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This unique series within the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival features improvised musical "conversations" between two artists who have never met before. Musicians that come from very different stylistic backgrounds are invited to join together, communicate, collaborate, and present an intimate experiment to see where the music takes them.
Sunday, June 6 – DBR + Gopal Niroula
City Hall Park, Burlington
Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes Pamela Morton to talk about Henri Matisse. Cézanne, van Gogh, and Matisse were major innovators in the development of modern art. All three spent significant time in the south of France where they found inspiration in the dramatic light and bold landscapes of Provence and the Riviera. In a series of virtual lectures, we will trace the lives and careers of these artists as they explored new directions in their work, moving away from conventional modes of representation toward a new art of powerful expression and daring abstraction. In the third of the series, we will also see how Matisse, a northerner, worked to strengthen and heighten his color palette in response to what he perceived as a luxurious, exotic south of warm climes, sunny skies, and verdant landscapes. Following van Gogh’s lead, Matisse went a step further -- with the volume turned up, his canvases are wild explosions of hot, vivid, unnatural color. Matisse stated, ‘When I paint green, it doesn’t mean grass. When I paint blue, it doesn’t mean sky.’
6/10/21 2:00pm - 3:30pm
via Zoom, Statewide
Michael Chorney is a self-taught composer, guitarist, saxophonist, producer, sideman, and bandleader. He has lived and worked in Vermont for more than thirty years. His solo work and output with groups such as Hollar General, viperHouse, the MC6, and Orchid reflect the many different aspects of his writing. As an arranger, he worked most prominently on Hadestown, in collaboration with Anais Mitchell, with whom he has done many tours. As a producer, he has worked with Anais, David Moss, Iain Morrison, Adrian Roye, Round Mountain, Seth Eames, the Dupont Brothers, Maryse Smith, and many others. In 2019, he and collaborator Todd Sickafoose were awarded a Tony for best orchestrations. Chorney’s Freeway Clyde project focuses on yet another creative avenue: instrumental psych-rock film scores for non-existent movies.
Freeway Clyde lineup:
Church Street in front of City Hall, Burlington
$25, ages 21+
5:00 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.
Stephane Wrembel is one of the most highly regarded guitarists in the world specializing in the style of legendary composer/guitarist Django Reinhardt; he learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside. He has had a remarkable career, releasing 16 albums under his name and the nom de plume, The Django Experiment, and touring around the world. His original compositions have been featured in three of Woody Allen’s movies including Vicki Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris (Bistro Fada) and the full score for the yet to be released, Rifkin’s Festival. Every year since 2002, Wrembel has organized Django A Gogo, a world-class music festival and guitar workshop celebrating the Sinti style of guitar.
Stephane Wrembel’s band includes long-time collaborators Thor Jensen (guitar), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass), and Nick Anderson (drums).
The Courtyard at Halvorson's Upstreet Cafe, Burlington
Representing Somalia, Tanzania, and Burundi, and currently living in Burlington, Vermont, A2VT synthesizes their native African musical and dance roots with western pop and hip-hop sensibilities. Their songs, performed in up to eight unique languages, reflect their journey from Africa to America, and celebrate the musical collision of two continents and the party that ensues!
Abizo is a Congolese rapper, singer, and songwriter based in Vermont. He came to the US in 2019, settling in Winooski. He sings and raps in French, Lingala, and English. His first album, Blessed, is out now, along with his new video, 243 Freestyle.
Church Street in front of City Hall, Burlington
The Seven Stars Arts Center All-Comers Slow Jam is a free, online event for learning traditional dance music at a relaxed pace. It takes place monthly on second Thursday evenings, 6:30-8PM over Zoom.
All ages, instruments and levels are welcome. During tunes, everyone is muted besides the facilitator so it is a safe space to explore picking up the melodies by ear or sheet music. Folks are welcome to come and go as they please during the event. To receive the Zoom information, please email an RSVP "maybe" or "yes" to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some of the common tunes that show up at the All-Comers Slow Jam:
Boil Them Cabbage Down
Old Joe Clark
Angeline The Baker
Cluck Old Hen
Road To Lisdoonvarna
Over The Waterfall
My Cape Breton Home
Questions? Please contact the host Emerson Gale, Instructor and Board Member at the Seven Stars Arts Center for more details: email@example.com
6/10/21 6:30pm - 8:00pm
A celebration of standards featuring all new arrangements written for Burlington Discover Jazz Festival by saxophonist/composer Brian McCarthy.
- Brian McCarthy, alto saxophone, composer, arranger
- Dave Ellis, trumpet/flugelhorn
- Daniel Ian Smith, tenor saxophone
- Jake Whitesell, tenor saxophone
- Matt Avery, trombone
- Peter Antinozzi, baritone saxophone
- Mike Hartigan, piano
- Robinson Morse, Bass
- Geza Carr, Drums
Saxophonist, composer and arranger Brian McCarthy draws inspiration from the history of jazz, while maintaining a modern awareness. His debut nonet project, The Better Angels of Our Nature, earned raves from DownBeat magazine (Brian Zimmerman called the work “a jazz album that makes a cavernous impression for its arresting beauty and conceptual brilliance.”) Brian is a Selmer-Paris-endorsed saxophonist who has additionally release two albums of small group material. All About Jazz says McCarthy “touches those roads Joshua Redman travels on with a fresh footing. This band excels at building anticipation.” Offstage, Brian has laid down roots in presenting and education as Saxophone Instructor at the University of Vermont and adjunct Director of Bands at Saint Michael's College.
Church Street in front of City Hall, Burlington
The Astral Projector Orchestra was formed by director Randal Pierce in 2019 for an ongoing silent film series at Main Street Landing started by Pierce and Mariah Riggs. The group has previously performed a series of George Méliès shorts and the epic silent sci-fi Metropolis. The orchestra will be performing the German silent film Berlin: Symphony of a Great City by Walter Ruttman, from 1927. The film depicts the city life of Berlin before the influence of Naziism leading up to WWII. The footage is of a major metropolitan city bustling with cabarets, streetcars, factories, sporting events, cafés, horse races, and city-dwellers leading their busy daily lives. The music will be both guided and free jazz improvisation to show the many sides and colors of twenties Berlin. The Astral Projector Orchestra will feature new members Michael Chorney, Matthew Evan Taylor, Polly Vanderputten, and Rob Morse as well as veteran players Connor Young, Colin Henkel, Matt Larocca, and Randal Pierce.
City Hall Park, Burlington
ArtWalk Keene is a week-long annual celebration of local artists. Each year, Main Street in downtown Keene, New Hampshire comes alive with art in a wide range of mediums. Residents and visitors take a self-guided tour through charming downtown Keene and view the personal art galleries each artist displays in local shops and storefronts.
6/4/21 4:00pm - 6/13/21 8:00pm
Downtown Keene, Main St. Keene, NH 03431, Outside Vermont
THERE IS NO EVIL (2020). Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof.
Shot in secret and smuggled out of Iran, There is No Evil is an anthology film comprising four moral tales about men faced with a simple yet unthinkable choice – to follow orders to enforce the death penalty, or resist and risk everything.
Tickets are $12. for 5 days of viewing.
“CRITIC'S PICK! One of the most kinetic films ever made in secret. Courageous and artistically potent.”
– Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
"When Rasoulof returned from Cannes in 2017, following the premiere of his film “A Man of Integrity,” he was banned from filmmaking for life and sentenced to a year in prison. But as a man of integrity himself, the director could not stop. His latest film, There is No Evil premiered and won best film in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, where instead of being silenced, Rasoulof launches his most openly critical statement yet, a series of Kafkaesque moral parables about Iran’s death penalty and its perpetrators, made in open defiance of the restrictions the government put on him."
5/24/21 12:00pm - 6/18/21 12:00am
Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema, Statewide
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
Bryan Memorial Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its two new shows, “Main Street” and “Interiors – Walls Within” on Thursday May 6. Over 50 artists are represented by over 100 works, this collection brings together two distinct shows alongside one another. “Interiors – Walls Within” lets our member artists share some of their Covid-induced interior paintings, while “Main Street” speaks to the long-awaited opportunity to get outdoors and re-engage with community life in the North East.
Due to COVID there will not be an artist roundtable or a reception this year.
To ensure a safe environment for everyone, please remember to follow Vermont’s Covid guidelines for social distancing and mask compliance while visiting the gallery.
The gallery hours beginning May 6 are Thursday – Sunday 11am to 4pm.
5/6/21 11:00am - 6/20/21 4:00pm
Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville
Digital Natives: Art of Central Vermont's Next Generation showcases visual and experiential artwork by students of the Digital Media Arts program at the Central Vermont Career Center.
5/11/21 11:00am - 6/26/21 4:00pm
Studio Place Arts, Barre
Pixelation by Vermont artist Meri Stiles features small hand drawings and art brooches (wearable art and for display). It is on view in the Quick Change Gallery, a mini art venue created from an up-cycled phone booth located on the second floor of Studio Place Arts. It's the smallest white box gallery in the state!
5/26/21 11:30am - 6/26/21 4:00pm
Studio Place Arts, Barre
Grounded in modernist/postminimalist aesthetics and functional design, visual artist, Pamela Wilson, utilizes labor-intensive materials and making methods that include the local growing, spinning and dying of fiber and colorants, mixing custom slips and dyes, kiln-building, large-scale communal wood firing and experimental atmospheric high and low-fire surface design.
Pamela learned to make pots as a child and has maintained a studio practice that includes making, teaching, assisting elder artists, and developing community arts projects for over 20years.
5/4/21 10:00am - 6/26/21 4:00pm
minėmå gallery, Johnson
The Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan is known as one of the preeminent centers of education in fine art, crafts, design, and architecture. SPA is honoring the late Marc Awodey, local artist, art critic, and friend, who attended Cranbrook, with an exhibit of work by artists in the greater Vermont area who also attended Cranbrook.
5/11/21 11:30am - 6/26/21 4:00pm
Studio Place Arts, Barre
SVAC is delighted to partner with Salem Art Works (SAW) to bring Force, an exhibition that brings some of the most progressive contemporary artists working today, to our galleries and outdoor spaces.
For the indoor gallery exhibition, curator and SAW Director of Administration Pearl Cafritz is selecting "art depicting and interpreting forces both seen and unseen at play in contemporary life." SAW Executive Director Anthony Cafritz, curator for the outdoor sculpture exhibition, says the pieces “encompass a wide range of forays and investigations into artistic expression and how physical objects exist in the landscape. The exhibition represents a collection of contemporary expressions of what is possible.”
Zack Lobdell, "Relic," 2021
Acrylic, Spray paint, enamels on canvas
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester Center
George Pearlman’s paintings will be on view, in the Red Mill Gallery, for the month of June!
I have been a painter all my life. I’ve maintained a studio practice, and have shown regularly at galleries in NYC and Vermont, and many group shows in the US and internationally. I studied at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute and did my masters at Brooklyn College. While at Pratt, I met James Gahagan who was a long time student and studio assistant to Hans Hofmann. Jim introduced me to the teachings of Hofmann, as well as other Hofmann students, and was my mentor and friend for over thirty years. In 1985, I became part of the administration at the Vermont Studio Center. Over the last thirty years, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with amazing artists from every corner of the world.
The VSC Galleries are open by appointment; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This exhibition will be on view in the Red Mill Gallery from 6/2 - 6/28.
6/2/21 9:00am - 6/28/21 6:00pm
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson
Two Cuban-born brothers, both virtuoso musicians – Aldo and Ilmar López-Gavilán – live on opposite sides of the geopolitical chasm that separates the U.S. and Cuba. But although they lead very different existences, the brothers have an instinctual connection. Following their parallel lives in New York and Havana, Los Hermanos / The Brothers offers an amazingly heartfelt – though often startling – view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family. In capturing their momentous reunion and electrifying first performances together, the film shows how family bonds can transcend politics. Featuring an electrifying, genre-bending score composed by Aldo and performed with his brother, Ilmar, and with guest appearances by maestro Joshua Bell and the Harlem Quartet. Closed Captions available for this film.
6/1/21 12:00am - 6/30/21 11:59pm
VTIFF's Virtual Cinema, Statewide
Emily @ the Edge of Chaos interweaves Emily Levine’s live performance with animation, appearances by scientists, and animated characters (John Lithgow as Sir Isaac Newton, Lily Tomlin as Ayn Rand, Leonard Nimoy as Sigmund Freud, Richard Lewis as Aristotle, Matt Groening as Aldo Leopold). The film uses physics, which explains how the universe works, to explain our metaphysics – the story of our values, our institutions, our interactions. Using her own experience and a custom blend of insight and humor, provocation and inspiration, personal story and social commentary, Emily takes her audience through its own paradigm shift: from the Fear of Change to the Edge of Chaos.
VTIFF's Virtual Cinema, Statewide
Instructor: Thom Williams
Dates: Thursday, May 6 – Thursday, July 1 (no class June 3)
(meets every Thursday for 8 weeks)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
SVAC Member: $140; Non-member: $170
Eight class meetings. Curves, layers, blending modes and masking are all aspects of editing you must master in today’s photographic world to bring your images to the next level. We will discuss these common tools available in software and apps to allow you to pull the most out of your images. Most of the course will be devoted to Lightroom and Photoshop, but we will also venture into other apps and alternatives to these popular packages.
When registering choose “Advanced Photo Editing” from the list of 12 classes offered.
You will be joining students from New England and beyond to create a new online creative community. Thom Williams photography classes come to SVAC in an exciting new way–more than a dozen arts centers are partnering to offer this suite of photography classes. Each class meets four times for an hour and a half, beginning on the date and time listed (except Advanced Photography and Advanced Photo Editing, which meet eight times).
All classes offered:
Beginner Photography 1 (April 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 4:30pm)
Introduction To Photographing People (April 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 6:30pm)
Introduction to Lightroom (April 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 6pm)
Intermediate Photography (April 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 6pm)
Beginner Photography 2 (May 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 4pm)
Advanced Photography (May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 6pm – no class June 1)
Beginner Photography 1 (May 5, 12, 19, 26 @ 6pm)
Introduction To Still Life/Product Photography (May 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 4pm)
Advanced Photo Editing (May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 10, 17, 24, July 1 @ 6pm – no class June 3)
Intermediate Photography (June 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 4pm)
Beginner Photography 2 (June 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 6pm)
Introduction To Food Photography (June 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 6pm)
Tap in for the class that works for you! Ages 14 to adult. Cell phones will be fine for any class except Beginner Photography I, for which a camera is required.
5/6/21 6:00pm - 7/1/21 7:30pm
Virtual, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Statewide
Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts presents Jackie Abrams: 45 Years of Making, Saturday, May 29, 12:00 - 7:00 pm. An Artist Reception is scheduled from 5:00 - 7:00, and the show continues through July 4, 2021. This final, inclusive retrospective allows Abrams to share her baskets and non-functional vessels created during a 45 year career. The entire exhibit is also available online.
For years Abrams fashioned functional baskets using natural materials and eventually began to examine other techniques, other materials, and the possibilities of contemporary, non-functional vessels. Her exploration of plaiting techniques and use of heavy cotton paper as a creative structural material has enhanced the world of contemporary basketry.
Her work is exhibited at fine art and craft shows, galleries, and museums, and is represented in many collections, notably the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of Scotland. Abrams has taken and presented workshops worldwide and worked with indigenous women in both Africa and Central America. Each new series of vessels provides an opportunity to explore the deep connection between art and social justice.
Mitchell-Giddings is proud to offer this look into the life’s work of such an extraordinary artist whose curiosity has led her to fashion traditional and non-traditional materials into unique forms, sculptural vessels to hold our wishes and memories.
