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Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Feb
13
2020

The Met Opera Live in HD: Wozzeck (Berg)

The Met Opera Live in HD: Wozzeck (Berg)

Berg’s 20th-century shocker stars baritone Peter Mattei in the title role, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium and soprano Elza van den Heever as the long-suffering Marie. Groundbreaking visual artist and director William Kentridge unveils a bold new staging set in an apocalyptic wasteland.

One of the emblematic achievements of the thriving artistic forces in Germany and Austria during the brief period between world wars, Wozzeck was a sensation and a scandal at its premiere. Remarkably, it has lost none of its power to fascinate, shock, and engage audiences, and its status as one of the defining musical works of the 20th century has not blunted its vitality.

https://www.sprucepeakarts.org/events/the-met-opera-live-in-hd-wozzeck/

2/13/20 3:30pm

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe

Feb
13
2020

Featured Artist at Vermont Studio Center—Jill Madden

Featured Artist at Vermont Studio Center—Jill Madden

Artist Jill Madden will be the Featured Artist in Vermont Studio Center's Red Mill Gallery in February. Her Opening Reception is scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 6 to 8pm at VSC's Red Mill Gallery on Pearl Street in Johnson, VT. Prior to that, Jill is hosting an Information Session for VSC residents (open to all) on "Artist as Entrepreneur" on Thursday, February 13, 4 to 5pm (also in the Red Mill Gallery).

Jill said that Woods, “Celebrates places I’ve come to know intimately over the many years. I’ve spent time visiting a small corner of the Green Mountain National Forest for my physical and spiritual nourishment, in all seasons, conditions, and light. That these places are on public lands and trails is intentional, as these paintings represent my way of respecting and illuminating these treasures. To create these works on-site, I pack a lightweight easel and have developed unique ways to keep my paints fluid on sub-freezing days when the air is frigid. This process is meditative and my subject continues to surprise and challenge me.”

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.

https://vermontstudiocenter.org/news/jillmadden

2/13/20 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson

Feb
13
2020

Who Says I Can't Lecture: Jothy Rosenberg

Who Says I Can't Lecture: Jothy Rosenberg

Jothy Rosenberg, founder of the 'Who Says I Can't' Foundation, a non-profit charity addressing the psychological and physical impacts of having a disability by focusing on the restoration of self-esteem. Jothy's own story focuses on the use of extreme sports to recover from cancer, an amputation, and a lung removal, all as a teenager. This event is free.

2/13/20 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Helen Day Art Center, Stowe

Feb
13
2020

An Evening with Julia Munemo

An Evening with Julia Munemo

Williamstown author Julia McKenzie Munemo has a memoir coming out in January. We are celebrating her book, The Book Keeper, with a reception and reading at the Bookshop on 13th February at 7.00pm. There will be an opportunity for questions, and Julia will sign copies of her book, which will be available for sale at the event.

The event is free and open to the public.

2/13/20 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Bennington Bookshop, Bennington

Feb
11
2020
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Feb
15
2020

VCFA's MFA in Music Composition Presents: Concerts of student music performed by world-class musicians

VCFA's MFA in Music Composition Presents: Concerts of student music performed by world-class musicians

VCFA welcomes the MFA in Music Composition program to campus February 9-15, and concerts and events featuring music written by VCFA students and performed by world-class musicians fill the week. All events are open to the public and free of charge. See https://vcfa.edu/music-composition-winter-2020-public-events/ for full schedule

CONCERTS
VCFA will host three ensembles this winter, premiering pieces written by our MFA in Music Composition students that reflect a wide cross-section of approaches to new music. Location: College Hall Chapel.
See https://vcfa.edu/music-composition-winter-2020-public-events/ for full schedule for information about the ensembles.

* Tuesday, Feb. 11, 8 pm: Invoke ensemble
* Wednesday, Feb. 12, 8 pm: Invoke and Mobius Percussion
* Thursday, Feb. 13, 8 pm: Mobius Percussion and Housewarming Project
* Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 pm: Housewarming Project

2/11/20 8:00pm - 2/15/20 9:00pm

Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier

Jan
10
2020
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Feb
16
2020

SNOW DAZE - Paintings by Mark Barry

SNOW DAZE - Paintings by Mark Barry

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

Jan
25
2020
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Feb
20
2020

Bread and Puppet Theatre -The Bad Bedsheet Existibility Show Part 1 at TW Wood Gallery

Bread and Puppet Theatre -The Bad Bedsheet Existibility Show Part 1 at TW Wood Gallery

The TW Wood gallery is pleased to present the work of Peter Schumann of Bread and Puppet Theater. This important show will be exhibited in both the Hallway and the Nuquist Gallery. The new exhibit features hundreds of new works, big and small, by Peter Schumann and his Bread and Puppet Theater. The exhibit will run from January 25th to February 20th, 2020. All shows are free and open to the public.

