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Chittenden County Arts Excursions | Fall 2020

A nighttime concert at Nectar's in Burlington.

Bands play on a stage atop a rooftop deck behind the restaurant at Nectar's.

Begin with Burlington City Arts, whose Church Street galleries are exhibiting two shows until Jan. 30, 2021. Unprecedented? explores the impact of 2020's extraordinary events through a call and response between local artists and community members, with community participants contributing text in response to the artists' work. Clay Mohrman: Radiant Thought is an immersive light and sound installation programmed to mimic the neurochemical reactions of the brain.

Also at BCA this fall and through Jan. 23 is new work by EveNSteve called “The Home of My Choice,” to honor Alexander Twilight, America’s first Black college graduate and state legislator who taught and served as minister in Brownington, VT. The artwork consists of nine photographic panels depicting the Brownington Village historic district and surrounding landscape, including the Old Stone Museum, which was originally built as a dormitory for Twilight’s students. Hand-inscribed over and around the imagery are dates and descriptions of notable facts and events from Twilight’s life and legacy.

Just northeast of Burlington is Winooski, which takes its name from the Winooski River ("winooski" meaning "onion" in the Abenaki language). The Heritage Winooski Mill Museum, which sits over the Winooski Falls, is showing original drawings, sketches, research notes, and manuscript from famed author and illustrator David Macaulay's 1983 book, Mill, from Dec. 4 until March 12, 2021.

South of Winooski and Burlington on Route 7 is the town of Vergennes, where Northern Daughters gallery is showing the work of seven artists in Winter White until Jan. 15, 2021. Among the artists exhibiting is former Vermont Arts Council staff member Hannah Morris.

Head back north through Burlington, Winooski, and Colchester and you'll reach Milton, where the Milton Artists Guild gallery and store shows eclectic work from local artists in 6,720 square foot space.

Did you know that the Vermont Curators Group has a fun Passport Program for sharing Vermont’s arts and culture? Sign up, visit participating museums and galleries, and win prizes!

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Last updated January 4, 2021.