Arts News for July 19, 2018   
Amphibious Art in a Public Place

Digital rendering of the proposed sculpture by Jim Sardonis.
A little green frog inspired the sculptor who produced the winning proposal for an Art in State Buildings Project. Jim Sardonis was selected by a panel to produce a work of art for the Vermont Agricultural and Environmental Lab (VAEL) in Randolph Center.

The proposal depicts the head of a frog peeking out of the water. According to the artist, "Frogs have smooth, moist skin that is permeable to substances in the water ... The fact that only the head of the frog is showing emphasizes the idea that, like the rest of his body, other more dangerous things may be hidden below the surface. My concept highlights one of the most important functions of the VAEL, which is to test waterways for dangerous pollutants."

Jim's design was one of four finalist concepts presented for the project. He will work with a local committee to further develop and refine the concept. The work is expected to be installed in 2019.

Nine Writers Vie for Vermont Book Award
A bear, a food writer, and the Grand Canyon all play a part in the nominated works for the 2018 Vermont Book Award. There is also a young adult novel about "Changing the World One Girl at a Time." 
Representing four genres - children's literature, creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry - the nine finalists were selected by eight judges from nearly 50 nominations. The finalists are: Katherine Arden (fiction), Martin Philip (creative nonfiction); Adam Federman (creative nonfiction), Jason Chin (children's literature, picture book), Tanya Lee Stone (children's literature, young adult), April Ossmann (poetry), and Greg Delanty (poetry). 
The winner of the 2018 prize will be announced at the fourth annual Vermont Book Award Gala, September 22, at Vermont College of Fine Arts' Alumni Hall.

Learn more.
Rokeby Exhibit Explores Threads of Our History

 "Age Ain't What it Used to Be," quilt by Dindga McCannon 
"The Fabric of Emancipation" brings together lace and quilts, costumes and wall hangings - all expressing what it means to be of African descent in the Americas. Eight preeminent fiber artists from around the country are represented in this show on loan from Harlem Needle Arts.  
Curator Michelle Bishop suggests that the exhibit is a "call to raise awareness that, while fractures exist within the identity of Africans in the Americas, the culture as a whole stands on centuries of significant contributions to history."
The show runs through October 28 at the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh.  
Arts Briefs
The Clemmons Family Farm welcomes proposals for workshops and events that build community through African American and/or African diaspora culinary, visual, performing, and cultural arts.
  Get the details.
Taryn Noelle, recipient of the 2017 Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award for Arts Education, teams up with Rick and the Ramblers on the new release "Taryn Noelle Swings."
  Read the review in Seven Days.
The New England Foundation for the Arts seeks proposals from consultants to engage in the first phase of a planning process that will enable the growth of its CreativeGround digital platform.
  Read the RFP.
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events

History Center Back Lawn
July 20
Chandler Center for the Arts
July 20 and 28
The Clemmons Family Farm
July 21
Weston Playhouse
through August 4
Helen Day Art Center
July 21
Cold Hollow Sculpture Park
July 21
Enosburg Falls
Brandon Music
July 21
Capitol Grounds
through July 31
Highland Center for the Arts
July 20
 Highland Lodge
July 22
Schoolhouse (tour start)
July 21 and 22
South Newfane and surrounding areas
Star Mountain Amphitheater
July 21
The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez
 Oldcastle Theatre Company
through July 22
River Arts
through September 2
A Midsummer Night_s Dream_ Friday July 20_ 7 pm_ Main Street Arts_ your community arts center
Main Street Arts
July 20
Saxton's River
Featured Story
Blues, Brunch, and Ballet

Greensboro lies north of Hardwick and east of Eden in Orleans County. In 2016, the town's population was 721. If you turn on to Hardwick Street across from the ball field, you'll find the Highland Center for the Arts. The Center is building community in the Northeast Kingdom, drawing locals and tourists to classes, concerts, film screenings, and their locavore cafe. Executive Director Annie Houston took a few minutes out of running this gorgeous, state-of-the-art, and accessibility-minded facility to tell us all about it.

Read more in this week's featured story " Centered in Greensboro."
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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