Photographs by Brett Simison in the Jackson Gallery Through 5/9
Surrounded by the Green Mountain National Forest is Ripton, Vermont, location of the remote cabin where Robert Frost lived while teaching at the summertime Breadloaf Writer's Conference from 1940 until his death in 1963. Simison was looking for a project to work on between assignments when a friend suggested he visit the cabin and make some photographs.
"What I knew of Robert Frost came only from my high school and college literature classes, but after a few visits, I decided to dive deeper and read everything I could get my hands on. Very soon, I learned that there was more to the man besides the glimpses I saw in his well known poems "Mending Wall" and the "The Road Not Taken". There was a feeling of darkness and loneliness, and I began to see the cabin, the farm grounds, and the surrounding lands of the Breadloaf Wilderness in a new light. It made me wonder why he sought out the solitude of this remote cabin and spent so much time there."
Simison spent portions of 2010-2012 visiting and photographing the cabin and the Breadloaf Wilderness, looking for areas that Frost may have visited and scenes that evoke imagery from his poetry. "What began as a way for me to kill time between assignments ended up as my very succinct visual impression of the man and his adopted environment."
With The Pane in Empty Rooms, Simison has created a portfolio that conveys the natural beauty of the farm and the surrounding lands that Frost explored and served to inspire him, while simultaneously communicating a little of the darkness he found in those empty rooms in Ripton.
The exhibition will be on display through May 9, with a closing reception on that day during ArtsWalk. Gallery hours are noon to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday, and for an hour before each Town Hall Theater performance. Contact the Jackson Gallery at (802) 382-9222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.