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Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in Knives Out, a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death. With an all-star ensemble cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, Knives Out is a witty and stylish whodunit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing until the very end.
Directed by Rian Johnson.
1/20/20 7:30pm - 9:40pm
Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock
VCFA's MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program residency will present a series of public readings January 1 through January 20. Readings feature VCFA faculty, visiting writers, and graduating students, with special guests Ann Dávila Cardinal, Gilbert Ford, Charles R. Smith, Jr., and Padma Venkatraman. All readings are held on the VCFA campus in Montpelier, and are open to the public and free of charge.
See https://vcfa.edu/public-events-for-winter-2020-wcya-residency/ for the daily schedule and information about the special guests.
1/11/20 7:30pm - 1/20/20 2:00pm
Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier
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
End of Day by Laura Heijn (pronounced hine) will be showing at Vermont Studio Center in the Red Mill Gallery from January 5 through January 31, with a closing reception on Wednesday, January 29, from 6 to 8 pm.
The Red Mill Gallery is located in the main meeting building on the VSC campus on Pearl Street in Johnson, Vermont. Shows in this gallery are rotating. Laura Heijn had a Vermont Studio Center residency in January 1993, and returned as a staff member later that year. She and her husband have resided in Johnson ever since, where she has painted exclusively from home, run a small dairy operation, and raised three children. Laura grew up in Massachusetts and studied fine arts and English literature at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at Harvard University, where her teachers included Carole Bolsey, Jon Imber, and Dmitri Hadzi. Over the past 25 years, she has shown at the Vermont Studio Center and in other northern Vermont galleries.
1/6/20 9:00am - 1/31/20 5:00pm
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson
Mindy Fisher grew up in a small town in New Hampshire where she took as many art classes as she possibly could, including attending courses at The River Gallery Art School in Brattleboro, VT. In 1998 she moved to Chicago to study Set Design at Columbia College. She stayed in Chicago and focused on painting, cartooning, and self taught herself animation. She also had the opportunity to teach youth cartooning and sewing at Right Brained Studio in Oak Park, IL. She now lives in Vermont and has moved her studio into the Exner Block in Bellows Falls Mindy has shown work in Chicago, IL, Cincinnati, OH, Rutland, VT, Lafayette, LA, Portland, OR, and Clifton Springs, NY and has sold work to collectors around the globe.
Over the past decade I have been creating a series of paintings called “Ornaglyphs”. These surreal, gouache paintings feature a crazy cast of bird-like characters and a hieroglyphic non-language that is open to interpretation. The paintings started off as comic panels and have now morphed into clustered, layered abstract paintings. Each painting is a spontaneous experiment with color and shapes colliding. When people experience my work I want them to get lost and find new things.
Main Street Arts, Saxtons River
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
OPENING RECEPTION & ARTIST TALK: SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 BEGINNING AT 5PM
Mark Barry celebrates life with paint brush in hand. No moment is too small — flying down the hill on a sled,skiing in fresh powder or snuggled by the fire with a favorite book — and he captures each one with bold, brilliant color, often in large scale, to capture each moment’s importance. Mark Barry paints happiness and celebrates the gift of time and his deep appreciation of life — and the viewer quickly realizes it is contagious.
1/10/20 12:00pm - 2/16/20 8:00pm
Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro
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
This winter, SVAC is proud to offer a suite of exhibitions addressing important and topical issues. The I Am More: Facing Stigma photography exhibition, created and sponsored by the Yellow Tulip Project, features black and white portraits of people who are dealing with mental health challenges personally or through the experiences of family or friends. The individuals–musicians, artists, nature lovers, parents, and more–are dedicated to challenging assumptions and stigma around mental illness and what mental illness “looks like.”
The Forty-Seven Main Street Artists Group demonstrate the inspirational power of abstract self expression in paint.
Renowned photographer Gisela Gamper documents her personal journey of love and mourning in her photographic series titled “Longing for David.” After David, her husband, lover, musician and sometime collaborator of 43 years suddenly passed away she missed her physical connection to him. In her grief she found some consolation in playing with his favorite clothes and documenting herself wearing them. The photographs are a visual testament to her grieving process.
Bennington College Visiting Professor Terry Boddie takes a complex approach to the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade. Nationally recognized photographer Carl Austin Hyatt shows portraits made from two decades of travels in the Andes of Peru. In mixed media portraits, students from area schools present themselves as they want to be seen. We are, all of us, more than meets the eye!
These artists, offered opportunities for solo or group exhibitions, curated and organized by faculty and/or staff, are responding to related but distinct themes: “art that heals,” “personal narrative,” “I am more than meets the eye,” or “art as asocial message.” The exhibition will empower members of our community to speak up about a range of critical issues.
Alongside the artwork, SVAC will host a panel discussion with some of our area’s leading mental health experts, in conjunction with various artists. We hope the I Am More: Facing Stigma exhibition along with the panel discussions will raise essential awareness of mental health issues. We also hope that the varied artwork coming together in this exhibition will be the catalyst for other conversation–about what matters most, both to the artists and to our gallery visitors. For some, mental health will be at the heart of that discussion. For others, different aspects of identity and humanity will resonate.
SVAC staff are not healthcare providers. Our role in curating this exhibition is to create an opportunity for art to inspire connections and conversations. The exhibition will provide space to come together–which is at the center of our mission. SVAC will provide opportunities for visitors to express their responses to all the artwork on display.
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester