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June 17, 2024 Town of Brattleboro 1.5 Min Read

Local Artist’s Paintings on Display, For Sale in Municipal Center

The Town of Brattleboro is pleased to welcome local painter Candice Taylor-Diallo as the featured artist in this year’s Juneteenth Art Show. Taylor-Diallo’s paintings are on display, most of which are for sale, in the lobby of the Municipal Center through the end of June. Now in its second year, the annual exhibit coincides with Juneteenth to celebrate Black artistic expression.

“Having a space for Black artists to showcase and celebrate their work, especially for the week of Juneteenth, provides representation for artists who may not typically have opportunities to showcase their work, especially in predominantly white communities like ours,” said Taylor-Diallo in a statement. “It gives visibility, which challenges stereotypes and promotes inclusivity.”

Taylor-Diallo’s work is inspired by the natural beauty and culture of her home country, Trinidad and Tobago. Art became her passion as a teenager. While her painting was largely sidelined by medical school, she returned to the canvas following graduation.

She draws inspiration from the kaleidoscope of colors in Caribbean landscapes, the rhythmic beats of calypso, soca, and steelpan music, and the resilience of her ancestors. Her work combines bold, expressive brushstrokes with intricate detailing, reflecting the history and the vibrant spirit and diverse culture of the Caribbean people.

“Art has the power to educate and provoke thought,” she said. “BIPOC art often addresses themes of identity, history, social justice, and cultural heritage, providing an opportunity for a rural white community to engage with different perspectives and histories they might not otherwise encounter. It encourages conversations about race, equality, and shared history, and hopefully promotes empathy and unity across diverse backgrounds.”

The public can view her work during the Municipal Center’s operating hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Municipal Center is located at 230 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Most of the paintings on display are for sale. Those interested in purchasing a painting can reach out to the artist directly by emailing [email protected].