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Arts Calendar: Vermont Arts 2018

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Mar
20
2018
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Jul
8
2018

Our Town: Love, Joy, Sadness, and Baseball — 100 Years of Photography from the Sheldon Museum

Our Town: Love, Joy, Sadness, and Baseball — 100 Years of Photography from the Sheldon Museum Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

While still an award-winning photographer with the National Geographic, James Pease Blair summered in Middlebury, Vermont. On his retirement, Jim Blair and his wife Elise settled in Vermont year-round. Jim became entranced by the singular photography collection found in the Research Center of the Henry Sheldon Museum, where he found exceptional images that traced the citizens, landscapes, and townscapes of Addison County and the Lake Champlain region.

Collaborating with Sheldon Museum Archivist Eva Garcelon-Hart, he has chosen three dozen remarkable photographs that will be displayed in the exhibit Our Town: Love, Joy, Sadness, and Baseball — 100 Years of Photography from the Sheldon Museum from March 20, 2018 through July 08, 2018. His choices reflect a photographer’s unique eye, developed in his early training from celebrated American photographers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind and while studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in photography at the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Later during his long career at the National Geographic he traveled the world, advancing his art, resulting in further photographic achievements.

The exhibit features single and group portraits of Vermonters – both the celebrated and the ordinary citizen, village scenes capturing disasters and daily life, landscapes of Vermont’s treasured mountains and lakes. Stunning aerial landscape photographs were taken by George N. Lathrop (1900 – 1983). An extensive collection of Lathrop’s photographs and negatives of Addison County taken between 1930s and 1960s is part of the Sheldon archives.

100 years of life in the Middlebury region are highlighted in the exhibit. Vintage clothing and photographic equipment from the Sheldon Museum’s collection complement the exhibit.

Time: 3/20/18 10:00am - 7/8/18 5:00pm
Location: Henry Sheldon Museum, Middlebury
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
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
Friday, June 8, 2018
Jun
8
2018

A Cappella à la Carte

A Cappella à la Carte Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Friends of Music at Guilford presents its three-part A Cappella à la Carte season finale at two neighboring churches in the Algiers village of Guilford. The Annual Membership Meeting (open to all) and a Community Potluck Picnic -- at 6:00 and 6:30, respectively -- are in Christ Church at the corner of Melendy Hill Rd. and Rt. 5. The 7:30 A Cappella Concert is across the way at Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr., off Bee Barn Rd. The Guilford Chamber Singers perform songs set to texts by American Poets, followed by songs composed by Women Across 10 Centuries performed by the Cantabile Vocal Ensemble, a quintet of music professionals from the Pioneer Valley. A festive dessert reception caps the evening. For further info: 802-254-3600, office@fomag.org, www.fomag.org.

Time: 6/8/18 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Christ Church & Guilford Community Church, Guilford
Apr
28
2018
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Jun
9
2018

Hold Me, Pet Me, I'm Crying About Something

Hold Me, Pet Me, I'm Crying About Something Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

This solo exhibition is a collection of artwork that spans the last few years of Nina Dubois’ life: an alchemy of flash poetry, paint and reclaimed materials. Working in a variety of mediums, she investigates history, text, and place, from the real and imagined to personal and political. Dubois is an artist, feminist, and educator living in Vermont. She graduated from Goddard College with a B.A. in Arts Education and teaches at a therapeutic high school in Poultney, Vermont.

Time: 4/28/18 12:00pm - 6/9/18 6:00pm
Location: CU Bank Gallery, 104 Merchants Row, Center Rutland
May
18
2018
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Jun
9
2018

TRIO: Ceramics Exhibit

TRIO: Ceramics Exhibit Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

A special ceramics exhibit at the ArtisTree Gallery featuring the work of Fiona Davis, Deborah Goodwin and Amanda Ann Palmer. Opening reception on Friday, May 18th at 5:30-7:30 pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am - 4 pm

Time: 5/18/18 5:30pm - 6/9/18 4:00pm
Location: ArtisTree Community Arts Center, South Pomfret
Jun
7
2018
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Jun
10
2018

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

JAG Productions is pleased to present Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill directed by Jarvis Antonio Green.

