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Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 dystopian novel, written in Vermont and adapted for the stage, is performed “radio drama” style in an appropriately distanced but fully live version by a BarnArts touring ensemble. The buffoonish demagogue Buzz Windrip unexpectedly defeats Franklin D. Roosevelt for the 1936 Democratic nomination, then becomes US president, declares martial law, and begins locking up his foes. The story’s hero is Doremus Jessup, a battle-worn Vermont newspaper editor who decides to take a stand and use the press to fight tyranny. A daring “What if?” that imagines the prospects for American democracy.
10/17/20 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Farr's Hill, 24 Elm Street (outdoor site for Chandler Center for the Arts), Randolph
Poets and poetry-lovers share reflection and community by voicing verse virtually in our changing times. Gather together online for this ongoing poetry reading series to hear new works by poets written in response to the theme of “FALLING” (a word-play on autumn) inspired by the artwork, “with water in sight”, by Cynthia Rosen. And bring along any poetry you love that is helping you get through this time to share with us all. See poartry.org/voicing-art for more information. Registration required for Zoom link. Submission date for poets: October 16th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
10/17/20 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Hirschfield International Film Series Presents:
Night Shot/Visión nocturna (original title)
6:00 PM, Online (Virtual Cinema)
(Carolina Moscoso, Chile, 2020, 1h 18min) Free
In Spanish with English Subtitles
Eight years after being raped on a beach near Santiago, a young filmmaker arms a kaleidoscope with dozens of video diaries, showing the wounds of the abuse, the re-victimizing legal proceedings and the friendship that accompanies it. In a voyage from which the question arises. What is a rape, really, and when does it end?
10/17/20 6:00pm - 8:30pm
6:00 PM, Online (Virtual Cinema), Middlebury
Celebrate the magic of circus, the exhilaration of performance, and the resilience of Circus Smirkus at our first-ever Fall Gala, The Smirktacular! Come together – virtually of course – for an online soirée like none you have ever experienced before! Featuring talented troupers, cunning coaches, artistic alumni, courageous campers, remarkable residency artists, and more amazing characters from Circus Smirkus.
With fantastic auction items, a golden ticket raffle, and jaw-dropping performances, this unique event supports our mission to inspire kids of all ages to develop artistic, athletic, and life skills through the power of performance.
If you've seen Smirk-o-Vision, you know that you only need one ticket per device to access this online program, however, in the spirit of a gala fundraiser, feel free to purchase a ticket for your date, or host a watch party for your friends at your "table"!
10/17/20 7:00pm - 8:30pm
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
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, 705 Main Street, Weston, VT 05161
The eternal, enchanting power of storytelling comes to life in this gripping adaptation of Homer’s classic. A solitary storyteller on a bare stage throws us right into the midst of conflict where heroes and countries clash in a quest for power and glory. In this vibrant retelling, the Trojan War and the present day are set side by side as the excitement of an ancient tale is catapulted into an intimate, urgent, and spellbinding story for today. Written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, based on Homer’s The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles.
Tickets $45-60. Does not include sales tax and fees.
September 24- October 18
Tuesday – Saturday Evenings at 7:30pm
Wednesday & Saturday Matinees at 2:00pm
Sunday Matinees at 3:00pm
9/24/20 7:30pm - 10/18/20 7:30pm
705 Main Street, Weston
See the works of David Macaulay up close, on display in our Kolvoord Community Room.
9/1/20 9:00am - 10/30/20 5:00pm
Brownell Library - 6 Lincoln St., Essex Junction
Second fl gallery:
RAVEL: patterns of thought and connection by Autumn Tomlinson, recipient of the 2019-20 SPA Studio Residency.
For more info, visit: studioplacearts.com or call 8002-479-7069
Studio Place Arts, Barre
In the Main Floor Gallery:
Rock Solid XX – This annual stone sculpture exhibit, since 2000, showcases stone sculptures and assemblages by area artists and other work that depicts the beautiful qualities of stone. Additionally, take the Art Stroll around downtown, historic Barre and view a variety of sculptures created from granite. For info: studioplacearts.com and click on “Art Stroll.”
Visit studioplacearts.com for more details or call 802-479-7069
Studio Place Arts, Barre
The Susan Calza Gallery opens Cribbed - a new exhibition on view through the month of October important to the original mission of the gallery. This exhibition is in participation with 2020 Vision: Reflecting on a World Changing Year, a statewide initiative of the Vermont Curators Group.
“I opened the gallery during the Brent Kavanaugh hearings. I felt I had to do something constructive. Artists throughout history have spoken truth to power and spotlighted injustice in their work. That is the mission of this gallery” - Susan Calza
we became clueless
we have we know we are implicit bias
Cribbed addresses race relations in the United States. The artist invites visitors to experience her site specific dialogue on race. “Most of white America has been in denial about implicit bias. When a white police officer put his knee on the neck of George Floyd for 8 minutes and murdered him, all of America started to pay attention.”
