Arts Calendar: Vermont Arts 2018 in Central Vermont
The 40th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green–a free, family-friendly music series supported by community donations–will be held during the week of July 8 through 14, 2018, under the big white tent on the Village Green, Middlebury, VT. “Brown Bag” family-friendly programs are presented from Noon until 1 p.m. weekdays with evening musical performances from 7 until 8:30 p.m. on Sunday and 7 until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Festival is a 2018 Vermont Chamber of Commerce “Top 10 Summer Event” and proud participant in Vermont Arts 2018. Events are held rain or shine. Free admission; donations welcomed. Info: www.festivalonthegreen.org, 802-462-3555.
7/8/18 7:00pm - 7/14/18 10:00pm
under a tent on the Village Green, Middlebury
"Heart and Eye" features high-contrast black-and-white portraits of people from around the world by Vermont photographer Elliot Burg. Among the images are the muscular profiles of two female boxers in Vermont … the steam-enveloped form of a monastery cook in Myanmar ... the lined face of an elderly gardener in Cuba … the gnarled hands of the last witness to the Nazi death-march of the Jews from my grandfather’s village in Ukraine … a dimly-lit opium smoker in rural Laos … and more.
7/2/18 7:00am - 7/31/18 3:00pm
Capitol Grounds, State Street, Montpelier
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 email@example.com or visit edgewatergallery-vt.com
Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls, Middlebury
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or visit edgewatergallery-vt.com.
Tuesday- Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm
Edgewater Gallery on the Green, Middlebury
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.
Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery, Middlebury
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.
Middlebury College Museum of Art, Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery, Middlebury
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.
7/10/18 8:30am - 8/31/18 4:30pm
Spotlight Gallery at Vermont Arts Council, Montpelier
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.
7/3/18 8:00am - 9/27/18 4:30pm
Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, 111 State Street, Montpelier
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.
7/3/18 8:00am - 9/27/18 4:30pm
Governor's Gallery, 109 State Street, Montpelier
"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