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Spread the News

Spread the News

Posted: January 17, 2018

If Bad News Fatigue Syndrome (BNFS) is real, we are all at risk. Every day we hear about forests burning, cities flooding, and hands reaching for scary buttons. This nonstop outpouring of concerning information can be overwhelming. If good news can serve as an antidote to BNFS, we are lucky … Read More
A Glance at Glimpse

A Glance at Glimpse

Posted: January 4, 2018

Caroline Tavelli-Abar made a collage this year and titled it “Inside.” It hangs next to a similarly framed photograph from 2013 called “Green Marble Quarry.” Caroline imagines “Inside” portrays the rock before it was taken from that quarry. Just as that image reveals stone extracted from deep in the ground, the 24 pieces her show reveal expressions offered by the artist over the past 20 years. Drawings, paintings, collages, and photographs span small and large, dark and light. "Glimpse" is the current exhibit in the Spotlight Gallery. Read More
Need for Artist Voices Never Greater

Need for Artist Voices Never Greater

Posted: December 14, 2017

I’ve been asked often this year by young writers — and a few dozen young painters, dancers, actors, filmmakers, and photographers I was mentoring at an artists’ retreat in Southern California — whether I view all art as activism. I wasn’t asked that question much in the previous generation and a half in which I have been writing novels. But this has been a charged year and I don’t expect 2018 to be any less fraught. All artists are grappling with — and will continue to grapple with — their place in the current social and political landscape: when is art activism and when is it escapism? Read More
Inviting Community

Inviting Community

Posted: December 6, 2017

A month after I arrived in Vermont I found myself driving on snowy back roads to a meeting in the Northeast Kingdom. Forty-five people gathered on this freezing cold night in the basement of a Unitarian church to explore the idea of a new incubator space in Greensboro. Participants in small brainstorming groups envisioned the potential of such a space for artists, entrepreneurs, and students in the community. Our group included people from more than a dozen towns, and I was struck by the wide range of backgrounds represented: graphic designers, high school and college teachers, the owner of a hair studio, an IT professional, a retired businessman, a glass artist, an agricultural policy expert, and a librarian. The excitement in the room was captured by a high school student who turned to his mom and said, “This is cool.” Read More
It’s About Family

It’s About Family

Posted: November 21, 2017

Michelle Saffran makes photo-based art. Often, she blends more than one image; sometimes she manipulates, alters, or defaces photographs. Michelle does not always work in portraits, but she has proven herself to be the right artist for making pictures of students and families at the Integrated Arts Academy (IAA) in Burlington. The images from the K-5 school are fun and forthright. They are unaltered and shine with love. Read More
Ten Tips for Surviving Winter

Ten Tips for Surviving Winter

Posted: November 9, 2017

Winter is upon us. We know it will last through March and yet we live here — on purpose. We have our reasons. Many artists cite the tranquil seclusion and the inspiring natural beauty of the landscape. But how does one stay positive and creative through the subzero-temp nights and grayest of days? We asked three Vermont artists who know what they’re in for and how to handle it: Katie Runde, a veritable Renaissance woman who focuses on music and painting; Robert Burch, a 40+ year glassblowing veteran from Putney; and Hillary Boone Orsini, a program manager and Results-Based Accountability consultant who moonlights as a standup comic and cartoon artist. Here’s what they had to say: Read More