Arts Calendar: Virtual
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The Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village has partnered with Historic New England for the first in a new series of virtual talks. Please consider joining us for “On His Own Resources: The Enigmatic Alexander Twilight, 1795–1857” with William Hart, Professor Emeritus of History at Middlebury College.
When: Wednesday, February 24, 5:00 p.m. EST
Where: Zoom Video Conferencing Online Webinar
Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village Members can attend for free (Please select that option when registering)
Please call 617-994-6679 for more information or if you have questions
Alexander Lucius Twilight, born in Bradford, Vermont, in 1795, is known as the first Black graduate of an American college (Middlebury College), the first Black state legislator (Vermont State House), and the first Black headmaster of a grammar school in Vermont. In this virtual presentation, Professor Hart discusses the significance of Twilight’s many achievements and examines his complicated racial identity.
Professor Hart taught a broad range of American and Atlantic-World history courses at Middlebury College between 1993 and 2020. He has lectured and published widely on Black Americans and Native Americans during the colonial and Early Republic eras. He is currently writing a biography of Alexander Twilight.
Find details here: https://oldstonehousemuseum.org/on-his-own-resources-the-enigmatic-alexander-twilight-1795-1857/
2/24/21 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Phoenix Books and the Heritage Winooski Mill Museum are honored to present an evening with award-winning author David Macaulay. David will be joining us on Zoom to discuss the current exhibit at the Mill Museum, his books, and more!
How to register: This Zoom event is free and open to all. Registration is required to receive the zoom link. You can register on the Phoenix Books website. https://www.phoenixbooks.biz/event/evening-david-macaulay
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Macaulay is an internationally known author, Caldecott award winning illustrator, and MacArthur fellow. He has written and illustrated 33 books the best known of which have been translated into almost two dozen languages. Many of his books have the common theme of explaining the things that shape our lives in a clear and precise way. One of his most beloved publications is The Way Things Work (1988) and the updated version The Way Things Work Now (2008). For Mill (1983), Macaulay took inspiration from the beautiful simplicity of the mill buildings surrounding him where he lived in Rhode Island. To develop the story, he spent over a year researching mill technology and architecture at the Slater Mill and other New England locations. In 2001, Macaulay revisited his research by hosting Mill Times, an animated PBS special which explains the rise and fall of New England textile manufacturing. Macaulay’s interest in mill history led him to serve as a board member of the Slater Mill in Rhode Island for 8 years. In 2006 Macaulay and his family moved to Norwich, Vermont where he continues to produce books that ’explain’ things.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM: The Heritage Winooski Mill Museum is located in the historic Champlain Mill. Our mission is to weave our industrial and cultural past with what matters to our community today. David Macaulay: BUILDING A MILL TOWN will be on display at the museum through March 12. The exhibit features original drawings, sketches, research notes, and manuscript from Macaulay’s 1983 book Mill. The show is free but timed tickets are required and can be reserved at: https://buildingamiltown.eventbrite.com
2/24/21 7:00pm - 8:30pm
A formidable folk musician with an otherworldly voice and unprecedented ear for a melody, Karen Dalton was not only Bob Dylan's "Favorite Singer" but was first and foremost a woman in charge of her own destiny, who lived her life in obscurity on the margins of society. By taking a journey in the footsteps of one of the 1960s most iconic folk musicians, this unconventional documentary investigates the creative process, the frantic and mysterious paths where reality and dreams intersperse...
Directed by Emmanuelle Antille. Virtual Tickets are $5.99 for a 72 hour window.
2/12/21 12:00am - 2/26/21 12:00am
Epsilon Spires, Virtual Cinema, Statewide
The February edition of Split/Screen has a focus on African American women filmmakers, highlighting seminal films from the 1980s and current films from the past two years. Kathleen Collins’s semi-autobiographical feature LOSING GROUND from 1982 is considered by many to be revolutionary. It is certainly quite brilliant, erudite and funny. Another classic from the same year, the short film ILLUSIONS by Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust), also with a female protagonist, tackles the invisibility of African Americans in the Hollywood system. Also included are two films, a feature and a short, by first generation African Americans that focus on conflicting emotions: the thrill of the new and the fear of losing the old: Ekwa Msangi’s FAREWELL AMOR and Natasha Ngaiza’s BLACKOUT. And finally, two films that refer directly and indirectly to ideas of Black Lives Matter: NGaiza’s A MOTHER and Ashley O’Shay’s documentary UNAPOLOGETIC. Don’t miss the conversations we recorded with two of the filmmakers: one conversation with Natasha NGaiza and the other with Ashley O’Shay. Passes on-sale now! Individual tickets on-sale 2/12.
Vermont International Film Festival's Virtual Cinema, Statewide
We all enjoy the sound of a Loon calling on our favorite lake. This 1.5-Hour workshop originated as a means of introducing someone with little or no experience to wood carving. In three hours, you can have a simple carved and painted Folk Art style loon. The class starts with a precut blank, a review of basic carving tools, techniques and of course SAFETY.
The first Zoom session will be a demonstration of the step by step process of carving the loon. Following the first online session and any initial questions and answers, participants work on their own with the handout to get started carving the loon. Zoom session #2 is an opportunity to see how the project is progressing, answer individual questions and work out any problems. Zoom session #3 will focus on how to paint the loon. For further details and to register for the class visit www.makerspherevt.com
2/17/21 6:00pm - 3/3/21 7:30pm
Virtual via Zoom, Waterbury
In addition to developing a style, artists become known for the subject matter they typically revert to when creating. FAVORITE THINGS is a show designed to highlight the various, favorite subjects interpreted by artists. Works by artists in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mosaic, printmaking, pastel, photography, glass, and graphic media are included in this virtual show.
1/27/21 8:00am - 3/26/21 12:00am
The Virtual Gallery at Mad River Valley Arts, Statewide
Favorite Things is a virtual exhibit created when The Gallery at Mad River Valley Arts temporarily closed due to COVID. Enjoy works in a variety of mediums from 32 Vermont artists.
2/4/21 10:00am - 3/26/21 5:00pm
The Gallery at Mad River Valley Arts, Waitsfield
SVAC is excited to present a powerful exhibition in which artists reveal their struggles, creative breakthroughs, perspectives, and personal relationships through new works of art. This thematic exhibition titled “Unmasked: Artful Responses to the Pandemic” unfolds over the course of ten galleries in SVAC’s Yester House.
“Unmasked: Artful Responses to the Pandemic” will explore the myriad ways that pandemic-related challenges have impacted artists, catalyzing meaningful shifts in their artistic output. For nearly a year, our lives have been impacted in unprecedented ways by the coronavirus. Like many other sectors, the art field has faced enormous challenges. But there have been silver linings, too—remarkable instances of creativity, collaboration, compassion, and change.
SVAC is creating space for visual artists to present artwork influenced by and made during the pandemic. For these individuals, creating art during this period has become a form of protection against the negative effects of the coronavirus. “This exhibition combines an exciting mix of artists, showcasing not only some of the tremendous talent that resides in the state of Vermont but also bringing national and even international perspectives into the conversation about Covid’s impact on artists,” said Alison Crites, SVAC’s Manager of Exhibitions and Interpretive Engagement. “What we hope will be especially meaningful for visitors is how these artful responses to the pandemic invite us all to consider the ways in which cultivating creativity in our own lives can help us cope with hardship.”
The exhibition includes diverse media including 2D work from watercolor to ink to charcoal to acrylic; and photography, textile/fiber art, book making, 3D masks, video, a site-specific outdoor installation, and more. Of the over 40 participating artists, several are part of unique group initiatives that formed or gained traction during the pandemic, such as the Tiny Pricks Project. Contributors to this project, from around the world, stitched Donald Trump’s words into textiles, creating the material record of his presidency and of the movement against it.
Through their art, the artists of Unmasked offer compelling responses to many relatable challenges, such as how to overcome isolation, how to maintain productivity, how to find solace, and how to document these events for posterity. The exhibition also includes a Response Station, where visitors are invited to share their own stories of creativity during the pandemic.
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester Center
The Vermont Jazz Center Spring semester runs 10 weeks, February 15- April 30, 2021.
Work exchange opportunities are available. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
Registration questions and work exchange information: email@example.com
All Other Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Private Lessons: Send summary of your musical background to email@example.com and we’ll match you with a qualified instructor.
Schedule for Spring Education 2021
5:00 - 6:00 pm Blue Note Ensemble (in-person, begins 2/15/21)
10:30 am - Noon Rhythm Lab (on-line, begins 2/16/21)
3:45 - 5:00 pm Youth Jazz Ensemble (on-line, begins 2/16/21)
5:30 - 7:00 pm Soubrette Recording Project (on-line, begins 2/16/21)
3:00 - 4:30 pm Ear Training Theory (on-line, begins 2/17/21)
4:00 - 5:00 pm NEW: Electric Bass in a Jazz Context (on-line, begins 2/17/21)
4:30 - 5:30 pm Latin Jazz Ensemble (Starting date postponed)
7:00 - 8:30 pm NEW: Music Around the World (on-line, begins 2/17/21)
5:30 - 7:00 pm Singing the Standards (on-line, begins 2/18/21)
8:00 - 9:00 pm NEW: Jazz and Spirituality (on-line, begins 2/18/21)
4:30 - 5:30 pm NEW: Hard Bop Plus, History (on-line, begins 2/19/21)
11:00 am - 12:30 pm NEW: 5 Goals of Jazz Guitar (on-line, begins 2/20/21)
7:00 - 8:30 pm Zoom Tunes (last Sunday of each month)
• $200 per semester for ten 1 hour-long sessions
• $250 per semester for ten 1 ½ hour-long sessions
• Youth Jazz $100 for eight 1 ¼ hour-long sessions
• Zoom Tunes $15 per 1 ½ hour-long session
2/15/21 5:00pm - 4/30/21 5:30pm
online & the VJC, Brattleboro
The Vermont Arts Council’s Spotlight Gallery announces its new all-virtual season with an incredibly diverse group of Vermont artists. Viewable in the Council’s new online gallery from Feb. 18 through April 30, I AM… 2021 features the work and perspectives of nineteen artists from the Council’s popular I Am a Vermont Artist interview series. On the third Thursday of each month, the Council will host a Zoom gathering so that audiences can engage with the artists directly.
For more information about the exhibit, visit vermontartscouncil.org/iam2021.
Cooper Hewitt offers free, dynamic educational programs for K–12 school groups. Our immersive learning experience is designed to align with city, state, and national learning standards. Drawing upon the museum’s exhibitions, design educators facilitate thoughtful discussions and activities focused on the process of design thinking. We empower students to view the world optimistically through the lens of design and to improve it by honing their design thinking abilities.
The virtual Design Field Trip experience is a 60-minute program in which K-12 students explore the design process, build connections to Cooper Hewitt’s collection, and foster a deeper understanding of brainstorming techniques and inclusive design. Our interactive field trip inspires the next generation of designers to take action in their community, build self-confidence and self-esteem, and learn how to harness their superpowers to create change for the better.
11/11/20 10:00am - 6/18/21 1:00pm
Virtual/Online, Outside Vermont