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Although historians have illuminated much of the mystery of the Underground Railroad, Middlebury professor Will Nash explores how contemporary artists and commentators use romanticized versions of the story to map new “Underground Railroads” and reflect cultural moments. Part of the First Wednesdays series, a Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Manchester Community Library in partnership with Middlebury College and the Mellon Foundation.
First Congregational Church, Manchester
Alison Bechdel, author of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For and the graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomedy, discusses what makes comics such a powerful medium for addressing and upending oppression. Part of the First Wednesdays series, a Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Ilsley Public Library in partnership with Middlebury College and the Mellon Foundation.
Wilson Hall, Middlebury College, Middlebury
In this interactive workshop, educator and author Peter Gould helps participants access their own powerful voice by reading, reciting, and performing Shakespeare. Learn how to bring new life to immortal characters! No previous theater training necessary; observers also welcome. Part of the First Wednesdays series, a Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Saint Johnsbury
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
The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture presents….
The Fall 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, Singing and more!
Classes start Sept. 26nd and run through Dec. 17th
For full class descriptions and other details, visit: www.summit-school.org
Klezmer Music with Zoe Christiansen | 6 classes | Oct. 7 - Nov. 11
The Not-So-Fast Jam with Jacob & Gretta Stone, Susan Reid | 6 classes | Oct. 7 - Nov. 11
Bluegrass Banjo Sampler with Jacob Stone | 3 classes | Oct. 8 - Oct. 22
Trad Music Ensemble with Jeremiah McLane | 6 classes | Nov. 5, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17
Old Time Banjo with Tom MacKenzie | 6 classes | Oct. 2 - Nov. 6
Playing Guitar in Alternate Tunings with Art Edelstein | 6 classes | Oct. 2 - Nov. 6
Harmony Singing with Heidi Wilson & Avery Book | 6 classes | Oct. 16 - Nov 20
Old Time Fiddle with Dana Robinson | 6 classes | Sept. 22 - Oct 31
Old Time String Band with Dana Robinson | 6 classes | Sept. 22 - Oct 31
For questions regarding these classes, please visit www.summit-school.org, or contact Yasi Zeichner at firstname.lastname@example.org
9/26/19 6:00pm - 12/17/19 8:00pm
Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier
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
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
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
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
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.
10/1/19 9:00am - 12/27/19 4:00pm
River Arts, Morrisville
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
It’s that wonderful time of year! For one month, Helen Day Art Center will again dedicate our gallery walls to our valued members for the Members’ Art Show & Sale. Simultaneously we present the Festival of Trees & Light.
Please join us in celebrating the season with a vibrant group exhibition featuring the artwork of our members, evergreen trees decorated with ornaments handmade by master artisans, and a beautiful Hanukkah display of menorahs, games, and dreidels. With works available from ceramic sculpture to fine art photographs, it will also be a perfect opportunity to find a unique and meaningful holiday gift.
The opening reception is Friday, December 6, 2019 from 5pm - 7pm. Enjoy a feast of hors d'oeuvres generously provided by local restaurants, holiday crafts in the hands-on room, and the festive community atmosphere that makes the Art Center what it is - a place to gather and celebrate creativity. This event is free and family friendly!
11/26/19 10:00am - 12/28/19 5:00pm
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe
The 2019 Chandler Holiday Artisans' Market offers a beautiful selection of fine art, crafts, and local products, presenting a variety of creative work that exemplifies the talent of area artisans and local food producers. It has earned a region-wide reputation as a rewarding place for holiday shopping among area residents and visitors alike. The Artisans Holiday Market offers shoppers the opportunity to show support for local independent businesses and artists, while also helping to raise funds for future programming and exhibits at Chandler.
