Museums and Galleries

At the Museums

Bennington Center for the Arts

44 Gyspy Lane, Bennington
10-5pm, Tues.-Sun. (closed Mondays)
benningtoncenterforthearts.org, 802 442-7158
Thru Oct. 11: ”Third,” a play by Wendy Wasserstein. The Center hosts the Oldcastle Theatre Company’s comedy-drama about politics, ethics, stereotypes, feminism, liberalism and friendship. Thru Nov. 29: The Laumeister Fine Art Competition. The Center’s first annual competition. Thru Nov. 29: Impressions of New England. A nationwide annual exhibition including New England images pictured in paint and bronze.

Bennington Museum

75 Main Street, Rte. 9, Bennington
10-5pm (closed Wed)
benningtonmuseum.org, 802 447-1571
Oct. 25: Harvest Festival Community Day with special focus on Jewish and Haitian traditions. Culminates in the traditional Halloween Party. Nov. 14-Dec. 26: Works by Molly Hatch. A selection of ceramic dinnerware in the Regional Arts Gallery. Nov. 27: Festival of Trees begins. A three-week-long annual benefit auction with several special events. Nov. 28: Children’s Christmas Shopping Day. For youth ages 4-12, offering unusual gifts ranging range from $1-$7. Dec. 5: Festival of Trees Brunch. A delicious brunch prepared by one of Bennington’s top chefs. Reservations required by Nov. 30. Dec. 11: Champagne and Shopping and fine desserts for shoppers; 5-7pm. Dec. 12: Festival of Trees Family Day. Santa and festivities, 1-4pm. Dec. 18: Festival of Trees Gala. A signed original Will Moses painting, “Lucky Day,” valued at over $5000 will be auctioned off during the Gala. Hors d’oeuvres, live music and benefit auction. Reservations required.

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

10 Vernon Street, Brattleboro
11-5pm (closed Tuesdays)
brattleboromuseum.org, 802 257-0124
Oct. 15: Artist Talk with Ralph DeAnna. DeAnna discusses the technique and philosophy behind his temporally experimental paintings, 7:30pm. Oct. 25: Exhibit Tour with Chief Curator Mara Williams. Williams’ popular guided tours combine art history, philosophy, technical analysis and personal anecdotes, 2pm. Oct. 29: Film Screening: “Neel.” A 2007 biopic about portrait artist Alice Neel (1900-1984), 7:30pm. Nov. 8: Chief Curator Mara Williams 20th Anniversary Celebration. A champagne brunch grand party, 12-2:30pm. Nov. 13-16: Second Annual Lego Contest and Awards Ceremony. All ages welcome; prizes for artistry, originality, and architectural design.

Hildene Estate

Route 7A, Manchester
hildene.org, 802 362-1788
Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving at Hildene. Self-guided tours through the mansion decorated for the harvest season. Dec. 28-29: Hildene Holiday Evenings. Self-guided tours through the mansion decorated for the holidays, with cider, carolers and a bonfire. Thru Dec.: The American Ideal: Abraham Lincoln and the Second Inaugural. An exhibit focusing on Abraham Lincoln and one of his greatest speeches.

Park McCullough Historic Estate

1 Park Street, North Bennington
parkmccullough.org, 802 442-5441
Oct. 10: Oktoberfest. Oct. 25: Community Halloween Party, 2pm. Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving Holiday Tours, 12-4pm. Dec. 5: Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive. Dec. 6 & Dec. 13: Victorian Holiday Tea with Lizzie McCullough, 2pm.

Robert Frost Stone House Museum

121 Rte. 7A, South Shaftsbury
frostfriends.org, 802 447-6200
Ongoing: Robert Frost: The Poetry of Agriculture. An exhibit exploring the “real people and experiences” of Frost’s poems. Oct. 18: Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost. After meeting at the Little Red Barn behind the Stone House, participants are led by Tyler Resch, author of 14 books on regional history and culture, in “A Nature Walk to Paran Creek with Historical Footnotes Along the Way,” 2pm.

Southern Vermont Arts Center

Yester House Gallery on West Road, Manchester
10-5pm, Tues.-Sat.; 12pm-5pm, Sun.
svac.org, 802 362-2522
Oct. 9: The Johnny Cash Experience. An authentic representation of the original Johnny Cash Show with June Carter and the Tennessee Three. Oct. 20-Nov. 2: Alexander the Great in Turkey. The Center sponsors a two-week trip to Turkey to study historical and cultural preservation and events. Thru Oct. 25: 53rd National Fall Open Exhibition. Oct. 31-Dec. 1: Nov. Exhibitions. Featuring works by David Miller, Kate Leavitt, Deborah Morris, Walter J. Pasko, Dean and Dawn Polis, Phyllis Rosser, Richard Weinstein, Dave Herzfeld, Carol Fortunato and The Vermont Watercolor Society. Opening reception 2-4pm. Oct. 31: Conversation with Artists. A panel discussion with artists David Miller, Kate Leavitt and Deborah Morris. Dec. 5: Scottish Winter Ball. A members-only event with traditional Scottish dishes and bagpipe performances; guests encouraged to wear kilts. Dec. 5-Jan. 3: December Exhibitions. Featuring works by Brian Sweetland, Jesse Pollock, Mark, Heitzman, Patti Zeigler, Leslie Peck, Robert O. Murphy, Kathleen Domenicucci, Sandra Noble, Steven Forrest and Phoebe Stone. Opening reception 2-4pm. Jan. 9-Feb. 2: 18th Annual Winter Members’ Exhibiton. Ten galleries filled with paintings, photographs, sculpture and mixed media pieces of the highest quality; open to Arts Center Artist Members throughout the Northeast. Opening reception 2-4pm. Feb. 6-Mar. 9: February Exhibitions. Featuring works by Gerald Auten, Anne Harhay, Helen Young, Frances B. Ashworth, Susan Wadsworth, John McDonald, Berta Burr and Tom Kerr. Opening reception 2-4pm. Feb. 13: Teddy Bear Tea Party. A Valentine’s Day celebration for children and adults. Children are encouraged to bring a teddy bear and dress up; crafts, stories, activities and an array of snacks offered.

Vermont Folklife Center

88 Main Street, Middlebury
10-5pm, Tues.-Sat.
vermontfolklifecenter.org, 802 388-4964z
Thru Dec. 23: After Attica: The Prison Portraits of Neil Rappaport, 1971–1974.

Gallery Openings

Ann Coleman Gallery

22 West Main Street, 2nd floor, Wilmington
9-5pm daily
artistanncoleman.com, 802 368-7090
Oct. 10-11: Works in oil; at the Mount Snow’s 35th Annual Harvest Art & Craft Show, Base Lodge.

Carol Schnabel Weaving Studio

410 Green River Road, Guilford
By appointment except during special events
802 257-1894
Nov. 20-21: Multimedia exhibition. Featuring Nancy Detra, painter; Franklin Farms maple products; Lois Pancake, photographer; Becca Brown, potter; and Carol Schnabel, weaver. Ongoing weekend reception, 3-8pm on Nov. 20 and 10am-5pm on Nov. 21.

Chapel Gallery at Stone Church Arts

20 Church Street, Bellows Falls
immanuelepiscopal.org/stonechurcharts, 802 463-3100
Thru Oct. 31: Christian Iconography. Christine Simoneau Hales’ contemporary icon paintings, opening reception 5-7pm. Nov 20-Dec 31: Imaginary Gardens and Village Life & the Natural World: Paintings by Donald Saaf & Julia Zanes. Donald Saaf presents new paintings based on village life in southern Vermont and on the natural world, while Julia Zanes shows new paintings of imaginary, idealized gardens. Opening reception 5-7pm. Jan 15–Feb 28: Photography Juried Invitational. A photographic exhibit open to Vermont artists, with a ”Best in Show” prize and award; submission deadline Jan. 4. Opening reception 5-7pm.

Corliss Blakely, Fall Art Show

652 Main Street, Weston
artistinvermont.com, 802 782-9550
Oct. 1-12 open daily 10-5pm. Wine and cheese reception Oct. 2, 5pm.
Corliss Blakely creates paintings of a uniquely photographic nature. For years she had a gallery in Weston. Now she returns for two weeks each fall to exhibit her new oil paintings and limited edition prints, see old friends, and enjoy the beauty of Weston in the fall. This year she will be joined by her friend Kennie Lyman who will exhibit her functional pottery.

C.X. Silver Gallery

814 Western Avenue, Brattleboro
9-9pm daily, by appointment or walk-in
cxsilvergallery.com, 802 257-7898 ext.2, 802 579-9088
Nov. 6-Jan. 9: Windows to the Divine: Sacred Art, East and West—Thangkas and Icons. Opening reception 5-8pm.

Deborah Lazar Studios

52 Old Route 5 South, Putney
10-5pm on Nov. 27-29, otherwise by appointment
deborahlazar.com, 802 558-4019
Nov. 27-29: Paintings and photography. Ongoing weekend reception.

DaVallia Gallery

On the Green, Chester
10-5pm, Wed.-Sat.; 11-4pm, Sun.
thedavilla.com, 802 875-1203
Oct. 17: Girls Night Out.
A gathering of local female artists with food and drink served; work from Scott J. Morgan’s Inner Landscapes show on display. 7-10pm. Nov. 28: Handcrafted Ornament Show. 200+ pieces from American artists. Opening reception 6-8pm.

Gallery 2 and Vermont Artisan Designs

106 Main Street, Brattleboro
10-7pm, Mon.-Sat.; 11-4pm, Sun.
buyvermontart.com, vtartisans.com, 802 257-7044
Oct. 2–Nov. 3: Originals and prints by Will Moses, carved dogs and other animals by Norton Latourelle, watercolors by Walter Cudnohufsky. Opening reception 4-8pm. Nov. 6–Dec. 2: Dane Tilghman and Irma Cerese. New acrylics; opening reception 5:30-7:30pm. Dec. 4–31: Holiday works by gallery artists. Opening reception 5:30-7:30pm.

Gallery North Star

151 Townshend Road, Grafton
10-5pm daily (Tuesday by chance)
gnsgrafton.com, 802 843-2465
Dec. 19-Jan. 18: Winter Whites. A group show. Opening reception 5:30-7:30pm

Starving Artist Collective

10 West Street, Keene
thestarvingartistcollective.com, 603 352-6900
Nov. 7-Dec. 4: Xi Cai: Earth & Sky. Landscape series in oil. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Dec. 5-Jan. 1: Artist TBA. Opening reception 5-7pm. Jan. 2-Feb. 5: Artist TBA. Opening reception 5-7pm.

The Village Green Gallery

661 Main Street, Weston,
Daily 9-5pm
802 824-3669 thevillagegreengallery.com
Oct. 9, 10, 11. Open house Columbus Weekend. Meet jeweler/metal sculptor Lochlin Smith, photographer, Nobushi Fujii, ceramicist, Susan Kramer and woodworker/contemporary furniture maker, Eric Sprenger.

Tilting at Windmills

24 Highland Avenue, Manchester Center
10-5pm, Mon.-Sat.; 10-4 pm, Sun.
tilting.com, 802 362-3022
Oct. 10: Timothy Barr and Mark Wilson Meunier. Landscape and naturalist works in egg tempera and oil. Opening reception 5-7:30pm.

Walpole Artisans, Inc.

52 Main Street, Walpole
10-5pm, Wed.-Sat.; 11-3pm, Sun.
walpoleartisans.org, 603 756-3020
Oct. 10: Grand Re-Opening Celebration. Member artists on hand to show work and greet visitors, including Chris Sherwin of Bellows Falls, glass; Josiah Beer of Bellows Falls, watercolor; Loribeth Robare of Walpole, doll-maker; and Peter White of Alstead, woodworking. On-going reception 10-5pm.

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