Arts Calendar: Southern Vermont
David Budbill's "Judevine" is the most popular and beloved play in the 48 year history of Oldcastle Theatre Company, and has been produced four times by OTC beginning in 1988 but has been absent from the theatre's schedule since 2004.
"Theatres, as with libraries, should make available the classics and "Judevine" is a classic American play," according to Oldcastle's Producing Artistic Director Eric Peterson, who has directed all of the company's previous four productions. "David's extraordinary play is lyrical, funny, thoughtful and thought-provoking, a bit scarey at times, sexy, ribald, and poetic." Peterson said.
Set in a fictional Vermont town the play introduces a large variety of characters making their lives in the rural Hamlet, scrapping a living out of logging, planting and harvesting Christmas trees, and other backbreaking work. Budbill's people are Vietnam vets, frazzled mothers trying to feed children on too few dollars, snowmobilers who long for clear, cold winter days gliding through snow covered woods, machinists, storekeepers, and hippies who've abandoned cities searching for a different kind of life and find one more difficult, yet somehow more fulfilling than their previous life. There's Doug, who doesn't like to work too much in the winter because it interferes with his snomachin'," Grace a fragile young woman with a darkness in her past who might have found salvation in Tommy a Vietnam vet, Black French Canadian Antoine who is a laborer and part-time philosopher and many more.
Wednesday - Saturday @ 7:30 pm
Matinees Sunday, Thursday and first Saturday @ 2 pm
331 Main St., Bennington
Jenny Swanson’s high-fire wall pieces, each one a unique microcosm, are inspired by the art of India, and by floating lotuses she was intrigued by during her residency in Shangyu, China. Also on view are her unglazed, low-fire sculptural vessels carbonized in saggars, in bottle and funnel-like forms. Swanson’s innovative work gracefully curves and undulates.
In contrast, Holly Walker’s terracotta forms are Shakeresque and utilitarian. Rolled coils of clay are glazed with bold colors that are playful, saturated, and luminous. Walker’s painterly designs are geometric, floral, and sometimes alphabetical. Walker’s colorfully patterned rectangular palettes and disc shapes are the foil to Jenny Swanson’s silky black and white ceramics.
OPENING RECEPTION JULY 13, 5-7pm, with Artists' Talk
7/13/18 5:00pm - 9/6/19 11:59pm
White River Gallery @ BALE, South Royalton
Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present Light and Air, an exhibition of new oil paintings by artist and gallery co-founder Petria Mitchell. The artist’s reception and opening is Saturday, August 3, 5-7 pm, and the show continues through September 22. An Artist Talk is scheduled for August 25, 5 pm.
Educated at an early age at The National Academy School of Design, New York, and The Vesper George School of Art, Boston, Mitchell has been actively involved with art making for over 50 years as a printmaker, engraver and painter. Mitchell serves or has been on numerous not-for profit boards, panels and committees. She co-founded Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts which will be celebrating its 5th anniversary by expanding its space and moving to its new upstairs space in the fall.
Mitchell’s paintings commence with small thumbnail sketches, quick emotional notations which become the foundation of her imagined landscapes. Tonal gradation and converging lines and forms dissolve into her signature elements of accumulating layers of atmosphere and mist. “Petria’s brushwork is wonderfully integrated into the light and darkness of her work. Her brushwork has an abstract quality to it that testifies to the authenticity of her work.” (Ric Campman, 2001)
8/3/19 5:00pm - 9/22/19 5:00pm
Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro
BLACK and WHITE
Main Street Arts presents the artwork of Charmaine Wesley-Hartman & Terry Hartman
August 20 through September 24
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
BLACK and WHITE
Black and white are two opposites that attract each other’s company. Combining the two artists Charmaine and Terry, husband a wife, they bring out not only the extremes in life but the multiple shades of gray. The area of life where most of us exists. Splashes of color can add the sparkle and laughter this couple will exhibit to you in their paintings, original prints, drawings, prose, photographs, computer art, calligraphy and quilts.
The language of the visual arts is universal. It can speak to the social, economic, political, ethnic, and cultural issues of the past, present and future of humanity. It can unravel the simplest ideas or complicate them. It can bring clarity, truth and honesty to the viewer. It can also deceive or manipulate the mind. What is this fascination of the human condition over centuries to leave its trace on cave walls, earthworks, or street art?
I am a semi-retired psychologist who has always appreciated abstract, contemporary and non-objective art. Whether it was Rothko, Pollock or any of the newer artists, I am drawn to the movements, values, and colors that spark my interest. I particularly like working with black and white acrylics and oil as a method of expressing my emotions and dreams. Even my quilts, which are hand-sewn, and machine top-stitched, represent my need to create using black and white. Of course, occasionally, a color or two will find their way onto my canvass and fabrics, but I always seem to return to the distinct black lines and the white spaces where grays can be found; just like in life.
Main Street Arts, Saxtons River
Join us for our Grand Opening show, "Origins", featuring 13 artists exploring their interpretation of new beginnings.
Gallery Hours: Friday 4 PM - 8 PM; Saturday 10 AM - 8 PM; Sunday 12 PM - 4 PM
Opening Reception will be on Friday, August 2nd from 5 PM to 8 PM.
The Beyond Gallery - 437 Main St, Bennington
Opening Reception: August 17 from 4-6 p.m.
Exhibition on view: August 17-October 20, 2019
Guest Curator: Ric Kasini Kadour
Monoprints of yarn balls, lush fantastical landscapes, and deep, colorful abstracts: These are just some of the art viewers will encounter in this exhibition. But far from being a simple exhibition of Vermont art or Vermont artists, curator Ric Kasini Kadour invites the viewer to consider art from a regionalist perspective and how doing so impacts the viewer’s experience of art. Using the Southern Vermont Arts Center’s permanent collection as a point of departure, this exhibition will be an opportunity to consider contemporary American regionalism and the role art plays in society. A series of talks and a printed catalog will further elaborate on these themes.
Featured artists: Carol MacDonald, David Brewster, Denis Versweyveld, Dianne Schullenberger, Gabriel Tempesta, Galen Cheney, James Secor, JoAnne Carson, Judith Rey, Wendy Copp and Wylie Garcia.
Image: Wendy Copp, Ancestor
8/17/19 10:00am - 10/20/19 5:00pm
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester