Arts Calendar: Statewide
Due to the frequency of event cancellations during the COVID-19 crisis, we cannot guarantee that events listed in our calendar are current. Please confirm with the listed venue before attending.
Have you listed an event in our arts calendar that has since been cancelled due to COVID-19? Please email Desmond Peeples, Content Manager, at dpeeplesREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@vermontartscouncil.org to update your listing.
Exposed, Helen Day Art Center’s annual beloved outdoor sculpture exhibition, will be on display throughout the town of Stowe for a special Vermont Edition this year to support artists around the state.
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe
Photographs from McAdams expansive oeuvre over the last forty years featuring essential documentation of the avant-garde performance and queer liberation scenes in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90’s, humane in situ portraits of those with cognitive disabilities, cloistered nuns, hot walkers at the race track, Appalachians, and farmers as well as luminous photos of horses, oxen, goats.
Timed ticket entry required. Reserve your private viewing experience here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/helen-day-art-center-timed-entry-pass-tickets-113783002022
8/4/20 10:00am - 11/28/20 3:00pm
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe
Reflections: The Angler and Nature in Art is a journey from the nineteenth century to the present day featuring evolving depictions of anglers in their natural habitat paired with artifacts from the museum’s extensive collection. The exhibit showcases a selection from the recently donated Trophy Art Collection, which is arguably the most significant collection of angling art available to the public in the United States.
The Museum is open 10am - 4pm Tuesday - Sunday (June 1 - October 31) and Tuesday - Saturday (November 1 - May 31)
7/17/20 10:00am - 8/31/21 4:00pm
The American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester
On August 7th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Montpelier ArtWalk, and on August 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during Capital City Farmers’ Market hours, The Susan Calza Gallery will be hosting an outdoor opening reception of the exhibition “we are pissed, we are broken hearted and we remain engaged,” curated by Susan Calza. The exhibition features the work of three artists whose ages span from 16 to 60’s: Susan Calza (sculpture), Izzy Giammusso (mixed media on paper), Bailey Rinaldi (etchings) and Rob Rinaldi (mixed media works on paper). This collection of multi-media work is a direct response to the current social and political climate amidst the turbulence of global pandemic. The collection reacts to thoughts of holding up a mirror and speaking truth to power.
Also on view at the outdoor gallery site will be a fundraiser for the Vermont Food Bank. A collection of postcards addressing the same themes - reflections on social or personal issues related to Covid-19 and these wild and turbulent times. In an effort to give back to the community in this time of need, donations for the postcards are encouraged, and all monies from the sales of cards will go directly to the Vermont Food Bank. The postcard collections are a combination of original works, and printed photographic work by a large group of local artists and some further afield. Receptions take place on the lawn of The Susan Calza Gallery at 138 Main Street, which offers opportunity to view the work and continue the conversation, while remaining safely social distanced.
8/8/20 10:00am - 2:00pm
138 Main Street (outdoors), Montpelier
In 1917, two little sisters fooled the London newspapers–and even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, celebrated creator of the great detective Sherlock Holmes–by making photographs of what they swore were the “Cottingley Fairies,” real fairies living in the woods near their home. We will re-create their method, drawing gnomes, fairies and other magical creatures, bring them to life using watercolor and scissors, then photograph them in their “natural habitat.” Bring your camera or your phone. All other materials provided. Class is outdoors–rain date is the following day. Julie runs her workshops in accordance with the State of Vermont’s recommendations for minimizing risk during covid-19. Limited scholarships available.
To register by phone or email, please contact Erin Kaufman at email@example.com or 802-367-1306.
