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Friday, May 17, 2019

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May
17
2019

Humberto Ramirez; Opening Reception

Humberto Ramirez; Opening Reception

The paintings allude to the botanical garden as an abstract fantasy. They use the vocabulary and conventions of abstraction but are deeply rooted in an experience of the body and the world. In a way, they are less of a radical denial of the social, as they are a reaffirmation of the desire for a space of creative autonomy. These works are all about form, space, light and color and while pointing to the corporeal world they also seek to transcend it.
~ Humberto Ramirez | 2019

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

ArtisTree, South Pomfret

May
17
2019

Alcohol Ink Painting for Beginners

Alcohol Ink Painting for Beginners

Alcohol inks are vibrant and unpredictable, and make for an enjoyable stress free process. In this class you will learn the basics & will have time and materials to create 3 paintings. This class takes place in Bundle, the gorgeous space right in downtown Middlebury!

5/17/19 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Bundle @ 60 Main, Middlebury

May
17
2019

Glorious Leader

Glorious Leader

Glorious Leader is the solo project of Kyle Woolard, bandleader of orchestral indie group The Anatomy of Frank. He writes music with no lies. A multi-instrumentalist, Woolard is renowned for powerful live performances and his intricate fingerstyle acoustic guitar work. He lives in the cold woods of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom region

For fans of The Anatomy of Frank, Woolard’s songwriting and arrangements will be unmistakable. His Appalachian roots combined with his years spent performing and collaborating in Iceland create a sound that defies easy classification. He has struck a style that is somehow distinctly Vermont — a wide stroke of nostalgia, plenty of quirks, and a sense of beautiful loneliness that a winter in the woods can afford. For those seeing him for the first time, you are in for a treat: a seasoned performer who loves his audiences as much as writing music. He’ll be joined by special guests and local legends on stage. Expect surprises.

Tickets are $15, Seniors 20% off, Students $10.

5/17/19 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro

May
17
2019

The Meeting House on the Green Concert Series presents The Vermont Bluegrass Pioneers

The Meeting House on the Green Concert Series presents The Vermont Bluegrass Pioneers

The VT Bluegrass Pioneers is an exciting band that unites the talents of three of Vermont’s veteran and best-known bluegrass musicians: brothers “Banjo” Dan and Willy Lindner – co-founders of the prolific and well-traveled Banjo Dan & the Midnite Plowboys, and who have, since the band’s retirement, continued their career as the multi-faceted Sky Blue Boys – and Danny Coane, guitarist and dynamic lead singer formerly with such bands as the Throbulators and the Radio Rangers, and, since 1998, with Vermont’s nationally award-winning honky-tonk heroes, the Starline Rhythm Boys.

The three became acquainted in the 1970s, when they were among the first musicians playing bluegrass – a uniquely powerful, updated version of acoustic string-band music – in the hills of Vermont. In May 2016, after years of friendship and other musical pursuits, Danny, Willy, and Dan hit on the idea of – finally! – teaming up as the aptly named VT Bluegrass Pioneers.

Doors at 6:30. Suggested donation $10. Lite fare, beverages and desserts will be available throughout the evening. Join us for this first show in The Meeting House summer series - 10 shows from May to November - supporting live music and the restoration of The Meeting House on the Green in East Fairfield.

5/17/19 7:00pm - 9:00pm

53 School Street, East Fairfield

May
17
2019

"Amelie" the musical

"Amelie" the musical

The award-winning St. Johnsbury Academy Theatre presents an all-student production of "Amelie: the Musical", based on the charming movie starring Audrey Tatou.

Amélie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world but loudly in her mind. She covertly improvises small but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy and mayhem. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Be inspired by this imaginative dreamer who finds her voice, discovers the power of connection, and sees possibility around every corner.

5/17/19 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, Saint Johnsbury

May
17
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.

5/17/19 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Pentangle Arts Council, Hall Theatre 31 The Green, Woodstock

May
17
2019

The Paul Asbell Jazz Quintet "Burmese Panther" CD Release Concert

The Paul Asbell Jazz Quintet "Burmese Panther" CD Release Concert

Paul Asbell’s “Burmese Panther” is the culmination of several years of composing, arranging, and fine-tuning his original compositions with a regular group of world-class players.

