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CHESTER, VT ---The grand opening of the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts (VTica) in Chester is set for Saturday, May 5 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Watercolors  “The Paradise Suite”, a major thematic series developed over the past three years, by Jeanne Carbonetti will be on view.  The exhibition marks the first time that many works will be seen in public.

On hand for the opening and gala ribbon cutting will be Megan Smith, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing , Patricia Moulton Powden Deputy Secretary
Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and Alex Aldrich, executive director of the Vermont Council on the Arts.  As Smith said, “The arts have demonstrated their ability to be an economic driver in Vermont’s creative economy.   With the opening of VTica dedicated to the contemporary arts  we have another voice to add  to our Green Mountain landscape of talented artists and innovative organizations that have made our State a special destination.”

VTica is based in a century old home/shop just off the Chester Village green.  For the past 18 months, renovations have been underway  to update the venue into an exhibition and performance space complete with climate-controlled storage and classroom space.

In her Paradise Suite works, Carbonetti tackles the imagery of landscapes, still lifes and the figure.  For her, paradise is “beauty, truth and love and represents the three faces of unity beyond the world of duality.”   Of the nearly 65 paintings on display, many are large 40” x 40” subjects.

Carbonetti has developed a unique method for emphasizing the fluidity of transparent color. She uses this technique to reinforce her special vision: the theme of natural rhythms.  As she has writing, “art is not a luxury, it is a necessity, not for society, but for every individual as well.”  Carbonetti will explain her approach to a subject and its interpretation in a free gallery talk on Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. at VTica.

The show, “The Paradise Suite:  Watercolors by Jeanne Carbonnetti” will be on view through June 17.  Throughout the exhibition, special events are planned including performances by Barbara Ween/George Kay duo on May 12., the jazz of LaVoz des Res on May 25 and the Scott Mullett Jazz Trio on June 2.  All performances are at 8 p.m.  On May 18 Bruce Duncan of  THE Terasem Movement Foundation will present the final program in the three-part series with a live interview with Bina 48, the world’s most advanced social robot.

VTica is open Wednesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday from noon – 5 p.m.  For more information, telephone 802-875-1018; e-mail is; website is

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