8/8/20 10:30am - 12:30pm
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester
Yellow Barn’s 2020 Season Finale takes place on August 8th, the night that would have brought its 51st Summer Festival to a close. Rebroadcast Sunday,at 2:00pm. After opening with the last John Cage song of the summer (performed by Lucy Shelton), the program continues with Philippe Hersant’s “In the Dark”, Shostakovich’s “Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok”, and Osvalo Golijov’s “Tenebrae”, before concluding with James MacMillan’s “Angel” for solo soprano. MacMillan, who would have been this year’s Composer in Residence, plans to be in Putney next summer, along with all of the other musicians who were not able to be at Yellow Barn this year. Performing on Saturday, in essence representing the whole of Yellow Barn’s musical community, are sopranos Tony Arnold and Lucy Fitz Gibbon; violinists Alice Ivy-Pemberton, Adelya Nartadjieva, and Mark Steinberg; cellist Coleman Itzkoff; clarinetist Yasmina Spiegelberg; and pianist Seth Knopp.
8/8/20 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Apollinaire Theatre has taken on the challenge of
creating an original operetta every week for three weeks.
These three original works will be based on the lives of local Chelsea residents who have been nominated by Chelsea's leading Community Organizations.
Firsthand interviews with these intriguing individuals will provide the basis for creating a multidisciplinary Zoom-play about their life and work.
July 25: GreenRoots - Grace Muwina
August 1: The Neighborhood Developers - Terry & Joe Englen
August 8: The Chelsea Collaborative - Jessica L. Armijo
A Celebration of our Wondrous, Unique & Inspiring Community
Streaming Live: Saturdays- July 25, August 1, August 8 • Free! Gather online at 7:30 for the Pre-Show • 8:00 show •
Interpretation available at all performances
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chelsea Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
The Chelsea Heritage Celebrations Grant program was established by the City of Chelsea and the Chelsea Cultural Council funded by Encore Boston Harbor to support a broad range of cultural events, street fairs, art shows, festivals, and related activities such as: murals, sculptures, and film series that promote the community's heritage, quality of life, recreation, and cultural activities.
Additional major support was provided by Eastern Salt, and the Bob Jolly Charitable Trust, which was established by the late Boston actor Bob Jolly to support local theater artists. Additional support from Exelon.
Apollinaire Theatre is supported by supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
MANY THANKS to all our Donors and Supporters!
Moved by the heroic ways Chelsea has come together in the face of the pandemic to provide for its residents, Apollinaire Theatre has set out to create an exciting work of art that celebrates the heart of Chelsea: its people.
Apollinaire asked three Chelsea organizations, GreenRoots, The Neighborhood Developers, and the Chelsea Collaborative, to each nominate a Chelsea resident to be the subject of an original play with music, which will be created over the course of one week. Four Chelsea residents— Grace Muwina, Terry & Joe Englen, and Jessica Armijo (see profiles below)— will each have their life stories developed into original operettas and presented live over Zoom by a large Apollinaire Theatre creative team!
Each Sunday, the nominated individual(s) will be interviewed. Over the course of the week, a team of actors, helmed by a director and 3 composers, will create scenes and songs to showcase stories and moments from the person's life. The performances will be held live online the following Saturday. This 6-day turnaround time from interview to presentation will mimic the exciting process and energy of an in person 48 hour play festival.
Chelsea People will stream live on Saturdays,
July 25th, August 1st and August 8th for FREE!
Participants are welcome to begin gathering online at 7:30 pm for pre-show programming with the show itself beginning promptly at 8:00 pm.