For detailed information about hours, contact
11/21/19 6:00pm - 12/28/19 6:00pm
Chandler Gallery, Randolph
In 1991 Robert Mallory Klein, a world-traveled, retired diplomat living in Elmore, decided to paint the villages and hamlets of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom – over 100 in all. He spent many consecutive summers painting several views of each. His broad strokes of bold color, afforded by summer light and reminiscent of Hopper, portray routine places that one might otherwise take for granted. Klein painted ordinary scenes – the farmhouse, the local breakfast counter, patched roofs and leaning porches – and captured the lives of the people who lived there, however modest and humble. What remains are the enduring images of the towns and villages he loved. In a sense he documented a history of the Northeast Kingdom; many of the places have changed with the times; many remain the same, and some no longer exist.
11/1/19 12:00pm - 12/29/19 5:00pm
THE GALLERY: Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro
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
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
November 20, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, this play offers a tale of personal growth and hope amidst the horrors of World War II. Young postulant Maria Rainer is a free spirit who has trouble fitting into the rules and regulations of Nonnberg Abbey. Commissioned by the Mother Abbess to serve as the governess for seven motherless children, Maria transforms the Von Trapp family home from a place of dour rules and regulations to one filled with joy, laughter, and music. The classic score by Rodgers and Hammerstein features some of Broadway’s greatest songs such as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”
11/20/19 7:30pm - 1/5/20 10:00pm
Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction
The Vermont Pastel Society ( VPS) is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1999 by award-winning artist Sean Dye. The purpose of VPS is to build and strengthen connections among pastel artists. VPS now has over 120 members and is open to all levels of pastel artists. The organization sponsors workshops and hosts both member and juried exhibitions in various locations around the state.
Recently, the organization has been divided up into six smaller groups, called “hubs” in order for members to get to know other nearby pastelists and to share in local activities, whether it is a workshop, an exhibit or just getting together to paint. The Montpelier area is called the Central Vermont Hub and boasts more than 35 members, fourteen of whom are exhibiting work in this show. We believe that the variety of subjects, styles, compositions and colors in these paintings demonstrate the versatility, the beauty and the brilliance of pastels.
We hope you love the medium of pastels just as much as we do!
For further information, please see: www.vermontpastelsociety.com
11/17/19 12:00pm - 1/11/20 12:00pm
THE GALLERY at Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin
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
Catamount Arts is pleased to announce its fifth annual juried show, “Arts Connect at Catamount Arts,” which will be on view in the Catamount Arts Galleries from November 23 through January 24. Juried by Katie Wood Kirchhoff, Associate Curator at the Shelburne Museum, this exhibition offers area residents an opportunity to view outstanding work by emerging and established member artists. An opening reception for artists, family and friends will be held on Saturday, November 23 from 4-6 pm. All are welcome to attend.
Katie Wood Kirchhoff is associate curator at Shelburne Museum where she explores the museum’s historic collections in such varied exhibitions as “Harold Weston: Freedom in the Wilds,” “Pieced Traditions: Jean Lovell Collects,” and “Backstage Pass: Rock and Roll Photography.” A graduate of Smith College and the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, Kirchhoff received her PhD from the University of Delaware and worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate before her arrival at the Shelburne Museum. She is currently working on “Eyesight & Insight: A Lens on American Art” as part of the Vermont Curators Group’s 2020 Vision Project.
For more information about “Arts Connect at Catamount Arts,” on view from November 23rd to January 24th, or to learn more about the galleries at Catamount Arts, call (802) 748-2600 or visit www.catamountarts.org.
11/23/19 4:00pm - 1/24/20 12:00pm
Catamount Arts, Saint Johnsbury
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
Time Lapse: Contemporary Analog Photography celebrates the work of 14 international and national contemporary artists who use the darkroom as a type of laboratory and find inspiration in the vast array of 19th-century photographic processes, from daguerreotypes to photograms. Experimenting with the mutable medium of photography and employing a variety of materials—from cyanotype dresses made of tamale wrappers to a three-dimensional shelter displaying tintype portraits—these artists depict familiar subjects of landscapes, portraiture, and still life through a contemporary lens.
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne