Student Art Exhibition Program

Help Us Build Our Student Art Exhibition Program

To fill the need for professional experience in the arts, thereby fostering creativity, cultivating real world skill building, and strengthening our community with Community Supported Altruistic Capitol.

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Canal Street Art Gallery presents: the Student Art Exhibition Program, a new monthly show with a mission to fill the need for professional experience in the arts, seeks to raise $15,000 in ‘Altruistic Capital’. The gallery plans for this opportunity to enable students to foster their creativity, cultivate real world skills, and find exposure and guidance to prepare for professional settings. This new program has its first deadline for students to submit their artwork by November 1st. The inaugural show will open on December 20th. To learn more and submit artwork to be considered by the gallery’s Artist Advisory Board and show in the program, go to: 

To build the community outreach necessary to find student involvement, educator support, and advertising partners, three new contracted positions of Program Director, Program Developer, and Exhibition Manager will support the program. To pay a monthly stipend for these positions along with building, promoting and advertising for the Student Art Exhibition Program, Canal Street Art Gallery launches its third fundraising campaign on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. 

This campaign, the gallery’s most ambitious fundraiser yet, asks for an all-or-nothing goal of $15,000 to fund the first year of the Student Art Exhibition Program. The yearly total of stipends for the program is $11,000. To successfully raise funds for this purpose, the gallery introduces the concept of ‘Altruistic Capital’, which means creating a budget for mission driven businesses to contribute to society by developing public programming with philanthropic ideals, and thereby supporting future humanitarian acts. To back the “Help Us Build Our Student Art Exhibition Program” go to: 

This fundraiser will help pay for additional lighting, and a new freestanding triangle of walls, to be an ‘island’ within Canal Street Art Gallery’s Canal Room on which the program will exhibit student’s artwork. This room, overlooking the Bellows Falls Canal and Fall Mountain is flooded with northwest facing natural light, and hosts the gallery’s Working Artist Program, Free Community Art Studio, and Visible Storage. This places students in a vibrant, active, and dynamic environment with other artists and creative people working in the arts. With the addition of the Student Art Exhibition Program, the Canal Room will become an even more extensive creative community incubus, with possibilities for learning, collaboration, availability of art supplies, and exhibiting and selling of artwork. 

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Community Art Studio Program

We made our funding goal! 

Thank you to everyone for backing this campaign to fund the creation of a permanent space for our free Community Art Program. The Community Art Studio directly addresses a need and desire 

expressed by our friends and neighbors for additional and financially accessible creative outlets. We look forward to seeing what amazing artwork our local artists will create in the space. Now, the new Community Art Studio will continue providing a free to use creative space for our community.

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Gallery Expansion

We made our funding goal! 

Thank you to everyone for supporting this campaign to fund the expansion of Canal Street Art Gallery. 

We look forward to continuing to share the amazing art from our local artists with our community. 

This expansion will allow the gallery to support even more artists and bring more of the arts to Historic Downtown Bellows Falls, Vermont.


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Canal Street Art Gallery was founded in 2017 by three artists in order to fulfill the need for a stand-alone gallery in historic downtown Bellows Falls, Vermont. In doing so, it has brought together over one hundred local artists who have exhibited in thirty-two shows. 

The Canal Street Art Gallery takes pride in showing art with a wide range of pricing from low to moderate, making the purchase of original art attainable to all collectors including the seasoned, new, and unexpected, and visitors have enjoyed the beautiful space along the canal while recognizing its ability to encourage creativity, vibrant conversation and the appreciation of fine art.

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Watch the Live Your of our New Space

Our New gallery space is open! Take the Live tour on Bellows Falls 3rd Friday Gallery Night with live music from Asante. The 4th Annual Vermont Summer Group Show is the inaugural exhibit in the new gallery space.

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With your help, the larger gallery now has space for more artists and more exhibitions, including additional open call group shows. The newest additional show is the Vermont Salon,  opening September 16th. Hung in the floor-to-ceiling Salon style, the show provides the opportunity for artists of all levels and expressing themselves in all subjects and mediums to share their work.

Thanks to your support, the new space is also expanding Canal Street Art Gallery’s community outreach, programming, and events. The new Working Artist Program, an artist studio and exhibition space within the gallery, is launching soon! The goal of the Working Artist Program is to provide artists with an affordable space to complete a project, explore a new body of work, gain exposure and sales, or prepare for a solo show. By offering a working and exhibiting space which is free and open to the public, with new artists every one to three months, the program contributes opportunities for dialogue, events, and classes to the community. Our space and events are always free and open to the public. 

There is always a need to support the making, sharing, and seeing of art; and to promote creativity, and free self expression. Thank you for helping to bring more art to our community and to build more community around our art.

Canal Street Art Gallery

23 Canal Street, Bellows Falls, Vermont

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10-5

Bellows Falls 3rd Friday Gallery Night 5-7

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