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Claire Van Vliet: A Celebration of Paper exhibit at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

Sign from Claire Van Vliet exhibit - A Celebration of PaperA couple of weeks ago, I visited the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center to take in the Claire Van Vliet: Celebration of Paper exhibit.

The exhibit included both Van Vliet’s handmade books and pulp paintings. The books were presented on open pedestals without a glass/plexiglass cover. It was wonderful to be able to get really close to the pieces.

I swear – there was no touching. I’m a good girl.

I took lots of pictures of the show, but this is by no means is an excuse to skip the show if you can make it. The exhibit is small, yet cozy, and is easily doable in an hour. Go, go, go – it’s worth it!

Circulus Sapientiae/Circle of Wisdom (2001), pulp painting and letterpress:

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Circulus Sapientiae (Circle of Widsom)

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Circulus Sapientiae (Circle of Widsom)

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Circulus Sapientiae (Circle of Widsom)

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Circulus Sapientiae (Circle of Widsom)

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Circulus Sapientiae (Circle of Widsom)

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Circulus Sapientiae (Circle of Widsom)

Dido and Aeneas (1989), pulp painting and letterpress:

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Dido and Aeneas

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Dido and Aeneas

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Dido and Aeneas

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Dido and Aeneas

Snowfield (1993), pulp painting:

Paper pulp painting by Claire Van Vliet - Snowfield

Paper pulp painting by Claire Van Vliet - Snowfield

Clouds (1992), pulp painting:

Paper pulp painting by Claire Van Vliet - Clouds

Lilac Wind (1983), pulp painting and letterpress:

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Lilac Wind

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Lilac Wind

I picked up an exhibit catalog for the show, which I’ll show you in a future post.

If you’re closer to Montpelier, VT (hey, I live there!), you can visit Paper Works, another Van Vliet exhibit running now through the end of September. The exhibit is at the Governor’s Gallery in the Pavilion Office Building at 109 State Street. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and photo identification is required for admittance.

If you’d like to learn more about Van Vliet, Nigel Beale did an interview with her for Literary Tourist in 2009 – you can listen to it on their website.

2 Responses to “Claire Van Vliet: A Celebration of Paper exhibit at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center”

By Jim - 30 August 2011 Reply

I was lucky to see several of these pieces at the Grolier Club in NYC May 2010. They are just amazing. And they’re BIG. Thanks for the great pictures.

By Elissa - 6 September 2011 Reply

Jim –

Yeah, those pieces are ginormous. I just saw some of her smaller pieces in Montpelier. I hope to go back and take pictures of those too.

Elissa

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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