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Feb
14
2020

Shyam Nepali

Shyam Nepali

Presented by Young Tradition Vermont with the Burlington Violin Shop in cooperation with ONE Band and Brian Perkins with support from the Vermont Folklife Center’s Apprenticeship Program. $10 to $20 suggested donation. Reservations and other info at mark.sustic@gmail.com.

From the Gandharba musical tradition of Nepal, virtuoso Shyam Nepali brings the sounds of the Sarangi to Vermont and the world. He expands on the work of his Grandfather, Magar Gaine, and his father, Ram Sharan Nepali, legendary Sarangi players, with technical and artistic innovation.

‘Mero Sarangi’, Shyam’s newest and first entirely self-produced album, is a tribute to the ancient roots of the Nepali Gandharva Sarangi Tradition in Nepal, as well as a guidepost for anchoring the tradition towards the future for future generations. This recording of original compositions and heritage songs includes songs composed by his Grandfather, popular Nepali composer L.P. Joshi, and a previously undiscovered song which Shyam found in the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University.

For centuries, the Gandharvas traveled throughout the Himalayan mountain villages and cities of Nepal telling stories through music, functioning as news reporters, entertainers, and healers. Shyam weaves his tales together with seasoned mastery, as the tones of the sarangi blend with his otherworldly vocals to create a tapestry of stories that reach the human heart in any language.

2/14/20 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Burlington Violin Shop at 23 Church Street Marketplace, Burlington

Feb
14
2020

Mal Maiz

Mal Maiz

Brujo Maiz Vargas Sandoval and his Latin dance band heat up the HCA stage on Valentine’s Day with world music in the traditions of reggae and afro-Carribbean dance. Originally from Costa Rica, multi-lingual Maiz delivers with funk and flair in a remarkable blend of both traditional and modern vibes.

Tickets are $20, Seniors $16, Students $10.

2/14/20 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro

Feb
14
2020

Film: Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (PG-13)

Film: Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (PG-13)

When it’s discovered that the evil Emperor Palpatine did not die at the hands of Darth Vader, the rebels must race against the clock to find out his whereabouts. Finn and Poe lead the Resistance to put a stop to the First Order’s plans to form a new Empire, while Rey anticipates her inevitable confrontation with Kylo Ren.

Directed by J.J. Abrams.

2/14/20 7:30pm - 9:52pm

Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock

Feb
14
2020

Sweet on Debussy

Sweet on Debussy

Enjoy Valentine’s Day with a performance by affiliate artist Anne Janson, flute, with Stefanie Taylor, viola, and Rebecca Kauffman, harp. This delightful program features the Debussy Trio and Vermont composer David Feurzig’s work inspired by Debussy. Free

2/14/20 7:30pm

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall, Middlebury

Feb
14
2020

Sweethearts Dance with the Starline Rhythm Boys at the Little Theater in Woodstock

Sweethearts Dance with the Starline Rhythm Boys at the Little Theater in Woodstock

Sweethearts Dance with the Starline Rhythm Boys at the Little Theater in Woodstock
Friday, February 14th at 7:30pm
Join us on Valentine's Day at the Little Theater in Woodstock for a swinging good time as we dance to the tunes of the popular Starline Rhythm Boys!
Photo credit Matt Thorsen
Photo credit Matt Thorsen
Dance location:
The Little Theater, 54 River St, Woodstock, VT 05091

Considered Vermont’s premier honky-tonk & rockabilly trio, The Starline Rhythm Boys were formed in 1998 (now celebrating 20+ years together!) by 3 professional musicians with a combined experience of over 100 years in various bands (including Danny Coane with The Throbulators, Al Lemery with Badge and Billy Bratcher’s big-time one year stint in 1997 with Wayne "The Train" Hancock). The Boys are a full time, heavily booked drummer-less "Tennessee-style Trio", consisting of Danny Coane ("Little Danny C") on acoustic rhythm guitar, “Big” Al Lemery on electric lead guitar and Billy (“Slappin’ Billy B”) Bratcher on acoustic upright "slap" bass, in the style of Elvis', Cash's and Perkins' early bands. They perform vintage country, honky-tonk and rockabilly with strong instrumental work and very tight, powerful country harmony duet vocals. Their repertoire consists of many superb originals, mainly written by Bratcher, as well as great covers of both classic and obscure numbers. One of Vermont’s most popular and hardest working bands, at over 100 gigs a year just in-state, The Starline Rhythm Boys are a unique original group with outstanding, real-deal sound, style, energy, stage presence and appearance. They have appeared at almost every type of venue, as well as on radio and TV, and are both a listening and highly danceable group who appeal to a wide age range.

The Starline Rhythm Boys were signed artists to Cow Island Music, a small, independent "Americana" label, as well as Coles Meadow Music Publishing, both based in Northampton, MA from 2008 until 2018, when the recording & publishing ceased operations. Through Cow Island and their own previous self-produced label, Tin Town, the Boys have released seven recordings, three of which won “#1 Album of the Year” (2002, 2007 and 2009 respectively) on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) chart based in Austin, TX. The Starline Rhythm Boys have won Seven Days newspaper’s (Burlington, VT) 2015 and 2016 “Daysie” awards as “Best Americana Artist/Group” and then “Best Country Artist/Group” for 2017 and 2018. They were also nominated, along with 4 other groups from Texas, Colorado, Nashville & Sweden, in the “Best Honky Tonk Group” category for the 2016 Ameripolitan Music Awards, Austin, TX.

The Starline Rhythm Boys have been labeled “Vermont’s House Band” by Vermont Magazine and as Diane Scolaro, former Executive Director of the Onion River Arts Council (Montpelier, VT) and long-time music booker/promoter, said in May, 2017: “I’ve booked hundreds of bands in the past 25 years and seen many more than that. You guys are consistently the most talented, entertaining, engaging and fun band out there. It is clear that you have played together a long time and love what you do. It is always a joy to catch your show!!”.

Original, unique and “real-deal,” The Boys say, “Accept No Imitations!”

PERFORMANCE INFO
Ticket: Per person
Date/Time: Friday, February 14
7:30PM
Pricing: $20
Notes: Cash bar. Light refreshments.

2/14/20 7:30pm

The Little Theater, Woodstock

Feb
14
2020

VCFA MFA in Music Composition Presents: SONGWRITING SHOWCASE

VCFA MFA in Music Composition Presents: SONGWRITING SHOWCASE

VCFA will partner with Café Anna to host the Songwriting Showcase, highlighting the diverse songwriting and performing talents of the students, alumni, and faculty of VCFA’s MFA in Music Composition.

Free and open to the public. See https://vcfa.edu/music-composition-winter-2020-public-events/ for all VCFA MFA in Music Composition residency events.

2/14/20 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Vermont College of Fine Arts College Hall Gallery, Montpelier

Feb
14
2020

Vermont Arts Exchange Presents Gypsy Layne

Vermont Arts Exchange Presents Gypsy Layne

Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Company, named after the pioneer of burlesque, Gypsy Rose Lee is dedicated to self-acceptance, body positivity and inclusivity. Hailed as, “a sexy highpoint of classic burlesque entertainment in the Berkshires,” by Berkshire magazine, Gypsy Layne's hallmark of bawdy humor, live singing, dynamic dance routines, and cheeky sex appeal are prominently featured in their sizzling shows. Bigger, bolder, and better than ever, this tantalizing crew of saucy ladies and strapping gents will tease their way into your hearts (and other areas) with their outrageous artistry and vivacious charms. This show is for a mature audience only. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm.

2/14/20 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street, 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

Feb
14
2020
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Feb
16
2020

Woodstock Flurry: Vermont Snow Sculpture Festival & Competition

Woodstock Flurry: Vermont Snow Sculpture Festival & Competition

Woodstock Flurry: Vermont Snow Sculpture Festival & Competition
February 14th - 16th
Come to the Vermont State Snow Sculpture Competition and cheer on professional snow sculpting teams as they compete to create large, stunning sculptures over a three-day period.

On the Woodstock Village Green
Currently scheduled for Presidents Day Weekend
February 14th-16th, 2020
The Woodstock Village Green is transformed into a celebration of winter and the visual arts as the 7th annual Vermont Flurry comes to town! Cheer on professional snow sculpting teams as they compete to create large, stunning sculptures over a three-day period. You can even vote for your favorite “Peoples’ Choice” sculpture.

The Woodstock Flurry is a state-sanctioned snow sculpture contest. Each team votes on their favorite sculpture. The winner of the “Team Vote” goes on to compete in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Voting ends on Sunday, February 16th at 12:00 pm.
The winners will be announced on Sunday, February 16th at 12:30 pm!

Free and open to the public.

This event is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled on short notice.

2/14/20 9:00am - 2/16/20 1:00pm

on the Woodstock Village Green, Woodstock

Feb
14
2020
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Feb
16
2020

The Dorset Players Present The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged)

The Dorset Players Present The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged)

DORSET PLAYERS TO STAGE COMIC TOUR OF SHAKESPEARE

Dorset – The Dorset Players has announced that a special production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” will open on the Dorset stage for a limited three performances beginning on Friday, Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Three actors take on 37 Shakespeare plays in less than two hours in this irreverent romp by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.