The Bread and Puppet Theater is a politically active puppet theater, founded by Peter Schumann in New York City in 1963 and based in Glover, Vermont since 1974.

The name Bread and Puppet is derived from the theater’s practice of sharing its sourdough rye with the audience, and from its central principle that art is as basic as bread. The Bread and Puppet Theater participates locally in parades and is active at many statehouse marches in Montpelier.

Peter Schumann, Bread and Puppet’s director, was born in 1934 in Silesia. Schumann was a sculptor and dancer in Germany before moving to the United States in 1961. In 1963 he founded Bread and Puppet Theater and in 1970 moved to Vermont, eventually settling in the Northeast Kingdom in Glover where the company still performs outdoor circuses and pageants all summer long. For more information visit Bread and Puppet Theater at: https://breadandpuppet.org.

Reception: February 7th, 4:00 – 8:00pm - In Conjunction with Art Walk

5:00pm - Bread and Puppet Performance: The Bad Bedsheet Existibility Show Part 2

Peter Schumann will perform a Fiddle Rant and along with Bread and Puppet members and volunteers a Contastoria Performance for “The Bad Bedsheet Existibility Show Part 1” at the reception. There will be live music and singing and bread and aoli will be served at the end of the performance as is tradition. Items from the Bread and Puppet Press will be available for perusal and purchase.

1/25/20 12:00pm - 2/20/20 4:00pm

T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier

Jan
8
2020
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Feb
29
2020

Russet Resplendence

Russet Resplendence

Two artists sharing a passion of providing a glimpse of the majestic and stately natural world and the rural tranquility of old farms combine their work in this unique exhibition. Working in diabolically different mediums of wood and paper, their work is joined by the common thread of russet earth tones.

Barb Godwin is a fine artist working with pyrography - the art of applying burn marks on wood with a heated object. Godwin applies her designs to a smooth wood surface and engraves the image with a special heated “pen” utilizing the grain of the wood and various degrees of heat to develop subtle values and tones.

Roarke Sharlow is a fine art photographer known for digitally manipulating his images. Starting with a colored image, he first removes the color and then applies a sepia toning resulting in a subtle russet timbre with the depth of rich light and dark values.

Artists Reception Sunday – February 23, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

1/8/20 1:00pm - 2/29/20 5:00pm

Valley Arts Festival Gallery, Waitsfield

Jan
21
2020
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Mar
7
2020

20 Years of SPA!

20 Years of SPA!

20 Years of SPA!
A celebratory exhibit including highlights from shows that took place in each of the years since 2000, when SPA first opened its doors.

On display in the 3rd Floor Gallery
January 21 – March 7, 2020
Reception: Sat., Jan. 25 from 3-5pm

Studio Place Arts: 201 N. Main St., Barre, VT 05641
www.studioplacearts.com | 802-479-7069 | info@studioplacearts.com

Studio Place Arts, Barre

Jan
21
2020
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Mar
7
2020

Botanical Blitz at Studio Place Arts

Botanical Blitz at Studio Place Arts

Botanical Blitz at Studio Place Arts

The main gallery turns into a botanical refuge with a lavish display of color involving works that depict the plant, insect and animal worlds.

Exhibit on display January 21 – March 7, 2020
Reception: Sat., Jan. 25 from 3-5pm

Studio Place Arts: 201 N. Main St., Barre, VT 05641
www.studioplacearts.com | 802-479-7069 | info@studioplacearts.com

Studio Place Arts, Barre

Nov
9
2019
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Mar
8
2020

Time Lapse: Contemporary Analog Photography

Time Lapse: Contemporary Analog Photography

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

Jan
31
2020
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Mar
14
2020

Reception for Corinth Artist Chris Groschner

Reception for Corinth Artist Chris Groschner

Chris Groschner grew up drawing and building “stuff” in suburban Detroit. That stuff included an airplane and a submarine of scavenged scrap wood, aesthetically funky but functionally unsound.

He still likes the use of reuse of materials. His method is trash-picking and curating. All the forms, textures, and colors are chosen, re-imagined, reorganized, revalued. These constructions and the layering of these elements reflect his interest in time, the continuing process of existence, and the coalescence of events in the past, present, and future.

The remains of the past, the seasons, the time of day, the magic moment, the eternal cosmic clock, and the endless river of times inspire my images. He intends that the bits and pieces of life convey some feeling of the odd, uneven moment in time, familiar but slightly unsettling.

1/31/20 6:00pm - 3/14/20 8:00pm

North Common Arts, Chelsea

Jan
11
2020
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Mar
15
2020

More than Meets the Eye

More than Meets the Eye

More than Meets the Eye
An Exhibition Series

Exhibition on view: January 11 - March 15, 2020
Exhibition Opening Reception: Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 2-4 p.m.
Location: Yester House Galleries at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, 930 SVAC Drive/ Manchester West Road, Manchester, VT 05254

The Southern Vermont Arts Center 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 demonstrates the inspirational power of abstract self expression in paint. Renowned photographer Gisela Gamper documents her personal journey of love and mourning. 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 are responding to related but distinct themes: “art that heals,” “personal narrative,” “I am more than meets the eye,” or “art as a social message.” The exhibition will empower members of our community to speak up about a range of critical issues.

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.

I Am More: Facing Stigma is organized by The Yellow Tulip Project, Portland, Maine. All photographs ©️ Lissy Thomas Photography.

1/11/20 10:00am - 3/15/20 4:00pm

Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester

Jan
11
2020
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Mar
15
2020

"I Am More: Facing Stigma" Photography Exhibition

"I Am More: Facing Stigma" Photography Exhibition

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

Feb
7
2020
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Mar
20
2020

Transience: A Selection of Work 2014 - 2019 (The Artwork of Melissa Rubin)

Transience: A Selection of Work 2014 - 2019 (The Artwork of Melissa Rubin)

Closing Reception: Thursday March 19, 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Artist Statement:
Transience is the state in which I find myself on a regular basis; whether I’m confronting the ephemeral, fleeting nature of the emotions that fuel my art-making, or the physical and emotional quality of a life of transitions split between two geographical locations: New York City and Cambridgeport, Vermont. Juxtaposing my urban and rural abodes, there is a tension within my art-making process that struggles to make meaning and connections between the more human-made environment and the natural one. The work I chose to include in this exhibition spans five years, and within that time frame, there have been various life experiences that have shaped the work and the materials I choose to work with.


Artist Bio:
Melissa Rubin, a New York City and Vermont-based artist, has previously exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions at Atlantic Gallery, NYC: John Molloy Gallery, NYC; Canal Street Art Gallery, Bellows Falls, VT; Burgdorff Gallery, Southern Vermont College, Bennington, VT; the Pelham Art Center; the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, CA, and many other venues. Her work has been featured in ARTnews Magazine, on CBS This Morning, and has been used in performances and movie sets. Melissa has been the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner and a New York Foundation for the Arts grants, as well as a Fulbright teacher fellowship to Japan. She was a 2017 participant at the Master Abstraction Residency at MassMoCA, and was recently awarded the inaugural Binnie Bernstein grant to attend the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. You can view more of her work at: melissarubinart.com and follow her on Instagram: @melissarubinart

Main Street Arts, Saxtons River

Feb
3
2020
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Mar
27
2020

Artists to Watch 2020

Artists to Watch 2020

February 3-March 27 | opening reception February 13, 5-7 p.m.

The Vermont Art Guide, in partnership with Vermont Arts Council, presents a survey of contemporary Vermont art in exhibition and print. The survey appears as a special feature in Vermont Art Guide #11 and as an exhibition in the Spotlight Gallery. Exhibition curator and Vermont Art Guide Editor Ric Kasini Kadour recruited ten Vermont art professionals and asked them to nominate artists who are making contemporary Vermont art that commands our attention.

Ric explains that "The deeper purpose of Vermont Artists to Watch goes beyond a magazine feature, an exhibition, and artist boosterism. The project is an opportunity to discover artists, revisit familiar ones, and develop a deeper appreciation of visual arts in the state."

The curators who selected artists are: Sophie Bréchu-West, director, 571 Projects in Stowe; Anne Corso, executive director, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester; Heather Ferrell, curator and director of exhibitions, BCA Center, Burlington; Jamie Franklin, curator of collections, Bennington Museum; Kelly Holt, curator, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe; Jon Meyer, independent artist, Norwich; Mickey Myers, executive director, Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville; Elizabeth Nelson, independent artist and former Vermont Artist to Watch, West Glover; Sebastian Sweatman, independent artist, Stowe; Katherine Taylor-McBroom, curator of exhibits and collections at Sullivan Museum and History Center, Northfield.

The 2020 Vermont Artists to Watch are: Misoo, Shelburne; Josh Blackwell, Bennington; Mark Collier, Montpelier; Trevor Corp, Wolcott; Brian Fekete, Kingston, New York; Patty Hudak, Underhill; Susan Larkin, Isle La Motte; Kathryn Lipke, Mansonville, Quebec; Steve Sharon, Burlington; and Kathy Stark Craftsbury Common.

2/3/20 8:30am - 3/27/20 4:30pm

Spotlight Gallery, Montpelier

Feb
7
2020
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Mar
28
2020

Cat McQ: United Signs of America / Paintings by Jeanne Thurston

Cat McQ: United Signs of America / Paintings by Jeanne Thurston

The Center for Arts and Learning is presenting Cat McQ: United Signs of America in our second-floor gallery, and paintings by Jeanne Thurston on the first floor. Cat McQ: United Signs of America takes the viewer on a road trip looking backwards. Intense skies are punctuated by vintage signage, some rusted, some vibrant, each a portrait of a larger road culture. Jeanne Thurston’s paintings use intensely colored, dimensional bars of color to create reliefs full of movement and volume. Both exhibitions open during Montpelier Alive’s Art Walk on Feb.7th and run through March.

2/7/20 4:00pm - 3/28/20 11:59pm

The Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre St., Montpelier

Jan
16
2020
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Apr
18
2020

Winter Exhibition: Love Letters

Winter Exhibition: Love Letters

Artists in this exhibition focus on love past, love lost, love hoped for, love lived in a way that both honors relationships and propels the power of love beyond two, beyond power structures, into a world where multiplicity and non hierarchical structure creates action and change on a larger scale. While love may start with individuals, these artists examine their love not subjugated nor confined by any preconceived ideals or prescribed structures, but love for itself as a verb, a noun, an emotion, and a driving force. Artists include:
Louise Bourgeois, Robert Buck, Molly Davies, Jim Dine, Tracey Emin, John Killacky & Eiko Otake & Brian Stevenson, and Jeroen Nelemans. Image: Unrequited Love 2, Jeroen Nelemans. Photo credit: Robert Chase Heishman

1/16/20 10:00am - 4/18/20 5:00pm

Helen Day Art Center, Stowe

Feb
1
2020
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Apr
30
2020

Art of Sound - group exhibition

Art of Sound  - group exhibition

In participation with: 2020 Vision: Seeing the World Through Technology, a statewide initiative of the Vermont Curators Group.

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
122 Hourglass Drive • Stowe, Vermont • 802.760.4634

On view at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center: February 1 - April 30, 2020
Opening reception: Wednesday, February 5th • 5:00 - 6:30pm

The gallery at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center unveils the group exhibition Art of Sound, the first exhibition in the gallery featuring sound installation. This exhibition is in participation with: 2020 Vision: Seeing the World Through Technology, a statewide initiative of the Vermont Curators Group. The exhibition opens with a variety of ways to interact with sound, from ambient to immersive, inviting the viewer to both play and contemplate. The exhibition is created by Kelly Holt, Spruce Peak Arts Curator, and features the work of artists: John Bauer, Susan Calza, Sean Clute and Otto Muller (of the Rural Noise Ensemble) and Kathryn Lipke Vigesaa.

Artists are responding to the following statement:

The richness of sound is often hard to perceive…through the ocean of noise coming from all of our devices. And yet there is beauty in creative ways of sharing sound. It just takes a minute to slow down and take the time to listen…to interact…to play. Artmaking with sound often forms a unique dance - a call and response.

This exhibition addresses some aspects of sound that include:
• sounds from nature
• motors and trees
• strings and soundboards
• a chorus of human voices
Experience sound installations taking many forms in the Gallery.

Artist John Bauer, inspired by the prepared piano pieces by John Cage and the exploded piano pieces by Michael Zelehoski is transforming an old H. Lehr & Co. piano, deconstructing it and inviting the viewer to make sound with it in new ways. Susan Calza’s “our hour” installation with projection and sound invites visitors to think about “our voices as the texture of our lives”. Sean Clute and Otto Muller of the Rural Noise Ensemble have exhibited and performed many collaborations together. Their sound installation may be experienced by entering a space as their work Duet for Tree Branch and Oil Drum sonifies a single point of contact in the production of rural space. Katherine Lipke Vigesaa’s sculpture From the Meadow’s Edge is both elegant and intimate - moving images and sound can be found by opening one if its drawers.

For further information on the Art of Sound, please call the gallery at 802-760-4634, email Kelly Holt (kholt@sprucepeakarts.com), or visit SprucePeakArts.org.

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Gallery hours:
Thursday-Saturday 11am-5pm, and one hour prior to performances and events and by appointment with the Curator (kholt@sprucepeakarts.org)

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe

Feb
11
2020
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Aug
1
2020

Exhibit: The Dames

Exhibit: The Dames

For many people, ancestral lineage organizations such as the Colonial Dames are a world apart. We might be intrigued by their celebration of family and colonial history, patriotic service, and shared values—or, alternately, made uncomfortable by perceptions of elitism surrounding their lineage-based membership. But who are these women—these Dames? This exhibit is a collection of oral history recordings and photographic portraits created by the Vermont Folklife Center featuring thirteen members of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Vermont. The stories of these women bring to light life challenges met with grace and courage, opportunities embraced with pioneering spirit and preparedness, lives lived with a strong sense of purpose–and a coming to terms with aging.

Vermont History Museum, Montpelier