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Friday, September 14, 2018

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Sep
14
2018

Opening Reception: Macaulay in Montpelier

Opening Reception: Macaulay in Montpelier Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Internationally recognized author and illustrator David Macaulay will exhibit images from eight of his books, including preliminary sketches and finished art created between 1982 and 2010. According to the artist, the books range from the "history of architecture and the workings of technology to aspects of the human body, the decline of society, and why a chicken once crossed a road." He says that the works "represent a tiny sliver of the vast amount of flotsam left in the wake of each book.”

The artist will give a brief talk at the opening reception. The show will remain on display through November 2. 

Time: 9/14/18 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Spotlight Gallery, Vermont Arts Council, 136 State St., Montpelier
Sep
6
2018
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Sep
16
2018

BECOMING DR. RUTH

BECOMING DR. RUTH Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

"My favorite animal is the turtle...to move, it has to stick its neck out." That's the life philosophy of Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer in a nutshell.

Lost Nation Theater presents Maura O'Brien in the hilarious and moving biodrama BECOMING DR. RUTH by Mark St. Germain. The script illuminates this remarkable woman's untold story bursting with the life, honesty, and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the little girl who fled from the Nazi's and became "Dr. Ruth," America's most famous sex therapist. Almost everyone of a certain age knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering and taboo-shattering radio and TV sex therapist with a quirky sense of humor. She said: "Why did they listen? I think people need to talk about sex and suddenty here was a little matronly woman who did. I was not threatening. And I made them laugh." At at age 90, she's still going strong!

Over the course of the one-act play, Dr. Ruth recounts her Jewish upbringing in 1930s Germany. After experiencing Kristallnacht, her parents sent her out of harm’s way on a Kindertransport to Switzerland where she spent her teen years. After WWII she learned that most of her family perished in the Holocaust. Relocating to Jerusalem, she served as a sniper for Haganah and was wounded in an explosion. The hardships kept coming but she persevered through the depravity and punishing conditions. As a single mother, she set her sights on America, determined to get an education and become a doctor.

Directed by LNT's Producing Artistic Director Kathleen Keenan; Dialect Coach Christopher Scheer; Music Designer Tim Tavcar, Scenic Designer Andrew Mannion, Lighting Designer Charlotte Seelig Costumer Shawn Sturdevarnt; Sound Designer AJ Bierschwal with Stage Management and properties by Marissa Christie, Emily Cuerdon, and Stevie De.

Thursdays-Saturdays, Sept. 6 - Sept. 16. Curtain is 7:30pm Thu - Sat; and 2pm on Sat. and Sun. Tickets $10-$30. Students & Seniors; $5 off. Show is recommended for ages 13+. LNT is wheelchair accessible, offers an assisted listening system, and large print programs.
TICKETS & INFO: 802-229-0492 or visit

Time: 9/6/18 7:30pm - 9/16/18 2:00pm
Location: LOST NATION THEATER - CITY HALL PERFORMING ARTS CTR, Montpelier
Jul
3
2018
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Sep
27
2018

Hillsides and Hexagons - Paintings by Nick DeFriez

Hillsides and Hexagons - Paintings by Nick DeFriez Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Chelsea-based artist Nick DeFriez’s paintings and drawings blend the energy, abstraction, and matrix of Vermont’s agricultural activity and landscape. DeFriez’s exhibit presents a visual narrative, incorporating the painter’s strong appreciation for and insight into today’s family farms, working landscape and farmers markets. Opening reception Friday, July 13, 4:00-7:00 PM. PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.

Time: 7/3/18 8:00am - 9/27/18 4:30pm
Location: Governor's Gallery, 109 State Street, Montpelier
Jul
3
2018
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Sep
27
2018

The Vermont Years, So Far... Paintings by Harry A. Rich

The Vermont Years, So Far...   Paintings by Harry A. Rich Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Rich’s collection of large-scale acrylic-on-canvas paintings in this exhibit spans the time he has lived in Vermont, from 2008 to 2018. His latest work shows the influence of his comparatively new Vermont experience. Rich’s journey into abstraction reveals his own stylistically fluid, fresh, and vibrant use of color and dimension. Opening reception Friday, July 13, 4:00-7:00 PM.

Time: 7/3/18 8:00am - 9/27/18 4:30pm
Location: Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, 111 State Street, Montpelier
Sep
4
2018
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Sep
29
2018

Northern Vermont Art Association Exhibition

Northern Vermont Art Association Exhibition Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

The T. W. Wood Gallery at 46 Barre St in Montpelier, Vermont is pleased to announce an exhibit of the Northern Vermont Art Association (NVAA) members show. The exhibit will be open for viewing on Tuesday, September 4, through Friday, September 28. There will be an opening reception with refreshments served and an opportunity to meet many of the artists on Friday September 7, from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Gallery.

The Northern Vermont Artist Association was founded in 1931 by Burlington, VT artist Harold Sykes Knight. Knight wanted artists to have more opportunities to exhibit their work. One of the first members was the famous artist and illustrator Maxfield Parish. The NVAA has over 150 members, and is open to any visual artist, working in any artistic medium, who lives anywhere in the northern half of Vermont. The mission of the organization is “to encourage the study, improve the practice, elevate the standards and advance the cause of creative art”.

Also on exhibit is Warren Kimble: An Artist’s Journey exhibit along with works from the Gallery’s permanent collection. The Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12:00-4:00 pm and by appointment. The Gallery is located at 46 Barre Street at the Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier.

For more information contact the Gallery’s Director Ginny Callan at 802-262-6035 twwoodgallery@gmail.com or go to www.twwoodgallery.org

Time: 9/4/18 12:00pm - 9/29/18 4:00pm
Location: T. W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier
Aug
2
2018
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Sep
30
2018

A Crossing Place

A Crossing Place
Description:

Northern Daughters is excited to present A Crossing Place, a solo exhibit of new work from Anna Dibble, on view at the gallery’s 221 Main St. location in Vergennes, Vermont from August 2nd through September 30th with an opening reception on August 10th from 5-8pm.

Anna Dibble’s work is always based in the wild, “It’s about the time of life on earth: from early Ordovician oceans, through the layers of rocks and fossils, to the current dysfunctional ecosystem we’ve managed to create during our march of folly. Non-linear, circular time. The past in the present.” the artist states. Her work is driven by her love of, and place within the natural world, and her deep concern for its future. The artists working process is a search, as she says “A daily reach towards progress, a shuffle, an excavation and a strange hope.”

Anna Dibble’s current series began at a crossing place. The paintings bring the viewer into a world of beauty and new found solitude illustrative of a new uncertain life under construction. The animals Dibble is so well known for are still present in her current paintings, now inhabiting the wilderness through which the artist seems to be traveling. This body of work is evidence of a personal mythology the viewer is privileged to experience.

Time: 8/2/18 10:00am - 9/30/18 5:00pm
Location: Northern Daughters, Vergennes
Aug
10
2018
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Sep
30
2018

Show 27 at The Front - Expanded Gallery Hours!

Show 27 at The Front - Expanded Gallery Hours! Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

The Front celebrates SHOW 27 featuring recent work by the gallery’s membership of Vermont-based contemporary artists. The opening reception on August 10, 4 to 8 p.m., is free and open to the public and will feature guitarist Steve Grunewald. The Front is pleased to announce its new weekend hours; the gallery is now open Fridays, 4 to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is also open by appointment - email info@thefrontvt.com. For more information about The Front’s news and events, visit www.thefrontvt.com. Contact the gallery at info@thefrontvt.com or by phone (802) 552-0877. The Front is located 6 Barre Street in downtown Montpelier, diagonally across and around the corner from the Savoy Theatre.

Time: 8/10/18 4:00pm - 9/30/18 5:00pm
Location: 6 Barre Street, Montpelier
Sep
7
2018
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Oct
7
2018

Backstory

Backstory Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

The Kent Museum’s show, Backstory, is about both the artist's history as well as that of the materials used and how these elements motivate or inform each unique creation. Upon viewing, an additional layer is added as visitors bring personal associations to what they see, weaving yet another backstory into the experience.
Opening Celebration: Saturday, September 8 from 3 – 5 pm
Closing Celebration: Sunday, October 7 from 3 – 5 pm

Time: 9/7/18 10:00am - 10/7/18 5:00pm
Location: Kent Museum, Calais
Sep
4
2018
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Oct
26
2018

Warren Kimble: An Artists Journey Exhibit and Opening Reception

Warren Kimble: An Artists Journey Exhibit and Opening Reception Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Warren Kimble: An Artists Journey
September 4-October 26, 2018
Opening Reception Friday September 7, 4:00-8:00 pm with a talk by the artists at 6:00 pm
Make Your Own Lazy Susan Workshop with Warren September 8-9. Pre-registrion is required. Fee $200 plus $50 for materials
The Gallery is thrilled to have a Warren Kimble exhibit in September that will draw on more than 50 years of Kimble’s experience as a fine artist, educator and antiques collector. An opening reception will be held on Friday September 7th from 4-8:00 pm with an Art Talk by Warren Kimble at 6 pm. The reception is free and refreshments will be served. Warren will lead a two-day workshop on September 8-9 at the Gallery. Participants will each assemble a wooden Lazy Susan and hand paint their creation to take home, under the artistic guidance of Kimble. $200 plus $50 for materials, pre-registration is required and space is limited!

Time: 9/4/18 12:00pm - 10/26/18 4:00pm
Location: T.W. Wood Gallery 46 Barre St at the Center for Arts & Learning, Montpelier
Jul
15
2018
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Oct
28
2018

Fabric of Emancipation

Fabric of Emancipation Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Curated by Harlem Needle Arts founder and director Michelle Bishop, this special exhibit features pieces by eight contemporary textile artists from New York, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Indianapolis. The works share and are defined by some element of thread construction, but are diverse in presentation, including quilting, embroidery, mixed media, costume, and fiber fusion. Each work speaks to the artist’s view of the African Diaspora and his or her own personal interpretation of historic and contemporary events.

Time: 7/15/18 10:00am - 10/28/18 5:00pm
Location: Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburg
Mar
20
2018
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Nov
11
2018

Waterfowl Wonders And Amusing Animals By Three Self-Taught Addison County, Vermont Carvers

Waterfowl Wonders And Amusing Animals By Three Self-Taught Addison County, Vermont Carvers Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

"Waterfowl Wonders and Amusing Animals by Three Self-taught Addison County, Vermont carvers – Gary Starr, Chuck Herrmann, and William Holway - greet delighted visitors to the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, Vermont.

Gary Starr is a world-class self-taught carver whose decorative decoys and birds are on display at the Sheldon – from three magnificent oversized shore birds – one standing, a second running, and a third feeding – to a variety of life-sized colorful birds including a Puffin, American Oyster Catcher, Belted King Fisher, Baltimore Oriole, and Lilac Breasted Roller.

Before perfecting his drawing, Bill Holway began his artistic pursuits by whittling and was one of the original craftsmen when Frog Hollow the Vermont State Craft Center was started in Middlebury in 1971. For years, Bill Holway was known locally for his “performance drawings” at Kennedy Brothers in Vergennes. His wood carvings at the Sheldon feature a moose with an iconic rack of antlers and a prominent beard-like dewlap under its chin, a brown bear, a frolicking horse, and more exotic animals such as long-horned goat, hippopotamus, elephant, zebra, camel, and giraffes.

Chuck Herrmann's carvings are a reflection of his deep commitment to the Vermont forest, its history and value. As an example, true to his investigative and collecting habits, he carved birds and waterfowl from remnants of a “root fence” that was once located on a farm field at New Haven Junction at the intersection of Routes 7 and 17.

Time: 3/20/18 10:00am - 11/11/18 5:00pm
Location: Henry Sheldon Museum, One Park Street, Middlebury
Jul
31
2018
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Nov
11
2018

DOUGHBOYS AND FLYBOYS WWI Stories by Vermonters From the Home and Battlefront

DOUGHBOYS AND FLYBOYS WWI Stories by Vermonters From the Home and Battlefront Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War One. The Sheldon Museum has combed its collection and archives along with the help of Addison County private collections to mount an exhibit that features roles played by Vermonters in what was called the “War to End All Wars.” The exhibit concentrates on Vermont’s Addison County residents who were in the service during WWI.

Central to the exhibit are the histories, memorabilia, photographs, and letters of three Middlebury residents: Jacob J. Ross, M.D., who served as Flight Surgeon in France with the 17th Aero Squadron caring for the sick and wounded; Waldo Heinrichs, a pilot with the 95th Aero Squadron, known then as “luckiest man in the war” for surviving two plane crashes and internment in a German hospital; Werner Neuse, a German by birth, who enlisted in the German army as a teenager shortly after his father, Richard Neuse, also a German soldier was killed. Werner Neuse later immigrated to the United State, became a citizen, earned his graduate degrees and joined the faculty of Middlebury College German Department and helped to start the College’s German summer language school. After the war Neuse and Heinrichs lived on the same block of South Street in Middlebury, while Ross established his home and office on College Street.

Their stories and those of others from Addison County are featured in the exhibit, as are colorful recruitment and war advocacy posters from the Sheldon’s Research Center Archives, together with WWI uniforms, helmets, armaments, books, and first-hand accounts.

The exhibit culminates with "In Flanders Field," an eloquent, provocative art installation by internationally-recognized artist Fran Bull of Brandon, Vermont. Based on the WWI poem by Colonel John McCrae, who taught pathology at the University of Vermont’s Medical School before the war, Fran Bull reimagines the verses as visual art. Her points of departure are the skies with singing birds, fields of red poppies and white crosses, and the lamentations of corpses. Larks become bomber planes, crosses and coffins morph into formal grids. Flowers and blood-red rags stand for lost treasures and remembrance.

Time: 7/31/18 10:00am - 11/11/18 5:00pm
Location: Henry Sheldon Museum, Middlebury
Sep
7
2018
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Nov
30
2018

Places I Love

Places I Love
Description:

Places I Love is a memoir of paintings and photographs by artist Liz LeServiget. She chronicles her time spent living in Europe and the US in technicolor, including her current home in Montpelier. Artist's reception on Friday, 9/14/18 from 4:30-7 p.m.

Time: 9/7/18 4:30pm - 11/30/18 4:30pm
Location: Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier
Aug
21
2018
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Dec
31
2018

Growing Food, Growing Farmers

Growing Food, Growing Farmers
Description:

Four years ago, Vermont Folklife Center researchers Greg Sharrow and Andy Kolovos began fieldwork to explore the grass-roots food movement in Vermont. Sharrow described his early meetings with farmers in the Rutland area as revealing “the spokes on a wheel”, with the hub located at Boardman Hill Farm, where Greg and Gay Cox have lived and farmed for more than three decades.

Growing Food, Growing Farmers is an intimate look at the expanding community of young farmers in Rutland County and the surrounding area. The exhibit showcases farmers, often with  their families, through large-format photographic portraits by Macaulay Lerman. Sharrow’s metaphor of the “wheel,”a central theme of the exhibit, is conveyed in the form of biographies and audio interview excerpts that complement the portraits of more than a dozen current and former farmers, many of whom trace some aspect of their agricultural trajectory to the Cox’s mentorship and generosity.

Growing Food, Growing Farmers is the product of an ethnographic research approach: making visible the experiences of one community of farmers that exists within the larger network of local food production in Vermont.

OPENING RECEPTION: On September 7, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM, the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, VT will host a public reception and gallery talk. Complimentary locally sourced food and drink, including beer, wine, craft cheeses, produce and more will be served.

Time: 8/21/18 10:00am - 12/31/18 5:00pm
Location: Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury