Tropic by Emily Mason

"Tropic" (1989), oil on canvas, 60x52, one of 50 works in Mason's retrospective exhibit

Portrait by Michael Poster

Portrait by Michael Poster for "If she has a pulse, she has a chance"

Home by Elizabeth Turk

"Home" (2015) by Elizabeth Turk, marble and Northern California redwood

New BMAC Exhibits Opening on October 5

Five new exhibits open at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) on Friday, October 5, during Brattleboro's monthly Gallery Walk. They include a six-decade survey of the work of abstract artist Emily Mason, photographs by Michael Poster of people in recovery from addiction, and artwork by Orly Cogan, Robert Perkins, and Elizabeth Turk. An opening reception with the exhibiting artists begins at 5:30 p.m.

Detail from POW by Orlan Cogan

Detail from "POW" (2018) by Orly Cogan: hand-stitched embroidery, appliqué, and paint on vintage bed linen

"EMILY MASON: TO ANOTHER PLACE" is the first museum survey of the work of the acclaimed 86-year-old abstract artist, who divides her time between New York City and Brattleboro. The exhibit consists of 50 paintings and drawings created over a period of 60 years, from 1958 through 2018. See full text of curator Mara Williams' essay accompanying the exhibit at this link. Mason will give a talk about her work on Friday, October 19, at 7 p.m.

MICHAEL POSTER'S "IF SHE HAS A PULSE, SHE HAS A CHANCE" consists of 32 photographic portraits of people in recovery from addiction, accompanied by written excerpts from interviews Poster conducted while volunteering at Turning Point of Windham County. As a documentary photographer, Poster creates portraits of communities, often spending years getting to know his subjects and developing the trust required to take their pictures and record their stories. Poster's connection to his newest body of work is deeply personal, as Poster himself is a recovering addict. The title of Poster's exhibit comes from something he once heard from a friend who helps opioid users get medically assisted treatment: "I refuse to give up on her. You just never know when someone will be ready to change. The way I see it, if she has a pulse, she has a chance."

In connection with "If she has a pulse, she has a chance," BMAC will partner with the Brattleboro Retreat, Turning Point, and Groundworks Collaborative to present a series of free public programs at BMAC aimed at stimulating constructive conversation about addiction and recovery. These include a talk by physician Maria Gallo (Oct. 11), readings by members of a Vermont-based recovery group (Oct. 17), a conversation between Poster and BMAC Chief Curator Mara Williams (Nov. 29), and a panel discussion on addiction and recovery in the Brattleboro area (Dec. 13).

Poem by Robert Perkins

Robert Perkins' rendering of a McClatchey poem from "Every Day"

"If she has a pulse, she has a chance" is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibit is sponsored by the Brattleboro Retreat and will remain on view through January 7, 2019.

ORLY COGAN's painted and embroidered linen pieces in "DON'T CALL ME PRINCESS" explore feminism, domesticity, and the constantly changing role of women in society. A prominent member of the fiber arts movement, Cogan lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley and exhibits widely in the U.S. and in Europe. "Don't Call Me Princess" will remain on view through March 2, 2019. Cogan will give a free talk about her work on Saturday, January 19, at 2 p.m.

ROBERT PERKINS' "EVERY DAY" draws on a range of sources and inspiration to shed light on the theme of transcendence. Perkins graduated from Milton Academy and Harvard University, but he says his true education began as a 19-year-old, when he was patient at Bowditch Hall, the men's locked ward at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. The trauma of that experience has informed his life and artwork ever since. "Every Day" will remain on view through January 7, 2019. Perkins will give a free talk about his work on Thursday, October 25, at 7 p.m.

"HEAVEN, EARTH, HOME" is a collection of sculptures and drawings by California-based artist ELIZABETH TURK. Turk's sculptures feature sinewy ribbons of hand-carved marble nested within natural materials—Baja beach stones, Idaho quartzite, or the gnarled roots of a Redwood. Her ink-and-graphite drawings echo her sculptural forms. Together, the sculptures and drawings explore the boundary between art and the natural world. "Heaven, Earth, Home" will remain on view through February 10, 2019.

The museum's galleries and gift shop are open every day except Tuesday, 11-5. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. Members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call (802) 257-0124 or visit

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