The Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild will present Stone to Sand & Back Again, Works by Bob Manning, April 20 through June 2. There will be an opening celebration on April 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, drinks and joy will be served.
Manning is a well-known artist of works inspired by Neolithic stone monuments of Ireland and England, both old and new. This exhibition is a series of 35 works, all formatted in a square 12 x 12. The works embrace stories from the artist’s life, from a 1935 swim with his family on the Connecticut seashore to the seashore of the island nation of Ireland—and back again, and again.
The works are a varied trip down memory lane, sometimes partnering Rembrandt with a tennis champion, adding a humorous intimate touch to the intricate drawings and paintings. The central image of the stool where Bob sat as his hand and imagination created these works, is a depiction of wonders, parts of life, so rich that sometimes those not captured fall aside, to the floor, but, oh, what is drawn and shared, so poignantly, are captured in one square foot.
Go and take a little journey, through a timeless tale, begun in the rocks of creation and the fields and shores of mankind, expressed with beauty in the art of Bob Manning.
Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild In Our Back Room Gallery is at 430 Railroad St. in St. Johnsbury. The hours are Monday – Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.