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Arts Calendar

The Vermont Arts Calendar is statewide, crowdsourced, and embeddable. Listings are free and seen by thousands of people throughout and beyond Vermont. The calendar is on the Council's website, and is shared by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing as well as Vermont Public Radio. Find virtual and in-person events of every kind, and search by event category, region, and date.

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Due to the frequency of event cancellations during the COVID-19 crisis, we cannot guarantee that in person events listed in our calendar are current. Please confirm with the listed venue before attending.

Have you listed an event in our arts calendar that has since been cancelled due to COVID-19? Please email Desmond Peeples, Content Manager, at dpeeplesREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@vermontartscouncil.org to update your listing.

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Monday, May 3, 2021

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May
3
2021

CreateVT Action Plan Launch

CreateVT Action Plan Launch
Join us to celebrate the launch of Vermont's new creative sector action plan!
 
Join your fellow leaders and do-ers in government, business, and the creative sector together for the unveiling of CreateVT -- a vision and roadmap for a thriving, creative Vermont.
 
The CreateVT Action Plan was produced over the course of three years, with input, resources and support from many of you. The values embodied in the Plan reflect the commitment of thousands of Vermonters to a state that thrives through creative expression, inclusivity, and innovation.
 
Join us for….
 
• The Case for a Creative Vermont: Remarks from Vermont Leaders in Government, Business, and the Creative Sector
• The Path Forward: CreateVT Action Plan “Reveal”
• The Call to Action: Plan Input, Networking and Opportunities for Action
 
Speakers include Congressman Peter Welch · Diane Derby from Senator Leahy’s office · Heather Pelham, Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing · Representative Sara Coffey · Senator Kesha Ram · Senator Becca Balint · Jody Fried, Catamount Arts · William Forchion, Artist · Paul Costello, Vermont Council on Rural Development · Evie Lovett, Artist · Will Kasso Condry and Jennifer Herrera Condry, Juniper Creative Arts · and more

5/3/21 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Online, Statewide

Apr
22
2021
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May
3
2021

DORSET PLAYERS ONLINE SPRING FUNDRAISER

DORSET PLAYERS   ONLINE SPRING FUNDRAISER

The Dorset Players have announced that this year's Annual Spring Fundraiser will be an online auction, running from 12 PM on Thursday, April 22 through 6 PM on Thursday, May 3.
The fundraising committee has assembled a wide assortment of gifts donated by local businesses. Bidders can choose restaurant gift certificates, golf outings, overnight stays at local inns, and an array of gifts perfect for Mother's Day.

Please help support our 93 year old community theater company and the Historic Dorset Playhouse during this difficult pandemic period. You can view the auction items a 32auctions.com/dorsetplayers2021 Donations can also be made on this site.

All winning bids will be notified at the conclusion of the auction. For further information, call our business office at 892-867-5570 on Wednesdays or Fridays from 10am-3pm. Visit our website at www.dorsetplayers.org for a link to the auction site.

4/22/21 12:00pm - 5/3/21 6:00pm

On Line, Dorset

Apr
28
2021
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May
4
2021

Great Art on Screen Documentary Series: Secret Impressionists

Great Art on Screen Documentary Series: Secret Impressionists

Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) is thrilled to share this film from The Great Art On Screen Series. Secret Impressionists reveals the story of the art revolution sparked by the Impressionist movement, along with an unveiling of 50 previously unseen works by Impressionist masters Manet, Caillebotte, Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, Signac, Sisley and Morisot. These hidden treasures, loaned from some of the most important private collections, are now on display for the first time in Rome’s Palazzo Bonaparte, in an exhibition of the same title. Audiences will be taken on a fascinating journey through the most captivating and intriguing artistic movement which created some of the most beloved works of art in the world, depicting the late nineteenth-century film stills of Paris, alluring portraits of women, and splendidly vibrant light-infused masterpiece works. The documentary is available for viewing at various times from April 28 – May 4. The cost of the ticket is $10, and the ticket is valid for a specific viewing time. For more information, please call 802-867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org. *distributed by New York-based BYExperience

4/28/21 1:00pm - 5/4/21 10:00pm

online viewing, Statewide

Apr
30
2021
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May
9
2021

Circus Spectacular

Circus Spectacular

The Circus Spectacular thrilled and delighted audiences in 2020 and now you can see the show filmed live on the stage at the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro, Vermont.



Featuring celebrity circus ringmasters and star circus acts from around the world, this was our last pre-COVID in person event. Buy your ticket now to support our scholarship and outreach programming and view anytime between April 30 – May 9 from the comfort of your own sofa.



ARTISTS:
- Keith Nelson & Stephanie Monseau: Ringmasters and Variety Artists Extraordinaire from Bindlestiff Family Cirkus 
- Molly Gawler: Cyr Wheel & Coat Dance
- Susan Murphy: Dance Trapeze
- Troy Wunderle: Comedy Magic
- Mario Diamond: Mime
- Elsie Smith: Aerial Hammock
- Serenity Smith Forchion: Dance Trapeze
- Montana Miller: Aerial Rings Narrative
- Ariele Ebacher: Tight Wire
- Austin Smith: Juggling
- Sam Gurwitt: Clown
- Opening Charivari by NECCA’s Advanced Youth Troupe



WHEN: Virtual streaming Fri, April 30 - Sun, May 9, 2021



COST: $15-50



PURCHASE TICKETS: https://www.onthestage.com/show/new-england-center-for-circus-arts/circus-spectacular-2020-highlights-of-necca-series-71425/tickets/606f28559bb7280003ac2c6d

Brattleboro, Statewide

Mar
7
2021
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May
28
2021

StJ Art on the Streets: Evoking Spring

StJ Art on the Streets: Evoking Spring

Catamount Arts is pleased to announce a new StJ Art on the Street exhibition, “Evoking Spring,” which will run from March 7 through May 28. The spring exhibit will showcase the work of Northeast Kingdom artists and is available for free viewing in downtown storefronts and windows on Railroad Street and Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury. Seasonal StJ Art on the Street shows promote community celebration of art in an accessible, safe, socially distanced manner, turning downtown St. Johnsbury into a free, walkable art gallery, where patrons can enjoy several blocks of fine art while strolling among shops, cafes, and restaurants.

Artists featured in the “Evoking Spring” show include Bob Manning, Curran Broderick, Frederick and Frances Alger, Arista Alanis, Nanine Beard, Keith and Florence Chamberlin, Craig Harrison, Crystal Matthew, and Carolyn Hawkes, as well as Naomi Bossom, Cynthia Steil, and Carol Lebarron in a special group show. Information about the artists and their work, including purchase details, is available via easily accessed QR codes in the window displays.

3/7/21 12:00am - 5/28/21 12:00am

Downtown St. Johnsbury, Saint Johnsbury

Mar
7
2021
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May
28
2021

StJ Art on the Streets: Evoking Spring

StJ Art on the Streets: Evoking Spring

Catamount Arts is pleased to announce a new StJ Art on the Street exhibition, “Evoking Spring,” which will run from March 7 through May 28. The spring exhibit will showcase the work of Northeast Kingdom artists and is available for free viewing in downtown storefronts and windows on Railroad Street and Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury. Seasonal StJ Art on the Street shows promote community celebration of art in an accessible, safe, socially distanced manner.

Artists featured in the “Evoking Spring” show include Bob Manning, Curran Broderick, Frederick and Frances Alger, Arista Alanis, Nanine Beard, Keith and Florence Chamberlin, Craig Harrison, Crystal Matthew, and Carolyn Hawkes, as well as Naomi Bossom, Cynthia Steil, and Carol Lebarron in a special group show. Information about the artists and their work, including purchase details, is available via easily accessed QR codes in the window displays.

StJ Art on the Street is a public art collaboration among the Window Warriors volunteers of the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce; Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild; Catamount Arts; Caplan’s; the Town of St. Johnsbury; 142 Eastern; Garrett Property Management; Aine Baker; Rural Edge; and Northern Express Care. STJ Art on the Street is brought to you by a Vermont Community Foundation Spark Grant and support from the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Curators Group, and Maple Groves Farm of Vermont.

3/7/21 12:00am - 5/28/21 12:00am

Downtown St. Johnsbury, Saint Johnsbury

Apr
30
2021
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May
31
2021

THE COUNTY: Icelandic Activism

THE COUNTY: Icelandic Activism

Inga, a resourceful dairy farmer rebels against an all powerful local Cooperative. She tries to get other farmers to join her in rising up against the Co-op’s corruption encountering great resistance, forcing her to confront the community’s dependence and loyalty to this single, dominant enterprise. Cinematographer Mart Taniel captures Iceland’s famously stunning countryside, lending a lush pictorial grandeur to The County’s social realist ethos, recalling the best of Ken Loach. The County cuts deep, putting a human face on an all-too-likely conflict, along with suspense, charm, and a touch of dry, idiosyncratic Nordic humor.

