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Art Exhibit At Brooks Memorial Library: Astrid Sheckels, Children's Book Illustrator

We are pleased to announce an exhibit of lovely children's book illustrations by Massachusetts artist Astrid Sheckels! It will be on display during our regular business hours in the glass case across from the Children's Room through November 30th.

She cannot remember a time when she was not telling or illustrating stories, especially ones involving imaginary animals.

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Artist Talk at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts: Susan Osgood

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts invites you to an Artist Talk with Susan Osgood on Saturday, October 28 at 5pm. Osgood will be speaking and answering questions about her current exhibit Mapping the Unknown, featuring monotypes, oil paintings and collages accompanied by the ekphrastic poetry of GennaRose Nethercott. Mapping the Unknown will run at MGFA through November 5.

Susan Osgood’s work is known for its rich use of atmospheric color fields which, combined with calligraphic surface lines form a sense of intriguing depth. The atmospheric backgrounds that rest beneath fluid, map-like lines in Mapping the Unknown transport the viewer “to the place of not-knowing--where we are suspended for a moment in the timelessness of curiosity and fascination.” It is through this shared fascination with the allusions of color and the power of light and darkness that viewers are brought to a world free of objectivism, energized by its sense of mystery.

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"The War of the Worlds" at Hooker-Dunham

Shoot the Moon theater company presents Orson Welles’ “The War of the Worlds” at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, Friday and Saturday, October 20-21, 27-28 and November 3-4. 

This radio adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel created a varying levels of hysteria when it debuted in 1938. Many listeners who missed the disclaimers actually thought Martians were invading Earth, due to the simulated breaking news broadcast format created by director and narrator Welles in collaboration with Howard Koch, who is credited with adapting the nineteenth century work of literature. 

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Guilford Plays Next Weekend

“Wonderful, little plays,” is the comment of a cast member at a recent rehearsal, as all of us involved in the Guilford Center Stage fall production are discovering that these short plays, which have been sleeping on the printed page for 7 decades, are both moving and entertaining on stage.

I have known these plays since before my mother died in 1963, and always hoped to see them come to life. It’s been very rewarding to watch our fine director and skilled community actors work on these pieces, and we look forward to sharing them with you next weekend.

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One-Act Premieres in Guilford Oct 6-8

Guilford Center Stage will give the first-ever performances of four short plays written 70 years ago, in To Their Appointed End, by Jean Stewart McLean (1917-1963.) The one-acts will be given three performances, with shows on Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, October 8, at 2:00 pm, upstairs at Broad Brook Grange.

General Admission tickets are $10, available in advance at: http://bpt.me/2792780  or  1-800-838-3006, or at the door.

The playwright, whose son, Don McLean, is a founder of Guilford Center Stage, wrote poetry, short stories, and these four, short plays.  The production, which concludes Guilford Center Stage’s third season, is being given in commemoration of the centenary of the playwright, who grew up living in the parish family of an Episcopal Church in New Jersey, where her father was rector.

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Artist Opening at MGFA: Susan Osgood, "Mapping the Unknown"

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is proud to feature Mapping the Unknown, an exhibition of monotypes, oil paintings and collages by Susan Osgood.  The exhibit showcases work featured in the book A Ghost of Water: Poems by GennaRose Nethercott Inspired by the Art of Susan Osgood. An opening reception is set to take place Thursday, September 21 from 5 -7pm, with an Artist Talk scheduled for Saturday, October 28 at 5pm. A special reading of A Ghost of Water by GennaRose Nethercott will take place in the gallery during the Brattleboro Literary Festival on Sunday, October 15 at 5:30pm. The exhibit will run through November 5.

Susan Osgood’s work is known for its rich use of atmospheric color fields which, combined with calligraphic surface lines form a sense of intriguing depth. The atmospheric backgrounds that rest beneath fluid, map-like lines in Mapping the Unknown transport the viewer “to the place of not-knowing--where we are suspended for a moment in the timelessness of curiosity and fascination.” It is through this shared fascination with the allusions of color and the power of light and darkness that viewers are brought to a world free of objectivism, energized by its sense of mystery.

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Lights, Camera, Auction Event to Benefit Main Street Arts

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. - An array of the work of local artists is on the auction block for Main Street Arts’ Lights, Camera, Auction benefit event Saturday, Sept. 16.

The live and silent auctions get underway at 5 p.m., with appetizers catered by Harvest Moon and a cash bar provided by the Saxtons River Inn.

Artists who have contributed to the event include Charlie Hunter, Jeanette Staley, Collin Leech, Scott J. Morgan, Eric Aho, JoAnne Russo and Ailyn Hoey. Also donating art are Julia Zanes, Donald Saaf, Melanie Gregory, Shane Harris, Sloan Dawson and Natalie Blake.

Dinners, services, vacation opportunities, a pizza night, a custom watercolor of the winner’s home, an eggs Benedict breakfast and other items will also be auctioned off.

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"Prayers for Peace in Print, Paper & Paint" Exhibit Opens Sun. at 2:00

West Brattleboro -- The gallery spaces in All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist in West Brattleboro are hosting Stu Copans’ annual exhibit of papercuts along with work with a Peace theme by three other artists through the end of October.

In many societies, spiritual values are carried not in the mind or in words but in physical objects such as beads, spirit houses, amulets, or icons. The role of the artist is to convert the spiritual into the physical, to rework and alter the physical object so it contains and is inhabited by the spirit. In this show, four artists embody their yearnings for peace in works of art.

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The Drawing Studio Open House

Hi All

Today from 4 to 7 pm The Drawing Studio will have it's Open House. 

This is a chance to see the studio, sign up for classes in drawing and color mixing/color theory and meet other people who love this stuff too. 

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Poles on Elliot Street

What’s going on with the telephone poles on Elliot Street?

They’re all painted, some very professionally.

A couple of photos are included.

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Conversations with the Unseen: Paintings by Rosemary Ladd at Next Stage Gallery

At Next Stage Gallery from August 25, 2017 to November 14, 2017 

All Day

Artist Statement: Rosemary Ladd

I have always wanted to be an artist and portray the beauty I see around me.

When illness affected my ability to paint, I took the opportunity to find new pathways. These paintings represent my exploration into the world of non-representational painting with cold wax and oil.

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Shoot the Moon Theater Co. Holds Auditions for "War of the Worlds" Aug 29

Shoot the Moon Theater Company will hold open auditions for The War of the Worlds on Tuesday, August 29 at 7pm at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery located at 139 Main Street, Brattleboro Vermont.  

Participants do not need to prepare any material, they will be asked to read from provided pages at the audition.  Rehearsals will begin mid-September.  The show will run at 7:30pm each evening during the weekends of October 20-21, October 27-28 and November 3-4. 

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Borter's Studio Offers Jewelry Workshop Series

BRATTLEBORO: Borter’s Jewelry Studio is bringing together the skills of three local jewelers to offer a series of beginner- and intermediate-level metalsmithing workshops.

Bob Borter, who has been making and selling his jewelry in Brattleboro for more than 30 years, will co-teach the classes with fellow silversmiths Susanna Haas (susannahaasjewelry.com) and Chris Lann (chrislanndesigns.com).

Borter said the trio wants to give budding jewelers a taste of what other Brattleboro collectives such as Brattleboro Clayworks, Fire Arts and the River Gallery School offer to novice potters, glass blowers and fine artists, respectively.

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A New Drawing School in Brattleboro

This September, The Drawing Studio opens in Brattleboro. Located in The Whetstone Studio for the Arts at 28 Williams Street, The Drawing Studio will offer classes and workshops in traditional and experimental drawing practices and color theory and color mixing for painters. In addition to open, sunny work space The Drawing Studio also has a first rate art library with windows overlooking the Whetstone Brook and a coffee/tea bar.
The founder, Jason Alden, has taught drawing and painting at the River Gallery School and privately for the last 10 years. The Drawing Studio is an effort to clarify, develop and share what he loves most about drawing and the communication of Art. From the website, www.vermontdrawingstudio.com

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Opening Reception at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts: "Jim Giddings and Petria Mitchell, Oils and Watercolors"

On Thursday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 7pm at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street in Brattleboro, VT, the public is invited to the Opening Reception for "Oils and Watercolors", side by side solo exhibitions by MGFA founding artists Petria Mitchell and Jim Giddings. The exhibit will continue through September 17, with an Artist Talk Saturday, August 19 at 5pm.

Petria Mitchell will be showing a selection of new oil paintings that continue her investigations in color and atmosphere. Her exploration of the ethereal world of light and ambience through the use of tonal gradation and converging lines are signature elements in her work. “Using nature as an initial reference point allows me to play with limitless possibilities while embracing a thorough appreciation for abstraction.”

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Artist Talk at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts: Jim GIddings and Petria Mitchell

On Saturday, Aug. 19 from 5 to 7pm at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street in Brattleboro, VT, the public is invited to an Artist Talk with Jim Giddings and Petria Mitchell, founding Artists of Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts. The talk will be amid their current exhibition "Oils and Watercolors", running through September 17.

In “Oils and Watercolors”, Petria Mitchell will be showing a selection of new oil paintings that continue her investigations in color and atmosphere. Her exploration of the ethereal world of light and ambience through the use of tonal gradation and converging lines are signature elements in her work. “Using nature as an initial reference point allows me to play with limitless visual possibilities while embracing a thorough appreciation for abstraction.”

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Youth Invited to the BrattRock Lounge, August 13 @ the Boys & Girls Club

Musicians and music fans 18 and under are invited to the BrattRock Lounge. The next Lounge will be held Sunday, August 13 at the newly renovated Brattleboro Boys & Girls Club from 3:00 - 7:00 PM. Participation is free. Schedule: 3-4 PM Workshop/Discussion: Ins, Outs, Ups, and Downs of Bring in a Band; 4-5 PM Hang out/chill/jam time; 5-7 PM youth open mic & pizza party. Pre-registration required at www.brattrock.org.

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Saturday Aug 5th Summer Cinema Slam - Rain or Shine!

The Brattleboro Film Festival and The Northern Routes Film Collaborative present the 3rd Annual Summer Cinema Slam, giving Vermont artists and audiences a place to connect.

3rd Annual Summer Cinema Slam 
Saturday, August 5th 5:15pm
New England Youth Theater 100 Flat St, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

RAIN OR SHINE! INDOOR & OUTDOOR EVENT!

5 Vermont made films w/ filmmaker Q&As 
Live music by Folk Duo Vermonters Hungrytown
Food Trucks, Beer & Wine

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On Exhibit at Brooks Library

"The Back of Brattleboro," (2005) by Terry Sylvester, is on extended display at Brooks Memorial Library as part of our renovation celebration! We hope you will come to see it in person!

"This piece was made specifically for a month long show at Brooks Memorial Library years ago. I used to live down by the railroad tracks and loved walking there, so I wanted to show a panoramic view of that beautiful part of town. I am so pleased to have it be a part of the library’s celebration!"~Terry Sylvester

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Fantastic Wantastiquet: Brattleboro Celebrates People and Place!

‘Fantastic Wantastiquet’, a new multi-disciplinary arts and cultural festival, will take place annually beginning in 2017 during the ‘Fall Foliage’ season; from September 1 through mid-to-late October. This year, major events and activities of the Festival will extend from Friday, September 1 through Monday, October 8, allowing for the possibility that some events may occur later in October as well.

The festival’s purpose and mission is to draw together existing arts and cultural events and activities in Brattleboro and in nearby areas of Windham County, VT, Cheshire County, NH, and Franklin County, MA.  We will create a common schedule and calendar, and share marketing, publicity, and promotional efforts. We also hope to eventually create an annual grant program to assist new jointly-produced productions, works, and special events.

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