Cyanotype from “Ask the River.”

BRATTLEBORO – The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) presents an opening celebration for “Ask the River” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The exhibit will be on view at BMAC through March 7.

Artists Elizabeth Billings, Evie Lovett, and Andrea Wasserman describe “Ask the River” as “a community art and creative place-making project that empowers us to reconnect with the Connecticut River and the water that flows through it, intertwining people and place.”

The exhibit includes large cyanotypes, a wall of reflective disks that form tessellations mimicking river patterns, and community-made cyanotype postcards. Viewers are encouraged to write messages on the postcards and place them within the exhibit. The postcards will be sent to the addressed recipients at the end of the exhibit.

“With the Connecticut River running alongside it, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is a resonant location for this project,” said the artists, “creating awareness of the river and making a direct connection between art, community, place, and environment.”

Partners in this ongoing project include the Connecticut River Conservancy; the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance; and Rich Holschuh, a member of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. “The project is guided by the Abenaki understanding that people and place are one,” the artists said.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, Billings, Lovett, and Wasserman will join Holschuh and Kathy Urffer, Connecticut River Conservancy River Steward, for “Ask the River: Imagine the Answers,” a free-form discussion of the Connecticut River, its history, and our relationships to the river and to each other.

Admission is free; call 802-257-0124, or go online to The BMAC is located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142.

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