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Friday, November 8, 2019

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Nov
8
2019

After School Dance Camp at Pentangle Arts

After School Dance Camp at Pentangle Arts

Movement artist and educator Madeline Warriner directs Pentangle’s after school dance camp. In this camp dancers will be fully immersed in a fun and challenging creative dance experience. Campers will take daily classes in Contemporary Modern Technique and Choreography, as well as other styles like Jazz and Hip-hop. In this inclusive and supportive environment, we will put together a culminating performance, challenging campers to create, collaborate, and explore new ways of thinking, articulating, and moving. Campers with any level of experience are encouraged to participate- the only requirement being to come with an open heart and mind, ready to learn and HAVE FUN!

11/8/19 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock

Nov
8
2019

I AM. . . Panel Discussion

I AM. . . Panel Discussion

Prior to the opening reception of the multimedia exhibition I AM... at the Vermont Arts Council's Spotlight Gallery, a panel discussion will be held at 4 p.m. at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. The conversation, moderated by Shanta Lee Gander, will include some of the artists included in the exhibition that explores what it means to be a Vermont artist: Christal Brown (dancer and choreographer), Toby MacNutt (disabled multidisciplinary artist, author, and teacher), Will Kasso (mural artist, educator, and community organizer), and Vera Longtoe Sheehan (Abenaki culture bearer, master artist, educator, and activist). The panelists will explore the ways in which their own art forms and life experiences inform their work as Vermont artists. Following the panel discussion, the I AM... exhibition will be celebrated with an opening reception at the Spotlight Gallery starting at 5 p.m.

11/8/19 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Snelling Room, Vermont History Museum, Montpelier

Nov
8
2019

I AM... Opening Reception

I AM... Opening Reception

I AM . . . is a multimedia exhibition that explores what it means to be a Vermont artist. The show culminates the first year of the I Am a Vermont Artist e-newsletter series, which documents how artists’ creative expressions reflect their experiences of ethnicity, gender identity, religion, disability, or age. Curated by Shanta Lee Gander and the Vermont Arts Council's Communications Director Kira Bacon, I AM . . . features the work of more than twenty artists and will include two-dimensional art as well as music and sound, spoken word, poetry, dance, and movement within a digital compilation. Prior to the opening reception, a panel discussion, moderated by Shanta Lee Gander and featuring several of the artists included in the exhibition, will be held at 4 p.m. at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.

11/8/19 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Spotlight Gallery, Montpelier

Nov
8
2019

Art, Family, Faith,...And Cancer?

Art, Family, Faith,...And Cancer?

Family, Faith,...And Cancer?

Katie and Kenny Hutson were professional Nashville singer-songwriters with little kids and an exciting life. Then Katie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer that, if left untreated, gave her just three months to live. The battle that followed changed everything. Come hear Katie and Kenny perform songs of authenticity, struggle, and hope on November 8th at 7 pm. Katie will also be sharing poetry from her acclaimed book, “Now I Lay Me Down To Fight.” Admission is a voluntary donation. Doors open at 6:30 pm. 37 Old Stage Road, Essex Junction.

11/8/19 6:30pm - 8:00pm

37 Old Stage Road, Essex Junction, Vermont, Essex Junction

Nov
8
2019

Open Mic

Open Mic

For the fourth year in a row Moretown Open Mic provides a lovely space for musicians, poets, storytellers and performance artists of all kinds. Come and share your talent with a friendly audience. Free, byo and open to performers and audience members of all ages and levels of talent.

11/8/19 7:00pm - 9:30pm

1147 Rt. 100 B Moretown Old Town Hall, Moretown

Nov
8
2019

NER Out Loud

NER Out Loud

This sixth-annual event features original prose and poetry from the New England Review literary magazine, read aloud by Middlebury College students from Oratory Now. Stay for the “s’more readings” reception with contributions from student magazines. For mature audiences. Free

11/8/19 7:30pm

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theater, Middlebury

Nov
8
2019

XOXO Moongirl

XOXO Moongirl

Almanac Dance Circus Theater blends physical theater, world class circus aerial performance, and audience interaction in the original evening-length show XOXO Moongirl. Magical realism and true events intersect as solo performer Nicole Burgio navigates her family's home, plagued with domestic abuse and complicated relationships. Featuring original music, XOXO Moongirl is simultaneously hilarious, heart-wrenching, and breathtaking. This is not traditional circus or theater. This is the new wave of storytelling.

