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Arts Calendar: Southern Vermont

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Jul
17
2019

Presentation by Sculptor Aleksandar Eftimovski

Presentation by Sculptor Aleksandar Eftimovski

WEST RUTLAND, VT- The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center hosts Artist in Residence Aleksandar Eftimovski for the month of July. The Macedonian sculptor will be translating a wood maquette into a large scale marble piece during his stay. Aleksandar Eftimovski will present an Artist Talk on July 17 at 7 PM. http://www.aleksandareftimovski.com/

The Artist Talk is free and open to the public. For more information on workshop, exhibition and residency programs at The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, please call (802) 438-2097, email info@carvingstudio.org, or visit www.carvingstudio.org.

7/17/19 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland

Jul
11
2019
– THRU –
Jul
27
2019

DIG Written & Directed by Theresa Rebeck

DIG Written & Directed by Theresa Rebeck

A new play from the author of DOWNSTAIRS

A dying plant shop in a dying urban neighborhood receives a visitor from the past: Meghan, the neighborhood screw-up, whose suicide attempt followed a terrible tragedy. Roger, the store owner, wants nothing to do with this situation, but Meghan is improbably clinging to life. Can a soul beyond saving be saved? A play about courage, redemption and photosynthesis.

Dorset Theatre Festival Resident Playwright Theresa Rebeck (Broadway’s 2018 Bernhardt/Hamlet), has developed more than six productions at the Festival that have gone on to other stages around the country, including 2017’s Downstairs starring Tim Daly and Tyne Daly, which ran Off-Broadway at Primary Stages in fall 2018. The Most Broadway-Produced Female Playwright of Our Time, Rebeck returns to Dorset on the heels of the new spy thriller, 355 (with Jessica Chastain’s production company Freckle Films), for which she penned the script, having sold at the Cannes Film Festival market last spring.

DIG has received an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award to support the world premiere production at Dorset Theatre Festival. Piloted in 2006 with Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards give plays in development extended rehearsal periods for the entire creative team, including the playwrights. The program launched nationally in 2007 and has awarded grants to non-profit theatres for 393 new plays to date. The Edgerton Foundation was awarded the 2011 TCG National Funder Award.

7/11/19 7:30pm - 7/27/19 10:00pm

Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset

Jun
15
2019
– THRU –
Jul
28
2019

Lyell Castonguay: Tributes

Lyell Castonguay: Tributes

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to announce the artist opening and reception for "Lyell Castonguay: Tributes," an exhibition of woodblock prints Saturday, June 15, 5-7 pm. The show continues through July 28, and an Artist Talk is scheduled for July 14, 5 pm.

Castonguay is co-founder, along with Carand Burnet, of BIG INK, a unique, travelling, nationally recognized woodblock printmaking partnership providing audiences an opportunity to create large - up to 8 feet - hand pulled woodcuts.

Castonguay’s woodblock prints invoke disparate influences including Japanese ukiyo-e, the naturalist works of Audubon and the expressionism of Baskin. He fills his paracosm with familiar animals made beholden with human emotions. Being a birder himself, most of his images are avian or strangely bird-like, bold personalities seemingly at odds with each subject’s intrinsic wildness. The artist’s distorted narratives often incorporate covert references to environmental decline, natural resource commodification, and displacement.

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is committed to presenting innovative, contemporary works that stimulate and challenge both the seasoned collector and aesthetic explorer. Regular gallery hours: Wed. - Mon., 11-5.

6/15/19 5:00pm - 7/28/19 7:00pm

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro

Jul
12
2019
– THRU –
Jul
28
2019

Oldcastle Theatre Company Presents: Brighton Beach Memoirs

Oldcastle Theatre Company Presents: Brighton Beach Memoirs

The most popular American playwright in history was, easily, Neil Simon, and comedic master's best play, according to many critics, gets a revival at Oldcastle Theatre as the company presents "Brighton Beach Memoirs" opening Friday July 12th.
Fifteen year old Eugene, modeled on Simon himself, is preoccupied with sex, and the Yankees, a writer-to-be, an alternately perplexed and perceptive observer, and our narrator and guide to life in the Jerome family. The play is set in September of 1937, late in the depression, the Jeromes have relatives living with them, and life is by no means easy. But as the playwright portrays it, it is neither miserable no pitiful. The Jeromes are troubled: there is illness, unemployment, poverty, deep resentments and foreboding signs of World War II. Yet the family meets challenges with such enormous spirit, dignity and vigor that life---at once humorous and poignant---is something to celebrate.
Performances
Wednesday - Saturday at 7:30 pm
Matinees Thursday, Sunday and First Saturday at 2 pm

331 Main St., Bennington

Jun
26
2019
– THRU –
Aug
11
2019

The Geometric Exercises of Helen Matteson

The Geometric Exercises of Helen Matteson

The show will run from June 26 – August 11, 2019 with an opening reception on Saturday, July 6 from 3-5pm. Exhibition of watercolors by outsider artist Helen Matteson.

6/26/19 10:00am - 8/11/19 5:00pm

BigTown Gallery, 99 N. Main St., Rochester

Jun
26
2019
– THRU –
Aug
11
2019

The Vermont Paintings

The Vermont Paintings

The shows will run from June 26 – August 11, 2019 with an opening reception on Saturday, July 6 from 3-5pm. Exhibition of Vermont paintings by artist Celia Reisman.

6/26/19 10:00am - 8/11/19 5:00pm

BigTown Gallery, 99 N. Main Street, Rochester

Jul
8
2019
– THRU –
Aug
16
2019

Hush of the Footlights

Hush of the Footlights

Photography by Marek Jagoda & Ea Maples
July 8th through August 16th
Artist Reception: Friday, July 12th 5:30 - 7 p.m.

A photography exhibit featuring the work of Marek Jagoda and Ea Maples. Ea and Marek are fine art photographers who have spent the last three years together exploring interesting places and historic buildings including many abandoned theaters throughout New England. They have documented the beautiful architecture of these theaters as well as done creative work in the mezzanines, stages, powder rooms, balconies, and foyers of these grand places that were built in a time where a great deal of attention was placed on the beauty of a space rather than just its functionality. The exhibit will also include some of their work photographing performances of Main Street Arts. The exhibit will pass through the spaces theater has occupied, the ghosts of these places, and the living soul of theater today.

7/8/19 9:00am - 8/16/19 3:00pm

Main Street Arts, Saxtons River

Jul
13
2018
– THRU –
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

Thursday, July 18, 2019
Jul
18
2019

Mix, Mingle & Make: Making Masks Night!

Mix, Mingle & Make: Making Masks Night!

Tired of the typical options for getting out of the house and meeting people on a weeknight? Or just want a break from your Monday through Friday evening routine at home? Mix, Mingle & Make is a facilitated open studio for adults who wish to meet and spend time with other adults while they explore the creative process of their choice.

Chris will provide and demonstrate a few different fun, easy, and engaging art-making techniques each class for participants to explore independently or with guidance to whatever degree they feel satisfied. Participants are also free to come with their own ideas for creative projects, and either use our available supplies or bring their own. All skill levels welcome! Participants are invited to join Open Mic Night following this class to extend their evening out!

7/18/19 6:30pm - 8:30pm

ArtisTree Community Arts Center, South Pomfret

Jul
18
2019

Author Talk & Book Signing: Water Connections

Author Talk & Book Signing: Water Connections

New Hampshire author James Rousmaniere discusses his book Water Connections, which explores what fresh water means to us and what we mean to water. Published in June 2019, the book covers water-related changes in technology, pollution, economic values, and ideas about nature from the Industrial Revolution to today.

Water Connections focuses primarily on New Englanders’ experiences with water, including floods and flood control, hydropower’s evolving technology, watershed protection, and citizen action in the cause of water protection. The book is as much about people as it is about water, with stories about conservationists, artists, reservoir managers, fishermen, scientists, and ordinary citizens around water.

After graduating from Harvard, Rousmaniere surveyed irrigation canals in southern India as a Peace Corps volunteer and then began a 43-year career in journalism. He reported on economics in the Washington bureau of The Baltimore Sun before being named editor and president of The Keene (NH) Sentinel, from which he is now retired.

ADMISSION: Free

7/18/19 7:30pm

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro

Jul
18
2019

Yellow Barn Concert

Yellow Barn Concert

This concert features works by Takemitsu, Schubert, and Enescu

7/18/19 8:00pm - 10:00pm

The Big Barn, 49 Main Street, Putney

Jul
11
2019
– THRU –
Jul
27
2019

DIG Written & Directed by Theresa Rebeck

DIG Written & Directed by Theresa Rebeck

A new play from the author of DOWNSTAIRS

A dying plant shop in a dying urban neighborhood receives a visitor from the past: Meghan, the neighborhood screw-up, whose suicide attempt followed a terrible tragedy. Roger, the store owner, wants nothing to do with this situation, but Meghan is improbably clinging to life. Can a soul beyond saving be saved? A play about courage, redemption and photosynthesis.

Dorset Theatre Festival Resident Playwright Theresa Rebeck (Broadway’s 2018 Bernhardt/Hamlet), has developed more than six productions at the Festival that have gone on to other stages around the country, including 2017’s Downstairs starring Tim Daly and Tyne Daly, which ran Off-Broadway at Primary Stages in fall 2018. The Most Broadway-Produced Female Playwright of Our Time, Rebeck returns to Dorset on the heels of the new spy thriller, 355 (with Jessica Chastain’s production company Freckle Films), for which she penned the script, having sold at the Cannes Film Festival market last spring.

