It was a fine December day when we drove from the seacoast up into the hills of Vermont to deliver paintings to Galleria Fine Arte in Stowe.
An early morning storm was clearing out.
Fresh snow covered the landscape...
...the higher the altitude, the deeper the snow.
We arrived at the gallery shortly before sunset.
Giancarlo and Maria helped Marcus and I bring the paintings into the gallery. They hung the paintings so fast that by the time I came in from sorting out my car they were already on the walls!
We reviewed my videos and set up the laptop for easy viewing by the collectors.
The gallery is a cluster of intimate rooms. It has a wonderful feeling to it.
Giancarlo and Maria are gracious, warm and friendly. Did I mention they are Italian?
You might enjoy espresso and biscotti as part of the viewing experience...
...from cozy chairs with great art all around you.
The a gallery is on one of the most scenic thoroughfares in Vermont.
Stowe is in a picturesque valley in between the Green Mountains and the Worcester Range. It is close to Mount Mansfield, the highest mountain in Vermont.
All across the valley you can find many old farms with great barns.
This area is in the snow belt. It snows here even when the sun is out 30 miles away.
The mountain ranges hold the clouds on their peaks. When a snow squall moves in you can no longer see the peaks beyond the nearby trees.
The light and color on the fields reminds me of paintings by Russian painters. They would be quite at home in northern Vermont!
Johnson is a neighboring town to the north of Stowe in the Lamoille River Valley.
I love this place ! The old farms are my favorite. I used to live nearby in Burlington and visited often.
The Bryan Memorial Gallery in the town of Jeffersonville is a special place. On exhibit were a great collection of Vermont paintings.
Jeffersonville is on the west side of Mount Mansfield. Smugglers Notch is a gap on route 108 through the Green Mountain range.
The road is closed from November to May because snow and ice make it too dangerous to drive across.
There are a thousand paintings waiting to be painted near Jeffersonville. The landscape is dramatic and it has a distinctive character.
It is crisscrossed with narrow dirt roads. It was on these roads that I got my expert driving experience to navigate single lanes in rural Scotland when I visited there.
It was almost time for the opening !
Lights twinkled at the gallery.
The Stowe Community Church tower was lit up as well.
Giancarlo arrived to light tall candles in glass boxes along the walk way.
The guests started arriving and the party began !
We were a happy trio after long weeks of preparation.
The show stays up until January 22nd. Please stop by Galleria Fine Arte if you are in Stowe, Vermont.