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Thursday, July 12, 2018

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Jul
12
2018

Opening Reception - Three New Exhibits at SPA

Opening Reception - Three New Exhibits at SPA
Description:

Opening reception for three new exhibits at Studio Place Arts:
Thurs., July 12, 5:30-7:30PM.

Main Floor Gallery:
Scorched - A group show illustrating the effects of heat and fire.

Second Floor Gallery:
Storm - Nihilists, Anarchists, Populists and Radicals. Paintings and drawings by Nitya Brighenti.

Third Floor Gallery:
Ode to Common Things – Found object paintings by Julia Pavone.

Exhibitions run through August 24, 2018. Visit www.studioplacearts.com for gallery hours and more details.

Time: 7/12/18 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Studio Place Arts, Barre
Jul
12
2018

Artist Talk: Robert Dugrenier

Artist Talk: Robert Dugrenier
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Robert DuGrenier is a sculptor based in southern Vermont who works primarily in glass, metal, and marble. Much of his work is informed by nature and its effects over time on a variety of elements.

Over the years, based on his strengths of creativity and knowledge of materials, Robert has worked in collaboration with architects and designers to create custom glass sculptural installations and chandeliers. These are installed in hotels, stores, museums, and private residences around the world.

Time: 7/12/18 7:30pm
Location: Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro
Jun
26
2018
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Jul
14
2018

Xavier Cortada Exhibit: Water Paintings, Epoch & Native Flags

Xavier Cortada Exhibit: Water Paintings, Epoch & Native Flags Vermont Arts 2018
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Join us as we welcome Cuban-American, Environmental Artist Xavier Cortada to the Gallery as part of our Cuban Cultural Festival. Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 11am-4pm

Time: 6/26/18 11:00am - 7/14/18 7:00pm
Location: ArtisTree Community Arts Center, South Pomfret
Jul
7
2018
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Jul
22
2018

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

The New York Times features the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL as one of 15 summer favorites! Read more here: http://bit.ly/NYT15SummerFestivals

This summer, Vermonters take the lead in honoring The Four Freedoms when THE MILL hosts the first annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL℠. Inspired by his Arlington neighbors, Norman Rockwell captured the essence of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear in simple everyday scenes. The FESTIVAL not only celebrates the 75th anniversary of the famous oil series’ original printing in The Saturday Evening Post, but also recognizes the current relevance of these 4 essential human rights in 2018.
“These works of art, created three quarters of a century ago right here in Arlington, are as relevant today as they were when they were first painted” said producer Joshua Sherman. “The Festival celebrates all that is just and good in our society. I am extremely proud of the entire Festival – and I am thrilled to present the musical Perfect Picture.”

Festival Headline:
PERFECT PICTURE - The musical, inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell and his quest to paint the Four Freedoms, is the centerpiece of the month long 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL℠. A Broadway cast and production team will bring Rockwell’s story to the stage of the Arkell Pavilion at Southern Vermont Arts Center.

THE STORY: In 1942, illustrators enjoyed celebrity status – and Norman Rockwell was a superstar. He was too old to enlist, but still wanted to do his part, so he volunteered his services to The War Department to paint a series of posters inspired by F.D.R.’s Four Freedoms Speech. Despite his fame, Rockwell was flat-out rejected. They told him: “In the last war, we used illustrators like you. This time around, we want fine arts men. You know… real artists.” Using this episode as a framework, the musical PERFECT PICTURE explores Rockwell’s life, loves, insecurities, and resilience.

4-Time TONY AWARD Nominee, Randy Skinner (Broadway’s 42nd Street, Dames at Sea, State Fair, White Christmas) directs and choreographs the musical, which juxtaposes the extraordinary story of Rockwell’s quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist and his life, which was anything but a perfect picture.

TONY and EMMY AWARD Winner Lillias White (Cy Coleman’s The Life, Dreamgirls, Sesame Street) stars as “Amy the Wild Woman” who taught Rockwell his creed: “Don’t show life the way it really is, but how folks want it to be.”

The cast also includes OLIVIER AWARD Nominee Scarlett Strallen (Mary Poppins, Travesties); Sara Esty (An American in Paris, Beast in the Jungle); Danny Gardner (Dames at Sea); and Jeremy Benton (Cagney, 42nd Street). Additional cast members to be announced shortly.

Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters” (Gail C. Bluestone & Eileen Bluestone Sherman). Musical Direction by Timothy Graphenreed (The Wiz). Musical Arrangements by Sam Willmott with additional Dance Arrangements by Rob Berman. Scenic Design by William
John Aupperlee. Costume and Lighting Design by Ken Mooney. Press Representative: Keith Sherman & Associates. Sponsorship Consultant: The Erlick Group. Legal Consultant: The Law Offices of J.J Sherman, P.C.

This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.
PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion on Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm; and Saturday, July 21st at 7:30pm. Ticket Sales are open now. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or to purchase tickets: https://www.TheMillVT.com/4freedomsfestival
In addition to PERFECT PICTURE, the first annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL℠ Official Schedule of Events follows. Updates will be shared on the FESTIVAL’s official website: https://www.TheMillVT.com/4freedomsfestival

CREATE 4 FREEDOM℠ Contest
January 6, 2018 marked the 77th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. In honor of that historic declaration, the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL℠ and THE MILL launched their first festival initiative, focused on arts education and engaging today’s youth. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM℠ Contest encourages 9th – 11th grade students to choose one of The Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, or Freedom from Fear) and create a new work of art that expresses how and why that freedom is relevant in 2018. In addition to a cash prize, the winning work will be published by Mountain Media.

Saturday, July 7. 2018, 11:00am
THE ROCKWELL MODELS REUNION
Norman Rockwell's "kid" models are no longer kids, but their mischievous humor and charm are more present than ever. This special gathering will take place at Arlington Memorial High School from 11:00am-2:00pm. The models will share stories of their time in Rockwell's studio and reflect on their youth in Arlington, Vermont.

The location for this year's reunion carries extra significance as selected by the reunion organizers. Arlington’s high school burned to the ground in November of 1940. In January of 1941, an emergency town meeting was held to debate whether or not to re-build what stands today as Arlington Memorial High School. Rockwell attended the Town Hall meeting and witnessed his neighbor standing up and exercising his Freedom of Speech. He was inspired to create the first of his four iconic Four Freedoms paintings.

A presentation by local art historian Don Trachte, Jr. is scheduled to take place at the high school's MACK Performing Arts Center from 11:00am-12:30pm. In keeping with tradition, The Arlington Lions Club will again prepare a fundraising barbecue luncheon at the high school immediately following the models reunion presentation from 12:30pm-2:00pm. This event is open to the public and subject to limited seating.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

NORMAN ROCKWELL AND THE ARLINGTON ARTISTS
Arlington was home for many well-known painters, musicians and writers during the 20th century. Among the most famous was Norman Rockwell. Collectively, Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, John Atherton, George Hughes and Gene Pelham painted more than 275 Saturday Evening Post covers and illustrations. This exhibit chronicles the work of these artists and the community they created – acting as their own critics and models while becoming close friends. Exhibit dates are June 30 through August 18, 2018 at The Canfield Gallery at the Martha Canfield Memorial Library in Arlington, VT.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 pm
VICTORY GARDENS PAST & PRESENT
The Bennington Garden Club welcomes regional farms to speak to both avid and amateur gardeners. This special FESTIVAL event highlights Freedom from Want; supporting the practice of growing one’s own food and supporting Vermont's farm-to-table heritage. The Club will revisit the purpose of Victory Gardens in American history and the advantages of growing a modern day Victory Garden. This speaking engagement takes place at The Bennington Museum at 7:00pm in the Paresky Education Center.

Friday, July 13, 2018
CHALLENGES 4 FREEDOM℠ Exhibition
Author, innovator, and educator Dorothy Canfield Fisher stated, “The Vermont tradition grapples energetically with the basic problem of human conduct... how to reconcile the needs of the group... with the craving for individual freedom.” Inspired by this quote, world-renowned illustration expert, Roger Reed, will curate a special “pop-up” exhibition at The Bennington Museum focusing on the delicate balance of individual liberty and community responsibility. The exhibition will feature original works by the Arlington illustrators (Rockwell, Atherton, Pelham, Schaeffer, and Hughes) as well as other celebrated artists. The exhibition concludes on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

Friday July 20, 2018, 4:00pm
RING 4 FREEDOM℠
A full weekend of FESTIVAL events between Manchester, Arlington, and Bennington commences at 4:00pm EST with the first ever state-wide RING 4 FREEDOM℠. Town and Church Bells will ring across the state of Vermont for 4 minutes to recognize and celebrate The 4 Freedoms. Vermonters and visitors are encouraged to record the RING 4 FREEDOM℠ celebrations in their towns with short videos; using the FESTIVAL’s official hashtag #4freedomsfestival.

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00 noon
TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM℠
At 12:00 noon, Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Fear will be celebrated with a patriotic and inspiring ceremony at The Factory Point Town Green in Manchester. The community will pay tribute to the brave men and women currently serving in our military, the veterans who have fought for our country, and the war heroes who have fallen fighting for our FREEDOM.
The TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM℠ ceremony will celebrate Vermont’s Motto of “Freedom and Unity”. The Winners of the CREATE 4 FREEDOM℠ Contest will be publicly recognized. There is no cost to attend this event.

Given Norman Rockwell’s long association with The Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scout Troops from Arlington and neighboring towns are partnering with the FESTIVAL to place over 2,000 American flags, lining the perimeter of the Factory Point Town Green.

Saturday, July 21, 2018
ARLINGTON 4 FREEDOM℠
For those seeking a festive outdoor celebration, don’t miss a chance to celebrate our local heroes with the 65th Annual Arlington Fire Company Carnival. Enjoy a Chili cook off and evening fireworks!

The Carnival is the largest fundraiser of the year for the local fire company. Venue: Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, 2018 at the Arlington Recreational Park.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00pm
PRAY 4 FREEDOM℠The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL℠ closes the weekend’s events with an interfaith ceremony at Norman Rockwell’s home and studio in West Arlington, Vermont at 1:00pm. The event brings together spiritual and religious leaders, with a non-denominational focus on Freedom of Worship. FESTIVAL organizers join regional interfaith leaders in their commitment to Grateful Hearts, community food cupboards and local food banks, by encouraging all participants to donate food, upholding Freedom from Want.
Grateful Hearts, an all-volunteer not for profit gleans produce from local farms and culled produced from grocery shelves to create meals that nourish and energize the hungry in our greater community. Meals are distributed through school backpack programs and local Community Food Cupboards. The interfaith community, concerned citizens, farmers, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations have come together to support the Grateful Hearts mission to provide local food for local hunger. In 2017, Grateful Hearts produced over 30,000 meals from food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
PRICE FOR FREEDOM film screening
THE MILL is pleased to announce a special screening of the film, Price for Freedom, produced by Arlington resident and TONY AWARD nominee Roger Cooper at the Manchester Community Library. Price for Freedom was awarded Best Picture at the prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2017. Based on the true story and best-selling novel by Dr. Marc Benhuri, Price for Freedom depicts his attempt to counter oppression after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The film will be shown at 3:00pm in the Hunter Room. Due to limited seating, reservations are encouraged in advance. Reserve your seat on the FESTIVAL’s official website: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival

As there is no charge for admission, donations to support THE MILL will be accepted at the door.