"After the death of her dairy farmer husband, a middle-aged woman courageously sacrifices her livelihood to speak out against the corruption and injustice at work in her community in the audience-pleasing, humanist drama: THE COUNTY. Like writer-director Grímur Hákonarson’s previous oscar-nominated film “Rams,” it probes a deeply rooted rural culture that is closely connected to the Icelandic national spirit, while championing traditional Icelandic values over the exploitive underside of capitalism. The yin to that film’s yang, “The County” is full of feisty female energy and imagery, and sprinkled with rousing “you go girl!” comic moments. Niche arthouse play is a given for this appealing and endearingly modest tale." -Variety

4/30/21 12:00am - 5/31/21 12:00am

Epsilon Spires, 190 Main Street, Statewide

Apr
16
2021
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May
31
2021

Barely Touching

Barely Touching

Barely Touching
A collaborative exhibition by Susan Calza and Kelly Holt
On view by appointment through May 31, 2021

The Susan Calza Gallery
138 Main Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602




Barely Touching was conceived with basic premise, that this work would reflect the Artists’ personal reactions to the societal challenges erupting during the year 2020. The video installation is the main component. Both Artists’ videos counterbalance each other. They address a deep sense of longing and the tension between connection and disconnection in relationship, ie. human, environmental and societal. The work explores the theme of connection, as well the racial, social and political landscape in the United States in the past year,...the murder of George Floyd, immigration crises and personal reflections. Already, since the exhibition’s beginnings at Axel’s Gallery in Waterbury, Vermont in February and March 2021 the work has evolved in unexpected ways.

Of her sculptures included in the exhibition, Calza explains “My sculptures are multilayered and specifically address issues of race.I was born during the Baby Boomer era as are many of our elected officials in DC. I’m investigating my relationship to race through the lens of my upbringing in the U.S.,specifically using toys, in this case dolls produced during that time period.”

Holt’s mixed media photographic work depicts figures passing, empty chairs still holding the energies of those that came before. The mood is both mysterious and hopeful.

Barely Touching will continue as an ongoing collaborative community project. Calza and Holt will invite people to the Gallery, record their stories and weave something together that tells a collective experience. The work will result in a new video installation continuing the non-linear conversation of our global community.

This exhibition is in collaboration with the statewide initiative of the Vermont Curators Group 2020 Vision - Reflecting on a World-Changing Year.

The Susan Calza Gallery is open by appointment by emailing SusanCalza@gmail.com. The Gallery is in full compliance with Vermont’s Covid-19 guidelines. Social distancing and facial coverings are required.

The Susan Calza Gallery, Montpelier

Apr
1
2021
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May
31
2021

Spring Art Classes

Spring Art Classes

We are offering a wonderful array of in studio and online classes this Spring! Our offerings include printmaking without a press, watercolor painting, adult and child studio classes, meditation and art, basic drawing, 1:1 art mentoring...Come join us in our studios or from your own home!

River Gallery School of Art, Brattleboro

Apr
23
2021
– THRU –
Jun
4
2021

Tethered by Light: A Group Exhibition Inspired by National Mental Health Awareness Month- May 2021

Tethered by Light: A Group Exhibition Inspired by National Mental Health Awareness Month- May 2021

AVA Gallery and Art Center, located at 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH in collaboration with West Central Behavioral Health, 9 Hanover Street in Lebanon, NH, is pleased to present, Tethered by Light: A group exhibition inspired by National Mental Health Awareness Month of May. As artists we create work inspired by our thoughts, our dreams, by what we see or feel. We spend much of our time alone in the studio, alone in our head. Through our work we connect to others, the connection is invisible and impermanent, yet transcendent; we are tethered together by light. The exhibition is comprised of artwork depicting themes related to light, spirit, hope, community, isolation, and Covid-19 imposed isolation. “There are various kinds of light that are available to us that we may need at times to stay tethered, to know that we are tethered or to re-tether if we have lost our line.” – Jan Sandman, artist

“Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help resolve issues as well as develop and manage behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness. Art therapy deals with the concept of art as a powerful means of expression and communication using different expressive styles from drawing and painting, to dance and music, to writing and creative movement in order to help people express themselves and communicate more fully with their therapist on the path toward healing and recovery.” - Dave Celone, Director of Development & Community Relations, West Central Behavioral Health.

Tethered by Light: A group exhibition inspired by National Mental Health Awareness Month will be on view in the Carter Kelsey Lobby Gallery, at the entrance of AVA Gallery and Art Center, April 23 through June 4, 2021. On Saturday, May 15, 2021, 4:00PM*: A Conversation on the Exhibition and Art as Therapy with Anna West MA, LCMHC of West Central & Julie Puttgen MFA, MA, CHMC of Center for Integrative Health. *visit our website avagallery.org for more information on access to live Zoom artist talks and recordings.

