Arts News for August 29, 2019    
Finding Connection Through Conduits

Two painters and a photographer curated an exhibit to "challenge the viewer to engage with the works, discovering connected meaning beyond what is seen." Liz Hawkes deNiord's many-layered paintings extract a luminescence where the surface is only part of all that engages the viewer. Richard Heller's deeply patterned rhythmical oils are pushed so far that the parts exceed the whole. Rachel Portesi's collodion print photography, a haunting mid-nineteenth-century technique, engages viewers in her subject's intimate and surreal gaze with an elegant cacophony of tangles spread across the print. These concepts come together in Conduits, the next show in the Spotlight Gallery. Read more in this week's featured story.

Join us for an artists' reception on Friday, September 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery, 136 State Street in Montpelier.

Richard Heller                                               Rachel Portesi                                     Liz Hawkes deNiord
VACDaRN: Preparation and Resiliency
Art inspired by Tropical Storm Irene. Photo by Gordon Miller. 
Make plans to attend the launch meeting of the Vermont Arts & Culture Disaster and Resilience Network (VACDaRN). The one-day gathering will offer a variety of trainings and resources on risk assessment, emergency planning, funding for recovery, and more. Representatives of arts organizations, theaters, galleries, museums, historical societies, libraries, creative businesses, and municipalities, as well as performing arts presenters and artists are encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, September 10
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Chandler Center for the Arts

Installing The State of Sculpture

Ria Blaas makes final adjustments to her sculpture, For a Spoon Full.
Every two years the Vermont Arts Council Sculpture Garden is transformed through the creative vision of a new curatorial team. This year Matthew Perry and Joe Chirchirillo have selected works from seven sculptors for an exhibit entitled The State of Sculpture 2019 . . . an overview of Vermont sculptors.
Matthew is a visual artist and the executive director of the Vermont Arts Exchange. Joe is a sculptor and curator of the North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show (NBOSS).
"As curators we want to showcase a wide variety of materials and techniques. The works represent the traditional skills of stone carving and woodworking, as well as casting and fabrication using stainless steel, iron, and concrete. Most importantly, we are committed to creating an intimate environment for the public, one that is friendly and engages you to sit, rest, and reflect."
The exhibit includes works by: Ria Blaas, Joe Chirchirillo, Clark Derbes, Peter Lundberg, Chris Miller, Andrew Hamilton Reiss, and Gregory Smith.   
A dedication and reception will take place on Thursday, September 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden at 136 State Street in Montpelier. Everyone is welcome! 
Bill Schubart: Arts and Culture Solutions

Bill Schubart. Photo courtesy VTDigger.
In a recent VTDigger commentary, Bill Schubart, a retired businessman and active fiction writer, reflected on a conference he attended that explored "how the arts and humanities, writ large, contribute to articulating and solving some of society's most intractable problems." The conference was convened by the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Humanities Council, with support from the Windham Foundation. The attendees discussed many of the challenges facing Vermont, including healthcare, economic development, and diversity.  
In his article, Schubart noted that "presenters gave examples of how Vermont's cultural organizations have both told stories and offered solutions." He posits that "As issues like environmental degradation, higher ed failures, health care access and cost, homelessness, small school closures loom larger, the stories we tell one another, through the arts and humanities lens become increasingly important and intrinsic to our understanding of how to find our way forward."
Arts Briefs
Inclusive Arts Vermont invites Vermont artists to participate in ANEW, a traveling exhibition showcasing works of art by Vermont artists with disabilities. The deadline is September 30.
Get the details.
On September 6, young artists are invited to work with mural artist Will Kasso Condry in the construction of a mural and banner quote in homage to Muhammad Ali. The mural will be displayed at the South End Art Hop in Burlington.
Learn more.
Studio Place Arts in Barre welcomes artist submissions for Botanical Blitz--paintings, drawings, sculptural works, and installations that depict the plant, insect, and animal worlds. The deadline for submissions is November 15.
Upcoming Events
Brandon Artists Guild
August 30 to October 29

2Creative Community, Inc.
August 30
Middlebury College Museum of Art
September 3 to December 8
Highland Center for the Arts
August 30
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
September 6
South Pomfret
Brandon Music
August 31
Kenyon's Field
August 31 and September 1
Schoolhouse in Lower Cabot
September 6
New England Center for Circus Arts
August 31
North Common
August 31
Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
August 31
Southern Vermont Arts Center
August 31
Kent's Corner State Historic Site
September 7
Lost Nation Theater
September 5 to 15

The Organ Barn
August 31 and September 1
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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