Time: 7/7/18 11:00am - 7/22/18 2:00pm
Location: Southern Vermont, Manchester
Jul
7
2018
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Jul
22
2018

ART SHOW “NATURE vs CULTURE”

ART SHOW “NATURE vs CULTURE”
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In styles ranging from classical to abstract, and from realism to impressionism, artists present the world around us in a fresh light, exploring the dynamic relationship between the natural world and humankind. The exhibiting artists for 2018 are Gerry Bergstein (feature artist), Gail Boyajian (feature artist), Matt Brown, Jennifer Brown, Dierdre Dennis, Jo Levasseur, Rae Newell, Andy Newman, Jacqueline C. Overstreet, Mary Louise Pierson, Kate Reeves, Stephanie Reininger, Sherry St. Germaine and Lynn VanNatta.

This event sponsored by Alicia Willette, DDS, Bushway Insurance Agency and Chippers Lawn & Tree Care.

Location:
Morrill Homestead Carriage Barn Gallery
214 Morrill Memorial Highway
Strafford, VT 05072

Cost: Included with $6.00 general admission to historic house & exhibits

Email: director@morrillhomestead.org
Phone: 802-765-4288

Time: 7/7/18 10:00am - 7/22/18 5:00pm
Location: Justin Morrill State Historic Site, Strafford
Jul
12
2018
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Jul
26
2018

Plein Air Painting Plus

Plein Air Painting Plus Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

HARDWICK STREET CAFÉ
$100
Plein Air Painting Plus! The landscape, a model, and lunch! Plein Air painting is about leaving the inside of your studio or home and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. This workshop is offered by GRACE (Grass Roots Arts and Community Effort), and takes place on our beautiful outdoor patio. A clothed model will be artistically posed so that the landscape beyond will also become an integral part of the artwork. The workshop will focus on composition, color scheme, light source, ambiance, and integration of the figure into the landscape. Participants need to provide their own materials (any of these are appropriate: pastels, water color paints, graphite pencils, paper, drawing board, easel). The Highland Center Café will be serving lunch which can be brought to you at your workstation! You are also free to bring your own.

This class meets three times, Thursdays 7/12 through 7/26, and registration for the series costs $100.

For more information contact Marie at m.lapregrabon@gmail.com

Time: 7/12/18 12:00pm - 7/26/18 3:00pm
Location: Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro
Jun
9
2018
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Jul
28
2018

Water Is Life

Water Is Life Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

A mixed medium group show devoted to the complexities and beauty of water in our lives. During this show the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild is collaborating with the Passumpsic Valley Land Trust, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the wellbeing of the Passumpsic River.
On July 20th at 6:00PM there will be a talk by noted author, organic soil advocate, and PVLT Board member Grace Gershuny at the Guild.

Location: Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild, Saint Johnsbury
Jun
14
2018
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Jul
29
2018

Blades Will Sprout

Blades Will Sprout
Description:

Blades will Sprout
Featuring the work of: Anne Cady, Julia Jensen, and Jessica Smith
On view: June 14th - July 29th 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, June 22nd, 5-8pm

You are song, a wished-for song.
Go through the ear to the center,
where the sky is, where wind,
where silent knowing.

Put seeds and cover them.
Blades will sprout
where you do your work.
-- Rumi

Northern Daughters is pleased to present Blades Will Sprout, on view at the gallery’s 221 Main St. location in Vergennes, Vermont from June 14th through July 29th with an opening reception on June 22nd from 5-8pm. This summer show features the work of Anne Cady, Julia Jensen and Jessica Smith, three artists who use familiar landscapes as an entrance point to creating art, but have very little else in common.

Anne Cady's distinctive oil paintings are inspired by the Vermont countryside that surrounds her. Her paintings are playful and bold, full of vibrant color and spirit. This body of work features all new paintings, include works filled with the brilliant green of the first growth of Vermont’s early spring, and the lush brilliance of fields after the first cut. She also mixes in pieces wild with color, red mountains and rolling hills stretching back into open sky’s typical of her local valley landscape.

Though quite a departure stylistically, Julia Jensen work is also a rich collision of the external and internal world of the artist. Her work brings blurred, lush, almost dreamlike visions of landscape to the viewer. She says “When I am working I try to leave the surface as open as I can for as long as I can, turning the panel this way and that, trying to keep subject out of it and work just with color and shape. Inevitably, somehow, a place begins to emerge.” A graduate of Tulane University with a BA in Art History, Jensen has been painting for 20 years.

Sense of place is certainly a cornerstone of Jessica Smith’s work. Many of the paintings she is exhibiting in the current show feature landscapes viewed near or directly from her farm in a mountain valley, hillside in Southern Vermont. The profile of familiar mountains and hills dominate the her work compositionally, while her sparse paint application and muted color palette show the viewer the Vermont landscape through a lens unique to Smith. Her work, she says, is a way of processing comings and goings, and this group particularly is inspired by the seasons of change in the mountains.

