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VPR's coverage of arts and culture in the region.

At The T.W. Wood Gallery, Two Very Different Artists' Views Of Vermont

Kathleen Masterson
Edward Kadunc stands in the makeshift gallery in Montpelier, next to his depiction of an old Vermont mill.

The current location of paintings by one of Vermont's most famous artists, Thomas Waterman Wood, is somewhat hidden in plain sight.

The gallery, originally opened by Wood in 1895, now resides in a defunct elementary school on Barre Street in Montpelier. When it opened over a decade ago it contained more than 40 watercolors and etchings trusted to the city of Montpelier by Wood. Now it's also home to an extensive collection of paintings from the New Deal WPA Federal Art Project.

For another week, the storied gallery will also exhibit the unique works of two Vermont artists with very different takes on life in the Green Mountain state: Edward Kadunc and Robert Brunelle. 

Kadunc works in graphite, oil paint and watercolor. His depictions of Vermont's people and scenes are imaginative and at times fantastical. He says he works from memory, imagination and from real scenes around the state. Brunelle paints in acrylic, with bright blocks of vibrant color.  

The gallery has moved around quite a bit since the 19th century, and after a brief period of having no home at all, it now has a permanent home after the Center for Arts and Learning purchased the downtown school building.

The T.W. Wood Gallery teamed up with the Monteverdi Music School and the River Rock School to buy the building; the new space offers artist studios, a space for musicians and writers, and art classes open to the public.    

A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
Kathleen Masterson as VPR's New England News Collaborative reporter. She covered energy, environment, infrastructure and labor issues for VPR and the collaborative. Kathleen came to Vermont having worked as a producer for NPR’s science desk and as a beat reporter covering agriculture and the environment.
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