"xoxo moongirl might be the best piece of physical theater I've ever seen." - Terry Brennan, Tribe of Fools

WARNING contains themes of domestic abuse and unbreakable hope. 14+ recommended

11/8/19 7:30pm - 9:00pm

10 Town Crier Dr., Brattleboro

Nov
8
2019

Film: Abominable

Film: Abominable

After discovering a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, teenage Yi and her two friends embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family. But to do so, they must stay one step ahead of a wealthy financier and a determined zoologist who want to capture the beast for their own gain.

Directed by Jill Culton.

11/8/19 7:30pm - 9:37pm

Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock

Nov
1
2019
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Nov
9
2019

Fun and Funny Familiy Show - Clown TV!

Fun and Funny Familiy Show - Clown TV!

"Now In Living Color!"

Kick back with your popcorn and browse your favorite channels of clown television. New England Youth Theatre proudly presents, “Clown TV!” A play written and directed by NEYT alum Doran Hamm, aided by Amy Majer, Putnam Smith, and all of the young comedians, “Clown TV! “ is upraoarius fun for the whole family.

“My favorite part of the process is the collaboration with the kids. We had this concept of clown tv, which is a rich field to plant in,” says Hamm. “We compiled a bunch of different ideas, we all voted, and democratically chose the top nine options to create scene work in.”

These 11 young actors learned from masters in clowning technique, experimenting with playing with sound, pantomime, and movement to physicalize the telling of a story. Guest artists include NEYT founder and clowning extraordinaire Stephen Stearns, Nettie Lane a circus arts expert, Shoshana Bass NEYT alum and dance guru, funnery master Peter Gould and juggling wizard Tom Yahner.

“Clown is just play. It’s the act of trying to do many things and failing gloriously at all of them,” continues Ham. This glorious production of clown-coms, clown commercials, clown crime, clown soap operas, clown news, clown sports are just some of channels that can be seen during this highly entertaining show.

The play performs November 1 at 7pm, November 2 at 2pm and 7pm, November 8 at 7pm, and November 9 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for children. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.neyt.org, in person at the NEYT Box Office from noon to 5 on Wednesdays, or by phone at 802-246-6398 . The show plays at the New England Youth Theatre on 100 Flat Street in Brattleboro VT. NEYT is an accessible theater, with accommodations for wheelchairs, and Assistive Listening Devices for patrons who are hard of hearing. This show was made possible through generous support from Foard Panel. New England Youth Theatre is also supported by the Vermont Children's Trust Fund, Vermont Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Photo courtesy of Dana Haley.

11/1/19 7:00pm - 11/9/19 8:30pm

New England Youth Theatre - 100 Flat St., Brattleboro

Sep
20
2019
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Nov
9
2019

Unbroken Current

Unbroken Current

The work in Unbroken Current investigates cultural and personal identity, social justice, and history through the lens of photography, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Artists include: Mildred Beltre, Sanford Biggers, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Rashid Johnson, Harlan Mack, and Carrie Mae Weems. See website for details and events: helenday.com

9/20/19 5:00pm - 11/9/19 11:59pm

Helen Day Art Center, Stowe

Sep
20
2019
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Nov
9
2019

Studio of Archeo-virtual Spiritings

Studio of Archeo-virtual Spiritings

Greek artist Vasilis Zografos’ new body of paintings reveals the medium’s enduring relevance in today’s digital image culture by examining the tension between memorialization and design, commemoration and utility, reflection and affordance, in a series of oils on paper that draw upon an archaeological rather than a Modernist tradition.

9/20/19 5:00pm - 11/9/19 11:59pm

Helen Day Art Center, Stowe

Nov
7
2019
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Nov
10
2019

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Revised) is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic, based on the beloved comic strip by Charles Schulz. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and Snoopy in this charming revue of vignettes and songs. Two new songs, “Beethoven Day” and “My New Philosophy,” have been added to the twelve numbers from the original version, which include “My Blanket and Me,” “The Baseball Game,” “Little Known Facts,” “Suppertime,” and “Happiness.” This show is appropriate for all ages. Tickets on sale now! Sponsored by Mascoma Savings Bank.

11/7/19 7:30pm - 11/10/19 2:00pm

ArtisTree Community Arts Center, South Pomfret

Nov
8
2019
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Nov
10
2019

Scrag Mounitan Music: The Lullaby Project

Scrag Mounitan Music: The Lullaby Project

Scrag Mountain Music bring's Carnegie Hall's Lullaby Project to Vermont - a program that pairs musicians together with new parents for the creation of new and unique lullabies. This fall, Scrag will partner with Writers for Recovery and the Lund Residential Program in Burlington to create brand new lullabies together with new and expecting parents residing at Lund. As a culmination of this time together, Scrag will present a series of concerts that features familiar bedtime and childhood-inspired songs from the classical repertoire together with these special new songs.

11/8/19 7:30pm - 11/10/19 5:30pm

Burlington, Montpelier, Warren, Statewide

Nov
8
2019
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Nov
17
2019

Lamoille County Players presents: Boeing, Boeing

Lamoille County Players presents: Boeing, Boeing

“Drink up. We’re in for a bumpy night.” Sage advice from put-upon maid Berthe (Jill Vize, Stowe) as Lamoille County Players brings a 1962 French bedroom farce to the stage in their sixty-seventh season with a production of Boeing, Boeing.

Boeing, Boeing is set in the 1960s, and centers on French bachelor Bernard (Brendan Peveril, Hyde Park), who has an apartment in Paris and is engaged to three stewardesses: New York-based Gloria (Andrea Gagner, Saint Albans), Italy-based Gabriella (Leanne Day Harple, West Glover), and Germany-based Gretchen (Christine Grzebien, Barton/Orleans). All three are engaged to him without knowing about each other. When his friend Robert (Chris Demars, Morrisville) visits from Vermont, Bernard's lifestyle begins to unravel. Complications from weather and a new, speedier Boeing jet disrupt his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in the city simultaneously, and catastrophe looms.

Director Gene Heinrich of Saint Albans (who directed Deathtrap and The Miracle Worker for LCP) chose Boeing, Boeing for its over-the-top, naughty French slapstick humor. “I wanted to bring something to the stage that defies our over-zealous political correctness. This is a classic play that touches on stereotypes and slightly adult themes in a hilarious manner. You will leave the theater with a smile on your face before realizing how offended you should be by the inappropriate situations and humor. A good time will be had by all!”

Performance dates for Boeing, Boeing are November 8-10 and 15-17 (Friday – Saturday, 7:00pm; Sundays, 2:00pm) at the historic Hyde Park Opera House in Hyde Park, Vermont. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students, or seniors ages 60 and over. On Sunday, November 10 all seats are just $10 for the 2:00 pm matinee.

LCP is supporting the Lamoille Community House with a BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free) offer on November 8 & 9. Located at 103 Main Street in Hyde Park, the Lamoille Community House is a seasonal adult shelter serving the Lamoille Valley. Use promo come LCH when ordering tickets online, over the phone, or in person.

Tickets for all shows are available now, online at LCPlayers.com. You can pick your own seats and get ticket purchase confirmation, all at no additional charge. The box office (802-888-4507) opens an hour before each performance; call for additional information. If you are unsure of your plans, we recommend that you not make reservations, but rather buy your tickets at the door.

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CALENDAR LISTING: The classic French bedroom farce Boeing, Boeing. Presented by the Lamoille County Players November 8-10 and 15-17 (Friday – Saturday, 7:00pm; Sundays, 2:00pm). Hyde Park Opera House. Tickets are $18 Regular / $12 Student and Senior. Special $10 Matinee November 10! www.LCPlayers.com or (802) 888-4507.

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PICTURE: French bachelor Bernard (Brendan Peveril, Hyde Park) with his three fiancées from three different airlines: Andrea Gagner (Saint Albans); Leanne Day Harple (West Glover), Christine Grzebien (Orleans), and Chris Demars (Morrisville).

11/8/19 7:00pm - 11/17/19 9:00pm

Hyde Park Opera House, Hyde Park

Sep
25
2019
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Nov
22
2019

Mountain Air Exhibition

Mountain Air Exhibition

The gallery at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center features a group exhibition in celebration of the mountain landscape for the Fall Season. The exhibition opens in collaboration with Stowe Mountain Film Festival, presented by Acabay, in partnership with the VT Ski & Snowboard Museum, on October 25th and October 26th. The collection includes painting, sculpture and photography. The exhibition is created by Kelly Holt, Spruce Peak Arts Curator, and features the work of Vermont artists: Arista Alanis, Mary Brevda, Rory Jackson, Joseph Salerno and Homer Wells.
There will be an exhibition reception on Friday, October 26th from 5:00 - 6:30pm, on the opening night of Stowe Mountain Film Festival.

Artists are responding to physicality of mountains, from our local Green Mountain ridgelines to the awe-inspiring mountains of Patagonia. Working in varied mediums, the pieces capture essence of the landscape - often emotional, spiritual and studied.

Painter Rory Jackson divides his time between the coastal region of Cape Three Points in Ghana and Lincoln Gap, Vermont. Of his oils in the exhibit on both linen and canvas, He writes:

As a Vermonter, the Mountain air has a sensory effect like none other, it is home. It is the clean breath that sweeps through the lungs of the hillside. It carries in it all the pollen and scents of the flowering, sprouting and decaying plants, and still maintains always to remain fresh In constancy the Mountains evoke an awe in their bold presence and unconquerable royalty, as the air sings of that awe as it moves in their midst. - Rory Jackson

Both Ridgeline Series and Woods Edge Series by plein air painter Joseph Salerno are featured in the exhibition - presented as a horizontal vista of both intricate relationships of form and abstracted tones of light and dark, all celebrating favorite tree line settings near his home studio in Johnson, Vermont. Arista Alanis’ vibrant expressionistic paintings move back and forth between figurative landscape and abstraction. Of her oils and mixed media paintings, the artist explains, “The artwork is not about specific places, but about significant moments that ignite a feeling of being alive in the space.”

Partners in life, travel and art from Vermont to Patagonia, Mary Brevda (photographer) and Homer Wells (sculptor, painter, inventor), capture the landscape in complimentary ways with dynamic perspectives, dramatic lighting, and etched aluminum pieces. Both artists are largely self-taught and always experimenting.

For further information on the Mountain Air group exhibitions, please call the gallery at 802-760-4634, email Kelly Holt (kholt@sprucepeakarts.com), or visit SprucePeakArts.com.

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Gallery hours:
Thursday-Saturday 11am-5pm, and one hour prior to performances and events

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe

Sep
27
2019
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Nov
23
2019

Uncharted

Uncharted

Join us at The Garage Cultural Center for an exhibit of artwork by Susan Wahlrab and Chris Miller. After a lifetime investigating, Susan Wahlrab and Chris Miller are each in own their unique way, leaping off the mountain of experience to UnCharted waters. Challenging materials, subject matter and presentation. Deep breath - Jump!

Exhibit runs through November 22, 2019

Opening Reception September 27, 2019 from 4-7pm

9/27/19 4:00pm - 11/23/19 5:00pm

The Garage Cultural Center, Montpelier

Oct
4
2019
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Nov
30
2019

Show 35

Show 35

The Front presents SHOW 35, running October 4 through November 30. Join us for the opening reception on October 4, 4-8 pm. Free and open to the public—join us for live music, food and drink while you take in recent works by the membership of Montpelier’s sole collective art gallery! The gallery is open Fridays, 4 to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is also open by appointment - email info@thefrontvt.com.

Image: BAND, 2019 by Kate Burnim

10/4/19 4:00pm - 11/30/19 5:00pm

The Front Gallery, 6 Barre Street, Montpelier

Oct
4
2019
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Dec
1
2019

"Textures" A Group Art Show

"Textures" A Group Art Show

The Beyond Gallery presents, "Textures" A Group Art Show featuring 19 artists.
Gallery Hours:
Friday 4PM-8PM
Saturday 10AM - 8PM
Sunday 12PM-4PM

10/4/19 4:00pm - 12/1/19 4:00pm

437 Main St., Bennington

Sep
3
2019
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Dec
8
2019

MuseumLab

MuseumLab

For this experiment in interdisciplinary learning, professors from across Middlebury’s curriculum have selected a diverse array of pieces from the museum’s collection. Visitors are invited to observe the reactions sparked when our “teaching laboratory” displays art supporting courses in religion, neuroscience, gender studies, political science, environmental studies, art history, biochemistry, and more.

9/3/19 10:00am - 12/8/19 5:00pm

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery, Middlebury

Nov
8
2019
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Dec
20
2019

I AM. . .

I AM. . .

I AM . . . is a multimedia exhibition that explores what it means to be a Vermont artist. The show culminates the first year of the I am a Vermont Artist e-newsletter series, which documents how artists’ creative expressions reflect their experiences of ethnicity, gender identity, religion, disability, or age. Curated by Shanta Lee Gander and the Vermont Arts Council's Communications Director Kira Bacon, I AM . . . features the work of more than twenty artists and will include two-dimensional art as well as music and sound, spoken word, poetry, dance, and movement within a digital compilation.

11/8/19 8:30am - 12/20/19 4:30pm

Spotlight Gallery, Montpelier

Sep
28
2019
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Dec
20
2019

Breathe the Wind: Kate Emlen Paintings

Breathe the Wind: Kate Emlen Paintings

Wind swept skies and rocky shores, light dappled woods and shimmering water – Kate Emlen’s paintings explore the power and mystery of the natural world. Imagery shifts between disintegration and integration through the use of light and shadow, color and form. Emlen’s small gouaches on paper and large oil paintings on panel and linen are included in the exhibition.

9/28/19 5:00pm - 12/20/19 11:59pm

White River Gallery @ BALE, South Royalton

Nov
8
2019
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Dec
26
2019

Visions of the Camino de Santiago

Visions of the Camino de Santiago

Melanie Brotz presents 15 paintings - impressions of the landscapes and surroundings she experienced this fall on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Her body of work is part of a group show at the Flynn Dog gallery presented by Art Tribe - a collective of women artists in the Burlington area.

11/8/19 8:00am - 12/26/19 7:00pm

Flynn Dog Gallery 208 Flynn Avenue, Burlington

Oct
1
2019
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Dec
27
2019

'The View From Here' by Jennifer Hubbard

'The View From Here' by Jennifer Hubbard

Reception & Artist Talk Thursday November 14, 5-7pm. Free admission and refreshments, cash bar.

Jennifer Hubbard’s oil paintings feature scenes from Lamoille and Orleans counties, and capture barns and agricultural subjects in the vivid illumination of late afternoon light. In some paintings, she tweaks her color palette to add a contemporary, surreal twist on traditional rural landscape painting. The resulting paintings merge realistic, recognizable scenes with a touch of painterly abstraction. Jennifer Hubbard grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied painting and drawing at the Mitchell School of Fine Arts, and Maryland Institute, College of Art. She moved to Vermont in 2009.

“My work has always been primarily focussed on portraiture. When I moved to Vermont, where the landscape is such a powerful influence on daily life, I decided to move my subjects outside, into the environment. I was interested in capturing the interaction between people and the outdoors, particularly as the seasons change.” Hubbard gradually started replacing figures with barns and other architectural elements. The resulting paintings bring to mind both Impressionism and Photorealism, and offer a contemporary perspective of the people and landscapes of Vermont.

www.jenniferhubbardfineart.com

10/1/19 9:00am - 12/27/19 4:00pm

River Arts, Morrisville

Oct
1
2019
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Dec
27
2019

Heartbeet Lifesharing Fiber Arts Exhibit

Heartbeet Lifesharing Fiber Arts Exhibit

Reception & Artist Talk Thursday November 14, 5-7pm. Free admission and refreshments, cash bar.

Heartbeet is a vibrant lifesharing community in Hardwick and Craftsbury that includes adults with developmental disabilities. Community members live and work together in beautiful extended family households in a mutually supportive environment that enables each individual to discover and develop his or her unique ability and potential. The art shown is a collaboration between the fiber art creators and therapeutic woodworking studio. After the wool feltings are made the pieces are then hand framed by Heartbeet craftsmen with timber from their land. 11 artists are represented in the group show, with pieces entitled Tree Spirit, The Shepherd, Lonely Landscape, Moonrise and more.

10/1/19 9:00am - 12/27/19 4:00pm

River Arts, Morrisville

Oct
3
2019
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Dec
27
2019

Rogue Cloth Work - works by Janie Cohen

Rogue Cloth Work - works by Janie Cohen

The artist’s body of work combines and transforms hand-stitched pieces of old cloth into new contexts-- with some inspired by their histories, and others by formal concerns or visual associations. Rogue Cloth Work presents textile assemblages created by Cohen over many years—and each tells a compelling story.

Opening Reception October 10, 4:30-7:00 PM
Montpelier Art Walk December 6, 4:00-7:00 PM

10/3/19 8:00am - 12/27/19 4:30pm

Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, Montpelier

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

Nov
5
2019
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Jan
3
2020

Elliot Burg and Athena Petra Tasiopoulos

Elliot Burg and Athena Petra Tasiopoulos

The T.W. Wood Art Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibit by Elliot Burg and Athena Tasiopoulos. The exhibit will run from November 5th, 2019 to January 3rd, 2020. All shows are free and open to the public. Reception - November 7th - 5:00 - 7:00pm, Artist Talk - December 6th - 5:00pm

Elliot Burg is a freelance photographer from Middlesex, Vermont. In 2018, Elliot Burg traveled to Havana, Cuba, to capture portraits and photograph musicians and dancers in the streets playing music and moving their bodies to the rhythms of salsa and reggaetón.

Athena Petra Tasiopoulos is a mixed media collage artist and fine art photographer. The artist creates surface texture, depth, and dimension by covering and inscribing paper and photographic collages with encaustic. By re-inventing antiquated portraits, Tasiopoulos allows her subjects to transcend the constraints of time and place.

11/5/19 12:00pm - 1/3/20 4:00pm

T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier

Sep
14
2019
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Jan
12
2020

Joel Barber & the Modern Decoy

Joel Barber & the Modern Decoy

UPCOMING EXHIBITION

Joel D. Barber, Swan, Havre de Grace, 1950. Watercolor and ink on paper, 17 7/16 x 23 9/16 in. Collection of Shelburne Museum, gift of J. Watson, Jr., Harry H., and Samuel B. Webb. 1952-192.388. Photography by Andy Duback.

This monographic exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on the life and artwork of architect, author, illustrator, and pioneering decoy collector Joel D. Barber (1876-1952). Featuring more than 100 decoys, drawings, historical photographs, and watercolors from Shelburne Museum’s extensive collection and archives, the exhibition will be organized into five thematic sections. The first section explores Barber’s introduction to the world of wildfowl decoys and his early collecting years. The next section focuses on the Art Deco-inspired watercolors he used to illustrate his groundbreaking first book Wild Fowl Decoys published in 1934. The third section chronicles his various attempts at trying to design the perfect “Modern” decoy, amalgams based on historical precedents found in his collection. The fourth section examines the numerous ways Barber exhibited his collection publicly to shine a spotlight on decoys, including: duck shows, art exhibitions, and the establishment of the world’s first decoy museum in 1947. Using existing watercolor portraits and measured drawings, the fifth and final section pieces together Barber’s unfinished second book The Decoys of North America, an ambitious project that consumed the final three years of his life.

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne

Sep
6
2019
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Feb
6
2020

Alchemy—Metal,Mystery & Magic—The Art of Transformation

Alchemy—Metal,Mystery & Magic—The Art of Transformation

The show’s intention is to fire up the imagination by displaying whimsical, powerful and haunting sculptures and paintings featuring the alchemy of turning metal into art. The eight artists in the exhibition wow us with their imagination and skill, says Nina Jamison, Director of Exhibitions. They include: Jeanne Carbonetti, Chester, VT; Sabrina Fadial, Barre, VT; Alexandra Heller, Morrisville, VT; Peter Heller (deceased); Pat Musick, Manchester, VT; Dan O’Donnell, Springfield, VT; Gerald Stoner, Underhill, VT; Johnny Swing, Brookline, VT. With a soaring 25-foot ceiling and clerestory windows, the 150-foot-long by 45-foot-wide world- class public art space is unique in the region and accommodates and compliments very large artwork and sculpture. Springfield Regional Development
Corporation sponsors the exhibits at the Great Hall.

9/6/19 5:30pm - 2/6/20 5:00pm

Great Hall, 100 River Street, Springfield