Past Exhibitions

Martha & JOHN a love story of yoga and art Instalation View 1
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Martha & John

October 20  ~ December 9


Join us on 3rd Friday Gallery Night October 20 & November 7 from 5-7pm for opening receptions and to meet the artists

Martha & John: a love story of yoga and art Opens at Canal Street Art Gallery


Canal Street Art Gallery presents: Martha & John: a love story of yoga and art, exhibiting luminous oil paintings of the Vermont landscape by the late Martha Nichols and paintings of brightly colored abstract mathematical designs inspired by the yoga tradition of the yantra by John van der Does. Martha & John opens October 20th and is on view through December 9th. Join the gallery on 3rd Friday Gallery Night in Historic Downtown Bellows Falls from 5-7pm on October 20th, for the opening reception. All Gallery events are free and open to the public and wheelchair accessible, please call 802-289-0104 upon arrival.


“Color, light and more recently, sound are my primary interests. We are surrounded by ever changing light, color and sound as we go about our days in the landscape. I explore the vast variety of colors which I can mix, and their interactions with each new painting. The elements of the landscape or sky are used as a foundation for the design of each piece. It evolves from there until I am satisfied that some sense of glowing color has been achieved. My interest in obtaining a glow of color really comes from my meditation experience. Light and color in the landscape ultimately act as metaphors for inner exploration, as I continue to grow through meditation.” -Martha Nichols.



“My wife [Martha] was married to my cousin Peter Nichols, a person of hidden insanity and homosexuality, as well as alcohol and drug problems. One time in the late 1950’s, Peter, after an evening listening to jazz at the Birdland Jazz Club, took me from Grand Central Station, going underground from 42nd Street and exiting a manhole on 59th Street near Central Park. After that, and sometime in the early 1990’s I kept on meeting Marty; at Peter’s funeral, uncle Jim’s and aunt Elleanor’s funeral, and then at Gouverneur and aunt Muffy’s funerals. Marty and I started a relationship and it really got started when I sent her a bunch of lilies on Easter. She visited me at the Dexter House on 86th Street, a low cost transient hotel, and was smitten when she saw me in a tiny room sitting on my bed in the lotus position. We got married and took marriage vows with the Self-Realization Fellowship in Greenfield, Front Royal, Virginia. Marty studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and her artwork concerns inner growth and the spiritual realms. She was connected to Paramahansa and the Self-Realization Fellowship.” -John van der Does



Join the gallery on November 3rd from 6-8pm for a film screening of Mysore Yoga Traditions, by Andrew Eppler followed by a talk by John van der Does on Vedic Mathematics. Following the screening and talk, attendees are invited to practice Asanas in the gallery, led by the artist. Mysore Yoga Traditions, by Andrew Eppler is a documentary film providing an intimate glimpse into the yoga of Mysore. The elders, scholars, philosophers, yogis and spiritual leaders of the community express their views on what yoga is, its original intention, and how they feel about the way it is being taught and practiced around the world. Vedic Mathematics is a system of mathematics reconstructed from Sanskrit texts by Sri Bharati Krishna Tirthaji. Asana is one of the eight limbs of classical Yoga. Asanas are poses and postures, held steadily, comfortably, and firmly. The event is free and space is limited. Participants may use the gallery to practice their yoga postures together with the artist. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Artworks in the Show

Martha Nichols Mt Equinox Manchester, Vermont
John van der Does Yantra and Praise to the Divas

Martha Nichols

Mt Equinox Manchester, Vermont

2016

oil on canvas

37 x 42 in

$3200

John van der Does

Yantra and Praise to the Divas

2021

ink on paper

19 x 24 in

$800

Martha Nichols Sky #6

Martha Nichols

Sky #6

2020

oil on canvas

20 x 16 in

$1100

John van der Does Eagle

John van der Does

Eagle

2010

ink and marker on paper

8 x 8 in

$300

Martha Nichols Sky #5
John van der Does May All Beings be Happy and Free

Martha Nichols

Sky #5

2020

oil on canvas

20 x 16 in

$1100

John van der Does

May All Beings be Happy and Free

2010

ink on paper

22 x 18 in

$2000

Martha Nichols Morning Sun in Winter from Andover, Vermont
John van der Does Self Portrait

Martha Nichols

Morning Sun in Winter from Andover, Vermont

2016

Oil on canvas

37 x 42 in

$3200

John van der Does

Self Portrait

2023

ink and marker on paper 

8 x 6 in

$200

Martha Nichols Birches Andover, Vermont
John van der Does Glass of Wine

Martha Nichols

Birches Andover, Vermont

2010

oil on canvas

12 x 9 in

$550

John van der Does

Glass of Wine

2023

ink and marker on paper 

6 x 4 in

$250

John van der Does Diamond Head
John van der Does Red and Blue Weave

John van der Does

Diamond Head

2023

ink and marker on paper 

11 x 5 in

$300

John van der Does

Red and Blue Weave

2023

ink and marker on paper 

6 x 4 in

$250

Martha Nichols Sunset over Ocean Mendocino Headlands, Calif.
Martha Nichols Sky #3

Martha Nichols

Sunset over Ocean Mendocino Headlands, Calif. 

2020

oil on canvas

8 x 10 in

$700

Martha Nichols

Sky #3

2020

oil on canvas

16 x 20 in

$1100

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Martha Nichols Sky #2

Martha Nichols

Sky #2

2020

oil on canvas

16 x 20 in

$1100

John van der Does Sarmoung Images

John van der Does

Sarmoung Images

2010

ink and marker on paper

19 x 20 in

$800

Martha Nichols Bromley Mountain, Vermont in the Fall

Martha Nichols

Bromley Mountain, Vermont in the Fall 

2013

oil on canvas

37x42 in

$3200

John van der Does Alien Space

John van der Does

Alien Space

2023

ink and graphite on canvas

20 x 16 in

$450

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