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“The National Oil Painters of America show is LOVELY!”

The Bennington Center for the Arts
Ranked #8 of 26 things to do in Bennington
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Owner description: The Bennington Center for the Arts continually exhibits the work of many of the finest representational artists from around the country. In addition to the artwork in the Center's temporary exhibitions, all of which is for sale, The Bennington also has a very impressive permanent collection of Native American art (Navajo rugs, pots, katsinas, paintings of and by Native Americans) as well as bird carvings by Master Carver Floyd Scholz. The Bennington is also home to the Covered Bridge Museum. Visitors of all ages enjoy the exhibits and videos and use the information gathered to better enjoy their travels through these famous structures as they travel through Vermont.
Reviewed 30 June 2014

For a smaller venue stuck in a rural setting, the Bennington CA is really a gem, nicely polished. This OPA annual show is well displayed in several of their galleries, and other than a few hanging miscues, done very nicely. I can say that the varied room lends itself well to breaking up the show to avoid monotony, and lighting in most cases is well used to enhance color and value of the works. A few dead zones that perhaps couldn't be avoided and a few pieces hung either too low for the lighting used or next to works that just clashed, but overall a show over 200 pieces is bound to have a couple distractions. I especially loved several of the near impressionistic works, and the jury panel should be commended for pulling a wide breadth of work type and theme. It's not all still life, florals, and portraits! Bravo! BCA staff are very friendly and helpful, so give them kudos for opening on a hot Monday morning right on time. The other exhibits include the Covered Bridge Museum, Native American art, animal art and carvings, and a small works exhibit that was very enjoyable itself!

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

This is a very well organized and informative Arts Center. The artist exhibits were organized to provide maximum opportunity to view, compare and digest. I will return there on my next visit to the Bennington/Manchester area and look forward to a new exhibit.

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Reviewed 4 October 2013 via mobile

In an area with so many other art resources, paying $9 admission for this gallery makes no sense. Go to the Clark, MassMoCA, or the Williams College Art Museum instead.

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bruce l, Guest Relations Manager at The Bennington Center for the Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

This person obviously never went in the art center, other than to find the admission fee to complain about.
They weren't interested in the 7 galleries containing over 1000 artworks, mostly by or of native Americans and the largest collection of master champion bird carvings by Floyd Scholz, let alone the only Museum o the Covered Bridge in the world.
I'm sure they didn't pay $10 to tour the Bennington Museum or the $20 for the Clark, but probably got into Williams College which is free.

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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Very nice art with a great covered bridge museum. Learned a lot. Would visit again. Wish the model train had been working.

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Reviewed 17 September 2013

While we were visiting Bennington we happened to be timed perfectly for the exhibit after a 5-day plein-air event of artists from all over the country. We loved the art and time chatting with the artists who shared interesting stories about their paintings.

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