Burlington College is presenting an exhibition of the art work of Peter Langrock at The Gallery, Friday, December 9, 2011 through January 13, 2012. The exhibition will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between noon and 2:00 p.m. (Please see www.burlington.edu  for special holiday hours).
The event is sponsored by Langrock’s law firm, Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP of Middlebury and Burlington. The fundraising event occurs at a significant time as the College seeks to raise $100,000 to complete renovations of the magnificent historic 1880s structure on its extraordinary new 32-acre campus on North Avenue.
Burlington College already has a few of Langrock’s landscapes in its collection, though he has since added a new dimension to his work. “I’ve been trying some newer ideas and there’ll be 27 paintings [on display],” Langrock said, noting that none of the paintings have been shown previously. They range from large and small landscapes to still lifes.
“This was a chance to put together a substantial body of work of varying techniques and styles that have interested me, but all in the same [media] of oil and canvas,” he explained. “Most of my works express my affection for the Vermont landscape.”
The exhibition will be an exciting event as part of the $4.5-million dollar capital campaign that has been in full swing at the College this fall. A total of $2.3 million in gifts and grants have been committed thus far. Langrock is generously contributing all proceeds from the sale of his work toward the capital campaign.
A native of Queens, NY, Langrock graduated from the University of Chicago at the age of 16, receiving his law degree three years later, in 1960. Settling in Vermont, where he had spent summers growing up, Langrock married, opened a law practice and won the office of State’s Attorney for Addison County during the same year. Since then, his law firm has grown to become one of the largest in Vermont, celebrating its 50th anniversary last year. A farmer at heart, Langrock fulfills his calling on his 300-acre Salisbury farm, where he raises beef cattle and sheep.
With a distinguished law practice, well-trained horses, two books and 650 paintings to his credit, Langrock recognizes the advantages of varied interests, a well-rounded education and a striving for excellence; values shared with the College in its non-traditional setting.
“I’m interested in Burlington College because they seem to want to prepare people for real-world jobs, but at the same time expand their horizons in a liberal arts fashion so that they can live not only a productive life but a full personal life,” Langrock said. “Part of the liberal arts component is fine art painting. Anything I can do to contribute to an expansion of that educational ideal is something I gladly undertake.”
"We are grateful to Peter Langrock for his continuing interest and warm support of Burlington College,” said Michael Luck, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Peter always seeks to engage friends of Burlington College in order to help advance the institution. His thoughtful art exhibition will benefit the renovation of the College's new historic campus."