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The Place You Hang Your Hat

Opening reception: November 8th, 5pm-9pm

November 8th – December 6th, 2009

BOROUGH GALLERY & STUDIO

180 Flynn Avenue (through the SEABA entrance), Burlington

Burlington, Vermont—–

biscuit quilt

Jude Bond, “Biscuit Quilt” Textile

toadloverPhilip Hardy, “Toad Lovers” Oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″

Cicada TreeRachel Moore, “Cicada Tree” Oil on canvas, 32″ x 19″

Borough Studio & Gallery presents their latest exhibition “The Place You Hang Your Hat.”  Opening on November 8th, 5pm-9pm, ten artists from Burlington, greater Vermont, New York, and Philadelphia will display work centered around the theme of “home.”  Works for sale include pieces on canvas and wood, photography and mixed media installations.  During the opening reception Stephen Orloske will present short stories, and live music by vocalist Gregory Alexander will take place from 6pm-9pm. Borough Gallery & Studio and its neighbors Vintage Inspired and Miss Pickles Attic, also opening their doors and presenting a display, are located at 180 Flynn Avenue via the SEABA entrance.

Curated by resident artists Emily Wilson and Shawna Cross, “The Place You Hang Your Hat” represents the varying ideas and observations about what an artist calls home. Each artist was asked to contemplate their definition of home and write a Home Statement to be displayed at the show.  With these statements as a guide, images such as biscuits, frogs and robots soon reveal that notions of home are unstable and unlimited and ultimately transient.  To make a home is a journey and these artist have drawn inspiration from both its comforts and uncertainties, both domesticity and wilderness, and through their work offer a place to hang your hat.

On display throughout November, artists exhibiting in “The Place You Hang Your Hat” include mixed media installations by Jude Bond and Emily Wilson; paintings byShawna CrossPhilip HardyCristin MannerRachel Moore, and Adam Wimble; Photography by Kathryn Combs and Jon Demske; stories by Stephen Orloske; Open Studios of  Mary Heinrich Aloi and Richard Corbet of Vintage Inspired LLC and Miss Pickles Attic; and live music by Gregory Alexander. (click on any artist’s name for images and statements)

For more information or to schedule a tour please contact Shawna Cross via email at shawnacross@gmail.com, 802-782-1675 or Emily Wilson, ewilson.art@gmail.com, 207-459-4631

Curatorial Statement:

The idea of “home” is a complex combination of physical structures, memories, emotions, ideas, thoughts, and senses. While seemingly a simple phrase, “home” proves to be an abstract term that’s hard to define, a struggle to locate, a journey to create and always a very real, personal exploration experienced by all in unique ways. Artists are by nature intensely curious creatures and they are rooted by constantly looking through, within, under, and in-between their surroundings and situations. Therefore, “home”, in all its transient glory, often creates a fundamental undertone in the work of artists; whether their work reflects their nomadic lifestyle (in which case maybe “home” is wherever their inspiration lies); a deeper view into their actual architectural, environmental, or cultural home, surroundings, and everyday life; or a reflection of the emotions that come to represent what “home” means. “The Place You Hang Your Hat” has been devised to express the platform of varying ideas that each exhibiting artist has about home, and wanders through the intriguing differences that are understood and observed about their homes. The show consists of both local Burlington artists, greater Vermont artists and others who have traveled great distances from Philadelphia, New York and New Hampshire to participate. The work being presented includes pieces on canvas and wood, photography and mixed media installation with a conceptual focus on the ideas and themes of “home” and where it is exactly that artists make their homes. Each artist participating in the show has been asked to verbalize with an official “Home Statement” their ideas centered on the topic. These statements have served as the building blocks for our show and the overall exhibition we hope to showcase. Each statement represents a thoughtful moment of consideration about where we have come from, where we are and where we are going while dancing around some larger, possibly open ended questions about what home means. Not only are these writings beautifully articulated and well written, they also encompass a unique literary representation of the work being presented.

After reading and outlining some key words and statements in each artist’s writing and well as examining their work, we began to make correlations between certain tones, moods, and vocabulary that were similar between artists. Although no one artist came close to replicating another artist’s statement, there were some groups and clusters that could be made that were distinctly related. Most participating artists spoke about aspects of family and being able to find a state of comfort within ourselves at a given place, as time is ever-changing. Some went on to discuss that home is an unstable place and can not be limited to one idea – it can be different for different purposes. Others touched upon themes of the counterbalanced interior/exterior life, domesticity, and the experience of everyday realities. Lastly, a few highlighted the fact that their work is literally generated from the home that surrounds them. Whether it be a family owned and operated farm in Georgia, Vt. or a new space to decorate, their work is an authentic reproduction of how they live their life and what they see and experience everyday.

Our theme solidifies in the fact our homes are transient, they change, alter and adapt to suit our needs or just to surprise us. One must make their home, establish the entities of importance, and work towards a state of true comfort. And what we have learned, if we didn’t already suspect it, is that “home” is an idea that we have, and one of the biggest projects on our palette. Ultimately, making a home is a journey, and we should feel lucky that we are artists, and that we can draw inspiration from these questions and uncertainties to channel them into something that is certain, concrete and stable: a stellar piece of art. It is our hope that through this show, we are able to present to our audience a thoughtful retrospective of the places one might be able to find their hat.

Images of the exhibition, our opening reception and closing reception

our front entry way

stairs leading up to the gallery

Opening Reception

Greg Alexander

photo courtesy Jude Bond

photo courtesy Jude Bond

Mathias Kamin playing at our closing reception

One Response to “The Place You Hang Your Hat”


  1. […] and am excited to see where my paintings will take me, physically. I’ll end on a bit of news: Borough’s latest exhibition will close next Friday, the 4th during the First Friday Art Walk. We will be open from 5-8, with an […]

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