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Brattleboro Museum & Art Center Seeks Original Artwork and Writing from Vermont Teens - Submissions Now Being Accepted

BRATTLEBORO, VT — The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a prestigious national recognition initiative for teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent. Vermont students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit art and writing entries in dozens of categories, including ceramics, digital art, painting, photography, poetry, humor, science fiction, personal essay/memoir, and more. The submission deadline is December 16, 2015. Students and teachers seeking guidelines or additional information are encouraged to visit www.brattleboromuseum.org or to contact Sarah Freeman at 802-257-0124, ext. 102 or sarah@brattleboromuseum.org.

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Gallery at the Garden Features Two New Exhibits in November

The Gallery at the Garden in downtown Brattleboro features two new exhibits for the month of November: "The Golden Cage," an exhibit of photographs and interviews focused on Vermont's dairy farmers and migrant workers, and "The Beauty of Relaxation," with creations by Maureen Mansfield.

The gallery is located at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, home of Strolling of the Heifers, at 157 Main Street. The gallery will be open during Gallery Walk (Friday, November 6, 5:30-7:00 p.m.). Normal November hours will be Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (except during special events at the River Garden).

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Petria Mitchell's First Solo Exhibit at MGFA

On Thursday, November 5 from 5-7pm at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street, Brattleboro, the public isinvited to an opening reception for a solo exhibition of Petria Mitchell’s newest body of work. “Recent Work” will continue on exhibit through November 29th. An artist talk is scheduled for Sunday, November 15 from 4-6pm.

The gallery is especially pleased to present Mitchell’s exhibit, her first solo show since founding Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts one year ago with her husband, co-owner, Jim Giddings.

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37th Annual Putney Craft Tour

37th Annual Putney Craft Tour Named Top Ten Vermont Winter Event and Approved as an Official Vermont Arts 2015 Event Thanksgiving Weekend -- November 27, 28, 29 2015

PUTNEY, VT—For the second year in a row, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has named the Annual Putney Craft Tour as a Top Ten Winter Event (2015/16). The tour has also been approved as a Vermont Arts Council 2015 event. Also of note, the tour is the oldest continuing craft studio tour in North America.

The Putney Craft Tour invites visitors to this craft rich area of Vermont to meet the 23 makers on this year’s tour including blacksmiths, glass blowers, potters, jewelers, weavers, woodworkers – even artisan cheesemakers Part of the fun is meandering through the beautiful Vermont countryside, following the map to find these prominent craftspeople and view the works where they are conceived and created. Putney and Saxtons River, VT. Visitors may start at The Gleanery Restaurant, 133 Main Street, Putney and/or at the Putney General Store for info, maps, and a preview exhibition of the artisans’ works. www.putneycrafts.com

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Zine Workshop @ Brooks Memorial for Teens Read Week

This year to celebrate Teens Read Week, we will be offering a FREE Zine workshop!

The fall zine workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 20th from 4:45-6:45 at Brooks Memorial Library and will be led by local artist and cool creator Hannah Cummins. The zine workshop will be a great opportunity to create an awesome mini maga(ZINE) about something you care about. Share your artwork, thoughts, comics, favorite bands, favorite movies, or games in a mini maga(ZINE) at this
workshop. Celebrate this Teens Read Week, by creating something awesome at your library. Email paige@brookslibraryvt.org or call (802)-254-5290 x110 to register.

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Artist Talk - Christine Triebert: Through a Glass Dimly

On Thursday, October 15, from 5 - 7pm at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street, Brattleboro, the public is invited to an artist talk by Christine Triebert about her new photography series,"Through a Glass Dimly".

“As a whole body of work, they suggest a view of seeing ourselves as 'spiritual beings having a human experience'." says Triebert of the twenty-one intimate images of individuals, many of whom will be familiar to area residents. The faces may be recognizable, but the subjects are shown in a novel way; simply, unadorned, and draped only with a crisp white sheet.

According to photographer, Christine Triebert, “The white sheet symbolizes the commonality of our human experience. It is reminiscent of the blanket we're swaddled in at birth and the burial cloth we're wrapped in at death.” Using the white sheet also brings us all to an equal place, “By donning the same covering, the portrait subjects are presented in a visually unified way, yet each person's unique manifestation and expressiveness shines through. My intention with each image is to portray an essential quality of being of the individual self.”

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Guilford Center Stage Debuts with Comedy This Weekend

Tourists Accommodated, a 1932 comedy by Vermont author Dorothy Canfield Fisher, will be performed Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10 at Broad Brook Grange in Guilford.  Both shows are at 7:00 pm and by general admission of $9 at the door.

The play is the inaugural production of newly-formed Guilford Center Stage, sponsored by the Grange to encourage the use of its stage.  The goal of the project’s founders, Laura Lawson Tucker and Don McLean — who directs this production — is to perform plays which would likely not otherwise be staged in the area: works related to the Guilford area and to Vermont, neglected and new works, and pieces which fit the small, but charming venue.  

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New Exhibit Opens and Local Bands Perform at BMAC During Gallery Walk, Oct. 2

BRATTLEBORO, VT -- A new exhibit called "Shedding Light on the Working Forest" opens at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) on Friday, October 2 at 5:30 p.m. during Brattleboro's monthly Gallery Walk. After the opening, starting at 7 p.m., Brattleboro bands The Snaz and NVS (Nomad vs. Settler) will perform in front of the museum. Admission is free all night.

 "Shedding Light on the Working Forest" features 29 paintings by artist Kathleen Kolb of Middlebury, Vermont, accompanied by poems and other writings by poet Verandah Porche of Guilford, Vermont. Kolb's paintings depict loggers and logging equipment, saw mills, wood chip power plants, and other scenes from the region's vibrant forestry industry. Porche's writings derive from interviews with loggers and foresters, as well as her own ruminations on the subject matter. Organized by BMAC in collaboration with Forest*Care; Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation; Vermont Land Trust; and Windham Regional Commission, the exhibit has been sponsored by Cersosimo Industries, Allard Lumber Co., East Mountain Forestry, and Vermont Woods Studios. Kolb and Porche are expected to attend the opening on October 2.

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Emily Mason The Light in Spring Book Signing at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

On Saturday, October 3, from 4 - 6 pm at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street, Brattleboro, the public isinvited to a book signing of Emily Mason’s new book, The Light in Spring.

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is very pleased to host the first public book release of Emily Mason's most recent monograph, The Light in Spring. The evening will include a one-night exhibit of Mason's print work as well as a opportunity to meet the artist and have her sign your copy of the book!

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Christine Triebert's Solo Exhibit Through a Glass Dimly Opening at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

On Thursday, October 1, from 5 - 7:30pm at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street, Brattleboro, the public is invited to an opening reception for Christine Triebert’s new solo exhibit,"Through a Glass Dimly".

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to introduce this unique portrait series including more than twenty subjectsmany of whom will be familiar to area residents. The faces may be recognizable, but the subjects are shown in a novel way; simply, unadorned, and draped only with a crisp white sheet. According to photographer, Christine Triebert, “The white sheet symbolizes the commonality of our human experience.

It is reminiscent of the blanket we're swaddled in at birth and the burial cloth we're wrapped in at death.” Using the white sheet also brings us all to an equal place, “By donning the same covering, the portrait subjects are presented in a visually unified way, yet each person's unique manifestation and expressiveness shines through. My intention with each image is to portray an essential quality of being of the individual self. As a whole body of work, they suggest a view of seeing ourselves as 'spiritual beings having a human experience'."

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Eye on the 60's: A Video Discussion with Videographer Chris Szwedo

Sponsored by the Brooks Memorial Library and the Brattleboro Camera Club members, please join us for an evening with Chris Szwedo, the director of the film Eye on the 60's: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman, (and watch a trailer) in the library's meeting room, Wednesday, September 23, at 7 PM.

EYE is an inter-disciplinary, stratified story about a passionate photographer-- Rowland Scherman of LIFE magazine, who followed his path to remarkable people and events in the 1960s-- from the inception of the Peace Corps and JFK to Dylan, The March On Washington, the Beatles, LBJ, RFK 1968, iconic celebrities, war protests, and the Woodstock Festival.

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Quiet Rebel: Lynn Martin's Story

A special showing of the locally produced film, Quiet Rebel: Lynn Martin’s Story, will be presented at the new arts venue, 118 Elliot. The 80 minute film is produced by Paul Bennett and Vidda Crochetta, and is being presented with the help and support of BCTV and Write Action. Long time Brattleboro resident, Lynn Martin is an activist, poet, and painter and a retired HIV Prevention Specialist of the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont, where she worked as a volunteer for 18 years.

In a Reformer story on Martin, by Becky Karush, Martin describes her turn to poetry, at age 50: "'I stood there, and in my mind I put all the people I was angry at....at the bottom of the stairs. And I told them off. And then, whatever it was inside me said, ‘Okay, Lynn, you are really angry. There is something missing from your life. Where are you going to be in five years? Are you going to be in the same place?' And I dragged the typewriter over, and that's where I started to write poetry. My joy is in giving voice to people who don't necessarily have it, because that was my story."

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Sandglass Theater's Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival is in Full Swing!

Following last weekend’s jam-packed three days of parades, puppet shows, and gala celebrations, the festival continues for another weekend of world-class entertainment for all ages, engaging public dialogues, and much more.

This Friday evening at New England Youth Theater, Sandglass Theater will perform the final local showing of D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks, their multiple-award-winning production based upon stories written collaboratively by groups of people with late-stage dementia. At Sandglass Theater, Kimi Maeda will present Bend, a performance drawn in sand that addresses issues of war, memory, home, and trans-cultural identity.

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Exhibit Opening: Stu Copans' Papercuts for Peace

The exhibit spaces in All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist in West
Brattleboro are hosting Stu Copans’ annual exhibit of papercuts and other artwork with a Peace theme through the end of October.

Imagesin this show, as in previous years, are paper cuttings containing the word “peace,” in English, Arabic, or Hebrew. The cuttings have been inspired by a range of sources, including Copans’ work with children at the Kids for Peace Camp in Guilford this summer, brass lanterns in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, flowers, trees, oriental carpets, and designs on the tiles of Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan’s (c. 1489-1588) many mosques.

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Vote for Brattleboro - Best Craft Town

Hi, Everyone,

Brattleboro has been doing well in the voting for Top 10 craft towns, but St. Petersburg is putting on a drive that has us more than 200 votes behind them. That was after we caught up to them and passed them briefly. If we want to have a shot at this, we need to share it and remember to vote every day for Brattleboro. Can you do it?

Best,
Greg Worden

Go to www.americancraftweek.com to vote.

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Paul Zaloom to Perform at Puppets in the Green Mountains

Renowned puppeteer, filmmaker, performance artist, and political satirist Paul Zaloom will perform his hit White Like Me: A Honky Dory Puppet Show at this year's Puppets in the Green Mountains festival. Zaloom will be recognized by many as the Bread & Puppet Domestic Resurrection Circus ringmaster. Well-known for his long-running CBS series Beakman’s World, Paul has garnered wide popularity and national acclaim for countless projects over the course of his illustrious career.

Performances o White Like Me will take place on September 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. at the New England Youth Theatre. Additionally, Zaloom will teach an exclusive workshop in object theater on Tuesday, September 15 from 7-9 p.m. at Brattleboro's newest wheelchair-accessible venue: 118 Elliot Space.

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Brattleboro's Connection To The Gardner Museum Theft

Brattleboro has a connection with the famous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The guard on duty that night lives here.

The NY Times reports:

Mr. Abath, now 49 and living in Brattleboro, Vt., where he works as a teacher’s aide, could not be reached for comment. But he has long denied any role in the heist. Reached by phone on Thursday his wife, Diane, said, “I can’t deal with this right now,” and hung up.

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Brattleboro Our Town Grant Proposals Submissions - Full List

I thought it might be handy to have a list that highlights all of the project proposals submitted for the Our Town grant. The Screening Committee is almost done narrowing this list, and the Selectboard will be authorizing 12 or 13 of these to prepare more detailed responses.

Here’s a quick look at the full list of 35 proposal submitted, and a link to all the associated materials. Which ones inspire you the most?

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NEA "Our Town" Grant Selection Committee Applications

The Brattleboro Selectboard is accepting applications for interested people to become a part of an ad hoc Selection Committee to review the final proposals submitted by artists in conjunction with funding through the Town’s NEA “Our Town” grant. The Selection Committee will consist of several local residents and other members with expertise in the arts.

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Brattleboro NEA Our Town Grant Screening Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro NEA “Our Town” Grant Screening Committee will meet on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 10:00am in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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