In his 50 year professional career, Paul Asbell has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Paul Butterfield, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, David Bromberg, Paul Siebel, Mary McCaslin, Sonny Stitt, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, and many others. His jazz-fusion group Kilimanjaro has released several award-winning recordings, and performed at jazz festivals worldwide, including Montreux, Montreal, Atlanta, and Roskilde, in Copenhagen. Their “Homecoming" CD was picked by Jazziz magazine for their “Best of 2009” CD, along with tracks by Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Branford Marsalis, and other heavyweights. Paul’s three solo acoustic CDs, Steel-String Americana, Roots and Branches, and From Adamant To Atchafalaya, received numerous rave reviews for their fresh takes on blues and jazz standards, old-timey country tunes, and original pieces from the “american roots” tradition. Recent appearances include Healdsburg, Woodstock (NY) and Newport Guitar Festivals, MerleFest, Lunenburg Folk Festival, and many other venues. Acoustic Guitar magazine recently did an article on him, featuring his composition Chunky Monkey Gumbo.

“Asbell is as authentic as it gets and a true master of the jazz/blues/Americana genres. He gave the audience just enough history about the music to pique interest and inform without ever coming off as stodgy or stiff. His presence onstage and off is altogether very pleasant, his demeanor guileless and his music very, very soulful."
- Robin Ralston, Coolwater Concerts

5/17/19 7:30pm - 9:30pm

ArtisTree Community Arts Center, South Pomfret

May
17
2019

Les Poules a Colin and Pipers Den

Les Poules a Colin and Pipers Den

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of traditional and contemporary Scottish, Quebecois and world music from New England and Canada by Les Poules à Colin and Pipers Den at Next Stage on Friday, May 17 at 7:30 pm.

Les Poules à Colin is a Montreal-based quintet that, despite the young ages of its member (22 to 27), has been touring Canada, the US, Europe, the UK, Australia and Africa for over eight years. Their sound seamlessly blends music drawn from some of Quebec's finest trad musicians with North American influences that range from old-time to jazz.

Les Poules à Colin's adaptations of traditional songs from Quebec, Brittany or Louisiana speak eloquently to their generation while retaining the beauty of timeless music. Their repertoire is a mix of original and traditional songs, primarily in French but with some English compositions, that showcase their vocal, instrumental and rhythmic prowess. With fiddle, guitar, lapsteel, banjo, mandolin, piano, bass and foot percussion, Sarah Marchand, Béatrix Méthé, Éléonore Pitre, Colin Savoie-Levac and Marie Savoie-Levac reveal a unique and modern perspective on traditional Québec culture.

Pipers Den bridges the gaps between traditional and contemporary Scottish, folk and world music. Hazen Metro, Dan Houghton and Tristan Henderson are a midnight-meeting of three composers and multi-instrumentalists, singing and playing highland bagpipes, Scottish border pipes, small pipes, flute, whistles, guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, jaw harp, bodhran and foot percussion. Dan Houghton has toured and taught extensively throughout Britain, Europe, Ireland, America, Asia and the Antipodes, and also performs with Scottish power-trad band Cantrip, the Salsa fusion band Salsa Celtica and the Celtic rock band Prydein.

Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT. Tickets are $20 Advance / $24 At the Door. For information, call 802-387-0102. Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, the Putney General Store and Turn It Up in Brattleboro. For more information, visit www.lespoulesacolincom, www.twilightmusic.org and www.nextstagearts.org.

5/17/19 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Next Stage 15 Kimball Hill, Putney

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
17
2019
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May
18
2019

Rock of Ages - 2019 Season Opening

Rock of Ages - 2019 Season Opening

Free Quarry Tours - Opening Weekend!
Friday and Saturday, May 17 & 18
Come visit Rock of Ages and embark on a one of a kind tour experience.
Tour the world’s deepest dimensional quarry, take a turn on our outdoor bowling granite lane and browse our gift shop. All Vermont themed merchandise will be 30% off, all guests receive a free gift.
10am - 4pm
Visit tours.rockofages.com for tour times

5/17/19 10:00am - 5/18/19 4:00pm

558 Graniteville Road, Graniteville

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
18
2019
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May
26
2019

The Dialects of Line, Color, and Texture Visual Discussion

The Dialects of Line, Color, and Texture Visual Discussion

Elizabeth Billings is a collaborative maker and ikat weaver who loves, and creates, public art. She describes her installations as “an investigation of wonder.” She lives and works in Tunbridge.

Frank Woods is primarily a painter. His landscapes and Kimono paintings are closely linked in their shared exploration of line, tone, texture and composition. “For me, drawing is the foundation upon which all of this rests.” Frank lives in Montpelier.

Elizabeth Fram is a multi-disciplinary artist, relying heavily upon her drawing practice to inform her textiles. “I apply the formal principles of line, form, and color, in tandem with the textural qualities inherent in textiles to explore image and surface, separately and together, celebrating each for the qualities it contributes to elevate the other.” Elizabeth lives in Waterbury.

4/18/19 9:00am - 5/26/19 7:00pm

Highland Center for the Arts Gallery, Greensboro

May
4
2019
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May
30
2019

Paintings of Local Structures by Tom Hall

Paintings of Local Structures by Tom Hall

Tom Hall's show, Paintings of Local Structures, will be featured in the Gallery at The Space On Main for the month of May. Opening reception on May 3rd (First Friday) 5:00–7:00pm and for public viewing hours 3:00–5:00pm on subsequent Fridays throughout the month.

These paintings were done in the last few years. Tom continues his interest in local landscapes as a source of subject matter.

Tom has lived, worked and painted in the Upper Valley since arriving in 1975. He recently retired from a 37 year stint as the bartender at the Colatina Exit Restaurant.

Artist's Portfolio:
https://artbytomhall.wordpress.com

Visit https://thespaceonmain.org/gallery for more information. If you cannot make it to a public viewing time, but would like to see the art, please do not hesitate to contact us at thespaceonmain@gmail.com

The Space On Main, Bradford

Apr
4
2019
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May
31
2019

Keep It Simple

Keep It Simple

Northern Daughters is pleased to announce “Keep it Simple” a solo exhibit of new work from Hannah Sessions. The exhibition is on view at the gallery’s 221 Main St. location in Vergennes, Vermont from April tth through May 31st with an opening reception on April 19th from 5-8pm. During the opening reception Hannah Sessions will speak about her process and this body of work. Greg Bernhard, her husband and co-owner of Blue Ledge Farm, will read excerpts from his new poetry anthology “Goats & Those Who Live By Them”.

4/4/19 10:00am - 5/31/19 5:00pm

Northern Daughters, Vergennes

May
1
2019
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Jun
1
2019

2019 Student Art Show

2019 Student Art Show

Featuring works from Stowe Elementary, Stowe Middle School, Stowe High School, and guests Rumney Elementary in Middlesex. Join us for the opening reception Wednesday, May 1, 3pm-6pm, which will mark the 38th year of exhibiting local students' work in the galleries. All are welcome. Complimentary ice cream and refreshments will be served. In addition to enjoying the exhibit and tasty treats, reception guests will be invited to participate in an art activity.

5/1/19 10:00am - 6/1/19 5:00pm

Helen Day Art Center, Stowe

Oct
30
2018
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Jun
1
2019

Thomas Waterman Wood – The Master Copies

Thomas Waterman Wood – The Master Copies

October 30, 2018 – June 1, 2019
The T.W. Wood Gallery announces an exhibit of Thomas Waterman Wood’s Master Copies.
Wood painted portraits across the US and Canada which lead to a European trip in 1858. Following fashion, Wood copied paintings in Europe to learn from the masters; such as Rembrandt and Turner. Wood made three additional trips and brought these paintings back to Vermont. In 19th Century Montpelier, these paintings were akin to an art history textbook, as many Americans wouldn’t have had access to European paintings. We invite you to visit the gallery, see these paintings’ scope, and explore how they differ from the originals.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-4:00 pm and by appointment. The Gallery is located at 46 Barre Street at the Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier, VT. For more information contact the Gallery’s Director Ginny Callan at 802-262-6035, info@twwoodgallery.org or visit www.twwoodgallery.org

T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier

May
1
2019
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Jun
1
2019

Helen Day Art Center 38th Annual Student Art Show

Helen Day Art Center 38th Annual Student Art Show

Featuring the extraordinary artistic talents of students in the greater Stowe area.

The show opens Wednesday, May 1st and runs through Saturday, June 1st. Stowe Elementary School, Middle School, High School and Mountain River School students exhibit their artwork along with students from this year’s guest school, Middlesex’s Rumney Memorial School.

The opening reception takes place at the Art Center on Wednesday, May 1 from 3:00pm-6:00pm and marks our 38th year of exhibiting local students’ work in the galleries. All are welcome. Complimentary ice cream will be served thanks to Ben and Jerry’s. In addition to enjoying the exhibit and refreshments, reception guests can also participate in an art activity. The community is invited to support area youth and discover the talents of these masters in the making.

The artwork includes a great variety of media and subject matter taught by dedicated art teachers: Kayla Hoffman, Stowe Elementary; Jennifer Anthony and Tim Waite, Stowe Middle School; Kate Crouse and Carleen Zimbalatti, Stowe High School; Jen Volansky, Mountain River School; and Jennifer Campbell, Rumney Memorial School.

The exhibition is made possible by our generous Sponsors: Cafe on Main, Hickok & Boardman Inc., Stowe Hardware, The Bagel, Woodbury Mountain Toys, Yellow Turtle, and Ben and Jerry’s; Media Sponsors: Stowe Reporter, StoweToday.com and X Press Print & Copy; and Grantors: National Endowment for the Arts and Vermont Arts Council.

Helen Day Art Center
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00am- 5:00pm and by appointment
90 Pond St
Stowe, VT 05672

Contact:
Danielle Naylor
Education Manager
Helen Day Art Center
802.253.8359
education@helenday.com
www.helenday.com

5/1/19 3:00pm - 6/1/19 11:59pm

90 Pond St., Stowe

May
3
2019
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Jun
2
2019

ART WALK -architect watercolorist DANNY SAGAN

ART WALK -architect watercolorist DANNY SAGAN

OFF THE GROUND PLANE explores architectural rhythms and harmonies in Danny Sagan’s futuristic watercolors.
“It’s the variables that are interesting not the rules themselves”.

5/3/19 5:00pm - 6/2/19 1:00pm

Local 64, Montpelier

May
3
2019
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Jun
2
2019

OFF THE GROUND PLANE BY DANNY SAGAN

OFF THE GROUND PLANE BY DANNY SAGAN

OFF THE GROUND PLANE is an exhibition of watercolors by Danny Sagan that explore architectural rhythms and harmonies in futuristic schemes. Riffing on his favorites he creates mood freed from the constraints of gravity, energy and human needs. "It's the variables that are interesting not the rules themselves".

5/3/19 5:00pm - 6/2/19 8:00pm

LOCAL 64, Montpelier

May
4
2019
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Jun
2
2019

BIDING: Exploration of Quiet Expectation

BIDING: Exploration of Quiet Expectation

West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park is pleased to announce the opening of BIDING: Exploration and Expectation, a group exhibition of contemplative and quietly reflective non-objective paintings by Janis Pozzi Johnson and Charlie Bluett, accompanied by the sculptural hand-thrown porcelain vessels of ceramic artist Jennifer McCurdy. Exhibition will open May 4th, from 3-5pm, and the public is invited to attend. On view at 17 Towne Farm Lane, Stowe VT May 4th, 2019 - June 2, 2019.

West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park, Stowe

May
3
2019
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Jun
9
2019

POST APOCALYPTIC DAWN OF POSSIBILITARIANS

POST APOCALYPTIC DAWN OF POSSIBILITARIANS

Peter Schumann, Artist and Director of the Bread & Puppet Theater "Post Apocalyptic Dawn of Possibilitarians": The Dawn is the new republic that brings light into a crumbling republic of waste and warfare. It is the celebration of the possible light that must confront the current day darkness. The Possibilitarians are the dwarfs of the giantism system, the misfits in the billionaire universe, the underneath-the-above kids who stand up against the end-of-the-world politics. Possibilitarians of the world unite!

Art work includes giant woodcut banners and paintings, special event procession performance, live music, bread and aïoli, Cheap Art. Events include Bread & Puppet film night with Alexis Smith and Emily Anderson’s Fairy Card Readings. Art Show is May 3 to June 9, 2019. Procession Festivities with Bread & Aïoli are May 18, 3pm. http://breadandpuppet.org

5/3/19 11:00am - 6/9/19 4:00pm

GreenTARA Gallery, North Hero

Feb
22
2019
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Jun
9
2019

Rebecca Weisman: Skin Ego

Rebecca Weisman: Skin Ego

Artist Reception: Friday, February 22, 5-8 p.m.

Rebecca Weisman examines subconscious and psychological spaces of identity. The artist combines video, sound, sculpture, and photography to create a large-scale, immersive installation. Skin Ego is comprised of several narrative threads that weave a story about the body’s corporeal nature. A central component of Skin Ego is the large-scale, eight by twenty foot sculptural recreation of a beached whale that visitors can enter and explore. Incorporating film and performance within her surreal environment, the artist spins a mysterious narrative between the fisherman and whale that expresses the nature of our impermanence.

Project Vermont is a new series dedicated to experimentation by providing a setting for contemporary Vermont artists to push their artistic practice while creating new work. Presenting visual, performance, and interdisciplinary exploration from emerging to established artists, Project Vermont supports artists’ exploration of new ideas and challenges, enables innovation, and creates engagement between audience and artist.

Rebecca Weisman’s Skin Ego is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

2/22/19 5:00pm - 6/9/19 5:00pm

BCA Center 135 Church Street, Burlington

Feb
22
2019
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Jun
9
2019

Imperfect Societies

Imperfect Societies

Featuring film and photography, Imperfect Societies probes themes of history, trauma, and nationhood set within the trope of science fiction. In Icarus 13: The First Journey to the Sun, Kiluanji Kia Henda plunges viewers into parallel traditions at pivotal movements in Angolan history, from the politics of Marxism-Leninism to the practice of witchcraft, as told within sci-fi narratives of the Cold War. Henda employs a sense of humor and criticality in his videos and photography, which often investigates themes of identity, politics, and perceptions of post-colonialism and modernism in Africa. Vietnamese-born artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s work questions the individual’s relationship to history, nationhood, and cultural displacement. In Nguyen’s short film The Island, shot on the Malaysian island Pulau Bidong (once the largest and longest-operating refugee camp after the Vietnam War that also housed Nguyen and his family) we encounter a dystopian future focused on the last two people on earth.

Artist Reception: Friday, February 22, 5-8 p.m.

Imperfect Societies is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s The Island courtesy for the artist and James Cohan, New York.

2/22/19 5:00pm - 6/9/19 5:00pm

135 Church Street, Burlington

Feb
22
2019
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Jun
9
2019

Adorned: Hairstyles of an Ancient Dynasty

Adorned: Hairstyles of an Ancient Dynasty

Barbara Zucker debut’s her new work, Adorned: Hairstyles of an Ancient Dynasty, featuring several black-and-white paintings and an installation of acrylic abstractions inspired by the stylized hairstyles of Tang dynasty tomb figures. Zucker is fascinated by the complex ways in which hair has been used by cultures to convey class, status, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and power throughout the world. Since the 1990s, the artist has explored the subject of hair in her sculpture – how it is shaped, removed, or adorned. In Adorned: Hairstyles of an Ancient Dynasty, Zucker transforms seemingly abstract forms into ironic, often humorous, observations on gender and culture.

Artist Reception: Friday, February 22, 5-8 p.m.

2/22/19 5:00pm - 6/9/19 5:00pm

BCA Center 135 Church Street, Burlington

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

Apr
1
2019
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Jun
11
2019

Summit School Spring Music Classes

Summit School Spring Music Classes

The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture presents….

The Spring 2019 Session of Evening Music Classes at the Center for Arts and Learning
46 Barre Street in Montpelier, VT.

- Registration is now open for classes in Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Singing and more!
- Classes start April 1st and run through June 11th
- Cost is $25 per class.
- For full class descriptions and other details, visit: www.summit-school.org

Mondays
Old Time Banjo with Ted Ingham | 8 classes | April 1 - May 20
Old Time Mandolin with Dana Robinson | 6 classes | April 29 - June 3
Old Time Fiddle with Dana Robinson | 6 classes | April 29 - June 3
Bluegrass Banjo Sampler with Jacob Stone | 3 classes | April 1 - April 15

Tuesdays
Trad Music Ensemble with Jeremiah McLane | 8 classes | April 2, 9, 30; May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11

Wednesdays
Harmony Singing with Heidi Wilson & Avery Book | 6 classes | April 24 - May 29
Foot Percussion Basics with Ellen Cooke | 6 classes | April 3 - May 8 (no class April 17)

Thursdays
Rags and Blues for Fiddle with Mark DiStefano | 6 classes | April 1 - May 9
Advanced Blues Guitar with Dave Keller | 4 classes | April 4, 11, 25; May 2

Fridays
Klezmer Tunes with Oliver Zeichner | 6 classes | April 5 - May 17 (no class April 19)

For questions regarding these classes, please visit www.summit-school.org, or contact Yasi Zeichner at yazbozz@gmail.com

4/1/19 7:30pm - 6/11/19 8:00pm

Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier

Apr
29
2019
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Jun
14
2019

Debra Weisberg: Drawn to Touch

Debra Weisberg: Drawn to Touch

Catamount Arts is pleased to present Debra Weisberg: Drawn to Touch, an exhibition of sculpture and works on paper on view in the Fried Family Gallery from April 27-June 14, 2019. A wine and cheese reception will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 4-5:30 pm, with remarks by the artist at 5 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Debra Weisberg: Drawn to Touch is an exhibition showcases the artist’s fascination with exploratory drawing as the basis for work that invokes a sense of touch. Using tape, fiber, fiberglass mesh, and hydrostone, she creates installations and stand-alone pieces that act both in collaboration and resistance to material. “All of my work is rooted in drawing,” Weisberg observes. It is her desire to establish sensory awareness of spatial relationships between the human body and material, one that is “dynamic, improvisational, and mutable.”

A native of Philadelphia, Debra Weisberg graduated from the Tyler School of Art and currently lives and works in the Boston area. Known both nationally and internationally for large installations and smaller works that explore drawing in physical terms, she has exhibited at the Paper Biennial in the Netherlands; the East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art in New York; and in numerous venues in the Boston area, including the Art Complex Museum, Boston Center for the Arts, Danforth Art, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Gallery Kayafas, Lesley University, and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.

4/29/19 11:00am - 6/14/19 8:00pm

Catamount Arts, Saint Johnsbury

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

Apr
22
2019
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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

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.

White River Gallery @ BALE, South Royalton

May
3
2019
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Jun
16
2019

Show 32

Show 32

The Front celebrates the opening of SHOW 32 and our 4th Birthday, Friday, May 3, from 4 to 8 pm. The exhibition, running May 3 through June 16, will feature recent work of the gallery’s membership of Vermont-based contemporary artists. The opening reception during Montpelier’s ArtWalk is free and open to the public and will feature guitarist Steve Grunewald providing live music for the evening. We will have a special second reception during ArtsFest Thursday, June 6, 4 to 8 pm.


Gallery Hours: Friday 4-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm.
 For more information about The Front’s news and events, visit thefrontvt.com. Contact the gallery at info@thefrontvt.com or by phone (802) 552-0877. The Front is located 6 Barre Street in downtown Montpelier, diagonally across and around the corner from the Savoy Theatre.

