Arts News for September 28, 2017  
New Show Explores the Many Facets of Wood

Wood is integral to our Vermont culture. It is a job creator, the backdrop for our famous landscape, and a way to heat our homes. "SiteTime," the new show in the Council's Sculpture Garden, explores wood as an art form. Artists Erika Senft Miller, Nancy Winship Milliken, and Michael Zebrowski will work collaboratively to evolve the exhibit, taking cues from the natural aging process. Over two years, the three artists will create physical constructions, video and sound installations, artifacts, and event-based movement performances in response to the ongoing cordwood rhythm. A concrete sculpture by Justin Kenney will stand watch over the evolution.

Join us at the opening reception Friday, October 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. Meet the artists and experience the beginning of a two-year exploration.

Vermont Arts Council Sculpture Garden
136 State Street
Montpelier

Read more about the exhibit.
"Spring Birds" by Carol MacDonald.
Closing Celebration for "Connection"

Join us in bidding a fond farewell to the Spotlight Gallery show featuring 17 Vermont artists. Curated by Ric Kasini Kadour, the exhibit explores intersections between and among artists from every corner of the state.

Friday, October 6
4 to 7 p.m.
Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery
136 State Street
Montpelier

Tickets on Sale for the Governor's Arts Awards

Tickets are now available for the 2017 Governor's Arts Awards. Celebrate five talented, accomplished, and passionate people who have made significant contributions to the arts in Vermont. Experience the premiere of a piece by Christal Brown and the Dance Company of Middlebury, explore a beautiful new Vermont performing arts venue, indulge in delectable hors d'oeuvres by BonTemps catering and - most importantly - applaud the 2017 Arts Awards recipients.

Tuesday, October 24, 7 p.m.
Highland Center for the Arts
Greensboro

Purchase tickets.

More information about the 2017 Governor's Arts Awards.

David Macaulay, Chris Bohjalian, Taryn Noelle, Cornelia Carey, Gregory Sharrow
Jensen Beach, winner of the 2017 Vermont Book Award.
Jensen Beach Wins the 2017 Vermont Book Award

Alumni Hall at the Vermont College of Fine Arts was abuzz with anticipation last Saturday evening as iconic Vermont authors, young writers, and literature lovers sipped cocktails. All were waiting to hear who would receive the 2017 Vermont Book Award. The depth of Vermont's literary talent was evident as the eight finalists read excerpts from their work. Jensen Beach, author of a book of short stories entitled "Swallowed by the Cold," took home the prize. We congratulate Jensen and all of the finalists. Support Vermont authors - buy their books!

Arts Briefs
Helen Day Art Center is hiring a full-time deputy director to support the executive director in fulfilling the strategic plan and mission of the organization.
  Get the details.
The City of Montpelier seeks a Vermont artist or artist team for a $50,000 commission to design, fabricate, and install a permanent work of public art at One Taylor Street. The deadline is November 1.
  Find out how to apply
The Preservation Trust of Vermont seeks an experienced historic preservation professional to provide field services throughout the state on a half-time basis. The deadline is October 15.
   More information.
Upcoming Vermont Arts 2017 Events
Stone Valley Arts
September 29 and 30
Poultney
September 29
Unitarian Church
Montpelier
October 1
Paramount Theatre
Rutland
Mahaney Center for the Arts
September 29 and 30
Middlebury

JUNO ORCHESTRA DEBUT PERFORMANCE
Brattleboro Music Center
September 30
Brattleboro
Brandon Music
September 30
Brandon
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
September 30
Stowe
Highland Lodge
October 1
Greensboro
Guilford Community Church
October 1
Guilford
multiple venues
September 29 to October 1
multiple locations
 Governor's Gallery
October 4 to December 29
Montpelier
Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm
October 1 to 8
Weston
The Front
October 6
Montpelier
DOES IT MOVE? THREE SCULPTORS EXPLORE KINETICS
Cold Hollow Sculpture Park
October 7
Enosburg Falls
October 5 to 22
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
South Pomfret
Vergennes Opera House
October 7
Vergennes
Featured Story
Top row (L to R): Erika Senft Miller, Justin Kenney. Bottom row (L to R): Michael Zebrowski, Nancy Winship Milliken
Four Cords in the Dooryard

Four Vermont artists are expecting a big delivery of firewood - to the Council's Sculpture Garden. The cut and split pieces will form the base of an exhibit that will evolve over time. The artists are collaborating to bring their vision to the Sculpture Garden throughout the next two years.

Read more about the artists in this week's featured story, " The 'SiteTime' Artists."
 
The Vermont Arts Council is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts , which requires a 1:1 match from the Vermont State Legislature. Council grants, programs, and statewide arts promotion would not be possible without the critical funding provided by these government agencies.
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