Exhibit: The Artistry of Lucy Swope

We are pleased to present The Artistry of Lucy Swope, a career retrospective on the work of local poet, artist, and bookmaker Lucy Swope. Lucy Swope has been an artist all her life and this retrospective will feature her work from 1960 to the present. On exhibit will be relief sculptures, pen and ink drawings, etchings, as well as woodcuts and the reduction prints and storyboards of linoleum cuts done for her many books.

The Opening Reception will be Saturday May 13 from 3-5 pm and will feature readings from Lucy’s books. The Artistry of Lucy Swope will be on display in the library’s Community Room through July. Lucy’s woodcut prints and her books will be for sale during the exhibition with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the library.

On the occasion of this retrospective Lucy writes, “Ever since I can remember I have been drawing and making things with my hands. It is my way of seeing, of knowing the world.” Her whole life has been dedicated to creating visual and written works of art.  One of the striking qualities of Lucy’s artwork is her versatility. Early on sculpture was her chosen medium, so it is fitting that the earliest piece in the exhibition is the elegant relief of her three-day-old son, Andrew, born in 1960. When her family lived on the Zuni and Navajo reservations, Lucy worked primarily in drawings and woodcuts and those are represented in the exhibition. After receiving a BFA in creative writing and art, Lucy worked throughout the state of Vermont as artist in residence and served on the board of the Vermont Council of the Arts. She has received a Certificate of Recognition from the Vermont House of Representatives for her prodigious contribution to the arts in the state.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. There will be refreshments after the book readings and a chance to speak with the artist.