Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery welcomes summer exhibit

Untitled, oil on paper 22.5” x 22.5” by Bonnie Acker
Untitled, oil on paper 22.5” x 22.5” by Bonnie Acker

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery will host a new exhibit “Summer Horizons: New Vermont Paintings by Bonnie Acker” until Sept. 16. The exhibit opens with a public reception with the artist on Friday, Aug. 8 from 5:30-7:30pm and all are invited to attend.
Acker’s work is joyously rendered, and reflects her multifaceted approach to life: “I wear many hats, all of them colorful and connected to the communities around me! When I glean time for creating landscapes … I am painting at the kitchen table – or pastelling outside in warmer weather …I am alone, focused, looking inward, and bringing up the courage to make my mark.”
Of her relationship to her home, Acker says “there is no other place on earth I’d rather be than Vermont. The optimism, the dedication to improving the planet, the widespread resourcefulness, all give me the strength to believe in the future and connect my artwork to the wider community.”
Acker, a lifelong artist and activist, has lived with her family in Burlington since 1986. She creates paintings, paper-collages, and fabric banners, and is immersed in numerous food-and-farming adventures.
She has been a food-educator with the Burlington School Food Project since 2002, served on the board of directors of the Intervale Community Farm Cooperative since 1994, and helped coordinate the flower gardens at City Market/Onion River Co-op since 1993.
Acker’s work has been featured in Vermont Life Magazine and several books including “The Art of Lake Champlain,” “Champlain’s Lake Rediscovered,” “The Community Land Trust Reader,” and “Legendary Locals of Burlington, Vermont.”
She has received numerous awards and extensive recognition for her art and other endeavors, including her selection as a “Burlington Community Treasure” by the City of Burlington on Bonnie Acker Day, Nov. 4, 2013.
Acker is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College; she studied further at the Massachusetts College of Art.
Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery is located at 86 Falls Rd, in Shelburne Village. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm and Saturdays 10am-5pm. For additional information call 985-3848, or email joan@fsgallery.com.