The show is a comedic mix of Shakespeare, improvisation, actor discourse, anachronistic reference, and audience participation. Veteran Dorset Players Mike Cutler, Joe Mozer and Chris Restino make up the cast directed by Todd Hjelt.

The original London and New York productions of “The Complete Works…” were well received by reviewers, with the London Times calling it “stupendously anchorless joy.” The Today Show opined that “If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show.”

Curtain time for “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” is at 7:30 p.m., February 14 and 15, and at 2:00 p.m., February 16. The Players production is sponsored by the Inn at Manchester

For tickets and information visit the Players website at dorsetplayers.org, or call the boxoffice at 802-867-5777.

The Dorset Players, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that owns the historic Dorset Playhouse and presents live theatre from October to May. The Players is dedicated to fostering the arts in the community through theatrical presentations and to providing growth and educational opportunities for both children and adults through a variety of theatrical experiences.

2/14/20 7:30pm - 2/16/20 4:00pm

The Dorset Playhouse, Dorset

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

Feb
7
2020
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Mar
1
2020

Show 37

Show 37

The Front kicks off 2020 with the first of six all-member shows. Show 37 will open with a reception during Art Walk on Feb 7th from 4–7 pm and will run through the month. In a new show format for 2020, the Front will be alternating its all-member group shows with solo shows. Join us to take in this year’s first all-member show. Free and open to the public—enjoy live music, food, and drink while you take in recent works by the membership of Montpelier’s sole collective art gallery! 
Gallery Hours: Fridays, 4 to 7 pm; Saturdays, 11 am to 5 pm; and Sundays, 11 am to 5 pm. The gallery is also open by appointment - email info@thefrontvt.com.

2/7/20 4:00pm - 3/1/20 5:00pm

The Front Gallery, 6 Barre Street, Montpelier

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

Feb
7
2020
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Mar
14
2020

Thaw: A Conversation

Thaw: A Conversation

Artist Evie Lovett and poet Diana Whitney have each drawn inspiration from the Connecticut River in their work. In this multimedia exhibition, entitled Thaw: A Conversation, they share their points of intersection on the muse of the river, as friends and fellow artists. Lovett’s encaustic paintings and several of Whitney’s poems show at the Garage Cultural Center. The opening reception is Friday, February 7, 4-8 pm, with a short poetry reading at 7 pm; Whitney’s poems will be set to a video backdrop created by Lovett.

Lovett photographed the Connecticut River for the 2016 From the River, To the River public art project in Brattleboro. Patterns and rhythms of the river seeped into work she was creating in the encaustic studio at that time. Serendipitously, Lovett’s friend Diana Whitney had given her two poems--both unfinished, works in progress--and the poet’s language captured the contrasting forces of calm and peril, freeze and thaw that compelled Lovett to the river. Lovett tacked Whitney’s poems up in her studio and returned to her words again and again as she navigated her own work.

For Diana Whitney, too, the river is a presence that has resurfaced repeatedly in her writing. Since living along the Connecticut in college, she has written poems informed by its changing moods and states. Witnessing the river’s seasons has become a source of imagery, consolation, and insight. Even during early motherhood, when she essentially stopped writing, a single river poem emerged. Somehow she gave a draft to Lovett, one of the two poems pinned on her studio wall. In 2017, the two artists, who had talked about collaborating since 2005 when they met at the Vermont Studio Center, realized that they shared a common muse.

Thaw is the outcome of these two artists discovering a felicitous connection with each other and seeking to connect with others through their shared contemplation of the river: solace, muse, companion, place of freeze and thaw, danger and beauty, surface and unplumbed depths.

Opening Reception Feb. 7th 4:00pm-8:00pm. Poetry reading with imagery 7:00pm.
Gallery Hours: Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm and by appointment/chance

2/7/20 4:00pm - 3/14/20 5:00pm

The Garage Cultural Center, Montpelier

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

Feb
7
2020
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Mar
29
2020

Portraits Exhibition

Portraits Exhibition

"Portraits: A Group Show" features art from 12 artists working in various mediums. On display at The Beyond Gallery in Bennington, VT.

Gallery Hours:
Friday 4PM - 8PM
Saturday 11AM - 6PM
Sunday 12PM - 4PM

2/7/20 4:00pm - 3/29/20 4:00pm

The Beyond Gallery 437 Main St., Bennington

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