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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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Sun., March 19, 3-5 pm: Group Art Show Opens at All Souls Church

West Brattleboro - Through the end of April, the foyer and other gallery spaces at All Souls Church (ASC) are featuring a group show of mixed-media, watercolors, and pastels by members of the Brattleboro Brush & Palette Painters and Saxtons River Art Guild. Participants include Carolyn Albee, Bob Askey, Barb Borek, Dawn Chattin, Maisie Crowther, Nancy DiMauro, John Dimick, Kathy Greve, Mike Hanley, Karen Hesse, Deedee Jones, Molly Martin, Patricia McPike, and Lois Reynolds. Some of these artists are members of both groups.

The ASC Arts Committee invites the public to an Opening Reception for the exhibit
from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. This is an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their inspiration and creative process. Otherwise, the gallery is open for visitors weekdays from 9:00 to 12:00 noon, as well as during Sunday worship and other public events in the building.

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Student Art Month: Elementary School Art at Brooks Library

March is Student Art Month in Windham County. Student Art Month spotlights and gives public recognition to the outstanding visual art created by our elementary, middle school, and high school students. Make sure you don't miss the 2017 displays in Downtown, Brattleboro and at Brooks Memorial Library.​

Elementary School Art displays can be seen at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street. 

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after growing up.” Pablo Picasso

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Artist Opening At Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts: David Rohn Watercolors 1974-2016

March 16 - April 30: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is proud to feature a retrospective of watercolor paintings by Vermont painter David Rohn in David Rohn Watercolors: 1974-2016 . For the first time, MGFA will devote the entire gallery to a single artist with this exhibition of over thirty-five paintings. An opening reception is set to take place Thursday, March 16 at 5, with an Artist Talk scheduled for Saturday, March 25 from 5-7pm.

Rohn’s ability to speak through watercolor suggests an element of magic in his choice and command of materials and technique. Never intentionally arranged, the objects in Rohn’s compositions create a relationship of inherent balance and established order, bringing harmony and satisfaction to the eye. Remarks Rohn, “Sometimes a hidden composition seems so resolutely preconceived it is like finding an unknown Bach Partita crumpled in the trash.” His extraordinary gift of playful observation allows an unexpected appreciation and analysis of the common object.

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Local Artist Offers Unique Recycling and Up-cycling Workshop to Benefit Groundworks Food Shelf

BRATTLEBORO – With an up-cycled twist on basket weaving, a three-part workshop – taught by local artists Jackie Abrams, Jen Wiechers, and Janette Smuts – will benefit the Groundworks Food Shelf. The workshop, which takes place on three Thursday evenings (March 30, April 6, and April 20) at the River Gallery School’s Main Street Studio in Brattleboro, will cover the art of making ‘yarn’ from used plastic bags to crochet strong, colorful, and multi-purpose tote bags.

“I have been offering​ this workshop in Brattleboro since 2011, always to benefit the Brattleboro Food Shelf. It is a great way to use those plastic bags, and to create an environmentally friendly bag,” reports Abrams. “Instead of a ‘quilting bee,’” she says, “it is a ‘plastic crocheting bee.’" Always fun!”

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Views and Perspectives: Oil Paintings by David Rohn at Next Stage Arts - Artist Reception

Next Stage Arts Gallery is featuring paintings by
David Rohn, March 4 to 24.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Sat., March 4, 2 - 4p.m.

David Rohn is a watercolor and oil painter. He currently lives and creates art in the woods of Southern Vermont

“Rohn’s paintings seem part of another diction altogether, one free of jargon and its thin gratifications; free, also, of art-schooled ambition to please teacher/critic/dealer, but rarely the eye of the beholder. The eye of this beholder is soothed and delighted, reminded of the old sense of magic which manifests itself in art.

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Sandglass Theater's Winter Sunshine Series Returns with I Laid An Egg by Double Image Theater Lab

PUTNEY VT- 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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Artist Forum at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts presents an Artist Forum, complementing the large group show Spring Visions on Saturday, February 25, from 5-7pm. The Forum will feature gallery artists Matt Brown, Torin Porter, Donald Saaf, and David Holzapfel, with introductions by gallery owners Petria Mitchell and Jim Giddings.

Printmaker Matt Brown,  from Lyme, New Hampshire, creates work in the Japanese hanga method, utilizing separate hand-carved blocks for each color. From Glover, Vermont, sculptor Torin Porter explores “humanness” in his imaginative, stylized steel figures. Fine Art and Folk Art intersect in the collage paintings of Marlboro artist Donald Saaf. Also from Marlboro, wood artist David Holzapfel’s structural forms celebrate the imperfections, personalities, and inherent beauty of wood.

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So Like A Mirror: An Exhibition of Works on Paper by Julia Zanes

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So like a mirror is the sea/So vast the vault above, an exhibition of works on paper and poems by JULIA ZANES featuring text from the work of F. Hopkinson Smith, will be exhibited at The Emblem Museum, 21 Elliot Street, 2nd Floor, Brattleboro Saturday March 4, 2017-Saturday, April 22, 2017. The opening reception is on Saturday March 4, 2017 from 2:00-6:00 PM.

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Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts presents "Spring Visions," February 3 - March 12

February 2- March 12: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present Spring Visions, a new group exhibition expanding upon December’s Winter Group. The show will feature a new selection of work by gallery artists, including Emily Mason, Torin Porter, Anne Johnstone, Eric Boyer, Jon Gregg, Tiffany Heerema and Robin Cheung. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 3 during Gallery Walk starting at 5:30pm.  An Artist Forum of featured artists will take place on Saturday, February 25 from 5-7pm.

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The Giant Snow Head of 2017

Every winter, the Unverity of Brattleboro Art Faculty get together and create a giant snow head from a pile of snow in Brattleboro, in a fairly rudimentary salute to Brattleboro's famed sculpture, Larkin Mead. 

Here is this year's figure, created from a snow pile at the New England Youth Theater.

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Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts presents "Winter Group Forum" Saturday, January 28

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to announce an Artist Forum for their Winter Group show on Saturday, January 28 from 5-7pm. The Forum will be a “roaming” style talk, featuring artists Petria Mitchell, Jim Giddings, Will Finkel, Anne Johnstone, Gene Parulis, Michele Ratté, and Chris Triebert.

Petria Mitchell of Brattleboro has been a painter for over 40 years, creating lush and ethereal landscapes. Jim Giddings paints richly textured surfaces carrying psychological and physical nuance. Painter and collage artist Anne Johnstone from Somerville, MA works in mixed media, oil, and wax, using distortion and exaggeration to convey a curiously heightened emotional response.

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