Arts Calendar: Southern Vermont
The students and teachers of Brattleboro School of Dance grace the stage in Words to Move by – a whimsical and thoughtful foray into the world of literature as told through dance. This marks the 41st annual performance by Brattleboro School of Dance and the first show under the new direction of Bridget Struthers, a BSD alum and its new owner/director.
This year, choreographers find inspiration in poetry, newspaper articles, short stories, field guides, novels, and more. Dancers span generations and abilities, making this show accessible and appealing to all ages.
This performance is produced by the non-profit Company of Muses; all proceeds go towards funding scholarships and opportunities for dancers in the area.
Performances: May 18th at 7:30; May 19th at 2:00 & 7:30; May 20th at 2:00. All shows are at New England Youth Theater (100 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301).
Tickets $15: https://wordstomoveby.brownpapertickets.com/ or purchase them at Ruggles & Hunt on Main Street.
5/18/18 7:30pm - 5/20/18 2:00pm
New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat Street, Brattleboro
BRATTLEBORO: An opening reception for the exhibit, "Raised Voices: Local Artists Resist" will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 4 at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden at 157 Main St.
“Raised Voices” will be on exhibit at the River Garden until May 26, featuring the work of area artists who responded to an open call to stand up and express your hopes, your outrage, your vision in the face of the current political climate in our country today.
The exhibit features unique pieces from some of the finest artists and artisans in the area, and others whose work you may be discovering for the first time. All the work on display is for sale with either 50 percent or 100 percent of proceeds going to three organizations: the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Vermont, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England - Brattleboro, and the Vermont Workers’ Center.
Artists showing work, in some cases made specifically for this show: Jackie Abrams, , Sue Aldridge, Monserrat Archbald, Barbara Baribeau, Karen Becker, Ellen Bronstein, Stuart Copans, Kay Curtis, Sloan Dawson, John Dimick , Arlene Distler, Wayne Estey, Suzanne Flynt, Kathleen Harwood, Laura Kaye, Dolores Klaich, Isabel Lenssen , Lodiza LePore, Steve Lloyd, Naomi Lindenfeld, Mel Martin, Kris McDermet, Barbara Milot, Petria Mitchell, Greg Moschetti, Sharon Myers, Gene Parulis, Leonard Ragouzeos, Deidra Razzaque, Susan Rosano, Nina Rossi, Deidre Scherer, Helen Schmidt, Lori Schreiner, Kathleen Sims, Walter Slowinski, Jorika Stockwell, and Toby Welch.
Says Jackie Abrams, artist and one of five organizers of the exhibit: "This show was conceived of as a gathering, a safe place for people to express and share their outrage with each other and the community." Another artist-organizer, Petria Mitchell, says, "Responding creatively offers a myriad of avenues for healing and solace during this time of rapid change and deep questioning.” In addition to Abrams and Mitchell, Kris McDermet, Kay Curtis, and Arlene Distler helped to organize the exhibit and also have pieces in the show.
Taking place during Brattleboro’s monthly Gallery Walk, the reception will feature luscious refreshments, interactive sculptures, performances by Silky Caterwaul and Cyrus Shaoul, and the possibility of a visit by Vermont Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and area legislators. For questions and more information, email: email@example.com
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro
Weston’s First Annual New Works Festival is a two-week celebration of nationally recognized artists creating new work at varying stages of development. The first year series includes Steppenwolf actor/writer Molly Regan's one-woman play "The Accidental Curator," presented in a fully staged workshop production following development at New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre and Chicago's Steppenwolf. Award-winning theatre writer Kait Kerrigan's "Father/Daughter" will receive its first ever public reading, and artist/activist Judith Sloan's "Yo Miss!," developed in part at a Weston Artists Retreat, will take its next leap in a full onstage reading.
Festival Passholders receive discounts, guaranteed seats for the readings, and an invitation to an evening of selections from our Young Playwrights program in which teaching artists mentor local students to find their voice in original short plays. Visit westonplayhouse.org for the full schedule, details about each project, and ticket information.
Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, Weston
The Dorset Players will present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,
a musical comedy that takes place in a middle school gym where six quirky adolescents participate in a spelling bee run by 3 equally quirky adults. Performance dates are May 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 PM and May 20 and 27 at 2:00 PM.
Directed by Todd Hjelt, the cast features Joey Blane, Courtney Carter, Suzi Dorgeloh,
Dana Haley, Billy Jamieson, Lilly Kelly, Allie McGahie, Tom Norton, Chris Restino and Dan Silver. Musical direction by Gary Schmidt and choreography by Erika Schmidt. Music and Lyrics are by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin and conceived by Rebecca Feldman.
Tickets are available by calling 802-867-5570 or on line at www.dorsetplayers.org.
The box office will be open May 15-17 and 22-24 from 3:30-6:30 and 2 hours before each performance. There will be an after show reception on May 18 and Dorset Players members get 2 for 1 tickets for the May 19 show. The Playhouse café will be open for coffee and dessert 45 minutes before each performance and at the intermission.
Presenting sponsors for this production are The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern and Vermont Renewable Fuels. Show sponsors are Amy Thebault Design, Haskins Gas, Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, The Vermont Country Store and VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region. This show is presented through agreement with Music Theatre International.
5/18/18 7:30pm - 5/28/18 4:00pm
Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Rd., Dorset
Portraits of Artists by Photographer William Dixon
An event connected to the “Nourishing the Inner Artist: Conversations about Art, Creativity, and Imagination” creativity forums series.
LOCATION: Putney Public Library Central Library, 55 Main St, Putney, VT 05346
William Dixon presents a photographic series of local artists working in their studios. Included in the exhibit are photos of Ken Pick, Paul Stone, Dena Gartenstein Moses, Nancy Storrow, Joseph Fichter, Walter Slowinski, and Eugene Uman.
William Dixon has been photographing artists from the Putney community for several years. Artists at Work, his 2014 solo exhibition at the Vermont Center for Photography, focused on the creative process employed by these talented and creative people. To see more of William Dixon’s work, please visit: williamdixonphotography.net
This exhibition is one of the many activities offered as a part of the "Nourishing the Inner Artist: Conversations about Art, Creativity, and Imagination" creativity forums series. To view the full series, please visit: www.acwc.us/forums. The "Nourishing the Inner Artist: Conversations About Art, Creativity, & Imagination" creativity forums are being supported by the following partners and sponsors:
SPONSORS: The Brattleboro Reformer*Brattleboro Community Television*Brattleboro Food Co-Op*Brattleboro Savings & Loan*Latchis Arts*New Chapter*Southern Vermont Arts & Living*The Richards Group
PARTNERS: Antidote Books*Brooks Memorial Library*C. X. Silver Gallery LLC*Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery*Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts*River Gallery School*Putney Public Library*Sandglass Theater
Putney Library, 55 Main Street, Putney
A special ceramics exhibit at the ArtisTree Gallery featuring the work of Fiona Davis, Deborah Goodwin and Amanda Ann Palmer. Opening reception on Friday, May 18th at 5:30-7:30 pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am - 4 pm
5/18/18 5:30pm - 6/9/18 4:00pm
ArtisTree Community Arts Center, South Pomfret
This solo exhibition is a collection of artwork that spans the last few years of Nina Dubois’ life: an alchemy of flash poetry, paint and reclaimed materials. Working in a variety of mediums, she investigates history, text, and place, from the real and imagined to personal and political. Dubois is an artist, feminist, and educator living in Vermont. She graduated from Goddard College with a B.A. in Arts Education and teaches at a therapeutic high school in Poultney, Vermont.
4/28/18 12:00pm - 6/9/18 6:00pm
CU Bank Gallery, 104 Merchants Row, Center Rutland
Curated by Dian Parker
These recent prints of Betsey Garand represent the continuous balance and growth of physical and psychological life. The colors are layered biomorphic and geometric shapes, combining delicate nuances with accents of vibrancy and transparency. Garand uses a combination of techniques; woodcut, monotype, pochôir, spit-bite aquatint, lift-ground aquatint, and à la poupée. The prints create the luscious varieties of form, color, and change inherent in nature. These works are fluid, amorphic, richly colored, and intensely dynamic.
Betsey Garand is presently Senior Resident Artist at Amherst College in the Department of Art and the History of Art, where she is head of printmaking. Garand has shown in many exhibitions and in numerous public and private art collections; Dadapost Gallery-Berlin, Germany; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Hammer Museum’s Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts; Arkansas Arts Center; Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku-Japan; Art Museum of Estonia. Awards include a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, and fellowships at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony and the MacDowell Colony.
4/2/18 10:00am - 6/15/18 4:00pm
White River Gallery @ BALE, South Royalton
Artists in Vermont clearly have an affinity with barns. The many barns that dot the Vermont landscape provide inspiration to artists, are a treasured subject matter, and provide reminders of their purpose and history. The Compass Music and Arts Center’s new exhibit ‘Barn Art’ is a collection of works from 31 different artists in celebration of these functional, yet stunning, architectural gems. The exhibit runs through June 16, with an opening reception on Friday, April 6, from 5:00-7:00pm.
4/6/18 10:00am - 6/16/18 5:00pm
Compass Music and Arts Center - 333 Jones Dr., Brandon
May 12- June 24: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to feature sculptor Bruce Campbell’s “Thinking the Cosmos: Kinetic Sculpture”. An opening reception will take place Saturday, May 12 from 5:30-8pm, with an Artist Talk scheduled for Saturday, June 9th at 5:30pm.
Bruce Campbell graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in printmaking and received an MFA from Indiana University. In the early ‘70s Campbell began designing books and manuscripts, and soon he was specializing in the design of art museum books and catalogues. For thirty years his clients included The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, The Peabody Museum, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.
In 1976 Campbell was fascinated by the Whitney Museum retrospective exhibition, “Calder’s Universe”, which invited Campbell to experiment with wires joined and twisted into imaginative shapes, suggesting an art form which defines and controls space through three-dimensional line drawing.
“My ideas for kinetic sculpture usually begin as a question. For example, how can I show a certain concept of the universe? They attempt to illustrate, in the simplest way possible, conditions and events of the natural world. In showing a falling star, a lunar eclipse, or a rainstorm, I am trying to represent, in minimalist and transparent form, my perception of the universe - how the universe might be visualized if moved by gears, levers, and basic mechanics.” Visually stunning and interactively entertaining, Campbell’s kinetic sculptures illuminate/illustrate the dynamic relationships of phonomenal elements in the natural and celestial world, bridging physics, mechanics and aesthetics to create treasured pieces of pure wonderment.
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is committed to presenting innovative, contemporary works that stimulate and challenge both the seasoned collector and aesthetic explorer.
5/12/18 5:00pm - 6/24/18 5:00pm
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro
The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) presents the new paintings of Dave Fifield. This new collection of paintings titled Head In The Clouds” runs May 4 through June 26. The public is invited to the opening reception Friday, May 4 from 5-7 PM.
5/4/18 10:00am - 6/30/18 5:00pm
Brandon Artist Guild, Brandon
The exhibit is a collaboration between the photographer NatEli Boze and the artist Becky Cook. Becky often begins a painting outdoors and then finishes in her studio using reference photos she has taken. She has occasionally painted from NatEli’s photos, creating the idea for this exhibit.
NatEli fell in love with photography in college, learning to develop and print black & white negatives. Working in a photography studio was her graduate study. She took photos constantly, developing her film wherever she could. Most of her photos are now taken with digital cameras, although her 35mm Pentax SLR is still at hand.
Becky has been exhibiting landscapes and abstracts in group exhibits for 3 years. Creating pieces for this exhibit has given her the freedom to explore different approaches to her art. There are examples of oil, pastel, encaustic (hot wax) and watercolor in the exhibit. Both the original photos and the paintings resulting from them will be on display.
Becky says, “It’s been a fun challenge to develop different ideas in response to NatEli’s photos, sometimes in a playful manner.”
Tues, Wed, Fri 10–5:30
5/3/18 6:00pm - 6/30/18 5:30pm
Norwich Public Library, Norwich
Mary Fran Lloyd's show LIFE IN THE ABSTRACT has been currently open and will be up until August 9th at the Rutland City Hall, open Monday to Friday from 8:30 - 5. There is no opening reception for the show.
LIFE IN THE ABSTRACT consists of 31 paintings using acrylic paint and personalized collage papers
"Abstracting realism allows the freedom to convey my feelings about a subject, an important life experience, an everyday meaningful event, or the culmination of all, always emphasizing the positive."
Rutland City Hall, Rutland
This exhibition features recent etchings and lithographs by Vermont artist Edward Koren, who is best known for his iconic cartoons of furry humans published in The New Yorker magazine. This summer’s show features a largely unknown body of prints, some fresh off the press and never before exhibited. Included in the selection of works are those featuring curious skeletal creatures in a landscape of ruined Gothic and Classical architecture partially inspired by Koren’s reading of The Sixth Extinction by Berkshire County resident Elizabeth Kolbert, as well as those from the La Petite Reine series (translated as the little queen, an early French term for the modern safety bicycle)which celebrates the sense of liberation, that feeling of freedom in space afforded by the bicycle.
5/12/18 10:00am - 9/9/18 5:00pm
Bennington Museum, Bennington