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Sunday, September 15, 2019

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Sep
15
2019

WORDS OUT LOUD - Susan Ritz & Sue D. Burton

WORDS OUT LOUD - Susan Ritz & Sue D. Burton

WORDS OUT LOUD marks the sixth consecutive year of Sunday afternoon readings by Vermont writers at the Old West Church, presented in tandem with the Fall art exhibit at the Kents Corner State Historic Site. Vermont authors will read poetry, prose, history, and memoir. Receptions with book sales and signings will follow the readings down the road within this year’s Art at the Kent exhibit, reVision, where visitors can take in diverse contemporary works by a number of Vermont’s finest artists in a large group show.

9/15/19 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Old West Church, Calais

Sep
15
2019

Durham County Poets - Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series FREE

Durham County Poets - Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series FREE

Highlighted by frontman Kevin Harvey’s soulful, bluesy vocals, Durham County Poets is a folk roots band with seasoned musicians who have an easy rapport on stage and an eclectic, laid-back style. Though their name evokes the American south, the band actually hails from Quebec, Canada. The band members write music both on their own and collaboratively, incorporating a variety of genres, including blue, gospel, country, jazz, rock and soul. Despite being Canadian, the band definitely has an Americana feel and counts among its influences The Band, James Taylor, Neil Young, Muddy Waters and Dire Straits. Formed in 2011, Durham County Poets has been popular at Canadian music festivals for years and has been extending its reach into the American market since its third album release, Grimshaw Road, in 2017. Harmonica, sax, trombone and distorted guitars all find their way into the band’s sound, and the song lyrics display an ease with language that is in keeping with the band’s name.

Durham County Poets is working on its fourth studio album, a half-and-half mix of covers and original material. They have played the Rochester International Jazz Festival and Ottawa Blues Fest among many others. Ottawa’s folk music society Spirit of Rasputin’s declares, “The Poets will get you dancing in the hallways, laughing and feeling those blues.”

www.durhamcountypoets.com

9/15/19 4:00pm - 7:00pm

143 Parks Road, Saint Johnsbury

Sep
15
2019

Film: The Farewell

Film: The Farewell

In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken. With The Farewell, writer/director Lulu Wang has created a heartfelt celebration of both the way we perform family and the way we live it, masterfully interweaving a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a richly moving story of how family can unite and strengthen us, often in spite of ourselves.

Directed by Lulu Wang.

9/15/19 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock

Sep
5
2019
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Sep
15
2019

SHAKESPEARE’S WILL

SHAKESPEARE’S WILL

7:30pm Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays, 2pm Saturdays & Sundays

A masterful, humorous solo show, in which the Bard’s Wife gets the last word by Canadian Playwright Vern Thiessen. Lost Nation Theater is excited to presents the play’s Northeast premiere, directed by Eric Love and starring Margo Whitcomb. Inspired by the few historical facts known about The Bard, his wife Anne, and their family, Shakespeare’s Will is a lively, humorous and emotional depiction of Anne Hathaway – accidental mother, proudly imperfect wife, and defiantly liberated woman in Elizabethan England.

He was the most famous man in literary history. She was cloaked in silence and invisibility. Now... thanks to Vern Thiessen’s marvelous play, Madame Shakespeare is having her say!
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“Sharp-witted & Bold” - Theatre NYC.

9/5/19 7:30pm - 9/15/19 9:00pm

Lost Nation Theater Montpelier City Hall Arts Center, Montpelier

Aug
3
2019
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Sep
22
2019

Petria Mitchell: Light and Air

Petria Mitchell: Light and Air

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present Light and Air, an exhibition of new oil paintings by artist and gallery co-founder Petria Mitchell. The artist’s reception and opening is Saturday, August 3, 5-7 pm, and the show continues through September 22. An Artist Talk is scheduled for August 25, 5 pm.

Educated at an early age at The National Academy School of Design, New York, and The Vesper George School of Art, Boston, Mitchell has been actively involved with art making for over 50 years as a printmaker, engraver and painter. Mitchell serves or has been on numerous not-for profit boards, panels and committees. She co-founded Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts which will be celebrating its 5th anniversary by expanding its space and moving to its new upstairs space in the fall.

Mitchell’s paintings commence with small thumbnail sketches, quick emotional notations which become the foundation of her imagined landscapes. Tonal gradation and converging lines and forms dissolve into her signature elements of accumulating layers of atmosphere and mist. “Petria’s brushwork is wonderfully integrated into the light and darkness of her work. Her brushwork has an abstract quality to it that testifies to the authenticity of her work.” (Ric Campman, 2001)

8/3/19 5:00pm - 9/22/19 5:00pm

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro

Aug
9
2019
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Sep
29
2019

Show 34

Show 34

Show 34 opens at The Front Friday, August 9. Stop in to check out the latest work by our gallery members. Our artist reception is on Friday, September 6, 4 to 7 p.m. during Art Walk — mark your calendars now and plan on celebrating with us in September.

Gallery Hours: Friday 4-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm.
For more information about The Front’s news and events, visit thefrontvt.com. Contact the gallery at info@thefrontvt.com or by phone (802) 552-0877. The Front is located 6 Barre Street in downtown Montpelier, diagonally across and around the corner from the Savoy Theatre.

image: Michelle Lesnak “soft beckoning” 19”x25”, gouache, ink, spray paint, 2018

8/9/19 4:00pm - 9/29/19 5:00pm

The Front Gallery, 6 Barre Street, Montpelier

Aug
2
2019
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Sep
29
2019

"Origins" A Group Show

"Origins" A Group Show

Join us for our Grand Opening show, "Origins", featuring 13 artists exploring their interpretation of new beginnings.
Gallery Hours: Friday 4 PM - 8 PM; Saturday 10 AM - 8 PM; Sunday 12 PM - 4 PM
Opening Reception will be on Friday, August 2nd from 5 PM to 8 PM.

The Beyond Gallery - 437 Main St, Bennington

Aug
15
2019
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Oct
1
2019

October 1 Fellowship Deadline

October 1 Fellowship Deadline

VERMONT STUDIO CENTER
Fellowship Application Deadline—October 1, 2019

The Vermont Studio Center offers 2- to 12-week studio residencies year-round, hosting more than 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world. VSC´s unique residency format also provides a monthly roster of distinguished visiting artists and writers who offer slide talks/readings and optional individual studio visits/manuscript conferences.

VSC has dedicated studios for 2D artists, 3D artists, and writers/translators, and also offer facilities for printmaking, ceramics, traditional craft media, and darkroom photography. All VSC residents receive a private studio space appropriate to their medium; a modest, comfortable private room in shared housing; and all meals daily.

The full cost of a 4-week residency at VSC is $4,250. Fellowship awards cover the full cost of attendance (and may also include a stipend for travel/materials—see specific awards and eligibility for details). Accepted applicants who do not receive a fellowship award are eligible for financial aid to help offset the cost of attendance; grant and aid packages are based on a combination of merit and need, and generally reduce the cost of attendance by 20 to 50 percent.

Program participants have absolutely no requirements or obligations while in residence. However, many choose to participate in optional weekly resident slide talk and reading nights. These opportunities are informal, supportive, non-competitive opportunities to share work and ideas with the wider resident community.

Applications are accepted online at vsc.slideroom.com or go to https://vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships

The application fee is $25 (certain special fellowship awards waive this fee with proof of eligibility—see application for more information). Writers must submit manuscripts in PDF format. Visual artists can submit in a variety of popular file formats for images, videos, and sound files. SlideRoom manages this aspect of the application and provides clear instruction regarding file types, sizes, etc. Visual artists should upload their files in the sequence they would like them to be viewed, with the five (5) strongest images first. All fellowship applications are juried blind by outside professionals in the fields of visual arts and literature. Admission is competitive and portfolio-based, and fellowship awardees are determined via the recommendation of a panel of VSC's distinguished Visiting Artists/Writers Fellowship jurors.

8/15/19 12:00pm - 10/1/19 12:00am

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson

Sep
9
2019
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Oct
6
2019

Where do you draw the line?

Where do you draw the line?

where do you draw the line?
This show is about exploring the effect that borders have on habitat:
human, environmental, and spiritual. Our existence has always depended on moving, migrating, and adapting as conditions change. So what are the
implications of drawing lines across space?
In Barbara Waters’ work, we see her create from the experience of encountering a wall cutting through our protected lands. And in Tuyen My Nguyen’s installation, we have string as line building a boundary through which we cannot pass.
Join us for Artists:
Barbara Waters, Tuyen My Nguyen
OPENING Reception: Sept 6, 2019, 5-8pm
Show runs: Sept 6 thru Oct 6, 2019
Other Events:
Borderlands Talk with Barbara Waters
Sept 21, 2019; 2pm
Magicians Without Borders
Sept 22, 2019, 2pm
The River and The Wall Film by Fur & Fin, ongoing.

9/9/19 10:00am - 10/6/19 4:00pm

GreenTARA Space, North Hero

Sep
7
2019
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Oct
6
2019

reVision

reVision

reVision explores the work of a group of artists who cut, edit, stitch, forge, sculpt, and assemble alternate views of the world through a variety of materials and styles, stretching the limits of ordinary perception.
Filling the museum and grounds with diverse works of over 20 of the state’s finest artists, Art at the Kent will treat visitors to a vast array of two- and three-dimensional works as well as site-specific installations throughout the Kent’s 18 unique gallery spaces.

9/7/19 10:00am - 10/6/19 5:00pm

Kents Corner State Historic Site, Calais

Sep
12
2019
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Oct
6
2019

Green Mountain Photo Show

Green Mountain Photo Show

The annual Green Mountain Photo Show welcomes over 70 photographers from New England to Canada. David Garten and Michael Jermyn are also expected to make a return. Their work, among the fresh faces this year, will be sure to make a splash. The show will hold its opening reception on Thursday, September 12 from 5-7pm in the Red Barn Galleries at Lareau Farm. The show is open Thursdays and Fridays from 4-9pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 12-9pm.  The show continues through Fall Vermont Open Studios Weekend, October 5 and 6.  For more information, visit the Valley Arts website at www.valleyartsvt.com.  

 

9/12/19 5:00pm - 10/6/19 9:00pm

Red Barn Galleries at Lareau Farm, Waitsfield

Sep
13
2019
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Oct
6
2019

Valley arts Photo Show

Valley arts Photo Show

Traditional to abstract, black and white to color – all genre of photography can be found in this annual exhibition. Valley Arts is pleased to present the 30th annual exhibition of outstanding photographs by amateur and professional photographers.

Opening reception – September 12, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Thursday and Friday, 4 to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 9 pm, September 13 to October 6, Red Barn Galleries at Lareau Farm, Route 100, Waitsfield, Vermont – www.valleyartsvt.com

9/13/19 4:00pm - 10/6/19 9:00pm

Big Red Barn at Lareau Farm, Waitsfield

Sep
5
2019
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Oct
13
2019

" Flirting with Light " Landscapes in Oil

" Flirting with Light " Landscapes in Oil

Artist reception Sunday, September 15th 2 pm - 4 pm

The Emile A. Gruppe Gallery is pleased to present " Flirting with Light " Landscapes in oil by Vermont artists Fiona Cooper Fenwick and Mylissa Kowalski Davis.
The exhibit will run from September 5th - October 13th. Gallery hours 10am-3pm. Thursday - Sunday or by appointment (802) 899-3211

9/5/19 10:00am - 10/13/19 3:00pm

Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, Jericho

May
25
2019
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Oct
13
2019

Human Nature/Nature Human

Human Nature/Nature Human

Figurative and narrative oil paintings by Deborah Brown and Mark Barry

May 25 through October 13, Saturdays & Sundays 12–5 pm

Deborah Brown's paintings focus on a lone female character, fearlessly nude, striding through a variety of natural settings, posing the questions: Do we understand the female as source of power? ..or do we reject female strength at face value? The figures are both recognizable and utterly strange.

Mark Barry's work reveals the human nature that is revealed in a flash, a glance, a second in time; moments that are not often recorded but when captured in paint on canvas provide poignant recognition of the humor, warmth, and universality of everyday experience.

The Bundy Modern, a Bauhaus modern architectural gem in the woods, is located at 361 Bundy Rd, Waitsfield, just 2 miles south of town off Route 100. The building is spectacular in true modern style with all structural elements visible:  walls of glass, brick parapets, massive wooden beams and Vermont slate floors. The renovation has resulted in a versatile space that will carry the building and its history forward in to its next half century.

