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July's Featured Artist Exhibition is opening with a reception on Saturday, July 2nd.
The reception will begin with a chat with the artists, painter Mike Mayone and Woodwright Eldon Sherwin.
The reception will be from 6pm to 8pm. This is a change!
We're looking forward to learning how an evening reception will affect attendance. Hopefully well!

Art on Main is a non-profit community gallery located off of Main Street in historic Bristol, Vermont. Over 100 fine artists and crafters are represented, Sunday through Saturday, with a monthly rotating Featured Artist Series. The series is free and open to the public. The month of July is dedicated to the paintings of Mike Mayone and Eldon Sherwin, both Addison County residents. An opening reception and artist's chat will be held at Art on Main on Saturday, July 2nd, from 6-8pm where the artists will discuss their work and answer questions after which refreshments will be served.

Mike Mayone is a self-taught artist in the mediums of acrylic and oil. His drawing skills are exemplary, as evidenced through the photographic-quality interpretation of depth and detail. The charm of the Vermont landscape is perfectly rendered by his brush stroke. Mayone lives in East Middlebury with his wife and son where he volunteers for the Middlebury Fire Department (since 1980!), although his career as an artist has him working full-time to create the images of the Northeast, and specifically Vermont, for which he has become known. "Relying on instinct and observation, I've enjoyed making a career of what comes naturally; the care and passion I put into creating my artwork are echoed in its realism…and its popularity tells me that I'm doing something right!"

Eldon Sherwin grew up in Toronto, Ontario. Perhaps it was the Fresh Air Fund summers on an Ontario farm that spurred his eventual move to rural New Haven, Vermont where he and his wife purchased an early 19th Century farmhouse. The two took to hobby farming. Eldon's fast respect for the agricultural Northeast is evident in his use of antique tools and techniques in the traditional woodworking craft of "woodwrighting". The wood's surface is labored over on a "shaving horse" for an ultra-smooth finish, where grain lines and natural idiosyncrasies become integral to the piece. The same care is seen in all of Sherwin's replica artifacts, utilitarian and decorative wares, and personal accessories. Retirement is busy with demonstrations at Museums, in schools, and during fairs, of the early New England settler's techniques using his own antique tools. "To encourage an interest in Vermont's history among our youngsters…That is my mission!"

Both Mike Mayone and Eldon Sherwin are permanent exhibitors at the gallery although for the month of July you will find their work in abundance. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday 10-6 and Sunday from 12-5.