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First Wednesdays at Brooks Library: How William Carlos Williams Changed Poetry

UVM professor Huck Gutman will look at the work and legacy of poet William Carlos Williams in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on December 7 at 7 pm. His talk, “William Carlos Williams: America’s Most Revolutionary Twentieth Century Poet,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Gutman’s talk will consider how Williams changed American and world poetry forever by creating a new poetic language and new poetic forms.

Huck Gutman is Professor of English at the University of Vermont, where he teaches courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American poetry, and in modern poetry in translation. A former Chair of the English Department, he has twice taught abroad as a Fulbright Fellow. He has written or edited four books, and has been a regular political columnist for major newspapers abroad.  He has returned to teaching at UVM after six years in Washington, where he served as Chief of Staff to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

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The Gratitude Board Is Back

The Gratitude Board is back, now located at the new MamaSezz Foods location on Route 9 in West Brattleboro!

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Art Opening & Book Signing: Robin Truelove Stronk, DVM

West Brattleboro -- The foyer and other gallery spaces at All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist are showing paintings -- from race horses to raptors to farm animals and more -- by retired veterinarian Robin Truelove Stronk through the end of December. The public is invited to an artist's reception and book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 5.

This exhibit includes four large canvases featuring race horses and dressage horses painted with the fingers and palm of Robin's left hand while she was recuperating from surgery on her dominant right hand. Several raptors and owls will also make an appearance: "My focus in my art is the eye of the animal, and they have such large, amazing eyes that I find them irresistible," she says. Other works include two oversize florals; three large fabric feed bags with graphics creatively enhanced by many colorful breeds of chicken; and a "mixed bag" of other farm animals.

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On Exhibit at Brooks Library: Jim Arnosky

Famous children's author and illustrator Jim Arnosky is featured as October and November's illustrator in the top floor display cases. Arnosky has written and illustrated over 140 picture and nature books for kids. He has also written many Vermont nature guides for adults. He has won several awards for his work including the ALA Gordon Award, the Chirstopher Medal, and the Outstanding Science Book Award.

See lots more at http://www.jimarnosky.com/

Brooks Memorial Library224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Contact us at info@brookslibraryvt.org or 802-254-5290

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38th Putney Craft Tour Features Three New Artisans

38th Annual Putney Craft Tour Named Top Ten Vermont Winter Event and Approved as an Official Vermont Arts 2016 Event

PUTNEY, VT—October 18, 2016—For the third year in a row, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has named the Annual Putney Craft Tour as a Top Ten Winter Event (2016/17). The tour has also been approved as a Vermont Arts Council 2016 event. Also of note, the tour is the oldest continuing craft studio tour in North America.

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Guilford Comedy This Weekend

Guilford Center Stage concludes its second season with A Battle of Wits by Vermont scenic artist and showman, Charles W. Henry.   The 4-act comedy-melodrama will be performed this coming weekend, with shows on Friday and Saturday, October 7 & 8, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, October 9, at 2:00 pm, upstairs at Broad Brook Grange.

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

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Chimera - A Physical and Ethereal Presence

(huffingtonpost.co.uk) Story: An exhibition entitled Slow currently on show at the China Exchange in the heart of London’s Chinatown. It’s a commission from an arts initiative called Shaire, based in London, Singapore and Beijing in which interdisciplinary groups are invited to explore the broad theme of nature.The most eye-catching exhibit in Slow is by the internationally acclaimed American sculptor, Brattleboro local, Aaron Distler. [Aaron Distler is the son of Arlene Distler, Brattleboro’s longtime art critic.]  It comprises what looks at first like a large caterpillar but, in fact, is a Chimera, a mythical fire-eating dragon (above) that supposedly vanishes when you look at it. So it has both a physical and ethereal presence about it.

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Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts Opening Reception for David and Michelle Holzapfel

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present Passaggi, a collection of artwork by Marlboro, Vermont, artists Michelle and David Holzapfel. Opening with an Artist Reception September 22, 5-7pm, the exhibit continues through October 23. Of special note, MGFA welcomes folklorist and co-director of the Vermont Folklife Center, Greg Sharrow, to facilitate an Artist Talk on October 8, 5pm.

David’s unique, locally sourced hardwood furniture and sculpture highlight both his material’s inherent beauty and the artist’s unexpected and sensitive response to it.

Michelle’s exquisitely turned and carved bowls, vases and vessels transport the viewer to places where magic and fancy are transformed into handheld objects of singular delight and beauty.

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Stu Copans' Peace-Themed Art Opening on Sept. 11

West Brattleboro - On Sunday, September 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., the public is invited to an artist's reception for Stu Copans' exhibit "Peace, Gratitude & Stones from the River," gracing gallery spaces at All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist through the end of October.

A continuation of Copans' long-term paper-cutting project using the Hebrew Arabic, and English words for "Peace," this year's exhibit includes black, painted, and multilayered papercuts, as well as a number of word paintings exploring the importance of Gratitude as a way of being incompatible with Hatred and War. It also explores flow, the passage of time, and the interaction of water and rocks through an exhibit of stones from a 50-year collection of local and regional river rocks.

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Cai Xi Retrospective 1980-2015 September 10 - November 6, 2016 at Currier Center, Putney

The Michael S. Currier Center, Putney, VT September 10 – November 6, 2016, open daily to the public on the campus of The Putney School. This survey of Cai’s work includes her portraits and landscapes of the 1980s, ‘Edge’ series of the ’90s, ‘WuJi (Infinity Within)’ series of the past decade and recent monumental portraits. For further information: (802) 257-7898 or caixiart [at] gmail [dot] com. cxsilvergallery.com/cai-at-currier

You are cordially invited to the Artist Reception, Saturday September 24, 4:30 – 6:00 pm., at the Currier Center Galleryon the campus of The Putney School, 418 Houghton Park Road, Putney, VT. Inquiries: (802) 257-7898 or caixiart [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Jackie Abrams and Karen Kamenetzky have an Artist Talk at Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts

 Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to host an Artist Talk on Saturday, September 17, at 5pm as part of current exhibits featuring the work of Jackie Abrams and Karen Kamenetzky.

The exhibits, Jackie Abrams: Elemental Vessels and Karen Kamenetsky: Hidden Agenda will continue through September 18. Follow link to see more information.

 Abrams’ unique pieces showcase  40 years of  basket making experience; new, non-traditional materials reflect the artist’s movement toward more intuitive, abstract sculptural forms. According to the artist, “These are forms that are universal, familiar from both nature and from daily use in every culture. The bowl-shaped vessels may hold our important invisible things: dreams, thoughts, and wishes. The suspended forms are echoed by their shadows on the wall.”

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Artist Reception for Cai Xi and Her 'Edge' Selections 1991-94

You are cordially invited to an artist reception, Friday, August 19, 5-7pm at C.X. Silver Gallery for Selections from ‘Edge.’ Cai’s ‘Edge’ paintings 1991-1994 are on view at C.X. Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, VT, through September 18, open daily by appointment, closed August 20-22 and 27-30. Inquiries: Contact Adam Silver, Operations Manager / Co-Director, (802) 257-7898.

Cai is featured in two exhibitions during August, her 1980s portraits in caixiart.com/edge.

“I returned to my gymnastics and calligraphy experiences as a child, finding myself jumping, stretching, and reaching as I painted. Chinese traditional breathing exercise (Qigong) continued to help me channel energy when I painted. Throughout the nineties, materials, surface and texture were self-renewing areas of exploration. I derived a lot of inspiration from living in New York City. On the street and subway, on the ground in the cement sidewalk, a peeling wall, everywhere I went, I kept discovering: ‘Oh, look. There’s a painting!’ The experience of ‘Edge’ is about stepping into and out of myself. My art-making is characterized by this existential process. For me, Art is about Paradox: appearance-disappearance, life-death, nothingness-wholeness, chaos-groundedness, emptiness-substance, movement-fixity.”

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Jackie Abrams and Karen Kamenetzky at Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to introduce Elemental Vessels, an exhibition of recent mixed-media vessels by basket-weaver and fiber artist Jackie Abrams, and Hidden Agenda, new fiber wall hangings by textile artist Karen Kamenetzky, with an artist reception and opening Thursday, August 18, 5-7 pm. The two solo exhibits continue through September 18, with an Artist Talk scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 5pm.

Abrams’ unique pieces showcase  40 years of  basket making experience; new, non-traditional materials reflect the artist’s movement toward more intuitive, abstract sculptural forms.

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Summer Cinema Slam Returns!

Summer Cinema Slam returns on August 27th at New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat Street, Brattleboro. The doors will open at 5:30pm. Come join us for evening of films made by Vermont filmmakers and meet the directors as well. We are welcoming some amazing Vermont filmmakers to this year's event. Check out our event page at Brattleboro Film Festival facebook page. http://www.brattleborofilmfestival.org/2016-special-events/

 The event will include live music during the intermission, free ice-cream. and food trucks, food, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

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Burt Tepfer to Lead Discussion About Bad Jews

Burt Tepfer wil lead a discussion of the issues and ideas raised by the play he is directing, “Bad Jews”, on Sunday August 14 at 3:30 pm at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community - 151 Greenleaf Street in West Brattleboro. Since it is Tisha B’Av, the program will include a brief explanation of the holiday from Cantor Kate Judd, with a few words about why talking about what it means to be a “good” or “bad” Jew might be particularly appropriate on that day. Snacks will be supplied for those who are not fasting for the holiday.

 

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Experienced Face Painters Needed for Vermont JerkFest

We invite you to be a children’s face painter at the 2nd Annual Vermont JerkFest in Brattleboro. We seek experienced, friendly, and artistic people who love working with kids! The shifts run from 10 am - 1 pm, 1 pm - 4 pm, 4pm - 7pm.

If you’re interested, click HERE to fill out our volunteer application.

If you have any questions, you can visit our website HERE, email us at info@vtjerkfest.com or call our office at 617-395-7680.

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Jon Gregg Artist Talk at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to host an artist talk by the gallery’s current featured artist Jon Gregg on Saturday, July 23 at 5pm. Jon Gregg: evolving a mark will be on exhibit at both MGFA locations (183 Main Street and the new MGFA Annex at 132 Main Street in the Brooks House Atrium) through August 14th.

Jon Gregg’s work features gestural, abstract, richly textured oil paintstick on paper and canvas. Fortress-like structures and crowded spaces are central themes, even as his characters are caught mid-narrative, jostled by insistent markmaking and surface activity.

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Jon Gregg Exhibit Opens at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present the painting exhibit Jon Gregg: evolving a mark, with an opening reception for the artist Thursday, July 14, in two locations: Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts at 183 Main Street and the new MGFA Annex at 132 Main Street in the Brooks House Atrium, both from 5 to 7 pm. An Artist Talk is scheduled for Saturday, July 23 at 5pm.  Friends and alumni of the Vermont Studio Center are encouraged to attend.

Gregg’s work features gestural, abstract, richly textured oil paintstick on paper and canvas. Fortress-like structures and crowded spaces are central themes, even as his characters are caught mid-narrative, jostled by insistent markmaking and surface activity.

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July 1 Opening Of From The River, To The River

The Town of Brattleboro and the artist team of Elizabeth Billings, Evie Lovett and Andrea Wasserman invite the Brattleboro community to bring a picnic and enjoy ice cream floats by the river during Friday July 1 Gallery Walk to celebrate the opening of From the River, To the River, a public art project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant awarded to the Town of Brattleboro.

Town officials and the artists will welcome the community at 6 pm at the Brattleboro Transportation Center against the backdrop of River Wall, a kinetic sculpture of 38,000 sequins imagining water patterns on the the Transportation Center. Projected Water, a video of images of over 300 people in the Brattleboro community and water imagery, will play at the site throughout Gallery Walk.

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