The William Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition of recent work titled “Maybe Even Joy” by Vermont painter Galen Cheney. The show will be on display September 2-26. There will be a reception Friday, September 12, from 6-8 p.m. which includes a gallery talk at 6:30.

Bold and expressive, Cheney’s work melds together the painterliness of abstract expressionism with calligraphic elements and graffiti. Her process is arduous but ultimately rewarding.

Painting is a sort of heartbreak,” she writes in her artist’s statement. “Initially there’s the seduction—the painting seems to paint itself and everything is working. Then, the veil slips and all the flaws are revealed, one by one, and I have to undo everything that I at first thought was so beautiful. This plays out again and again in each painting until something new pushes forward, hopefully stronger, stranger, unanticipated.”

Based in Middlesex, Vt., Cheney received her BA from Mount Holyoke College and her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Among many other honors she has received fellowships at Millay Colony (2014) and the Vermont Studio Center (1998 and 2011), won the Artist’s Resource Trust Award from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation (2007), and received first prize in oils and acrylics at the Beaverton, Oregon Arts Commission (1991). She has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout New England and in Oregon, New Mexico and Quebec.

Exhibitions and events at the Feick are free and open to the public. Please contact the gallery for more information at 802-287-8398 or

General Gallery Hours:

1-5 p.m.
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