Noted portrait artist Kate Gridley, whose exhibit “Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults” recently appeared at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, will talk about her exhibit and show slides at Leland and Gray High School in Townshend on Monday, May 4th at 6.30 pm. Students from The Compass School and Leland and Gray High School will join the artist to share their own emerging voice pieces much as the young adults Gridley painted did.

Gridley’s portraits of 17 young adults accompanied by their words has traveled throughout New England and has spawned an entire curriculum aimed at giving voice to people between the ages of 15 and 25. The six students joining her are budding poets who worked with local author Elayne Clift in preparing for this event.

Known for her insights into human character, the quality of light in her work, and her painting technique Gridley, who studied in Italy, lives in Middlebury, Vt.

“I see a world in which emerging adults who are between adolescence and full fledged adulthood, from all walks of life, are recognized, honored and supported to fulfill their human potential. The portraits mark moments in which my subjects transition to realizing their selves and claim their voices,” Gridley says.

This event is open to the public. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 to cover costs.