Brattleboro Gets Ready to Dance, July 18th – July 21st

Brattleboro Gets Ready to Dance

BRATTLEBORO, VT—TV dance shows have boosted the interest in dance. From little kids to college students to baby boomers more and more people are interested in dance. This hype has helped draw attention to dance programs at colleges and universities across the country. Now, Brattleboro, Vermont looks to boost economic development and morale following the devastating effects of 2011’s Tropical Storm Irene with a major dance festival —The .

The festival is slated for July 18 to July 21, 2013 and will take place for the most part in downtown Brattleboro with time in between workshops for people shop and enjoy the town. The four-day festival will be filled with lectures, workshops, performance, live music and community events taught by world-class faculty.


Stroll’s Plein Air Farm Art Show Sets Closing Reception

A closing reception celebrating the Strolling of the Heifers Plein Air Farm Art show will take place during Gallery Walk, Friday evening July 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Vermont Artisans, downtown Brattleboro.

The gallery will also be introducing new exhibits of folk art by Warren Kimble and graffiti art by Scott Borofsky.

“Plein air” painting means painting out in the open — in this case, on the farm. The juried exhibit organized by local artist Deborah Lazar assembled works painted at Brattleboro-area farms during the months of April and May.


On Exhibit: Paintings by Dale DiMauro

On Exhibit Main Room: Paintings by Dale DiMauro 
June 2013   

The artist’s statement:

As long as Dale DiMauro can remember, he has always loved to draw and create things. DiMauro developed his appreciation for the local landscape when he was a boy exploring Putney with his two brothers. Later he earned his degree in landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. 


B4 Peace Arts/ Namaya Art Rat at Clearwater Festival June 15-16

Clearwater Festival with the B 4 Peace Team/ Namaya Art Rats was a wonderful success.  Thousands came out for the Peace Arts Projects at this amazing festival of music, and activism by the beautiful Hudson River.

We had so many volunteers and helpers with the B 4 Peace Faires. The art projects included: Inevitability of Peace – a 9 foot tall pyramid of steel with a peace wreath encased in 300 pound block of ice that melted with a single “candle” over several days: 


Kay Curtis Retrospective Exhibit Opens Saturday at All Souls Church

West Brattleboro, Vt. — An exhibit by Brattleboro artist Kay Curtis now graces gallery spaces at All Souls Church through the end of July. One of Kay’s larger paintings, “Diversity,” from a series she based on themes in the All Souls Covenant spoken from time to time at worship services, hangs permanently in the church parlor.

“Say Something New!” is a collection of twenty-one other works of Kay’s art created over the past thirty years. “I had great fun placing new marks on earlier work, and revisiting who I used to be,” Kay shares. “I took photography in college but have never shown the photos I love to make. In the spirit of this, showing new things seemed possible.”


Brattleboro Arts Committee Meeting & Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office
(802) 251-8100


On Exhibit at the Library: Saxtons River Art Guild

On Exhibit: Saxtons River Art Guild
May 2013 

Members of the Saxtons River Art Guild will be exhibiting original paintings at the Brooks Memorial Library beginning Tuesday, April 30 until Tuesday, May 28. Included will be original paintings in watercolor, oil, and pastels.

The Saxtons River Art Guild was formed in Saxtons River, Vermont in 1976 by a small group of artists who enjoyed painting together. Membership has grown from a dozen or so to over 70 artists and others interested in the fine arts. Members come from throughout the southern Connecticut River Valley in Vermont and New Hampshire.


BSD Spring Dance Tickets Go On Sale May 9

Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 9 for the Brattleboro School of Dance annual spring recital. Performances take place the weekends of May 17-19 and May 24-26 at the New England Youth Theatre, located at 100 Flat Street in downtown Brattleboro.

Current dance students and alumni will perform in 14 pieces choreographed by faculty and guests of the school, demonstrating a breadth of styles that include ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and belly dancing.

The recital’s 2013 theme, “Evolution,” reflects the progression of several pieces in the program over the course of different shows, says BSD director Jennifer Moyse, as well as the generational transition within the school’s community since it was founded by Kathleen Keller in 1976.


What’s Western About Western American Art?

What’s Western about Western American Art?
Wednesday April 3, 2013
7:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Amherst College professor Carol Clark considers how the works of painters such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, George Catlin, and Albert Bierstadt have defined the American West as place and idea.

The lecture is a First Wednesday program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.


Lanced – A Poem

Lanced

They let everyone out of the mental hospitals
because of budget cuts.
And they all became healers.

Today I asked a question, simple, not incisive,
Yet it pierced your psychic boil.
Toxic puss burst forth.


NEYT Jazzes up its Spring Fundraising

Friday April 19th, at 6:00pm New England Youth Theatre will be rolling out the red carpet for a special gala fundraising event!

Join us for delicious French cuisine from local chefs, an assortment of fine wine, and live music performed by Deniz Cordell at 6pm.

Then enjoy a NEYT senior company performance of Scapin, written by France’s king of comedy – Moliere. NEYT uses the rave review off-Broadway adaptation created by America’s most famous clowns, Bill Irwin and Mark O’Donnell, who starred in the original Broadway production. It is literally laugh-a-second mayhem!


Thoughts on the Women’s Film Festival

Thoughts on the Women’s Film Festival:

The differences are starkly noticeable, in both breadth and depth. Instead of a long span of many days’ worth of films in multiple venues along Main Street, there are two weekends in only one location. Instead of each film being shown twice so the viewing public can get multiple opportunities to see the favorites, each is shown once. Instead of the highest quality films for and about women, we get some good ones and some mediocre ones. Logistical glitches abound (like the single movie in one of the time-slots being only 30 minutes long).


On Exhibit at Brooks Library: Student Art Month

On Exhibit: Student Art Month   
March is Student Art Month in Windham County, and the library hosts exhibits of artwork by Brattleboro elementary school children. Two-dimensional art can be seen on the main floor, and three-dimensional creations are found in display cases in the second-floor entryway and the north side of the mezzanine.    


Sandglass Theater’s D-Generation at the New England Youth Theatre, March 22-23

Sandglass Theater brings it’s newest piece to the New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro for a special two-night limited engagement to kick off our national tour. D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks is a full-length theater piece based on stories written collaboratively by groups of people with late-stage dementia. The work is performed by three puppeteers (the caregivers) and five puppets (the residents of a care-facility). Set to a compelling original score and striking animated video segments, D-Generation takes us into a world that is all too much a part of our lives.