‘A Crossing Place’: The paintings of Anna Dibble
by Victoria Crain, Arts Correspondent
The Barre Montpelier Times Argus
Published August 25, 2018
Anaïs Nin once wrote, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
And that is how I would introduce the paintings of Vermont-born Maine artist Anna Dibble on view now at Northern Daughters Gallery in Vergennes. Dibble writes of her new collection, “A Crossing Place.” READ FULL ARTICLE >
New to Portland, a Painter presents an Exhibition of Loss and Change
by Bob Keyes
Published June 5, 2017
In the span of two years, Anna Dennis Dibble lost her husband, her mother and one of her dogs.
It was a time of remarkable loss and change for the painter, who sold her house in Vermont and nearly all of her possessions and moved to a condominium on Munjoy Hill in Portland. There, she began to reshape her life, using her daily painting practice as a way to navigate her grief and a path forward. READ FULL ARTICLE >
Visual Arts Review: Outscapes and inscapes: Two Edgewater Gallery exhibits
by Victoria Cain, Arts Correspondent
Published September 17, 2015
Each month, Edgewater Gallery features two artists among the many who show their work there. During September, they are highlighting the paintings of Dennis Sheehan and Anna Dibble. READ FULL ARTICLE >
Dibble’s work reflects loss, artist’s growth
By Addison Independent
Posted on September 3, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury will host Anna Dibble’s upcoming compelling and very personal exhibit, “Lest Our Vine End (L.O.V.E.)” READ FULL ARTICLE >
by Megan James
Seven Days, 06.26.13
There’s something magical about Anna Dibble’s house, tucked up on a hill in tiny Landgrove, Vt. It’s easy to imagine that if you waited there quietly until after dark, the resident animals — living, painted and sculpted — might prove they had the power to talk. READ FULL ARTICLE (PDF) >
Cheese Animals, Food Animals, and Architect Stanford White
Featured in Anna Dibble’s Commissioned Paintings for
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, New York City
Cheese animals, a cow, goat, sheep, yak and camel, are featured in artist Anna Dibble’s five paintings commissioned by Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, a Seattle-based cheese manufacturer, that opened an 8,000 square foot factory, retail store, and restaurant in Manhattan’s Flatiron District in June 2011. Other food animals are featured in the paintings, including a pig, chicken, and fish – and members of the human species, such as Stanford White, the notorious head architect of the “Gilded Age” brick building at 900 Broadway and 20th Street, where Beecher’s is located.
The commissioned work is part of Dibble’s current series of oil paintings and text, “Animal Jabberwocky” – an ironic social commentary that uses animal behavior as metaphor for human angst and dilemma.
The oil on canvas and oil on Baltic Birch paintings range in size from 22″ x 45″ to 54″ x 72″. They were installed in an area of the building designated as “The Cellar,” where cheese gently ages in a cheese cave. It is also a place where one can sit on a cowhide covered banquette at a candle-lit table, and order small plates of cheese, charcuterie, salads, braised pork or salmon, and sip on wine or fancy cocktails from the bar.
For more than 35 years, Anna Dibble’s paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries and cultural centers throughout the Northeast, including the Washington Art Association, Washington, CT, Atrium Gallery at Bard College’s Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA, and the Wilson Museum, Manchester, VT. She also worked as an artist and writer in the animation studios of Disney, Marvel, and Hanna Barbera, and was a freelance writer, concept designer, and music composer for Sesame Street.
“My recent paintings reflect my work in television and film animation, a love of natural history, philosophy and food, and a highly prejudiced view of our nonsensical human condition,” said Dibble.
‘Seven Days’ magazine – Burlington, Vermont
“A childhood fascination with the duck-billed platypus sparked Anna Dibble’s interest in hybrid animals. Since then, the Vermont artist has made a career of amalgamating human and animal traits in the animation studios of Disney, Marvel, Hanna-Barbera, Murakami Wolf and Don Bluth. In her most recent series of paintings, “Animal Jabberwocky”, Dibble adds text to her depictions of dogs, owls and other beasts sipping port and enduring small talk at dinner parties. In one, two dogs on a date sit across from each other at a small table, looking blankly at one another. “Ezra had been under the impression that love at first sight was mutual,” the text above them reads, “ but on this occasion it occurred to him that Lila was simply not in heat anymore.”
‘Bennington Banner’– Vermont
“Canine dinner parties with a human twist. A picnic threatened with thunder and scent of a squirrel. A peculiar tea party featuring a chicken juggler and the March Hare. Loosely painted fictional mutts posing in earnest for their portraits. The dogs sit around, musing, barking, singing at colorful tables, clutching wine glasses or coffee cups, sometimes dressed in clothes, sometimes naked, and often uncomfortable with the whole situation or themselves. Now and then a cat or raven or human joins the pack, a speechless wolf or excited Griffin. Food is usually involved – Coq au Vin, Roast Duck Pizza, Moules Frites. This is the curious world of painter and writer, Anna Dibble, whose latest paintings will be exhibited at the Bendheim Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut: September 15 – November 7, 2011.
For over 35 years Dibble has exhibited her paintings and sculpture in solo and group shows throughout the Northeast. Dibble’s current series of oil and mixed media paintings are about our everyday angst and dilemma told through a dog’s point of view. Anna Dibble’s current work reflects her Dadaistic view of modern life: dogs, other animals and humor as metaphors for our nonsensical human condition.”