5/3/19 4:00pm - 6/16/19 5:00pm

The Front Gallery, 6 Barre Street, Montpelier

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

Apr
30
2019
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Jun
28
2019

Awakenings - Current Work By Kate Longmaid and Tom Merwin

Awakenings - Current Work By Kate Longmaid and Tom Merwin

The T. W. Wood Gallery at 46 Barre St in the Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier, Vermont is pleased to announce Awakenings; an exhibit featuring current work by Kate Longmaid and Tom Merwin. The T.W. Wood Gallery is honored to have their work at the gallery.

Through a contemporary approach to portraiture and still life, Kate Longmaid explores what is revealed in the intimate moments of seeing. Working in the alla prima tradition, she paints directly from life, seeking to capture a sense of immediacy, freshness, and depth in my paintings. With still life, Longmaid is drawn to subject matter that is ephemeral. Captured in fleeting moments, these paintings reflect on the transient nature and beauty of life.

Tom Merwin's painting process expresses a layering of symbol and spirituality, using nature as a doorway to the expression of existential concerns. Traveling the trails through the Kittatiny, Catskill and Green Mountains have been a continued influence and resource for Merwin. Exploring the waterfalls and sketching them on site with sumi ink and rice paper, or recreating the strata of a mountain or cliff face using layering of media, allows him to use the images as notes or tones and leave their literal meaning behind.

4/30/19 12:00pm - 6/28/19 4:00pm

T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier

Apr
2
2019
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Jun
28
2019

Vanishment - Mixed media work by Janet Van Fleet

Vanishment - Mixed media work by Janet Van Fleet

Vanishment, new work featured by Vermont artist Janet Van Fleet, will be on view at the Vermont Supreme Court Gallery from April 2 through June 28, 2019, with an opening reception on Thursday, April 4, 4-7 PM. The exhibit explores the fraught relationship between humans and the natural world, using, in part, materials that Van Fleet has repurposed from previous bodies of work.

4/2/19 8:00am - 6/28/19 4:30pm

Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, 111 State Street, Montpelier

May
3
2019
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Jun
28
2019

Almost Forgotten: Works Exploring the Overlooked Through Line, Shape and Texture

Almost Forgotten: Works Exploring the Overlooked Through Line, Shape and Texture

In paintings and works on paper, artists Kate Burnim and Daryl Burtnett notice the spaces and moments that are woven into the everyday landscape and human experience. Their work ranges from loosely representative to abstract, with attention to impermanence and the scarred and weathered surface. Receptions on Friday, May 3, and Thursday, June 6, 4-7 p.m.

5/3/19 8:30am - 6/28/19 4:30pm

Spotlight Gallery, Montpelier

May
14
2019
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Jun
29
2019

Fault Lines

Fault Lines

Fault Lines: May 14 – June 29, 2019 at Studio Place Arts

Artists explore the current political climate and the resulting fractures in our world that threaten discontinuity at many levels and potential explosive energy.

Opening Reception: Thurs., May 16, 5:30-7:30PM
Contact SPA for more info: 802-479-7069 or visit: www.studioplacearts.com

Studio Place Arts, Barre

May
14
2019
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Jun
29
2019

Tectonic Plates and Topographic Tiles

Tectonic Plates and Topographic Tiles

Artist Deborah Goodwin creates sculptural stoneware inspired by geologic forces. An exhibition of her work will be on display in the second-floor gallery at Studio Place Arts.

Opening Reception: Thurs., May 16, 5:30-7:30PM
Contact SPA for more info: 802-479-7069 or visit: www.studioplacearts.com

Studio Place Arts, Barre

May
14
2019
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Jun
29
2019

Present Continuous: Commentary and Form

Present Continuous: Commentary and Form

Works by Diane Sophrin. Combining rapidly written morsels of poetry with form and color, Sophrin draws and paints her writings on stitched, layered papers to create an ongoing series of hanging scrolls recently shown in Budapest. On display in the third-floor gallery at Studio Place Arts.

Opening Reception: Thurs., May 16, 5:30-7:30PM
Contact SPA for more info: 802-479-7069 or visit: www.studioplacearts.com

Studio Place Arts, Barre

Feb
15
2019
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Jun
30
2019

Ice Shanties: Fishing, People & Culture

Ice Shanties: Fishing, People & Culture

Ice Shanties: Fishing, People & Culture
Photographs by Federico Pardo / Interviews Vermont Folklife Center
On display through Summer 2019

Ice Shanties is an exhibition about the structures, people and culture of ice fishing seen through the lens of Vermont-based Colombian photographer Federico Pardo. Pardo’s large format color photographs of ice shanties at “The Meadows” in Brattleboro, Vermont are paired with audio reflections from the shanty owners drawn from interviews by the Vermont Folklife Center.

While Pardo’s shanty portraits provide a window into the material culture of ice fishing, the shanty owner interviews are an opportunity to engage with the human side—the personal, familial and recreational culture—of this winter activity.

For more information visit: https://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/exhibits-feed/iceshanties

Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury

Apr
29
2019
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Jul
10
2019

Sunshine & Shadow by Ann Young

Sunshine & Shadow by Ann Young


April 29-July 10, 2019
Artist Reception Thursday, May 23, 5-7pm

Ann Young’s interest lies in realism, especially of people, fascinated by the almost limitless variations afforded by the human condition and the same basic emotions shared by humanity. Rather than light and dark in a literal sense, these paintings consider the good and bad sides of human nature. People rain down terror and destruction on one another and at the same time are loving and considerate. Young explains, “This collection tries to sort things out, the good and bad that resides in all people, including myself.”

Young was raised in Illinois and Nebraska but has lived her adult life in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. From her first job illustrating the varmints of the Nebraska plains, through her stint as an illustrator for The Center For Northern Studies, to her abstract closeups of pond vegetation and the shells of crustaceans, she has looked to nature for inspiration. She spent years in a fruitful career making miniature animal and figure porcelain figurines for the wholesale craft market. An interest in large wooden sculpture occupied several years culminating in large scale gallery installations, combining the large cedar sculptures with the miniature porcelain figures. Young now devotes all her time with studies of people, in portrait and social interactions, enjoying the exquisite hues and textures which oil on canvas allows.

4/29/19 9:00am - 7/10/19 11:59pm

River Arts, Morrisville

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

Apr
15
2019
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Oct
25
2019

Exhibit: The War of Ideas: Propaganda Posters from the Vermont Historical Society Collections

Exhibit: The War of Ideas: Propaganda Posters from the Vermont Historical Society Collections

Showcasing items from the Vermont Historical Society collections spanning the Civil War to World War II, visitors can examine how posters have been an important part of the wartime effort, for everything from recruitment to support on the homefront. In a pre-digital world, inspiring artwork and pithy phrases were a key way the United States government could boost patriotism and gain material support. Viewing these posters alongside each other allows you to see similarities and differences as that messaging evolved over a century.

History Center exhibits are open Monday-Friday & Second Saturdays, 9am-4pm. Admission is by donation.

Vermont History Center, Barre

May
1
2019
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Oct
31
2019

In Their Element: Jonathan D. Ebinger, Rodrigo Nava, Dan Snow

In Their Element: Jonathan D. Ebinger, Rodrigo Nava, Dan Snow

Shelburne Museum is thrilled to present In Their Element: Jonathan D. Ebinger, Rodrigo Nava, Dan Snow, an outdoor installation featuring the evocative work of three contemporary artists on view across the Museum’s expansive campus, from May 1 through October 31, 2019. These captivating sculptures complement and amplify one another through their shared engagement with fire, wind, and earth – subjects of fascination since antiquity. Exploring themes ranging from the anatomy of wildlife, the buoyancy of inflated steel forms, to the relationship between site-specific stone structures within the natural environment, Ebinger, Nava, and Snow push the boundaries of their respective materials and processes, revealing new experimentation with these classical elements.

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne