Venue showcases regional talent

A unique sort of ‘do it yourself’ style art show was held Oct 24 at Signal Kitchen.

John “Jack” Moore, a UVM graduate who studied political science, curated the event and also displayed his own work in the show.

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“I just felt like there was a need for an art show that people wanted to go to for people that don’t have a specific interest in art, a sort of accessible art for someone that doesn’t know too much about art,” Moore said.

“I took one art class in college and I got a C- and the teacher hated me, so I’m very self taught,” Moore said. “A lot of influence came from the graffiti and skateboarding communities when I was younger and the mindset in those communities are very ‘do it yourself.’”

The show, Steak Frites 2,  featured local artists of several artistic mediums such as; photography, acrylic painting, and illustration. Moore credited a local street-wear store, Wild Life, for helping make the event possible.

 

“Wildlife put out all the money, they really believe in us. I set up the logistical stuff but we wouldn’t be able to do this without them.”

 

Dave Mullin, a  co-owner of Wild Life, said he was glad to help.

 

“We printed for free for the artists and we split the profits so the artists can sell some of their work and we can be reimbursed for the printing,” Mullin said.

 

“It’s a bunch of young artists, the BCA isn’t gonna do something like this,” Mullin said. “It’s nice to get people that are still in school or just out of school and give them a place to show their art and sell their art.”

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Keegan Manning, a local artist, featured several pieces in the show.

 

“The Wildlife Collective has been doing this for a while, giving a place for artists that don’t usually show in shows,” Manning said. “That is valuable to guys like us, to create a space for us to show our work. It created something in this city for our styles”

 

Henry Murphy, a former UVM student felt that shows like this inspire him and that the art program at UVM didn’t cater to his needs.

 

“Stuff like this is more of an inspiration to get work done than some art class,” Murphy said. “To have something to work for that isn’t just school or some art class is way more productive creatively.”

 

John Bates, owner of Vermont Art Supply and the Black Horse Gallery, admired the growth of the show from the first Steak Frites premiere.

 

“This sort of cauterizes the young artists together and makes a community. That’s what is important, building a community,” Bates said. “I think these guys are doing it because everyone seems to have a really collaborative spirit.”