The company of CHELSEA PEOPLE features the talents of:
A'lisa D. Miles, Amie Lytle, Angelika Menendez, Armando, Arthur Waldstein, Becca A. Lewis, Bronwyn Sims, Caryn May, Demetrius Fuller, Deniz Khateri, Ekemini Ekpo, Eric Cheng, Henry Clark IV, Jaime Hernandez, Jennifer Ledesma, Jonah Toussaint, Keith Foster, Kelvyn Koning, Kody Grasset, Lily Kaufman, Lina Echeverri, Luz Lopez, Marcia Aguilar, Mariela Lopez-Ponce, Matias De La Flor, Michelle Ambila, Peter Ruiz, Phil Thompson, Raul Avila, Shahjehan Khan, Siobahn Carroll,
Directed by: Danielle Fauteux Jacques
Music Director: David Reiffel
Composers: Allyssa Jones, David Reiffel, David Rivera
Technical Director: Erik Kraft
Stage Manager: Emily Larson
ASM: Mateo Coronado
Erica Cafarelli, Isaul Marques
8/8/20 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Your own home via ZOOM, Townshend
A reflection by Vermont artists and writers’ on time spent during Covid-19
Created by artist Hasso Ewing
Contributed to by over 100 Vermont artists and writers
Proceeds from sales of art benefit the Vermont Foodbank
Early this past winter the Fair Housing Project and the T. W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center collaborated to create a spring exhibition commemorating fair housing. Hasso Ewing submitted a piece for consideration, was accepted, and then traveled to Morocco. Covid-19 abruptly shortened her trip, she returned home to a shut-down and new, shared, unpredictable horizons. Reflecting upon this “new world” and the art she had submitted – of multiple plaster houses, nested in branches, representing fair housing and shelter – to the now cancelled TW Wood show, Ewing realized that this was no longer her OWN project. Rather, she thought, since all Vermonters were sharing a new experience, her project should reflect that experience.
So Ewing invited Vermont visual artists and writers to create a reflection of their time spent Sheltering in Place to stand as a memorial to what was lost, and gained, from sheltering in place during the time of Covid-19.
The visual art submissions had to be no larger than 6 x 6 x 9 inches, weigh no more than 8 ounces, and be made from materials found in and around ones shelter. Ewing collaborated with poet Geof Hewitt, who invited Vermont writers to create a haiku.
Over 100 artists and writers responded with originality, insight and enthusiasm that must be witnessed and celebrated.
7/11/20 11:00am - 8/9/20 4:00pm
Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro
Instructor: Maria French
Zoom meeting dates: Tuesday, August 4, Saturday, August 8 and Tuesday, August 11
Time: Tuesday evenings: 7 – 8:30 p.m. • Saturday morning: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: SVAC Member: $75; Non-Member: $85
Learn how to use your camera to its fullest potential!
This three-session workshop is targeted to beginner/advanced beginners who have acquired a digital SLR camera but are hesitant to leave automatic settings, even though the photos they have in mind to take would greatly benefit from full manual control over focus, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Class meets over Zoom Tuesday evening, Saturday morning and the following Tuesday evening. In between meetings, practice new techniques, and then return to Maria and the group with questions and photos to discuss. Open to photographers ages 15 and up.
You will receive instruction on how to understand the feedback your camera provides and how to use that to adjust settings manually to get the photos you want. We’ll talk about the mechanics of your camera and about taking advantage of available light. There will be plenty of practice to help you gain the confidence to continue to learn from your camera and improve your photos beyond the bounds of this workshop.
Any camera that can set on full manual control over focus, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed is acceptable for this class. One camera can be shared by no more than two people. When you register, Maria will contact you to talk through details associated with your particular camera.
Maria French: About Me
I’m an American who has been home in Vermont, France, Maine, Cameroon, Eritrea, Italy, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Guinea,Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Georgia (USA), California, and Qatar over the past four decades. I’ve always explored the world on foot and through the lens of my camera, but this process became more intensive in my desert home. In the three years before moving back to the USA in 2016, I walked many miles of Doha, falling in love, against all expectations, with the lines and the light and the creatures that manage to survive the heat. Upon returning to Vermont, I’m continuing to look for and share beauty whenever I come across it, most often on the street, farm, and trail. With a camera I can delight in moments I never even saw- a fairy crown from a drop of water, the light through a bird’s outstretched wing. My work continues to travel internationally, as prints in many homes, on notecards, and recently in shows in Vermont and Dubai. My latest project is designing and leading workshops that will provide beginning photographers with an understanding of light and the manual controls of their cameras, so they can continue to learn and create on their own.
Maria’s website: 2eyeswalking.com
To register by email or phone please contact Erin Kaufman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-362-1405.
8/4/20 7:00pm - 8/11/20 11:30am
En Plein Air - Vermont and The Great Outdoors
Friday, June 19, 2020 - Saturday, August 15, 2020
"En Plein Air - Vermont and the Great Outdoors" exhibit from June 19th to August 15th at Artistree Community Gallery in S. Pomfret, VT
A group show of artworks created outdoors or inspired by the beauty of summertime in Vermont
Exhibit Dates: June 19 - August 15, 2020
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm
*We request that you please wear facial masks and maintain social distancing when you visit the gallery. Occupancy limits due to Corvid-19.
6/19/20 11:00am - 8/15/20 11:59pm
Artistree Community arts center & gallery, South Pomfret
A musical inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS celebrates friendship, loving who you are, and the importance of taking chances. As Charlie Price struggles to save his family’s century-old shoe factory, in steps Lola, a drag queen with an eye for style. With music by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (HAIRSPRAY), KINKY BOOTS is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score.
Tuesday – Saturday Evenings at 7:30pm
Wednesday & Saturday Matinees at 2:00pm
Sunday Matinees at 3:00pm
*Note: On Saturday, August 1, performances will be at 1:00pm and 6:00pm instead of 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Weston Playhouse, 12 Park Street, Weston, VT 05161
Tickets $45-69. Does not include sales tax and fees.
7/23/20 7:30pm - 8/15/20 7:30pm
12 Park Street, Weston
SVAC’s Yester House will open on July 4, 2020 with the first of two Solo exhibitions. Each gallery will be filled with a vibrant mix of subject matter, mediums, styles, and techniques from current and new artist members. These exhibitions give an insight into the breadth of active, regional artists from Vermont and the surrounding regions. All of the artwork in the Solo exhibitions is available for purchase. The exhibiting artists in SVAC’s first group of exhibitions include Linde Caughey, Maria French, Robert Lafond, Stanton Sears, Michelle Vara, Susan Whiteman, and Ken Young (2019 1st place Juried Show winner). The first round of Solo exhibitions will be on view through August 16.
7/4/20 10:00am - 8/16/20 5:00pm
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester
Baltimore-based artist Rosa Leff embraced her time in quarantine as an opportunity to slow down, refocus, and commit full time to her art-making process. Celebrating the mundane, Rosa memorializes the messier details of urban life in her original papercuts - tangled nests of telephone wires and power lines, blocks of storefronts crowded with competing signage, and broadsides of rusted delivery trucks emblazoned with local graffiti tags.
7/17/20 11:00am - 8/29/20 5:00pm
Soapbox Arts, Burlington
The global spread of covid-19 changed all routines.
Many artists have utilized their time of confinement to create new or divergent works, or to revise old methods, techniques, and styles.
This group exhibit will feature work created in relation & response to the pandemic along with work that reflects our collective need for tranquility and togetherness amongst distortion and upheaval.
Bonnie Acker | Neil Berger | Sam Colt | Acadia Davis | Nancy Diefenbach
Kevin Fahey | Janet Fredericks | Ellisia Bond Grove | Carolyn Enz Hack
Philip Hagopian | Mario Messina | Jessica Scriver | Dianne Shullenberger
David Smith | Barbara Wagner | Richard Weis
Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, 86 Falls Rd, Shelburne
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, 705 Main Street, Weston, VT 05161
Judy Garland. Patsy Cline. Billie Holiday. Edith Piaf. Maria Callas. This one-woman tour-de-force shines a light on five ordinary women whose lives were forever changed by their unexpected encounters with these legendary divas. Featuring favorites such as “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “La Vie En Rose,” SONGS FOR NOBODIES illuminates the magical ability of song to make every nobody feel like a somebody. In Weston following sold-out tours in Australia and London- be among the first in the US to see this stunning new musical. Written by Joanna Murray-Smith.