5/25/19 12:00pm - 10/13/19 5:00pm

Bundy Modern, Waitsfield

Aug
27
2019
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Oct
20
2019

Visual Splendor of Northern India. Photographs by Amy Davenport

Visual Splendor of Northern India. Photographs by Amy Davenport

n November of 2018, Amy Davenport traveled for the first time in northern India, specifically to what is known as “the golden triangle” formed by Dehli, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Jaipur. I was told that India would overwhelm my senses, but even so I was not prepared for the visual splendor I found there. The colors were dazzling. The architecture was unlike anything
I had ever seen or experienced before. Attempting to capture as much of that beauty as I could with my camera quickly became an obsession. I was fascinated by the history – the
Mughal Emperors in Dehli and Agra, and the Maharajas in Rajasthan who built such stunning palaces, forts, mosques and tombs. For centuries, Muslims and Hindi were able to live peacefully in the Mughal Empire. Religious tolerance was considered a virtue. Within certain parameters, the art forms of the two cultures borrowed from one another, thereby enriching the beauty that each produced.

My photographs are divided into four groups: Architecture, the Taj Mahal, Women of India and a broad category I simply call Street Life. The captions shown with each group share more detailed information including location and what I observed and experienced. These photographs were taken with either my Panasonic Lumix or my 8s Plus iPhone. Had I known, or even imagined, the visual experience that was about to overwhelm me, I would have ignored the urge to pack light and included my Nikon…but hindsight is 20/20. I am, at best, an amateur photographer – someone who has always loved taking photographs but had no time to get serious about it until I retired from a 35-year career in the law.

8/27/19 9:00am - 10/20/19 12:00pm

THE GALLERY at Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin

Aug
17
2019
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Oct
20
2019

Contemporary American Regionalism: Vermont Perspectives

Contemporary American Regionalism: Vermont Perspectives

Opening Reception: August 17 from 4-6 p.m.
Exhibition on view: August 17-October 20, 2019
Guest Curator: Ric Kasini Kadour

Monoprints of yarn balls, lush fantastical landscapes, and deep, colorful abstracts: These are just some of the art viewers will encounter in this exhibition. But far from being a simple exhibition of Vermont art or Vermont artists, curator Ric Kasini Kadour invites the viewer to consider art from a regionalist perspective and how doing so impacts the viewer’s experience of art. Using the Southern Vermont Arts Center’s permanent collection as a point of departure, this exhibition will be an opportunity to consider contemporary American regionalism and the role art plays in society. A series of talks and a printed catalog will further elaborate on these themes.

Featured artists: Carol MacDonald, David Brewster, Denis Versweyveld, Dianne Schullenberger, Gabriel Tempesta, Galen Cheney, James Secor, JoAnne Carson, Judith Rey, Wendy Copp and Wylie Garcia.

Image: Wendy Copp, Ancestor

8/17/19 10:00am - 10/20/19 5:00pm

Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester

Jun
22
2019
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Oct
20
2019

William Wegman: Outside In

William Wegman: Outside In

Shelburne Museum is proud to present William Wegman: Outside In, a comprehensive exhibition exploring over four decades of the renowned artist’s ongoing fascination with the natural world. This poignant exhibition is drawn from the artist’s collection and showcases over 60 works of art in a variety of media.

In addition to a selection of 20 x 24 Polaroid photographs with his beloved Weimaraners, for which he is so well known, William Wegman: Outside In also features portfolio pages from his handmade book Field Guide to North America and to Other Regions, drawings, and his most recent postcard paintings, including two new works inspired by archival postcards of Shelburne Museum.

Organized by the William Wegman Studio and Shelburne Museum’s assistant curator, Carolyn Bauer.

6/22/19 6:00pm - 10/20/19 11:59pm

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne

Sep
13
2019
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Oct
27
2019

Dianne Shullenberger's Outdoor Influences

Dianne Shullenberger's Outdoor Influences

Opening Reception and Artist Talk on Saturday, September 14, at 5-7pm.
Diane Shullenberger’s fabric collages, drawings and sculpture are testament to her rich experience in, and love of, the natural world. Whether with fabric and thread, colored pencil, or grasses, twigs and bark, she meticulously captures the essence of the outdoors with infinite shades of rich color and defining textures. Her work transports you to the woods, the river and the shore to experience the beauty she finds there.

9/13/19 12:00pm - 10/27/19 8:00pm

THE GALLERY at Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro

Jul
14
2019
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Oct
27
2019

AMASSED AND UP-ENDED: Decoding the Legacy of Stuff Exhibit

AMASSED AND UP-ENDED: Decoding the Legacy of Stuff Exhibit

Amassed & Up-ended gathers objects, artworks and documents representing four generations of a Vermont farm family to explore how what we save over a lifetime gives voice to some of our stories, and silences others.

Exhibit Opening & Gallery Talk
Sunday, July 14, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Amassed & Up-ended gathers objects, artworks and documents representing four generations of a Vermont farm family to explore how what we save over a lifetime gives voice to some of our stories, and silences others. How to Weed Your Attic: Getting Rid of Junk without Destroying History: Authors Elizabeth Dow and Lucinda Cockerel will provide answers to the question: when someone dies or it’s time to move --- or just clean out the attic, garage, or basement - what papers and other things should we save for the sake of history and what can we safely toss?

Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburg

Sep
2
2019
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Oct
30
2019

Monkeys, Missiles and Mushrooms, Paintings by Marina Epstein

Monkeys, Missiles and Mushrooms, Paintings by Marina Epstein

Paintings by Marina Epstein will be on display at the Capital Region Visitors Center for September and October. There will be three egg tempera paintings on panels depicting life in the Vermont forest combined with exotic tropical elements of the Yucatan in Mexico.

9/2/19 6:00am - 10/30/19 5:00pm

Capital Region Visitors Center Montpelier, Montpelier

May
1
2019
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Oct
31
2019

In Their Element: Jonathan D. Ebinger, Rodrigo Nava, Dan Snow

In Their Element: Jonathan D. Ebinger, Rodrigo Nava, Dan Snow

Shelburne Museum is thrilled to present In Their Element: Jonathan D. Ebinger, Rodrigo Nava, Dan Snow, an outdoor installation featuring the evocative work of three contemporary artists on view across the Museum’s expansive campus, from May 1 through October 31, 2019. These captivating sculptures complement and amplify one another through their shared engagement with fire, wind, and earth – subjects of fascination since antiquity. Exploring themes ranging from the anatomy of wildlife, the buoyancy of inflated steel forms, to the relationship between site-specific stone structures within the natural environment, Ebinger, Nava, and Snow push the boundaries of their respective materials and processes, revealing new experimentation with these classical elements.

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne

Sep
3
2019
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Nov
1
2019

Galen Cheney & Tessa G. O’Brien

Galen Cheney & Tessa G. O’Brien

The T.W. Wood Art Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibit featuring the work of Galen Cheney & Tessa G. O’Brien. The exhibit will run from September 3rd to November 1st, 2019. All shows are free and open to the public.

Galen Cheney’s current work is a deepening of an exploration started during a residency in China in 2015. In China, Cheney worked with accumulated papers, building them up into multi-layered constructions. In her current work, she uses fragments of past paintings, old receipts, used airline tickets, remnants of past experiences and work them into the texture of the new painting. They become one with the surface, imbuing the painting with memory, history, a sense of time, and an accidental quality, which is beautiful and compelling.

Cheney’s work has been exhibited in the U.S., Canada, Italy, and China, and recent recognition includes a grant from Mass MoCA, and a nomination for a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in Painting.

Tessa G. O’Brien combines representation and process-based abstraction with color and mark-making to describe the experience and memory of places she has known. While painting, O’Brien refers to photographs she has taken that document her daily environment and travels. She works to recall the feeling of the air when the photograph was taken, the quality of the light, the temperature and mood of the day, and then paints accordingly. Time elapses between the moment the photograph is taken and the making of a painting, to create gaps in memory that allow her to improvise with color and marks.

O’Brien has shown throughout New England, including recent solo exhibition at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine and Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth, Maine.

9/3/19 12:00pm - 11/1/19 4:00pm

T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier

May
11
2019
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Dec
1
2019

Made in Vermont

Made in Vermont

The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce, Made in Vermont, a group exhibition of new and recently completed work by Vermont artists to be held in its galleries in Reading, Vermont. Including paintings, works on paper and sculpture by Arista Alanis, Steve Budington, Clark Derbes, Jason Galligan-Baldwin and Sarah Letteney, this show spotlights artists who live and work in Vermont. On view from 11 May through 1 December 2019. Appointments available 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sa–Su. $10 pp. First Friday of every month, 5–8 p.m., free without a guide.

5/11/19 11:00am - 12/1/19 4:00pm

Hall Art Foundation, Reading

May
11
2019
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Dec
1
2019

Malcolm Morley

Malcolm Morley

The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce an exhibition by British-born American artist Malcolm Morley at its galleries in Reading, Vermont. Hailed internationally as a pioneering figure of his generation, Morley was a founder of Super-Realism, which developed as a counterpoint to Pop Art in the 1960s. He is also remembered as an artist who deliberately broke away from the stylistic innovations which brought him this initial fame. Over a career spanning sixty years, Morley’s practice continually evolved, his paintings becoming ever more colorful, expressive and distinctive. This exhibition includes approximately 40 paintings, sculptures and works on paper created between 1964 and 2016 from the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections. On view from 11 May through 1 December 2019. Appointments available 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sa–Su. $10 pp. First Friday of every month, 5–8 p.m., free without a guide.

5/11/19 11:00am - 12/1/19 4:00pm

Hall Art Foundation, Reading

Sep
3
2019
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Dec
8
2019

MuseumLab

MuseumLab

For this experiment in interdisciplinary learning, professors from across Middlebury’s curriculum have selected a diverse array of pieces from the museum’s collection. Visitors are invited to observe the reactions sparked when our “teaching laboratory” displays art supporting courses in religion, neuroscience, gender studies, political science, environmental studies, art history, biochemistry, and more.

9/3/19 10:00am - 12/8/19 5:00pm

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery, Middlebury

Jun
1
2019
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Dec
31
2019

The Pivot and the Blade (an intimate look at scissors)

The Pivot and the Blade (an intimate look at scissors)

On display at The Museum of Everyday Life through the end of the year, “The Pivot and the Blade (an intimate look at scissors)" looks at the long human relationship to scissors. We’ll reveal the elegance of scissors design, and explore the myriad professional, creative, superstitious, violent and domestic uses of scissors throughout the ages. All kinds of scissors will be on display, in addition to our ever-expanding permanent collection of everyday life objects. The Museum of Everyday Life is a self-service museum, open every day from 8am-8pm, and is located at 3482 Dry Pond Rd. (Rt. 16) in Glover, a short distance South of the Shadow Lake Rd. See www.museumofeverydaylife.org for more details.

Museum of Everyday Life, Glover

Sep
14
2019
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Jan
12
2020

Joel Barber & the Modern Decoy

Joel Barber & the Modern Decoy

UPCOMING EXHIBITION

Joel D. Barber, Swan, Havre de Grace, 1950. Watercolor and ink on paper, 17 7/16 x 23 9/16 in. Collection of Shelburne Museum, gift of J. Watson, Jr., Harry H., and Samuel B. Webb. 1952-192.388. Photography by Andy Duback.

This monographic exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on the life and artwork of architect, author, illustrator, and pioneering decoy collector Joel D. Barber (1876-1952). Featuring more than 100 decoys, drawings, historical photographs, and watercolors from Shelburne Museum’s extensive collection and archives, the exhibition will be organized into five thematic sections. The first section explores Barber’s introduction to the world of wildfowl decoys and his early collecting years. The next section focuses on the Art Deco-inspired watercolors he used to illustrate his groundbreaking first book Wild Fowl Decoys published in 1934. The third section chronicles his various attempts at trying to design the perfect “Modern” decoy, amalgams based on historical precedents found in his collection. The fourth section examines the numerous ways Barber exhibited his collection publicly to shine a spotlight on decoys, including: duck shows, art exhibitions, and the establishment of the world’s first decoy museum in 1947. Using existing watercolor portraits and measured drawings, the fifth and final section pieces together Barber’s unfinished second book The Decoys of North America, an ambitious project that consumed the final three years of his life.

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne