Chandler's Gallery is a year-round, nonprofit art gallery operated primarily by volunteers. It is overseen by Chandler Center for the Arts and our active Gallery Committee. The Gallery is located in the same building as historic Chandler Music Hall.
The Gallery holds approximately eight exhibits per year, covering a wide range of artists, artisans and craftspeople in a broad range of media. From a single renowned artist to an acclaimed traveling show like the "The Hale Street Gang: Portraits in Writing,” the Chandler Gallery's varied and impressive exhibits are influenced by the enthusiasm, style and innovation of the creators. The exhibits are scheduled to simultaneously complement the performances at the Music Hall.Receptions, special talks, demonstrations and workshops are also scheduled.
The Gallery is housed in the same structure as the Music Hall. This space functioned as the Parish House for Bethany Church until 1979 when it was acquired by the Albert B. Chandler Cultural Foundation from the church. It was transformed into a cultural center and deeded directly to the Town of Randolph.
"It's great that Randolph is the geographical center of Vermont, because Chandler, with its wonderful Gallery and magnificent Music Hall, is the 'heart of the arts' in Vermont.”
—Jim Sardonis, sculptor
“Chandler Gallery is an important facet in Randolph's cultural crown jewel known as Chandler Center for the Arts. The gallery plays an important and vital role in our community, by providing a venue for the exhibition of 2-D and 3-D artwork by artists of all kinds: kids, students, aspiring amateurs and established professionals. At Chandler Gallery exhibits, it's always great to see the vast array of art and craft being made right here in Randolph and the surrounding towns.”
—David Hurwitz, woodworker
When an exhibit is running
Noon to 5 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Look for the "open" flag
or call (802) 728-9878 and press 2.)
*and during all Chandler events*
Voices of Home
Feb. 5 - March 19
Brought to Chandler by the Vermont Folklife Center, Voices of Home explores the experiences of Vermonters living in affordable housing through audio recordings and painted portraits.
Voices of Home is an audio-visual storytelling project launched in 2015 by Corrine Yonce when she served as an Americorps VISTA volunteer with the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition. The exhibit brings together work from two of Yonce’s collaborative efforts, Voices of South Burlington Community Housing and Voices of Decker Towers.
Yonce envisioned Voices of Home as a way to “erase the stigma surrounding affordable housing communities and educate our friends and neighbors about the importance of a stable, reasonably priced home in helping people lead fulfilling lives.” Through the project she interviewed residents in a number of Vermont affordable housing communities, engaged with them through their stories, and learned how having affordable homes impacted their lives. She recorded those conversations and subsequently paired the recordings with painted portraits of each interviewee.
Yonce’s work compellingly combines visual art—painting and mixed media—with audio, manifesting a creative and engaging approach to documentary that highlights (in form as well as content) the human, and humane, aspects of sharing the experiences of others.
Changing Seasons: Innovations After 70
Oct. 3 - Nov. 6
A new exhibit in Chandler Gallery counters the bias that new ideas are mostly generated by the young by showcasing artists who have been working for seven decades or longer. Titled “Changing Seasons: Innovations After 70,” the exhibit runs Oct. 3-Nov. 6 and is free and open to the public.
The show opens Chandler’s 2021-2022 gallery season, which is devoted to looking at the unconscious biases we hold and reframe them through the arts in thought-provoking ways. Plans are underway to finish the season with a Social Justice Festival next summer.
Chandler Gallery is located at 71 N. Main St. in Randolph, and during exhibits is open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.
Pictured here: "reparations (artists)" 2021: collage oil painting on wood panel; Alexandra Bottinelli of Hardwick, VT
Old and New ,
A Fiber Arts Exhibition
July 10 - Sept 6
The Chandler Center for the Arts will be featuring work by Fiber Artist who break the boundaries of traditional fabric work. This exhibition will feature contemporary fiber arts in an exploration of meaning behind each work.
Examples of the work from the SDA Artists can be seen in their online gallery.
There will be an opening reception on July 17th 4-7pm
This is a collaboration with the our neighbor, the White River Craft Center, who will be exhibiting artist's work of traditional quilting techniques in their main gallery. Learn more about this portion of the show at www.whiterivercraftcenter.org
Coinciding with these exhibitions will be the East Valley Community Groups town-wide Porch Quilt Scavenger Hunt.
Area Artist Exhibit
May 8 - June 26
** Closing Reception Saturday 4-6 **
“KALEIDOSCOPE” is open to your artistic interpretation. As kaleidoscope reflects an endless variety of colors, patterns and changing phases, we are exhibiting a diverse collection of colorful 2-D and 3-D art in all media: drawing, painting, printing, illustration, photography, digital art, sculpture, video, mixed media, and decorative art (textiles and material, glass, wood, metal, ceramics, mosaic, paper or other techniques). The theme KALEIDOSCOPE can be interpreted representationally or symbolically: How do you see colors, shapes and patterns of changing life? What makes you pause and look at one of these patterns loser?
EARTH DAY 2021
Community Pop-up Art Installation
April 22 - April 24
Community Collaborative Art installation
Celebrate the 51st Anniversary of Earth Day
Chandler is celebrating Earth Day 2021 with our second vibrant community art installation. This Earth Day art celebration will showcase the I Am Here Student Art Exhibition in the Chandler Gallery and invites all community members to join. Here’s a few ways to participate:
Make a tree charm with recycled materials! Pick up supplies at the Chandler Gallery on April 17th from 12-4pm or April 22nd 5-7pm - or use what you have at home! Bring your creation to Chandler on Earth Day, Thursday April 22nd through Saturday April 24th and hang with the other Earth Day artwork.
Artists are invited to display your artwork in front of the Chandler during the installation. We are asking people to consider materials that can be displayed outside and are reflective of a reduce and recycle ethos. Please email Jess@whiterivercraftcenter.org if you plan to display or have questions.
Chalk drawing on the sidewalk! Stop by between 10am-4pm on Saturday, April 24th and have fun!
The installation will be located in front of the Chandler Center for the Arts (71 N Main Street Randolph VT), this outdoor drive-by or walk–by installation will be on view Thursday, April 22nd (Earth Day) through Saturday, April 24th. To follow COVID health precautions we ask that people keep distance (6-10 feet) from one another and wear masks. Please contact Jess, (firstname.lastname@example.org), community partner White River Craft Center, with any additional questions. We look forward to celebrating our planet Earth!
I AM HERE
Chandler's 2021 Student Art Exhibit
March 27 - April 25
In 2020 Chandler Gallery’s student art exhibit opened 2 days before we began stay-at-home orders due to the Covid19 pandemic resulting in schools shutting down and the exhibit closed. On March 27 2021 the Gallery will reopen for the Spring season with student voices asserting I AM HERE through their artistic creations. Area schools including Randolph Elementary School, Remote OSSD elementary art classes, Randolph Union High School, Brookfield Elementary, Braintree Elementary, Bethel Elementary, and the White River Valley Middle School will exhibit work from students preschool through high school.