Watercolor paintings by Bonnie Fallon are on display through Aug. 15 in the Gifford Gallery at Gifford Medical Center. The exhibit, free and open to the public, includes 44 pieces showcasing the land and views surrounding Fallon’s Brookfield, Vt., home.
“Magic summer days when I was a kid at my Wheatley grandparents’ farm on Ridge Road prompted the idea of painting them a picture for their anniversary,” Fallon said of the inspiration for her first painting, completed when she was 12 years old. “While creating it, I began to envision ‘my place someday in Brookfield,’ handing it over to the gods in the western hills I was painting. Envisioning is free. My simple, ancient place had particular details, including the land and views. I never let go of the vision.”
Fallon wouldn’t paint again for about 30 years, not until after she fully realized her vision of a place in Brookfield.
“In 1985, with perfect timing, it manifested easily,” she said. “I have since recorded, with photography, and this past decade, watercolors, the priceless beauty in which I live. Every day I give thanks to those gods in the western hills. Perhaps my Wheatley ancestors had a hand in this gift.”
Fallon said she paints “because it’s fun, and because I love living in my lifelong dream.”
The Gifford Gallery is located just inside the hospital’s main entrance at 44 S. Main St., Route 12, in Randolph. Artwork may be purchased at the hospital’s Garden Gate Gift Shop, open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 802-728-7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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