PUTNEY, Vt—From gourd art to custom-made bicycles, farm art, and hand-knitted mittens from old sweaters, you can’t go wrong venturing “over the river and through the woods” to find the 25 working studios on Putney Vermont’s artisan trail in search of fine art and craft – and yes, the quirky and unusual, too.
The 40th Annual Putney Craft Tour, the oldest continuing craft tour in the country and a Top Ten Vermont Winter event, timed to coincide with Thanksgiving and holiday shopping, (Nov 23, 24, 25, 10-5) offers visitors a chance to meet the artists in the setting where it all happens. This year the state of Vermont is honoring the tour by proclaiming Thanksgiving weekend Putney Craft Tour Weekend.
We have 5 spots left in A Drawing Season, a “low-residency” drawing study from January to March 2019. With a mix of private lessons, small group workshops and in-studio drawing time you can re-learn drawing as a natural and connective activity. Children draw and are world makers when they do. As adults we, semi-consciously, agree to draw what something looks like rather than our experience of it. They are not the same thing!
West Brattleboro, Vt. — “The Right Balance,” an exhibit of paintings by Guilford artist Susan McDormand, is showing through December in the foyer and other gallery spaces at All Souls Church UU (ASC). The public is invited to meet the artist and gain insights into her work at an artist’s reception on Saturday, November 10, from 2 to 4 pm.
McDormand began painting at the River Gallery School in Brattleboro more than 20 years ago. “Ric Campman and Lydia Thomson inspired and encouraged me. Today I continue to paint in oils, on beautiful papers, often implementing pencil and pastel. As the piece develops, I begin to have a mirror . . . it seems to be about intuition, color, and a language being written. For me, painting is so much about blending movements of color together.” The work reflects her goal of creating harmony in life as well as in artistic expression.
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018, 6pm @ VCP
(Free & open to the public)
Please join the Vermont Center for Photography for a public artist talk with MA-based photographer, Paul Reitano, in conjunction with his solo exhibition “Thrive: The Overcome Project”. Paul’s photographic series that will be on display for the month of November stemmed from his personal battle – and eventual success story – with cancer. This series is a collection of raw and evocative images of the experiences Reitano endured and the many people who aided him along the way.
The final two showings of Shoot the Moon Theater Company’s “Frankenstein” at the Hooker-Dunham Theater are at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, November 2-3.
General admission is $12. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 802-254-9276. The Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery is located at 139 Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont. More information is available at www.hookerdunham.org.
Join us on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, from 12 – 1 pm for a Vermont Department of Libraries presentation about the Creative Arts Economy! This presentation will highlight ways in which Vermonters make a living through the arts or other creative endeavors.
This is the second in a series of events here at Brooks Memorial Library for the Governor Scott’s “Capitol for a Day” initiative. This FREE event is open to EVERYONE, and will be held in the second floor Community Meeting Room!
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present an Artist Talk with Deidre Scherer on Saturday, October 27th at 5pm. Her current exhibit “Human Textures” will be showing at MGFA through November 18, which showcases the artist’s paper and fabric weavings, as well as collaborative vessels with artist Jackie Abrams.
Pioneering in the medium of thread-on-layered-fabric, Scherer’s collages, both in fabric and paper media, engage the viewer with the tenderness of being human. The Rhode Island School of Design honored Scherer with their 2010 Alumni Association Award for Artistic Achievement “for the innovative medium of textile art she has developed, and for her thought-provoking investigations of our society’s views of aging, reflections on life, death, family relationships and the welfare of future generations.” Scherer has exhibited in hundreds of shows since 1979, and has been featured in several galleries nationwide including the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Heller Museum in NYC.
Take a break from your work week and join us at The Drawing Studio for a cup of coffee and some time to draw, paint and read. The brook runs just outside our windows and the art library is full of inspiration. There will be beautiful still life arrangements to draw from, benches to bring outside if you want to work from nature and good instruction if you need it. Mostly there will be coffee, quiet and materials to let you come into relationship with your simple and creative self.
From DaVinci’s screaming soldiers to Hals Laughing Cavaliers, the history of art is full of powerful examples of the portrait portrayed expressively. This workshop will focus on rendering the complexities of the human portrait in an active manner by studying the aspects of facial anatomy which convey expression. Each day a different emotion will be studied and rendered in a variety of drawing styles.
West Brattleboro — Each fall for the past several seasons, the gallery spaces at All Souls Church (ASC), aka West Village Meeting House, have been filled with blessings of Peace in the form of Stuart Copans’ papercuts. The current show is titled “Peace is a Process.”
This 9th annual exhibit features Copans’ creatively diverse cuttings of “Shalom,” the Hebrew word for Peace, and “Salaam,” its Arabic equivalent. In addition to these papercuts, viewers will be treated to Copans’ recent “concrete poems,” in which the poetry is intimately entangled with the object on which it is written, as well as the first few of his tea bag prints and limericks inspired by Edward Lear’s nonsense verse and drawings. Also showing are Dotty Seiter’s “Prayers in the Wind,” a collection of peace-prayer mobiles spinning gently in the central foyer windows.
October 5 through November 18: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present Deidre Scherer’s “Human Textures”, showcasing her paper and fabric weavings, as well as collaborative vessels with artist Jackie Abrams. Artist Opening Reception Friday, October 5 from 5-7pm, Artist Talk featuring both Artists Saturday, October 27 at 5pm.
SPRINGFIELD, VT—August 6, 2018— In recent years, hospital leaders, physicians and patients have discovered that art and music in the hospital environment can help patients deal with their illnesses more effectively and possibly return to full functioning earlier.
The Great Hall, in celebration of Springfield Hospital’s 105th Anniversary is pleased to present, “Healing: The Transformative Imagery of Art,” a group exhibition of 12 artists. Drawing on personal, in some cases tragic experiences, they have created inspirational art to share with the viewer. The exhibition will open Thursday, September 27 and go through March 30, 2019 with an artists’ reception for the public from 5:30–7:00 p.m. at One Hundred River Street. Wine and light refreshments will be served.
Every couple of years the little town of Brattleboro,Vermont welcomes puppeteers from around the world. To the delight of the national puppetry community and local audiences alike, Sandglass Theater’s Puppets in the Green Mountains festival of international puppet theater has become Southern Vermont’s premier puppetry attraction, drawing a diverse audience from all corners of New England, Quebec, New York City and beyond.
Hello creative humans,
The Drawing Studio re-opens in just two weeks. You can join us for drawing, painting, talking, having coffee and reading in our library. We have classes in Life Drawing and Drawing Basics, a Color Mixing workshop coming up and ongoing Open Studio and drop-in drawing sessions every week. We also offer private lessons on Thursdays. Full details are on the website www.vermontdrawingstudio.com and registration is happening NOW! I look forward to working together this Fall.
August 16 – September 30: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present “Voices”, a selection of Zea Mays printmakers. “Voices” will feature selected work by Judith Bowerman, Lyell Castonguay, Liz Chalfin, Sarah Creighton, Anita Hunt, Lynn Peterfreund, Erika Radich, and Joyce Silverstone. Multiple printmaking techniques utilized by the artists include monotype, collagraph, drypoint, etching and woodcut. The exhibition opens Thursday, August 16 at 5pm, with an Artist Reception Saturday, August 18, 5 – 7pm. An Artist Talk will take place Saturday, August 25 at 5pm.
The Fall semester at The Drawing Studio begins September 7th and enrollment is now open. If you are interested in working creatively, we offer Long Pose Figure Painting, Drawing Basics, Wednesday Open Studios, Private lessons in drawing and painting and a weekend workshop in Color Mixing. These are some of the ways you can join us at The Drawing Studio.
BRATTLEBORO: Borter’s Jewelry Studio on High Street announces its summer/fall schedule 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).
Join us for a week at The Drawing Studio in Brattleboro and learn about yourself as a painter. We will explore color mixing, light, materials, composition and creativity in a clear and integrated way. During our lunch breaks, we will look at painters from art history who loved what we will be learning about.
For absolute beginners or painters looking to revisit the fundamentals in an inspiring and whole-hearted way.
BRATTLEBORO: A new exhibit in the Brooks House, 130 Main St. will open July 6, spotlighting the artwork of three Brattleboro-West Arts members.
The show, titled New Passage, will feature paintings by Kay Curtis, Julia Eva Bacon and Cai Xi in the Atrium Hallway Gallery. The new works will be on view during Brattleboro’s July 6 Gallery Walk and through the summer.
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present DayDreams, an exhibition of steel sculptures by Torin Porter. The show opens Thursday, June 28 at 5pm, with an Artist Reception Saturday, June 30th from 5-7pm.
Torin Porter’s stylized figures reflect complex facets of humanity, creating modern world archetypes. As Porter speaks of DayDreams, “[These sculptures] exist externally but we experience them internally. When we behold them with our senses, feel their weight and texture and see their forms change in response to our movements, they come to life as they interact with the associations they bring.” Simplistic and playful at first glance, each sculpture in DayDreams holds layers of symbolism, easily accessible for the viewer to unfold.