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Winter Art Classes at The Drawing Studio

The Drawing Studio in Brattleboro is offering classes in traditional and experimental drawing practices, color theory and composition and drop in figure drawing sessions.  Our semester begins the week of January 8th 2018.  Please check out the website to see if this might be for you or someone you love.

www.vermontdrawingstudio.com  It is a beautiful place to be, draw and learn.  (some trade and scholarship options are available too)

Happy New Year!  

Jason Alden

802 380 4997

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Weekend Drawing Workshop January 6 and 7

The Drawing Studio in Brattleboro will host a Weekend Drawing Intensive on January 6th and 7th.  This workshop is for absolute beginners and experienced artists.  Our aim is to:

-increase our understanding of the basic visual elements of shape, line, tone, pattern and gesture

-offer a framework that allows us to draw from our experience with curiosity, directness and enjoyment.

This will be an eye opener and an inspiration for the New Year.  You have much more capacity for drawing than you know!  

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Artist Opening at MGFA, "Winter Group"

Jan. 11 - Mar. 18: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts presents “Winter Group”, an exhibit of new work by Donald Saaf, Torin Porter, Josh Bernbaum, and Jackie Abrams, and select work by our gallery artists.  We are pleased to welcome and introduce printmaker Erika Radich. Artists Reception Thursday, January 11, 5 - 7pm. Collaborative Artist Talk Saturday, February 10 at 5pm.

Painter and collage artist Donald Saaf creates work at the intersection of fine and folk art, exploring place as it is experienced in one’s memory.  His newest pieces reflect themes of inner growth and contentment. Torin Porter’s steel sculptures engage our imagination with his playful, stylized figures. His newest work is richly symbolic of conflict and transcendence. Josh Bernbaum’s hand blown glass  stands out with its vibrant colors, patterns, and surprising intricate textures. New work featured in this show is inspired by patterns of West African textiles and cacti in the Southwest. Fiber artist Jackie Abrams explores feminine form and experience through her woven vessels, with delicate and luminescent pieces featured in this show.

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The Drawing Studio Winter Open House

Please join us this Thursday December 14th for an Open House at The Drawing Studio from 4 to 7 pm. Come and learn about our classes in traditional and experimental drawing practices, color mixing and composition, as well as our weekly drop in life drawing groups. We also have gift certificates available if you want to bring art into the life of someone you love this Winter.

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Sandglass Theater's Crankie Celebration

PUTNEY- A crankie is an old storytelling art form that has recently become popular again. A long illustrated scroll is wound around two spools and set into a box with a viewing window. The scroll is hand cranked, the unfolding story narrated, sung or just accompanied by music. This December Sandglass Theater is holding a crankie fundraising celebration with events including performances, a crankie building workshop and an online auction of crankies built by local artists.

Performances

This year is the fourth annual weekend of crankie performances at Sandglass Theater. Crankies! includes performances by Sandglass founders, Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass, Molly and Ellen Gawler of the Gawler Family Band, Brendan Taaffe, Kali Quinn, Donald Saaf, Trudi Cohen and John Bell.

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Brattleboro-West Arts Presents 17 Artists, 4 Days

BRATTLEBORO, Vt.: For the fourth year in a row, the art and crafts of Brattleboro-West Arts will make their way eastward for a downtown exhibit and sale, but this year’s event will feature an additional day of shopping, as well as delicious food and live music.

Titled simply 17 Artists, 4 Days, the show in the public event space at 118 Elliot St. will offer pieces ranging from paintings, photography and pastels to encaustics, pottery, textiles, woven baskets, jewelry and glass.
The 2017 show will open a day earlier than in past years, with a Thursday, Nov. 30, reception offering snacks and a cash bar provided by Whetstone Ciderworks from 5 to 8 p.m.

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ACWC's Spring 2018 Creative Forums Series: Sneak Peek!

2018 Creative Forums Series

Nourishing the Inner Artist: Ongoing Conversations About Art & Creativity
*We will provide more details about tickets and other events/activities associated with these forums will be announced as the March 8 Kick-Off approaches.

*If you are interested in volunteering and/or joining the forums e-mail list, please contact Shanta Lee Gander at shantavns@gmail.com.

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FREE Event: Wearing Our History - Abenaki Artists Panel Discussion

Vermont Humanities Council Grant Supports Vermont Abenaki Artists Panel Discussions in Area Libraries
Native American Heritage month offers special opportunities to connect with Abenaki
artists at area libraries in a series of panel discussions titled “Wearing Our Heritage,” organized by the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association in partnership with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, funded in part by a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council.

A panel discussion at the Pierson Library in Shelburne, VT will be presented on Tuesday, November 7 at 6:30pm. Panelists include Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe and Nulhegan citizens Aaron York and Carol McGranaghan. Melody Walker Brook will serve as moderator. Brook and McGranaghan currently serve on the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. McGranaghan is a jewelry maker and also has created a line of wild jellies using traditional herbs. Stevens is a diplomat and storyteller who also makes jewelry and regalia. York is an internationally acclaimed birch bark canoe maker whose beaded stethoscope is featured in the traveling exhibit “Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage.”

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Artist Opening At Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts: Emily Mason, "Explorations"

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present Emily Mason, "Explorations", a survey of Mason’s prints from 1985 - 2016. An Artist Opening Reception is scheduled for Saturday, November 11, 5-7pm, followed by an Artist Talk Sunday, November 12, 5pm. This gallery-wide exhibition continues through January 7.

One of America’s foremost non-representational painters, Mason began exploring printmaking at the Tamarind Institute in 1985, and continued working with the Garner Tullis Workshop, Hand Graphics, and master printers Janis Stemmermann and Lisa Mackie through 2016. Each printer offers their individual creative direction which enhances Mason’s distinctive style, and in turn she modifies or personalizes their techniques to further refine her color vocabulary.

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Borter's Studio Announces Winter/Spring Jewelry Workshop Series

BRATTLEBORO: Borter’s Jewelry Studio on High Street announces its winter/spring schedule of beginner- and intermediate-level metalsmithing workshops and invites the public to preview the classes at an open house during November’s Gallery Walk.

From 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 3, Bob Borter, who has been making and selling his jewelry in Brattleboro for more than 30 years, will be joined by fellow silversmiths Susanna Haas (susannahaasjewelry.com) and Chris Lann (chrislanndesigns.com) to demonstrate key techniques that students will learn in the workshops, such as forging, stamping and pouring molten silver. Visitors to the studio at 22 High St., Suite 202, will have the chance to enjoy a snack, sign up for classes and even try their hand at working some metal.

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KONSUME - Need McDonald, DD, BK Fast Food Wrappers: Soda Cans: Cigarette Wrappers

JUNK FOOD WRAPPERS WANTED

Need junk food wrappers - McD, DD, Burger King, KFC, TB, etc...about 1 big size garbage bag 

Soda Cans: Coke Pepsi, etc for SUGAR PROJECT - about two large plastic bags

CIGarette Wrapper:  Cigarette packs, and cartons. 

These "art" projects are an homage to KONSUMER KULTURE.

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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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