It’s 1959 and jazz legend Billie Holiday is playing a seedy bar in Philadelphia. It will be one of her last performances. As she shares stories about her stormy personal life, her battle with addiction and her ground-breaking vocal style, she also, of course, sings.

Showings
Thursday-Saturday: 7:30pm-9:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Location: Main Street Landing, 60 Lake St, Burlington
Apr
2
2018
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Jun
15
2018

Petroglyphs, Flora and Frenzied Encounters: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand

Petroglyphs, Flora and Frenzied Encounters: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Curated by Dian Parker

These recent prints of Betsey Garand represent the continuous balance and growth of physical and psychological life. The colors are layered biomorphic and geometric shapes, combining delicate nuances with accents of vibrancy and transparency. Garand uses a combination of techniques; woodcut, monotype, pochôir, spit-bite aquatint, lift-ground aquatint, and à la poupée. The prints create the luscious varieties of form, color, and change inherent in nature. These works are fluid, amorphic, richly colored, and intensely dynamic.

Betsey Garand is presently Senior Resident Artist at Amherst College in the Department of Art and the History of Art, where she is head of printmaking. Garand has shown in many exhibitions and in numerous public and private art collections; Dadapost Gallery-Berlin, Germany; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Hammer Museum’s Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts; Arkansas Arts Center; Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku-Japan; Art Museum of Estonia. Awards include a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, and fellowships at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony and the MacDowell Colony.

Time: 4/2/18 10:00am - 6/15/18 4:00pm
Location: White River Gallery @ BALE, South Royalton
Apr
6
2018
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Jun
16
2018

'Barn Art'

'Barn Art' Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Artists in Vermont clearly have an affinity with barns. The many barns that dot the Vermont landscape provide inspiration to artists, are a treasured subject matter, and provide reminders of their purpose and history. The Compass Music and Arts Center’s new exhibit ‘Barn Art’ is a collection of works from 31 different artists in celebration of these functional, yet stunning, architectural gems. The exhibit runs through June 16, with an opening reception on Friday, April 6, from 5:00-7:00pm.

Time: 4/6/18 10:00am - 6/16/18 5:00pm
Location: Compass Music and Arts Center - 333 Jones Dr., Brandon
May
4
2018
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Jun
16
2018

Show 25 at The Front

Show 25 at The Front Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

SHOW 25 is the latest group exhibition of the collective gallery’s membership of Vermont-based contemporary artists. In addition, the Front presents the work of guest artist Mary Admasian (https://maryadmasianart.com), a multidisciplinary artist who explores raw forms, layered spaces, and abstract perception. Gallery hours are Friday 5 - 8 PM, Sat 11 AM-8 PM, and by appointment. There will be an opening reception on Friday, May 4, 2018, 4-8 PM, during Montpelier Alive’s Art Walk. Free and open to the public. Limited edition prints by several of the gallery’s artists are also available for sale. The Front is located 6 Barre Street in downtown Montpelier, diagonally across and around the corner from the Savoy Theatre.

GALLERY HOURS
Daytime/ Sat: 11AM - 8PM
Evening/ Fri & Sat: 5PM-8PM
By appointment: info@thefrontvt.com or (802) 552-0877

Time: 5/4/18 5:00pm - 6/16/18 8:00pm
Location: The Front Gallery, Montpelier
May
3
2018
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Jun
19
2018

Tim Brookes - The Enigmatic Art of Endangered Alphabets

Tim Brookes - The Enigmatic Art of Endangered Alphabets Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

The Enigmatic Art of Endangered Alphabets, an exhibit of wood carvings by Tim Brookes, will exhibit at the Gallery at River Arts May 3 – June 19, 2018.

