Arts Calendar: Northern Vermont
Jeremiah McLane and Timothy Cummings are a high-powered, one-of-a-kind, Vermont-based duo who share music rooted in the traditional dance repertoire of Northern Europe. Masters of the piano accordion and quieter, bellows-blown bagpipes, they create a beguiling, and at times orchestral, blend which utterly subverts the common stereotypes of their Old World instruments. McLane and Cummings —affectionately nicknamed "Wheezer & Squeezer"— most often draw from an 'Auld Alliance' repertoire that includes bourrées from central France, the hanter dro from Brittany, triple-time hornpipes from the Scottish Border region, and compelling originals reflecting these influences.
In 2017 Alex Kehler joined them as a guest collaborator, adding a plethora of strings to this reedy duo. Hailing from the Eastern Townships of Québec, Alex deepens the French connection to their 'Auld Alliance', as well as introducing Scandinavian flare with fiddle, Swedish nyckelharpa, and låtmandola. His addition prompted Wheezer & Squeezer to coin a nickname for him: Plink!
As a trio, their performances are unified by their zeal and musical craftsmanship, and punctuated with brief commentary on the music and their instruments. Whatever you call them, this rare, captivating trio inspires both feet and spirits to dance, and is simply not to be missed.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Newport
In the South Gallery, two Vermont-based artists together present work exploring intimate conversations with the underappreciated inhabitants of our natural environments. Forest floors strewn with fallen branches, moss-covered rocks in streambeds, and wildflowers take center stage in this collection of paintings in watercolor by Susan Wahlrab and fabric collages by Dianne Shullenberger.
3/24/18 10:00am - 5/20/18 5:00pm
West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park, Stowe
In the Central Gallery, two Vermont-based artists, plein air painter Charlie Hunter and landscape photographer Jim Westphalen, turn their attention to vanishing icons of Vermont's rich industrial and agricultural past. The works in this exhibition ask us to reconsider the familiar rusted railways and retired grain elevators that pepper our local landscape and inhabit their photographs and canvases, rightfully elevating them to subjects worthy of our respect, gratitude, and reverence.
3/24/18 10:00am - 5/20/18 5:00pm
West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park, Stowe
Join us for the SPIRIT OF PLACE show with Nori Pepe's black/white linocuts "Carving out a Place" and Kate Pond's "Flying Kites". OPENING reception is Saturday May 5 at 3pm for kite flying if the weather permits.
GreenTARA Gallery opened in 2017 in a former church and historic general store. Look for us in the village of North Hero.
4/27/18 10:00am - 6/3/18 4:00pm
GreenTARA Gallery, North Hero
Catamount Celebrates Earth Day with Resa Blatman: Trouble in Paradise
On April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of pollution and heavy use of pesticides. The first national Earth Day rally resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and passage of such robust legislation as the Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. 48 years later, Earth Day is a global event in which more than 1 billion people in 192 countries participate in civically focused actions to bring attention to continuing threats to biodiversity and the environment. This April 22, Catamount Arts will celebrate Earth Day with the official opening of the art exhibition Resa Blatman: Trouble in Paradise.
Resa Blatman’s work is proof that eco-activism is not limited to the scientific community. In Trouble in Paradise, an exhibition of 17 elegantly crafted and exuberant paintings, the artist offers up a visual commentary on climate change and its increasing threat to migratory birds and other animal species. “Nature is full of delight and darkness, energy and decay, life and death,” observes Blatman. “I endeavor to make work that offers me and the viewer an elegiac and seductive visual feast with hints of surrender—surrender of the self, surrender of the natural world, surrender of the things we cannot control.”
Inspired by the decorative traditions of Baroque, Romantic, and Victorian art, Blatman combines paint, assemblage, and intricate laser-cut forms to create beautiful yet unsettling microenvironments. Scintillating Swamp and The Ultimate Whorl show flora and fauna bursting from the confines of the picture frame, giving evidence to the dynamic vitality of nature. But within this abundance of life, we are faced with a clear threat. Tangles of thorny branches leave little room for migratory birds to rest comfortably. The scarred earth and ominous skies in such paintings as The Fall and Heed force viewers to go beyond poetic beauty to consider what happens if nature is stressed beyond her ability to recover. While Blatman’s small worlds are undeniably lovely, they also acknowledge and warn about troubles in our natural paradise.
