Workshops, Classes and Artist Residencies

Southern Vermont: A Mecca for Pro-Am Artists Classes, Workshops & Residencies   In Vermont art flourishes in the summer. People find it a good time to learn, practice and perform. This summer more than 200 artists, writers, performers and musicians are visiting Southern Vermont to do exactly that. In addition, classes don’t stop for the summer at the area’s many local arts, dance and music schools. Performances of jazz, classical music, chamber music abound. Here are a few programs and places to help you learn about classes or workshops in your area.   Boyd Family Farm 125 E Dover Rd Wilmington, VT 05363-7933 (802) 464-5618, boydfamilyfarm.com May – August: Workshops on everything from Container Veggies and Herbs to Window Box Planting  to Bird and Butterfly Habitats. Call for details.   Brattleboro Museum & Art Center 10 Vernon Street, Brattleboro 11a-5p (Closed Tuesdays) brattleboromuseum.org, 802 257-0124 July 6-8: Visual Thinking Strategies Institute, a powerful and exciting teaching methodology that aims to strengthen students’ literacy and critical-thinking skills through facilitated engagement with visual art.   Carving Studio and Sculpture Center 636 Marble Street, Rutland carvingstudio.org, 802 438-2097 Partial listing: Advanced Carving with Bill Nutt. July 18-22: Soft Stone Sculpture with Robert Babcock. July 18-22: Monumental Concepts and Practical Techniques with Rick Rothrock. Aug. 15-19: Stone Carving with Glenn Zweygardt. Aug. 22-26: New England Sculptors Association Weekend. Aug. 22-26: Environmental Art Workshop with John Paul Gardner. Residencies: The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center inspires people of all ages to create three-dimensional art on the grounds of Vermont’s historic West Rutland marble quarries.   Fletcher Farm 611 Route 103 S., Ludlow fletcherfarm.org, 802 228-8770 Numerous workshops throughout the summer. Everything from Willow Strctures for the Garden to Pastel Painting and Torch Fired Enameling.   Gallery at the VAULT 68 Main St, Springfield, Vermont galleryvault.org, 802 885-7111 June 27-July 1: Creations with Clay, for children ages 6-8. July 11-15: Cartoon Camp I, making comics with Lena, ages 10-12. July 18-22: Building Balance Toys, ages 8 & up. July 25-29: Cartoon Camp II, ages 13 & up.   InView Center for the Arts at Landgrove Inn 132 Landgrove Road, Landgrove landgroveinn.com, 802 824-6673 July 10-14: Writing a Children’s Book, with Barbara Seuling. July 18-22: Portraits in Watercolor, with Ted Nuttal. July 24-28: Developing Your Children’s Novel, with Barbara Seuling. Aug. 1-3: Vermont Landscapes in Watercolors, with Margie Samuels. Aug. 11-13: Moonlight in Vermont, with Barbara Pafume. Aug. 15-19: Come Paint with Me, with Bobbi Mullen. Aug. 26-28: Workshop in Oils, with Hilary Mills Lambert. Sept. 16-18: Plein Air in Oils, with Randall Sexton.   New England Center for the Circus Arts 76 Cotton Mill Hill...

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The Daily Scoop

Daily Scoop May: 31: Healthier Living Workshop at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 6-8:30p, bmhvt.org. 27: New England Living Show House Grand Opening Gala, Juniper Hill Inn, Windsor, time TBA, tours through Sept 5, juniperhillinn.com. 28: Annual River Gallery School Benefit Auction, at the River Garden, downtown Brattleboro, 5-9p, rivergalleryschool.org. 28: Mayfest Arts & Crafts Festival, all day, downtown Bennington, betterbennington.com. 28-29: From Our Gardens to yours Plant Sale, and Library Trustees’ Bake Sale, Wardsboro Town Common, all day, visitvermont.com. 28-29: Living Willow Garden Structures workshop, all day, Ludlow, 802 228-8770. 29: 24th Annual Great Duck Race, 1,500 yellow rubber ducks will be released down the Deerfield River, benefit for Make-A-Wish-Foundation of Vermont, visitvermont.com, 802 464-5618. 29-30: 18th Annual Open Studio Weekend, with craftspeople and artisans opening their studios throughout the state, sponsored by the Vermont Crafts Council, vermontcrafts.com, 802 223-3380. 30: Memorial Day Program and Parade, starting at 10a, Memorial Hall, West Dover, visitvermont.com.   June: 1: Beethoven’s Sketchbooks, a performance lecture, at Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, 7p, 802 254-5290. 1: Poetry of the Earth: Re-imagining Nature with former N.H. poet laureate Cynthia Huntington, Rutland Free Library, 7p, 802 773-1860. 1-3: Slow Living Summit, in Brattleboro, 802 254-5546. 1-30: June Arts! A month long celebration of the arts around Bennington, betterbennington.com. 3: Gallery Walk in downtown Brattleboro, 5:30-8:30p. 802 257-2616, gallerywalk.org. 2: Tom Russell at Main Street Arts, Saxton’s River. Show presented by Flying Under Radar and Vermont Festivals, 7:30p. rootsontheriver.com. 3-5: Strolling of the Heifers parade and festival with activities and events all day in Brattleboro, strollingoftheheifers.com. 7, 14, 21 & 28: Healthier Living Workshop at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 6-8:30p, bmhvt.org. 9-12: Roots on the River 12 Festival, with music all day in and around Bellows Falls, rootsontheriver.com. 11: Artists’ Palate Dinner at Southern Vermont Arts Center, 5:30p, svac.org. 11-12: National Trails Weekend at Stratton Mountain, stratton.com. 11-12: 25th Manchester Car Show with fantastic cars, flea market, games, auction and more, all day, manchesterarshow.com. 11-17: Hemmings Motor News Great Race, an endurance rally through New England, greatrace.com. 12: Dim Sum Teahouse at C.X. Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, 10a-8p, dimsumvt.com. 17: 3rd Friday Art Walk in Bellows Falls, 4-8p, villagesquarebooks.com, 802 463-9404. 17: Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, talk by Willard S. Randall, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, northshire.com. 18: Brandon Civil War Days, events all day, Brandon.org. 18: Magical Night of Belly dancing at Unitarian Universality Meetinghouse, Bennington, 7-9:30p, benningtonbeledi.com. 19-26: Wanderlust, a renowned yoga and music festival, all day, stratton.com. 21: Midnight Madness, music, fun and special bargains in downtown Bennington, time TBA, betterbennington.com. 22: Plymouth Strawberry Festival, all day, yourplaceinvermont.com. 25: Anniversary and Reunion of the Bear and Doll...

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Music and Theatre

Summer Stage, Summer Music   Bellows Falls Opera House 7 Centennial Square, Rockingham bfoperahouse.com, 802 463-3964 May 28: L’il Orphans Cajun Dance Party, 9p.   Brattleboro Music Center 38 Walnut Street, Brattleboro bmcvt.org, 802 257-4523 May 30: Flutist Bart Feller: Master Class, 6p and Concert, 4p at the West Village Meeting House in West Brattleboro, 4p. June 12: Windham Orchestra presents Ode to Joy, at Brattleboro Retreat Lawn, 3p. June 13-17: Piano 4-Hands, at Brattleboro Music Center, 10a-noon. July 8-10: Northern Roots Weekend three-day workshop for all ages, book early because this popular event may sell out.   Dorset Theatre Festival PO Box 510, Dorset dorsettheatrefestival.org, 802 867-2223 June 3-5: “Charlotte’s Web” at 7p Fri and Sat nights; 2p on Sat; shows at noon and 4p on Sun. June 22-July 31: “Superior Donuts” by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts, shows Wed-Sat at 8p, matinees on Wed, Sat and Sun at 3p. July 7-23: “Dial M for Murder,” an Alfred Hitchcock classic, performances Wed-Sat at 8p, matinees on Wed, Sat and Sun at 3p. July 28-Aug 13: “Noises Off,” often considered the funniest British farce ever written, shows Wed-Sat at 8p, matinees on Wed, Sat and Sun at 3p. Aug 18-27: “Mauritius” a riveting thriller, shows Wed-Sat at 8p, matinees on Wed, Sat and Sun at 3p.   Grafton Music Festival Various locations in Grafton graftonmusicfestival.com July 1: Evening concert featuring Skip D & Tim (rock music) behind the Old Tavern, 6p. July 2: Festival Day: Local artisan vendors, food, live music, children’s activities, 11a-4p, in Grafton village. 1p: outdoor concert featuring Banjo Dan & the Mid-Nite Plowboys, behind the Old Tavern. 5-7p: Evening outdoor concert featuring Eilen Jewell behind the Old Tavern 8p: Evan Cary, flamenco guitar, at the Phelps Barn. July 3: Special church music service at the White Church in Grafton, featuring Moonlight & Morningstar, 10:30a. 7:30p: Vermont Symphony Orchestra concert followed by fireworks.   New England Center for the Circus Arts 76 Cotton Mill Hill #300, Brattleboro necenterforcircusarts.org, 802 254-9780 May 20-21: Circus Clockwork graduation show with trapeze, handstands, aerial fabric, partner balancing, invented apparatus and more. Show at 7:30p May 20, 3p and 7:30p shows on May 21. June 11-12: Eunoia Circus graduation performances from intensive training students, including German wheel, aerial fabric, trapeze and more. Shows at 7:30p June 11, 1:30p June 12.   Latchis Theatre 50 Main St, Brattleboro latchis.com, 802 254-6300 The Metropolitan Live in HD series is broadcasting several encore productions of operas that previously aired live at Lincoln Center. June 15: Madama Butterfly (Puccini); June 29: Simon Boccanegra (Verdi); July 13: La Fille Du Regiment (Donizetti); July 20: Tosca (Puccini)....

