For Immediate Release:  August 22, 2016
Susan Strano, Marketing Director
802-447-1571 ext. 204

Deana Mallory, Director of Public Programs
802-447-1571 ext. 203


Milton Avery (1885–1965)
The Picnic, Vermont, 1940
Oil on canvas, 28 × 36 inches
The Peabody College Collection, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery
Gift of Roy R. Neuberger
© 2016 The Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Mark Barry
The Climb
Oil on canvas, 50 x 44 inches
Courtesy of the Artist

Duane Michals
Luxe, Calme et Volupté, 9/27/08
c-print with hand applied text mounted to board paper
11 x 20 inches, from an edition of 25
Copyright Duane Michals
Image courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York

 First Friday and we are celebrating ART!

Every First Friday is “Pay-What-You-Wish” after 5:00 p.m.  Join us on September 2 and celebrate the birthday of Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses with a slice of birthday cake and at 5:30 p.m. a guided tour of the Moses Gallery.   Talk with our Director of Public Programs Deana Mallory and learn about this fascinating self-taught artist.  Enjoy the recently installed Grandma Moses gallery of paintings including a number of works from The Night Before Christmas series among others.  Some of these have never been on view before.

At 6:30 p.m., join Independent Critic and Scholar of American Modernism, Karen Wilkin, and Curator at Bennington Museum, Jamie Franklin for a conversation about Milton Avery and his work.  Both Wilkin and Franklin have written extensive essays on Avery for the catalogue which accompanies Milton Avery’s Vermont, on view at the museum through November 6 and they look to share some of their insight about this great American modernist and the work he created based upon his summers spent in southern Vermont, 1935 through 1943.  Enjoy the wonderful exhibition, Milton Avery’s Vermont while learning more about his style, inspiration, and life.  Then step into the Bennington Modernism Gallery and hear about Avery’s impact on the development of color field painting.

While at the museum be sure to spend time in the Works on Paper Gallery featuring Duane Michals: Photographs from the Floating World and in the Regional Artists’ Gallery for Mark Barry’s colorful paintings in his exhibition Something About Summer.

Finally, stop in our Museum Store for wonderful items that are discounted only on First Fridays.  Unique and beautiful pieces, along with a wonderful selection of books like Milton Avery’s Vermont, and Grandma Moses:  American Modern and more.  Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., museum members receive 25% off their purchase and not-yet-members receive a 15% discount.

About the Museum
Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street (Route 9), Bennington, in The Shires of Vermont. The museum is open daily June through October, 10 am to 5 pm. and is wheelchair accessible.   Regular admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students over 18.  Admission is never charged for younger students, museum members, or to visit the museum shop.  Visit the museum’s website or call 802-447-1571 for more information.