The exhibition includes sculptural installation, timeless symbols and prose, and will be open to individuals to visit (mask required, limit 3 persons per visit) Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 - 6:00PM through October 31.
10/2/20 11:00am - 10/31/20 6:00pm
138 Main Street, Montpelier
Two dozen photographs by local artist John Snell showing his love for the natural world, much of it right in Central Vermont. The gallery is in the lobby of the hospital and is open to all.
Central Vermont Medical Center Art Gallery, Montpelier
Exposed, Helen Day Art Center’s annual beloved outdoor sculpture exhibition, will be on display throughout the town of Stowe for a special Vermont Edition this year to support artists around the state.
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe
Show 40, featuring works by all of our members, will run Sept 18-Nov 1. Please, bring your masks and join us for a socially-distant opening from 4-7 pm on October 2nd as part of Art Walk. We can fit four people in the gallery at once, and others can hang out outside! If you’d prefer a solo walk-through, please contact us for an appointment.
The Front is open with reduced hours (Fridays 4-7, Saturdays and Sundays 11-2) and by appointment.
802-552-0877 | email@example.com | http://www.thefrontvt.com/events/
Image: “For You” 2020 Photographic Assemblage by PJ Desrochers
9/18/20 4:00pm - 11/1/20 2:00pm
The Front, Montpelier
Local Color 2020
October 2 - November 7, 2020
A perennial favorite among Artistree's group exhibits, Local Color celebrates the sights and colors of Autumn through 2-D and 3-D artworks.
Come enjoy local artists' interpretations of this iconic Vermont season. Local Color is an exhibit showcasing the many pleasures and colors of Autumn, interpreted through many different media, including painting, photography, mixed-media, sculpture and ceramics. This show is one of our most popular exhibits for "locals" and visitors alike.
Opening reception (attendance limited) Friday, October 2nd at 5:30pm
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
10/2/20 11:00am - 11/7/20 5:00pm
Artistree Community arts center & gallery, South Pomfret
Bryan Memorial Gallery presents LET US INTRODUCE YOU, an exhibition of paintings from five artists who are established in other parts of the state, but not known to our gallery, including Charlie Hunter, Jacob Aguiar, Mary Schwartz, Daryl Storrs, and Karen Bruson.
This exhibition will be shown in Bryan Memorial Gallery’s Middle Room Gallery.
9/10/20 11:00am - 11/8/20 4:00pm
Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville
Bryan Memorial Gallery is pleased to present its annual signature exhibition LAND AND LIGHT AND WATER AND AIR, featuring traditional American landscape paintings by over 50 artists, shown in Bryan Memorial Gallery’s Main Gallery.
LAND AND LIGHT AND WATER AND AIR carries on the tradition of artists who have come to Vermont to paint for over 100 years. The exhibit opens to the public Thursday, September 10, 202 and concludes on Sunday, November 8, 2020.
There will not be an artist roundtable or a reception and awards ceremony this year. Instead prizes, including the Alden Bryan Medal and the Charles Movalli Medal, will be announced online on Sunday, September 13, 2020.
9/10/20 11:00am - 11/8/20 4:00pm
Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville
Northern Daughters is overjoyed to present Internal Flight, a solo exhibit of new work from Pamela Smith. Anyone familiar with Smith’s work will recognize the pieces as hers, with each protagonist set amidst a composition of birds, birdlike beings and flowers. Working with a limited palette has softened and enriched the colorful paintings, and builds a common ground among the works, and the subjects within them.
9/18/20 10:00am - 11/15/20 5:00pm
Northern Daughters Gallery, Vergennes
Scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird, and mammal become extinct every 24 hours. This is nearly 1,000 times the “natural” rate. Many biologists say this is greater than anything the world has experienced since the vanishing of the dinosaurs nearly 65 million years ago. Today many of the creatures that are familiar to us are at a critical balancing point. They might not be here for future generations to experience.
Eight New England artists have gathered to paint and exhibit a selection of species that are listed as endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) red list. As artists that have a dedication to the natural world, they have a unique opportunity to share their observations and use their art to convey both the beauty of these endangered species and the need to protect them. Several of the pieces focus on Vermont species. The intent of this exhibit is to use art to inspire and educate in ways that will reach beyond statistics, policy, and politics.
Gabriel Tempesta, Vermont
Linda Mirabile, Vermont
Heidi Broner, Vermont
Shearon Murphy, Maine
Adelaide Murphy Tyrol, Vermont
Michael Boardman, Maine
Suzanne Stryk, Virginia
Susan Parmenter, New Hampshire
9/11/20 11:00am - 11/22/20 4:00pm
Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is proud to present Amy Arbus, On the Street 1980 - 1990, Saturday, October 10, from noon to 7:00 pm., with an appearance by the artist from 5:00 - 7:00.
“Between 1980 and 1990, over 500 of photographer Amy Arbus’s impromptu and edgy portraits of New Yorkers appeared in the Village Voice’s monthly fashion feature, ‘On the Street.’ The column’s missive was to document the city’s most adventurous trendsetters as they went about their lives… She combed the streets looking for those who were dressed for success and poised for fame. By focusing on the fearlessly non-conformist, her photographs offer a startling and seamless blend of fashion, portraiture, and street theater.” (A.M. Homes)
Please be assured safety protocols of facemasks, social distancing and limits to audience size will be followed during the opening and throughout the exhibition. Also please call for gallery hours.
10/10/20 12:00pm - 11/22/20 7:00pm
Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro
‘Missing Touch’ features the work of Beth Pearson along with Annelein Beukenkamp, Leslie Fry, and Betsey Garand. Pearson moved away from her home state of Vermont several years ago. The exhibit is a chance to see recent works by the abstract artist whose approach comes across as both playful and finely developed. As Pearson states, “Painting had filled a communication gap for me long before the pandemic hit but with the option for diverse human contact all but completely removed by COVID it became even more a necessity to keep my studio life active. It is a different type of communication I have with painting than I do with another human being but it can be a metaphor for friendship somehow.”
With a lack of touch between each other, our intimate moments with nature and wildlife hold increased impact. Betsey Garand & Annelein Beukenkamp both offer works with perspective on the life of a garden or microcosm- exposing the relationships within.
Leslie Fry has multiple works that use the hand and its gestures as building blocks to a new entity. But in ‘Wistful Portrait’, there is the simple example of how one hand can hold the other hand to recreate the missing comfort of touch.
There will be a virtual tour added to the website but we do encourage you to come visit the gallery and have a tangible experience with the art.
Along with the work included in the exhibit is a special sale from a collection of unique prints and watercolors by Garand that price from $50 to $100 with the goal of offering accessibility to collectors of limited means.
Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, 86 Falls Rd, Shelburne
The Henry Sheldon Museum presents the online exhibit "Drawing on the Past by Miriam Adams." The Sheldon’s website, www.henrysheldonmuseum.org, includes a virtual tour of the exhibit with Miriam Adams and Bill Brooks, Executive Director of the Sheldon. All drawings in the exhibit are featured online. Through the juxtaposition of natural and man-made objects, Miriam Adams creates images of striking intimacy. Her graphite and watercolor drawings on paper depict a variety of everyday domestic objects: scissors, tools, timepieces, sewing materials, hand fans, clothing, and ribbons. Adams places these household items in conversation with objects from nature—including flowers, feathers, fruit, leaves, and stones. Drawings of her father’s tools, of garments sewn by her mother, of a wedding fan that belonged to her husband’s grandmother are matched with more ephemeral items to suggest family relationships and insights. In addition, yarns and needles used in knitting challenge the viewer by their oft double meanings. Are needles and pin cushions merely utilitarian or do they warrant deeper interpretations?
“I draw on nature for shapes and rhythms,” wrote Adams. “It is a point of departure to explore line, movement, relationships, emotions.” The soft graphite and watercolors contribute to the meditative quality of her work. This exhibit presents Adams’ drawings alongside an array of unique domestic objects from the Sheldon Museum’s collection, exploring how emotions become attached to the objects we use. As a history and art museum, the Sheldon celebrates the combination of personal stories and artistic creativity represented in her work.
Miriam Adams received a B.A. in Art History from Barnard College in New York City, where she took studio courses at Columbia University. She has been working as an artist ever since and her work has been exhibited extensively in the Northeast, particularly in New York and Vermont, in many public and private collections. She works primarily in graphite and watercolor on paper.
The Henry Sheldon Museum is pleased to present this exhibition as part of 2020 Vision: Reflecting on a World-Changing Year, a statewide initiative of the Vermont Curators Group.
Miriam Adams’ drawings are available for purchase through the Sheldon Museum. Please contact Executive Director Bill Brooks at email@example.com. The Sheldon Museum hopes to open by the end of the year, should COVID-19 restrictions allow, and "Drawing on the Past" will be available to view in-person at that time. The Sheldon Museum is located at One Park Street in downtown Middlebury across from the Ilsley Library. The Museum, Research Center, and Museum Store are temporarily closed in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions. For more information and reopening updates, visit www.henrysheldonmuseum.org.
Henry Sheldon Museum (online only), Middlebury
Reflections: The Angler and Nature in Art is a journey from the nineteenth century to the present day featuring evolving depictions of anglers in their natural habitat paired with artifacts from the museum’s extensive collection. The exhibit showcases a selection from the recently donated Trophy Art Collection, which is arguably the most significant collection of angling art available to the public in the United States.
The Museum is open 10am - 4pm Tuesday - Sunday (June 1 - October 31) and Tuesday - Saturday (November 1 - May 31)
7/17/20 10:00am - 8/31/21 4:00pm
The American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester