A husband and wife collaborate on art that places our own Planet Earth in a cosmic context
Jun22

A husband and wife collaborate on art that places our own Planet Earth in a cosmic context

A husband and wife collaborate on art that places our own Planet Earth in a cosmic context By Arlene Distler The drive to Old Manchester from Bennington on Route 7A takes in historic mansions, the poet Robert Frost’s modest home, numerous old stone walls and foundations, lovely meadows, and majestic trees. It was difficult to concentrate on driving, but eventually I arrived in the manicured and elegant part of Manchester that is quite distinct from the Manchester of shopping outlets and cafés. Here was a steady hum of lawnmowers and leaf-blowers getting things spiffed up for “the season” that would soon be upon the Shires. Pat Musick and Jerry Carr are getting ready for the opening, at Southern Vermont Art Center, of a major collaborative work. It’s made up of eight single pieces, series, and installations known collectively as “Our Fragile Home.” The couple live in a beautiful independent-living retirement village not far from Manchester Center. They are, however, far from retired. They are so busy, in fact, that they each engage young assistants from the nearby Burr and Burton school: he for help with fabricating pieces that go into his wife’s sculptures; she for help archiving and keeping track of things on the business end, something, she notes wryly, art schools do not teach. At the door to the couple’s apartment, out in the hall, is a small mini-installation of two smooth alabaster eggs nesting on paper and wood. Jerry greets me at the door, and guides me to the comfortably upholstered couch. The coffee table is laden with books the two have published, and catalogs of past shows. Then, with little time spent on chit-chat, they get right to it: Carr was based in Houston for 11 years as an astronaut and support person on NASA missions (for many years he held the record for weightless hours in space, and his mission, Skylab 4, circled Earth for 84 days, a record for manned space flight); Musick has been an art therapist and spent more than 20 years teaching art. The apartment, while spacious, hardly seems suitable for constructing the large pieces that will comprise the show at Southern Vermont Art Center. Eventually they revealed their modus operandi: the couple maintain a studio/warehouse/workshop in Sunderland, a short distance away. The business of Pat’s art-making and Jerry’s fabricating comes under the name Camus Art, Inc. Musick describes Carr as always having supported her artistic endeavors, even back as far as their Houston days. He sits attentively during my interview with Pat, and offers a detail or clarification where needed. When I ask about his fabricating work, his eyes take...

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Nurturing the Arts: Three who bring the arts to life in Southern Vermont

Nurturing artists and the arts just comes naturally to Southern Vermonters. Dorset Theatre Festival Artistic Director Dina Janis is turning a local legend into a world-class performance venue on par with anything you’ll find in the Berkshires. In Grafton, Liisa Kissel continues crafting a go-to music festival that leverages the popular VSO concerts taking place every Fourth of July weekend in this picturesque town of 500. In North Bennington, Tony Conner left the corporate world behind and facilitates a world of painting en plein air with an annual competition that draws artists to our vistas from all parts of the country. Each of these visionaries, and so many others making Southern Vermont their home and their inspiration, know the arts are where it’s at in the Green Mountain State. And they’re spreading the...

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Calendar: Farmers’ Markets

Farmers Markets Tuesdays • Rutland Downtown Farmers’ Market, Depot Park, 3-6p, 802-747-4403. • Bennington Walloomsac Farmers’ Market at the Bennington Station, 10a-1p, 802-442-8934. Wednesdays • Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market Wednesday Market, Gibson-Aiken Center, Main Street, Brattleboro, 10a-2p, brattleborofarmersmarket.com. • Woodstock Farmers’ Market, on the Green, 3-6p, woodstockvt.com. Thursdays • Poultney Farmers’ Market, Main Street, 9a-2p, 802-287-2460. • Townshend Farmers’ Market, at routes 30 and 35, 3:30-6:30p, 802-869-2141. • Manchester Farmers’ Market, Adams Park, Manchester, 3-6p, manchestermarket.org. • Castleton Village Farmers’ Market, next to Citizens Bank, Wells, 3:30-6p, 802-273-2241. • Royalton Farmers’ Market, South Royalton Town Green, 3-6:30p, 802-763-6630. Fridays • Bellows Falls Farmers’ Market, Waypoint Center, 4-7p, bffarmersmarket.com. • Brandon Farmers’ Market, Central Park, Brandon, 9a-2p, 802-247-8473. • Fairhaven Farmers’ Market, The Park, 3-7p, 802-265-4240. • Ludlow Farmers’ Market, 4-7p, Main Street, 802-734-3829. • Hartland Farmers’ Market, Hartland Town Library, 4-7p, 802 296-2032. Saturdays • Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market, Western Avenue (just west of Creamery Covered Bridge), Brattleboro, 9a-2p, brattleborofarmersmarket.org. • Arlington Country Market, at the Hamlets of Vermont on Rte. 7A north, Arlington, 10a-2p, arlingtoncountrymarket.com. • Norwich Farmers’ Market, Rte. 5 south in Norwich, 9a-1p, morwichfarmersmarket.org. • Bennington Walloomsac Farmers’ Market at the Bennington Station, 10a-1p, 802 442-8934. • Londonderry-West River Farmers’ Market, routes 11 and 100, 9a-1p, 802 824-4492. • Rutland Downtown Farmers’ Market, Depot Park, 9a-2p, 802 747-4403. • Wilmington Farmers’ Market, Main Street, Wilmington, 10a-3p, 802 464-9069. • Windsor Farmers’ Market, on Green St., Windsor, 1-4p, 802 674-6630. • Woodstock-Mt. Tom Farmers’ Market, Mt. Tom parking lot, 9:30a-12:30p, 802 457-1980. • Green Mountain Harmony Farm, Flea, Arts and Crafts Market, on Rte. 7 South in Mount Tabor, 9a-1p, greenmountainharmony.com. • Springfield Community Market, People’s United Bank, 10a-1p, springfieldcommunitymarket.com. Sundays • Jamaica Farmers’ Market, Main Street, Jamaica, 10a-2p, jamaicavt.com, 802 874-4151. • Arlington Country Market, at the Hamlets of Vermont on Rte. 7A North, Arlington, 10a-2p, arlingtoncountrymarket.com. • Chester Farmers’ Market, at routes 11 and 103, 11am-2pm, 802 875-2703. • Dorset Farmers’ Market at HN Williams Store, 10am-2pm, 802 558-8511. • Putney Farmers’ Market, across from Putney Co-Op, 11a-2p, putneyfarmersmarket.org. • Green Mountain Harmony Farm, Flea, Arts, and Crafts market, on Rte. 7 South in Mount Tabor, 10a-2p,...

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Green thumbs in the Green Mountains

“Just Say it with Violas, Violins and Art!” Southern Vermont is throwing a garden party all summer long to celebrate the brilliant colors of the landscape and the talented performers, entertainers, and craftsmen who heat up the hills in a region renowned for taste, quality, and old-world tradition. On tap are exquisite gardens, world-class musicians, puppeteers, artists, authors, artisans, cows, farmers, farm-fresh cuisine and all things Southern Vermont. It promises to be a garden party like no other. From garden tours, swap events, and benefits, to farmers’ markets, daylily and dog contests, parades, festivals, concerts, and gallery walks, Southern Vermont will burst with green thumbs and the arts. Gordon Hayward, popular speaker and author of dozens of books on garden design, will showcase his one-acre garden in Westminster West to benefit Sandglass Theater with a day-long performance of “Puppets in Paradise” — magical puppet vignettes scattered among his artfully designed gardens. Daytime garden hopping will give way to a variety of music and theater happenings beckoning visitors all summer long. Also popular are Gallery Walk on the first Friday of each month in Brattleboro, and Art Walk on the third Friday of each month in Bellows Falls, just 20 minutes by car to the north. Here are a few of our favorite green thumb-friendly offerings: • From Our Gardens to Yours Spring Plant Sale, library lawn, 170 Main St., Wardsboro, May 25, 9a-noon, rain or shine, (friendsofwardsborolibrary.org, 802 896-3416). • Westminster Cares’ 12th Annual Garden Tour: New Plants, New Voices, on the Town Common June 29-30, 10a-3p, rain or shine. Annuals, local hardy perennials, vegetable seedlings including Gilfeather Turnips; raffle, bake sale (westminstercares.org, 802-722-3607).  Features the gardens of Mary and Gordon Hayward, nationally known garden designer, writer, and lecturer. Four other Westminster gardens join the tour this year. Proceeds benefit Westminster Cares, a volunteer organization creating opportunities for seniors and disabled adults to live with independence and dignity in the community. Tickets $15, or $25 for two, on the day of the Tour at the Hayward garden and Westminster Institute on Rte. 5. Advance discounted tickets will be sold on their website. • North Hill Annual Summer Symposium, Mount Snow, West Dover, June 29, 8:30-4:30p (northhillgarden.com).  Eighteenth annual summer symposium growing with this year’s theme: new plants, new ideas, and a new and upcoming generation of gardeners. A visit to the garden at North Hill is included. • Tunes ’n’ Blooms, North Forte Gardens, Wilmington, July 20, 4-6p, rain date July 21 (802-464-5872, 802-464-8179, or 802-464-7230). Enjoy a late afternoon stroll through the spectacular North Forte Gardens, which feature waterfalls, walkways, and Vermont flora. The afternoon includes live music, wine, beer, soft drinks, and gourmet hors d’oeuvres. This event benefits the...

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Behind the bylines

Summer 2013 issue: Behind the bylines In putting together this issue, the theme of connections came into focus in so many ways — connections among people and communities, connections among artists engaging in a common medium, connections between farmers and the rugged terrain of Southern Vermont. “A sense of place is vital to community, say the founders of the West River Community Project in West Townshend,” reports Thelma O’Brien , a former resident of that community who writes about the creation of the West Townshend Country Store and post office in a once-burned-out old building. Learn about this effort on page 9. Katherine Cox , a regular contributor to these pages, found connections of the two young farmers at Big Picture Farm to a delicious specialty food product. “It’s no wonder the silky caramels made at Big Picture Farm won the Oscars of the specialty food industry last June,” she writes. Her report on these goats’ milk candies appears on page 42. Allison Teague, a freelance writer and reporter, writes about three people who make it their life’s work to build connections in nurturing the arts, in a series of three stories that starts on page 20. “It never fails to absolutely floor me to discover the depth of authentic engagement and expression in these extraordinary yet humble individuals who quietly exist amidst our verdant hills and valley floors,” she writes. Joyce Marcel, a regular contributor who has a passion for chronicling the business of the arts, “fell in love with glass while writing this story,” she writes. Her glimpse into this important arts sector begins on page 28. And for Arlene Distler , another regular contributor, writing about the upcoming Red Grooms show (New & Notable, page 4) cultivated a connection to her days in New York City in the late 1960s, where she once met the acclaimed modern artist and his then-wife, Mimi Gross. “Tall, unruly red hair and a boyish face had the females among us aflutter,” recalls Distler, who also profiles artists Pat Musick and Jerry Carr beginning on page...

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Celebrating local flavor: Food festivals in abundance this summer
Jun22

Celebrating local flavor: Food festivals in abundance this summer

Celebrating local flavor: Food festivals in abundance this summer If there’s one thing besides art steering folks to the historic villages and rural communities of Southern Vermont, it’s got to be the food. Here we enjoy a warm, sophisticated, yet rustic lifestyle based on family traditions fed by authentic and local food experiences. Ah, but find out for yourself. Here we’ll help you start a culinary vacation at which you’ll enjoy the sights, tastes, sounds, smells, and textures of the works of dedicated farmers, local and celebrity chefs, producers, food entrepreneurs, food co-ops, restaurants, CSAs, farmers’ markets. For a summer of what Southern Vermont serves up best, we recommend you start with these choice festival picks: Grafton Food Festival June 22-23, 10a-4p, The Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. (800-843-1801, graftoninnvermont.com). The annual Grafton Food Festival, newly established by Northeast Flavor magazine, is a pure celebration of Southern Vermont’s local food and farms. Offerings include tastings, cooking demonstrations, farmers’ market tables, and special dinners at The Grafton Inn. Conveniently, the Festival is held under an all-weather tent behind the Grafton Inn., and lodging packages are available. There’s live music, too, of course. $10 per person, free for kids under 12. Must be at least 21 with proper ID for beverage tasting. The event features two experiential events: Grafton cheese cave tours (max. 12 people per tour) and a Grafton wine and cheese hike at Grafton Ponds, 2p. Vermont Cheesemakers Festival July 21, Coach Barn of Shelburne Farms, Shelburne (212-576-2700, vtcheesefest.com). Vermont is the premier artisanal cheese state, boasting the greatest number of cheesemakers per capita — widely estimated at more than 40. We invite you to experience our passion for making fine cheeses, taste local and fresh foods and wines, and meet the artisans who make them. Spend a fine summer day along the shores of Lake Champlain at the historic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, and sample, buy, learn, and network. Hosted by the Vermont Butter & Cheese Company of Websterville, and the Vermont Cheese Council, the Festival is at Shelburne Farms from 11a-4p. The event is open to the public, and in 2012 attracted more than 1,100 visitors from across the country. This year’s attendees will sample more than 100 types of cheese from fully 50 cheesemakers, a variety of locally produced wines and beers, and several other artisanal foods such as maple syrup, honey, chocolates, and baked goods. Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival and Parade July 26-Aug. 4, various venues in the Mount Snow Valley area (vermontblueberry.com). Berries, vintage cars, music, food, and tarp displays; if it’s blue, it’s probably happening in the Mount Snow area towns of Wilmington, Whitingham, and Dover....

