistic path. Lane’s delicate watercolors illustrate the Vermont landscape. Myrick takes a bolder and more colorful approach, inspired by the landscape but also crossing into the abstract.

Barbara Lane began painting in watercolor while raising a family and working as a surgical nurse at Porter Hospital in Middlebury, VT. A self-taught artist, she kept up with her painting over the years.  She traveled to the coast of Maine with her art buddies painting on location. She also loved spending time in Pensacola, Florida in winter, absorbing the beauty there. Later, back home in Vermont, these memories became paintings. She exhibited regularly with the Middlebury Artists as well as in local venues. She studied with Tom Lynch, Zoltan Zabo, Arthur Healy, and Harrison Hemple. Lane, now a beautiful 92, is still painting in her home in Whiting, VT. 

Brenda Myrick studied fine art and art education at the University of Vermont. Myrick’s inspiration comes directly from nature and also the seasons of Vermont, absorbing, recording, interpreting, and responding to it. “Rather than painting what I see, I am looking to see what I might want to paint next.”

Gesture and the underlying energy of joy are an important part of her approach. Myrick begins with an underpainting composed with her chosen colors. Next, she intuitively builds up form with more layers, then adding and subtracting elements until the painting feels complete. Myrick has a studio in Bristol, Vermont where she lives with her family.

The Jackson Gallery is located in the lower level of Town Hall Theater, a community and cultural venue located in the center of Middlebury. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday noon to five, and an hour before any public events in the building. 

 

The Jackson Gallery is located in the lower level of Town Hall Theater, a community and cultural venue located in the center of Middlebury. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday noon to five, and an hour before any public events in the building.