artists at the gallery

Dan Mosheim

"I am inspired by the work of non-representational artists like Hans Hoffman, Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline, and others of that genre, and inspired by their direct approach to applying color and paint to canvas, boards, and paper. Painting is a new thing for me, and we'll see where it goes ... " 

Carolina Ellenbogen

"Creating allows me to connect with myself and with others, to express what has meaning in my personal journey. Inspired by the ephemerality of life, my works are studies about endurance, patience, contemplation, awareness, introspection, forgiveness and acceptance." 

Dona Mara

“My recent paintings are dealing with planes of space that convey implied places of interest, beauty and wonder. Often a painting begins as I glimpse a particular textural field through a screened or rainy window. A visceral desire to connect to nature, learning to change and flow through seasons with light, color, texture and form, guides my choices."

Erika Lawlor Schmidt

"My work is shaped by the recognition and inquiry to cyclical tendencies, including the contemplation of life cycles: birth, death and rebirth or the possibility for reincarnation. I have been interested in this all my life."

Michael D Ellenbogen

"IDEAs are the basis for my art. Without ideas, there would be no form, function, composition or meaning; there would be no art. Expression succeeds the idea. Through deconstruction I find expression, because ideas are more than the sum of their elements. Everything that is constructed has a purpose and everything that can be seen has meaning."

Artist Bio & Resume - Carolina Ellenbogen

Carolina is an Artist and an Architect born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, in 1981. Growing up in a family who loves arts & crafts, Carolina learned how to draw and create with her hands at a very young age. Beginning in her early 20s, she started painting and having exhibitions. In 2006, she won a competition in Zulia State for Young Artist at MACZUL, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo del Zulia. In 2011, she moved to Vermont. In the transition period, as she was settling into a new life, she took a break from painting. In 2015, she started producing a new body of work that conveys the feeling of transformation that she experienced, beginning a new chapter in life in a new homeland. She is married to another artist and producer Michael Ellenbogen and they currently live and work in Manchester Center, Vermont, where they started stART Space to create a space for artists with different backgrounds, from emerging to accomplished, with a focus on abstractions.


Artist Statement

Creating allows me to connect with myself and with others, to express what has meaning in my personal journey. Inspired by the ephemerality of life, my works are studies about endurance, patience, contemplation, awareness, introspection, forgiveness and acceptance.

Artist Bio & Resume - Michael D Ellenbogen

Michael has been living in Manchester Vermont since 2008. Born in New York City in the 60s, he grew up outside Albany, NY, went to college at the University of Vermont in Burlington, returned to New York City for 18 years, before moving to Manchester. In college he studied English Literature, Art, and Film Theory and Production. He is currently producing a documentary feature, IT HAPPENED OVER LUNCH, about the history of The Four Seasons Restaurant’s 57 years in the iconic Seagram Building and developing several feature film projects. Michael continues to produce photographic works and is expanding his mixed-media show ESSENTIALS with new pieces. He is married to another artist, Carolina Ellenbogen and together they run the Village Picture Shows Cinema and have started stART Space to create a space for artists with different backgrounds, from emerging to accomplished, with a focus on abstractions.


Ellenbogen's first feature film production, Ilya Chaiken's Margarita Happy Hour, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is currently available on DVD. It is a highly praised independent film.


He has programmed, produced, and juried film festivals since 1993 including the Brazilian Film Festival in Miami, the Florida Film Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival, Ashdod International Film Festival (Israel), Manchester International Film Festival (VT), Gen Art Film Festival, and the Shorts International Film Festival.   


Artist Statement

IDEAs are the basis for my art. Without ideas, there would be no form, function, composition or meaning; there would be no art. Expression succeeds the idea. Through deconstruction I find expression, because ideas are more than the sum of their elements.


Everything that is constructed has a purpose and everything that can be seen has meaning. The thing that is constructed may reveal the purpose, but it does not reveal the method, the eye may reveal the scene, but it does not reveal the meaning. Method and meaning, the essence of everything, are forged into all ideas. I experience profound satisfaction in the process deconstructing products and images. 

Artist Bio & Resume - Dona Mara

Dona Mara is a painter with a 40-year continued exploration in two-dimensional space and surface. Her paintings are infused with an abstracted vision of nature and an individual field of color, line and texture which stem from her personal connection to her surroundings.


She exhibits regularly in the regional Northeast and is included in numerous private collections throughout the U.S. She is a member of New England Wax which curates juried exhibitions composed of artists who incorporate encaustic in their work.