The non-profit Endangered Alphabets Project, founded in 2010, flourishes on the borderlands between art and woodwork, painting and typography, linguistics and anthropology, creative design and cultural preservation, ethnography and spirituality. Originally intended to preserve some of the world’s endangered writing systems by carving them in boards of beautiful Vermont curly maple, the Alphabets have expanded to encompass artwork, poetry, sound sculpture, and furniture.

The shapes incorporated in writing reflect our sense of what comes naturally to the human body—the radius-over-ulna turn of the wrist, the sweep of the arm, the turn of the shoulders, the leaning-forward downstroke obeying gravity—and what we think of as ideal forms: the circle, the line, the right angle, the set of parallels, symmetry and balance. The shapes incorporated in wood grain reflect a deeper, older set of forces: annual sun-and-rain weather cycles depicted in growth rings; the complex rhythms of wind stressing trees at the edge of a forest. These carvings are a conversation between the two sets of patterns, the urgent desire to communicate in human time set against the longer, slower rhythms of the natural world. The carvings have been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution, Yale, Harvard, the universities of Cambridge and Barcelona, and other colleges, universities, and libraries across North America.

Tuesday, June 19, 3:00p.m.
River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, VT

On June 19 at 3:00p.m., Tim Brookes will be speaking on Endangered Alphabets, Cultural Erosion, and the Future of the Written Word. What does the age of digital convergence, Facebook, and globalization mean for the future of the written word? Writer/carver/painter Tim Brookes offers remarkable and thought-provoking perspective on this question by looking at a range of forms of writing from all over the world that are in danger of extinction. He displays a carving of a piece of text in each script, leading a discussion on how technology will help—and always has helped—define the nature of communication, and shows how the story of a culture can be seen in its writing, even if that writing is (as in these examples) beautiful, utterly unfamiliar, and disappearing. This talk is in conjunction with Tim Brooke’s exhibit “The Enigmatic Art of Endangered Alphabets.” The talk is free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities. For more information, contact Heidi@RiverArtsVT.org.

Endangered Alphabets, Cultural Erosion, and the Future of the Written Word is a Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by River Arts. (Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or VHC.)

Time: 5/3/18 9:00am - 6/19/18 4:00pm
Location: River Arts, Morrisville
May
3
2018
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Jun
24
2018

Russians and Friends

Russians and Friends Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Bryan Memorial Gallery presents The Russians and Friends, a selection of paintings by four visiting artists from Russia, and some American friends, who recently painted together in Jeffersonville.

Bryan Menorial gallery is at 180 Main Street, Jeffesonville, VT 802-644-5100. A digital preview of this exhibit can be seen at www.bryangallery.org. Gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday 11-4 and by appointment any time.

Opening reception Sunday May 6th. Artist Roundtable at 1:00pm. Reception 2-4pm.

contact: Mickey Myers : mickey@bryangallery.org

Time: 5/3/18 11:00am - 6/24/18 4:00pm
Location: Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville
May
12
2018
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Jun
24
2018

New Exhibit Opens at MGFA: Bruce Campbell, Thinking the Cosmos

New Exhibit Opens at MGFA: Bruce Campbell, Thinking the Cosmos Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

May 12- June 24: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to feature sculptor Bruce Campbell’s “Thinking the Cosmos: Kinetic Sculpture”. An opening reception will take place Saturday, May 12 from 5:30-8pm, with an Artist Talk scheduled for Saturday, June 9th at 5:30pm.

Bruce Campbell graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in printmaking and received an MFA from Indiana University. In the early ‘70s Campbell began designing books and manuscripts, and soon he was specializing in the design of art museum books and catalogues. For thirty years his clients included The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, The Peabody Museum, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.

In 1976 Campbell was fascinated by the Whitney Museum retrospective exhibition, “Calder’s Universe”, which invited Campbell to experiment with wires joined and twisted into imaginative shapes, suggesting an art form which defines and controls space through three-dimensional line drawing.

