Cham­plain Col­lege Vis­ual Arts An­nual Vernissage

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Cham­plain Col­lege Len­noxville would like to in­vite the pub­lic to the Vis­ual Arts depart­ment’s vernissage on Wed­nes­day, May 14 at 5:00 p.m. at the Mol­son Build­ing. To help con­tinue a long-last­ing tra­di­tion and see the best works the stu­dents cre­ated through­out the year in cour­ses in print­mak­ing, sculp­ture, paint­ing, draw­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and com­puter de­sign, the ex­pe­ri­ence does not end with the vernissage: the works will also be on dis­play on May 15

and 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Feel free to come on one of these days to ad­mire art!

In­deed, in nine­teenth-century Eng­land and Paris, artists gath­ered to­gether and dis­played their work at a spe­cific venue so that the pub­lic could ap­pre­ci­ate the re­sults of their cre­ativ­ity, skills and la­bor. The day be­fore the ex­hi­bi­tion was to open, artists bus­ied them­selves with ap­ply­ing the very last touches to their paint­ings and adding a layer of var­nish - ver­nis, in French - on them to fix the col­ors. As the artists fin­ished their works, a few lucky ones (po­ten­tial buy­ers, crit­ics and jour­nal­ists) were al­lowed in and ob­tained a pre­view of the ex­hi­bi­tion start­ing the fol­low­ing day. But vernissage, a French word de­rived from ver­nis, does not con­vey only the idea of var­nish­ing paint­ings be­fore a show. As the pieces to be part of the Vis­ual Arts ex­hi­bi­tion can at­test, vernissage now ap­plies to the show­ing of works be­long­ing to a wider range of me­dia.

Cham­plain Col­lege Fine Art stu­dents will be show­ing their best work at tonight’s vernissage.

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