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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Sep
4
2019
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Nov
27
2019

String Band

String Band

String Band with Jill Newton
Wednesdays, September 4 through November 27 (13 weeks)
5:00 - 6:15pm
Cost: $130 (drop-ins welcome $12)

String Band is looking for new members!
Come and enjoy Main Street Arts longest running educational class! Play your instrument in a group setting and practice traditional square dance and fiddle tunes from around the world. All string instruments are welcome.

Jill’s Bio
If there’s something happening at Main Street Arts, which is usually the case, Jill Newton most likely has a hand in it. As a musician, artist, and instructor, not to mention a board member for many years, she’s been an important presence at MSA since its inception, and her contributions over the years have taken a variety of forms. Anything involving music probably includes Jill, whether it’s accompanying songs for the Winter Holiday program or playing for the cabarets and other musical productions. Her fiddling, both as a solo player and in an ensemble, gives a harmonious lift to every performance. Another musical group that depends on Jill is the Main Street Arts String Band. Jill started this offering in the mid-1990’s, making it the longest continually running class in Main Street Arts’ history. It meets throughout the year and is comprised of seasoned musicians, beginners, and everything in between. Currently there are twelve registered members who make up the band, (frequently joined by past members), playing a wide variety of string instruments (violin, cello, guitar, banjo, harp), along with accordion, keyboards, recorder, and pennywhistle. The group rehearses for 1 ½ hours each Wednesday and plays tunes that range from traditional to contemporary and waltzes to reels. Jill provides most of the music, choosing selections that are accessible but still beautiful, while at the same time keeping the group focused and in tune. She also guides less-experienced musicians through difficult passages. Most of all, however, Jill creates a joyful atmosphere and makes sure everyone is having fun. The String Band has built up quite a repertoire over the years and has taken their music to other venues besides MSA. For many years they’ve performed in the Saxtons River Fourth of July parade and on the bandstand, at Main St. Arts annual picnics, and outside fundraisers for MSA. The String Band is always looking to expand its membership and encourages musicians of all levels to join their ranks.

9/4/19 5:00pm - 11/27/19 6:15pm

Main Street Arts, Saxtons River

Sep
3
2019
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Dec
8
2019

MuseumLab

MuseumLab

For this experiment in interdisciplinary learning, professors from across Middlebury’s curriculum have selected a diverse array of pieces from the museum’s collection. Visitors are invited to observe the reactions sparked when our “teaching laboratory” displays art supporting courses in religion, neuroscience, gender studies, political science, environmental studies, art history, biochemistry, and more.

9/3/19 10:00am - 12/8/19 5:00pm

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery, Middlebury

Sep
26
2019
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Dec
17
2019

Summit School Evening Music Classes!

Summit School Evening Music Classes!

The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture presents….

The Fall 2019 Session of Evening Music Classes at the Center for Arts and Learning
46 Barre Street in Montpelier, VT.

Registration is now open for classes in Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Singing and more!
Classes start Sept. 26nd and run through Dec. 17th
For full class descriptions and other details, visit: www.summit-school.org

Mondays
Klezmer Music with Zoe Christiansen | 6 classes | Oct. 7 - Nov. 11
The Not-So-Fast Jam with Jacob & Gretta Stone, Susan Reid | 6 classes | Oct. 7 - Nov. 11

Tuesdays
Bluegrass Banjo Sampler with Jacob Stone | 3 classes | Oct. 8 - Oct. 22
Trad Music Ensemble with Jeremiah McLane | 6 classes | Nov. 5, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17

Wednesdays
Old Time Banjo with Tom MacKenzie | 6 classes | Oct. 2 - Nov. 6
Playing Guitar in Alternate Tunings with Art Edelstein | 6 classes | Oct. 2 - Nov. 6
Harmony Singing with Heidi Wilson & Avery Book | 6 classes | Oct. 16 - Nov 20

Thursdays
Old Time Fiddle with Dana Robinson | 6 classes | Sept. 22 - Oct 31
Old Time String Band with Dana Robinson | 6 classes | Sept. 22 - Oct 31

For questions regarding these classes, please visit www.summit-school.org, or contact Yasi Zeichner at yazbozz@gmail.com

9/26/19 6:00pm - 12/17/19 8:00pm

Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier

Sep
28
2019
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Dec
20
2019

Breathe the Wind: Kate Emlen Paintings

Breathe the Wind: Kate Emlen Paintings

Wind swept skies and rocky shores, light dappled woods and shimmering water – Kate Emlen’s paintings explore the power and mystery of the natural world. Imagery shifts between disintegration and integration through the use of light and shadow, color and form. Emlen’s small gouaches on paper and large oil paintings on panel and linen are included in the exhibition.

