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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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Jun
11
2019

Notes from the Field: Sporting Art by Ogden Pleissner

Notes from the Field: Sporting Art by Ogden Pleissner

Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) welcomes Katie Wood Kirchhoff, the associate curator at Shelburne Museum, to talk about artist Ogden Pleissner. What do a pair of Bean boots, a tuxedo, and a deerstalker hat have in common? Join us as we investigate archival treasures that illuminate the hunting and fishing pictures of Ogden Pleissner (1905-1983), an American 20th-century painter who spent many years in southern Vermont. Together we will hike the dusty landscapes of Dubois, Wyoming, float through old-growth forests on the Restigouche River in New Brunswick, Canada, explore the piney lowlands of the exclusive Okeetee Club in Ridgeland, South Carolina, and more. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.

6/11/19 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room, Manchester

Apr
1
2019
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Jun
11
2019

Summit School Spring Music Classes

Summit School Spring Music Classes

The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture presents….

The Spring 2019 Session of Evening Music Classes at the Center for Arts and Learning
46 Barre Street in Montpelier, VT.

- Registration is now open for classes in Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Singing and more!
- Classes start April 1st and run through June 11th
- Cost is $25 per class.
- For full class descriptions and other details, visit: www.summit-school.org

Mondays
Old Time Banjo with Ted Ingham | 8 classes | April 1 - May 20
Old Time Mandolin with Dana Robinson | 6 classes | April 29 - June 3
Old Time Fiddle with Dana Robinson | 6 classes | April 29 - June 3
Bluegrass Banjo Sampler with Jacob Stone | 3 classes | April 1 - April 15

Tuesdays
Trad Music Ensemble with Jeremiah McLane | 8 classes | April 2, 9, 30; May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11

Wednesdays
Harmony Singing with Heidi Wilson & Avery Book | 6 classes | April 24 - May 29
Foot Percussion Basics with Ellen Cooke | 6 classes | April 3 - May 8 (no class April 17)

Thursdays
Rags and Blues for Fiddle with Mark DiStefano | 6 classes | April 1 - May 9
Advanced Blues Guitar with Dave Keller | 4 classes | April 4, 11, 25; May 2

Fridays
Klezmer Tunes with Oliver Zeichner | 6 classes | April 5 - May 17 (no class April 19)

For questions regarding these classes, please visit www.summit-school.org, or contact Yasi Zeichner at yazbozz@gmail.com

4/1/19 7:30pm - 6/11/19 8:00pm

Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier

Apr
29
2019
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Jun
14
2019

Debra Weisberg: Drawn to Touch

Debra Weisberg: Drawn to Touch

Catamount Arts is pleased to present Debra Weisberg: Drawn to Touch, an exhibition of sculpture and works on paper on view in the Fried Family Gallery from April 27-June 14, 2019. A wine and cheese reception will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 4-5:30 pm, with remarks by the artist at 5 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Debra Weisberg: Drawn to Touch is an exhibition showcases the artist’s fascination with exploratory drawing as the basis for work that invokes a sense of touch. Using tape, fiber, fiberglass mesh, and hydrostone, she creates installations and stand-alone pieces that act both in collaboration and resistance to material. “All of my work is rooted in drawing,” Weisberg observes. It is her desire to establish sensory awareness of spatial relationships between the human body and material, one that is “dynamic, improvisational, and mutable.”

A native of Philadelphia, Debra Weisberg graduated from the Tyler School of Art and currently lives and works in the Boston area. Known both nationally and internationally for large installations and smaller works that explore drawing in physical terms, she has exhibited at the Paper Biennial in the Netherlands; the East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art in New York; and in numerous venues in the Boston area, including the Art Complex Museum, Boston Center for the Arts, Danforth Art, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Gallery Kayafas, Lesley University, and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.

4/29/19 11:00am - 6/14/19 8:00pm

Catamount Arts, Saint Johnsbury

Apr
22
2019
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Jun
15
2019

All You See Is Glory; Big Stars and Maritime Moments photographs by Peter Cunningham

All You See Is Glory; Big Stars and Maritime Moments photographs by Peter Cunningham

Rock n’ roll stars are paired with island photographs from Peter Cunningham’s life on Grand Manan Island in the Canadian Bay of Fundy. “Everywhere we turn, life we’ve known is disappearing before our eyes,” Cunningham said. “Whether it’s trust, values, common sense, or simply home grown vegetables, we feel familiar worlds slipping away.” In time, this island and these big stars will fade away, but Peter Cunningham’s powerful photographs have captured their beauty and glory for all time.

Peter Cunningham's work has been exhibited in New York, Krakow, London, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, and Berlin. He teaches “Photography as Zen Practice” in the U.S. and China, and is co-author with Peter Matthiessen of “Are We There Yet? A Zen Journey through Space and Time.” Cunningham’s teachers include Baptist fisherman Lester Tate, improvisational dancer Martha Myers, French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, Zen Master Bernie Glassman, and singer-songwriter Janis Ian.

White River Gallery @ BALE, South Royalton

May
3
2019
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Jun
25
2019

The Art of Wood Exhibit at Brandon Artists Guild

The Art of Wood Exhibit at Brandon Artists Guild

"The Art of Wood" is the theme for this exhibit of member artists' works celebrating the Brandon Artists Guild's 20th anniversary. Artists will interpret the theme across all media, including fabric, ceramic, glass, paint -- and wood. Free opening reception Friday May 3 from 5pm to 7pm. Exhibit runs through June 25. Information: 802 247-4956

5/3/19 5:00pm - 6/25/19 5:00pm

Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center St., Brandon

Jun
4
2019
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Jun
28
2019

Michael Strauss - The Magic of Seeing

Michael Strauss - The Magic of Seeing

The T.W. Wood Art Gallery is pleased to announce The Magic of Seeing – Inside and Outside of the Frame, Exploring the Illusion of Light, Space, Form and in Landscape Painting an exhibit featuring acrylic and ink paintings by Michael Strauss.

Reception and Artist Talk: The opening reception will take place on June 6th, from 4 – 9pm with an artist talk as 6pm. All shows are free and open to the public. The reception will coincide with Montpelier Alives’ ArtsFest and the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) conference as well as the Center for Arts and Learning Open Studios.

Michael Strauss is currently an emeritus professor at the University of Vermont (UVM). He taught college level chemistry at UVM from 1968 to 2003, and then went on to teach drawing there for over a decade. He is a prolific author and has published many articles and books about the process of drawing and revision. Strauss considers drawing and painting forms of visual reasoning, powerful ways of learning about the world.

“For me, drawings of molecules, especially very complicated molecules, can be as elegant and meaningful as a Rembrant landscape” - The Mind At Hand - Michael Strauss

6/4/19 12:00pm - 6/28/19 4:00am

T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier

Apr
30
2019
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Jun
28
2019

Awakenings - Current Work By Kate Longmaid and Tom Merwin

Awakenings - Current Work By Kate Longmaid and Tom Merwin

The T. W. Wood Gallery at 46 Barre St in the Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier, Vermont is pleased to announce Awakenings; an exhibit featuring current work by Kate Longmaid and Tom Merwin. The T.W. Wood Gallery is honored to have their work at the gallery.

Through a contemporary approach to portraiture and still life, Kate Longmaid explores what is revealed in the intimate moments of seeing. Working in the alla prima tradition, she paints directly from life, seeking to capture a sense of immediacy, freshness, and depth in my paintings. With still life, Longmaid is drawn to subject matter that is ephemeral. Captured in fleeting moments, these paintings reflect on the transient nature and beauty of life.

Tom Merwin's painting process expresses a layering of symbol and spirituality, using nature as a doorway to the expression of existential concerns. Traveling the trails through the Kittatiny, Catskill and Green Mountains have been a continued influence and resource for Merwin. Exploring the waterfalls and sketching them on site with sumi ink and rice paper, or recreating the strata of a mountain or cliff face using layering of media, allows him to use the images as notes or tones and leave their literal meaning behind.

4/30/19 12:00pm - 6/28/19 4:00pm

T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier

May
3
2019
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Jun
28
2019

Almost Forgotten: Works Exploring the Overlooked Through Line, Shape and Texture

Almost Forgotten: Works Exploring the Overlooked Through Line, Shape and Texture

In paintings and works on paper, artists Kate Burnim and Daryl Burtnett notice the spaces and moments that are woven into the everyday landscape and human experience. Their work ranges from loosely representative to abstract, with attention to impermanence and the scarred and weathered surface. Receptions on Friday, May 3, and Thursday, June 6, 4-7 p.m.

5/3/19 8:30am - 6/28/19 4:30pm

Spotlight Gallery, Montpelier

Apr
2
2019
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Jun
28
2019

Vanishment - Mixed media work by Janet Van Fleet

Vanishment - Mixed media work by Janet Van Fleet

Vanishment, new work featured by Vermont artist Janet Van Fleet, will be on view at the Vermont Supreme Court Gallery from April 2 through June 28, 2019, with an opening reception on Thursday, April 4, 4-7 PM. The exhibit explores the fraught relationship between humans and the natural world, using, in part, materials that Van Fleet has repurposed from previous bodies of work.

4/2/19 8:00am - 6/28/19 4:30pm

Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, 111 State Street, Montpelier

Jun
7
2019
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Jun
29
2019

In-Sight Photography Annual Student Exhibition

In-Sight Photography Annual Student Exhibition

Stop by In-Sight Photography Project for the opening night of our Student Annual Exhibition during Brattleboro Gallery Walk. Art will be displayed all month in the tiny gallery. Come support our Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 participants and all of the great work they have been creating!

6/7/19 5:30pm - 6/29/19 5:00pm

183 Main Street, Ste. 3, Brattleboro

May
14
2019
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Jun
29
2019

Fault Lines

Fault Lines

Fault Lines: May 14 – June 29, 2019 at Studio Place Arts

Artists explore the current political climate and the resulting fractures in our world that threaten discontinuity at many levels and potential explosive energy.

Opening Reception: Thurs., May 16, 5:30-7:30PM
Contact SPA for more info: 802-479-7069 or visit: www.studioplacearts.com

Studio Place Arts, Barre

May
14
2019
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Jun
29
2019

Present Continuous: Commentary and Form

Present Continuous: Commentary and Form

Works by Diane Sophrin. Combining rapidly written morsels of poetry with form and color, Sophrin draws and paints her writings on stitched, layered papers to create an ongoing series of hanging scrolls recently shown in Budapest. On display in the third-floor gallery at Studio Place Arts.

Opening Reception: Thurs., May 16, 5:30-7:30PM
Contact SPA for more info: 802-479-7069 or visit: www.studioplacearts.com

Studio Place Arts, Barre

May
14
2019
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Jun
29
2019

Tectonic Plates and Topographic Tiles

Tectonic Plates and Topographic Tiles

Artist Deborah Goodwin creates sculptural stoneware inspired by geologic forces. An exhibition of her work will be on display in the second-floor gallery at Studio Place Arts.

Opening Reception: Thurs., May 16, 5:30-7:30PM
Contact SPA for more info: 802-479-7069 or visit: www.studioplacearts.com

Studio Place Arts, Barre

Feb
15
2019
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Jun
30
2019

Ice Shanties: Fishing, People & Culture

Ice Shanties: Fishing, People & Culture

Ice Shanties: Fishing, People & Culture
Photographs by Federico Pardo / Interviews Vermont Folklife Center
On display through Summer 2019

Ice Shanties is an exhibition about the structures, people and culture of ice fishing seen through the lens of Vermont-based Colombian photographer Federico Pardo. Pardo’s large format color photographs of ice shanties at “The Meadows” in Brattleboro, Vermont are paired with audio reflections from the shanty owners drawn from interviews by the Vermont Folklife Center.

While Pardo’s shanty portraits provide a window into the material culture of ice fishing, the shanty owner interviews are an opportunity to engage with the human side—the personal, familial and recreational culture—of this winter activity.

For more information visit: https://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/exhibits-feed/iceshanties

Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury

Apr
29
2019
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Jul
10
2019

Sunshine & Shadow by Ann Young

Sunshine & Shadow by Ann Young


April 29-July 10, 2019
Artist Reception Thursday, May 23, 5-7pm

Ann Young’s interest lies in realism, especially of people, fascinated by the almost limitless variations afforded by the human condition and the same basic emotions shared by humanity. Rather than light and dark in a literal sense, these paintings consider the good and bad sides of human nature. People rain down terror and destruction on one another and at the same time are loving and considerate. Young explains, “This collection tries to sort things out, the good and bad that resides in all people, including myself.”

Young was raised in Illinois and Nebraska but has lived her adult life in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. From her first job illustrating the varmints of the Nebraska plains, through her stint as an illustrator for The Center For Northern Studies, to her abstract closeups of pond vegetation and the shells of crustaceans, she has looked to nature for inspiration. She spent years in a fruitful career making miniature animal and figure porcelain figurines for the wholesale craft market. An interest in large wooden sculpture occupied several years culminating in large scale gallery installations, combining the large cedar sculptures with the miniature porcelain figures. Young now devotes all her time with studies of people, in portrait and social interactions, enjoying the exquisite hues and textures which oil on canvas allows.

4/29/19 9:00am - 7/10/19 11:59pm

River Arts, Morrisville

Jun
9
2019
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Aug
4
2019

Within Sight/With Insight

Within Sight/With Insight

Within Sight/With Insight : New paintings by Helen Shulman and Kevin Kearns
Two artists are featured in the main gallery with new works that share dramatic color palettes with very different outcomes.

Kevin Kearns' landscapes come from a place where memory, reality and imagination are combined. They are atmospheric, sensual and continue to evolve overtime, allowing us, the viewer, to enter into a splice of his world. Having immersed himself in the business of art direction in film and 2-d work for many years, his vast experience and curiosity with composition, structure and color earned Kearns a Lions award from the Cannes Film Festival and an Emmy nomination.

Helen Shulman often starts her paintings with a landscape underpainting. The initial concept is then abstracted by layers of cold wax, oil paints; then sanded, scraped to reveal complex relationships of color, form, geometry. As if one stopped on the road to look closely at the shadow and light play at one’s feet, Shulman’s paintings bring the viewer deeply into the sensation of nature. Shulman’s work is exhibited widely and in the collections of Dana Farber Institute and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park represents the regions finest contemporary artists. The thoughtful selection and exhibition of art, and a respect for artists and collectors are gallery hallmarks. The gallery provides an inviting space for visitors to experience art in their own way.

6/9/19 10:00am - 8/4/19 5:00pm

West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park, Stowe

Jun
1
2019
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Aug
4
2019

OF LAND AND LIGHT: Photography of Jim Westphalen

OF LAND AND LIGHT: Photography of Jim Westphalen

West Branch Gallery is proud to present the emotive, nostalgic pigment prints of Jim Westphalen.
One can visit the same scene many times and feel different emotions each time. Why? Jim captures the fleeting light play which changes hourly, daily, seasonally, and brings us personally into the landscape and deep into our memories.
The images in this body of work were very deliberately planned and created with a particular type of light in mind, thus telling a very particular story within each image.
Inspired by painters Andrew Wyeth, A. Hale Johnson and Edward Hopper, Westphalen creates imagery in which weather, light and composition come together with a painter’s eye. These transportive images take us to a place of escape, renewing an appreciation for this beautiful land that we call Vermont.

6/1/19 10:00am - 8/4/19 5:00pm

West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park, Stowe

Jun
11
2019
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Aug
23
2019

Morning Classes

Morning Classes

Come move with us! A variety of dance and movement classes are offered each weekday morning in the Pillow's Ruth St. Denis Studio. Classes are open to participants of all experience levels including beginners, ages 16+

  • Monday: Pilates with Sean P. Gallagher
  • Tuesday: Ballet with Ian Spencer Bell
  • Wednesday: Modern with Ryoko Kudo (June 3-July 10)
  • Wednesday: Modern with Adam H. Weinert (July 17-August 21)
  • Thursday: Zumba with Ilana Siegal
  • Friday: Hip-Hop with Shakia Johnson (June & August)
  • Friday: African Dance with Truth Hunter (July)

6/11/19 8:00am - 8/23/19 9:00am

Jacob's Pillow, 358 George Carter Rd, Becket, MA 01223, Outside Vermont

Jul
13
2018
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Sep
6
2019

Scattered Geometry; The Ceramics of Jenny Swanson & Holly Walker

Scattered Geometry; The Ceramics of Jenny Swanson & Holly Walker

Jenny Swanson’s high-fire wall pieces, each one a unique microcosm, are inspired by the art of India, and by floating lotuses she was intrigued by during her residency in Shangyu, China. Also on view are her unglazed, low-fire sculptural vessels carbonized in saggars, in bottle and funnel-like forms. Swanson’s innovative work gracefully curves and undulates.

In contrast, Holly Walker’s terracotta forms are Shakeresque and utilitarian. Rolled coils of clay are glazed with bold colors that are playful, saturated, and luminous. Walker’s painterly designs are geometric, floral, and sometimes alphabetical. Walker’s colorfully patterned rectangular palettes and disc shapes are the foil to Jenny Swanson’s silky black and white ceramics.

OPENING RECEPTION JULY 13, 5-7pm, with Artists' Talk

7/13/18 5:00pm - 9/6/19 11:59pm

White River Gallery @ BALE, South Royalton

Apr
15
2019
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Oct
25
2019

Exhibit: The War of Ideas: Propaganda Posters from the Vermont Historical Society Collections

Exhibit: The War of Ideas: Propaganda Posters from the Vermont Historical Society Collections

Showcasing items from the Vermont Historical Society collections spanning the Civil War to World War II, visitors can examine how posters have been an important part of the wartime effort, for everything from recruitment to support on the homefront. In a pre-digital world, inspiring artwork and pithy phrases were a key way the United States government could boost patriotism and gain material support. Viewing these posters alongside each other allows you to see similarities and differences as that messaging evolved over a century.

History Center exhibits are open Monday-Friday & Second Saturdays, 9am-4pm. Admission is by donation.

Vermont History Center, Barre

May
1
2019
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Oct
31
2019

In Their Element: Jonathan D. Ebinger, Rodrigo Nava, Dan Snow

In Their Element: Jonathan D. Ebinger, Rodrigo Nava, Dan Snow

Shelburne Museum is thrilled to present In Their Element: Jonathan D. Ebinger, Rodrigo Nava, Dan Snow, an outdoor installation featuring the evocative work of three contemporary artists on view across the Museum’s expansive campus, from May 1 through October 31, 2019. These captivating sculptures complement and amplify one another through their shared engagement with fire, wind, and earth – subjects of fascination since antiquity. Exploring themes ranging from the anatomy of wildlife, the buoyancy of inflated steel forms, to the relationship between site-specific stone structures within the natural environment, Ebinger, Nava, and Snow push the boundaries of their respective materials and processes, revealing new experimentation with these classical elements.

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne

Jun
1
2019
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Dec
31
2019

The Pivot and the Blade (an intimate look at scissors)

The Pivot and the Blade (an intimate look at scissors)

On display at The Museum of Everyday Life through the end of the year, “The Pivot and the Blade (an intimate look at scissors)" looks at the long human relationship to scissors. We’ll reveal the elegance of scissors design, and explore the myriad professional, creative, superstitious, violent and domestic uses of scissors throughout the ages. All kinds of scissors will be on display, in addition to our ever-expanding permanent collection of everyday life objects. The Museum of Everyday Life is a self-service museum, open every day from 8am-8pm, and is located at 3482 Dry Pond Rd. (Rt. 16) in Glover, a short distance South of the Shadow Lake Rd. See www.museumofeverydaylife.org for more details.

Museum of Everyday Life, Glover