DIG has received an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award to support the world premiere production at Dorset Theatre Festival. Piloted in 2006 with Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards give plays in development extended rehearsal periods for the entire creative team, including the playwrights. The program launched nationally in 2007 and has awarded grants to non-profit theatres for 393 new plays to date. The Edgerton Foundation was awarded the 2011 TCG National Funder Award.

7/11/19 7:30pm - 7/27/19 10:00pm

Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset

Jun
15
2019
– THRU –
Jul
28
2019

Lyell Castonguay: Tributes

Lyell Castonguay: Tributes

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to announce the artist opening and reception for "Lyell Castonguay: Tributes," an exhibition of woodblock prints Saturday, June 15, 5-7 pm. The show continues through July 28, and an Artist Talk is scheduled for July 14, 5 pm.

Castonguay is co-founder, along with Carand Burnet, of BIG INK, a unique, travelling, nationally recognized woodblock printmaking partnership providing audiences an opportunity to create large - up to 8 feet - hand pulled woodcuts.

Castonguay’s woodblock prints invoke disparate influences including Japanese ukiyo-e, the naturalist works of Audubon and the expressionism of Baskin. He fills his paracosm with familiar animals made beholden with human emotions. Being a birder himself, most of his images are avian or strangely bird-like, bold personalities seemingly at odds with each subject’s intrinsic wildness. The artist’s distorted narratives often incorporate covert references to environmental decline, natural resource commodification, and displacement.

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is committed to presenting innovative, contemporary works that stimulate and challenge both the seasoned collector and aesthetic explorer. Regular gallery hours: Wed. - Mon., 11-5.

6/15/19 5:00pm - 7/28/19 7:00pm

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro

Jul
12
2019
– THRU –
Jul
28
2019

Oldcastle Theatre Company Presents: Brighton Beach Memoirs

Oldcastle Theatre Company Presents: Brighton Beach Memoirs

The most popular American playwright in history was, easily, Neil Simon, and comedic master's best play, according to many critics, gets a revival at Oldcastle Theatre as the company presents "Brighton Beach Memoirs" opening Friday July 12th.
Fifteen year old Eugene, modeled on Simon himself, is preoccupied with sex, and the Yankees, a writer-to-be, an alternately perplexed and perceptive observer, and our narrator and guide to life in the Jerome family. The play is set in September of 1937, late in the depression, the Jeromes have relatives living with them, and life is by no means easy. But as the playwright portrays it, it is neither miserable no pitiful. The Jeromes are troubled: there is illness, unemployment, poverty, deep resentments and foreboding signs of World War II. Yet the family meets challenges with such enormous spirit, dignity and vigor that life---at once humorous and poignant---is something to celebrate.
Performances
Wednesday - Saturday at 7:30 pm
Matinees Thursday, Sunday and First Saturday at 2 pm

331 Main St., Bennington

Jun
19
2019
– THRU –
Aug
10
2019

Like Driving on an Ancient Road

Like Driving on an Ancient Road

Burlington-based photographer Andrew Frost's exhibit, Like Driving on an Ancient Road, is a collection of work from several different series, spanning over the course of a decade. Themes of his work include the exploration of the concept of place, whether it be coming back to Vermont where his family has lived for more than 200 years or longing for a connection after feeling like he was from nowhere and everywhere. Frost’s photographs ask viewers to question how they reconcile the idea of a place with the reality of living there.

Living in Vermont, Frost knows that driving on an ancient road is treacherous: they are narrow, seldom a straight line, and might just be impassable. It takes care and caution; sometimes it goes quickly, and sometimes it goes very slowly. His work reflects this as he earnestly explores the balancing act between the world he imagined for so long, and the place that he finally has experienced.

6/19/19 12:00pm - 8/10/19 6:00pm

Castleton University Bank Gallery, Rutland

Jun
26
2019
– THRU –
Aug
11
2019

The Geometric Exercises of Helen Matteson

The Geometric Exercises of Helen Matteson

The show will run from June 26 – August 11, 2019 with an opening reception on Saturday, July 6 from 3-5pm. Exhibition of watercolors by outsider artist Helen Matteson.

6/26/19 10:00am - 8/11/19 5:00pm

BigTown Gallery, 99 N. Main St., Rochester

Jun
26
2019
– THRU –
Aug
11
2019

The Vermont Paintings

The Vermont Paintings

The shows will run from June 26 – August 11, 2019 with an opening reception on Saturday, July 6 from 3-5pm. Exhibition of Vermont paintings by artist Celia Reisman.

6/26/19 10:00am - 8/11/19 5:00pm

BigTown Gallery, 99 N. Main Street, Rochester

Jul
8
2019
– THRU –
Aug
16
2019

Hush of the Footlights

Hush of the Footlights

Photography by Marek Jagoda & Ea Maples
July 8th through August 16th
Artist Reception: Friday, July 12th 5:30 - 7 p.m.

A photography exhibit featuring the work of Marek Jagoda and Ea Maples. Ea and Marek are fine art photographers who have spent the last three years together exploring interesting places and historic buildings including many abandoned theaters throughout New England. They have documented the beautiful architecture of these theaters as well as done creative work in the mezzanines, stages, powder rooms, balconies, and foyers of these grand places that were built in a time where a great deal of attention was placed on the beauty of a space rather than just its functionality. The exhibit will also include some of their work photographing performances of Main Street Arts. The exhibit will pass through the spaces theater has occupied, the ghosts of these places, and the living soul of theater today.

7/8/19 9:00am - 8/16/19 3:00pm

Main Street Arts, Saxtons River

Jul
13
2018
– THRU –
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

Friday, July 19, 2019
Jul
19
2019

Music by the River - Early Risers: Ashley Storrow and Putnam Smith in Woodstock

Music by the River - Early Risers: Ashley Storrow and Putnam Smith in Woodstock

Acoustic Folk
​​​​​​​We started as separate songwriters, drawn to each other’s music. We’d occasionally back each other up with vocal harmonies or some guitar or banjo accompaniment. Through playing shows and touring, our sound and style has grown into something new and entirely its own. Our new songs, especially, have been crafted with a new synergy. At some point we decided to stop referring to this new sound as simply “Ashley Storrow & Putnam Smith,” and we became The Early Risers.

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

North Universalist Chapel Society, Woodstock

Jul
19
2019

Rochester Chamber Music Society

Rochester Chamber Music Society

Cello Chestnuts: Peter Stumpf, cello; Cynthia Huard, piano
Beethoven, Schumann, Dovrak, Faure
Pre-concert talk with Larry Hamberlin 7 pm
Concert 7:30 pm

7/19/19 7:00pm

Federated Church of Rochester, Rochester

Jul
19
2019

Yellow Barn Pre-Concert Talk

Yellow Barn Pre-Concert Talk

On Saturdays, audience members are invited to the Putney Public Library for an introduction to the evening’s concert given by Yellow Barn musicians moderated by Artistic Director Seth Knopp.

7/19/19 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Putney Public Library, Putney

Jul
19
2019

Film: Echo in the Canyon

Film: Echo in the Canyon

A look at how musical groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas & the Papas birthed the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene and how the echo of these artists’ creations reverberated across the world.

Directed by Andrew Slater.

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

Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock

Jul
19
2019

Nathan Evans Fox and Jane Kramer to co-headline at Brandon Music

Nathan Evans Fox and Jane Kramer to co-headline at Brandon Music

Brandon Music is delighted to welcome Nathan Evans Fox and Jane Kramer to Brandon Music Friday July 19th at 7:30pm. Fox and Kramer are both highly regarded singer songwriters from North Carolina who frequently perform individually and with other artists but for this American tour have come together to co-headline a special night of Americana Folk with a North Carolina overlay. They will be playing together and separately.

Nathan Evans Fox is an Americana songwriter and musician from Glen Alpine, NC. Growing up immersed in country, rock, bluegrass, and hymns, Fox synthesizes his musical roots to produce a sound all his own. He has been writing music, playing fiddle and guitar, and collaborating with other musicians for over ten years. Fox’s lyrics confront the difficulties of his cultural and religious heritage with quiet grief, incisive anger, and an unexpected wit. Above all, he is a storyteller whose narrative landscapes are at once familiar and strange. He has written, produced, and performed two full-length albums: Home (2017) and most recently Texas Dust, which was released in April 2018. Fox is based in Atlanta, where he lives with his best friend/wife Elizabeth and their dog Maisie.

Asheville-based Jane Kramer was described by a UK music reviewer in Three Chords and the Truth as sounding like she was “…born to gypsy poets and raised by Emmylou Harris.” With deep roots in Appalachian musical traditions, culture, and lore, Kramer’s songs are introspective and gracefully gritty. Her performances are poignant and engaging, accessible, warm, and often hilarious. Her third album, Valley of The Bones, was released this March 2019.

“Jane Kramer embraces songwriting that runs through a gamut of emotions, with heartache, regret, fear, and hope resounding deeply in her eloquent lyrics, and each tune is delivered with a voice that only be described as one of the purest in modern Americana.”
- David Stallard, Blue Ridge Outdoors

7/19/19 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Brandon Music - 62 Country Club Rd., Brandon

Jul
19
2019

Yellow Barn Concert

Yellow Barn Concert

This concert features works by Aho, Henze, Fauré, and J.S. Bach

7/19/19 8:00pm - 10:00pm

The Big Barn, Putney