Both of Edgewater Gallery’s Middlebury locations are open to visitors. Our permanent collections are on view and we are continuing to offer solo and group exhibitions of new work throughout the 2020 season. When guests visit the galleries they can be assured that we are following current state and CDC guidelines for operating a small business during the COVID-19 outbreak. Though we are eager for customers to see our exhibitions in person, we feel that, especially now, it is important to give them an alternative to being in our physical spaces and so we will continue to present virtual tours of our exhibitions on our website. These virtual tours will give viewers the opportunity to experience shows as they appear in the gallery environment and to see individual works up close, with artist information and details of each piece.

Betsy Silverman


Welcome to the virtual exhibition of “Cut It Out”, a solo exhibition featuring the work of collage artist Betsy Silverman, on view at Edgewater Gallery at the Falls for the months of August and September. Silverman is new to the gallery and her introduction to the Edgewater community has been an exciting one!


The artist’s mastery of collage shines in each of her classic New England scenes and still life compositions. Using cut paper she renders objects and scenes, creates light and shadow and infuses humorous images and text that relate to her composition. The pieces are visually rich and exciting from afar but have to also be viewed up close to appreciate the level of humor and sophistication in the detail.


Betsy Silverman’s artwork, which she describes as fragmented realism, combines her architectural sensibilities with her training in color theory to evoke tension between magazine graphics and unique views of New England life.


Silverman studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and it was there that her experimentation with recycled paper began. She used recycled paper to create structures and then broadened her use of the medium to experiment with the found color and design on each magazine page, drawing from this expansive source to create complex compositions in cut paper, including landscapes, cityscapes and animals. For the artist, it is important that she is using a material that is recycled, accessible, and has a low impact on the environment.


At first glance, Betsy Silverman’s artwork presents brilliantly colored realistic representations of New England life.  A closer look reveals that she crafts her artworks entirely from recycled magazines.  Betsy searches magazine pages to find gradations of color, text, and images that she uses to create an interplay between her subjects and the precisely cut paper fragments composing them – juxtapositions that evoke memory, wonder, and humor.  Betsy’s technique combines her broad training in visual art with an ecological consciousness that inspired her determination to use recycled materials.


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