9/28/19 5:00pm - 12/20/19 11:59pm

White River Gallery @ BALE, South Royalton

Nov
8
2019
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Dec
20
2019

I AM. . .

I AM. . .

I AM . . . is a multimedia exhibition that explores what it means to be a Vermont artist. The show culminates the first year of the I am a Vermont Artist e-newsletter series, which documents how artists’ creative expressions reflect their experiences of ethnicity, gender identity, religion, disability, or age. Curated by Shanta Lee Gander and the Vermont Arts Council's Communications Director Kira Bacon, I AM . . . features the work of more than twenty artists and will include two-dimensional art as well as music and sound, spoken word, poetry, dance, and movement within a digital compilation.

11/8/19 8:30am - 12/20/19 4:30pm

Spotlight Gallery, Montpelier

Nov
8
2019
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Dec
26
2019

Visions of the Camino de Santiago

Visions of the Camino de Santiago

Melanie Brotz presents 15 paintings - impressions of the landscapes and surroundings she experienced this fall on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Her body of work is part of a group show at the Flynn Dog gallery presented by Art Tribe - a collective of women artists in the Burlington area.

11/8/19 8:00am - 12/26/19 7:00pm

Flynn Dog Gallery 208 Flynn Avenue, Burlington

Oct
1
2019
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Dec
27
2019

Heartbeet Lifesharing Fiber Arts Exhibit

Heartbeet Lifesharing Fiber Arts Exhibit

Reception & Artist Talk Thursday November 14, 5-7pm. Free admission and refreshments, cash bar.

Heartbeet is a vibrant lifesharing community in Hardwick and Craftsbury that includes adults with developmental disabilities. Community members live and work together in beautiful extended family households in a mutually supportive environment that enables each individual to discover and develop his or her unique ability and potential. The art shown is a collaboration between the fiber art creators and therapeutic woodworking studio. After the wool feltings are made the pieces are then hand framed by Heartbeet craftsmen with timber from their land. 11 artists are represented in the group show, with pieces entitled Tree Spirit, The Shepherd, Lonely Landscape, Moonrise and more.

10/1/19 9:00am - 12/27/19 4:00pm

River Arts, Morrisville

Oct
1
2019
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Dec
27
2019

'The View From Here' by Jennifer Hubbard

'The View From Here' by Jennifer Hubbard

Reception & Artist Talk Thursday November 14, 5-7pm. Free admission and refreshments, cash bar.

Jennifer Hubbard’s oil paintings feature scenes from Lamoille and Orleans counties, and capture barns and agricultural subjects in the vivid illumination of late afternoon light. In some paintings, she tweaks her color palette to add a contemporary, surreal twist on traditional rural landscape painting. The resulting paintings merge realistic, recognizable scenes with a touch of painterly abstraction. Jennifer Hubbard grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied painting and drawing at the Mitchell School of Fine Arts, and Maryland Institute, College of Art. She moved to Vermont in 2009.

“My work has always been primarily focussed on portraiture. When I moved to Vermont, where the landscape is such a powerful influence on daily life, I decided to move my subjects outside, into the environment. I was interested in capturing the interaction between people and the outdoors, particularly as the seasons change.” Hubbard gradually started replacing figures with barns and other architectural elements. The resulting paintings bring to mind both Impressionism and Photorealism, and offer a contemporary perspective of the people and landscapes of Vermont.

www.jenniferhubbardfineart.com

10/1/19 9:00am - 12/27/19 4:00pm

River Arts, Morrisville

Oct
3
2019
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Dec
27
2019

Rogue Cloth Work - works by Janie Cohen

Rogue Cloth Work - works by Janie Cohen

The artist’s body of work combines and transforms hand-stitched pieces of old cloth into new contexts-- with some inspired by their histories, and others by formal concerns or visual associations. Rogue Cloth Work presents textile assemblages created by Cohen over many years—and each tells a compelling story.

Opening Reception October 10, 4:30-7:00 PM
Montpelier Art Walk December 6, 4:00-7:00 PM

10/3/19 8:00am - 12/27/19 4:30pm

Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, Montpelier

Jun
1
2019
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Dec
31
2019

The Pivot and the Blade (an intimate look at scissors)

The Pivot and the Blade (an intimate look at scissors)

On display at The Museum of Everyday Life through the end of the year, “The Pivot and the Blade (an intimate look at scissors)" looks at the long human relationship to scissors. We’ll reveal the elegance of scissors design, and explore the myriad professional, creative, superstitious, violent and domestic uses of scissors throughout the ages. All kinds of scissors will be on display, in addition to our ever-expanding permanent collection of everyday life objects. The Museum of Everyday Life is a self-service museum, open every day from 8am-8pm, and is located at 3482 Dry Pond Rd. (Rt. 16) in Glover, a short distance South of the Shadow Lake Rd. See www.museumofeverydaylife.org for more details.

Museum of Everyday Life, Glover

Nov
5
2019
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Jan
3
2020

Elliot Burg and Athena Petra Tasiopoulos

Elliot Burg and Athena Petra Tasiopoulos

The T.W. Wood Art Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibit by Elliot Burg and Athena Tasiopoulos. The exhibit will run from November 5th, 2019 to January 3rd, 2020. All shows are free and open to the public. Reception - November 7th - 5:00 - 7:00pm, Artist Talk - December 6th - 5:00pm

Elliot Burg is a freelance photographer from Middlesex, Vermont. In 2018, Elliot Burg traveled to Havana, Cuba, to capture portraits and photograph musicians and dancers in the streets playing music and moving their bodies to the rhythms of salsa and reggaetón.

Athena Petra Tasiopoulos is a mixed media collage artist and fine art photographer. The artist creates surface texture, depth, and dimension by covering and inscribing paper and photographic collages with encaustic. By re-inventing antiquated portraits, Tasiopoulos allows her subjects to transcend the constraints of time and place.

11/5/19 12:00pm - 1/3/20 4:00pm

T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier

Nov
20
2019
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Jan
5
2020

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

November 20, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, this play offers a tale of personal growth and hope amidst the horrors of World War II. Young postulant Maria Rainer is a free spirit who has trouble fitting into the rules and regulations of Nonnberg Abbey. Commissioned by the Mother Abbess to serve as the governess for seven motherless children, Maria transforms the Von Trapp family home from a place of dour rules and regulations to one filled with joy, laughter, and music. The classic score by Rodgers and Hammerstein features some of Broadway’s greatest songs such as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”

11/20/19 7:30pm - 1/5/20 10:00pm

Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction

Sep
14
2019
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Jan
12
2020

Joel Barber & the Modern Decoy

Joel Barber & the Modern Decoy

UPCOMING EXHIBITION

Joel D. Barber, Swan, Havre de Grace, 1950. Watercolor and ink on paper, 17 7/16 x 23 9/16 in. Collection of Shelburne Museum, gift of J. Watson, Jr., Harry H., and Samuel B. Webb. 1952-192.388. Photography by Andy Duback.

This monographic exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on the life and artwork of architect, author, illustrator, and pioneering decoy collector Joel D. Barber (1876-1952). Featuring more than 100 decoys, drawings, historical photographs, and watercolors from Shelburne Museum’s extensive collection and archives, the exhibition will be organized into five thematic sections. The first section explores Barber’s introduction to the world of wildfowl decoys and his early collecting years. The next section focuses on the Art Deco-inspired watercolors he used to illustrate his groundbreaking first book Wild Fowl Decoys published in 1934. The third section chronicles his various attempts at trying to design the perfect “Modern” decoy, amalgams based on historical precedents found in his collection. The fourth section examines the numerous ways Barber exhibited his collection publicly to shine a spotlight on decoys, including: duck shows, art exhibitions, and the establishment of the world’s first decoy museum in 1947. Using existing watercolor portraits and measured drawings, the fifth and final section pieces together Barber’s unfinished second book The Decoys of North America, an ambitious project that consumed the final three years of his life.

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne

Sep
6
2019
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Feb
6
2020

Alchemy—Metal,Mystery & Magic—The Art of Transformation

Alchemy—Metal,Mystery & Magic—The Art of Transformation

The show’s intention is to fire up the imagination by displaying whimsical, powerful and haunting sculptures and paintings featuring the alchemy of turning metal into art. The eight artists in the exhibition wow us with their imagination and skill, says Nina Jamison, Director of Exhibitions. They include: Jeanne Carbonetti, Chester, VT; Sabrina Fadial, Barre, VT; Alexandra Heller, Morrisville, VT; Peter Heller (deceased); Pat Musick, Manchester, VT; Dan O’Donnell, Springfield, VT; Gerald Stoner, Underhill, VT; Johnny Swing, Brookline, VT. With a soaring 25-foot ceiling and clerestory windows, the 150-foot-long by 45-foot-wide world- class public art space is unique in the region and accommodates and compliments very large artwork and sculpture. Springfield Regional Development
Corporation sponsors the exhibits at the Great Hall.

9/6/19 5:30pm - 2/6/20 5:00pm

Great Hall, 100 River Street, Springfield

Nov
9
2019
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Mar
8
2020

Time Lapse: Contemporary Analog Photography

Time Lapse: Contemporary Analog Photography

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

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Nov
21
2019

The Met Opera Live in HD: Turandot (Puccini)

The Met Opera Live in HD: Turandot (Puccini)

Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular production returns to cinemas, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, conducting his first Puccini opera with the company. Powerhouse soprano Christine Goerke takes on the icy title princess, alongside tenor Roberto Aronica as the unknown prince vying for her love.

Puccini’s final opera is an epic fairy tale set in a China of legend, loosely based on a play by 18th-century Italian dramatist Carlo Gozzi. Featuring a most unusual score with an astounding and innovative use of chorus and orchestra, it is still recognizably Puccini, bursting with instantly appealing melody. The unenviable task of completing the opera’s final scene upon Puccini’s sudden death was left to the composer Franco Alfano.

11/21/19 2:00pm

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe

Nov
21
2019

JAZZ JAM

JAZZ JAM

A jazz jam session, open to all. Play, sing, or listen. Instrumentalists and vocalists come prepared with a jazz standard tune to play. The jam session is a perfect place to meet and play with other musicians, network, and enjoy the hang in the beautiful Fairlee Town Hall Auditorium with its newly donated Chickering grand piano. Come try it out!

11/21/19 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Fairlee Town Hall Auditorium, Fairlee

Nov
21
2019

Jazz Jam Session

Jazz Jam Session

FAIRLEE COMMUNITY ARTS in collaboration with INTERPLAY JAZZ AND ARTS is hosting a Jazz Jam Session on Thursday Nov. 21 from 6:30 to 9 pm, in the FAIRLEE TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM.

Open to all: Instrumentalists, Vocalists and the general public for listening, a jam session is an opportunity for musicians to get together and try out new tunes or arrangements, new improv or comping techniques and to hear and be inspired by what others are working on. Interplay’s Third Thursday jam sessions are social gatherings that welcome new players and singers into the Interplay family where we can all make music together, learn, and have fun.

INSTRUMENTALISTS and VOCALISTS, come prepared with a jazz standard tune to play. The jam session is a perfect place to meet and play with other musicians, network and enjoy the hang!

This event is FREE and open to all musicians and appreciators of the arts!

11/21/19 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Fairlee Town Hall Auditorium, Fairlee

Nov
21
2019

Hazen Union Drama Club - Once Upon a Mattress

Hazen Union Drama Club - Once Upon a Mattress

Based upon the famous fairy tale The Princess and the Pea, Once Upon a Mattress tells the story of a Princess of noble birth, unable to sleep on a bed despite its many stacked mattresses, because of a tiny pea placed underneath the bottom layer. The kingdom is an unhappy one. King Sextimus has been struck dumb by a witch’s curse and is condemned not to speak again; Queen Agravia has assumed power and has decreed that no one in the Kingdom may wed until Prince Dauntless is married to a true princess of royal blood. So far the Queen has tested the eligibility of eleven applicants and each has failed the almost impossible tests the Queen has devised. The Knights and Ladies of the Court are most distressed by the situation but the most concerned are Lady Larken and her handsome lover, Sir Harry. A rollicking tale of challenge and deceit unfolds to the final curtain, where, in true fairy tale form, all’s well that ends well.

11/21/19 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro

Nov
21
2019

LNT-Aid! Mega Concert

LNT-Aid! Mega Concert

LNT AID – Vermont Stars Come Out for Lost Nation Theater - one night only Thursday November 21st.

