Paul Smith's College VIC introduces new art gallery

PAUL SMITHS, NY (09/29/2016)(readMedia)-- The Paul Smith's College VIC unveiled a new exhibit space Thursday, Sept. 29, where it will display works of art by regional and national artists.

The new space, known as the Heron Marsh Gallery, will feature four different nature-themed shows each year.

"The VIC has always been a vital community resource for art," said professor Lee Ann Sporn, the VIC's art show coordinator. "We attract an audience of about 70,000 people a year, and now we have one of the largest exhibit spaces in the area. We're already displaying some fantastic pieces there, and there are more to come."

Currently, the Heron Marsh Gallery is featuring "Topo-Shift 3: Woods Way" by Winn Rea, an artist who has exhibited internationally from the Netherlands to South Korea and nationally from A.I.R. Gallery in New York City to The Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Mich. Her show hangs until Nov. 15. The gallery will host an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. It is free and open to the public. Visit to learn more.

Upcoming shows include "A Deeper Sense," which will feature works of local artists inspired by the ecology research of Paul Smith's students; "Shedding Light on the Working Forest" by Kathleen Kolb; and two national juried shows, one featuring an emergence theme in the spring and another with a decomposition theme in the fall.

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