Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Mural at Burlington Skate Park Honors Namesake A-Dog

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 5:23 PM

Detail of mural for skate park - COURTESY OF JOZIE FURCHGOTT SOURDIFFE
  • Courtesy of Jozie Furchgott Sourdiffe
  • Detail of mural for skate park
DJ Andy "A-Dog" Williams died of leukemia in December 2013. Since then, Burlington's music, art and skateboarding communities have continued to demonstrate just how beloved he was, how expansive his influence. The city's new skate park was named in his memory. The Friends for A-Dog Foundation, a devoted group of volunteers, has organized annual tribute parties, produced tribute albums and, perhaps most importantly, kept up bone-marrow registration efforts.

Perhaps no one feels A-Dog's loss more keenly than his longtime partner, artist Jozie Furchgott Sourdiffe, 29. This Saturday, August 27 — A-Dog Day — at the skate park, she'll unveil her unique tribute to Williams: a mural whose brilliant colors and imagery celebrate life and love.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Major Gift Paves Way for New Gallery at the Hyde Collection

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 4:59 PM

"Liz (F. & S.7)," lithograph by Andy Warhol - COURTESY OF THE HYDE COLLECTION
  • Courtesy of the Hyde Collection
  • "Liz (F. & S.7)," lithograph by Andy Warhol
The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, N.Y., announced today that it has received an institutional gift valued at $11 million in funds and artworks. The donation by Schenectady architect and collector Werner Feibes, 86, will be used to open the new Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, named for Feibes and his late husband and business partner, James Schmitt.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

BCA Funds First 16 Community Art Projects

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 4:18 PM

"Voices of Home" painting by Corrine Yonce - COURTESY OF BURLINGTON CITY ARTS
  • Courtesy of Burlington City Arts
  • "Voices of Home" painting by Corrine Yonce
Burlington City Arts has announced the winners of its first-ever round of Community Fund grant awards. Sixteen arts initiatives were awarded a grand total of $35,000, with individual grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. Winners were chosen from 64 total applicants, a number that BCA assistant director Sara Katz suggested during a phone interview "is only going to go up" in coming years. 

Funded projects include theater, music, media and visual and interdisciplinary art, and most contain a strong element of direct community engagement. "There was definitely a desire to ensure that disciplines were represented from across the board," said Katz, "and to ensure that there were as many people as possible benefiting from each project." 

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Friday, July 8, 2016

State Craft Center Announces Artisan Grant

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 10:15 AM

  • Courtesy of Frog Hollow and the WaterWheel Foundation
  • Hand-printed flag by James Bellizia.
Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center has announced a newly established Artisan Grant Program in support of the state's makers, both emerging and established. The program will offer four different types of grants, ranging from $200 to $2,000.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Rachel Moore Named New Director of Helen Day Art Center

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 3:34 PM

Rachel Moore, photographed by Nathan Suter. - COURTESY OF HELEN DAY ART CENTER
  • Courtesy of Helen Day Art Center
  • Rachel Moore, photographed by Nathan Suter.
Beginning August 1, artist and curator Rachel Moore will succeed Nathan Suter as the executive director of Stowe's Helen Day Art Center.

Moore earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of
"Tipou," from the series "An Olive and an Oak," ink on vellum by Rachel Moore - COURTESY OF RACHEL MOORE
  • Courtesy of Rachel Moore
  • "Tipou," from the series "An Olive and an Oak," ink on vellum by Rachel Moore
 Chicago in 2008,  then received a 2009 Fulbright Fellowship in Thessaloniki, Greece, where she worked to foster dialogue among artists in Thessaloniki, Chicago and Athens. She moved to Vermont with her family in 2010 and joined the nonprofit HDAC as assistant director the following year. Currently, in addition to her role at HDAC, Moore serves on the board of River Arts in Morrisville. 

HDAC has made public its intention to hire a director of advancement to support Moore's work and "to focus on growing the organization’s capacity and sustainability into the future." 

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Community Sailing Center, Debut More Art Sails

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Six new art sails - JILL BADOLATO
  • Jill Badolato
  • Six new art sails has not been shy about its intentions of putting art everywhere — including Lake Champlain. This past Tuesday, six new art sails donated by the company debuted at the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center's Love Your Lake event. Works were commissioned by Matt Douglas, Jozie Furchgott Sourdiffe, Tara Goreau, Nick Heilig, Max Hodgson and Sarah-Lee Terrat

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Vermont's Zenith Burn Lights Up This Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 3:20 PM

click image Zenith Burn 2015 - COURTESY OF KIM AND CHRIS CLEARY
  • Courtesy of Kim and Chris Cleary
  • Zenith Burn 2015
Got a hankering to set the night ablaze with music, art, fire and dance, but have neither the time nor disposable income to make it out to Nevada's Black Rock Desert for Burning Man 2016? Looking for a warm-up event to prepare for next month's annual Rainbow Gathering, which this year descends on Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest?

Then consider ringing in the 2016 summer solstice this weekend with some likeminded creative types and fire starters in West Bolton. That's the location of this year's Zenith Burn, an annual weekend-long community arts, music and fire fest, which channels the spirit of Burning Man.

Chris Cleary, 40, is Zenith Burn's master firebug and chief totem builder. About five years ago, Cleary and his fire-spinning wife, Kim, began holding community burns in their Jericho Center back yard — that is, until they realized the event was getting a tad too large for everyone's comfort.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

A Painted Crosswalk Buzzes to Life in the South End

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Digital mock-up by Marie Davis and Tara Goreau - COURTESY OF SEABA
  • Courtesy of SEABA
  • Digital mock-up by Marie Davis and Tara Goreau
Burlington's South End Arts and Business Association announced their selection of a winning proposal for a South End street-level mural:  Vermont artists Marie Davis and Tara Goreau will transform the Pine/Howard Street crosswalk into a honeycomb buzzing with bees. The hive will be surrounded by red clover, Vermont's state flower, and the official South End Arts District logo will be scattered throughout individual cells of the honeycomb. 

"It is easy to imagine our collective energy as an animated hive of bees," Davis and Goreau wrote in their proposal. "Busy at work in our studios, offices and company floors, we work individually and as a whole, cross-pollinating ideas and skills, creating our collective honey to share with our communities here at home and around the world."

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Director Nathan Suter to Leave Helen Day Art Center

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 5:49 PM

  • Courtesy of Rachel Moore/Helen Day Art Center
  • Nathan Suter
Stowe's Helen Day Art Center announced last Friday that executive director Nathan Suter will step down at the end of July, ending his tenure of nearly 10 years. Suter came to the arts center as director in 2006, after receiving his MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and teaching art to middle and high school students in Palo Alto, Calif., for several years. 

Suter plans to devote much of his time to developing his fledgling consulting firm, Build, with business partner Autumn Barnett. The two met through their respective work with the Burlington-based Peace & Justice Center; Suter is a member of the nonprofit's board of directors.

Build aims to help businesses and nonprofits develop organizational health and effectiveness through awareness of fostering positive internal culture. 

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Vermonters Receive NEA Grants, Spring for Joy

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2016 at 2:38 PM

NEA grantee AXIS Dance Company (through the Flynn) - COURTESY OF THE FLYNN CENTER
  • Courtesy of the Flynn Center
  • NEA grantee AXIS Dance Company (through the Flynn)
In its spring grant cycle, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded eight grants totaling $893,000 to six Vermont organizations.  The majority of that amount, $718,000, went to the Vermont Arts Council, which in turn provides a variety of grants to individuals and smaller organizations statewide.

The other grantees were the Vermont Folklife Center, the Dorset Theatre Festival, the Flynn Center for the Performing ArtsKingdom County Productions, the Vermont Folklife Center and Weston Playhouse Theatre Company.

Congrats, everybody! The full NEA document here

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