In addition to the beautiful scenery of Southwestern Vermont and the unique fall foliage that the area is known for, visitors can also appreciate these views and images as seen through the eyes of some of the best artists in the country.
Impressions of New England is just one of the temporary fine art exhibitions on view at The Bennington, one of the country’s finest art galleries. Landscapes, seascapes and still-lifes selected by the staff make up this show while in another gallery a national competition, the Laumeister Fine Art Competition, offers a more varied collection of art, both two and three-dimensional, but still in a representational style. Small Works are on view in the lobby and as with the other two shows, all work is for sale. The center’s permanent collection of Native American art, bird carvings, Eric Sloane paintings and wildlife art is also on exhibit through the fall.
For those who have made the journey to the area to experience the many covered bridges, their trip wouldn’t be complete without a stop at The Bennington’s Covered Bridge Museum. Many photographs, maps, historical information, stories, models, tools and construction techniques are displayed in this structure, built to resemble a covered bridge. A video serves as a great introduction to the iconic structures. Whether one wants a brief overview or an in depth education, there is something for everyone at the museum.
The Bennington is located just west of Bennington on Vermont Route 9 at 44 Gypsy Lane. Seven art galleries and the Covered Bridge Museum are open to the public every day but Tuesday. 802-442-7158 www.TheBennington.org