Resa Blatman’s intricate paintings and multi-layered installations have long been inspired by the natural world, but her most recent work explores the alarming signs of climate change—extreme weather conditions and rising water levels due to shrinking ice caps. In 2015, she was one of 29 artists, writers, and poets who sailed along the west coast of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago north of the Arctic Circle. During the month-long expedition, the artist hiked on glaciers, boated in and out of fjords, and collected detritus—fishing line, fishing nets, combs, toothbrushes—washed up on the shore. Upon return, Blatman created The Water Project/Rising Tide, a series of large-scale installations made from pliable hand-cut Mylar painted with latex to effectively simulate movement of ocean currents. The artist is currently planning a trip to the ice-capped landmass of Greenland, where she expects to be further inspired by her observation of the natural world.
Blatman holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MFA from Boston University. She has exhibited widely, with solo exhibitions at galleries and universities all over the United States. She is a past recipient of a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, a Blanche Coleman Award and an Artist Resource Trust Award from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Her work is in public and private collections across the United States, Europe and South Africa. She currently lives and works in Somerville, MA. For more information about the artist, see www.resablatman.com.
Officially opening on Sunday, April 22 as part of the 48th anniversary celebration of Earth Day, Resa Blatman: Trouble in Paradise will be on view in Catamount Arts’ Main Gallery in St. Johnsbury through June 8. Special related programming such as free gallery talks and film screenings will be scheduled throughout the course of the show. All are welcome to attend. For more information about this and other Catamount Arts events, call (802) 748-2600 or visit www.catamountarts.org.
4/22/18 12:00am - 6/8/18 12:00am
Catamount Arts Gallery, Saint Johnsbury
Catamount Arts Exhibits Norwich Painter for Earth Day
An exhibit by artist Anne Sargent Walker of Boston and Norwich will open at the Catamount Arts Rankin Gallery on Sunday, April 22nd, in celebration of Earth Day. Anne Sargent Walker’s Out on a Limb explores the effects of climate change on the natural environment and will be on exhibit through June 8 with special related programming including free gallery talks and special film screenings. An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, May 31, from 5-7 pm.
Anne Sargent Walker’s mixed media painting explores the beauty, complexity, and fragility of the natural world—and our complicated relationship with it. Her semi-abstract paintings in oil and acrylic often incorporate layers of vintage wallpaper, something man-made that references a pastoral inclination to bring nature inside. Birds, flora, and other creatures rest uneasily on a surface that can degrade by peeling back or dissolving to reveal multiple layers beneath—a reminder of planet warming, the loss of habitat for humans and other species, and growing threats to the environment itself.
It’s an appropriate exhibit for Earth Day, a celebration that dates back to 1970 when millions of people took to the streets to protest pollution and heavy use of pesticides. The first Earth Day rallies resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of legislation such at the Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. Catamount Arts will celebrate the 48th annual Earth Day with the opening of two exhibits concerning the effects of climate change on the natural world: Resa Blatman’s Trouble in Paradise will open in the Main Gallery on the same day Anne Sargent Walker’s Out on a Limb opens in the Rankin Gallery.
Sargent Walker attributes her concerns about nature to summers spent with her naturalist father at her family home in Norwich where she frequently returns to continue her longstanding engagement with the rural landscape. Raised in Boston and Vermont, Sargent Walker earned her BA in Studio Art from Connecticut College and a MEd from Tufts University. Recipient of a Berkshire Taconic Foundation Artists’ Resource Trust Grant, Walker has also enjoyed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and in Ireland and Italy. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout New England and is in permanent and private collections across the country.
For more information about the artist and her work, see www.annesargentwalker.com. To learn more about Catamount Arts programming, visit www.catamountarts.org.
4/22/18 12:00am - 6/8/18 12:00am
Catamount Arts Rankin Gallery, Saint Johnsbury
The Enigmatic Art of Endangered Alphabets, an exhibit of wood carvings by Tim Brookes, will exhibit at the Gallery at River Arts May 3 – June 19, 2018.
The non-profit Endangered Alphabets Project, founded in 2010, flourishes on the borderlands between art and woodwork, painting and typography, linguistics and anthropology, creative design and cultural preservation, ethnography and spirituality. Originally intended to preserve some of the world’s endangered writing systems by carving them in boards of beautiful Vermont curly maple, the Alphabets have expanded to encompass artwork, poetry, sound sculpture, and furniture.
The shapes incorporated in writing reflect our sense of what comes naturally to the human body—the radius-over-ulna turn of the wrist, the sweep of the arm, the turn of the shoulders, the leaning-forward downstroke obeying gravity—and what we think of as ideal forms: the circle, the line, the right angle, the set of parallels, symmetry and balance. The shapes incorporated in wood grain reflect a deeper, older set of forces: annual sun-and-rain weather cycles depicted in growth rings; the complex rhythms of wind stressing trees at the edge of a forest. These carvings are a conversation between the two sets of patterns, the urgent desire to communicate in human time set against the longer, slower rhythms of the natural world. The carvings have been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution, Yale, Harvard, the universities of Cambridge and Barcelona, and other colleges, universities, and libraries across North America.
Tuesday, June 19, 3:00p.m.
River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, VT
On June 19 at 3:00p.m., Tim Brookes will be speaking on Endangered Alphabets, Cultural Erosion, and the Future of the Written Word. What does the age of digital convergence, Facebook, and globalization mean for the future of the written word? Writer/carver/painter Tim Brookes offers remarkable and thought-provoking perspective on this question by looking at a range of forms of writing from all over the world that are in danger of extinction. He displays a carving of a piece of text in each script, leading a discussion on how technology will help—and always has helped—define the nature of communication, and shows how the story of a culture can be seen in its writing, even if that writing is (as in these examples) beautiful, utterly unfamiliar, and disappearing. This talk is in conjunction with Tim Brooke’s exhibit “The Enigmatic Art of Endangered Alphabets.” The talk is free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities. For more information, contact Heidi@RiverArtsVT.org.
Endangered Alphabets, Cultural Erosion, and the Future of the Written Word is a Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by River Arts. (Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or VHC.)
5/3/18 9:00am - 6/19/18 4:00pm
River Arts, Morrisville
Bryan Memorial Gallery presents The Russians and Friends, a selection of paintings by four visiting artists from Russia, and some American friends, who recently painted together in Jeffersonville.
Bryan Menorial gallery is at 180 Main Street, Jeffesonville, VT 802-644-5100. A digital preview of this exhibit can be seen at www.bryangallery.org. Gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday 11-4 and by appointment any time.
Opening reception Sunday May 6th. Artist Roundtable at 1:00pm. Reception 2-4pm.
contact: Mickey Myers : email@example.com
5/3/18 11:00am - 6/24/18 4:00pm
Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville
Rachel Moore - Traces
On view: May 6 through June 29, 2018
EDGEWATER GALLERY at Stowe
151 Main Street • Stowe, Vermont • 802.760.6785
Edgewater Gallery at Stowe unveils a special selection from Rachel Moore’s complete body of work with brand new sculptural pieces in her solo exhibition Traces . The exhibition will be on view May 6th through June 29th, with a reception on Friday, May 11th from 5:30-7:00pm. The artist talk will begin at 6:00pm.
Moore’s work is steeped in careful attention to pattern language and shifts. Her materials range from watercolor and graphite on paper, to blown and cast glass, to ink on vellum and more. Traces ties together many thematic patterns in the artist’s work honoring the environment with a dialogue on prevailing conditions. Minimalist in color, her installations are infinitely rich in carefully considered materials and surfaces with an ethereal elegance and sophistication. Paying homage to presence in absence, many of her sculptural pieces refer to measurable data in climate change as well as migration patterns. Each movement, memory, presence and energy leaves a trace. This exhibition echoes traces of beauty in our global community.