“My ideas for kinetic sculpture usually begin as a question. For example, how can I show a certain concept of the universe? They attempt to illustrate, in the simplest way possible, conditions and events of the natural world. In showing a falling star, a lunar eclipse, or a rainstorm, I am trying to represent, in minimalist and transparent form, my perception of the universe - how the universe might be visualized if moved by gears, levers, and basic mechanics.” Visually stunning and interactively entertaining, Campbell’s kinetic sculptures illuminate/illustrate the dynamic relationships of phonomenal elements in the natural and celestial world, bridging physics, mechanics and aesthetics to create treasured pieces of pure wonderment.

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

Time: 5/12/18 5:00pm - 6/24/18 5:00pm
Location: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro
Apr
3
2018
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Jun
28
2018

The Effects of Bird Song on Shifting Strata - Paintings by Tom Merwin

The Effects of Bird Song on Shifting Strata - Paintings by Tom Merwin Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Merwin’s exhibit of oil paintings explodes with color and light. This series of over 18 pieces was created from 2015 to the present and celebrates the rites of spring in its color and vibrancy. Opening reception April 4, 4:00-7:00 PM. Montpelier Art Walk May 4, 4:00-7:00 PM.

Time: 4/3/18 8:00am - 6/28/18 4:30pm
Location: Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, 111 State Street, Montpelier
Apr
3
2018
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Jun
28
2018

For the Love of Vermont - Paintings by Carolyn Egeli

For the Love of Vermont - Paintings by Carolyn Egeli Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Braintree painter Carolyn Egeli exhibits her oil paintings celebrating Vermont and its people through landscapes and portraits. Opening reception April 4, 4:00-7:00 PM. Montpelier Art Walk May 4, 4:00-7:00 PM. Photo ID required for entry.

Time: 4/3/18 8:00am - 6/28/18 4:30pm
Location: Governor's Gallery, 109 State Street, Montpelier
May
1
2018
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Jun
29
2018

Ronald Slayton:Master of Watercolor

Ronald Slayton:Master of Watercolor Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

The T. W. Wood Gallery at 46 Barre St. in Montpelier, Vermont, is pleased to announce an important exhibit, Ronald Slayton: Master of Watercolor from May 1, 2018 through June 29, 2018. Slayton (1910-1992) was born in Barre, Vermont. During the Great Depression he worked as an artist in the Vermont Division of the Federally funded Works Progress Administration (WPA) from 1936-1939. W.C. Lipke once commented that Slayton “has been a painter, poet, dramatist, educator, politician, gallery director, peace activist, humorist, critic and historian suggest that the single appellation 'artist' is not broad enough to encompass his many achievements.” There will be a celebratory free public opening reception at the Gallery on Friday, May 4, from 5:00-8:00 pm and an Art Talk at 6:00 pm with a panel that will include Nancy Graff, Bobby Gosh, Tom Slayton and Phillip Robertson.

The Ronald Slayton exhibit will highlight two watercolor murals “The Last Supper” (1985) and “The Hunger Dream” (1985). Figures in “The Hunger Dream” The majority of Slayton's works in this exhibit are from the private collection of Billi and Bobby Gosh. They have included twelve of Slayton's later watercolors that will be for sale with 100% of the sales being generously donated to the Gallery.

Time: 5/1/18 12:00pm - 6/29/18 4:00pm
Location: T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier
May
4
2018
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Jun
29
2018

Artists to Watch Part II

Artists to Watch Part II Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

This two-part exhibit of contemporary Vermont art is a collaboration between the Vermont Arts Council, Ric Kasini Kadour, and six guest curators. The 25 artists included come from all across the state and were identified as being on the verge of great work. Part II includes work by: work by Robert Gold (Burlington), August Burns (Middlesex), Jean Cherouny (South Burlington), Caroline Tavelli-Abar(Rochester), Sam Talbot-Kelly (Montpelier), Vanessa Compton (Greensboro), Hannah Morris (Barre), Angelo Arnold(Montpelier), Erika Senft Miller (Colchester), Renee Greenlee (Burlington), and Rose Umerlik (Jeffersonville).

 

Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call ahead to ensure conference room is available for viewing.

Time: 5/4/18 4:30pm - 6/29/18 4:30pm
Location: Spotlight Gallery at Vermont Arts Council, Montpelier
May
6
2018
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Jun
29
2018

Rachel Moore - Traces

Rachel Moore - Traces Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Rachel Moore - Traces
On view: May 6 through June 29, 2018

EDGEWATER GALLERY at Stowe
151 Main Street • Stowe, Vermont • 802.760.6785

Edgewater Gallery at Stowe unveils a special selection from Rachel Moore’s complete body of work with brand new sculptural pieces in her solo exhibition Traces . The exhibition will be on view May 6th through June 29th, with a reception on Friday, May 11th from 5:30-7:00pm. The artist talk will begin at 6:00pm.

Moore’s work is steeped in careful attention to pattern language and shifts. Her materials range from watercolor and graphite on paper, to blown and cast glass, to ink on vellum and more. Traces ties together many thematic patterns in the artist’s work honoring the environment with a dialogue on prevailing conditions. Minimalist in color, her installations are infinitely rich in carefully considered materials and surfaces with an ethereal elegance and sophistication. Paying homage to presence in absence, many of her sculptural pieces refer to measurable data in climate change as well as migration patterns. Each movement, memory, presence and energy leaves a trace. This exhibition echoes traces of beauty in our global community.

Rachel Moore is a multidisciplinary artist working in mixed media sculpture, installation, drawing, and social practice. Moore uses maps, cultural and religious icons, text, and sculptural replications of objects from daily life to respond to social and political movements, often in poetic and haunting ways. In her social practice, she has used storytelling to create relationships of understanding and as a way to bring awareness to multicultural histories, in some cases, asserting a culture’s rightful place in history.

Moore’s work has been featured in international museums and galleries, on Art21’s “Inside the Artist’s Studio” and she is the recipient of numerous grants and awards.The artist is represented by Edgewater Gallery, Stowe, VT; Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID; and Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA. She lives and works in Vermont.

For further information on Rachel Moore and her exhibition, please call the gallery at 802-760-6785, email Kelly Holt (kelly@edgewatergallery-vt.com), or visit edgewatergallery-vt.com.

Edgewater Gallery at Stowe hours:
Wednesday-Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Closed Monday & Tuesday.

Location: Edgewater Gallery, Stowe
Feb
27
2018
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Jun
30
2018

Vermont Landscapes

Vermont Landscapes Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Vermont Landscapes, a selection of paintings of Vermont, is installed in the public spaces of Lamoille County Courthouse through June 30. Organized by Bryan Memorial Gallery, the exhibition includes oils, watercolors, monoprints, pastels, and acrylics. The Courthouse is open to guests, except between noon and 12:30. There is no charge for this exhibit. Image is from a watercolor by Vladimir Vagin.

Time: 2/27/18 8:00am - 6/30/18 4:30pm
Location: Lamoille County Courthouse, Hyde Park
May
4
2018
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Jun
30
2018

Head In The Clouds by Dave Fifield

Head In The Clouds by Dave Fifield Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) presents the new paintings of Dave Fifield. This new collection of paintings titled Head In The Clouds” runs May 4 through June 26. The public is invited to the opening reception Friday, May 4 from 5-7 PM.

Time: 5/4/18 10:00am - 6/30/18 5:00pm
Location: Brandon Artist Guild, Brandon
Mar
20
2018
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Jul
8
2018

Our Town: Love, Joy, Sadness, and Baseball — 100 Years of Photography from the Sheldon Museum

Our Town: Love, Joy, Sadness, and Baseball — 100 Years of Photography from the Sheldon Museum Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

While still an award-winning photographer with the National Geographic, James Pease Blair summered in Middlebury, Vermont. On his retirement, Jim Blair and his wife Elise settled in Vermont year-round. Jim became entranced by the singular photography collection found in the Research Center of the Henry Sheldon Museum, where he found exceptional images that traced the citizens, landscapes, and townscapes of Addison County and the Lake Champlain region.

Collaborating with Sheldon Museum Archivist Eva Garcelon-Hart, he has chosen three dozen remarkable photographs that will be displayed in the exhibit Our Town: Love, Joy, Sadness, and Baseball — 100 Years of Photography from the Sheldon Museum from March 20, 2018 through July 08, 2018. His choices reflect a photographer’s unique eye, developed in his early training from celebrated American photographers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind and while studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in photography at the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Later during his long career at the National Geographic he traveled the world, advancing his art, resulting in further photographic achievements.

The exhibit features single and group portraits of Vermonters – both the celebrated and the ordinary citizen, village scenes capturing disasters and daily life, landscapes of Vermont’s treasured mountains and lakes. Stunning aerial landscape photographs were taken by George N. Lathrop (1900 – 1983). An extensive collection of Lathrop’s photographs and negatives of Addison County taken between 1930s and 1960s is part of the Sheldon archives.

100 years of life in the Middlebury region are highlighted in the exhibit. Vintage clothing and photographic equipment from the Sheldon Museum’s collection complement the exhibit.

Time: 3/20/18 10:00am - 7/8/18 5:00pm
Location: Henry Sheldon Museum, Middlebury
Mar
20
2018
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Jul
8
2018

American Wood Sculptor John Cross: A Contemporary Figurative Folk Artist

American Wood Sculptor John Cross: A Contemporary Figurative Folk Artist Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

In celebration of his 60th reunion at Middlebury College, the Henry Sheldon Museum offers a retrospective of the whimsical wood carvings of John Cross, a masterful contemporary folk artist.

Few would have predicted that an economics major at Middlebury College who earned a master’s degree in business at the University of Chicago would have begun carving during his career as a creative copywriter at a premier New York advertising agency. Humor, perseverance, and imagination are the skills reflected in all phases of his life journey.

John Cross began whittling while watching the filming of commercials for which he wrote the scripts for Proctor & Gamble and for Toyota. His ad copy promoted such iconic brands as Scope mouthwash and Crest toothpaste. During the day he wrote jingles from his advertising office in New York City, then headed for 813 Broadway where he shared a rented loft with sculptor William King, coincidentally in the same building where Wolf Kahn painted. Kahn, who now maintains a summer studio near Brattleboro, VT, is known for his sumptuous landscapes, and King, who died in 2015, worked in clay, wood, bronze, vinyl, burlap, and aluminum. Cross, King, and Kahn were among the poets, artists, and museum professionals who gathered for drinks and conversation at the renowned Cedar Tavern in Greenwich Village to encourage one another.

Cross has always worked with wood, in particular sugar pine. He favors figurative renderings of sports figures, especially the players and fans of the New York Yankees, artists, sideshow performers, Miss America contestants, fishermen, operatic stars, and playful everyday characters. He has researched players from the Negro Baseball League and commemorated them in compelling wood carvings. For many years Cross was represented by Jay Johnson, owner of a leading New York City American Folk Art gallery on Madison Avenue and later by the David Findlay Jr. Gallery on Fifth Avenue, and currently by the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY. His carvings are in the public collections of the Museum of American Folk Art and the Smithsonian, and in the private collections of Garrison Keillor and Ali McGraw.

John Cross and his wife Linda Cross, also an artist, reside and work from their home studios in Elizaville, New York. The Hudson River is nearby, as is the scenic rail line which provides them easy access to New York City galleries and museums and their son Peter Cross (Middlebury College ’93) and his family, who live in Manhattan.

The Sheldon Museum retrospective will honor this accomplished sculptor, who continues to carve and inspire gallery and museum visitors.

Man with Cigar, c. 1990. Photo: Christian Carone

Time: 3/20/18 10:00am - 7/8/18 5:00pm
Location: Henry Sheldon Museum, One Park Street, Middlebury
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
– THRU –
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