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The Art of Chance

The Art of Chance

Posted: April 27, 2017

Laura Jane Walker calls her pieces paintings and says the colored threads are brush strokes. The threads run inches or feet between nails in plywood. Some of the panels are brightly colored, some shimmer, some have only earth tones. The newest employ seed-shaped divots carved into the wood. All are built around a chance event — a spilled cup of coffee, an I Ching coin toss, a burn. Read More
Summertime in Vermont: Bike Trails and Arts Tours

Summertime in Vermont: Bike Trails and Arts Tours

Posted: April 17, 2017

Vermonters are often said to have a way of being “unique,” from their one-of-a-kind politics and rock bands to the spelling of the state’s favorite sweet treat — Maple Creemees. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the state’s world-class outdoors and arts scenes are unprecedented in their access and offerings. In Vermont, you don’t have to travel far to see a biking trailhead or arts venue, and most often, they’re within close range of each other. Additionally, the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) have forged their own paths to best serve their communities, including deeply-rooted partnerships with dozens of regional arts and biking organizations. Read More
The Genius of His Own House

The Genius of His Own House

Posted: April 13, 2017

For Alex Aldrich “Tis pity if the case require (Or so we say) that in the end We speak the literal to inspire The understanding of a friend”, wrote Robert Frost, Vermont’s first poet laureate, in 1913 as a caveat to himself and his readers alike. Live in a town without a bakery or cake on the grounds that they aren’t necessary and see what it’s like; possible, yes, but so damned ordinary. Read More
At Seventeen and Prime

At Seventeen and Prime

Posted: April 13, 2017

Karen Kevra is the founder and artistic director of Capital City Concerts (CCC). Seventeen years ago, she began inviting some of the world’s finest musicians to join her to concertize in central Vermont. Now, CCC is an established nonprofit,  bringing a series of world-class performances to the state every year. Read More
Reaching for Mastery

Reaching for Mastery

Posted: March 30, 2017

April Ossmann is an author, award-winning poet, editor, teacher, and consultant. She has taught creative writing and developed the workshop, “Thinking Like a Poetry Editor:  How to Be Your Own Best Critic.” April is also the proud recipient of an FY2013 Creation Grant from the Arts Council. The $3,000 award enabled her to take eighteen days off work to write new poems to add to an in-progress manuscript. In her grant application, April said she had three goals in mind. They were “to grow and improve as a poet; to complete and publish a book manuscript; and to share it with others by performing readings from it.” By the time she submitted her final report, she had met the first goal and half the second. Securing publication, waiting for publication, and performing readings, she said, would “likely take several years.” Read More
Small Town, Big Plans

Small Town, Big Plans

Posted: March 16, 2017

Londonderry. A small Vermont town, unassuming. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Maybe you haven’t. Burton Snowboards. A global powerhouse of equipment and sporty chic clothing. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Maybe you haven’t. And maybe you’ve heard that Burton began in Londonderry? And maybe you’ve heard that the Londonderry Arts and Historical Society (LAHS) plans to erect a mammoth sculpture just across from the site of the farmer’s market? Read More