Rustic Roots hosts local artists in Badass Babes Illustration Show

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A lizard holds a sandwich in a colorful illustration by Underhill artist Kristin Richland.
In Shelburne artist Cara Lai Fitzgibbon’s illustration, a meteor-sized can of genetically enhanced creamed corn ( below)crashes into a small town. on exhibit at Rustic Roots restaurant in Shelburne village.

The dining room at Rustic Roots in Shelburne village is the setting for a new art exhibition through May 27 featuring the work of 11 local women artists.

The Badass Babes Illustration Show presents an eclectic mix of 32 works by artists at different points in their varied careers.

For example, Cara Lai Fitzgibbon and Marley Olson both live in Shelburne. Fitzgibbon earned her BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and is active as a freelance illustrator and fine artist. Olson, a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School, hopes to further her studies in fine art in college in the fall.

Other artists include Kristin Richland and Christine Wichert of Underhill, Liz Swindell of Waterbury, Zaza Quatt of Hinesburg, and five Burlington artists: Julianna Brazill, Gianna Cavallaro, Megan McAvoy, Christie McCown, and Amila Nuhodzic. McAvoy, McCown and Nuhodzic are Champlain College students pursuing careers in gaming art and animation.

The featured illustrations are done in pencil, micron pen, marker, pastel and even as digital drawings. The images are colorful and diverse from dark to whimsical.

Ashley Campbell, Rustic Roots co-owner and show organizer, notes that while the artworks have a wide range of themes, the artists as a group offer a fresh perspective.

“The common denominator is that in this show all of these ladies have offered a fresh approach to interpreting their world with wild imagination and approaches in media,” Campbell said.

The restaurant hosts an opening reception May 3, 5-7 p.m. The show will be up through May 27. Most of the artworks and some additional prints are available for sale.

Rustic Roots is open for breakfast and lunch weekdays and dinner by reservation on Friday and Saturday nights. A rotating display of Vermont art changes every two months. Information:, or 985-9511.

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