Due to the frequency of event cancellations during the COVID-19 crisis, we cannot guarantee that events listed in our calendar are current. Please confirm with the listed venue before attending.
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2020 Garden Tour
A free tour for you from Valley Arts
Saturday, August 1
Enjoy four fabulous gardens on this self-guided tour on Saturday, August 1
between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM. Three private gardens, normally not
available for public viewing, and one public garden are yours to enjoy as a
free gift from Valley Arts. While visiting the gardens you are welcome to
enjoy art works on display. Visit the gardens in any order at your leisure. See the attached file for the list of gardens and further information.
Garden Tour Locations
A Hillside Beauty
834 Phen Basin Rd.
● A rocky hillside garden 40 years in the making.
● View hand-made designer jewelry
A Rustic Garden Path
264 Old Carriage Rd
● Spectacular gardens in a rustic setting
● Photography on display
A Lush Green Beauty
104 Strong Rd
● Outstanding hosta gardens in a brookside setting
● Shard mosaics on display
Lareau Farm Rd – Rt 100
● View the operating farm gardens for American Flatbread
● Explore the new community gardens
● Piglets, chickens and turkeys on display
● Children over the age of 12 are welcome
● Masks and social distancing required
● Comfortable walking shoes necessary
○ No flip-flops, sandals or high heels
● Map available online the week of the event
● Rain date – Sunday, August 2
8/1/20 10:00am - 4:00pm
Lareau Farm Road, Rte 100, Waitsfield
"Immediate Family", by Paul Oakley Stovall. In this new play, African-American siblings and half-siblings gather for a wedding, with homophobia and race and religion in the sub-text. Directed by Dayenne Walters (Roxbury, MA), the cast members are Thomika Bridwell (Boston), Rachel Hemphill Dickson (Houston, TX), Jo Michael Rezes (Somerville, MA), Tenneh Sillah (Boston), Zair Silva (Dorchester, MA), and Donovan Woods (New York City).
The pre-recorded performance will be followed by a live talkback with director Walters and her cast members.
On July 9th, arts writer David Corriveau will interview playwright Stovall and director Walters. Their interview will be available thereafter at www.chandler-arts.org and on YouTube.
Tickets, $10 each, are available now at www.chandler-arts.org
8/1/20 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Chandler on-line, Randolph
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
Glen Coburn Hutcheson: Boxers and Friends
Glen Coburn Hutcheson: Boxers and Friends, July 3-August 2, 2020, The Front gallery, 6 Barre St., Montpelier.
Opening reception will be in-person with limited occupancy from 5-7pm, July 3; and online on Facebook at facebook.com/thefrontvt. There will be a virtual artist talk via zoom on July 21 at 7pm; email to attend or see details at http://www.thefrontvt.com/event/glen-coburn-hutcheson-boxers-and-friends/.
In-person viewing by appointment or Friday 4-7, Saturdays and Sundays 11-2; we ask visitors to wear masks and not to visit if they have had signs of illness. For more information email email@example.com or call 802-552-0877.
Glen Coburn Hutcheson's new work marks a turn towards the personal. In his series of sculptures, he makes abstract forms out of starched clothing – often his own discarded t-shirts and boxers. The forms twist, grow, and embody the same sense of spontaneity as his earlier series of colorful squiggle paintings. Hutcheson has often returned to the body and to a traditional approach to painting and drawing the figure from life. With these works, he references classical sculptures, where the human form is revealed through careful attention to the folds and draping of fabric, while leaving out the body entirely. The result suggests the body without being restricted to its proportions or movement. The abstractions he creates are on first impression formally intriguing and visually dynamic, but then the viewer gets hit with the realization that these are old boxers; the sculptures are funny and intimate. They speak to the weird dynamics of art (and sculpture in particular) as an expensive, inaccessible luxury for many, but often created by those who cannot afford to purchase it. Hutcheson's pricing formula, which works on a sliding scale, seeks to change both the perceptions and realities of who can afford to own art.
Some of the sculptures seem like characters, and that sensibility continues in Hutcheson's comics. Tiny vignettes of his own world-in-lockdown, the cartoons come across as specific but familiar – the dog always home, the sourdough starter gradually becoming sentient. In all of this work, there's a snapshot of a particular moment seen in fabric frozen mid-move or a character's thought bubble, but also a sense of the span of time, like the t-shirt that hangs around past its prime or the endlessness of lockdown.
Hutcheson's combination of artistic skill and jokey humor will give viewers something surprising, beautiful, and meaningful - but that also doesn't take itself too seriously. We hope you'll find it a respite, and a relief.
7/3/20 5:00pm - 8/2/20 2:00pm
The Front, Montpelier
At the Right Place At the Right Time, an exhibit of 50 photos taken over five decades in the career of photographer Jon Gilbert Fox, a Hanover resident, will open on-line at 7:00 PM EDT on Thursday July 9th. At this opening, arts writer David Corriveau will interview Mr. Fox about the back-stories of the photos. There is no charge for attending but advance registration, at www.chandler-arts.org, is preferred. A selection of prints from the on-line exhibit will also open in Chandler's Main Gallery on Saturday July 11th, at 7:00 PM EDT. Gallery hours thereafter are 1:00 - 4:00 PM on the weekend and all day during the week, through Sunday August 2nd.
Fox’s freelance photography has often centered on theater and dance, but he is also known for his twenty-five-years-plus work as a photographer for Vermont Life Magazine. He has worked for and been published in such diverse periodicals as The New York Times, US News & World Report, Yankee Magazine, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Sesame Street Magazine, House and Garden, Der Spiegel, Vogue, and Popular Photography, to share a short list. Regional residents will know Fox’s photographs from books and gallery exhibitions as well. Many of the images in this current show have never been printed or exhibited before.
Included in At The Right Place At The Right Time are photographs of such gay icons as Franklin Kameny, Gore Vidal, David Hockney, and Paul Cadmus, as well as others in the arts and activism who ended up in front of Fox’s lens: for example, Glenn Close, Jesse Jackson, Liza Minelli, Donald Hall, and Tony Bennett.
Mr. Fox is also donating two dozen signed first editions of books by major gay authors, and by other luminaries he has photographed, to a silent auction supporting pride events. Details of the auction items and how to bid on them will be available on the Chandler website. The auction as well as the two exhibits close Sunday August 2nd, at 5:00 PM EDT.
7/9/20 7:00pm - 8/2/20 5:00pm
Chandler, on line and in the Gallery, Randolph
A reflection by Vermont artists and writers’ on time spent during Covid-19
Created by artist Hasso Ewing
Contributed to by over 100 Vermont artists and writers
Proceeds from sales of art benefit the Vermont Foodbank
Early this past winter the Fair Housing Project and the T. W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center collaborated to create a spring exhibition commemorating fair housing. Hasso Ewing submitted a piece for consideration, was accepted, and then traveled to Morocco. Covid-19 abruptly shortened her trip, she returned home to a shut-down and new, shared, unpredictable horizons. Reflecting upon this “new world” and the art she had submitted – of multiple plaster houses, nested in branches, representing fair housing and shelter – to the now cancelled TW Wood show, Ewing realized that this was no longer her OWN project. Rather, she thought, since all Vermonters were sharing a new experience, her project should reflect that experience.
So Ewing invited Vermont visual artists and writers to create a reflection of their time spent Sheltering in Place to stand as a memorial to what was lost, and gained, from sheltering in place during the time of Covid-19.
The visual art submissions had to be no larger than 6 x 6 x 9 inches, weigh no more than 8 ounces, and be made from materials found in and around ones shelter. Ewing collaborated with poet Geof Hewitt, who invited Vermont writers to create a haiku.
Over 100 artists and writers responded with originality, insight and enthusiasm that must be witnessed and celebrated.
7/11/20 11:00am - 8/9/20 4:00pm
Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro
A musical inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS celebrates friendship, loving who you are, and the importance of taking chances. As Charlie Price struggles to save his family’s century-old shoe factory, in steps Lola, a drag queen with an eye for style. With music by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (HAIRSPRAY), KINKY BOOTS is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score.
Tuesday – Saturday Evenings at 7:30pm
Wednesday & Saturday Matinees at 2:00pm
Sunday Matinees at 3:00pm
*Note: On Saturday, August 1, performances will be at 1:00pm and 6:00pm instead of 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Weston Playhouse, 12 Park Street, Weston, VT 05161
Tickets $45-69. Does not include sales tax and fees.
7/23/20 7:30pm - 8/15/20 7:30pm
12 Park Street, Weston
En Plein Air - Vermont and The Great Outdoors
Friday, June 19, 2020 - Saturday, August 15, 2020
"En Plein Air - Vermont and the Great Outdoors" exhibit from June 19th to August 15th at Artistree Community Gallery in S. Pomfret, VT
A group show of artworks created outdoors or inspired by the beauty of summertime in Vermont
Exhibit Dates: June 19 - August 15, 2020
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm
*We request that you please wear facial masks and maintain social distancing when you visit the gallery. Occupancy limits due to Corvid-19.
6/19/20 11:00am - 8/15/20 11:59pm
Artistree Community arts center & gallery, South Pomfret
SVAC’s Yester House will open on July 4, 2020 with the first of two Solo exhibitions. Each gallery will be filled with a vibrant mix of subject matter, mediums, styles, and techniques from current and new artist members. These exhibitions give an insight into the breadth of active, regional artists from Vermont and the surrounding regions. All of the artwork in the Solo exhibitions is available for purchase. The exhibiting artists in SVAC’s first group of exhibitions include Linde Caughey, Maria French, Robert Lafond, Stanton Sears, Michelle Vara, Susan Whiteman, and Ken Young (2019 1st place Juried Show winner). The first round of Solo exhibitions will be on view through August 16.
7/4/20 10:00am - 8/16/20 5:00pm
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester
Baltimore-based artist Rosa Leff embraced her time in quarantine as an opportunity to slow down, refocus, and commit full time to her art-making process. Celebrating the mundane, Rosa memorializes the messier details of urban life in her original papercuts - tangled nests of telephone wires and power lines, blocks of storefronts crowded with competing signage, and broadsides of rusted delivery trucks emblazoned with local graffiti tags.
7/17/20 11:00am - 8/29/20 5:00pm
Soapbox Arts, Burlington
From the safety of your own neighborhood, you can walk, jog, or run and raise money for a great cause.
The purpose of this event is to raise funds for our organization to help us achieve our goal: to provide technology to those in need and empower women. While we still have international ambitions, because of recent events we are focusing our mission more locally. The money raised during this 5K goes directly to refurbishing technology and getting it into the hands of students in Vermont.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, many schools will be holding virtual classes or will be heavily reliant on technology. We want to ensure that every student has access to a great education and is not held back by a lack of resources.
375 Maple Street, Burlington
The Arts Collective Summer Art Show has finally arrived!!
Come take a break from your day and let the creativity and beauty of this amazing collection lift your spirits.
What: More than 80 pieces of art by 23 artists in a wide variety of media, including watercolors, acrylics, pen & ink, textiles and mixed media.
Where: Flynndog Gallery, the grand hallway to Nomad Coffee
Note: Due to the ongoing public health crises, we are not yet certain whether we will hold a reception. A decision will be made later this summer and will follow Vermont Department of Health guidelines.
Artwork by Sean Collins
208 Flynn Ave, Burlington
The Vermont Fresh Network is excited to present The Great Vermont Picnic this August. They invite folks across the state to take part in this month-long celebration of the farmer-chef connection.
It’s easy to participate!
Order takeout from any local restaurant.
Pair your meal with a local beverage, cheese, fruit, or other choice Vermont product.
Choose your picnic spot!
Snap a photo and tag on Instagram - #vermontpicnic or #vfneats - and the folks you supported with your purchases.
Support Vermont Fresh Network chefs & members or search via Seven Days' Good To-Go directory of hundreds of Vermont restaurants.
This month-long picnic event is a creative alternative to what would have been the Vermont Fresh Network's 24th Annual Forum Dinner. Having cancelled the dinner, they are also running a GoFundMe campaign alongside The Great Vermont Picnic to raise funds for their membership and organization.
Across Vermont, Statewide
From the Sandglass Archives
Sandglass Theater has created twenty-five productions since our founding in 1982. Most of these have been video recorded for archival purposes, which means they are for our own documentation, marketing, and press outreach. Some of these recordings are better than others, although none of them is recorded with the intention of conveying the full experience of a live performance. These recordings offer a window into our past for those who want to learn more about our history and how our work has developed over these decades. The videos we have selected offer insight into where we have been and where we are going.
Richard 3.5: Light Ruminations on Murder
A collaboration between Bob Berky and Sandglass Theater. Live from the 15th century, King Richard III is here to perform, for your enjoyment, 11 murders and 7 songs that Shakespeare never meant to write. Surrounded by larger-than-life candles, whose wax is used to create the puppet victims before your eyes, Richard and his emcee accomplice dance and sing their way through this epic tragedy.
Isidor’s Cheek, Family Audiences
So begins the song, which begins the story, which begins the adventure: One day, something drives Isidor from his little grey existence. His cheek runs away and Isidor must search around the world to find it again: a world of color and beauty as well as loneliness and even danger. Inspired by a German children’s book.
Cathy Cone is a photographer and painter. Cathy and her husband, master printer Jon Cone, founded Cone Editions Press in 1980 in Port Chester, NY as a collaborative printmaking workshop. Cone Editions is now located in East Topsham, Vermont where Cathy is director of the Workshops and Studio.
Cathy received her training at Ohio University, Vermont Studio Center and the Maine Media Photographic Workshops. She received her MFA at the Maine Media College. She was awarded the Vermont Art Fellowships. Some of her exhibitions include Weisman Art Museum, University of Alabama, DeCordova Museum, and the The Vermont Center for Photography. Her works are in the collection of IBM, MCI, Hallmark Fine Art Collections, American Express and the Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, New York.
Artist Statement -
I begin by finding an image in the world. The image emerges as a rather strange, unexpected surprise. This is the evidence that I take back into my studio as “something” found. It is not unlike collecting specimens. I photograph so I can see what something looks like. I take a slice of life, through my camera lens, in attempt to see what I missed. I then go to work by responding more directly to this “something” – to rediscover through a new conscious intention. I want to connect and have my hand more in it. The finding and constructing of what I understand, and know, links up with what I don’t know, or can’t see. If I’m lucky, they meld into a new image that lives on the threshold.
"I make photographs as a way to listen to my heart’s song, and then I practice like hell to sing it."
7/31/20 11:00am - 9/6/20 4:00pm
Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro
Valley Arts presents “Spring Mix,” an online art exhibit promoting the art and craft talents of the members of Valley Arts, based in Waitsfield. The show features both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works including paintings, photography, pottery, fabric arts, and glass. The online show also features randomly selected paintings from the entries for the Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition canceled due to COVID-19.
To purchase any of the work or for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-496-6682
7/30/20 9:00am - 9/30/20 5:00pm
Large scale new paintings by career artists Patrick Dunfey, Pam Glick, and Richard Jacobs. Order and disorder, chaos and structure, work and play. What will happen and when? Thought and intuition the great rivalry.
Gallery open anytime by appointment only call or text 802-777-2713; grounds only open Sat/Sun 12-5
6/27/20 12:00pm - 10/18/20 5:00pm
Bundy Modern, Waitsfield