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Photo: Catamount Prowl

Following two successful and award-winning Moosefest Gala and Auction events, the Catamount Prowl aims to bring street art back to Bennington through October. Approximately 50 Fiberglas catamounts have been offered to area artists to decorate in imaginative ways. Hand it to the Bennington Chamber, they’ve found a formula that works. This is their third such art project: Moosefest 2005 raised $290,000; Palettefest 2006 brought in $100,000; and Moosefest 2009 thundered up $200,000. Says Lindy Lynch, chairwoman of the festival for the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce: “It does bring the tourists, and gets them walking Main Street.” These artistic catamounts will go up for bid at this year’s auction, planned for October 26. Large, wild cats, the catamounts, or cougars, are native to the Americas. Their connection to Bennington dates back to their adoption as the unofficial mascot of the Green Mountain Boys. The Bennington Museum (benningtonmuseum.org) reportedly is planning three months of exhibits in their lobby to explore the catamount’s history — and mythology — in...

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Tony Conner, Visual Art
Jun22

Tony Conner, Visual Art

By Allison Teague Like many who take up the arts following a first career, Tony Conner needed only the right moment to act. When downsizing loomed in 2003, this former AT&T account executive leaped at the chance to paint full-time. He’s glad he did. But painting the rural landscapes of Vermont and New England, and tackling commercial work, is not all Conner, now a Bennington-based watercolorist and teacher, does — and many, many other artists are grateful to him for it. Conner is a founder, and the event director, of Plein Air Vermont, now in its fourth year. This year’s event runs Sept. 3-8 and gives artists four days in the open air to paint what they like among what Conner calls “exciting designated sites across the shires.” At the end of four days’ painting — in an expanded geographical area this year — the artists will exhibit their work. There’s a main competition offering 11 prizes totaling more than $6,000 in cash, merchandise, and purchase awards, and a “quick draw,” offering nine prizes totaling more than $1,200 in cash and merchandise awards. Conner (tonyconner.com) says that painting en plein air — outside, and without the aid of photography — is flourishing as an art form, and that this season’s competition is attracting some of the best in the field from across the country. He says he’s pleased to hear how appreciative the visiting artists are to find the beauty in the local surroundings, and their place in it. The event even functions as historical record: “It’s documenting the iconic buildings and landscapes of the area — providing a history of how things change,” he says. And it’s certainly true that Conner’s longtime connection to the Bennington community has brought it economic benefits. People come in from all over the country to take his workshops: particularly the plein air events. Not only to paint, but to admire the process. “People want to see the artist working and then to see the finished work … Many, many people want to know what art is and what people do to create it, to see the magic of it. To them, an artist seems like a magician — as if they’re pulling a painting out of thin air,” Conner says. And while they’re here, they shop, stop in for meals, stay over, attend other events, explore. “It must be having an effect” (economically), Conner surmised. Looking back, Conner said he wouldn’t have wanted to be an account executive forever. When he took his corporate buy-out, his severance and some training funds eased his transition to a new career in the arts. But,...

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Calendar: Gallery Openings

Gallery Openings Ann Coleman Gallery 7 N. Main St., Wilmington Artistanncoleman.com, artyani@together.net Thru June 25: “Green Theme,” featuring seven local artists celebrating the greens of spring and summer, depicted on canvas, paper, glass, wood, and silver. June 26-July 30: “Sumptuous Summer,” featuring local fine artists, jewelers and painters, opening reception June 29, 5-7p. July 31-Aug 27: “Water Works,” with picturesque rivers, streams and lakes on canvas and paper; home furnishings and fine jewelry, opening reception Aug 10, 5-7p. Aug 28-Sept 24: “Awesome Autumn,” with artwork celebrating fall splendor and the Vermont landscape, opening reception Aug 31, 5-7p. Asian Cultural Center of Vermont and C.X. Silver Gallery 814 Western Ave., Brattleboro accvt.org, 802-257-7898, ext. 1 Aug 2: Tonabata-Oban, Japan’s double summer festivals in Brattleboro’s Plaza Park, at the corners of Main Street, the Co-op and Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Sept 19: 15th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival of China, Korea, and Vietnam, 5-8p, Kiwanis Pavilion in Brattleboro’s Memorial Park. Ongoing: Dim Sun Teahouse every other Sunday. Ongoing: Kiri-E Paintings of Hiroshima Youth of 1945 exhibit. Bennington Arts Guild 103 South St., Bennington benningtonartsguild.org, 802-447-0388 Thru June 3: New Works by BAG members show. June 7-July 1 Zentangle, inspired art in 2D & 3D by Sadelle Wiltshire, Ann Coakley, and other Zentangle trained artists (including Ceil Petrucelli, Ann Webster-Lang, Vickie Lampron, and others). July 5-29: Contemporary ceramics and stoneware by Johua Primmer of Bennington and art quilts by Jeanne Marklin of Williamstown, Mass. Aug 2-Sept 2: Group show featuring exquisite glassworks by Readsboro artist Mary Angus, pressed flower art by Wilmington resident Ellie Roden, and jewelry and other items fashioned from recycled zippers, vintage fabrics and buttons by Stacie Mincher of Bomoseen. Sept. 6-30: Watercolors by Bennington artist, and chair of Plein Air VT 2013, Tony Conner, paired with ceramics and sculpture by North Pownal artist and retired teacher Teru Simon. Sept. 6: Plein Air event in downtown Bennington. Bennington Center for the Arts 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington 10a to 5p, Tues-Sun benningtoncenterforthearts.org, 802-442-7158 Thru Dec: Small Works Show featuring fine art that’s 11 x 14 and smaller. June 8-Aug 25: Impressions of New England, with more than 60 scenes. June 15-Aug 25: Art of the Animal Kingdom XVIII, one of the country’s most prestigious wildlife exhibitions. June 22-July 21: Overlap, featuring geometric abstraction on canvases large and small. July 27-Sept 22: Laumeister Fine Art Competition, with artists from around the country. Aug 31-Nov 3: Society of Animal Artists. Catherine Dianich Gallery 139 Main St., Hooker Dunham Building, Brattleboro catherinedianichgallery.com, 802-380-1607 June 7-July 26: “The Labors of Silence” photo exhibit by rural documentary photo artist Forrest Holzapfel created in support of...

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Plowing Old Ground: Vermont’s Organic Farming Pioneers
Jun22

Plowing Old Ground: Vermont’s Organic Farming Pioneers

Plowing Old Ground: Vermont’s Organic Farming Pioneers Photographs by John Nopper will be featured at The Works Bakery Café, on Main Street in Brattleboro, over June. The exhibit is part of “Plowing Old Ground: Vermont’s Organic Farming,” a work in development by agricultural writer Susan Harlow and farmer/photographer John Nopper. Their aim: preserve the story of the organic farmers who first came to Vermont in the 1960s. Over the past two years, Harlow has conducted about 40 hours of interviews, most of them around farm kitchen tables. Nopper came to Vermont as a teacher, worked for many years in the wood industry, and then built and managed a large-scale sheep operation on his farm in Putney. The photos are black and white and document the lives of six working farms and their farmers. “Vermont’s early organic farmers built an industry and a culture from scratch. Many of these farmers, now in their 60s, are asking themselves ‘What will happen to my farm?’ They’re getting ready to retire, but few of their children want to farm the land themselves,” Harlow...

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Live performance as community
Jun22

