POULTNEY-The West African country of Niger serves as inspiration for a new exhibit that just opening at Green Mountain College's Feick Fine Arts Center.
"Balepate" features mixed media imagery from artist Gretchen Beck, chair of the art department at Concordia University in Irvine, Cal.
Beck lived in Niger for three years, and has returned five times to conduct research for her work. In her art, she studies "different aspects of the Nigerian landscape, the Djarma and Fulani cultures and the art forms they create." Through this study, Beck has "committed herself to the advancement of abstraction," according to an artist biography. "With this work, she portrays concepts of ritual and tradition within the social structure of Nigerian culture."
Beck has hosted solo and group shows at galleries including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Central Gallery at The University of Massachusetts in Amherst and the UNESCO Miollis Galerie in Paris.
"Balepate" is on display until April 10. The Feick Fine Arts Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m.