First Blossom by Liz Hawkes deNiord

"First Blossom"

Foster the Light by Liz Hawkes deNiord

"Foster the Light"

Liz Hawkes deNiord: "Return As Ticket" at Silver Gallery

Triptych by Liz Hawkes deNiord

Triptych entitled "Paramita II"

Liz Hawkes deNiord's "Return As Ticket" exhibition of paintings and ceramics, currently showing at C.X. Silver Gallery (814 Western Ave., West Brattleboro), features a recently launched book of the same name. The book can be previewed and purchased at the Gallery through March 2018 or online at

Hawkes deNiord's recent paintings record the distillation of memory, dream, allegory, and emotion into impressions using paint and mixed media. Her large abstract works represent a "reflective response to world events and personal reflections; they present a visual interpretation through vivid color."

A resident of Westminster West, Hawkes deNiord majored in fine arts and Asian studies in college and graduate school, developing her painting style originally in oils. She now works with viscous acrylics and metals. Her additional training as a ceramicist and printmaker brought her to "different ways of thinking" as a painter. The most difficult and exciting part of the experience, she says, is paying attention to the inherent message developed in each work. "Abstraction allows for fluid expression of an idea by both pulling away from and immersing myself in it. The paintings are painted inside out, as if I am actually in them. Standing outside looking in is a gut experience that challenges, confuses, and is a state of unknowing."

The title of the exhibition and publication refers to Chard deNiord's poem "Return As Ticket," the poem and poet both sources of inspiration for the artist. The transformational change in perception in the poem speaks, in part, to the nature of Hawkes deNiord's process in artmaking:

Painting and ceramics by Liz Hawkes deNiord

Gallery with paintings and ceramics

A Few Words on the Work

"These paintings are created like relief sculptures, malleable surfaces seemingly free from the boundaries of the rectangle, and often, simultaneously, containing one or more bounded shapes. Her pictures become energy fields—cradling, swallowing, buffeting, or synchronizing with smaller, hard-edged forms, guided by her intuition." – Michele Burgess

"Liz's painting is most fully considered alongside her ceramics, and the C.X. Silver exhibit presents both. In her two- and three-dimensional work she begins with a physical impulse that grows and ramifies into space and finds concrete form and texture. Ceramic glaze is applied with the same brush quality as the paintings: running, pooling, and melting over forms. Her ceramics share the sense of movement and release with her paintings, as well as the layering, variation, and accretion on simple shapes." – Brian D. Cohenga

· Open during Gallery Walk on Nov. 3, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
· Sat. Nov. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Artist Talk by Liz deNiord with Poetry Reading by Chard deNiord
· Gallery open daily by appointment, through March 2018; call (603) 209-7386 or (802) 257-7898.

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