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Sean Williams on Crowdfunding

Sean Williams on Crowdfunding

Posted: October 13, 2016

Sculptor Sean Williams was thrilled to receive an FY2017 Artist Development Grant. He planned to use the funds to attend a workshop on digital sculpture and the human anatomy at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Los Angeles. The grant would cover some expenses, but wouldn't stretch far enough for travel costs. The intrepid artist turned to crowdfunding; he set up a campaign on GoFundMe, took a deep breath, and made the ask. Sean not only met his financial target — he exceeded it.  Read More
Kristen M. Watson on Crowdfunding

Kristen M. Watson on Crowdfunding

Posted: October 13, 2016

Kristen M. Watson is one of nine artists who received an Artist Development Grant from the Arts Council in FY2017. She'll be going to the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson for a four-week residency — something she described as, "a huge opportunity for me to have uninterrupted studio time, indispensable critical feedback from fellow professional and accomplished artists, and valuable networking opportunities." Along with a scholarship from the Studio Center, the grant is one piece of the funding puzzle she is putting together. Another is a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Read More
This Lovely Summer Camp

This Lovely Summer Camp

Posted: September 15, 2016

I turn left at the Putney General Store, driving uphill and away from the village. I want to check out Jazz Camp, a weeklong event for intergenerational learners held at The Putney School. It's  Thursday; camp started Monday. I follow back roads amidst thousands of maples to the campus, to be offered a long view of hills layered in hazy green and blue. Eugene Uman, the director of the Vermont Jazz Center (VJC), shows me around. Eugene is gregarious, positive, and careful with language. He’s laid back and completely on purpose all at once. A big-time community builder, he stands in the center of all things jazz, then draws everyone in. Read More
On Impact

On Impact

Posted: August 4, 2016

Spending a day with the Arts Impact Grant panel was an exercise in appreciation. I’ve done some work with the Poetry Out Loud program and have served on Arts Council committees, but have never seen a grant panel at work until recently. As a Council board member, I was an observer. What became increasingly clear to me throughout the day how much thought, preparation, and meticulous hard work goes into the process. Read More
Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface

Posted: July 21, 2016

The brochure reads, "Here at The Barre Opera House, we care about the performance, but our camp motto is 'process over product.’  Let's have a great theater experience this summer!" For the last two weeks, thirty kids ages 10-17 have been immersed a well-planned, expertly staffed, and skillfully executed theater camp. They are gearing up to perform "The Little Mermaid Jr." early Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. There's a lot to learn. Read More
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