Time: 6/14/18 10:00am - 7/29/18 5:00pm
Location: Northern Daughters, Vergennes
Jun
27
2018
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Jul
31
2018

Borderlands: The Artwork of Heather J Geoffrey

Borderlands: The Artwork of Heather J Geoffrey Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Opening Reception: Friday, July 6 (5:30 - 7:30pm)

​Artist Bio
​Heather was born on the border between the United States and Canada in Newport, VT. She is an interdisciplinary artist whose approach combines elements of acrylic painting, digital photography, written word and performance. In 2009 she received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with focuses on Borderland Theory and Spirituality in Artistic Process and Creation from Goddard College. She went on to expand her studies with focuses on: The Medicine of Art, Artist as Keeper of Ancestry and Lineage, Artist as Vessel, and Borderland Theory and Expression in Artistic Process. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in 2012. Heather’s paintings have been exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions and her work has been commissioned for public murals and private collections.

The Borderlands
I approach the creation of art as prayer - a dialogue with the Divine Source of my existence. It is through this conversation that I strive to actualize myself as a conscious co-creator within my personal reality and in the shared collective experience of life. It is a practice in which co-creation, philosophy, prayer, science, ceremony and craft meet. The images that result are messages or moments of awareness and contact. They are whispers from the place where the veils between worlds are thin. A place where boundaries touch like the edges and beginnings of lovers pressed close against each others skin. This is hallowed ground. I invite and welcome you to the Borderlands.

Time: 6/27/18 9:00am - 7/31/18 3:00pm
Location: Main Street Arts, Bellows Falls
Jul
1
2018
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Jul
31
2018

Jonathan D. Ebinger - Breathing Life Into Metal

Jonathan D. Ebinger - Breathing Life Into Metal Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

On view: July 2018
Opening reception: Friday, July 13, 5:30-7:00pm

Edgewater Gallery on the Green is thrilled to announce a dynamic sculpture exhibition in the heart of Middlebury featuring the work of Jonathan D. Ebinger. Sculptures will be on view through the month of July, both on the green and in the gallery, with an reception on Friday, July 13th from 5:30-7:00pm.

Originally from New Jersey, Ebinger honed his skills with a degree in fine art from the Art Institute of Boston. He continued a rigorous study of welding techniques through an opportunity to take free welding classes while working as a union construction worker. Jonathan D. Ebinger uses a unique collection of materials consisting of stainless steel nuts, bolts,washers, and stainless steel rods. Says Ebinger, “they are not just construction materials, but rather pieces of a puzzle that I am able to fit together to create whatever kind of sculpture I can imagine. They are metal shapes; hexagons and perfect circles of all different sizes. When I bring together all of these geometric shapes, they have an intriguing and inviting look and feel.” His vivacious animal sculptures are built using a mig welder one washer at a time,from one seamless end to another rather than in sections. Ebinger’s choice of animals as his subjects stems from years of studying the human skeleton in figure drawing classes. While working in the studio he references projected images of the specific creature, glancing at the reference while welding in order to attain the most realistic pose and weight possible. His work honors a realistic expression of the musculature structure and gait of animals, as well as the soulful expressive quality of their eyes.

When asked where his work is headed, Ebinger explains “Artwork, whether it is music, painting, or sculpting, is a process of give and take. A musician can’t force notes to sound good...to make real music you have to let it happen. It’s the same thing with painters and sculptors. Van Gogh painted what he felt and let it happen. He didn’t fight it. He listened...in true art, there is more going on than what we see.”

For further information on the exhibition, please call the gallery at 802-989-7419, email (info@edgewatergallery-vt.com), or visit edgewatergallery-vt.com.

Edgewater Gallery:
Tuesday- Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm
Closed Monday

Location: Edgewater Gallery on the Green, Middlebury
Jul
1
2018
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Jul
31
2018

SWEET CORN: WORKS BY SCOTT ADDIS

SWEET CORN: WORKS BY SCOTT ADDIS Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Edgewater Gallery’s Mill Street location in Middlebury will feature recent works by master landscape painter Scott Addis in a solo show on view for the month of July, with an opening on Friday, July 13th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The title piece, “Sweet Corn,” is an 18 x 36 inch oil painting with an inviting combination of warm light and cool shadows reminiscent of a slow summer’s day.

Based in Montreal, Canada, Scott Addis frequents the Vermont landscape with his paintbrush, capturing the road less traveled, and the sprawling fields, barns, and farmhouses along the way. Originally from Pennsylvania, Addis explores the Vermont countryside with great interest, along with his ancestral roots that connect him to the area. Addis presents iconic representations of rural life with a painterly quality that offers each painting as both an image and an experience: light caught in a net of branches the moment before sunset, the heavy press of a sky about to rain, a memory of place, an open inquiry, an invitation to explore.

Addis points out that a painting can be created to send a message or to exist as a window. A message will tell you something by forcing a direction. A painting as a window offers a chance to enter into one’s own personal experience. Addis creates “a window in for people to see what they want or need to see.” As an artist it is important for Addis to emotionally feel what he is painting. By pouring his own emotion into the way the paint is handled, Addis opens the opportunity for the viewer to access their own emotional experience through his artwork.

For further information on “Sweet Corn” by Scott Addis, please call Edgewater’s Mill Street Gallery at 802.458.0098, email info@edgewatergallery-vt.com or visit edgewatergallery-vt.com

Location: Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls, Middlebury
Jun
29
2018
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Aug
5
2018

Nicole Czapinski: forever, a little ghost

Nicole Czapinski: forever, a little ghost
Description:

Nicole Czapinski explores illusions within perception, the complexity of consciousness, and is inspired by the invisible and unknown. By employing the simplest of materials, she examines aspects of awareness – from the interior elusiveness of consciousness to the enormity of an expanding universe. Her work is comprised of framed shapes “drawn” with colored thread that appear suspended in space.