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Gallery Openings

At the Galleries   Ann Coleman Gallery 23 West Main Street, Wilmington 10a-5p daily artistanncoleman.com, 802 379-4305, 802 368-7090 June 1-30: “Local Scene” exhibit. July 1-31: “Summer Themes” exhibit, with opening reception July 9, 5-7p. Aug 1-31: “Vermont Landscapes” exhibit.   Asian Cultural Center of Vermont and C.X. Silver Gallery 814 Western Ave, Brattleboro  accvt.org, 802 257-7898, ext. 1 Ongoing: Kiri-E Paintings of Hiroshima Youth of 1945 exhibit.   Brattleboro Clayworks 532 Putney Road 802 254-9174, brattleboroclayworks.com June: Celebrating Fantastic Fathers. Brattleboro Clayworks is  Southern Vermont’s ceramics resource center. Founded in 1983, Clayworks seeks to increase access to ceramic media for the southeastern Vermont, northwestern Massachusetts, and southwestern New Hampshire communities.   Chaffee Art Center 16 South Main Street, Rutland chaffeeartcenter.org, 802 775-0356 50th anniversary Thru June 18: Human = Landscape. Aesthetics of a Carbon Constrained Future. June 25-July 31: Summer Members’ Exhibit with Featured Artists. Aug 6-28: 4th Annual Photography Contest. Aug. 13-14: Arts in the Park. Sept 2-Oct. 2: Transcendence: Mooring the Storm.   Crow Hill Gallery 729 Flamstead Road, Chester crowhillgallery.com, 802 875-3763 Nestled in the woods among outdoor sculptures, the gallery offers a beautiful variety of viewing spaces. Here one can view in contemplative elegance a large selection of Jeanne’s most recent works, as well as the sculpture of visiting artists.   Gallery 103 7 Pineview Drive, Chester 802 875-7400, gallery103.com Featuring fine American Craft, this art space is filled with the handmade craft of more than 100 Vermont and New England artists. Featuring photography, jewelry, ironwork, textiles, blown glass, pottery, soaps, candles, woodwork and more.   Gallery 2 and Vermont Artisan Designs 106 Main St, Brattleboro 10a-7p, Mon-Sat, 11a-4p Sun buyvermontart.com,  802 257-7044 Aug 10-Sept 23: The Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers Annual Summer Show. Opening: Aug 5, 5:30p-8:30p. Artisan Designs and Gallery 2 house an extensive showcase of fine art and hand-crafted gifts. In addition to the fine art and sculpture found in Gallery 2, the works of more than 350 American craftspeople are on display. Unique jewelry, blown glass, pottery, wrought iron, pewter, turned wood, jewelry boxes, clocks, chimes and the famed Vermont Folk Rocker, are just some of the hard-to-find items available.   Gallery at the VAULT Celebrating 10 years 68 Main Street, Springfield, Vermont galleryvault.org, 802 885-7111 Opening June 11: Art in Bloom 4 and Joe Henry 1918–1973: A Retrospective. A VAULT special exhibit in celebration of Springfield’s 250th Anniversary. Thru July 7: “Our Changing Landscape” open wall, amateur artist exhibit. July 15-Sept 8: “Dog Days” open wall, amateur artist exhibit. Ongoing: The VAULT serves the community as an educational resource with our schedule of workshops and lectures. Both the gallery...

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At the Museums

At the Museums   Bennington Center for the Arts 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington 10a to 5p, Mon-Sun (Closed Mondays) benningtoncenterforthearts.org, 802 442-7158 May 28-Dec. 18: Small Works in the Collector’s Gallery. Landscapes and still-lives by regional and national artists. June 4-Aug 21: American Artists Abroad, artwork from around the world, created by North Americans. June 11-Aug 17: Art of the Animal Kingdom XVI, with special guest artist Luke Frazier. Aug 13-Dec. 18: Impressions of New England. Sept 3-Dec: The Laumeister Fine Art Competition.   Bennington Museum 75 Main Street, Rte. 9, Bennington 10a to 5p (Closed Wednesdays) benningtonmuseum.org, 802 477-1571 June 18: Founders Day Celebration: Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Vermont’s first town—Bennington. Includes walking tours, driving tours, historic lectures and more. June 11-Oct 30: Grandma Moses and the ‘Primitive’ Tradition Exhibition. Come see the largest public collection of Ann Mary Robertson Moses. Aug 27: Farm to Table Dinner, 6-10p, Tuscan inspired, elegantly casual seven-course tasting dinner. Sept 24: Fourth Annual Southern Vermont Home Brew Festival, noon-5p.   Brattleboro Museum & Art Center 10 Vernon Street, Brattleboro 11a to 5p (Closed Tuesdays) brattleboromuseum.org, 802 257-0124 Thru July 3: In the Zone 3, juried exhibition open to all artists within 100 miles of Brattleboro. Thru July 31: Marco Abarca: Wood, Paint, Fantasy. Unique tales told through wood constructions. Thru July 31: Nature is not your Friend – a consideration. Thru July 31: Wherever You Are is the Center of the World exhibit. May 22: BEAN Dinner & Micro-Grants, 6-8p. May 26: Art & Dream: A Talk by Author Thomas Moore. June 3: Art Film after Gallery Walk, How to Draw a Bunny, 8:30p. June 5: Yo-Yo Performance & Tutorial, 1p. June 6: Hidden in the Hills: Johnny Swing Studio. June 16: Independent Lens: Two Spirits, 7:30p. June 19: Dedication of the Wolf Kahn & Emily Mason Gallery, 11:30a. June 23: Where Light Falls: An Evening of Poetry (Patrice Pinette) and Harp (Beverly Boyer), 7:30p. June 25: Brattleboro Sketchcrawl: Summer Edition, noon-3p. July 1: Art Film After Gallery Walk: The Philosopher Kings, 8:30p. July 6-8: Visual Thinking Strategies Institute. July 15-Oct 23: Art/Craft: Glass in All Senses. Other exhibits: Clemens Kalischer: Six Decades of Evocative Photographs of Marlboro Music; Art/Craft: The Spaces Between, featuring works by Karen Kamenetzky; Celebration of Paper, featuring works by Claire Van Vliet; Dialogue, featuring works by Josh Bernbaum and Jackie Abrams. Sewn Stories, featuring works by Salley Mavor.   The Clark Art Institute 225 South Street, Williamstown, Mass 10a to 5p Tuesday thru Sunday clarkart.edu, 413 458-2303 Thru Sept 30: Romantic Nature: British and French Landscapes. June 12-Oct 2: Pissarro’s People, a fresh look at the...

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Life is Tip Top in WRJ

Design Observed: Life is “Tip Top” in WRJ: The bakeries are gone but there’s plenty cooking by Dan Mackie; photographs by Medora Hebert   The voluptuous smell of bread baking once filled the Tip Top Building in White River Junction, but now there’s a feast for another sense. Visual art is everywhere: in studios, in hallways, hanging from the high ceilings in the form of long yellow spoons.  The solid brick walls play straight man for a light comedy of color. Hallway floors are painted red, or green, or silver. Some walls are brighter than orange juice. Skylights let sunshine in to play.  Host to several baking companies from the 1880s to 1974 (ending with Ward Baking and Tip Top Bread), the Tip Top was like much of White River Junction when Matt Bucy (pictured left) and other investors bought it in 2000. The railroad boom was past, and it wasn’t certain what was coming down the tracks. In its post-bakery years the Tip Top was enlisted for grimy industrial uses, the last a motor repair operation.  Bucy, a Yale-educated architect and former engineer involved with synthesizers and digital audio, thought the Next Big Thing was high-tech. With super high-speed Internet access nearby at the Verizon switching facility, the developers thought they’d attract a mix of tech and art and media.  The dot-com boom went bust, and the new owners adjusted. Without dominant tenants, the Tip Top is a beehive full of more than 30 occupants: printers, painters, photographers, massage therapists, a family-friendly pottery studio, a restaurant, book publisher, a public access TV studio, and spaces for ballet and karate. There’s a waiting list for new tenants.  Kim Souza, owner of Revolution, a vintage clothing store just down the street, called Bucy a “flagship pioneer’’ in the village, once a crossroads for New England rail. “The first big risk taker was critical. It sparked the pace of revitalization,’’ she said. In her view Bucy made others think, “Maybe we can do something, too.’’  White River Junction, which is still described as gritty, may be finding its Next (Sort of) Big Thing in the arts. Less than 10 miles from Hanover, N.H., and Dartmouth College, it offers lower rents and no upper crust.  A small college for cartoonists has opened in White River Junction, and Northern Stage offers lively professional theater. It’s not easy street—small shops open and close and “for rent’’ signs pop up like spring flowers. The paint peels off several buildings that have been empty for years.  Bucy doesn’t mind the grittiness. “So many towns around here are dressed up for tourists to be this fantasy of...

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Southern Vermont Festivals

Festival Links: Strolling of the Heifers — Yellow Barn — Blueberry Festival — Vermont Life Win & Harvest Festival — Garlic Festival — Grafton Music Festival...

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Warren Kimble Cheerleader for the Arts

Warren Kimble, Cheerleader for the Arts by Joyce Marcel   Why do people love folk art?  “Folk art is simplified,” said the ebullient contemporary folk artist Warren Kimble. “People understand it. They can see something they recognize. In my case, what I’ve found through the years, is that people of all walks of life, sophisticated, unsophisticated, see something in it and get something from it. It crosses gender lines. My prints are in hospitals, offices and dining rooms. You choose the folk art that suits you.”  Since the Bennington Museum will open a show in June called “Grandma Moses and the ‘Primitive’ Tradition,” it seemed like a good opportunity to talk to Kimble about folk art in general and his life in particular.  Kimble, 76, is internationally famous. His folk-style images of kissing cows, preening roosters, Vermont landscapes and American flags are licensed to appear on prints, note cards, pillows, plates, wallpaper, rugs and a host of other things.  How did he become a folk artist?  “Before I came to Vermont in 1970, I taught art in secondary schools,” Kimble said. “And I didn’t make any money teaching. So I was in the antique business, buying and selling folk art and old-style country furniture. And paintings.”  Especially in England in the 1850s, farmers would feed their cows and pigs tremendous amounts of feed and then proudly have the huge beasts painted.  “The animals got humongous,” Kimble said. “They had these little heads and huge bodies. Now I like fat cows. And I live where there are chickens and pigs and farm animals. So the first thing I did was a painting of a huge cow, thinking of the ones in England. And since it was me, I exaggerated it. So it became a folky art cow. So I was into the real folk art business and then I started doing contemporary folk art.”  Might Grandma Moses be one of his early influences?  “I remember drawing and painting like that when I was a little kid,” Kimble said. “With her figures. And it probably did influence me. When you’re that young, you’re innocent and you paint innocence. You paint right from the gut. Any child does. I think it’s wonderful that the museum is having a show of her work. I think it’s especially wonderful that they show her table, the one she worked from, with her implements her tools. That’s very important.”  Art encompasses all experience, even childhood ones, Kimble said.  “Everything you see influences you, whether you draw it or paint it or sculpt it,” he said. “So if I see Grandma Moses and her colors and the...

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