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Arts Calendar: Southern Vermont




Friday, January 11, 2019

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After sold-out performances this summer in Warren and Montpelier, this intimate and powerful love story is coming to ArtisTree for one week only!

Constellations by Nick Payne
Directed by Joanne Greenberg
Starring Dominic Spillane and Maren Langdon Spillane

The Grange Theater at ArtisTree Community Arts Center
65 Stage Road, South Pomfret, VT
$25 Tickets

Thursday, Jan. 10 @ 7:30
Friday, Jan. 11 @ 7:30
Saturday, Jan. 12 @ 3:00
Saturday, Jan. 12 @ 7:30
Sunday, Jan. 13 @ 3:00

Check out the reviews from Times Argus and Seven Days!

Seven Days:
Times Argus:

for tickets and more info:

Physicist Marianne meets beekeeper Roland at a party. They go for a drink ... or perhaps they don't. Marianne's engaged ... or perhaps Roland is married. Or maybe they're both single. Nick Payne's smash Broadway hit play (in which Jake Gyllenhaal played Roland) takes this chance encounter between two lost souls and opens the door to the infinite possibilities of their relationship. Breathlessly navigating through the spellbinding and romantic journey of being in love, Constellations looks at how the tiniest change in the detail of our lives can lead us on completely different paths.


"Fantastic show, fantastic script, fantastic acting, fantastic directing. Go. See. This. Show." - Dvora Zipkin

"Amazingly well Done!" - Andra Krushenick Kisler

"GO SEE THIS! Get there early because it is likely to be a full house. Fabulous acting, amazing show." - John Snell

"Such an amazing show! The acting was incredible and the director nailed it - so creative and thought provoking" - Melissa Story

"Sorry I couldn't speak through my tears. Thanks for such a moving rendition" - Scottie Brower

"Go see constellations directed by Joanne London Greenberg. It was equal parts hilarious and heart wrenching." - Caroline Fothergill

"This show is spellbinding! An incredible roller coaster of human emotions. Superb acting!" - Barbara LeGrand-Bragg

"Absolutely brilliant, awesome and fabulous! I laughed, I cried, I pondered." - Cassie Major

"Brilliant! I loved it!"- Paule Bézaire

"The performance was incredible - so awesome. Awed. The acting and directing." - Margot Lasher

"I just loved it.....if only we could do things over and over in the multiverse until we were at our kindest, our most honest, or until we got the best possible outcome. Just magical."- Anonymous

"such an amazing show! DO NOT MISS!! - Liz Snell

"Loved the play and the actors were amazing." - David Ehrlich

"The audience last night loved it! So many belly laughs and also completely riveted in silence (and I'm sure a few tears)."

1/10/19 7:30pm - 1/13/19 4:30pm

ArtisTree Community Arts Center, South Pomfret

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Sorry, but Hello

Sorry, but Hello

The exhibition, created by Rutland-based painter and ceramic artist Reid Brechner, cautiously re-examines a formative body of work under the lens of place, in tandem with an exploration of newness and what it means to belong. The work, along with selected writing, represents the impossibility of disconnecting emotional affect from even the coolest, most minimal, concrete form of art creation.

“Although these works are often presented in conglomerate, I created each piece with individual intention, individual character, and I believe that they stand just as easily alone as they do together. As a result, each installation of the work is performative in nature. There is no set order or arrangement for the pieces to take. Hence, some or all of the creative activity occurs within the process of installation,” Brechner said.

12/14/18 12:00pm - 1/16/19 6:00pm

Castleton University Bank Gallery, Rutland

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Holiday Exhibit at the Chaffee Art Center

Holiday Exhibit at the Chaffee Art Center

The Chaffee Art Center invites the community to our Holiday Exhibit. Free admittance. Come experience the beauty of the arts showcased in our 1890’s historic mansion decorated special for the holiday season. The exhibit includes a Gift Room perfect for that one-of-a-kind handmade treasure to give to those on your list. Also on display will be Gingerbread creations with the return of the Chaffee’s Gingerbread Contest. Some of the beautiful art on display will be oils, watercolor, ceramics, photography, mixed media, stained glass, sculpture and more. In the spirit of the season, a non perishable food item donation would be gratefully accepted. The Holiday Exhibit will be on display through January 5th. A special thank you to Rutland Garden Club for bringing the Chaffee mansion alive with the magic of the holiday season.

11/30/18 5:00pm - 1/17/19 5:00pm

16 South Main Street, Rutland

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Where Would We Bee?

Where Would We Bee?

Where Would We Bee?
Featuring the work of Colleen Grout and Kim Grall
Opening Reception: January 10 at 5:30 - 7pm

Where Would We Bee?

Without ART in our lives…
Without NATURE and a Climate that sustains us…
Without BEES?

Where would we BEE brings together the art of encaustic painting and the crafting of gourds.
Colleen Grout and Kim Grall are united in their inspiration derived from nature and revel in the singular entity that connects their very different mediums…The Honeybee.

Colleen’s encaustic medium is predominately beeswax and Kim’s gourds depend heavily on Bees to pollinate the flowers that produce the variety of gourds she uses in her work.

Colleen Grout
Colleen Grout earned her BA in Art Education from Salem State University and her MEd in Education from Antioch University. She has been working in Art Education since 1977, teaching first at the Landmark School in Beverly Massachusetts. Upon moving to Westminster Vermont with her husband and two small children in 1985 she began teaching in the WNESU District in Grafton, Bellows Falls, Westminster and currently at the Saxtons River Elementary School. She shares both her acrylic and encaustic art work each summer at the Diamond Cove Art Gallery in Portland Maine. Her open studio and encaustic work has been part of the annual Putney Craft Tour, which is the longest running craft tour in the country. She is pleased to share her new works at the Main Street Arts Gallery, having only shared the work of her students on many other occasions.

"I have been an art educator for the past 30 years passionately working to inspire children on their journey within art discovery. I spend each summer painting on the coast of Maine, primarily in acrylics. Five years ago I discovered the joy of working in Encaustics. I know melting hot bees wax and fusing it to the surface of the support brings back the child within me. The word Encaustic is taken from the Greek word “encaustikos” and it means, “to burn in.” The fun begins as I relinquish an element of control because the wax has a mind of its own. I love the luminous translucency, the thickness of the medium and the ability to add texture in so many forms. Encaustic painting techniques are described as early as the first century AD by Roman authors. It has enjoyed a renewal of popularity recently and I add myself to the list of artists who have discovered the transformative ability this medium has to offer. I wish for my work to capture a colorful moment in time and help acknowledge that everything in life is temporary."
Kim Grall
I am a multi media artist with a BFA in Studio Painting from the University of Utah. I work with many mediums in many disciplines as diverse as fiber, digital photography and printmaking as well as painting, drawing and collage. I bring my background in fine art to working with gourds grown on my property, indulging my fancy for found objects, needlework and carving. Presently I am a member of the Putney Craft Tour.

People often ask how I got started with gourds and I say serendipity played a major role. I was ordering my garden seeds one year and saw hard shell gourd seeds for sale, ordered some and got hooked. Most of my life I lived in the woods, but now living along the river in full sun, I can grow very large gourds as well as a variety of other sizes.

There are so many things I love about working with gourds; from the numerous objects you can make with them to the unlimited mediums you can apply to them. But mostly I love their long history with people. They are found on almost every continent and have benefited civilizations and cultures through the centuries. When working with a gourd I can’t help but feel that connection to another time, to another place and especially to our planet Earth.

Main Street Arts, Saxtons River

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Drawing Class

Drawing Class

Drawing Studio Workshop
Learn To Draw – Improve Your Drawing
Saturdays, January 5 – February 23, 2019 9am to noon
Taraden Media Barn, 183 Park Street, N. Bennington, Vermont

This class will teach you to draw, if you don’t know how or help improve your drawing if you do. We’ll focus on fundamental techniques and methods, helping you develop solid skills that will work for any subject, any medium.

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn to draw or to improve their drawing. Suitable for all levels of skill.

What you’ll learn in this workshop:

We’ll spend the first 4 weeks working with pencil on paper. Using fundamental methods, we’ll learn how to get our subjects on paper in correct proportion, scale and with correct spatial relationships. Gradually we’ll add shading techniques to show light, shade, shadow and form. In the process, you’ll learn the most important skill of all – the ability to really see your subject.

In the second half of the class, we’ll introduce other black & white media – charcoal, pen, white “charcoal” and toned papers. And we’ll introduce more complex and complicated subjects.

At the end of eight weeks, you will have learned fundamental methods and techniques – along with the ability to observe – that will help you draw any subject

1/5/19 9:00am - 2/23/19 12:00pm

Taraden Media Barn, North Bennington

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Scattered Geometry; The Ceramics of Jenny Swanson & Holly Walker

Scattered Geometry; The Ceramics of Jenny Swanson & Holly Walker

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