Category: I am a Vermont Artist

I am a Vermont Artist: Alexa Rivera

I am a Vermont Artist: Alexa Rivera

Posted: October 13, 2020

To hold something is harder than you might think. It takes preparation, motivation, ancient skill and technique. All through history, there have been people for whom holding is a calling: the weavers. Alexa Rivera of Burlington has been weaving since she was 10. It started with needle and thread bead… Read More
I am a Vermont Artist: Amber Skye Arnold

I am a Vermont Artist: Amber Skye Arnold

Posted: August 24, 2020

Healing is as much an art as a science. It often requires sound, movement, story, and that other creative mode, community. For this kind of healing you can turn to Amber Arnold of Brattleboro, a practitioner of cultural somatics, a discipline her mentor describes as “how bodies move, breathe, think,… Read More
I am a Vermont Artist: Shani Stoddard

I am a Vermont Artist: Shani Stoddard

Posted: July 23, 2020

By day Shani Stoddard is like many Vermonters: boots and caps, hikes with dogs, a house in the woods of Stannard. By night he is… “Shani.” In stilettos and braids, dancing himself sweaty for tips and the joy of the stage, the joy of drag. The art of drag is… Read More
I am a Vermont Artist: Jericho Parms

I am a Vermont Artist: Jericho Parms

Posted: June 25, 2020

Jericho Parms is an old pro at living “between extremes”—between urban and rural, Black and white, art and life. In “On Touching Ground,” the first essay in her 2016 collection, Lost Wax, an exhibit of Degas’ horse sculptures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a ticket to memory,… Read More
I am a Vermont Artist: Samirah Evans

I am a Vermont Artist: Samirah Evans

Posted: May 19, 2020

When Samirah Evans was displaced from New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction, she had already made her mark as a vocalist in the worldwide heart of jazz and blues. During her career as a performing artist, Samirah has fronted her own band, toured internationally in top concert venues and festivals, and shared stages… Read More
I am a Vermont Artist: John Hughes

I am a Vermont Artist: John Hughes

Posted: February 19, 2020

John has worked in fields as disparate as blacksmithing, glassblowing, sculpture, and dance. However he is quick to assert that all of these making activities are, for him, explorations of the same fundamental questions about matter and consciousness. He currently works primarily as a musician, instrument builder, and educator who… Read More