Pursuit Gallery Owners Move On | Arts News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Pursuit Gallery Owners Move On 

State of the Arts

Published September 3, 2008 at 5:56 a.m.

Seth Neary and Skye Chalmers - JORDAN SILVERMAN

The good news is, Skye Chalmers and Seth Neary are doing really well in their businesses - digital-asset management (Image Relay) and graphic design and video production (Driven Studio), respectively - and they're moving to a cool new office space in Lawson Lane. It's "twice the size and half the rent!" Neary exclaims. The bad news: The two are so busy that they're forced to close their shared enterprise, the Pursuit Gallery, in the Wing Building by Burlington's Waterfront.

That's why the title of the show opening this Friday, "In and Out and Over," is code for their last hurrah as well as an oblique reference to the unusual exhibition. Actually, "unusual" is a word that can be applied to all 20 shows Pursuit has hosted over its three-year run; the gallery has earned a reputation for youthful energy and edgy artwork. In part that's because both Chalmers, now 37, and Neary, 36, are connected to the über-hip snowboarding world - Neary was once a professional rider, and Chalmers "did a lot of shooting in the snowboard and ski industry," he says.

Besides bringing plenty of out-of-state artists to Burlington, Pursuit has featured innovative locals. "In and Out and Over" combines the two approaches with an exhibit of collaborative and solo works by Burlington-based painters Clark Derbes and Mikey Welsh, along with Montpelier artist Tara Jensen and Alika Herreshoff, who lives in Texas. Derbes "had already been collaborating with these three people," Neary explains.

For him and Chalmers, the demise of Pursuit is tinged with regret. "If some space becomes available again, I think we'd do it," Chalmers says almost wistfully. "It's been a wild ride, especially the great relationships we've built."

"We might do it again sometime down the road," agrees Neary. "It was a passion project, but it's time to move on to another pursuit."


"In and Out and Over" opens this Friday, September 25, at Pursuit Gallery in Burlington, with a reception and party, 5-10 p.m. The exhibit will remain on view through September 15. For more info, including a list of all previous exhibits, visit www.pursuitgallery.com or call 862-3883.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

About The Author

Pamela Polston

Pamela Polston

Pamela Polston is a cofounder and the Art Editor of Seven Days. In 2015, she was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2022 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation