Maryellen Vickery is a Vermont artist in both the visual and performing/theatre arts. Ms. Vickery is an emerging realist oil painter- painting primarily flowers, fruit and the Vermont landscape. She is the owner and artistic director of The Ballet School of Vermont and Northern Vermont Ballet Company. Ms. Vickery’s early focus and education was in classical ballet, but she began painting as a young adult when an injury forced her to stop dancing full time. The performing arts and refinement of ballet have developed in her a keen eye, which enhances her work as a visual artist. Her paintings have continuity, which comes from her knowledge of dance and how the body gestures poetically through space. When Ms. Vickery choreographs a ballet, her main objectives are the movement and how the dance will be theatrically lit to create its story. Similarly, her main goal setting up each painting composition is the flow of the subject and where the light hits within the composition to create its mood, beauty and form.
Ms. Vickery’s primary visual art training was under master painter Karen Winslow. She has also studied at the Arts Student League in NYC. She received second place for an oil still life at the 2014 Vermont State Champlain Valley Fair and her pieces have been selected in juried art shows for group exhibitions. One of her works on the subject of multiple sclerosis was added in a publication for MS awareness. It is Ms. Vickery’s belief that art stimulates emotions. It can bring healing to those that hurt and open the eye to beauty in the everyday mundane.