Arts Calendar: Vermont Arts 2018
Join us for an elegant evening at the Elley-Long Music Center to benefit the VYOA’s ensembles and community engagement programs! Your ticket includes complementary wine, light fare, and dessert as you are treated to a unique, rotating concert featuring performances by students & alumni. Contact Brea at 802-655-5030 ext. 100 for more information or to purchase tickets.
10/11/18 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Elley-Long Music Center, Colchester
Public Lecture by Visiting Guest Designer Meredith Davis: "Designer 2025"
What art trends tell us something about the challenges designers will face in 2025? This presentation will discuss evidence of where the field is going; new opportunities for design to have an influence; and the competencies required to meet the demands of expanding practice.
This lecture is free and open to the public, and is a VCFA MFA in Graphic Design Fall 2018 Residency event. See https://vcfa.edu/graphic-design/news/mfa-graphic-design-announces-october-2018-residency-events for more information.
10/11/18 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Noble Lounge, VCFA, Montpelier
The famed pairing of two boyhood pals and Jefferson Airplane compatriots, Hot Tuna has been performing a heady mix of classic blues and American roots music for nearly 50 years. Guitar great Jorma Kaukonen and bassist supreme Jack Cassidy have never wavered in one of the most enduring friendships and creative partnerships in popular music history. Acoustic Guitar hails Jorma as “a force in American music, equally adept at acoustic folk and blue,” while Premier Guitar writes that “Jack Cassidy is virtually unparalleled . . . he bursts forth with creative lines, both simple and ornate, that are unlike any you’ve ever heard.” Expect an evening of acoustic wizardry from this extraordinary pair.
Reserved seating: $40-$85
Tickets: 802-728-6464 or online at www.chandler-arts.org
Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph
Thursdays, September 6 - October 11 | 6 Classes
Ages 4 - Kindergarten
$125 (member) | $150 (non-member)
In this active, engaging and fun filled series of classes, children will experience the joys of combining art and music! Instrument making, self expression through art and music, exploring percussion, song and movement are all part of these dynamic classes taught by local musician and educator, Lesley Grant. Each of the following sessions will vary in projects and experiences, making each class a new experience for young, budding artists.
Instructor: Lesley Grant
9/6/18 3:00pm - 10/11/18 5:00pm
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe
Thursdays, September 6 - October 11 | 6 Classes
$125 (member) | $150 (non-member)
Students will sculpt and paint their own Van Gogh flowers, recreate the weather inside, and make sculptures from natural materials they collect outside. Looking at famous artist working today and throughout history, students will get to see how nature can inspire wildly different kinds of art.
Instructor: Lisa Wolfgang
9/6/18 3:00pm - 10/11/18 5:00pm
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe
The Feick Arts Center is pleased to announce our first exhibit of the season. “Stephen Petegorsky - Photography” opens on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont with a reception from 5-7pm including refreshments, music, and a chance to meet the artist. The exhibit features a series of images based on cleared and stained animal specimens that Petegorsky remakes into haunting photographs that highlight the poetic and lyrical qualities of morphology.
Growing up in New York City, Stephen Petegorsky’s exposure to animals was limited. He saw dogs, squirrels, and depressed creatures in their depressing surroundings at the Central Park Zoo. But he was fascinated by the dioramas in the Museum of Natural History. There, the science and art of taxidermy combined with props and painted backgrounds allowed him to see animals in a manner that would otherwise have been impossible; it fueled his curiosity to no end.
Cleared and stained specimens are equally captivating to Petegorsky. In this process used by scientists to study morphology, small mammals, reptiles, fish, and amphibians are soaked in a solution that renders tissue transparent, and stains are used to make bones and cartilage a darker color. This allows their interior structure to be visible, giving us a window into a world that is beautiful, elegant, and complex. It serves as a point of departure for Petegorsky’s imagination.
Born in New York City, Petegorsky has lived in western Massachusetts for over 40 years. He graduated from Amherst College in 1975 as a Fine Arts major, and later received an M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design.
His creative work has been exhibited internationally, and is in collections throughout this country as well as in Europe. He has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Connecticut, and currently works as a freelance photographer specializing in photography of artworks.
He has been interested in animals – alive, dead, taxidermed – for as long as he can remember.
