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Saturday, May 18, 2019

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May
18
2019

Sage City Symphony to host jazz brunch May 18

Sage City Symphony to host jazz brunch May 18

On Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sage City Symphony will host a Community Jazz Brunch at the Park-McCullough House Carriage Barn in North Bennington featuring live music by the Leo Yucht Jazz Combo. The menu will include a variety of brunch favorites, including quiches, smoked salmon, fruits, and pastries. Tickets for the brunch are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and free for kids ages 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Village School in North Bennington and the Kitchen Cupboard food pantry in Bennington. This event is made possible by the Fund for North Bennington and the Board of Sage City Symphony.

The Community Jazz Brunch is an appetizer for the symphony’s free spring concert the following day, Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m., at Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College, sponsored by People’s Bank. The program is built around the world premiere of “E,” a composition for jazz combo and orchestra by local-boy-made-good Leo Yucht, an up-and-coming jazz percussionist and composer now based out of NYC. This work was commissioned by Sage City Symphony as part of its mission to support new composers.

A graduate of MAUHS (ʼ13) and William Paterson University (ʼ17), Yucht has performed with some of the most acclaimed musicians in the world, including Jon Batiste, Aaron Goldberg, Harold Mabern, Pete Malinverni, and many more. He performs regularly in the New York metropolitan area with his band and also as a sideman with other world-renowned jazz artists. Yucht’s jazz quartet for this brunch and concert includes Bob Bruya on bass, Thomas Linger on keyboard, and Daniel Berkey on tenor saxophone.

Yucht’s composition, simply titled “E,” is dedicated to his wife, Ekin. “The piece is my tribute to her,” Yucht says. “She is a special person and I feel lucky that I get to write it for her.” He adapted his original melody for Sage City Symphony’s strings, a few wind instruments, and glockenspiel, which will accompany his four-piece jazz quartet. In describing his process, Yucht says, “Musically, I drew inspiration from many historical recordings of a similar nature; for example, Charlie Parker’s ‘Bird with Strings,’ ‘Clifford Brown with Strings,’ Wayne Shorter’s ‘Without a Net.’ I feel that the piece is dynamic. It is not simply ‘this’ or ‘that’; rather, it embodies a spectrum of moods and sounds.”

Also on the program is Symphony No. 7 in D minor by Antonín Dvořák, and “Fanfare,” a rousing brass piece written to precede the ballet “La Péri,” by Paul Dukas. (Dukas is perhaps best remembered for his orchestral work “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” which was notably used in Disney’s 1940 animated film “Fantasia.”)

Sage City Symphony (www.sagecitysymphony.org) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, registered in the State of Vermont, and relies entirely on generous donations, grants, and volunteer services from individuals, local foundations, businesses, and sponsors. Concerts are always free and open to all.

About Sage City Symphony
Led by music director Michael Finckel for the past 25 years, Sage City Symphony was founded in 1972 as a community and college orchestra with close ties to Bennington College. In addition to performing traditional classical repertoire as well as contemporary music, the symphony commissions and premieres new pieces each year. The symphony attracts a high caliber of dedicated amateur as well as professional musicians who travel from throughout Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts for weekly rehearsals during the concert season. Auditions are not required, and academic credit is available for Bennington College students who participate. Information about joining the symphony is available at www.sagecitysymphony.org/join.htm.

5/18/19 10:00am - 1:00pm

Park-McCullough House Carriage Barn, 1 Park Street, North Bennington

May
18
2019

Artist Talk with watercolor artist David Rohn

Artist Talk with watercolor artist David Rohn

Please join as David Rohn shares insights, histories and tall tales about a long and art-filled career. "A David Rohn watercolor painting shifts our sensibitlities to where ordinary becomes elegant. We move through space in a new way. That's what art does, and Rohn leads us to that place."

5/18/19 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street, Brattleboro

May
18
2019

The Book of Help: Reading, Signing and Q&A with Best Selling Author, Megan Griswold

The Book of Help: Reading, Signing and Q&A with Best Selling Author, Megan Griswold

“In a world full of spiritual seekers, Megan Griswold is an undisputed All-Star.”
—Elizabeth Gilbert - #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Eat Pray Love

THE BOOK OF HELP is the story of one woman’s life-long quest for love, connection, and peace of mind: 15,000 hours, four decades, six continents, and 290 trial remedies. n THE BOOK OF HELP: A Memoir in Remedies (Rodale Books; $26.99; On-sale: January 22, 2019) Megan reports from the fringe, the alternative, from the backcountry to the front, in stories that trace her lifelong attempt to become a more loving, more awake, more durable person in an increasingly complex world.

Megan was born into a family who enthusiastically embraced the offerings of New Age California culture––at seven she asked Santa for her first mantra and by twelve she was taking weekend workshops on personal growth. But later, when her newly- wedded husband calls in the middle of the night to say he’s landed in jail, Megan must accept that her many certificates, degrees and licenses had not been the finish line she’d once imagined them to be, but instead the preliminary training for what would prove to be the wildest, most growth-insisting journey of her life. She encounters psychics, therapists, and tarot clairvoyants; camps everywhere from the deserts of Burning Man to remote encampments of the Chilean military; travels from interviews with Maasai schoolkids in Kenya to peak climbs in Wyoming. While some of her healing techniques borderline the extreme—she does a 21 day water fast, tries Ayahuasca, and becomes a doula to name a few—Megan acts as her own experimental guinea pig, fearlessly plunging into the world of alternative medicine as she endeavors to figure out what it means to be fully alive and have successful relationships.

Often hilarious and, at times, heartbreaking, THE BOOK OF HELP is an expedition through existential curiosity. Megan’s adventures offer a beacon for readers’ own paths as they too grapple with what it means to be a loving human in the world. By leading readers through layers of spiritual and holistic experiments and lesser understood methods of wellness, they feel equipped to embark on their own journey, and Megan, an ally to a reader’s unfolding. The memoir, while entertaining, offers serious insight into a niche spectrum of non-traditional healing and her memoir is a deep dive into this sphere—showing us what it taught her, and how we may make more intelligent use of these resources.

Presented in collaboration with the Yankee Book Store.

5/18/19 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Artistree community Arts Center, South Pomfret

May
18
2019

Cheers to 45 Years Party

Cheers to 45 Years Party

Celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pentangle Arts with a fun evening of drinks, dancing & diversions.
Music by The Tricksters.

Delicious appetizers by Chef Will Dodson. Silent auction featuring weekend stays at area inns, spa treatments, paddle board lesions, baking lessons, jewelry and more!

Tickets: $49 (includes 1 comp drink)
Proceeds benefit Pentangle Arts

5/18/19 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Barnard Inn, Barnard

May
18
2019

DC3: Duane Carleton Band at Wardsboro Town Hall

DC3:  Duane Carleton Band at Wardsboro Town Hall

From Rutland, DC3 (Duane Carleton and his Band) open Wardsboro Curtain Call’s 2019 Music Series on Saturday, May 18. Duane Carleton’s songs capture the essence of working-class life. His music, a rich blend of Rock, Country, Folk, and Blues falls into the Americana genre reminiscent of John Mellencamp or Bruce Springsteen. He paints a vast and colorful landscape with his songwriting as he covers the spectrum from poetic ballads to upbeat rockers, to political story songs. He has opened shows and performed with such luminaries as Rick Danko of The Band, Steve Miller, ZZ Top, Gov’t Mule, Don McLean, Bret Michaels, Eddie Money, Jimmy LaFave, The Smithereens, and Steve Forbert to name just a few. http://www.duanecarleton.com
All shows are in the Wardsboro Town Hall Café, Main Street, Wardsboro, and feature excellent refreshments and BYOB. Doors open at 6:30, music begins at 7 pm. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information, email kwkmdavis@yahoo.com or call 802-896-6810.

5/18/19 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Wardsboro Town Hall, Main Street, Wardsboro

May
18
2019

Film: Avengers: Endgame

Film: Avengers: Endgame

Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers — Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner — must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos — the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.

5/18/19 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Pentangle Arts Council, Hall Theatre 31 The Green, Woodstock

May
18
2019

Pedrito Martínez and Alfredo Rodriguez Duo

Pedrito Martínez and Alfredo Rodriguez Duo

Two of Cuba’s greatest young musical masters will come together in an incendiary duo performance.

Pedrito Martínez (b. 1973) is the winner of the Thelonious Monk competition in percussion and Alfredo Rodriguez (b. 1985) has quickly emerged as one of the finest Cuban jazz pianists after being “discovered” by legendary producer Quincy Jones.

Martínez’ fame spread initially due to his work with the folkloric ensemble, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, which led to work with Jane Bunnett’s Spirit of Havana in 1998.

Since then he has become one of the most highly regarded Afro-Cuban percussionists in the world. Pianist Rodriguez attended three music conservatories in Cuba, winning classical piano competitions in each.

After performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2016, he was invited by Quincy Jones to collaborate on a project that was presented at the Shanghai World Expo.

These two Grammy-nominated artists first worked together on Rodriquez’ 2012 release Invasion Parade.

Since that initial session they have had the rare arrangement of performing together as a duo, leaving audiences completely mesmerized by their fearless and virtuosic playing.

Pedrito Martínez: percussion
Alfredo Rodriguez: piano
Sponsored by Julian Gerstin and Carlene Raper

$20-40 general, $15 student- available online, at door, reserved by phone & In The Moment Records, Brattleboro. $1 extra per CC ticket

802 254 9088
www.vtjazz.org
gingervjc@gmail.com

Vermont Jazz Center
72 Cotton Mill Hill #222

5/18/19 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Vermont Jazz Center 72 Cotton Mill Hill #222, Brattleboro

May
17
2019
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May
18
2019

Mamet - Oleanna

Mamet - Oleanna

The Rock River Players (RRP) offer four performances in May of David Mamet’s Oleanna. Written in 1992, inspired by the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill Senate hearings yet well before the #MeToo era, the succinct three-act play detonates the fury of sexual politics through a power struggle between a male college professor and a female student. Twenty-seven years later, the subject could not be more relevant.

5/17/19 8:00am - 5/18/19 10:30am

Williamsville Hall, Williamsville

May
18
2019
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May
19
2019

Slate Lettering Workshop

Slate Lettering Workshop

"Letter Carving" with Kerry O. Furlani introduces participants to ancient techniques of cutting letters in slate using hand chisels and mallets.

5/18/19 9:00am - 5/19/19 5:00pm

The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland

May
18
2019
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May
19
2019

Clay Sculpture Workshop

Clay Sculpture Workshop

Led by Amanda Sisk, "Bas Relief Sculpture" offers the opportunity for the creation of dynamic clay forms.

5/18/19 9:00am - 5/19/19 5:00pm

The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland

Apr
10
2019
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May
19
2019

Once

Once

Winner of eight Tony Awards, Once is a truly original theatrical experience. Based on the hit movie and featuring an ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage, Once tells the enchanting story of a Dublin street musician who is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. A musical collaboration becomes much more as their songs and lives become intertwined. Hansard and Irglová’s Oscar-winning music will take audiences on a heartbreakingly romantic journey.

Northern Stage, White River Junction

May
17
2019
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May
25
2019

Rock River Players present David Mamet's Oleanna

Rock River Players present David Mamet's Oleanna

WILLIAMSVILLE The Rock River Players (RRP) offer four performances in May of David Mamet’s Oleanna. Written in 1992, inspired by the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill Senate hearings yet well before the #MeToo era, the succinct three-act play detonates the fury of sexual politics through a power struggle between a male college professor and a female student. Twenty-seven years later, the subject could not be more relevant.

According to director Bahman Mahdavi, “As with all great works of art, nothing is simple in this story. The characters are complex and flawed, sincere and manipulative. The playwright has been quoted as saying he wants to make his audience members choose as they squirm and hyperventilate over the onstage fireworks. The goal is ultimately to create debate and discussion.”

There is much in Oleanna that rings frighteningly true: a smug professor, enamored with his own oratory prowess, dismissive of a struggling student; students trying to shut down a class because the professor's reading list is "questionable,” and, most notably, a shift in the balance of power between the generations and the sexes, using language as their ammunition and tool for winning power over one and another.

Mahdavi explains, “For my directorial debut, I chose a play with only two characters depicting human conflicts and exploring how we act when we are put in a situation where we have no control. The play is not a code for some deeper feelings; it's not an elaborate attempt to say anything other than what it says. It’s primarily about language --its power, its limitations, and who controls it. David Mamet, one of the greatest American playwrights, has a clipped, precisely-crafted style of diction leaving no room for error nor improvisation. Like a classical music score where everything is in the execution.”

Oleanna features Jon Mack and Rebecca Musgrove. Dody Riggs assists, Miles Keefe is on lights.

Performances are May 17-18, 8pm, at the Williamsville Hall, Dover Road, Williamsville, VT and May 24-25, 8pm at the Hooker-Dunham Theatre, 139 Main St., Brattleboro. Tickets--$10, $8 for students and seniors--will be available at the door; order on line at williamsvillehall.com.

Rock River Players, a 501c3 non-profit theatre collaborative, grows on the inspiration and initiative of those who wish to see the lively arts thrive in the West River Valley.

5/17/19 8:00pm - 5/25/19 8:00pm

Williamsville Hall, Williamsville

May
17
2019
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May
26
2019

Dorset Players Present OKLAHOMA!

Dorset Players Present OKLAHOMA!

The Dorset Players will bring down the curtain on their 91st anniversary season with Oklahoma!, considered one of the seminal musicals in Broadway history.  Performances will be at the Dorset Playhouse on May 17-18 and May 24-25 at 7:30 PM and on May 19 and 26 at 2 PM.

The first collaboration of legendary Lyricist Richard Rodgers and Librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, the show was a game-changer when it took Broadway by storm when it opened in 1943.  Memorable songs such as “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’,” “People Will Say We’re In Love,” and “Oklahoma!, rather than just providing filler, advanced the story of a cowboy, Curly, who falls for a farm girl, Laurey, against the backdrop of prairie life in the Indian Territory, circa 1907.
Over the past four months, Director Suzi Dorgeloh, Musical Director Tom Salmon and Choreographer Kelly Gaiotti, have marshaled a talented cast of 23 from 17 area towns in Vermont and New York.  Newcomer Josh Bond takes the lead as Curly, while Danielle Houston who last appeared with The Players in the 2014 production of Miracle on 34th Street, is Laurey. Dana Haley, who wowed audiences in The Players’ production I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, sashays in as Ado Annie - the girl “who cain’t say no.”  Two actors fresh from leading roles in The Players’ Witness for the Prosecution, are Joe Mozer, as Will Parker, who does his utmost to romance Ado Annie and Drew Davidson who portrays the tortured Jud Fry, who pines for Laurey and cannot have her.  Aunt Eller is played by Caren McVicker, who is also new to the Dorset stage.
The balance of the cast is peppered with new and familiar faces to Dorset audiences, including Christy Vogel, Richard Grip, Chris Restino, Billy Jamieson, Dan Silver, Errol Hill, Bill Cruikshank, Michael Gallagher, Lily Gallagher, Zachary Barnett, Bob Fogelgren, Sara Gregory, Maeve Keeton, Laura King, Lily Butler, Ginny Edinger, and Annie Nash.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.dorsetplayers.org, in person, or by calling (802) 867-5777. Oklahoma! is proudly sponsored by Above All Vermont, The Barn Restaurant, Errol L. Hill Painting, La Peche Lingerie, RK Miles, Southern Vermont Medical Center, Bob & Martha Schoenemann, Spivey, Lemonik Swenor, PC, and The Wilburton Inn.

5/17/19 7:30pm - 5/26/19 4:30pm

Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Rd Dorset, Dorset

Apr
27
2019
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Jun
9
2019

David Rohn: Watercolors

David Rohn: Watercolors

David Rohn was born in Chicago in 1934 and grew up in the small town of Ludington, along the shore of Lake Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Design and stepped into a creative life richly lived as cartoonist, puppeteer, printmaker, teacher and painter.

Running parallel to his explorations in abstract painting and printmaking, and during his tenure at Windham College in Putney, Vermont, in the mid-1960s and ’70s, David’s watercolor painting gave relief from the more formal demands and cultural mandates of artistic invention and novelty of non-figurative oil painting. The delicate washes and expansive passages of color represent liberation from an art world of expectation and judgement. His modest still-lifes are deceptively loose and easy, and we’re comforted by the associations we bring to his unassuming and familiar scenes.

In 1953, I was the kid who was good at drawing, actually one of three in eighth grade. I did airplanes. After hundreds of airplanes, then dozens of cartoons, I was introduced to looking at paintings. I began to learn about the language of visual art: not depiction, but the secret language—form, color, symmetry, rhythm. This felt fundamental.

I thought I might give it a go.

There are other secret languages in art, of course, including some I don’t quite grasp. Art, done well, Is a way of twanging the mind, and the mind is infinitely resonant. Who knows what’s coming next? For me it’s mainly the classical ideas of form/color/architecture, plus the paradox of 3-D on a 2-D surface that Cézanne calls attention to.

Working from observation offers an endless variety of visual situations, and has the bonus of requiring prolonged intimate contact with plain stuff—a jar, an apple. I begin by gathering in. I yield to it. Later, I play with what I have harvested, playing the dialogue between the parts.

Sometimes a dynamic equilibrium results—a perpetually self-charging energy source. That’s the goal.

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street, Brattleboro

May
15
2019
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Jun
15
2019

Listen to the Wind

Listen to the Wind

Charles Norris-Brown, solo show, exhibiting original illustrations from his children's book Did Tiger Take the Rain?, originally published by Green Writers Press and now being offered as open source through Pratham Books of India plus illustration studies from his graphic novel in progress. Plus framed watercolors and float framed ink drawings on board.

5/15/19 11:00am - 6/15/19 5:00pm

Canal Street Art Gallery, Bellows Falls

May
11
2019
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Jun
22
2019

Retrospective of Two Generations

Retrospective of Two Generations

Hallie Richards Monroe's stained glass work uses contemporary and traditional vitreous glass painting techniques, that are fired in a kiln and are fused to the surface of the glass. Sometimes she uses sand blasting and etching with hydrofluoric acid to effect the surface of the glass. Then the glass pieces are assembled into a stained glass panel, using cooper foil or lead came to hold all the puzzle pieces together. Hallie's passion of illustration gives me the desire to incorporate conceptual imagery and the beauty of nature into most of her artwork. She has been doing stained glass commissions for over 35 years.

5/11/19 12:00pm - 6/22/19 6:00pm

Castleton University Bank Gallery, Rutland

May
8
2019
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Jun
23
2019

Grasp the Sparrow's Tail

Grasp the Sparrow's Tail

The shows will run from May 8 – June 23, 2019 with an opening reception for both on Saturday, May 11 from 3-5pm. Exhibition of photography by Cathy Cone.

5/8/19 10:00am - 6/23/19 5:00pm

BigTown Gallery, 99 N. Main St., Rochester

May
8
2019
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Jun
23
2019

Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage

The show will run from May 8 – June 23, 2019 with an opening reception for on Saturday, May 11 from 3-5pm. Exhibition of mixed-media paintings by outsider artist, Jason Horwitz.

5/8/19 10:00am - 6/23/19 5:00pm

BigTown Gallery, 99 N. Main Street, Rochester

May
3
2019
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Jun
25
2019

The Art of Wood Exhibit at Brandon Artists Guild

The Art of Wood Exhibit at Brandon Artists Guild

"The Art of Wood" is the theme for this exhibit of member artists' works celebrating the Brandon Artists Guild's 20th anniversary. Artists will interpret the theme across all media, including fabric, ceramic, glass, paint -- and wood. Free opening reception Friday May 3 from 5pm to 7pm. Exhibit runs through June 25. Information: 802 247-4956

5/3/19 5:00pm - 6/25/19 5:00pm

Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center St., Brandon

Jul
13
2018
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Sep
6
2019

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

May
11
2019
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Dec
1
2019

Malcolm Morley

Malcolm Morley

The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce an exhibition by British-born American artist Malcolm Morley at its galleries in Reading, Vermont. Hailed internationally as a pioneering figure of his generation, Morley was a founder of Super-Realism, which developed as a counterpoint to Pop Art in the 1960s. He is also remembered as an artist who deliberately broke away from the stylistic innovations which brought him this initial fame. Over a career spanning sixty years, Morley’s practice continually evolved, his paintings becoming ever more colorful, expressive and distinctive. This exhibition includes approximately 40 paintings, sculptures and works on paper created between 1964 and 2016 from the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections. On view from 11 May through 1 December 2019. Appointments available 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sa–Su. $10 pp. First Friday of every month, 5–8 p.m., free without a guide.

5/11/19 11:00am - 12/1/19 4:00pm

Hall Art Foundation, Reading

May
11
2019
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Dec
1
2019

Made in Vermont

Made in Vermont

The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce, Made in Vermont, a group exhibition of new and recently completed work by Vermont artists to be held in its galleries in Reading, Vermont. Including paintings, works on paper and sculpture by Arista Alanis, Steve Budington, Clark Derbes, Jason Galligan-Baldwin and Sarah Letteney, this show spotlights artists who live and work in Vermont. On view from 11 May through 1 December 2019. Appointments available 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sa–Su. $10 pp. First Friday of every month, 5–8 p.m., free without a guide.

5/11/19 11:00am - 12/1/19 4:00pm

Hall Art Foundation, Reading