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Arts Calendar: Southern Vermont

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
May
21
2019

Contemporary Partnering with Neva Cockrell

Contemporary Partnering with Neva Cockrell
Description:

Dance Series with Neva Cockrell
May 21 - Contemporary Partnering
​In this workshop we will develop the basic skills of contemporary partnering and lifting. This is the baseline for moving with other people, and creating duo or trio work both in dance and physical theater. We will use ideas from Contact Improvisation, Physical Theater, and Partner Acrobatics to create a blend of techniques that allow people to move freely with each other. We will develop physical listening skills, anatomical knowledge of lifting, and work on strength, flexibility, and grace.

Time: 5/21/19 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Street Arts, Saxtons River
May
20
2019
– THRU –
May
28
2019

Carrie Gelfan: Paintings 2008 - 2018

Carrie Gelfan: Paintings 2008 - 2018
Description:

Carrie Gelfan: Paintings 2008 - 2018
Exhibition May 20 - June 28
Artist Reception: 5:30 to 7 pm o Thursday, May 23 at Main Street Arts in Saxtons River, VT

Carrie Gelfan
Presenting oil paintings from the past ten years. With a few exceptions, works include nudes, portraits, and “groupings”, which are paintings inspired by old photos of friends and family.

Artist Bio
Carrie Gelfan earned a B. A. in Fine Art from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She also studied at the Art Students League in New York, and Cabrillo Jr. College in Soquel, Ca. At the Art Students League she studied with portrait artist William Draper and with Will Barnett.

For the most part, Gelfan’s work is figurative and includes many portraits and groupings of friends and family members, some from life and some from old photos. Drawing is an essential part of Gelfan’s work, and all of her paintings are preceded by drawings, often many. She has been a member of two life drawing groups in the Putney area, and many of her charcoal life drawings have become the basis of later paintings.

Gelfan’s work has been shown in numerous Vermont, New Hampshire, and on-line venues including the Thorne- Sagendorf Gallery, Stratton Arts Festival, Norwich University, Women to Watch 2010, West Branch Gallery, Crowell Art Gallery, Catherine Dianich Gallery, Hooker Dunham Gallery, and Figure50.com. In addition she has been awarded two fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center’s Vermont Week. Gelfan is currently affiliated with the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton, MA. Carrie Gelfan lives in Westminster, VT with her husband and his cat.

Artist Statement
Why do I paint? I paint because I like to create and make things. I like the feel of manipulating paint around the surface of whatever I am working on. I enjoy working alone and independently.

I mostly do figurative work and have always enjoyed painting portraits. I like painting people (and sometimes animals), because it allows me to create an intimacy with my subjects in a very safe way, one where I am in control of the relationship.

Photographs or drawings are usually the starting point for my paintings. The “Groupings”, which are paintings of two or more figures, are inspired by old photos of friends and family or from life drawings I have done. In several of these I have taken figures from more than one photo or drawing, grouping them together. I am not particularly interested in getting true likenesses of the subjects in these paintings. Instead my goal is to create an interesting dynamic between the figures, an essence or atmosphere, and also some mystery, intrigue, or even ambiguity about their situation or relationship. This is also true of the straight portraits, though striving for a likeness of the subject comes more into play.

All of this said, the real subject of my paintings is the paint itself and the dance of painting. The figures are mostly a vehicle for me to express myself with paint. I am interested in how the paint sits on the canvas, its consistency, the relationship of the various colors on the canvas, the spontaneity and rhythm of the brush strokes and lines….. all the abstract elements of the painting.

I feel like I am always learning and re-learning how to paint. Each painting is a struggle and often feels like I am starting from scratch again. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that with each painting I take two steps forward, and then fall one step back the next time I start anew.

Carrie Gelfan
May, 2019

Time: 5/20/19 9:00am - 5/28/19 3:00pm
Location: Main Street Arts, Saxtons River
Apr
22
2019
– THRU –
Jun
15
2019

All You See Is Glory; Big Stars and Maritime Moments photographs by Peter Cunningham

All You See Is Glory; Big Stars and Maritime Moments photographs by Peter Cunningham
Description:

Rock n’ roll stars are paired with island photographs from Peter Cunningham’s life on Grand Manan Island in the Canadian Bay of Fundy. “Everywhere we turn, life we’ve known is disappearing before our eyes,” Cunningham said. “Whether it’s trust, values, common sense, or simply home grown vegetables, we feel familiar worlds slipping away.” In time, this island and these big stars will fade away, but Peter Cunningham’s powerful photographs have captured their beauty and glory for all time.

Peter Cunningham's work has been exhibited in New York, Krakow, London, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, and Berlin. He teaches “Photography as Zen Practice” in the U.S. and China, and is co-author with Peter Matthiessen of “Are We There Yet? A Zen Journey through Space and Time.” Cunningham’s teachers include Baptist fisherman Lester Tate, improvisational dancer Martha Myers, French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, Zen Master Bernie Glassman, and singer-songwriter Janis Ian.

Location: White River Gallery @ BALE, South Royalton
May
3
2019
– THRU –
Jun
25
2019

The Art of Wood Exhibit at Brandon Artists Guild

The Art of Wood Exhibit at Brandon Artists Guild
Description:

"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

Time: 5/3/19 5:00pm - 6/25/19 5:00pm
Location: Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center St., Brandon
May
18
2019
– THRU –
Jun
30
2019

The Vermont Watercolor Society Does Wildlife!

The Vermont Watercolor Society Does Wildlife!
Description:

The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 12-5pm.

The opening reception is May 18th from 2:00-4:00

Location: Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
May
20
2019
– THRU –
May
28
2019

Carrie Gelfan: Paintings 2008 - 2018

Carrie Gelfan: Paintings 2008 - 2018
Description:

Carrie Gelfan: Paintings 2008 - 2018
Exhibition May 20 - June 28
Artist Reception: 5:30 to 7 pm o Thursday, May 23 at Main Street Arts in Saxtons River, VT

Carrie Gelfan
Presenting oil paintings from the past ten years. With a few exceptions, works include nudes, portraits, and “groupings”, which are paintings inspired by old photos of friends and family.

Artist Bio
Carrie Gelfan earned a B. A. in Fine Art from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She also studied at the Art Students League in New York, and Cabrillo Jr. College in Soquel, Ca. At the Art Students League she studied with portrait artist William Draper and with Will Barnett.

For the most part, Gelfan’s work is figurative and includes many portraits and groupings of friends and family members, some from life and some from old photos. Drawing is an essential part of Gelfan’s work, and all of her paintings are preceded by drawings, often many. She has been a member of two life drawing groups in the Putney area, and many of her charcoal life drawings have become the basis of later paintings.

Gelfan’s work has been shown in numerous Vermont, New Hampshire, and on-line venues including the Thorne- Sagendorf Gallery, Stratton Arts Festival, Norwich University, Women to Watch 2010, West Branch Gallery, Crowell Art Gallery, Catherine Dianich Gallery, Hooker Dunham Gallery, and Figure50.com. In addition she has been awarded two fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center’s Vermont Week. Gelfan is currently affiliated with the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton, MA. Carrie Gelfan lives in Westminster, VT with her husband and his cat.

Artist Statement
Why do I paint? I paint because I like to create and make things. I like the feel of manipulating paint around the surface of whatever I am working on. I enjoy working alone and independently.

I mostly do figurative work and have always enjoyed painting portraits. I like painting people (and sometimes animals), because it allows me to create an intimacy with my subjects in a very safe way, one where I am in control of the relationship.

Photographs or drawings are usually the starting point for my paintings. The “Groupings”, which are paintings of two or more figures, are inspired by old photos of friends and family or from life drawings I have done. In several of these I have taken figures from more than one photo or drawing, grouping them together. I am not particularly interested in getting true likenesses of the subjects in these paintings. Instead my goal is to create an interesting dynamic between the figures, an essence or atmosphere, and also some mystery, intrigue, or even ambiguity about their situation or relationship. This is also true of the straight portraits, though striving for a likeness of the subject comes more into play.

All of this said, the real subject of my paintings is the paint itself and the dance of painting. The figures are mostly a vehicle for me to express myself with paint. I am interested in how the paint sits on the canvas, its consistency, the relationship of the various colors on the canvas, the spontaneity and rhythm of the brush strokes and lines….. all the abstract elements of the painting.

I feel like I am always learning and re-learning how to paint. Each painting is a struggle and often feels like I am starting from scratch again. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that with each painting I take two steps forward, and then fall one step back the next time I start anew.

Carrie Gelfan
May, 2019

Time: 5/20/19 9:00am - 5/28/19 3:00pm
Location: Main Street Arts, Saxtons River
Apr
27
2019
– THRU –
Jun
9
2019

David Rohn: Watercolors

David Rohn: Watercolors
Description:

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.

Location: Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street, Brattleboro
Apr
22
2019
– THRU –
Jun
15
2019

All You See Is Glory; Big Stars and Maritime Moments photographs by Peter Cunningham

All You See Is Glory; Big Stars and Maritime Moments photographs by Peter Cunningham
Description:

Rock n’ roll stars are paired with island photographs from Peter Cunningham’s life on Grand Manan Island in the Canadian Bay of Fundy. “Everywhere we turn, life we’ve known is disappearing before our eyes,” Cunningham said. “Whether it’s trust, values, common sense, or simply home grown vegetables, we feel familiar worlds slipping away.” In time, this island and these big stars will fade away, but Peter Cunningham’s powerful photographs have captured their beauty and glory for all time.

Peter Cunningham's work has been exhibited in New York, Krakow, London, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, and Berlin. He teaches “Photography as Zen Practice” in the U.S. and China, and is co-author with Peter Matthiessen of “Are We There Yet? A Zen Journey through Space and Time.” Cunningham’s teachers include Baptist fisherman Lester Tate, improvisational dancer Martha Myers, French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, Zen Master Bernie Glassman, and singer-songwriter Janis Ian.

Location: White River Gallery @ BALE, South Royalton
May
15
2019
– THRU –
Jun
15
2019

Listen to the Wind

Listen to the Wind
Description:

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.

Time: 5/15/19 11:00am - 6/15/19 5:00pm
Location: Canal Street Art Gallery, Bellows Falls
May
8
2019
– THRU –
Jun
23
2019

Grasp the Sparrow's Tail

Grasp the Sparrow's Tail
Description:

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.

Time: 5/8/19 10:00am - 6/23/19 5:00pm
Location: BigTown Gallery, 99 N. Main St., Rochester
May
8
2019
– THRU –
Jun
23
2019

Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage
Description:

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.

Time: 5/8/19 10:00am - 6/23/19 5:00pm
Location: BigTown Gallery, 99 N. Main Street, Rochester
May
3
2019
– THRU –
Jun
25
2019

The Art of Wood Exhibit at Brandon Artists Guild

The Art of Wood Exhibit at Brandon Artists Guild
Description:

"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

Time: 5/3/19 5:00pm - 6/25/19 5:00pm
Location: Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center St., Brandon
May
18
2019
– THRU –
Jun
30
2019

The Vermont Watercolor Society Does Wildlife!

The Vermont Watercolor Society Does Wildlife!
Description:

The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 12-5pm.

The opening reception is May 18th from 2:00-4:00

Location: Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester
Thursday, May 23, 2019
May
23
2019

Sip & Paint – May Flowers

Sip & Paint – May Flowers
Description:

Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) is happy to welcome back artist and teacher Anharad Llewelyn to lead this sip and paint workshop. Enjoy wine and cheese while Anharad leads you through the steps of good composition and color theory. You are guaranteed to have fun while sipping and painting your colorful masterpiece, featuring a lovely vase of tulips by artist Kelley MacDonald. The fee is $35 for the workshop and includes all materials. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at www.greenmtnacademy.org.

Time: 5/23/19 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Long Trail School Art Room, Dorset
May
20
2019
– THRU –
May
28
2019

Carrie Gelfan: Paintings 2008 - 2018

Carrie Gelfan: Paintings 2008 - 2018
Description:

Carrie Gelfan: Paintings 2008 - 2018
Exhibition May 20 - June 28
Artist Reception: 5:30 to 7 pm o Thursday, May 23 at Main Street Arts in Saxtons River, VT

Carrie Gelfan
Presenting oil paintings from the past ten years. With a few exceptions, works include nudes, portraits, and “groupings”, which are paintings inspired by old photos of friends and family.

Artist Bio
Carrie Gelfan earned a B. A. in Fine Art from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She also studied at the Art Students League in New York, and Cabrillo Jr. College in Soquel, Ca. At the Art Students League she studied with portrait artist William Draper and with Will Barnett.

For the most part, Gelfan’s work is figurative and includes many portraits and groupings of friends and family members, some from life and some from old photos. Drawing is an essential part of Gelfan’s work, and all of her paintings are preceded by drawings, often many. She has been a member of two life drawing groups in the Putney area, and many of her charcoal life drawings have become the basis of later paintings.

Gelfan’s work has been shown in numerous Vermont, New Hampshire, and on-line venues including the Thorne- Sagendorf Gallery, Stratton Arts Festival, Norwich University, Women to Watch 2010, West Branch Gallery, Crowell Art Gallery, Catherine Dianich Gallery, Hooker Dunham Gallery, and Figure50.com. In addition she has been awarded two fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center’s Vermont Week. Gelfan is currently affiliated with the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton, MA. Carrie Gelfan lives in Westminster, VT with her husband and his cat.

Artist Statement
Why do I paint? I paint because I like to create and make things. I like the feel of manipulating paint around the surface of whatever I am working on. I enjoy working alone and independently.

I mostly do figurative work and have always enjoyed painting portraits. I like painting people (and sometimes animals), because it allows me to create an intimacy with my subjects in a very safe way, one where I am in control of the relationship.