For her Project Vermont presentation, the artist will activate her work by creating a series of frozen sculptures that will melt and refreeze in a continuous cycle throughout the duration of the show.

Nicole Czapinski will be the first artist to be featured as part of Project Vermont – a new series dedicated to experimentation by providing a setting for contemporary Vermont artists to push their artistic practice while creating new work. Presenting visual, performance, and interdisciplinary exploration from emerging to established artists, Project Vermont supports artists’ exploration of new ideas and challenges, enables innovation, and creates engagement between audience and artist.

Check website for operating hours. Admission is always free to the BCA Center.

Time: 6/29/18 6:00pm - 8/5/18 5:00pm
Location: 135 Church Street, Burlington
May
4
2018
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Aug
9
2018

LIFE IN THE ABSTRACT

LIFE IN THE ABSTRACT
Description:

Mary Fran Lloyd's show LIFE IN THE ABSTRACT has been currently open and will be up until August 9th at the Rutland City Hall, open Monday to Friday from 8:30 - 5. There is no opening reception for the show.

LIFE IN THE ABSTRACT consists of 31 paintings using acrylic paint and personalized collage papers

"Abstracting realism allows the freedom to convey my feelings about a subject, an important life experience, an everyday meaningful event, or the culmination of all, always emphasizing the positive."

Location: Rutland City Hall, Rutland
May
3
2018
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Aug
10
2018

Stewards of the Land” by Orah Moore

Stewards of the Land” by Orah Moore
Description:

Studio Place Arts presents “Stewards of the Land,” by Orah Moore on display at The Morse Block Deli (located at 260 N. Main Street, Barre).

Since 1984, Orah Moore has been studying the lifestyle of Montana ranchers. “I am interested in the spirit that impels them, the land that nurtures them, the storms they weather, and the livestock that support their way of life.” This show of handprinted silverprint photographs is on view through August 10, 2018. There will be an opening reception on Thurs., May 24, 5:30-6:30PM.

Visit: www.morseblockdeli.com for hours.
For more details about the exhibit, visit: www.studioplacearts.com

Location: Morse Block Deli (260 N. Main Street), Barre
Jun
28
2018
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Aug
12
2018

MGFA Feature Exhibit: Torin Porter's "DayDreams"

MGFA Feature Exhibit: Torin Porter's "DayDreams" Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present DayDreams, an exhibition of steel sculptures by Torin Porter. The show opens Thursday, June 28 at 5pm, with an Artist Reception Saturday, June 30th from 5-7pm.

Torin Porter’s stylized figures reflect complex facets of humanity, creating modern world archetypes. As Porter speaks of DayDreams, “[These sculptures] exist externally but we experience them internally. When we behold them with our senses, feel their weight and texture and see their forms change in response to our movements, they come to life as they interact with the associations they bring.” Simplistic and playful at first glance, each sculpture in DayDreams holds layers of symbolism, easily accessible for the viewer to unfold.

Growing up in Northern Vermont, Porter spent summers with the Bread and Puppet Theater and later performed with the MOMIX dance company and rock band Jane’s Addiction. Porter’s sculptures have been exhibited in galleries throughout New England and New York. He currently resides in Glover, VT.

The gallery will also introduce a selection of works by Willa Cox and Erika Radich. Cox’s richly surfaced, mixed media paintings reflect the artist’s reaction to the visual complexities found in nature. Her love of these qualities has provided the foundation of her artmaking since her childhood days in Hawaii. Radich has created new monoprints which utilize collaged fragments of her earlier prints, which serve to further abstract and construct images of feelings, emotions and symbols.

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is committed to presenting innovative, contemporary works that stimulate both the seasoned collector and aesthetic explorer.


Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8290
www.mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com
Wed. - Sun. 11-5

Time: 6/28/18 5:00pm - 8/12/18 5:00pm
Location: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro
May
25
2018
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Aug
12
2018

1968: The Whole World Is Watching

1968: The Whole World Is Watching Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

1968 was a year of upheaval and transformation—a year in which national and international events spawned intense vocal expression and protest. This exhibit, through the lens of art, music, and literature, looks back 50 years to consider the issues that transformed American society.

Free.

Location: Middlebury College Museum of Art, Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery, Middlebury
May
25
2018
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Aug
12
2018

Just Kids: Photographs from the Nicholas Gift

Just Kids: Photographs from the Nicholas Gift Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

The museum recently received an extensive collection of photographs of children from all corners of the globe. This exhibition surveys documentary and intimate images that depict the characteristic activities, delights, and inevitable sorrows of childhood. Among the photographers included are Henri Cartier-Bresson, Louis Stettner, Danny Lyon, and Leonard Freed.

Free.

Location: Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery, Middlebury
Jun
30
2018
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Aug
17
2018

Sarah Meyers Brent Exhibit at Catamount Arts

Sarah Meyers Brent Exhibit at Catamount Arts
Description:

Catamount Arts is pleased to present an exhibition of painting and assemblage work by the artist Sarah Meyers Brent on view in the Fried Family Gallery from June 30-August 17, 2018. A wine and cheese reception will be held on Saturday, June 30 from 5-7 pm, with remarks by the artist at 6 pm. All are welcome to attend.

The 16 pieces in this exhibition feature works on paper, paintings on canvas, and the assemblage of non-traditional materials for which Sarah Meyers Brent has become known. Delighting in an exploration of paint as a viscous oozing medium that can represent both the beginning and end of life, Brent often incorporates recycled fabric, paint rags, and decaying flowers into her work. Themes of growth and decay pervade. Her paintings and assemblage are vibrant, dynamic, and often in a state of flux. “In this age of technology,” Brent observes, “when we are steps removed from nature, it is important for art to allow the viewer to experience what is alive and physical.”

Born in Hadley, NY, Sarah Meyers Brent received her BFA from Skidmore College, her Post-Baccalaureate in Studio Art from Brandeis University, and her MFA in painting from the University of New Hampshire at Durham. The artist lives with her family in Lincoln, MA and maintains a studio at Waltham Mills Artist Association in Waltham, MA.

Recipient of a 2015 Walter Feldman Fellowship, which culminated in the exhibition Primal Garden at the Walter Feldman Gallery in Boston, Brent was also featured as a 2016 Best of Boston artist by The Improper Bostonian and received the Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Award that same year. Twice resident at the Vermont Studio Center, Brent has also been a recipient of an Artist Resource Trust Grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, who designated her a 25 at 25 Fellow. She was also featured in Volume 16 of New American Painting Northeast edition.

A member of Kingston Gallery in the SOWA district of South Boston, Meyers Brent has exhibited widely. Her solo exhibition Seep, Spill, Grow appeared at Danforth Art, Museum/School and she was recently featured in the group exhibition Stitch: Styntax/Action/Reaction at the New Art Center in Newton, MA. Reviews of her numerous exhibitions have appeared in Artscope Magazine, Art New England, the Boston Globe, Sculpture Magazine and other publications. Her work is in the permanent collections of Danforth Art, Museum/School, Liquitex Corporation, and in numerous private collections.

Location: Catamount Arts, Saint Johnsbury
Jul
10
2018
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Aug
24
2018

Scorched

Scorched
Description:

Scorched - A group show illustrating the effects of heat and fire.
On display in the Main Floor Gallery at Studio Place Arts July 10 - August 24, 2018.
Opening Reception: Thurs., July 12, 5:30-7:30PM.

Visit www.studioplacearts.com for gallery hours and more details.

(Image: Self Portrait with Bolo by Paul McMillan)

Location: Studio Place Arts, Barre
Jul
10
2018
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Aug
24
2018

Nihilists, Anarchists, Populists and Radicals

Nihilists, Anarchists, Populists and Radicals
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Storm: Nihilists, Anarchists, Populists and Radicals - Paintings and drawings by Nitya Brighenti.
On display in the Second Floor Gallery at Studio Place Arts July 10 - August 24, 2018.
Opening Reception: Thurs., July 12, 5:30-7:30PM

Visit www.studioplacearts.com for gallery hours and more details.

(Image: Mikhail Bakunin by Nitya Brighenti)

Location: Studio Place Arts, Barre
Jul
10
2018
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Aug
24
2018

Ode to Common Things

Ode to Common Things
Description:

Ode to Common Things – Found object paintings by Julia Pavone.
On display in the Third Floor Gallery at Studio Place Arts July 10 - August 24, 2018.
Opening Reception: Thurs., July 12, 5:30-7:30PM.

Visit www.studioplacearts.com for gallery hours and more details.


(Image: In Too Deep by Julia Pavone)

Location: Studio Place Arts, Barre
Jun
15
2018
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Aug
25
2018

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\ re-klə-ˈmā-shən \ Vermont Arts 2018
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Reclamation \ re-klə-ˈmā-shən \ will feature nationally-acclaimed, contemporary figurative women artists painting women from their perspective, reclaiming and transforming the way women are portrayed. Join us for the opening reception Friday, June 15, 5pm-7pm.

Time: 6/15/18 10:00am - 8/25/18 5:00pm
Location: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe
Jul
3
2018
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Aug
25
2018

Colorful Musings by Rob Hitzig

Colorful Musings by Rob Hitzig
Description:

Axel's Gallery and Frame Shop is pleased to announce that it will be featuring work by Montpelier Artist Rob Hitzig during the heat of summer -- July 3 to August 25. Titled "Colorful Musings," Rob's work explores the surprising interactions of colors and shapes through geometric abstraction. Although not easily categorized, the art rides a mysterious line between the painting and sculpture -- while some pieces have physical depth, all the work, even pieces that are completely flat, have visual depth. Rob is inspired by wonder and curiosity, seeking to discover what happens when things just happen, with the hope that the work generates the same experience for the viewer.

Rob is a self taught artist who began sculpting wood after learning how to make furniture on weekends while working for the US EPA in Washington, DC. As a result, much of his work integrates fine furniture building techniques. Since becoming a professional artist he has shown his work throughout Vermont. He also shows his work in a Washington, DC gallery and had his last show there reviewed in the Washington Post.

Come meet Rob Hitzig on Friday, July 13th from 6-8pm and learn about his journey of being a self-taught artist. What drives his creativity and inspires his work? How does he choose the color palette for his pieces? Come to this event and ask him these questions and more! This event is free and open to the public. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Time: 7/3/18 10:00am - 8/25/18 6:00pm
Location: Axel's Gallery & Frame Shop, Waterbury VT, Waterbury
Jul
2
2018
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Aug
30
2018

Exploring Air II Exhibition

Exploring Air II Exhibition Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Group exhibition on view at Edgewater Gallery in Stowe: through August 30, 2018.

Opening reception: July 27th from 4:00-7:00 pm during the Stowe Arts Festival week, featuring music and meet/greet with Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society Artistic Director Jia Kim

Edgewater Gallery at Stowe, in partnership with Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, launches a second exhibition space for Exploring Air in celebration of honoring the environment and global community.

On July 27, during Stowe Arts Festival week and gallery walkabout, Edgewater Gallery will have a reception beginning at 4:00 pm to include a musical performance and a meet and greet with Jia Kim, Artistic Director/cellist for Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society. Jia Kim is the recipient of the prestigious 2017 career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts, and leads a dynamic musical life as a performer, educator, and a passionate advocate for the Arts. Ms. Kim has appeared on stages across the United States, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She performs on a Testore cello made in 1748. The Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society is committed to bringing Stowe area audiences world class musicians of extraordinary repertoire dating as far back as the Renaissance, and continuing through the centuries to the greatest contemporary works of our time.

Exploring Air at Edgewater in Stowe features selections ranging from big sky landscapes to industrial scenes including monoprints, photography, woodblock prints, and contemporary sculpture from kinetic to cast glass to wearable art. “The movement and visual abundance of air is the magic in Vermont...the moisture, floating, rolling and dancing over the weathered soft slopes of the Green Mountains are what gives air a structure or vehicle to travel,” describes painter Rory Jackson. The Exhibition is curated by Kelly Holt, featuring artists: Jon Black, Matt Brown, Galen Cheney, Tom Cullins, TJ Cunningham, Micah Dudash, Rory Jackson, Erika Senft Miller, Rachel Moore, Marshall Noice, Mark Reamy, Sean Thomas, Homer Wells and Judith Wrend.

Artists in this exhibition are responding to many aspects of air, from big sky paintings, to music making and language, to climate change, to communication and celebrating global community. All are working from the following ideas: “Air is essential. It is life giving. It is the breath that emanates through all of us, and unites us in a common ground. Air makes language possible.The vastness of air evokes the spiritual. Air ushers the flight of birds in the sky while it connects with people rushing past one another on a bustling sidewalk. In a time of boundaries and borders, air allows us to be in a relationship with the earth, all of its inhabitants and forces of nature. While air is a medium of consciousness, it also transcends culture.”

The exhibition attempts to answer questions from many viewpoints -
“...air as a conduit of music or language, both uniting and breaking” - Rachel Moore
“As air changes, the relationships of light, space, color and reflection also change” - Judith Wrend
“And the image of air as a material in our lives that, even more than water, is shared and connecting us? What a sweet idea...: - Matt Brown
“If we can share air, can we share our memories? What common past could we conjure in the same mountain vista? In the same cul-de-sac?” - Mark Reamy

Exploring Air will be on view at Edgewater Gallery and the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center through August 30th. This event is hosted in participation with the Stowe Arts & Culture Council’s Stowe Arts Week as well as VT Arts 2018 with the Vermont Arts Council.

Edgewater Gallery in Stowe hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm, closed Monday
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center hours:
Thursday-Saturday 12pm-6pm, and prior to performances and events 122 Hourglass Drive • Stowe, Vermont • 802.760.4634

Location: Edgewater Gallery in Stowe, Stowe
Jul
10
2018
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Aug
31
2018

New American Artists: Celebrating Tradition and Culture

New American Artists: Celebrating Tradition and Culture Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

The Vermont Arts Council, in partnership with the Vermont Folklife Center, presents “New American Artists: Celebrating Tradition and Culture." The exhibit is a tribute to the work of Gregory Sharrow, who established the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program while working at the Vermont Folklife Center. The program ensures cultural retention of Vermont’s traditional arts  -- including those of new Americans -- by providing support to master artists working with apprentices in their communities.

The exhibit will feature photographs of seven cultural groups and accompanying text. There will be an opening reception on July 10 from 5-7 p.m. 

Time: 7/10/18 8:30am - 8/31/18 4:30pm
Location: Spotlight Gallery at Vermont Arts Council, Montpelier
Jun
28
2018
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Sep
2
2018

Neil Berger - "Men, Mountains, Sky" Exhibit at River Arts

Neil Berger - "Men, Mountains, Sky" Exhibit at River Arts Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Men, Mountains, Sky, an exhibit of paintings by Neil Berger, will be on exhibit at the Gallery at River Arts June 28 – September 2, 2018.

These paintings came from one year Berger spent painting at Battery Park in Burlington. The far Adirondacks, framed by the trees of the park, and the regular group of guys, Berger grew to look forward to. “I identified with them – men beneath the sky, at the foot of the mountains, touched by lake breezes, on no clock, of a free and easy disposition, taking in the passers-by, part of the whirring cosmos.” Berger noticed his seeing progressed over the year, particularly of the men. Slowly he started to see figures not in sociological terms of Tourists or Refugees, into shapes and colors more than figures. By giving himself over to the retinal sensations, his figures acquired more life. The very reason he had stopped painting from life years ago- the almost desperate, mindless speed required and the utter din of information, now grew into, from the necessity of being a bit of a new refugee to Vermont himself and lacking a studio, something to embrace. Returning again and again to this site brought a meditative deliberateness to his outdoor practice.

Berger was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1971. Specializing in oil painting and printmaking, he has received several awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in painting (2004), a Pollock-Krasner Award (2011), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in printmaking (2007) and two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grants (2007, 2001). He moved to Shelburne, Vermont two years ago and paints in a renovated barn on his property while teaching painting and drawing at the Shelburne Craft School.

Gallery open Sunday-Friday from 9am-4pm. Free admission, and accessible to those with disabilities. For specific accessibility requests, contact Heidi at Heidi@RiverArtsVT.org or 802-888-1261.

