This Thursday: Twilight portraitist Katie Runde to Presents "Painting Alexander Twilight" at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury

Vermont artist Katie Runde, selected to paint the portrait of Alexander Twilight that will hang in the statehouse in Montpelier, will present “Painting Alexander Twilight” this Thursday (March 3rd) from 5:30-7:00pm, at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury (Edgewater Gallery at the Falls, One Mill St., Middlebury). 

In an effort to better represent the diversity of our state, the Friends of the Vermont Statehouse and the state curator collaborated on this project resulting in Twilight’s portrait being the first portrait of an African American to hang in the collection. Runde will discuss the process and importance of creating the portrait of this Vermont resident who was believed to have been the first African American college graduate and the first African American legislator in the US.

Discussion and light refreshment will follow the lecture and slide presentation. 

To register for this free event call Edgewater Gallery at 802-458-0098 or email

*Attendees must show proof of vaccination and wear masks.*

Professor William Hart to Deliver Virtual Lecture on Alexander Twilight

William Hart, professor emeritus of history and Black Studies, will deliver a virtual talk titled “On His Own Resources: The Enigmatic Alexander Twilight, 1795–1857,” through the Old Stone House Museum and Historic New England on February 24 at 5 p.m. See flyer for more information and to register.