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Opening Reception at MGFA: Eric Boyer "Garden of Delights"

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present Garden of Delights, an exhibition of wire-mesh sculptures by Eric Boyer. An Opening Reception will take place Thursday, June 22 at 5 pm, with an Artist Talk Saturday, June 24 from 5-7 pm.  

Eric Boyer began exploring in wood, ceramics, and metalwork, and his work in wire-mesh is the result of a continuous search for a personal, expressive medium, which he discovered accidentally while working with metal scraps in a blacksmith shop. Garden of Delights represents over 20 years of artistic creation and reflects Boyer’s fascination with figure, form, and the endless expressive potential found in the intimate connection to one's materials. "Occasionally the figures have a story to tell..." says Boyer, "yet the wire-mesh itself is a material with no foreseeable limits as an artistic medium." Garden of Delights serves as a celebration of artistic investigation and the ongoing satisfaction that resonates through a chosen medium.

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Artist Talk with Torin Porter at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present an Artist Talk with Torin Porter on Saturday, June 10th from 5-7pm. Porter’s show “Before Words” has been featured in MGFA for the month of May and will continue through June 18. This talk is free and open to the public, part of a series of events at MGFA intended to better connect communities and their artists.

Torin Porter’s playful stylized figures suggest the communicative power of sculptural art before language comes into play. In Before Words Porter pays tribute to the most intimate of conversations that take place between art and those who create and view it, and examines the results of the physical dynamic of the process of creating.  As Porter states, “Art is a form of human communication that everyone young or old, no matter what language they speak, responds to directly.”  Within his work an emphasis is placed on humanness as it exists in the imagination and its inventions.

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Lay of the Land: Paintings by Julia Jensen at Next Stage

From May 25 to August 22 May 26, Next Stage Arts Gallery is showing works by Artist Julia Jensen in a show titled "Lay of the Land."

Artist Statement: Julia Jensen

I have been painting landscapes for years drawing on my experiences living in Vermont and Nantucket. Landscape gives me a foothold on the path to an interior experience of art. At root all painting is about expression of direct experience. Paintings exist at the meeting ground between the external world and one’s internal, emotional, and spiritual responses to it. For me, landscape is the perfect point of access for this exploration.

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The Arts Council of Windham County Needs a New Look! Can You Help Us?

We are inviting artists throughout the region to participate in our new logo contest. We are looking for artists to design a new logo for use by the Arts Council of Windham County & for our Gallery Walk! Our logo contest is being supported by a number of sponsors including the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce, Latchis Theatre, Mondo Mediaworks, River Gallery School, T.J. Buckley's, and Zephyr Designs.

We are searching high and low for an artist or designer to craft new logos for use for the Arts Council of WIndham County and with our monthly Gallery Walk, is that you? Entries can include a range from typography and photography to drawing, painting or other types of visual submissions. We do understand that there is a range of art forms and in the future, the Arts Council of Windham County will be inviting artists from other genres to participate in creating other kinds of materials for the Arts Council.

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Play Auditions in Guilford

Guilford Center Stage announces open auditions for its October premiere of To Their Appointed End: the One-Act Plays of Jean Stewart McLean.  There will be two sessions of auditions: Saturday, May 20, from 10 am to Noon, and Wednesday, May 24, from 6 to 8 pm, at Broad Brook Grange in Guilford.  William Stearns directs the production.

There are a number of roles for men and women from about age 20 and up.  No reservation is needed, and auditioners may arrive anytime during the 2-hour session.  Those trying out may prepare or bring a dramatic reading, or a passage from a play of their choosing, of about one minute in length.   Director Stearns will also have passages from the one-acts available for those who wish to try some dialogue.  Stage helpers are welcome, also.

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Kay Curtis Print Exhibit Opening

West Brattleboro, Vt. -- The gallery at All Souls Church UU is showing a new series by local artist Kay Curtis through the end of June. The eight drypoint monoprints, with multiple layers of colored pencil and crayon, each have a specific theme in the series entitled "Queen Anne's Lace: The Circle Comes Around." A set of eight smaller experimental prints, created before the "Queen Anne's Lace" series was launched, as well as a large jazz-themed painting, are also on display. The public is invited to an artist's reception on Saturday, May 6, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., hosted by the All Souls Arts Committee.

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Guilford Play Premiere this Weekend

We at Guilford Center Stage are particularly proud to be presenting a play by a Guilford playwright, Michael Nethercott, this coming weekend at Broad Brook Grange.  When we chose the work, we had little idea how powerful the setting -- the French Resistance in World War II -- would be in 2017!  Those of us fortunate to be attending rehearsals are seeing a skillful playwright/director at work, with a company of 11 wonderful actors.

People have commented -- favorably, of course -- on the fact that we've kept our low $10 general admission. We recognize that an evening out can get expensive, and we are committed to serving our rural community and the Greater Guilford Area! by making our productions affordable to this population.  Here is some more info:

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French Canadian Music Hits the Spot. Concert on May 12 Brings It Alive!

When I first moved to Southern Vermont in 1976 (Weathersfield) I quickly became involved in contra dancing and the rich and inviting culture of live music that fueled dance floors in church halls, granges, town halls and rural dance barns.  It doesn't take much for me to remember those nights at Palmer's Dance Barn in Unity, the Acworth and Dublin town halls, Chelsea House, Green Street School and many others. 

The music continues to be a mix of Irish, American, Scottish and French Canadian fiddle tunes played with clean phrasing and bouncy rhythm meant to get the dancers out on the floor and keep them there - sometimes 'til dawn! Of all the music styles I discovered in those years, the Quebecois tunes held a special charm. Who could help but get involved in the swinging arpeggios of Reel de Jeune Maries, Old French, You Married My Daughter But You Didn't, La Bastringue and many more.

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Raffle Fundraiser: Historic 1948 New York Times Photo Collection Image of the New York Public Library

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are holding a raffle for a 14x17 framed photo print by James Sneddon from the New York Times Photo Collection. Generously donated by Mary Ide, it is valued at $250. Tickets are $1 each, and will be on sale at the circulation desk at Brooks Library, where the print may be also be seen in person. The drawing will be held July 5th at 7pm!

“The New York Public Library – 1948,” is a picture of the iconic lions at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library, Patience and Fortitude, covered in snow. This photograph was published in the New York Times on December 20, 1948.

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Terry Sylvester's "The Back of Brattleboro" at Brooks Library

Dear Library Community,

Please take a moment to read about the lovely artwork called 'The back of Brattleboro," (2005) by Terry Sylvester, which is now on extended display as part of our renovation celebration! We hope you will come to see it in person!

Here is her statement:

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Ralph DeAnna, The Reflective Eye at 118 Elliot Gallery

118 ELLIOT GALLERY

BRATTLEBORO--118 Elliot Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Ralph DeAnna.  RALPH DEANNA, A REFLECTIVE EYE will be on view from Friday, May 5, 2017-Friday, May 19, 2017. The opening reception is on Friday, May 5 from 5:30-8:30PM. Gallery hours otherwise: Thurs-Sunday, 2-6PM and by appointment. 

Ralph DeAnna, A Reflective Eye, is the first one-man show at 118 Elliot Gallery. “DeAnna is that rare painter,” gallery director and curator, Lisa Mendelsund said, “who is a portraitist and storyteller with an architect's sense of formal perspective.” DeAnna will exhibit both large-scale oil paintings and small pastels. In his panoramic paintings, which often include portraits of himself, his models, and their surroundings as reflected and refracted in rear-view mirrors and windows, the viewer can see DeAnna’s longtime interest in multiple perspectives and the changeable nature of time and memory.

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First Work-in-Progress Showing of Babylon

On Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th Sandglass Theater will present the first full work-in-progress showing of Babylon at Next Stage Arts Project at 7:30pm, with an additional fundraising event for the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program on Friday after the show. Babylon is a piece about refugees: their journeys, traumas, and challenges to resettlement. Performed by puppets and actors with moving panoramas, known as crankies and with choral singing. Sandglass has been developing this piece for nearly two years, and will begin touring in Autumn of 2017.

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Opening Reception for Torin Porter at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present "Before Words", an exhibition of steel sculptures by Torin Porter running from May 4th to June 18th. An opening reception will take place on May 4th at 5pm. An Artist Talk is set for June 10 from 5-7pm.

Torin Porter’s playful stylized figures suggest the communicative power of sculptural art before language and logic come into play. In Before Words Porter pays tribute to the most intimate of conversations that take place between art and those who create and view it, and examines the results of the physical dynamic of the process of creating.  As Porter states, “Art is a form of human communication that everyone young or old, no matter what language they speak, responds to directly.”  Within his work an emphasis is placed on humanness as it exists in the imagination and its inventions.

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"The Passion of Joan d'Arc" Featuring Live, Original Music by Dan DeWalt

On Saturday, April 15  from 7:30-9:00. The Williamsville Hall presents the 1928 French silent film "The Passion of Joan d'Arc" featuring the premiere performance of an original soundtrack performed live on piano by Dan DeWalt.  Admission is by donation and will raise funds for the Williamsville Hall. The Hall is located off of Route 30 in Williamsville (across from the Eatery).

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Conscious Painting Using Oils or Pastels with Stephanie Birdsall

This workshop is about learning to put on your canvas or paper only what you choose to be there in a very deliberate and conscious way. This requires a slowing down, learning how to really see what you are wanting to paint, and never dabbing at it when you are thinking about what you wish to do next. Every stroke counts! Often referred to, with a smile, as a "Birdsall’s Boot Camp."  

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Drawing from the Visible World: Work by Alden, Bowen & Danaher: April 7-27 at 118 Elliot

Drawing from the Visible World, an exhibition of works on paper, paintings and sculptures by JASON ALDENPAUL BOWEN and MYLES DANAHER will be on view from Friday, April 7, 2017-Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 118 Elliot Gallery. The opening reception is on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 6:00 PM. The gallery is located at 118 Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT. Gallery hours: Thurs.-Sat, 2-6 PM.

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Square Dance in Guilford Saturday

Guilford Center Stage opens its third season at Broad Brook Grange, not with a play, but with a square dance, on Saturday, April 8, at 7 pm.  The event is a benefit for the Grange’s resident theater company, and features Bob Livingston, caller, with the Falltown String Band.    Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under,  and maximum for a family is $25.  

Come to Dance; or Just to Listen:  The caller will teach dances, so, even if you’ve never square danced, come and give it a try.  As is traditional at square dances, there will be waltzes, too.  And the bvand will also play instrumental songs for listening. 

Square dances were a tradition at grange halls throughout the region, and were important social occasions throughout much of the past century at Broad Brook Grange, with its stage for the band and large dance floor.

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Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts presents an Artist Talk with David Rohn

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is excited to offer a very special Artist Talk with David Rohn this Saturday, March 25 from 5-7pm. Rohn is the feature of the gallery-wide exhibit David Rohn Watercolors 1974-2016, running from March 16-April 30.

 

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Sandglass Theater's Winter Sunshine Series

On March 18th at 11am and 2pm Sandglass’s beloved Winter Sunshine series begins with Double Image Theater Lab. I Laid an Egg is an original piece inspired by a dream the co-creator Margot had as a child. Margot goes on an adventure with her imaginary pal, Egg, in a world made of shadows and household items. A nonverbal, interactive show filled with many unexpected surprises and discoveries, I Laid an Egg bears elements of Shadow Theater, Object Theater and music, inviting the audience into a child’s realm of make-believe. It presents a poetic imaginative journey for the child in all of us.

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Art Talk with Renowned Sculptor Paul Bowen

March 17, 2017

Welsh-born sculptor Paul Bowen will be giving an Art Talk at 118 Elliot in Brattleboro on Friday, March 24, 6-7:30 PM. There is a $10 admission charge to help support 118 Elliot Gallery. Bowen will be introduced by curator and gallery director, Lisa C. Mendelsund and will give a slide talk about his 40-year career. He also will briefly talk about a selection of objects from his collection. This presentation offers a unique glimpse into Bowen's creative process. The talk will be followed by an open conversation. 

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