Live performance as community

Nurturing the Arts: Liisa Kissel, Music: Live performance as community By Allison Teague It took the Grafton Music Festival only three years to rise to the status of go-to music festival, held in tandem with the annual visit of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra & Fireworks, itself a Grafton staple of the past 23 years. Grafton resident Liisa Kissel, president of Grafton Music Festival, Inc., serves with a board of three to get the job done. She explains that her lifelong love of music, something she shared with her late husband, informs everything she brings to GMF. “Just listening to the live performance, (and) to classical perfection is so beautiful and dramatic,” she says. She adds that she gets very emotional about the sound. “For me, it’s an essential part of being a human. Life would be so much poorer without it.” This year’s 5th Annual Grafton Music Festival is July 3-6 in a large tent on the ball field in the center of town, and is aimed at generating additional interest in beautiful, musical, Grafton. Samirah Evans and her Handsome Devils play Friday, 7-9p; the Starline Rhythm Boys — a rocking honkytonk rockabilly band — play Saturday from 2-4p, followed by the Compaq Big Band (we’re talking 15 horns and a cookin’ rhythm section) with local Alstead singer Rebecca Holtz from 6-8p. As with the Festival’s first year, organizers have scheduled a concert Sunday morning in the White Church, where the acoustics are perfect for classical, jazz, and swing. Anticipating some 400 visitors over the course of the event, Kissel says a flood of volunteers attests to how well the community has received the Grafton Music Festival. Every year she sees more return — and new ones are quick to tell her how much they enjoy the Festival. New on tap: a series of occasional expert talks on music, with live demonstrations. Seth Knopp, Yellow Barn’s artistic director, kicks off this “Open Ears” series June 18. “In Grafton we have a great natural soundscape … and composed music is an extension of the natural sounds. It’s just essential beauty, and a dimension to our lives which is very important,” Kissel says. “I think it’s another outlet for one’s emotions. We need to express who we are and what’s going on inside. Even if (those) emotions aren’t articulated, you need to be aware of your feelings and emotions and reactions,” she adds. Grafton itself takes center stage thanks to the Grafton Music Festival. Whereas in the festival’s inception, which incorporated a craft show with vendors, this year Kissel promises something a little bit different: a focus on food. Look for...

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At the Museums

At the Museums   Bennington Center for the Arts 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington 10a-5p, Tues-Sun thebennington.org, 802-442-7158 Thru 2013: Small Works Show. Figuratives, landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife, and still-lifes by nationally recognized artists. June 15-Aug 25: Art of the Animal Kingdom, one of the country’s most prestigious wildlife exhibits, with guest artist Carel Brest van Kempen. June 8-Aug 25: “Impressions of New England” annual exhibit with more than 60 scenes captured in paint and bronze. June 22-July 21: Overlap: Art school professors at Dartmouth and Yale collaborate to bring a unique show. July 27-Sept 22: Laumeister Fine Art Competition, with artists from around the world, juried by Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief of Art Connoisseur magazine. Opening Aug 31: Society of Animal Artists show. Opening Sept 7: Plein Air Vermont show. Opening Sept 28: American Artists Abroad show. Bennington Museum 75 Main St., Route 9, Bennington 10a-5p (Closed Wednesdays) benningtonmuseum.org, 802-477-1571 Thru July 30: Disappearance of the Catamount from Vermont. Thru Oct 27: “Southwestern Vermont and the Civil War, the Fabulous General Ripley: Capture of Richmond.” June 6-Sept 2: “Tom Fels: Cyanotypes from the Arbor Series.” June 7-Oct 27: “Southwestern Vermont and the Civil War: Bennington Boys (and Ladies Too): The Local Civil War Experience.” July 13: “Conjuring the Civil War: Recreating History for Dorset Theatre Festival Production.” Aug-Oct: “Is the Catamount Really Gone?” Aug 24: Bringing farm-fresh goodness to the table, the Farm to Table Dinner is a Tuscan-inspired, elegantly casual, seven-course tasting dinner hosted by Bennington Museum. The dinner incorporates vegetables, fruits, cheeses, cider, honey, meats and more from farms in Bennington County and the surrounding area. Each course is specially paired with a wonderful wine. Meet the chefs, enjoy the live music accompaniment, and take home a special gift. Aug 31-Oct 14: “150th Anniversary of the 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt” exhibit. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center 10 Vernon St., Brattleboro 11a-5p (Closed Tuesdays) brattleboromuseum.org, 802-257-0124 June 29-Oct 20: “Red Grooms: What’s the Ruckus?” Meet a group of New York City characters as you walk through this madcap recreation of a Fifth Avenue bus. Entering Red Groom’s world involves embracing your inner child and experiencing the joy of the circus and hurly-burly of the Big Apple (Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Gallery, East Gallery, Mary Sommer Room, BMAC Sculpture Garden). “Dynamic Invention: American Abstract Artists at 75.” Explore the visual language of form, color, and line in the work of 45 of America’s leading nonobjective artists (Center Gallery). “Between Dark and Night: New Pastels by Mallory Lake.” Steam trains, foggy nights, and the golden glow of monumental Beaux-Arts interiors are the settings of this evocative and mysterious new work inspired...

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