Time: 6/28/18 9:00am - 9/2/18 4:00pm
Location: River Arts, Morrisville
Jun
28
2018
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Sep
3
2018

The Sky's The Limit

The Sky's The Limit Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Bryan Memorial Gallery presents "The Sky's The Limit", a juried group show by 72 artists of artworks featuring the sky as the predominant element of the composition.

Artist Reception: Sunday July 1st, Roundtable at 1 PM and Reception 2-4 PM

Time: 6/28/18 11:00am - 9/3/18 4:00pm
Location: Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville
Jun
28
2018
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Sep
3
2018

The Head of the Class

The Head of the Class Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Bryan Memorial Gallery presents THE HEAD OF THE CLASS. An invitational group show of 30 artworks by 9 Lamoille County present and former elementary and high school art teachers, are included in this Middle Room exhibit.

Time: 6/28/18 11:00am - 9/3/18 4:00pm
Location: Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville
May
12
2018
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Sep
9
2018

Thinking About Extinction and Other Droll Things: Recent Prints and Drawings by Edward Koren

Thinking About Extinction and Other Droll Things: Recent Prints and Drawings by Edward Koren
Description:

This exhibition features recent etchings and lithographs by Vermont artist Edward Koren, who is best known for his iconic cartoons of furry humans published in The New Yorker magazine. This summer’s show features a largely unknown body of prints, some fresh off the press and never before exhibited. Included in the selection of works are those featuring curious skeletal creatures in a landscape of ruined Gothic and Classical architecture partially inspired by Koren’s reading of The Sixth Extinction by Berkshire County resident Elizabeth Kolbert, as well as those from the La Petite Reine series (translated as the little queen, an early French term for the modern safety bicycle)which celebrates the sense of liberation, that feeling of freedom in space afforded by the bicycle.

Time: 5/12/18 10:00am - 9/9/18 5:00pm
Location: Bennington Museum, Bennington
Jul
3
2018
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Sep
27
2018

Hillsides and Hexagons - Paintings by Nick DeFriez

Hillsides and Hexagons - Paintings by Nick DeFriez Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Chelsea-based artist Nick DeFriez’s paintings and drawings blend the energy, abstraction, and matrix of Vermont’s agricultural activity and landscape. DeFriez’s exhibit presents a visual narrative, incorporating the painter’s strong appreciation for and insight into today’s family farms, working landscape and farmers markets. Opening reception Friday, July 13, 4:00-7:00 PM. PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.

Time: 7/3/18 8:00am - 9/27/18 4:30pm
Location: Governor's Gallery, 109 State Street, Montpelier
Jul
3
2018
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Sep
27
2018

The Vermont Years, So Far... Paintings by Harry A. Rich

The Vermont Years, So Far...   Paintings by Harry A. Rich Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Rich’s collection of large-scale acrylic-on-canvas paintings in this exhibit spans the time he has lived in Vermont, from 2008 to 2018. His latest work shows the influence of his comparatively new Vermont experience. Rich’s journey into abstraction reveals his own stylistically fluid, fresh, and vibrant use of color and dimension. Opening reception Friday, July 13, 4:00-7:00 PM.

Time: 7/3/18 8:00am - 9/27/18 4:30pm
Location: Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, 111 State Street, Montpelier
Dec
22
2017
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Sep
30
2018

Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

A large-scale, interactive sculpture installation by LA-based artist James Peterson, inspired by magical Siberian ice caves. Presented by Spruce Peak at Stowe, produced and curated by Helen Day Art Center. Located in the Spruce Peak Village Center, outside Spa Entrance. Open to the public all hours.

Time: 12/22/17 12:00am - 9/30/18 12:00am
Location: Spruce Peak Village Center, Stowe
Mar
20
2018
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Nov
11
2018

Waterfowl Wonders And Amusing Animals By Three Self-Taught Addison County, Vermont Carvers

Waterfowl Wonders And Amusing Animals By Three Self-Taught Addison County, Vermont Carvers Vermont Arts 2018
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"Waterfowl Wonders and Amusing Animals by Three Self-taught Addison County, Vermont carvers – Gary Starr, Chuck Herrmann, and William Holway - greet delighted visitors to the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, Vermont.

Gary Starr is a world-class self-taught carver whose decorative decoys and birds are on display at the Sheldon – from three magnificent oversized shore birds – one standing, a second running, and a third feeding – to a variety of life-sized colorful birds including a Puffin, American Oyster Catcher, Belted King Fisher, Baltimore Oriole, and Lilac Breasted Roller.

Before perfecting his drawing, Bill Holway began his artistic pursuits by whittling and was one of the original craftsmen when Frog Hollow the Vermont State Craft Center was started in Middlebury in 1971. For years, Bill Holway was known locally for his “performance drawings” at Kennedy Brothers in Vergennes. His wood carvings at the Sheldon feature a moose with an iconic rack of antlers and a prominent beard-like dewlap under its chin, a brown bear, a frolicking horse, and more exotic animals such as long-horned goat, hippopotamus, elephant, zebra, camel, and giraffes.

Chuck Herrmann's carvings are a reflection of his deep commitment to the Vermont forest, its history and value. As an example, true to his investigative and collecting habits, he carved birds and waterfowl from remnants of a “root fence” that was once located on a farm field at New Haven Junction at the intersection of Routes 7 and 17.

Time: 3/20/18 10:00am - 11/11/18 5:00pm
Location: Henry Sheldon Museum, One Park Street, Middlebury