It’s the 6th annual mega concert with mega-talented & fun artists doing their remarkable respective things to raise much needed funds for Lost Nation Theater. Great tunes, great laughs, great dance, and great storytelling with Vermont stars of stage and song!

LNT Aid 2019 stars Jon Gailmor, Ben & Pen Again! (Ben Koening & Penny Towers) Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio’s Hip Hop, Kathleen Keenan & 'Cabaret' Friends, and George Woodard, plus special guests and Emcee G. Richard Ames.
Soundman Bennett Shapiro of MadTech Sound provides the audio engineering - so you know it’ll sound fantastic.
A cash bar and tasty treats will also be available.
Raffles, Door-Prizes, and the announcement of LNT's 2020 Season round out this ebullient Lallapalooza!

It all happens Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:30pm.
Box Office and Lobby will open at 6:30pm. Seating will begin at 7pm
Lost Nation Theater, City Hall Arts Center, Main Street, Montpelier.
The theater is wheelchair accessible and an assisted listening system is available.

Tickets are $25 (all proceeds benefit the community & education programs of Lost Nation Theater)

11/21/19 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Lost Nation Theater, City Hall Arts Center, Montpelier

Sep
25
2019
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Nov
22
2019

Mountain Air Exhibition

Mountain Air Exhibition

The gallery at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center features a group exhibition in celebration of the mountain landscape for the Fall Season. The exhibition opens in collaboration with Stowe Mountain Film Festival, presented by Acabay, in partnership with the VT Ski & Snowboard Museum, on October 25th and October 26th. The collection includes painting, sculpture and photography. The exhibition is created by Kelly Holt, Spruce Peak Arts Curator, and features the work of Vermont artists: Arista Alanis, Mary Brevda, Rory Jackson, Joseph Salerno and Homer Wells.
There will be an exhibition reception on Friday, October 26th from 5:00 - 6:30pm, on the opening night of Stowe Mountain Film Festival.

Artists are responding to physicality of mountains, from our local Green Mountain ridgelines to the awe-inspiring mountains of Patagonia. Working in varied mediums, the pieces capture essence of the landscape - often emotional, spiritual and studied.

Painter Rory Jackson divides his time between the coastal region of Cape Three Points in Ghana and Lincoln Gap, Vermont. Of his oils in the exhibit on both linen and canvas, He writes:

As a Vermonter, the Mountain air has a sensory effect like none other, it is home. It is the clean breath that sweeps through the lungs of the hillside. It carries in it all the pollen and scents of the flowering, sprouting and decaying plants, and still maintains always to remain fresh In constancy the Mountains evoke an awe in their bold presence and unconquerable royalty, as the air sings of that awe as it moves in their midst. - Rory Jackson

Both Ridgeline Series and Woods Edge Series by plein air painter Joseph Salerno are featured in the exhibition - presented as a horizontal vista of both intricate relationships of form and abstracted tones of light and dark, all celebrating favorite tree line settings near his home studio in Johnson, Vermont. Arista Alanis’ vibrant expressionistic paintings move back and forth between figurative landscape and abstraction. Of her oils and mixed media paintings, the artist explains, “The artwork is not about specific places, but about significant moments that ignite a feeling of being alive in the space.”

Partners in life, travel and art from Vermont to Patagonia, Mary Brevda (photographer) and Homer Wells (sculptor, painter, inventor), capture the landscape in complimentary ways with dynamic perspectives, dramatic lighting, and etched aluminum pieces. Both artists are largely self-taught and always experimenting.

For further information on the Mountain Air group exhibitions, please call the gallery at 802-760-4634, email Kelly Holt (kholt@sprucepeakarts.com), or visit SprucePeakArts.com.

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Gallery hours:
Thursday-Saturday 11am-5pm, and one hour prior to performances and events

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe

Sep
3
2019
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Dec
8
2019

MuseumLab

MuseumLab

For this experiment in interdisciplinary learning, professors from across Middlebury’s curriculum have selected a diverse array of pieces from the museum’s collection. Visitors are invited to observe the reactions sparked when our “teaching laboratory” displays art supporting courses in religion, neuroscience, gender studies, political science, environmental studies, art history, biochemistry, and more.

9/3/19 10:00am - 12/8/19 5:00pm

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery, Middlebury