(image details: The comforts of home, 30x24, oil on canvas, Kevin Soraci)

AVA Gallery and Art Center, Outside Vermont

Nov
11
2020
– THRU –
Jun
18
2021

Virtual Design Field Trip with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Virtual Design Field Trip with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt offers free, dynamic educational programs for K–12 school groups. Our immersive learning experience is designed to align with city, state, and national learning standards. Drawing upon the museum’s exhibitions, design educators facilitate thoughtful discussions and activities focused on the process of design thinking. We empower students to view the world optimistically through the lens of design and to improve it by honing their design thinking abilities.

The virtual Design Field Trip experience is a 60-minute program in which K-12 students explore the design process, build connections to Cooper Hewitt’s collection, and foster a deeper understanding of brainstorming techniques and inclusive design. Our interactive field trip inspires the next generation of designers to take action in their community, build self-confidence and self-esteem, and learn how to harness their superpowers to create change for the better.

11/11/20 10:00am - 6/18/21 1:00pm

Virtual/Online, Outside Vermont

Feb
8
2021
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Jun
28
2021

Mad River Chorale rehearsals for spring term

Mad River Chorale rehearsals for spring term

Rehearsals for the Spring 2021 Virtual Concert begin February 8 and continue on Monday evenings until the concert is posted online.
Conductor, Mary Jane Austin. Collaborative accompanist, Alison Cerutti.

This concert's program includes the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes, Paulus' The Road Home, Belafonte's Turn the World Around, and Robertson's Dream a Dream.
New singers may join no later than February 22. There are no auditions but singers are expected to be able to sing their voice section's part, and to spend some time outside rehearsals studying their music. Learning aids are made available to all singers.

Dues are charged to help cover costs including professional staff, but no one is turned away for lack of ability to pay.

To see the Mad River Chorale 2020 Holiday Virtual Concert, search Mad River Chorale on YouTube. For further information visit madriverchorale.net or call 802-496-4781.

2/8/21 7:00pm - 6/28/21 8:30pm

Zoom, Statewide

May
3
2021
– THRU –
Aug
31
2021

Exploring Technology: An Artist and an Astronaut Look at the Future

Exploring Technology: An Artist and an Astronaut Look at the Future

The Vermont Arts Council’s Spotlight Gallery announces "Exploring Technology: An Artist and an Astronaut Look at the Future", viewable on the Council’s new online gallery from May 3rd through August 31st. The exhibit features the work of Vermont artist Pat Musick, and was conceived when Pat lay on the top of a hill and watched Skylab 4 arc across the skies above her. Six years later she would marry the Skylab 4 Commander, astronaut Jerry Carr, generating forty years of creativity as Musick responded to the unique world view that the space program gave to us.

A talk with the artist will be held online on Thursday, June 17 at 7 p.m.

Virtual Spotlight Gallery, Statewide

Apr
2
2021
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Sep
11
2021

Faces of Addison County: A Trent Campbell Retrospective

Faces of Addison County: A Trent Campbell Retrospective

This exhibit can be viewed on the Sheldon Museum's website, https://www.henrysheldonmuseum.org/faces-of-addison-county
It will be available for in-person viewing at the Sheldon Museum starting the week of July 13 through September 11, 2021

The Sheldon Museum is pleased to honor Trent Campbell in this retrospective exhibit. Campbell, a longtime resident of Middlebury, learned photography at his grandfather’s knee in his home state of Minnesota. He became the Addison County Independent photographer in 1998 where he took award-winning photos around the county for more than 20 years. Campbell spent many hours on assignment and even more wandering the back roads of the county, meeting and getting to know countless residents. He became a fixture at events and was an expected sight with his trademark camera and warm smile. Campbell’s career was interrupted in 2018 when he survived the first of two strokes. He continues his recovery but still has his unique eye. He may be shooting less but still loves the county and the people in it.

Campbell said, “I feel so embraced and supported by the people of Addison County after serving them through my work that I want to give back to them and celebrate them with this collection of photographs.” Read more about Campbell in an article that appeared in the Addison County Independent on April 1, 2021.

When Campbell started at the paper he shot on Tri-X film using Nikon 35 mm SLRs. He loaded and developed his own film and then scanned the negatives to make prints for the paper. Campbell switched to digital cameras in 2001, and all the prints on exhibit here are from images captured with either a Nikon D1H or a Nikon D300.

4/2/21 12:00am - 9/11/21 5:00pm

Virtual, Middlebury