His exhibit at the Feick Arts Center runs from Friday, September 14 until Friday, October 12. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The opening reception runs from 5-7pm on Sept. 14. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday by chance or appointment. The Feick Arts Center is located at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. For more information call 802-287-8398 or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/TheFeick.
9/14/18 9:00am - 10/12/18 5:00pm
Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College, Poultney
Friday, October 5 & 12 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 6 & 13 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 7 & 14 at 2 pm
The affable Leonard Vole is being tried for the murder of a wealthy woman, and legendary lawyer Sir Wilfrid Robarts has chosen to represent him. Unfortunately, Leonard’s alibi depends on the testimony of his callous wife, Romaine — who, after the discovery of a legal loophole, makes the shocking decision to appear in court against him. To Sir Wilfrid’s surprise, this is only the first in a series of puzzling revelations and reversals.
Ticket prices: Adult: $25 Member $20 Youth $12 (18 & under)
10/5/18 7:30pm - 10/14/18 4:00pm
Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Rd., Dorset
Long Day's Journey Into Night • Considered by many to be the greatest play by America's greatest dramatist. Spanning one day in the life of a tumultuous family. Eugene O'Neill changed American drama forever and his play is a living testament to the power of theatre.
Matinees Sunday, Thursday and First Saturday at 2 pm
10/5/18 7:30pm - 10/14/18 10:00pm
331 Main St., Bennington
Thriving Spaces explores the parallels of two contrasting mediums connected through a shared theme. This show brings together street artists from New York and artists from the Vermont Glass Guild to develop a combined display of original work. Cascading canvases echo sculptural glass, forming an experiential exhibit that reimagines the surrounding natural world. Free & open to the public. Suggested donation $5.
Artwork: Left: Matt Seasholtz, Coastal Bowl, Night Sky. Right: Magda Love, My Head is a Jungle, 2015
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester
No tickets needed
Join in the fun this winter with this community production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
“One of the best Christmas stories ever – and certainly one of the funniest.” (The Seattle Times)
When the town terrors, also known as the six Herdman kids, forego their usual mischief-making to take over the annual Christmas Pageant, they provide a completely new spin on the traditional story, including improving the gifts from the Wise Men. But this Christmas pageant is filled with surprises for everyone, including the Herdmans. Adapted from the best-selling children’s book, this production will feature the talents of local performers from across the Kingdom, from the very young to the young at heart, and is sure to fill your holiday season with laughter and joy.
Auditions for children 10 and up will take place on Tuesday, October 9 from 3:30 – 5:30 PM,
Auditions for adults will take place on Thursday, October 11 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, and
Auditions for children 6 – 9 will take place on Sunday, October 14 from 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro
This evening of pure, frothy fun will have you boppin’ to over fifty well-known songs that topped the 1960s charts: Respect, You Can’t Hurry Love, Say A Little Prayer, and more! Oct 4-7, 10-14, 17-20. Tickets and exact performance days/times can be found on our website.
10/4/18 7:30pm - 10/20/18 9:00pm
ArtisTree Community Arts Center/Grange Theatre, South Pomfret
Exposed. is Helen Day Art Center’s 27th annual outdoor sculpture exhibition. Sculptural, site-specific, and participatory work from regional and national artists is exhibited throughout the town of Stowe.
Throughout the village, Stowe
Fresh from Broadway and the West End, the regional premiere of this stunning new play will captivate audiences. Inspired by the true story of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships, and quiet heroics that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Oslo is a deeply personal story set against a complex historical canvas, a story about the individuals behind world history and their all too human ambitions. Oslo is “thrilling, a colossus,” raves Ben Brantley of The New York Times. At this cultural moment when finding common ground is paramount, “Oslo gives us hope” (Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News).
9/19/18 7:30pm - 10/21/18 10:30pm
74 Gates St, White River Junction
An intimate portrait of a time of great change.
Written by August Wilson.
In the midst of the civil rights movement, a group of neighbors in Pittsburgh's Hill District navigate the changing perceptions of race in America. The sixth play in August Wilson’s acclaimed Century Cycle, Two Trains Running is Weston’s 4th annual American Masters offering.
Tuesday - Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm
Wednesday & Saturday Matinees at 2:00 pm
Sunday Matinee at 3:00 pm
Run Time: Approx. 2 hour 45 minutes
Ticket Price: $43. Does not include sales tax or possible fees.
Second Stage at Walker Farm, Weston
HOWARD FRANK MOSHER'S "DISAPPEARANCES" STAGED BY LOST NATION THEATER
LOST NATION THEATER BRINGS ANOTHER VERMONT STORY TO LIFE ON STAGE!! Join us for an event that goes to the heart - in the heart - of the heart - of our beloved Green Mountain home. For the last 30 years, Lost Nation Theater’s heart has been warmly embraced in the heart of Montpelier, in the heart of Vermont. And, at the heart of LNT’s mission is the telling of great Vermont stories. You can’t get much more Vermont than that. So, for its 30th Season closing production, Lost Nation Theater, in a bold and exciting venture, oh so proudly presents the world premiere staging of Howard Frank Mosher’s Vermont novel DISAPPEARANCES -- the first time ANY Mosher novel has been adapted for the stage on October 4th -21st.
LNT Founder (and native son) Kim Allen Bent's original stage adaptation is rambunctious storytelling with a twist. DISAPPEARANCES is a thrilling coming-of-age story, homage to old Vermont, and a tall tale with chases, narrow escapes, comedy, and ghosts all rolled into one. Desperate for money to keep his farm afloat in the winter of ‘32, Quebec Bill, head of his clan of hardy Vermonters, introduces his teen son to the other family trade - whiskey smuggling. It’s an epic journey through the wilderness with unforgettable characters and magical escapades.
The book was written in 1977 - the same year Kim founded Lost Nation Theater. And Kim, as you may or may not know, grew up on a dairy farm in Braintree VT.
On Friday October 5th, the DISAPPEARANCES OPENING GALA Celebrates National Life Group and Lost Nation Theater for “30 years of doing good and doing good theater.” These are two big hearts pumping life into our community! Come join us for a delicious pre-show reception at 6:30pm and live music with fiddler Adam Boyce and guest speakre Chris Graff. And after the show there is a party with the cast, desserts, and moonshine shots (non-alcoholic too)!
SHOWS: October 4th -21st. Thursdays thru Saturdays at 7:30PM; Sundays at 2PM.
OPENING NIGHT GALA on Friday October 5th starts at 6:30PM
TICKETS: www.lostnationtheater.org, or call 802-229-0492, or at the door.
LOCATION: Montpelier’s City Hall Auditorium Arts Center, 39 Main Street. Handicap Accessible.
Lost Nation Theater is a 501(c)3 non-profit award-winning professional theater committed to personal and community transformation.
Lost Nation Theater dedicates itself to staging stories about the hopeful possibilities of human interaction; to education; and to realizing the powerful potential of theater to transform people and communities. See you at the Theater!
10/4/18 7:30pm - 10/21/18 11:59pm
LOST NATION THEATER - CITY HALL PERFORMING ARTS CTR, Montpelier
An exciting group of artists will present sculptural and video installations for SculptFest2018 at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center. Proposals were submitted in response to this year’s theme of “Interdependence.” Guest curator Alisa Dworsky selected site-specific works by artists Charles Hickey, Amy Königbauer, Sophia Latysheva, Jessica Leete and Nathaniel Lieb with Eva Schmidt. Also chosen, Susan Maas, Indigo Naar, Sayward Schoonmaker, Lynn Sullivan and Sam Talbot-Kelly.
The exhibition is free and open to the public, with a self-guiding map available for visitors. SculptFest2018 closes October 22. For more information, please contact the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center by telephone at (802) 438-2097 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
9/9/18 10:00am - 10/22/18 4:00pm
The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland
This studio session is for artists at all levels who want to practice their skills drawing from live models. While there is no formal instruction, session sharing is encouraged and an instructor is available for some instruction. Different materials will be available for different evenings for those wishing to experiment (examples include Conte crayons, paint sticks, pastels, brush and ink, etc.) Experienced artists and beginners will all feel at home. Price $80 (daily drop ins welcome $15)
9/6/18 3:00pm - 10/25/18 5:00pm
Main Street Arts, Saxtons River
Warren Kimble: An Artists Journey
September 4-October 26, 2018
Opening Reception Friday September 7, 4:00-8:00 pm with a talk by the artists at 6:00 pm
Make Your Own Lazy Susan Workshop with Warren September 8-9. Pre-registrion is required. Fee $200 plus $50 for materials
The Gallery is thrilled to have a Warren Kimble exhibit in September that will draw on more than 50 years of Kimble’s experience as a fine artist, educator and antiques collector. An opening reception will be held on Friday September 7th from 4-8:00 pm with an Art Talk by Warren Kimble at 6 pm. The reception is free and refreshments will be served. Warren will lead a two-day workshop on September 8-9 at the Gallery. Participants will each assemble a wooden Lazy Susan and hand paint their creation to take home, under the artistic guidance of Kimble. $200 plus $50 for materials, pre-registration is required and space is limited!
9/4/18 12:00pm - 10/26/18 4:00pm
T.W. Wood Gallery 46 Barre St at the Center for Arts & Learning, Montpelier
The T. W. Wood Gallery at 46 Barre St in Montpelier, Vermont is pleased to announce an exhibit of the Vermont Modern Quilt Guild member show. The exhibit will be open for viewing from Tuesday, October 2, through Friday, October 26. There will be an opening reception with refreshments served and an opportunity to meet the artists on Thursday October 4, from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Gallery.
The Vermont Modern Quilting Guild mission is to encourage and inspire the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community in Vermont and beyond. The Guild strives to encourage modern quilt making and collecting, provide educational activities, support and sponsor quilting activities such as community events that provide the opportunity to share the art and enjoyment of quilting and to encourage new quilters and fiber artists in non-traditional fiber projects.
Also on exhibit is Warren Kimble: An Artist’s Journey exhibit along with works from the Gallery’s permanent collection. The Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12:00-4:00 pm and by appointment. The Gallery is located at 46 Barre Street at the Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier.
10/2/18 12:00pm - 10/27/18 4:00pm
T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier
Short Stories, an exhibit of assemblages and 2d work by Axel Stohlberg, will be on exhibit at the Gallery at River Arts September 6-October 28, 2018.
Assemblages are works of art created by grouping unrelated found objects. From painting, drawing, sculpture and assemblage, Stohlberg moves between the lines of recognizable and abstract images, feeling the freedom to explore different directions. From old armchair springs, miniature figurines, and twigs set into unconventional shadow boxes – each assemblage tells a story. Both relatable and unexpected, with a juxtaposition of everyday objects and punchline titles. His abstract landscapes include a variety of surface treatments, textures, and materials that compliment and relate to his assemblages.
Since selling “Axel’s Frame Shop and Gallery”, which Stohlberg founded over 30 years ago in Waterbury, he now devotes all his time to art. With residencies at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Basin Harbor, and four residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Stohlberg brings a breadth of experience.
9/6/18 9:00am - 10/28/18 5:00pm
River Arts, Morrisville
Curated by Harlem Needle Arts founder and director Michelle Bishop, this special exhibit features pieces by eight contemporary textile artists from New York, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Indianapolis. The works share and are defined by some element of thread construction, but are diverse in presentation, including quilting, embroidery, mixed media, costume, and fiber fusion. Each work speaks to the artist’s view of the African Diaspora and his or her own personal interpretation of historic and contemporary events.
7/15/18 10:00am - 10/28/18 5:00pm
Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburg
Morrisville – Favorite Places, a group show featuring photography by 12 artists, will be on exhibit in the Copley Common Room at River Arts September 6-October 28, 2018.
Exemplifying the spirit of Morrisville through a sense of place, images range from natural riverviews to street scenes. Fireworks explode over the dam, bicycles congregate along the rail trail, mountains peak through iconic rooflines. Selected images feature strong compositional elements, technical ability, and a strong sense of place.
Participating artists include: Loretta Baer, Nancy Banks, Drew Bressel, Nan Carle-Beauregard, Ross Connelly, Chris Crothers, Kevin Fitzgerald, Ron Kelly, Orah Moore, Tina Pearson, Janine Stokes, and Aryk Tomlinson.
9/6/18 9:00am - 10/28/18 5:00pm
River Arts, Morrisville
A tale of love and longing, Dear Elizabeth follows the beautiful and bittersweet friendship between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Across oceans, continents, and three decades, these esteemed poets found a marriage of true minds in their eloquent correspondence. They traded hundreds of vibrant, witty, and passionate letters that now spring to life on stage. This intimate story paints a portrait of two ordinary – and quite extraordinary – lives.
10/4/18 7:30pm - 10/28/18 10:30pm
Northern Stage, White River Junction
Edgewater Gallery in Stowe unveils a solo exhibition and new series of etched aluminum paintings by Homer Wells. New Dimensions in Landscape is on view October 1st through October 28th. There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 5th from 5:00-7:00 pm with an artist talk at 6:00pm. Homer Wells will also be at the Gallery for a demonstration of his techniques on Saturday, October 20th from 1:00-3:00 pm. Expect the unexpected as Wells unveils his new geometric constructions to play with perception and light.
Originally a sign maker by trade, Wells is one of Vermont’s preeminent metal sculptors. He works with recycled metal, using translucent paint over his spun aluminum designs to enhance reflected light. As viewers shift their gaze across the piece, the refraction and reflection create the appearance of clouds and water steadily moving across the panel. Burnishing, brushing, auto paint and sealants make his original pieces distinctive, versatile, and able to be installed indoors or outdoors.
Part artist and part magician, Homer Wells defies logic and conventional notions of 2D art in his aluminum constructions. His pieces take on an almost kinetic quality as light refracts across the surface, producing a 3D effect. Says Wells of this new series, “My work has often been likened to a glass of water or a breath of fresh air. These things do not threaten our beliefs nor do they call us to public action. These landscapes are new in technique and materials, testing what we see with our eyes/retinas and what we see with our minds. I hope the viewer will be encouraged to open the mind to seeing things that can only be seen in the mind’s eye.”
The work in New Dimensions in Landscape explores new possibilities beyond the flat 2D plane of the traditional landscape. By micro engraving the surface of the aluminum, air brushing colors and bending, doming, and curving surfaces, he creates a sculptural object that presents as a landscape painting, yet defies that expectation.
Etched patterns become an almost photographic representation of a mountainside and reflection. Says Wells, “It is my hope that the viewer will give each painting a chance to move and change in the light, finding that position in the room that makes the clouds move or even disappear, the water shimmer, and the sun rise.”
Homer’s Wells’ artistic works have been featured nationally, at the Burning Man Festival and in private collections. For further information on, New Dimensions in Landscape, please call Edgewater’s Gallery in Stowe at 802.760.6785, email email@example.com or visit edgewatergallery.co/edgewater-in-stowe/
Edgewater Gallery in Stowe, Stowe
Hours: M-F 9-5 and Sat. 12-4
Pornography of War & Do Black Lives Matter? BY Namaya at the River Garden 157 Main Street in Brattleboro. Namaya Art Rat for Peace will show works from his recent New Orleans retrospective show "Building a Peaceable Community" at the New Orleans’s Art Center. Co-sponsored by Vermont Veterans for Peace and www.gracecares.org. A portion of profits benefit projects for Grace Cares.
At the New Orleans Arts Center part of the Prospect 4, “One of the most compelling shows on peace arts in New Orleans this season.” Namaya said, "As a veteran, I am committed to speaking out against the impact of war and militarism."
This exhibit includes Peace & Human Rights Arts from the past decade: Key exhibits: Do Black Lives Matter? Pornography of War (Art on the impact of War and Militarism), Konsume (Cereal Killers & Sugar Junkies), Immigration (Welcome we are a nation of Immigrants), End Apartheid in the Holy Land,
10/1/18 9:00am - 10/31/18 5:00pm
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro
Internationally recognized author and illustrator David Macaulay will exhibit images from eight of his books, including preliminary sketches and finished art created between 1982 and 2010. According to the artist, the books range from the "history of architecture and the workings of technology to aspects of the human body, the decline of society, and why a chicken once crossed a road." He says that the works "represent a tiny sliver of the vast amount of flotsam left in the wake of each book.”
9/17/18 8:30am - 11/2/18 4:30pm
Spotlight Gallery, Vermont Arts Council, 136 State St., Montpelier
Dates & Times:
Exhibition: Monday, August 27th 2018 – Saturday, November 3rd 2018
Reception: Thursday, September 27th, 4-6 pm in the Christine Price Gallery
Artist Talk: Thursday, September 27th, 12:30 pm in the Herrick Auditorium
This exhibition is a collection of photographs, divided by images that document human interventions and text, in rural and urban landscapes, and through images that chronicles things Robert finds amusing. Beginning his photographic journey at Castleton, Robert reveals a photographic theme of capturing daily moments in time and space.
About the Artist:
Robert Gilson photographs daily wherever he is, and does not restrict his photographic practice to a specific subject. He is a Castleton University alumni, and his photographs have been exhibited and published in the U.S. and in Europe.
8/27/18 8:00am - 11/3/18 4:00pm
The Christine Price Gallery, Castleton
This exhibition demonstrates the uniqueness, as well as the intersections, of the printmaking practices that Hammond and Smith have developed as contemporaries and friends over the last twenty years.
9/21/18 10:00am - 11/3/18 5:00pm
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe
Bryan Memorial Gallery presents its Flagship exhibition featuring juried landscape paintings from New England Artists. This year's top prize went to Andrew Orr for Summer Shadows. The gallery is open seven days a week until october 8th when the hours are Thursday through Sunday 11-4. The exhibit features 69 artists and more than 100 paintings.
9/6/18 11:00am - 11/4/18 4:00pm
Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville
Bryan Memorial Gallery presents Location, Location, Location, a Vermont Landscape painting exhibit of works by its founder, Alden Bryan (1913-2001) and six contemporary artists. For this exhibit, the contemporary artists followed in Bryan's footsteps, returning to specific locations where he painted as long as 75 years ago to paint the scene again today. Locations include views in Stowe, Waterville, and Cambridge. Hours are daily 11-4 until October 8th when the gallery is open Thursday through Sunday 11-4.
9/6/18 11:00am - 11/4/18 4:00pm
Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville
The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) announces a show of new paintings by Leicester artist Ashley Wolff. The exhibit, “Reinventing the View” runs August 31 through November 5. The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception Friday, August 31 from 5 to 7PM.
Ashley has built a devoted following with her colorful watercolors, gouache paintings and children’s book illustrations. The vibrant, celebratory pieces she has selected for “Reinventing the View” stem from a more personal source.
“I chose the title, ‘Reinventing the View’ to mark being back in my home state, but without either parent,” Ashley explains, “After 34 years in California I returned to live close to my mother. The lush bouquets of flowers painted in gouache are an outpouring of emotion following Mom’s death in May. She loved saturated color and anything purple.”
The other half of the show includes transparent watercolors. “It’s a medium I first learned and practiced with my father, who died 30 years ago,” says Ashley. “So it appears, without conscious planning, that I’m honoring both parents with work they would have loved if they could be here.”
“Reinventing the Landscape” is part of Vermont Arts 2018 – a year-long celebration highlighting arts events across the state, sponsored by the Vermont Arts Council.
8/31/18 5:00pm - 11/5/18 5:00pm
Brandon Artist Guild, Brandon
"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.
3/20/18 10:00am - 11/11/18 5:00pm
Henry Sheldon Museum, One Park Street, Middlebury
November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War One. The Sheldon Museum has combed its collection and archives along with the help of Addison County private collections to mount an exhibit that features roles played by Vermonters in what was called the “War to End All Wars.” The exhibit concentrates on Vermont’s Addison County residents who were in the service during WWI.
Central to the exhibit are the histories, memorabilia, photographs, and letters of three Middlebury residents: Jacob J. Ross, M.D., who served as Flight Surgeon in France with the 17th Aero Squadron caring for the sick and wounded; Waldo Heinrichs, a pilot with the 95th Aero Squadron, known then as “luckiest man in the war” for surviving two plane crashes and internment in a German hospital; Werner Neuse, a German by birth, who enlisted in the German army as a teenager shortly after his father, Richard Neuse, also a German soldier was killed. Werner Neuse later immigrated to the United State, became a citizen, earned his graduate degrees and joined the faculty of Middlebury College German Department and helped to start the College’s German summer language school. After the war Neuse and Heinrichs lived on the same block of South Street in Middlebury, while Ross established his home and office on College Street.
Their stories and those of others from Addison County are featured in the exhibit, as are colorful recruitment and war advocacy posters from the Sheldon’s Research Center Archives, together with WWI uniforms, helmets, armaments, books, and first-hand accounts.
The exhibit culminates with "In Flanders Field," an eloquent, provocative art installation by internationally-recognized artist Fran Bull of Brandon, Vermont. Based on the WWI poem by Colonel John McCrae, who taught pathology at the University of Vermont’s Medical School before the war, Fran Bull reimagines the verses as visual art. Her points of departure are the skies with singing birds, fields of red poppies and white crosses, and the lamentations of corpses. Larks become bomber planes, crosses and coffins morph into formal grids. Flowers and blood-red rags stand for lost treasures and remembrance.
7/31/18 10:00am - 11/11/18 5:00pm
Henry Sheldon Museum, Middlebury
The Photography of Robert Cohen
Exhibition Dates: October 4th through November 12, 2018
Opening Reception: October 4th (5:30 pm to 7:00 pm)
LEONARD ROBERT COHEN
He began his photographic journey in elementary school using an Ansco box camera. His “eye” has evolved considerably since then (along with the camera). He is an inveterate traveler and photographs what appeals to his eye and the moment, from whimsy to abstraction to light to nature.
10/4/18 5:30pm - 11/12/18 5:00pm
Main Street Arts, Saxtons River
October 5 through November 18: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present Deidre Scherer’s
“Human Textures”, showcasing her paper and fabric weavings, as well as collaborative vessels with artist Jackie Abrams. Artist Opening Reception Friday, October 5 from 5-7pm, Artist Talk featuring both Artists Saturday, October 27 at 5pm.
Pioneering in the medium of thread-on-layered-fabric, Scherer's collages, both in fabric and paper media, engage the viewer with the tenderness of being human. The Rhode Island School of Design honored Scherer with their 2010 Alumni Association Award for Artistic Achievement “for the innovative medium of textile art she has developed, and for her thought-provoking investigations of our society’s views of aging, reflections on life, death, family relationships and the welfare of future generations.” Scherer has exhibited in hundreds of shows since 1979, and has been featured in several galleries nationwide including the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Heller Museum in NYC.
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is committed to presenting innovative, contemporary works in a variety of media that stimulate both the seasoned collector and aesthetic explorer.
10/5/18 5:00pm - 11/18/18 5:00pm
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro
PHOTOGRAPHS AND STORIES BY ETHAN HUBBARD
ON VIEW IN THE GALLERY AT HIGHLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS SEPTEMBER 21 THROUGH DECEMBER 2
For nearly 50 years, Ethan Hubbard drove the back roads of rural Vermont in search of old-time Vermonters. This retrospective of Hubbard’s documentary work and his life living alongside the people of North-Central Vermont showcases more than 40 of Hubbard’s large-format black and white photographic portraits – pulled from some 600 rolls of film that he shot over five decades. Also included are audio excerpts chosen from 125 of Hubbard’s tape recordings and interviews. In barns and fields, from forest walks to kitchen tables, Ethan’s photographic portraits and audio recordings transport the viewer to rural Vermont and to the moments he shared with the people he met there.
OPENING RECEPTION AND ARTIST TALK
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 AT 5:00 PM | RSVP HERE
LIVE STORYTELLING EVENT WITH ETHAN HUBBARD
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 AT 7:00 PM
9/21/18 5:00pm - 12/2/18 8:00pm
Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro
Gerald Auten uses powdered graphite or graphite pencils on dense, smooth hot-pressed paper or onto the back of old museum posters and postcards. To the powdered graphite, he adds a bonding element, WD40, turpentine, or linseed oil, often buffing the surface. The work takes many months to achieve the dense metallic, oily surfaces. The affect is luminous, deeply saturated, mysterious and mischievous.
Curated by Dian Parker
White River Gallery @ BALE, Chelsea
Four years ago, Vermont Folklife Center researchers Greg Sharrow and Andy Kolovos began fieldwork to explore the grass-roots food movement in Vermont. Sharrow described his early meetings with farmers in the Rutland area as revealing “the spokes on a wheel”, with the hub located at Boardman Hill Farm, where Greg and Gay Cox have lived and farmed for more than three decades.
Growing Food, Growing Farmers is an intimate look at the expanding community of young farmers in Rutland County and the surrounding area. The exhibit showcases farmers, often with their families, through large-format photographic portraits by Macaulay Lerman. Sharrow’s metaphor of the “wheel,”a central theme of the exhibit, is conveyed in the form of biographies and audio interview excerpts that complement the portraits of more than a dozen current and former farmers, many of whom trace some aspect of their agricultural trajectory to the Cox’s mentorship and generosity.
Growing Food, Growing Farmers is the product of an ethnographic research approach: making visible the experiences of one community of farmers that exists within the larger network of local food production in Vermont.
OPENING RECEPTION: On September 7, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM, the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, VT will host a public reception and gallery talk. Complimentary locally sourced food and drink, including beer, wine, craft cheeses, produce and more will be served.
8/21/18 10:00am - 12/31/18 5:00pm
Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury