South Hero, Vt. — For three days only, artist-run curatorial initiative Overnight Projects will
bring the historic lakeside Sand Bar Inn to life with site-specific artworks by five local and
nationally based artists. Mid-summer exhibition From Away will occupy the former motel from
Friday, July 27, through Sunday, July 29, with original multi-disciplinary installations by Wren
Kitz, Angus McCullough, Sarah O Donnell, Charmaine Wheatley, and Mary Zompetti.
Through the gracious support and collaboration of owners Marco DiCarlo and Mark Naud, this
will be the first time the storied space will be open and accessible to the public since its closure
in the mid-2000s.
As an icon of transience, the roadside motel is simultaneously a place of leisure and utility,
occupying a space in the American imagination that conjures nostalgia, longing, and sometimes,
fear. The Sand Bar Inn motel units, built in the 1950s, were for decades a quintessential vacation
spot — the stuff of sunsets, mod bathing suits, and hand-tinted postcards home.
Long before its role as a site for Vacationland fantasies, the sandbar was a key point of transport
for First Peoples and, post-colonization, for the burgeoning Northeastern railroad network. The
thin, shallow strip of land was referred to as “the carrying place” by the Abenaki, who took
advantage of its geography to transport their canoes. As the gateway between the mainland and
the Lake Champlain Islands, the sandbar represents both physical and psychological crossings —
an interstitial place you could briefly call home if you rented a room at the Sand Bar Inn.
In 2018, the now-dilapidated motel is tinged by yet another layer of history: the rippling effects
of the recession on both the American middle class and its outgrowth, the hospitality industry.
These entwined environmental and cultural histories will inform the works in From Away,
ranging from an intangible audio environment created by Wren Kitz to a sculptural intervention
by Angus McCullough to immersive analog projections by Mary Zompetti. Each artist will let
the inn guide their creation of new works, many of which will incorporate materials gleaned
from the immediate surroundings — among these, haphazardly strewn planks and otherworldly
With reverence and care, From Away will once again animate the rooms of the Sandbar Inn with
voices from elsewhere.
From Away will open on Friday, July 27, from 4-9 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to all.
There are no bathroom facilities.
As an entirely volunteer-run organization, Overnight Projects welcomes sponsorship inquiries.
Wren Kitz is an experimental sound artist and musician based in Burlington, Vermont. Blending
traditional guitar-and-voice song writing with field recording and tape collage, Kitz has
developed a ghostly and contemplative form of expression that transcends genre categorization.
Angus McCullough is a conceptual artist based in Bennington, Vermont, whose work integrates
a closeness to materials, intuition, and deep theoretical inquiry of time and space. He has worked
nationally and internationally, including with This Will Take Time, Border Patrol, Lust Gallery,
and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. angusmccullough.com
Sarah O Donnell is a Burlington, Vermont based interdisciplinary artist whose work
investigates the tensions of memory and the hazy spaces between fictions and realities, the still
and moving image, and personal and artificial recollection. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow
and has shown work nationally at venues including Little Berlin, Burlington City Arts, and the
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. sarahodonnell.com
Charmaine Wheatley is a performance artist based in New York City whose work frequently
incorporates painting and printed matter. She has exhibited nationally and internationally,
including at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Carnegie Art Center, with works in
the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. charmainewheatley.com
Mary Zompetti is a photo-based artist based in rural Grand Isle, Vermont, whose work
investigates the physical and intangible geographies of place. She has exhibited nationally and
internationally at venues including Mjólkurbúðin Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery, and the Griffin
Museum of Photography. maryzompetti.com
Overnight Projects is a nomadic, artist-run exhibition initiative whose mission is to expand the
contemporary art conversation in Vermont, creating bridges to larger contemporary art
communities by inviting artists to develop works that respond to and activate non-traditional
spaces. We work with local, national, and international artists to develop ephemeral installations,
performances, and socially engaged artworks that activate historically rich places —industrial,
institutional, commercial, domestic, religious — in a post-studio era. We aim to facilitate site-
responsive works that shift viewers’ assumptions of a site’s function and value.
Our mission revolves around a dynamic relationship between concept, context, and material. We
engage in broad possibilities in and definitions of contemporary art that exist outside of the
traditional exhibition spaces of commercial galleries, with a deep commitment to collaborating
with and supporting underrepresented artists.