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Tempesta’s Landscapes and Wildlife

Tempesta’s Landscapes and Wildlife

Posted: April 28, 2016

"Wait. Those aren't photographs." That's something you might overhear as people look at the careful art of Gabriel Tempesta. Fastidious details construct near-perfect representations of nature. Trees. Bees. The ocean. A giant monarch butterfly. The older works are made mostly with charcoal and water on Claybord; sometimes, casein paint. Gabe described working on Claybord this way: "You can erase, scratch into it, lift off tiny white lines." Read More
Dividing Conquests

Dividing Conquests

Posted: April 28, 2016

The power of three is a principle used in writing and speaking. The idea is that things are funnier, more satisfying, or more effective when grouped in threes. If this holds true for plays, three Vermont theaters have come up with a winning idea. Through the spring and summer of 2016, Northern Stage will present “Living Together,” Dorset Theatre Festival “Table Manners,” and the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company “Round and Round in the Garden.” Each of these works are part of a trilogy — "The Norman Conquests" — written by Alan Ayckbourn in 1973. Read More
The Progression of Flight

The Progression of Flight

Posted: April 14, 2016

There’s a compelling exhibit at the West Branch Gallery in Stowe. "Flight: Explorations in Movement, Migration, and Freedom” was curated by Tari Swenson, but only after an incubation period of years. She long considered showing just birds, but the concept did not feel whole. News coverage of Syrian refugees brought the idea strength to fly. Flight is movement. Movement includes seeking refuge. Art speaks of all human experience. Read More
Connecting Concepts

Connecting Concepts

Posted: March 31, 2016

Teaching artists have to squeeze in a lot of things, including conversations. Time to talk comes somewhere between managing the performance of a children’s opera and teaching paper arts to infants. Or, so it is with Rebecca Mack—a busy person who must choose wisely how she'll spend her energy. Rebecca is a preschool teacher and performing musician who also makes visual art. For the past seven years, she has worked at Burlington Children’s Space, most recently serving as the school’s atelierista. Hers is a part-time position, which allows her to work elsewhere as a teaching artist and spend time with her own art and family. Read More
Vermont Arts Advocacy Day 2016

Vermont Arts Advocacy Day 2016

Posted: March 28, 2016

Every person in Vermont should have access to the arts and creativity in their life, education, and community. That message will be pulled into sharp focus through activities at the State House March 29. Join in—from wherever you are—to connect with our state legislators through multiple channels throughout the day. Read More
The Group in “Group Exhibit”

The Group in “Group Exhibit”

Posted: March 17, 2016

"Distinctive" is the word Petria Mitchell used. She was talking about the pieces in "Group Exhibit 2016" at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts. This Brattleboro gallery—now open about eighteen months—is Petria's first business venture after forty years of painting. The other part of Mitchell • Giddings is another painter, Jim Giddings. Fifteen mid-career and established artists are showing blown glass, stoneware, drawings, and paintings through April 17. Petria also chose the words "diverse" and "innovative." The artists' own descriptions of their work back up Petria's words: Read More