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The Vermont Philharmonic will present their Winter Concert on Sunday Feb. 16th, at the Barre Opera House (2:00 pm), with music director Lou Kosma conducting. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 students and are available at the door or through the VP website: www.vermontphilharmonic.com.
The program includes Wagner’s “Prelude to Act III” from Lohengrin and the 2019 winner of the Borowicz Memorial Scholarship, cellist Layla Morris, performing the first movement of Schumann’s Concerto for Cello, opus 129. Also, Virgil Thompson’s suite The Plow that Broke the Plains and concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in c minor, Op. 67.
Conductor Lou Kosma has been the acclaimed music director of the Vermont Philharmonic since 1999. The Vermont Philharmonic has been making beautiful music in central Vermont since 1959 making it Vermont’s oldest community orchestra.
More information is available at www.vermontphilharmonic.com.
2/17/20 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Barre Opera House, Barre
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.
2/17/20 7:30pm - 9:52pm
Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock
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
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
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
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
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
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts presents a large group exhibit, "MGFA 2020", February 15 through April 12. An Artists Reception is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 5 pm. Featured along with the work of gallery artists is a selection of collaborative prints by master printer Lisa Mackie, including collagraphs by Wolf Kahn and Mary Frank, and lithographs by Bill Murphy. As well, the gallery is honored to introduce three new artists: Tim Segar (bronze sculptures), Jim Urbaska (landscape oil paintings), and Jen Violette (vegetable-inspired glass sculpture).
Gallery hours: Wed. - Mon., 11-5
2/15/20 11:00am - 4/12/20 5:00pm
Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro
Inclusive Arts Vermont presents ANEW, a traveling exhibition of work by 29 Vermont artists with disabilities. All of the artwork included represents the artists’ interpretation of the title, highlighting beginnings, doorways, fresh starts, and opportunity. The show will travel statewide throughout 2020, opening at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington on February 15th.
· Anthony Vito Jacinto
· Aurora Berger
· Carol Langstaff
· Cindy Blakeslee
· Colin Fulchino
· Cristina Clarimon
· Gwendolyn Evans
· Gyllian Rae Svensson
· James Prim
· Jean Cherouny
· Jeffrey J. Hill
· Jessica Greenwald
· Joel Bertelson
· John Killacky
· Karen J. Lloyd
· Kat Pringles
· Kent Corduan
· Kristen Wiley
· Liana Pederzani
· Lissa Nilsson
· Margaret Lampe Kannenstine
· Marguerite Adelman
· Michael Leavitt
· Paul Betz
· Persephone Ringgenberg
· Randall Neal
· Robert Gold
· Susan Williams
· Willow Bascom
The opening reception will feature written verbal description, tactile representation of selected works, audio tours, braille, large print, ASL interpretation, and a quiet space.
Please make additional requests by contacting Katie Miller at email@example.com or 802-871-5002 by February 1.
All exhibition host galleries are physically accessible. As it travels, ANEW will provide accessible program and communication features including verbal descriptions, audio tours, large print, braille, and gallery tours.
For more information, please contact:
Katie Miller, Executive Director
Inclusive Arts Vermont
Flynn Center, Burlington