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NVRH Gray Gallery presents the nostalgic art of Elaine Cole Kerr – Transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary

by | Apr 5, 2024 | In the News

ST. JOHNSBURY, VT (April 5, 2024) – The Charles M. and Hanna H. Gray Gallery at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) is excited to display the colorful and nostalgic art of Greensboro artist, Elaine Cole Kerr. The collection features works of various mediums including, pencil, watercolor, oils and acrylics, and will be on display until Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

A native of Westmore, Elaine is a self-taught artist who has always been captivated by the stunning vistas overlooking Lake Willoughby and its natural beauty. She finds joy and passion in transforming familiar scenes and subjects into extraordinary pieces and her work encompasses a wide array of subjects from portraits of friends and animals, to landscapes, and bridges.

Among her most recent subjects are Vermont’s covered bridges – a venture which began in 2021 and will continue until 2030. You’ll see many of these bridges in this collection.

“Through my art, I strive to evoke a sense of nostalgia, celebrating the beauty of rural life and the timeless charm of Vermont’s landscapes. Each brushstroke tells a story, inviting the viewer to experience the magic of the Northeast Kingdom through my eyes.”

Elaine’s artistic vision and style can be compared to those in the “primitive” school of painting, including “Grandma Moses”, Ralph Cahoon, and Martha Cahoon. Her husband, Rod Kerr, crafts the beautiful frames for her work and offers support and inspiration to her artistic endeavors. To watch a video of the show click here.

The Charles M. and Hanna H. Gray Gallery is located on the hospital’s main floor. This exhibit will be on display until May 28, 2024. You may also view a short video of the exhibit on the Charles M. and Hanna H. Gray Gallery webpage at All artwork is for sale and a portion of the proceeds benefit the NVRH ARTs program. For more information, please contact Art Gallery Curator Jennifer Layn at or 802-748-7313. Learn more at