5/29/21 12:00pm - 7/4/21 5:00pm
Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro
37 Shakespeare plays in 97 minutes… outdoors! Three madcap actors in tights weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. Once London’s longest running comedy, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), directed by Carol Dunne and staring Eric Love, will invite Northern Stage audiences outside to our brand new open-air stage for this roaring romp through the Bard’s brilliance.
Northern Stage, White River Junction
Vaune Trachtman, Now is Always
May 26 – July 9, 2021
Artist Talk - June 15th, 2021 7pm (Online)
Now is Always was begun during the Great Depression when Vaune Trachtman’s father, Joseph Harold Trachtman (1914-1971), shot a few rolls of film near his father’s drugstore in Center City, Philadelphia. Nearly 90 years later, her sister found the negatives and gave them to Trachtman. Working from her father’s original negatives, she combined the people from his neighborhood with her own images, many of which were shot from windows and moving vehicles. Now is Always is their collaboration across time.
There is a personal aspect to Now is Always, but Trachtman wants the work to be more expansive than a dialogue between the father she didn’t know and the daughter he knew only as a child. In Now is Always, Trachtman wants to create a feeling of collapsed-yet-expanded time.
Now is Always is presented by the Griffin Museum of Photography and is supported by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the Tusen Takk Foundation.
67 Shore Road, Winchester MA, Outside Vermont
We are pleased to present an exhibition of Vermont artist Gail Salzman’s new series ‘Shapes & Variations’ opening June 3rd. The works are gouache paint on paper representing abstract images that reference the natural world.
This is Salzman’s first series working with gouache and she is as adept at employing it as with her more frequently exhibited oil paintings and monotypes. The common theme has a sense of both staccato and fluidity in the contours and colors that create movement within the compelling, natural formations. Salzman annually spends part of summer painting in mid-coastal Maine, a place that renews her fascination with patterns and flotsam she calls ‘tidal gifts’.
“As I enhance some shapes and obscure others, a dynamic tension develops. Shapes meet, interact, and collide in a dance that takes on personal significance. During the past pandemic year, these ‘relationships’ created a world of escape, hope, and pleasure.”
We invite the public to a reception with the artist on Thursday, June 3rd, from 5 to 7 pm. Refreshment and socializing will take place outdoors; masks are required inside the gallery.
6/3/21 5:00pm - 7/10/21 4:00pm
Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne
Color Contours features work by Vermont artists Alex Costantino and Clark Derbes. Presented by Studio Place Arts, this exhibit is on view a few steps away from the SPA art center at Alimentari Roscini (AR). The show includes 16 acrylic paintings on canvas and board. For info: www.studioplacearts.com
5/20/21 11:00am - 8/14/21 4:00pm
Studio Place Arts, Barre
North Branch Cafe in Montpelier is hosting a series of striking photographic portraits of women from different ethnic groups in Myanmar taken by Middlesex freelance photographer Elliot Burg during volunteer trips to the southeast Asian country in 2013 and 2016. Despite all the travails that their nation has experienced, says Burg, "Myanmar’s girls and women continue to raise children, labor in field and home, preserve their cultural traditions, and display the extraordinary dignity and beauty reflected in these photographs."
6/4/21 11:00am - 8/31/21 5:00pm
North Branch Cafe, 41 State Street, Montpelier
Imagine taking a self-guided sculpture tour and discovering North America’s largest zipper made from local granite. A few steps away, you will find a pair of granite gargoyles locked in a perpetual game of tug-of-war (it’s a sculptural bike rack, so feel free to ride over for a visit).
The Art Stroll in downtown Barre includes a variety of thought-provoking, beautiful historic and contemporary granite sculptures. Barre has a world-wide reputation for its carving granite and talented stone carvers.
Visit Barre and enjoy the Art Stroll. For information on the Art Stroll and other art activities, drop in on Studio Place Arts, a regional visual arts center located at 201 N Main Street.
You will find a slide show and on-line map at:
We look forward to seeing you!
5/20/21 8:00am - 8/31/21 8:00pm
Studio Place Arts, Barre
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
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