Tickets $45-$60. Does not include sales tax and fees.
August 6- August 29
Tuesday – Saturday Evenings at 7:30pm
Wednesday & Saturday Matinees at 2:00pm
Sunday Matinees at 3:00pm
8/6/20 7:30pm - 8/29/20 7:30pm
705 Main Street, Weston
Northern Daughters is excited to present Betrays The Solitude, a solo exhibit of new work from Julia Jensen. The exhibition is on view by appointment at the gallery’s 221 Main St. location in Vergennes, Vermont through August 29th. NoDa also offers multi-faceted digital tours so you can have a personalized gallery viewing experience from home.
This is Julia Jensen’s first solo exhibit at Northern Daughters, though we have proudly been exhibiting her work for the past four years. It is an honor to house this magnificent body of work, some of which was created during quarantine. She says, “This time of quarantine has reinforced my understanding of the internality of my process. While my work might ostensibly seem to be about the external world it is actually about my internal world. It is like diving deeper into the ocean when a storm approaches. I can hear the crashing and frothing of the waves but down where I am working it is still.”
7/23/20 10:00am - 8/30/20 5:00pm
Northern Daughters Gallery, Vergennes
From the safety of your own neighborhood, you can walk, jog, or run and raise money for a great cause.
The purpose of this event is to raise funds for our organization to help us achieve our goal: to provide technology to those in need and empower women. While we still have international ambitions, because of recent events we are focusing our mission more locally. The money raised during this 5K goes directly to refurbishing technology and getting it into the hands of students in Vermont.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, many schools will be holding virtual classes or will be heavily reliant on technology. We want to ensure that every student has access to a great education and is not held back by a lack of resources.
375 Maple Street, Burlington
From the Sandglass Archives
Sandglass Theater has created twenty-five productions since our founding in 1982. Most of these have been video recorded for archival purposes, which means they are for our own documentation, marketing, and press outreach. Some of these recordings are better than others, although none of them is recorded with the intention of conveying the full experience of a live performance. These recordings offer a window into our past for those who want to learn more about our history and how our work has developed over these decades. The videos we have selected offer insight into where we have been and where we are going.
Richard 3.5: Light Ruminations on Murder
A collaboration between Bob Berky and Sandglass Theater. Live from the 15th century, King Richard III is here to perform, for your enjoyment, 11 murders and 7 songs that Shakespeare never meant to write. Surrounded by larger-than-life candles, whose wax is used to create the puppet victims before your eyes, Richard and his emcee accomplice dance and sing their way through this epic tragedy.
Isidor’s Cheek, Family Audiences
So begins the song, which begins the story, which begins the adventure: One day, something drives Isidor from his little grey existence. His cheek runs away and Isidor must search around the world to find it again: a world of color and beauty as well as loneliness and even danger. Inspired by a German children’s book.
Enjoy the work of 23 different artists in watercolors, acrylics, pen & ink and a wide variety of other media.
Our Mission: The Arts Collective works collaboratively to ensure that there are opportunities for artists with lived experience of mental health challenges to connect, create, and exhibit work. We strive to create a supportive, non-hierarchical community that fosters mutuality, creative expression, and empowerment. We value the transformative power of the creative process on a personal, social, and systemic level, and we acknowledge that we are stronger when everyone has a voice.
6/1/20 12:00pm - 8/31/20 12:00pm
FlynnDog Gallery, Burlington
The Arts Collective Summer Art Show has finally arrived!!
Come take a break from your day and let the creativity and beauty of this amazing collection lift your spirits.
What: More than 80 pieces of art by 23 artists in a wide variety of media, including watercolors, acrylics, pen & ink, textiles and mixed media.
Where: Flynndog Gallery, the grand hallway to Nomad Coffee
Note: Due to the ongoing public health crises, we are not yet certain whether we will hold a reception. A decision will be made later this summer and will follow Vermont Department of Health guidelines.
Artwork by Sean Collins
208 Flynn Ave, Burlington
The Vermont Fresh Network is excited to present The Great Vermont Picnic this August. They invite folks across the state to take part in this month-long celebration of the farmer-chef connection.
It’s easy to participate!
Order takeout from any local restaurant.
Pair your meal with a local beverage, cheese, fruit, or other choice Vermont product.
Choose your picnic spot!
Snap a photo and tag on Instagram - #vermontpicnic or #vfneats - and the folks you supported with your purchases.
Support Vermont Fresh Network chefs & members or search via Seven Days' Good To-Go directory of hundreds of Vermont restaurants.
This month-long picnic event is a creative alternative to what would have been the Vermont Fresh Network's 24th Annual Forum Dinner. Having cancelled the dinner, they are also running a GoFundMe campaign alongside The Great Vermont Picnic to raise funds for their membership and organization.
Across Vermont, Statewide
Show 39: August 7-August 31—featuring works by all of our members.
We hope you'll join us for a socially-distant opening from 4-7 on August 7th as part of Art Walk - we can fit 4 people in the gallery at once, and others can hang out outside! If you'd prefer a solo walk-through, you can contact us for an appointment. email@example.com or (802) 552-0877
The Front gallery, 6 Barre St, Montpelier we ask visitors to wear masks and not to visit if they have had signs of illness.
image: summertime, by Sandy Mayo
8/7/20 4:00pm - 8/31/20 2:00pm
The Front, Montpelier
The teen artist program at River Arts offers the opportunity for youth who are serious about their art to refine their work. When COVID19 hit, it was put on hold this spring. River Arts decided to continue as best they could, despite the circumstances, so they reached out to the artists, supplying them with the materials needed to keep making their art.
Each of the artists involved who have worked in various mediums, are Shawna Beattie and Serenity Braun of Peoples Academy, Abrie Howe, Stowe High School, and Erin Stoddard, Lamoille Union High School. The program is run by Youth Programs coordinator, Judith Mathison and teens who are interested in participating can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8/4/20 12:00am - 9/1/20 12:00am
River Arts, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville
Cathy Cone is a photographer and painter. Cathy and her husband, master printer Jon Cone, founded Cone Editions Press in 1980 in Port Chester, NY as a collaborative printmaking workshop. Cone Editions is now located in East Topsham, Vermont where Cathy is director of the Workshops and Studio.
Cathy received her training at Ohio University, Vermont Studio Center and the Maine Media Photographic Workshops. She received her MFA at the Maine Media College. She was awarded the Vermont Art Fellowships. Some of her exhibitions include Weisman Art Museum, University of Alabama, DeCordova Museum, and the The Vermont Center for Photography. Her works are in the collection of IBM, MCI, Hallmark Fine Art Collections, American Express and the Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, New York.
Artist Statement -
I begin by finding an image in the world. The image emerges as a rather strange, unexpected surprise. This is the evidence that I take back into my studio as “something” found. It is not unlike collecting specimens. I photograph so I can see what something looks like. I take a slice of life, through my camera lens, in attempt to see what I missed. I then go to work by responding more directly to this “something” – to rediscover through a new conscious intention. I want to connect and have my hand more in it. The finding and constructing of what I understand, and know, links up with what I don’t know, or can’t see. If I’m lucky, they meld into a new image that lives on the threshold.
"I make photographs as a way to listen to my heart’s song, and then I practice like hell to sing it."
7/31/20 11:00am - 9/6/20 4:00pm
Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro
Painting and Puppets, that allow the viewer to conjure up stories to go with these works. Zanes works seem to awaken the inner child, and fill the vision and mind with stories, both magical and meaningful.
8/7/20 11:00am - 9/26/20 5:00pm
Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild, Back Room Gallery, Saint Johnsbury