Photographs or drawings are usually the starting point for my paintings. The “Groupings”, which are paintings of two or more figures, are inspired by old photos of friends and family or from life drawings I have done. In several of these I have taken figures from more than one photo or drawing, grouping them together. I am not particularly interested in getting true likenesses of the subjects in these paintings. Instead my goal is to create an interesting dynamic between the figures, an essence or atmosphere, and also some mystery, intrigue, or even ambiguity about their situation or relationship. This is also true of the straight portraits, though striving for a likeness of the subject comes more into play.

All of this said, the real subject of my paintings is the paint itself and the dance of painting. The figures are mostly a vehicle for me to express myself with paint. I am interested in how the paint sits on the canvas, its consistency, the relationship of the various colors on the canvas, the spontaneity and rhythm of the brush strokes and lines….. all the abstract elements of the painting.

I feel like I am always learning and re-learning how to paint. Each painting is a struggle and often feels like I am starting from scratch again. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that with each painting I take two steps forward, and then fall one step back the next time I start anew.

Carrie Gelfan
May, 2019

Time: 5/20/19 9:00am - 5/28/19 3:00pm
Location: Main Street Arts, Saxtons River
Apr
27
2019
– THRU –
Jun
9
2019

David Rohn: Watercolors

David Rohn: Watercolors
Description:

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.

Location: Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street, Brattleboro
Apr
22
2019
– THRU –
Jun
15
2019

All You See Is Glory; Big Stars and Maritime Moments photographs by Peter Cunningham

All You See Is Glory; Big Stars and Maritime Moments photographs by Peter Cunningham
Description:

Rock n’ roll stars are paired with island photographs from Peter Cunningham’s life on Grand Manan Island in the Canadian Bay of Fundy. “Everywhere we turn, life we’ve known is disappearing before our eyes,” Cunningham said. “Whether it’s trust, values, common sense, or simply home grown vegetables, we feel familiar worlds slipping away.” In time, this island and these big stars will fade away, but Peter Cunningham’s powerful photographs have captured their beauty and glory for all time.

Peter Cunningham's work has been exhibited in New York, Krakow, London, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, and Berlin. He teaches “Photography as Zen Practice” in the U.S. and China, and is co-author with Peter Matthiessen of “Are We There Yet? A Zen Journey through Space and Time.” Cunningham’s teachers include Baptist fisherman Lester Tate, improvisational dancer Martha Myers, French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, Zen Master Bernie Glassman, and singer-songwriter Janis Ian.

Location: White River Gallery @ BALE, South Royalton
May
15
2019
– THRU –
Jun
15
2019

Listen to the Wind

Listen to the Wind
Description:

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.

Time: 5/15/19 11:00am - 6/15/19 5:00pm
Location: Canal Street Art Gallery, Bellows Falls
May
11
2019
– THRU –
Jun
22
2019

Retrospective of Two Generations

Retrospective of Two Generations
Description:

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.

Time: 5/11/19 12:00pm - 6/22/19 6:00pm
Location: Castleton University Bank Gallery, Rutland
May
8
2019
– THRU –
Jun
23
2019

Grasp the Sparrow's Tail

Grasp the Sparrow's Tail
Description:

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.

Time: 5/8/19 10:00am - 6/23/19 5:00pm
Location: BigTown Gallery, 99 N. Main St., Rochester
May
8
2019
– THRU –
Jun
23
2019

Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage
Description:

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.

Time: 5/8/19 10:00am - 6/23/19 5:00pm
Location: BigTown Gallery, 99 N. Main Street, Rochester
May
3
2019
– THRU –
Jun
25
2019

The Art of Wood Exhibit at Brandon Artists Guild

The Art of Wood Exhibit at Brandon Artists Guild
Description:

"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

Time: 5/3/19 5:00pm - 6/25/19 5:00pm
Location: Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center St., Brandon
May
18
2019
– THRU –
Jun
30
2019

The Vermont Watercolor Society Does Wildlife!

The Vermont Watercolor Society Does Wildlife!
Description:

The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 12-5pm.

The opening reception is May 18th from 2:00-4:00

Location: Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester
Friday, May 24, 2019
May
24
2019

Film: One Town At A Time

Film: One Town At A Time
Description:

One Town at a Time is a documentary film that explores Vermont’s diverse communities through the 251 Club of Vermont – a unique club dedicated to visiting all 251 towns and cities in Vermont.

Meet filmmaker at the Vermont premiere of this amazing film!

Time: 5/24/19 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Pentangle Arts Council, Hall Theatre 31 The Green, Woodstock
May
17
2019
– THRU –
May
25
2019

Rock River Players present David Mamet's Oleanna

Rock River Players present David Mamet's Oleanna
Description:

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.

Time: 5/17/19 8:00pm - 5/25/19 8:00pm
Location: Williamsville Hall, Williamsville