Arts News for November 22, 2018   
Honoring the Arts

Photos by Rachel Stearns. 
The evening of November 4 was chilly, but the Vermont State House was filled with warmth. More than 100 guests gathered in the lobby for a reception, then headed into the House Chamber for the 2018 Governor's Arts Awards.  
 
A common theme emerged as each presenter and recipient spoke from the podium. Alison Bechdel, who received the Walter Cerf Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, commented that in Vermont she found a home where she could live happily as a "double outsider - a lesbian and a practitioner of that sketchy, lowbrow art form, cartooning."  
 
Judy Chalmer, recipient of the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts, spoke about lifting barriers "that prevent people with disabilities from full participation in the arts - full participation in one of the most beloved aspects of community and one of the most important ways we explore and express what it means to be human."  The importance of the arts as a force for inclusion was the clear common thread.
 
Each of the 2018 Governor's Arts Awards recipients demonstrates the myriad ways the arts can elevate our state and deepen our humanity.
   
Top: Karen Mittelman with John Willis, Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, Allison Coyne Carroll and Peggy Kannenstine. Bottom: with Alison Bechdel, Jerry Williams, Governor Phil Scott, Chris Miller, Judy Chalmer, and Michele Bailey. Photos by Rachel Stearns. 

An Evening of Connection
 
Photo by Susan McDowell.  
The awards event was a time of connection and reflection. Honoring the careers of artists called for looking back. This, coupled with the events of our time, was cause for contemplation by the evening's emcee - Arts Council Executive Director Karen Mittelman. Firmly backed by both wisdom and statistics, she called for building unity through the arts.
 
You can read Karen's comments in this week's featured story, Democracy and the Arts.   
Ceres Will Rise!

Chris Miller observes his work and the model by Jerry Williams. Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
Governor Phil Scott will preside with legislative leaders at a special celebration to mark the dedication of the newly carved statue of Agriculture on November 30. The 14-foot sculpture will be lifted by crane to the top of the State House dome that day.  
 
Prior to the noon installation there will be a photo opportunity with the statue. This will be your one and only chance to take a selfie with Ceres. Join in the festivities!
 
Shop Art!
 
 The holidays offer a perfect opportunity to support Vermont's creative community. Galleries and arts centers across the state offer an array of gift ideas and holiday decorations. Below are a few options. Give the gift of the arts!
Chandler Center for the Arts
through December 23
Randolph
Burlington City Hall
November 24 and 25
Burlington
multiple locations
November 23 through 25
Putney and surrounding areas
Studio Place Arts
through December 27
Barre
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
November 30 through December 22
South Pomfret
Bryan Memorial Gallery
through December 23
Jeffersonville
Arts Briefs
Marble House Project is accepting applications for its 2019 artist residency program, which fosters collaboration and the exchange of ideas for artists across disciplines. The deadline is December 16.
  Get the details.
Lyric Theatre Company will hold auditions for its 2019 production of Mama Mia! Leading, featured, singing ensemble, and dancing ensemble roles for women, men, and youth.
  Find out more.
The Vermont Arts Council seeks an experienced executive/development assistant to provide support for the executive director, board of trustees, and the communications director. The application deadline is December 15.
  More information.
 
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events

Bear Pond Books
November 23
Montpelier
Spruce Peak Performing Arts
November 23
Stowe
T.W. Wood Gallery
through January 4
Montpelier
ROOTS: PAINTINGS BY TJ CUNNINGHAM
Edgewater Gallery
December 1 to January 11
Stowe
NO STRINGS MARIONETTES: HANDSOME AND GRETEL
Chandler Center for the Arts
November 24
Randolph
Brandon Music
November 24
Brandon
Main Street Arts
through December 28
Saxtons River
...
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
November 24 to January 6
Brattleboro
Burlington City Arts
November 29
Burlington
CERAMIC ORNAMENTS CLASS
 WonderArts
November 28, December 5
Greensboro
Big Heavy World at SEABA
November 30
Burlington
MCA Robinson Hall
November 30
Middlebury
 Mahaney Center for the Arts
November 30, December 1
Middlebury
Barrette Center for the Arts
through January 1
White River Junction
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
November 29
Brattleboro
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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