Champlain College Visual Arts Annual Vernissage
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.