Talk of the Arts: A Call to the Raven-like
Dec12

Talk of the Arts: A Call to the Raven-like

Three Opportunities for Vermont Creatives by Lars Hasselblad Torres Bernd Heinrich, writing in “Mind of the Raven,” draws the reader deeply into the social life of this magnificent bird. The emeritus University of Vermont biology professor paints the picture of the Raven—a shy, alert, keenly sighted and far-ranging creature that is a common feature of the North American landscape. How like the raven we artists can be – our attentiveness to our surroundings and shared powers of observation, our propensities toward shyness and retreat and, for better or worse, our resistance to the new and the unknown. Our habits, built on practice, run deep – they don’t change as easily as we like to think. And like the raven, though we’re familiar upon the landscape – our work is in cafes, storefronts, public buildings, the homes of friends and strangers, even reproduced on coffee cups and advertisements – reading about the raven made me realize how little, in fact, we artists are known and counted. While artistic output is celebrated as essential to “place,” to lending character and improving the “quality of life” in communities throughout Vermont, artists – and the arts institutions created by, fueled, and led by artists – are not yet essential to our economic development strategies. So closing this gap between awareness and recognition – the difference between being seen and being counted – is core to Vermont’s Office of the Creative Economy. Here are three ways in which the Office seeks to work across Vermont’s creative economy – which includes the arts and cultural sector – to help ensure that the arts, and we as artists, are seen and counted. First, we’ve got to keep pushing at the definition of the arts, continue to break down increasingly unrealistic barriers that separate disciplines and forms of expression. This opportunity is at least in part why the Office is eager to partner with diverse groups – from the Vermont Arts Council to Champlain College to the Woodstock Digital Media Festival – to host conversations like “The Art of Video Games” and “The Maker Movement and STEAM in Education.” From a purely economic perspective, there is a tremendous cultural and entrepreneurial value that can be unlocked at the intersection of the arts and technology. So we need to extend networking opportunities, foster opportunities for creative convergence and collaboration in a volatile, dynamic arts marketplace. Second, we’ve got to expand entrepreneurial thinking and opportunity through arts-based enterprises. Vermont ranks well for its number of artists per capita – we’re about 5th in the nation – and for the startup rate of small businesses that employ tens of thousands...

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Workshops, classes & artist residencies

ArtisTree Community Art Center 1206 Rt 12, Woodstock artistreevt.org, 802 457-3500 Dec 7: Pastel Painting Workshop using still life and landscape photos. Dec 12:You Paint It! Pottery Workshop. Ongoing: Our community arts center provides the opportunity for a joyful, meaningful, and satisfying experience of the visual arts and music through our year-round classes, workshops, and events.   Bennington Center for the Arts 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington 10a to 5p, Mon-Sun (Closed Mon) benningtoncenterforthearts.org, 802 442-7158 Ongoing: Students will learn the techniques of carving small animals from blocks of wood. Students will carve and paint a piece with instruction on every aspect of the art form. Check the website for specific dates and times.   Brattleboro Music Center 38 Walnut St, Brattleboro bmcvt.org, (802) 257-4523 Ongoing: Since 1976, the Brattleboro Music Center’s Music School has been sharing the gift of music. The BMC teaches music to all ages – from 3 to 103 – and continues to be at the heart of music in the Brattleboro community.   Carving Studio and Sculpture Center 636 Marble St, Rutland carvingstudio.org, 802 438-2097 Residencies: Artists in Residence are integral to the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center programming as they create sculpture and interact with the arts community.   Fletcher Farm 611 Route 103 S., Ludlow fletcherfarm.org, 802 228-8770 Ongoing: The Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts is operated by the Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc. The Board of Directors consists of a number of dedicated and diverse individuals who generously volunteer their time and talents. Our commitment is to quality arts and crafts education, to keep alive old traditions, and to teach new techniques in a special Vermont setting, at a reasonable cost to the public.   Gallery at the VAULT 68 Main St, Springfield galleryvault.org, 802 885-7111 Dec 7: Tangled Holiday Ornaments, 9:30a-12p. Jan 11: Painting with Winter Landscape in Watercolor, 9:30a-4p. Jan 18: Wintery Landscapes in Pastel, 9:30a-4p. Feb 1: Groundhog Day Ornament, 12-4p. Feb 8: Rice Paper Batik Cards, 10a-3p. March 1: The Joy of Spring Landscapes in Pastel, 9:30a-4p.     Gallery Wright 103 West Main St (near Vermont Bowl Company) Wilmington Vermont 05363 gallerywright.com, 802-464-9922 Nov 30: Sequencing, an adventure in painting for the curious, 1-4p. Dec 14:Monthly Monotype Workshop. Jan 18: Make a Print Happy Hour.  Jan 30: It Saturday Sequencing.   InView Center for the Arts at Landgrove Inn 132 Landgrove Rd, Landgrove landgroveinn.com, 802 824-6673 Ongoing: A thriving workshop business featuring world-class instructors is the latest addition to the inn’s long legacy of excellence. Landgrove has long been a magnet for poets, painters and patrons of the arts and crafts.  The picture-perfect hills, valley and village that surround us are irresistible to people who wish to create, exhibit and learn in peace and natural beauty, with the enthusiastic support of the creative community in which we...

