Burlington-based artist Pierrevy “Pievy” Polyte was born in the south of Haiti and grew up supporting his father’s coffee farm. Inspired by his brother and uncle, who were artists, Polyte eventually enrolled in the Ecole Nationale des Arts in Port-au-Prince. His paintings are inspired by Haiti’s people, landscapes, shipyards, spiritual traditions, and music.  

In addition to his work as an artist, Polyte is an agronomist, chef, and teacher, and he is the founder of Peak Macaya, a coffee cooperative and school in Haiti. 

In 2016, Hurricane Matthew destroyed Polyte’s farms and schools. His sources of livelihood destroyed, he moved to Burlington for opportunities to make money that he could send back home. 

In Vermont, Polyte started working as a landscaper with Gardener’s Supply, sending money back to Haiti to help rebuild. Eventually, he left landscaping to focus full time on his art and nonprofit work. 

Proceeds from Polyte’s art sales go to Peak Macaya Cooperative, which grows coffee, cocoa, fruit, and vegetables while aiming to promote the biodiversity of Haiti’s second tallest mountain.  

The Gallery, located at 180 Market Street, is free and available to the public whenever the Public Library, City Hall, or Senior Center are open: Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (closed Sundays). 

The exhibition will run through March 13, 2024. A reception will be held in February, with a date and time to be announced. For more information, please contact [email protected].