Rachel Moore is a multidisciplinary artist working in mixed media sculpture, installation, drawing, and social practice. Moore uses maps, cultural and religious icons, text, and sculptural replications of objects from daily life to respond to social and political movements, often in poetic and haunting ways. In her social practice, she has used storytelling to create relationships of understanding and as a way to bring awareness to multicultural histories, in some cases, asserting a culture’s rightful place in history.
Moore’s work has been featured in international museums and galleries, on Art21’s “Inside the Artist’s Studio” and she is the recipient of numerous grants and awards.The artist is represented by Edgewater Gallery, Stowe, VT; Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID; and Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA. She lives and works in Vermont.
For further information on Rachel Moore and her exhibition, please call the gallery at 802-760-6785, email Kelly Holt (firstname.lastname@example.org), or visit edgewatergallery-vt.com.
Edgewater Gallery at Stowe hours:
Wednesday-Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Closed Monday & Tuesday.
Edgewater Gallery, Stowe
Vermont Landscapes, a selection of paintings of Vermont, is installed in the public spaces of Lamoille County Courthouse through June 30. Organized by Bryan Memorial Gallery, the exhibition includes oils, watercolors, monoprints, pastels, and acrylics. The Courthouse is open to guests, except between noon and 12:30. There is no charge for this exhibit. Image is from a watercolor by Vladimir Vagin.
2/27/18 8:00am - 6/30/18 4:30pm
Lamoille County Courthouse, Hyde Park
A large-scale, interactive sculpture installation by LA-based artist James Peterson, inspired by magical Siberian ice caves. Presented by Spruce Peak at Stowe, produced and curated by Helen Day Art Center. Located in the Spruce Peak Village Center, outside Spa Entrance. Open to the public all hours.
12/22/17 12:00am - 9/30/18 12:00am
Spruce Peak Village Center, Stowe
Roots: Paintings by TJ Cunningham
EDGEWATER GALLERY in Stowe
151 Main Street • Stowe, Vermont • 802.760.6785 Contact: Kelly Holt email@example.com
On view: December 1, 2018 - January 11, 2018
Edgewater Gallery in Stowe announces a welcoming home, solo exhibition by TJ Cunningham aptly titled, Roots. The exhibition will be on view from December 1st through January 11th, with an opening reception on Friday, December 7 from 5-7pm. There will be an artist talk at 6pm. Cunningham inspires with his thought provoking landscapes of his native home, Addison, Vermont. Cunningham recently reflected on his upbringing in Vermont, and the powerful feelings of place as it relates to his art "One of my earliest, childhood memories is of an evening walk in November as woodsmoke wafted from the chimneys of my boyhood town. I remember the sharp feeling of cold air in my nostrils accompanied by the gentle smell of Vermont’s long heating season...The scent of woodsmoke always conjures those feelings of contented peace...More and more when I paint the landscape, I am searching for a similar experience; however, unlike smell, painting is an abstract language with a series of shapes, colors, and textures that together bring meaning... These are the places that mean the most to me; they are the scenes that evoke all of the joy and longing connected to my thoughts of home. They are my roots."
Known for his depth and layering of oil colors, majestic Vermont skyscapes, stretching farmlands, and meandering river waters, Cunningham once again delivers the scenes we recognize as the quietude of true homeland in this exhibition.
Cunningham received his formal training at Pensacola Christian College. He enjoys connecting with living artists in his travels, whose techniques he studies and whose work Cunningham follows and admires. The artist works directly in the landscape and from plein air studies in his studio in Tennessee. He teaches plein air painting workshops in several locations across the United States. Cunningham’s work is exhibited and collected nationwide, as well as in Europe.
Edgewater Gallery in Stowe, Stowe