“Breaking New Ground, Making Great Art” by Elayne Clift, in Vermont Magazine included Mara as one of eight VT Women artists who shared innovative work grounded in a love of nature, respect for life cycles and joy of creation.


“Visible World, Refracted through Inner Life” by Telly Halkias, Hill Country Observer, 11/17 “This is the world of the creative and the mind's eye, one that the Rupert artist believes has always flourished inside her.”


Artist Statement

“My recent paintings are dealing with planes of space that convey implied places of interest, beauty and wonder. Often a painting begins as I glimpse a particular textural field through a screened or rainy window. A visceral desire to connect to nature, learning to change and flow through seasons with light, color, texture and form, guides my choices.


The suggestion and ambiguity without absolute representation creates a simplicity which I strive for. A continued hope is that the viewer is drawn into the work, finding a resting place, or a human connection.”

Artist Bio & Resume - Erika Lawlor Schmidt

Born in Lake Forest, Illinois, Erika Lawlor Schmidt has shaped a career as a visual and performing artist whose work is deeply shaped by investigations into Eastern philosophy and Indian mysticism. Schmidt received her B.F.A. from the University of South Florida in Tampa and did post-baccalaureate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She later earned an M.F.A. from the University of South Florida, where she founded the Vital Spark Performance Group, a collaborative interdisciplinary ensemble that has traveled to major U.S. cities and throughout Europe.


Schmidt has been a guest artist at the Honghua School in Guangham, China, Anderson House: Harvard Club in Wash. D.C., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, Elon University, Elon, N.C. and a commissioned artist for the Southern Graphics Council Conference, GraphicStudio, at University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.


Erika’s prints and collages have been widely exhibited at different venues, including the Drawing Center and the Lincoln Center Gallery in New York; the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida; the Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa: and the Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art in Sarasota, Florida.


Artist Statement

My work is shaped by the recognition and inquiry to cyclical tendencies, including the contemplation of life cycles: birth, death and rebirth or the possibility for reincarnation. I have been interested in this all my life.


My surroundings reveal all that exists in a constant state of flux and that the physical world including the body, all material things, trends, fashions, technologies, reputations, families and fortunes eventually change, die and fade away. While I recognize the reality of impermanence, I also sense the presence of a connective yet unseeable life force that moves, shapes and holds us together and that is revealed in elegant but mystifying ways through the physical world.


I am interested in the expression of that idea. I am interested in locating the imprint of time and place in the body and psyche where personal and shared experience coincide. Merged are symbolic elements that signify collective experience with parts that reflect the intimate and personal. This integration of parts has the capacity to express simultaneously a number of meanings. The work speaks to how form emerges from emptiness where things having weight contend with weightless things.


The work speaks to the understanding of the interrelatedness of all things. 

Artist Bio & Resume - Dan Mosheim

* Born 1947. Graduated Penn State University 1969. Flirted briefly (9/1/70 to 12/1/70), with a coat and tie career in sales. Spent two years traveling and working as a waiter and bartender ... Fort Lauderdale, Key Largo, Washington DC, Montauk, San Francisco, Palm Springs, New Orleans, and Europe ... I arrived in Arlington to visit my sister and work as a bartender at The Roundhouse, (now the Eagles), a job she had gotten me before I arrived by plane and bus on 7/6/71. I had no car, and everything I was traveling with I could pick up in one hand in one hand.

* 1971/1979 ... Worked at the Roundhouse and the Sirloin Saloon, met my wife Kit, married, bought land in Arlington, built a house and shop, worked as a carpenter through 1979.

* 1/1/1980 ... Started to build custom furniture full time.

* 7/10/82 ... Our first son, Sam, (#sammovt on Instagram), a metalworker today, born. Second son, Will, a luthier today, (Seedersinstruments.com) was born 7/23/84 ... First employee shortly after that.

* 1996-2000 We moved to Dorset, built a new shop, lived there until we sold our house in Arlington, built a new house, stepped up to four full time employees.

* 2017 I am still building furniture, dabbling at painting, pottery, golf, and paddle tennis.


Artist Statement – Dan Mosheim

"I have been a full time custom furniture maker for the past 38 years. Over the last few years, I have become interested in brighter colors and less traditional forms that somehow don't easily lend themselves to furniture design. That interest first led me to pottery, but my main interest in pottery seemed to be the application of color. I was making pottery, but i was really making little paintings.

I am inspired by the work of non-representational artists like Hans Hoffman, Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline, and others of that genre, and inspired by their direct approach to applying color and paint to canvas, boards, and paper. Painting is a new thing for me, and we'll see where it goes ... "