Students from the Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) program at Green Mountain College brought to Poultney a great art show in the Feick Arts Center on the college campus last Friday, February 3rd. REED is described as “a unique and innovative program that integrates the study of energy and design in conjunction with the Green Mountain College Environmental Liberal Arts experience.” Students in this program learn how to apply ecological design strategies to develop and build projects that help green economies and renewable energy emerge.
In this art show, REED welcomed both Green Mountain College students and Poultney community members to enjoy an afternoon with live music, snacks, and the most important part, art. Students made use of their minds and hands to create great pieces of art with wood. Sculptures, chairs, bowls, and also a kayak were some of the wood pieces that were found in the arts center. Art shows are good opportunities for the audience to see and feel new concepts, as well as make investments by buying pieces of art that were on display. Additionally, this art show that REED presented to us was an opportunity to meet new people and get to know Green Mountain College students and community members better.
The show was a success; a lot of students showed up, as well as community members. It was great to see how young people were telling the stories of their inspirations and ideas to local citizens, making the show a place not only to observe, but also to listen. Rosemary Connelli, a Junior who is majoring in fine arts and also works at the Feick Arts Center, described the art show as a “night where students were not only enjoying the art, but also from the talking that they had with community members. Art is a way of expression that also can be a great starting point to start a conversation, and meet other people’s point of views and how they are.”
Connelli also stated that she likes to work in the Feick Arts Center because it is a place where she gets to know a lot of new people, where new local and outside artists come to the the center to show their work. “I think that people should come here more often to take a break from their daily lives and enjoy the art, as well as meet and get to know their neighbors better,” Rosemary said.
Art shows in the Feick Arts Center are always a success, and this one, is not an exception. Students from the program showed that they are the next generation of architects, researchers, and builders. The audience was also great, enjoying the exhibition and showing interest in the art pieces by talking to the artists and program teachers. Art is a great source of creation, imagination, and feelings, but sometimes we have to see it as something that can connect us with other. We can enjoy art more when we look at it with others rather than just by ourselves.