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Friday, September 11, 2015

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Sep
11
2015

Local Color Gallery Exhibit

Local Color Gallery Exhibit
Description:

ArtisTree Gallery invites you to visit our annual display of Local Color through the work of local artists. Acknowledge the season and celebrate color while supporting local creativity in what has become a perennial favorite amoung ArtisTree's exhibits. Live music to follow.

Exhibit Dates September 11 - October 10

Time: 9/11/15 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: ArtisTree Community Arts Center, South Pomfret
Sep
11
2015

Mob Of Angels Women's Showcase

Mob Of Angels Women's Showcase
Description:

A rare opportunity to hear some of the best original female artists in Vermont and New Hampshire all in one place. 9 amazing acts of music, commentary and comedy.

Time: 9/11/15 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Briggs Opera House, White River Junction
Sep
11
2015

"The Local Spotlight" James Mee & Rob Henrichon

"The Local Spotlight" James Mee & Rob Henrichon
Description:

Join us and enjoy local two artist not to be missed!

Friday September 11th, 7:30-9:30pm

$10 at the door

Original and cover music featuring two local musician/songwriters. Songs will include various Beatle songs, some classic swing jazz tunes, country folk, country swing, and some from the 60's era, along with many originals and a couple of surprises! Join us before the show, for the opening of Local Color in the Gallery.

Time: 9/11/15 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Artistree Community Arts Center, South Pomfret
Sep
9
2015
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Sep
12
2015

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer adapted by Laura Eason from the book by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer adapted by Laura Eason from the book by Mark Twain
Description:

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER- Regional Premiere
adapted by Laura Eason from the book by Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s classic novel of Missouri boyhood comes to the stage in a high-spirited theatrical romp. Mischievous Tom and his pal Huck witness a murder, then embark on a string of wild escapades. Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, Injun Joe and the rest join Tom in this timeless family tale. A tale for all ages- relive all that is grand and glorious about childhood in this new adaptation by Laura Eason, acclaimed writer of SEX WITH STRANGERS and the hit show HOUSE OF CARDS.

DATES September 9th- September 12th Ticket Price $8- $30 All Ages

Time: 9/9/15 8:00pm - 9/12/15 8:00pm
Location: Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset
Sep
11
2015
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Sep
13
2015

Springfield Steampunk Festival

Springfield Steampunk Festival
Description:

The first annual Springfield Steampunk Festival, Sept 11, 12, 13, Springfield, VT. Steampunk comes alive -- fantasy retro-futuristic weekend featuring famed performers, workshops, musicians, tea dueling, Victorian era bike ride, trader’s bazaar, Steampunk fashion show, time machine photo booth, telescope observatory tour, talks and more. Venues include the Hartness House and the Great Hall, among others.Tickets and info: www.springfieldvtsteampunkfest.com

Time: 9/11/15 3:00pm - 9/13/15 4:00pm
Location: Springfield Vermont, Springfield
Aug
19
2015
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Sep
19
2015

"The Rutland Muralist" Kathryn Wiegers

"The Rutland Muralist" Kathryn Wiegers
Description:

Join us this month as we explore the unique perspective and artistic process of Kathryn Wiegers, whose colorful, whimsical and naturalistic murals enliven four locations around Downtown Rutland (with a fifth scheduled to be unveiled on Halloween). One of her murals can even be found at the bottom of Center St. alley, right next to the gallery! Stop in and see not only a variety of her paintings, but a selection of her working/planning materials from her murals as well.

Excerpt from Artist's Statement:
"......In my artwork, I try and display the world around us in a unique, and what I hope to be an intense way. All the beauty and details in life, from a single blade of grass to the deep wrinkles in a face constantly confront me. All of these things can speak volumes and yet are so often passed by. In painting these subjects in a large medium there is a great deal more brought to attention. This is what I love to do and continuously strive to do better."

~ Kathryn Wiegers

Time: 8/19/15 11:00am - 9/19/15 6:00pm
Location: The Castleton Downtown Gallery, Rutland
Aug
8
2015
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Sep
20
2015

2015 Summer Members Exhibition

2015 Summer Members Exhibition
Description:

Now on display at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, the 2015 Annual Summer Members' show! One of two annual members' shows, this exhibition offers artist members the chance to display their artwork in our Yester House Galleries. Among them, we are showcasing two fantastic artists, George Van Hook and Christopher Pierce. This exhibition is free and open to the public and, as always, all artwork on display is for sale. The exhibitionis on on display through September 20th. Visit us in Manchester at SVAC!

For more information, visit www.svac.org
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

Time: 8/8/15 2:00pm - 9/20/15 5:00pm
Location: Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester
Sep
10
2015
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Sep
20
2015

Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival

Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival
Description:

Southern Vermont- Sandglass Theater is presenting its 9th international Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival: Walking to the Borders from September 11th to 20th, 2015, with a tidal wave of puppet experiences in and around Putney and Brattleboro, Vermont. Teatro de las Estaciones, from Matanzas will make history by being the first Cuban company to appear at this popular international festival. Artists have also been invited from Germany, England, Mexico, Quebec, and all around the United States to take part in an expanded and colorful festival experience.
The 2015 festival will have an encompassing theme for the first time: Walking to the Borders. The performances, while vastly diverse in artistry and content, all focus on the experiences of displacement, otherness, togetherness, play and commitment to a more livable world. Discussions and workshops will complement the performances and permit audiences to interact and make connection with the issues raised by the artists. Nationally known activists concerned with immigration, race, and human rights will engage in public dialogues with the performers. Among these voices are Shura Wallin, who works with Green Valley Samaritans to rescue migrants from the Arizona deserts, and Christal Brown, formally of Urban Bush Women, now on the dance faculty of Middlebury College.
In the spirit of Walking to the Borders, Sandglass is excited to have the opportunity to host a company from Cuba for the first time ever: Teatro de las Estaciones will present El Patico Feo (The Ugly Duckling), a show for children about being different, told with colorful, two-dimensional puppets, song and dance. The festival is also bringing Theater Waidspeicher from Germany with their elegant rendition of Romeo and Juliet, the most classic story of difference, conflict and transformation told completely without words. American found-object puppeteer Paul Zaloom will be opening the festival with his famously funny, White Like Me, a one-man satire depicting a society where whites are rapidly becoming the minority. Zaloom will also be present for a weeklong residency during the festival.
On top of an incredible roster of performances, this festival will include a variety of workshops, including a toy theater workshop for middle school students with artists from Great Small Works. There will be a festival gala, fringe events and meals giving the audience, local community, and artists an opportunity for intimate connections and personal interactions. Discussions and workshops will complement the performances and permit audiences to interact and make connection with the issues raised by the artists. The festival will continue to incorporate bursts of artistry throughout all events including Quebec performance artist, Magali Chouinard, who will appear spontaneously throughout the town during the days of the festival as the mysterious woman in white.
The festival will officially begin on September 12th with a keynote address by Erik Ehn, Chair of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University. Ehn will set the tone for the festival theme of exploring issues of difference and “otherness” through performance and puppetry. This will be a festival for everyone, and there is a point of entry from many fields of interest. There is balanced programming for both family and adult audiences, virtuosity for the theatrical enthusiast, dialogue and engagement for the social activist. Puppets in the Green Mountains brings stories that can speak to everyone’s experiences and a world of infinite creative possibility.
By integrating the festival performances with community-based discussions, Sandglass Theater underscores the relevance and importance of art in addressing and inspiring engagement with national and international issues here in our community. Eric Bass, Co-Artistic Director of Sandglass Theater, adds, “One of our aims with this Festival is to interconnect arts and issues. This is not to say that all art is necessarily political, but we feel that our programming needs to resonate with relevance in our communities, local and wide.”

This festival is the signature event of Sandglass Theater in Southern Vermont. Sandglass reaches out into the local community by offering programming and workshops to local schools, partnerships with local organizations, and by bringing artists and community together through housing, meals, and other celebrations. Audiences have the opportunity to weave their own adventure in this 10-day festival by choosing from many exciting events and performances, mingling with the artists and presenters, and engaging with other audience members.
This festival is supported by the Clowes Fund, the Vermont Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Fresh Sound Foundation, the Vermont Community Fund, the National Performance Network, the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center, Next Stage Arts Project, Landmark College, and local supporters and sponsors. For tickets and more information about Puppet in the Green Mountains performances and events, please visit our festival website www.puppetsinthegreenmountains.com or call 802-387-4051. Getting tickets in advance is highly encouraged as shows do sell out. All venues are wheelchair accessible.

Location: Southern Vermont, Brattleboro
Aug
20
2015
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Sep
27
2015

Group Exhibit: Malcolm Wright, Shaun Wright, Petria Mitchell

Group Exhibit: Malcolm Wright, Shaun Wright, Petria Mitchell
Description:

On Thursday, August 20 from 5 - 7pm the public is invited to attend an opening reception for a new featured exhibit at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts at 183 Main Street, Brattleboro. Father and Son, Malcolm and Shaun Wright (ceramic and bronze sculpture and photography respectively) are teaming up for an exhibit showcasing their work along with the oil canvases of Petria Mitchell.

The name Malcolm Wright will be familiar to many in Southern Vermont and beyond as a ceramic artist and sculptor. His work is widely collected privately and publicly. Collections include the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Denver Art Museum, The Currier Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and the Bennington Museum. The work featured in this exhibit is part of a sculpture project Wright began in 2007. Wright is well-known for his Japanese influenced ceramics with a minimalist aesthetic, and the bronze work in this exhibit grows from the same place. In talking about using bronze as a medium he states, “So why am I interested in bronze? . . . Bronze carries a feeling of permanence. When I arrive at a form that, to my eye, appears mature, I have a desire to see it realized in bronze. Bronze leads to the possibility of small editions, and varied surface treatments. Color is variable and controllable. Finally and most important, the visual hardness of the material works for my forms.”

Malcolm’s son, Shaun Wright, creates striking black and white photography in mini-landscapes, drawing from the world around him, “One of the early lures of photography was my inability to face an empty canvas. I use a method of working reductively from all that my eyes see, rather than constructing from inside my mind.” Images in this exhibit are gathered from a range of Shaun’s life experience, reflecting his life during a move from Saint Louis, Missouri to Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to Shaun, “Photographs present themselves to me and are most commonly created by removing the busyness of life in order to create a world inside the image . . . The desires of modern life become unimportant, all that remains is a silver print with the basic elements of design: texture, shape, line, and composition. . . These prints all come from my journey, my camera, and my eyes.”

Rounding out the exhibit are the atmospheric abstracted landscapes of Petria Mitchell. An artist established in Southern Vermont for over 30 years and co-owner of Mitchell • Giddings FIne Arts, Petria’s work is familiar to many. The softly blended colorist scenes come from her own imagination, “Which allows me to play with limitless visual possibilities with a thorough appreciation for abstraction. My paintings are compositions of internal places not visited on foot. When working with atmosphere and diffused light, I'm able to emphasize my interest in the plasticity of paint, rather than the physics of light.”

These exhibits will be on display through September 27, 2015. On Sunday, August 23 an artist talk featuring Malcolm and Shaun Wright and facilitated by Craig Stockwell begins at 5pm and is open to the public.

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts features innovative works by midcareer and established artists in a variety of media. MGFA is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11-5 pm.

Time: 8/20/15 5:00pm - 9/27/15 5:00pm
Location: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street, Brattleboro
Aug
24
2015
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Oct
2
2015

"Transylvanian Influence" Peter Lundberg & Florin Strejac

"Transylvanian Influence" Peter Lundberg & Florin Strejac
Description:

Castleton University is pleased to welcome two very talented artists as they share their work for our first on-campus art exhibition of the academic year! Peter Lundberg is a local Vermonter who travels for artists workshops and projects. It was during such travels that be met Florin Strejac, a sculptor from Romania. Through a shared sense of artistic community and a love of their work, the two have become what Peter refers to as ".... 'brothers' in sculpture."

For this exhibit, Peter has brought us a collection of paintings he completed while visiting China earlier this year, along with a variety of small sculptures. Florin has chosen to show a series of sculptures he made at Salem Art Works this summer, as well as some of his nature-based drawings.

Time: 8/24/15 8:00am - 10/2/15 4:30pm
Location: The Christine Price Gallery, Fine Arts Center, Castleton University, Castleton
Jul
3
2015
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Oct
2
2015

First Fridays

First Fridays
Description:

Celebrate the First Friday of each month throughout the summer and fall in downtown Bennington with a walking tour of over a dozen galleries, live entertainment on the streets and within the shops, special activities at many retail locations, and special, live performances at downtown's premier venues. Each month features a special theme.

Time: 7/3/15 5:00pm - 10/2/15 8:00pm
Location: Downtown Bennington, Bennington
Sep
11
2015
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Oct
10
2015

Local Color Exhibit

Local Color Exhibit
Description:

LOCAL COLOR at ArtisTree Gallery

OPENING RECEPTION:

Friday September 11th, 5:30-7:30pm Live music to follow

ArtisTree Gallery invites you to visit our annual display of Local Color through the work of local artists. Acknowledge the season and celebrate color while supporting local creativity in what has become a perennial favorite amoung ArtisTree's exhibits.

Exhibit Dates September 11 - October 10

Gallery open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm.

Time: 9/11/15 11:00am - 10/10/15 4:00pm
Location: Artistree Community Arts Center, South Pomfret
Jul
31
2015
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Oct
17
2015

Love of Kinship: 2015 Annual All-Member Exhibit

Love of Kinship: 2015 Annual All-Member Exhibit
Description:

The Chaffee’s doors opened in 1961 through the collaborative work of our founding members. It is through the support of the membership that our doors have remained opened. In conjunction with our year long celebration of LOVE, the Chaffee will honor our Chaffee Community Kinship during our Annual All-member Exhibit.

All Chaffee Members are welcome to submit original artwork for exhibit.

Submission Forms due by July 11, 2015

Time: 7/31/15 5:00pm - 10/17/15 6:00pm
Location: 16 South Main Street, Rutland
Sep
4
2015
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Oct
19
2015

Fantastic Wantastiquet

Fantastic Wantastiquet
Description:

A multi-disciplinary culture and arts festival (in formation) focusing creative energy and attention on the Fall Foliage period. First year's activities will be largely limited to scheduling, publication of an event guide, and selection of grantees to receive monetary gifts in support of their art -- both individuals and organizations. This is intended to develop into a permanent annual festival activity with inaugural gatherings, parades, keystone and culmination events, etc. We intend to leverage initial grant funding into charitable support and full involvement of the grantees and other interested parties in events and celebrations planning.
[Photo by William Hays; used with permission.]

Time: 9/4/15 4:00pm - 10/19/15 10:00pm
Location: Brattleboro, VT & Environs Incl. Cheshire & Windham Counties, Brattleboro
Jul
11
2015
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Oct
25
2015

18th Annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show

18th Annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show
Description:

18th Annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show opens on Saturday, July 11, 2015 with an opening party & reception from 4-8 PM at the North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Park, 48 Main St adjacent to the Post Office and next to the new home of the Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE). We have 38 artists exhibiting this year - some local, some from surrounding states in New England, NY, NJ & PA - and also coming from Washington DC, NC, TN, & KS.
The sculptures will be sited at various locations around North Bennington and will be on view through October 25, 2015.
Come join the party and see some amazing work by a very talented group of sculptors!

The show will run through October 25, 2015.

Time: 7/11/15 4:00pm - 10/25/15 11:59pm
Location: North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Park, 48 Main St & other locations throughout North Bennington, North Bennington
Aug
14
2015
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Nov
1
2015

‘What EMMA Loves’: The new Compass exhibit

‘What EMMA Loves’: The new Compass exhibit
Description:

EMMA member Karen Seward titled one of her recent paintings, “For the Love of Painting”, which not only sums up the group’s upcoming exhibit, but also their purpose. EMMA, the East Mountain Mentoring Artists, exists to support the love of creating. The group of ten Rutland based artists exhibit what motivates them, what they love.

Exhibiting members include free-spirited painter Mary Crowley; figurative painter Christine Holzschuh; ordinary-into-extraordinary photographer Lowell Snowdon Klock; Ann McFarren, an oil and watercolor landscape painter; painter of stories Betsey Moakley; New England painter Rae Newell; wood sculptor and multimedia artist Alice Sciore; painter of light and color Karen Seward; traveling painter Heather Shay; and Christine Townsend, a painter and sculptor of animals.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, August 21 from 5-7pm.

Visit www.cmacvt.org for more information.

Location: Compass Music and Arts Center - 333 Jones Dr. Brandon, VT 05733, Brandon
Jul
3
2015
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Nov
2
2015

Grassroots Art: Inward Adorings of the Mind

Grassroots Art: Inward Adorings of the Mind
Description:

Grassroots Art: Inward Adorings of the Mind brings together an eclectic selection of objects--ranging from textiles, ceramics and weathervanes to drawings, paintings and sculpture--created by individuals with little or no formal training in art and working outside the framework of the traditional art market. Drawing on the Bennington Museum's renowned collections of folk art, including the world's largest public collections of paintings by revered 20th- century folk artist "Grandma" Moses and Bennington Pottery, and the Blasdel/Koch collection of outsider art, including works by Jesse Howard, Mose Tolliver, and Joseph Yoakum, this exhibition highlights thematic continuities amongst artworks created by everyday people from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day.

On View July 3 through November 1
Open Daily June through October, 10 am to 5 pm

caption:
Stephen C. Warren
Memoryware Tower (detail)
Mixed media, West Hartford, Vermont, 1894

Location: Bennington Museum, Bennington
Sep
3
2015
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Nov
4
2015

Purely Pastels, Norma Rollet at Brandon Artists Guild

Purely Pastels, Norma Rollet at Brandon Artists Guild
Description:

Purely Pastels Exhibit, Paintings by Norma Jean Rollet

Middlebury artist Norma Jean Rollet will be the featured artist at the Brandon Artists' Guild September 2nd through November 3rd with the opening reception on September 4th, from 5 pm to 7pm. Her platform, the exhilarating color and luminosity of soft pastels, has the purest form of color intensity. The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints. The color effect of pastels is closer to the natural dry color pigments than that of any other process and is made with permanent pigments. Pastel painting can endure unchanged for centuries and are not susceptible, as are paintings made with a fluid medium, to the cracking and discoloration that result from changes in the color, opacity, or dimensions of the medium as it dries.

Combined with all the possibilities of soft pastel medium and the classical realist style of her art, Norma's work has the depth and atmosphere usually reserved for oil paintings with extensive color blending and glazing techniques. But, soft pastels are her passion with plein air painting her preferred venue. She can be seen participating in many of the Vermont plein air events as well as set up on the side of the road creating her art. She uses as many as twenty layers of pastels crystals to produce her realistic and atmospheric painting, creating her signature luminosity in each finished piece.

Norma's work has appeared in numerous national juried shows including in 2015, The Pastel Society of American “Enduring Brillance”, the Degas Pastel Society 19th Member Exhibit and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Code “For Pastels Only”. She has also won awards in the Vermont Pastel Society 2014 and 2015 juried exhibit.

No matter the location, Norma states, she “loves to choreograph colors, shapes and values into classical representational art. With the exquisite Vermont Landscape subject matter and ever changing lighting the possibilities are endless”. And she will always add, Solo Deo Gloria.

Location: Brandon Artists Guild, Brandon
May
23
2015
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Dec
20
2015

Small Works Show

Small Works Show
Description:

Fine art - 11 x 14 and smaller - is available for immediate purchase in this gallery beginning in May. Artwork is representational but not limited to a theme. Figurative, landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife and still-lifes by nationally recognized artists make up the show.

Time: 5/23/15 10:00am - 12/20/15 5:00pm
Location: Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington
Aug
1
2015
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Dec
20
2015

Impressions of New England

Impressions of New England
Description:

This annual exhibition will include over 60 scenes captured in paint and bronze. Seashores, rolling hills, foliage and New England wildlife will be just some of the subjects in this sales exhibit.

Time: 8/1/15 10:00am - 12/20/15 5:00pm
Location: Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington
Jun
27
2015
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Dec
31
2015

Bob Hines: National Wildlife Artist

Bob Hines: National Wildlife Artist
Description:

The American Museum of Fly Fishing is proud to exhibit original artwork by former US Fish & Wildlife Artist Bob Hines, the only man to hold the title of National Wildlife Artist. Though lacking formal art training, Robert Warren Hines became the vehicle through which millions of citizens learned about their natural history. Hines became adept at capturing animals in motion in their natural habitat, every twist and turn expertly graced many wildlife stamps, illustrations, and other artwork. The AMFF will be exhibiting Bob Hines' fly fishing equipment, original artwork, and never-before-seen sketches. Not to be missed!

Time: 6/27/15 10:00am - 12/31/15 4:00pm
Location: American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester