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In the Garden

January 18 - April 11, 2024

Opening Reception: January 18, 5-7pm

Swamp surrounded by ferns and trees

"…there is a rumble as the garden folds, rolls, shreds, devours…itself,"
Ebony G. Patterson, 2021-22 Image courtesy of the artist, Monique Meloche Gallery and Hales Gallery

A platform for artists, poets, and performers.

Within the walls of The Current, artists present a disparate array of topics through work that uses the garden as a motif, setting the stage for connection and cultivation. Paradise comes from a Persion word for “walled garden,” traditionally a place for calm and reflection. In this setting, one is free to create anything imaginable, where truly anything can grow. Artists in this exhibition use the metaphor of a garden to address climate change, decolonization, feminism, societal tensions, and our endangered environment by presenting work on the topic. The installation of work surrounds a center “stage” for performance, poetry readings, and conversations throughout the exhibit.

Public Programs:

These public programming events offer the local and more global community of visitors a series of opportunities to learn, explore, discover, and engage with exhibition themes. Presenters have been invited based on their professional experience and capacity to inspire a curious audience.

Currently Speaking: The Lost Legacy of Women in Ornithology

Thursday, January 25


Currently Speaking: The Presence of Gardens in Contemporary Art (Virtual Event)

Monday, February 5


Currently Speaking: Biophilic Design

Thursday, February 22


Subject to Change

Choreography + Performance by Julian Barnett and Jocelyn Tobias; Sound by Menghan Wang

Thursday, March 21, 2024


Currently Speaking: Gardening out of Context

April 4, 2024



Carlos Amorales

Cameron Davis

Wylie Garcia

Valerie Hammond

Mary Mattingly

Ebony G. Patterson

Paul Anthony Smith


Gunnel Clarke & John DeVillars
National Endowment for the Arts
The Oakland Foundation
The Quinlan Group at Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman
Town of Stowe
Union Bank
Vermont Arts Council

In-Kind support includes:

Dave Couch Signs Inc.
Idletyme Brewing Company
Stackpole & French Law Offices
The Stowe Reporter

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