Next Stage Gallery new exhibit opens May 26

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PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project is delighted to open its new show at the Next Stage Gallery on Friday, May 26, running through Aug. 22. The opening exhibit features an exhibit entitled Lay of the Land: Paintings by Julia Jensen. Opening reception will be May 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Next Stage Gallery was established in honor of Waew and Tim Cowles.

Artist Statement: Julia Jensen

I have been painting landscapes for years drawing on my experiences living in Vermont and Nantucket. Landscape gives me a foothold on the path to an interior experience of art. At root all painting is about expression of direct experience. Paintings exist at the meeting ground between the external world and one's internal, emotional, and spiritual responses to it. For me, landscape is the perfect point of access for this exploration.

Julia Jensen lives and works in Vermont and Nantucket with her husband and two children.

Next Stage Arts Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney's cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage. Next Stage is in the final stages of completing its $1.7 million capital campaign with the Putney Historical Society, to renovate the historic 1841 building at 15 Kimball Hill in Putney. Thanks to support from hundreds of individual donors, organizations and foundations, the space is now fully accessible, and features a state of the art performance space and community center. Since its founding in early 2011, NSAP has hosted hundreds of events including classical, folk, and popular music concerts, films, theater and a spoken word series.

Information about upcoming events and more at: nextstagearts.org

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