martha canfield library

PO Box 267 • 528 East Arlington Road, Arlington, VT • 05250
802.375.6153 •

  • Tuesday — 9:00AM – 8:00PM
  • Wednesday — 9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Thursday — 9:00AM – 8:00PM
  • Friday — 2:00PM – 6:00PM
  • Saturday — 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Russell Collection

Open 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Tuesdays or by appointment

Canfield Gallery

The Canfield Gallery

On the lower level of the library, monthly exhibits showcase area artists, photographers, and crafters. Artist receptions are held the first Saturday of the month from 3 - 5 p. m. Come and meet the artist.

From mid-November to the end of December the Gallery hosts a craft fair.

August 2017

Still Life: Judy Cotter, Joan Luria, Nancy Tipps and Helen Young

The opening reception is on Saturday, August 5 from 3 to 5 at the Canfield Gallery.

Still Life paintings – with flowers or interesting objects their focus – are favorite subjects for many artists, and the Canfield Gallery in Arlington will feature the work of four such artists for the month of August.

Judy Cotter of East Arlington has an impressive art background, at Skidmore College, Silvermine Guild School or the Arts, Yale Graduate School and Art New England at Bennington College, and numerous solo and group shows. Judy’s subject matter has varied over the years, but still life subjects have been an ongoing love. She says, “In painting a still life, the artist is free to re-negotiate and re-create the relationship of what he sees and how he paints. Pictures can be so reduced in form they become almost abstract, a mixture of observation and invention, color, design and narrative.”

Judy Cotter 

Arlington resident Joan Luria also has an academic background in art from Montclair and Temple Universities, a career teaching art in Connecticut, and ongoing art study with nationally known artists. Joan, in her still life painting, enjoys the opportunity to explore that the discipline offers, to follow new avenues or take a different approach to solving a particular problem. In other words, she says “it’s always about growing as a painter.”

Joan Luria 

Nancy Tipps, of Windham, studied with the famous atmospheric realists of the Pennsylvania school, including Patrick Connors and Stanley Bielen. Nancy has been painting the beauty of Vermont’s light for 17 years; her work has won several awards, and her signature still life paintings are especially coveted by collectors in this area.

Nancy Tipps 

Helen Young, of Landgrove, was born in the Ukraine and emigrated to America in 1950. She completed undergraduate and graduate work at Syracuse University, but didn’t begin to paint until the late 1980’s. Primarily self taught, Helen is an insatiable plein air painter, with most of her unique landscapes completed in one session outdoors. In winter months, when outdoor painting is not practical, she turns to still life. As viewers will see at this show, she loves to paint close-up studies of flowers on a sunny table. Like Judy, Helen is also interested in the elegant abstract patterns and colors lying just beneath the visual surface of the perfect flower.

Helen Young 

The Canfield Gallery has a strong and growing reputation in Vermont and neighboring states, and features a new artist each month from February through October. The Gallery is open during library hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm, Wednesday from 9 am to 5 pm, Friday from 2 to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. For more information, call 802-375-6153 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A portion of all artwork sold in the gallery goes to support the community-wide work of the nonprofit Martha Canfield Library.


March 3-30
Tom Atkins
reception Mar 4, 3-5pm

April 1-29
Valerie Takvorian (artist),
Mary Scriber (poet)
reception Apr 1, 3-5pm

May 5-31
Nancy Caliccio
reception Friday, May 5, 4-6pm

June 3-July 5
Watercolors featuring Tony Conner,
Rachel Barlow, Ned Reade
reception Jun 3, 3-5pm

July 8-August 1
Mallory Rich & Martha Folsom
reception Jul 8, 3-5pm

August5-September 5
Still Life featuring Joan Luria, Helen
Young, Judy Cotter, Nancy Tips
reception Aug 5, 3-5pm

September 9-October 3
Collage featuring Kathy Kosto & Anita Witten
reception Sep 9, 3-5pm

October 7-31
Mixed Media featuring Dona Mara & 
Ellen Questel
reception Oct 7, 3-5pm

November & December
Annual Craft Show
opens mid-November

New Books

for all ages


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