Sweet new exhibit opens at Shelburne Museum

SHELBURNE, Vt. (WCAX) Something sweet is coming to Shelburne! "Sweet Tooth: The Art of Dessert" opens Saturday at the Shelburne Museum.

Some of the works on display are on loan to the museum but local artists also stepped up to create sugar-inspired pieces.

The exhibit recognizes the historical role sugar has made in our society and specifically in Vermont. The founder of the museum's father owned 17 of the nation's 23 sugar refineries.

"Sugar is loaded. These artists are working with that as the premise for their art, creating very loaded conversation around the sugar industry itself and its environmental issues that impact it. So a little bit more serious undertones. We have a range from a sarcastic ceramic piece of towering decadent desserts that has a zipper exposing a hollow center, called empty calories, retro 1950s advertising and created a doughnut shop. Trying to keep in mind that it is not actually meant to be eaten during the exhibition," said Carolyn Bauer, the assistant curator at the Shelburne Museum.

"Sweet Tooth" runs through Valentine's Day.