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At the museums
Dec11

At the museums

Bennington Center for the Arts 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington 10a to 5p, Mon-Sun (Closed Mon) thebennington.org, 802 442-7158 Thru Dec 22: American Artists Abroad, a world tour of art. American artists share their work in this beautiful world tour. We get to see famous monuments as well as quiet moments through the eyes of these talented painters and sculptors. Thru Dec 22: Plein Air Vermont exhibition. Thru Dec 22: The Vermont Watercolor Society’s fall members show. Thru Dec 22: Small Works Show.Thru Spring:“When I think of Home,” a collection of work from the art center’s collection focusing on the home. Artists include Richard Schmidt, Timothy Thies and Susan Terpening, among others. Thru Spring: “On the Move,” featuring wildlife in motion with artwork by artists such as Guy Combes, Kim Diment, Jan Marin McGuire and John Pitcher.. Ongoing: Permanent collection of wildlife and Native American artwork.   Bennington Museum 75 Main St, Rte. 9, Bennington 10a to 5p (Closed Wed) benningtonmuseum.org, 802 477-1571 Closed January through Feb 13, 2014. Nov 29-Dec 30: Hidden Gems at the Festival of Trees, a wonderful exhibit of uniquely designed and decorated holiday trees created by artists, businesses and nonprofits throughout the area. Dec 7:Festival of Trees Family Day and Children’s Holiday Shopping Boutique. What a wonderful way to help the children enjoy the spirit of giving! While at the museum, do not forget to visit with Santa! Be sure to view the “Children’s Forest,” a display featuring tabletop trees decorated by area elementary school classes. Dec 14:Festival of Trees Gala. This fabulous evening offers the magic of the season as it helps launch the holiday celebration at the museum. Reservations are suggested. Come out and be a part of the museum’s largest annual fundraiser. Feb 14-March 30: Annual Student Art Show. This annual exhibit brings artwork of the region’s elementary, middle and high school students to the museum in a display ranging from whimsical projects by the young students to more advanced work of older students. Feb 14-March 30: Photographs by John Hubbard. Over 20 photographs taken by John Hubbard of people he encountered in the Bennington area during the 1970s, while he was a sports reporter and photographer at the Bennington Banner, have been selected to go into this wonderful black and white exhibit. These silver gelatin prints will be on view in the Limric Gallery. Feb 15:Community Day. After an extended winter break which witnessed the re-installation of the Grandma Moses Gallery and initial recreation of the Decorative Arts Gallery, the Bennington Museum is reopening its doors to the public from 10a-5p when admission is Free. Feb 17-21: Vacation Workshops. Join in the exploration of the museum’s collection for a day or the week, as the museum offers vacation workshops for children of all ages. Times...

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At the galleries
Dec11

At the galleries

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont and C.X. Silver Gallery 814 Western Ave, Brattleboro accvt.org, 802 257-7898, ext. 1 2nd Sun each month: Cai’s Dim Sum Teahouse, featuring over 30 unique authentic dishes with vegetarian wheat-free and gluten-free options and an emphasis on local ingredients. Ongoing: Kiri-e: Fabric collage pictures by young women survivors of the Hiroshima aftermath. The Asian Cultural Center of Vermont is an educational resources agency dedicated to connecting people through the arts and cultures of Asia. These connections come through festivals, films, forums, exhibitions, presentations, and other community learning/sharing opportunities.   Atelier Annex 295 Main St, Chester atelierannex.com Ongoing: Into each life a little creative space arranging must fall. At Atelier Annex we honor each step of the process and encourage you to create space in your home that makes you both comfortable and enriched. Home should give us harmony, ease, and a belonging that transcends moments or fashion and reflects our inner sense of place.   Barbara Ernst Prey Gallery 71 Spring St, Williamstown, MA barbaraprey.com, 413 884-6184 Ongoing: Peak Season: The Colors of Barbara Prey. Ongoing: Come see watercolors by Barbara Prey, whose artwork is featured prominently in private, corporate and museum collections around the world, including the Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the White House, and many more.   Barre Pinske Studio 50 First Ave, Chester illanajoffrey.com Ongoing: With beginnings as a chain saw carver in Minnesota, Barry Pinske’s masterfull skills evolved into creating wooden objects for festivals and craft fairs. Stop by the studio to see sculptures, carvings, furniture and much more.   Bennington Arts Guild 103 South St, Bennington benningtonartsguild.org , 802 442-7838 Oct 4-Nov 18: Mary Jane Sarvis (photography, hand-painted fabrics, scarves, bags and pillows). Nov 22-Dec 31: Holiday Show.   Catherine Dianich Gallery 139 Main St, Brattleboro Open by appointment only catherinedianichgallery.com, 802 380-1607 Ongoing: Endangered Season: Winter in Vermont An exhibition by artists Mollie S. Burke, Joan Peters and Jude Roberts Rondeau.   Chaffee Art Center 16 South Main St, Rutland chaffeeartcenter.org, 802 775-0356 Nov 15-Dec 23: Gingerbread House Contest. Ongoing: The gallery offers an annual out-door festival, art instruction, evening presentations of slide shows, painting demonstrations and symposiums as well as a series of performing arts events.   Chasse’ Fine Art Gallery 558 Main St, Chester chasseart.com Through Winter: Winter Woodland and Brooks, scenes of quaint villages, winter scenes of Stratton and Okemo mountains and snow covered bridges.   The Chester Bookworm 330 Main St, Chester chesterbookworm.com Ongoing: The Chester Bookworm is a great store for browsing books, particularly European publications. Specializing in rare and scarce books, the shop also offers bookbinding services and a bindery.   Crow Hill Gallery 729 Flamstead Rd, Chester crowhillgallery.com, 802 875-3763 Ongoing: The Paradise Suite, special exhibition. Ongoing: Nestled in the woods among outdoor sculptures, the gallery offers a...

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Farmers’ markets

Bellows Falls: Bellows Falls Farmers’ Market, at the Train Depot every 3rd Friday, 4-7p, bffarmersmartet.com.   Bennington: Walloomsac Winter Farmers’ Market, Dec 14 and 21, first and third Saturdays thru April, 10a-1p, at Baptist Church, info@walloomsac.org, 802 681-3501. Brattleboro: Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market, Saturdays thru March, 10a-3p, at the River Garden, downtown Brattleboro, postoilsolutions.org, 802 869-2141. Dorset: Dorset Winter Farmers’ Market, Sundays thru Feb 19, 10a-2p, at J.K. Adams Kitchen Store on Rte 30, dorsetfarmersmarket.com, 802 876-7080. Londonderry: West River Farmers’ Market, 10a-2p, Floodbrook Union School Cafeteria, thru December, westriverfarmersmarket.com. Ludlow: Ludlow Farmers Market, every Saturday thru April 2, at Masonic Lodge, 9a-1p, ludlowfarmersmarket.org, 802 734-3829. Montpelier: Capital City Farmers’ Market, first and third Saturday thru April, 10a-2p, Vermont College of Fine Arts gym, montpelierfarmersmarket.com, 802 223-2958. Norwich: Norwich Farmers’ Market, Jan 7 and 21, second and fourth Saturdays thru April, 10a-1p, at Tracy Hall on Main St, Norwich, norwichfarmersmarket.org,802 384-7447. Putney: Putney Farmers Market, at Green Mountain Orchards, 11a-2p, Sundays thru December, putneyfarmersmarket.org. Rutland: Rutland Winter Farmers’ Market, Saturdays thru May, 10a-2p, at Vermont Food Center building, vtfarmersmarket.org, 802...

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Day to day

Winter Carnival Dates Dec 14: Annual Festival of Lights and Winter Gala, Stratton Mountain, 7-10p,stratton.com. Feb 1: North Bennington Winter Festival, with penguin plunge, ice carving competition, wagon rides, and many more family friendly events, all day,bennington.com. Feb 8: Second Annual Grafton Winter Carnival, at the Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, with sleigh rides, ice skating, bonfire, snow tubing and more,graftoninnvermont.com. Feb 14-16: Chester, Vermont Winter Carnival, with dogsled rides, outdoor skating, bonfire, and more, yourplaceinvermont.com. Feb 14-23: 58th Annual Brattleboro Winter Carnival with family fun events, including a carnival, parade, ice fishing derby, skating, and more, with events at various locations and times, brattleborowintercarnival.org. Feb 15: February Festival at Bromley Mountain Resort, with torchlight parade at 7:15p, followed by fireworks and other fun events at the base lodge,bromlmey.com. March 14-April 6: Spring Fest at Okemo Mountain Resort, with tons of great spring skiing and riding events, okemo.com. December Thru Jan 1: Manchester Merriment. Tree lightings, inn tours, lighted tractor parade, caroling, horse and wagon rides, Elf Express, cooking demonstrations and more, visitmanchestervt.com.  All month: Festival of Trees “Around the World” in downtown Bennington, visitvermont.com. 4: Manchester Merriment tree lighting, Dorset Green, time TBA, visitmanchestervt.com.  6: Gallery Walk in and around downtown Brattleboro, 5:30-8:30p, gallerywalk.org. 6: SVAC’s Benefit Gala, “The Tartan Ball,” honoring both old and valued traditions, as well as an openness to new influences, benefits Southern Vermont Arts Center, svac.org for tickets. 7: An Old Fashioned Christmas in Weston, 11a-5p, locations around Weston Village,westonvt.com. 7: Festival of Lights at Jackson Gore Inn, Ludlow,yourplaceinvermont.com. 7: 43rd Community Messiah Sing: A Benefit for the Homeless, Centre Congregational Church, Brattleboro, 1p,brattleborochamber.org.  7: Lighted Tractor Parade, top 10 event, Manchester, 5:30p, visitmanchestervt.com. 7-8: Cherry Street Artisans Holiday Craft Sale, 9a-9p Sat, 11a-4p Sun, Brattleboro, 802 254-3530. 7-8: Our House for the Holidays at Hildene, Manchester, 12-8p, hildene.org. 7-14: Overture to Christmas, 28th Annual, all day, Chester Village, yourplaceinvermont.com. 8: 13th Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Wardsboro Town Hall, visitvermont.com for info. 13: A Community Christmas Celebration, Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, yourplaceinvermont.com.13-14: Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration, 7:30-10p, Shea Theater, Turners Malls, Mass., brattleborotix.com. 13 & 15: 41st Christmas at Christ Church: “Brightest and Best,” Christ Church, Guilford, Tom Baehr directs the Guilford Chamber Singers in a program of a cappella selections from across several centuries, 8p on the 13th, 4p on the 15th. 13-15: Wassail Weekend, holiday festivities, 8a-5p, Billings Farm & Museum, billingsfarm.org. 14-15 & 21-22:Readsboro Glassworks Holiday Open Studio and Sale, 6954 Main Street in Readsboro, maryangusglass.com. 14: Community Christmas Celebration, 7-9p, Ludlow Town Hall, yourplaceinvermont.com. 14: Christmas in Mount Holly, 4p, Mount Holly Community Center, Belmont, yourplaceinvermont.com. 14: Annual Festival of Lights and Winter Gala, Stratton Mountain, 7-10p, stratton.com. 15:Coolidge Holiday Open House, 10a-4p, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth, yourplaceinvermont.com. 16: Wolf Kahn Raffle Drawing at the Brattleboro Museum, be the lucky winner of Kahn’s 1979 pastel painting, Spring Slope, 6p, brattleboromuseum.org. 20: Third Friday Art Walk, in and around Bellows Falls, bf3f.org. 20-22: The Flying Nut: A Journey. New England Center for Circus Arts’ annual holiday tradition that puts a high-flying spin on Tchaikovsky’s classic Nutcracker, 7p and 5p, Brattleboro, necenterforcircusarts.org. 21-22:Manchester Center Elf...

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Music and theater

Bellows Falls Opera House 7 Centennial Square, Rockingham bfoperahouse.com, 802 463-3964 Known as the civic and cultural heart of the Bellows Falls community, the Opera House shows movies and has live events on a regular basis. See the web site for details and a schedule.   Bennington Center for the Arts 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington 10am to 5pm, Mon-Sun (Closed Mondays) thebennington.org, 802 442-7158 Nov 30: Russian Duo Oleg Druglyakov and Terry Boyarsky to perform traditional Russian music.   Brattleboro Music Center 38 Walnut Street, Brattleboro bmcvt.org, 802 257-4523 Dec 14: Chamber Series: Violinist Bella Hristova, Centre Congregational Church, Brattleboro, 7:30p. Dec 17: Student Orcheastras’ Concert, 7p. Jan 10: Chamber Series: Jonathan Biss, 7:30p. Jan 25-26: 7th Annual Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival, day long celebration of local and regional musicians representing various northern musical traditions including Irish, Scottish, English and French Canadian. Feb 2: Windham Orchestra Concerto Competition 2014, at the Brattleboro Music Center. March 21: Escher String Quartet, Center Congregational Church, Brattleboro, 3p. April 4: Musicians from Marlboro, Center Congregational Church, 7:30p.   Grafton Music Festival White Church, 55 Main St, Grafton graftonmusicfestival.com Dec 1: The Russian Duo comprises of balalaika virtuoso Oleg Kruglyakov (vocals also) and concert pianist Terry Boyarsky. They perform Russian folk melodies, Gypsy music, arrangements of favorites from around the world, and classical pieces.   Latchis Theatre 50 Main St, Brattleboro latchis.com, 802 254-6300 Dec 6: Natalie MacMaster, Grammy award winning Cape Breton fiddler, 7:30p.Dec 14: Met Live in HD: Falstaff, Verdi’s brilliant final masterpiece has its first new Met production in nearly 50 years, conducted by James Levine and directed by Robert Carsen, 1-4p. Dec 15: National Theatre: Frankenstein, 1p. Dec 16: Nowell Sing We Clear, unusual songs, carols, stories and customs about the holidays, 7:30p. Jan 25: Garden Inspirations Workshop, 9a-5p. Feb 1: 11th Annual Collegiate A Cappella, popular annual benefit concert for the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, 7:30p. Feb 8: Met Live in HD: Rusalka. Feb 9: National Theatre: The Habit of Art, 1p. March 1: Met Live in HD: Prince Igor, noon. March 15: Met Live in HD: Werther, 1p. March 16: National Theatre: Coriolanus, 1p. April 5: Met Live in HD: La Boheme, 1p.   New England Center for the Circus Arts 76 Cotton Mill Hill #300, Brattleboro necenterforcircusarts.org, 802 254-9780 Dec 20-22: The circus presents its annual holiday show, “The Flying Nut.” Featuring performances from the Youth Performance Troupes and Professional Training Program. March 8-9: The Circus Spectacular is our annual major fundraising event featuring professional performers who come to help us raise funds with a fun evening of circus – performers include friends and graduates who are from Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, 7 fingers, Ringling Bros and many others.   New England Youth Theater 100 Flat St, Brattleboro neyt.org, 802 246-NEYT (6398) Dec 5-15: Oliver! A heartwarming musical adapted from the Charles Dickens novel, 7p Fri and Sat, 2p Sat and Sun.  ...

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