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Comment Archives: stories: Arts + Life: Arts News

Re: “Kings of the Road: Vintage Trailers Roll Into Montpelier

Along with the first Vintage Trailer show, United Motorcyclists of Vermont is having their 29th Annual Toy Run to support the kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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Posted by Joe Wilkins on 08/07/2015 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Kings of the Road: Vintage Trailers Roll Into Montpelier

I am excited for Steve and this great event he has pulled together. Steve started and has expanded a great business right here in Vermont. Who says that is not possible?

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Posted by David Z on 08/06/2015 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Kings of the Road: Vintage Trailers Roll Into Montpelier

I bet they could get permission to use the state parking lots along the river, and near the statehouse.

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Posted by Tom A. on 08/05/2015 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Kings of the Road: Vintage Trailers Roll Into Montpelier

Allowing for inflation 19 cents in 1936 is equivalent to about $3.23 in 2015. A gallon of gasoline in Montpelier costs around $2.68. What do you mean when you say the price has "risen exponentially"? In real terms the price has fallen significantly.

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Posted by Donald Rae on 08/05/2015 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Dinos and Disasters: Fairbanks Museum Explores Extinction

The exhibit is great, and when I visited earlier this month I knew then that I'd definitely be back again to take in some more of it, and of the butterfly exhibit, too.
The museum's crew of staff and volunteers are welcoming and helpful, sharing their knowledge and excitement for learning with visitors, young and old.

Posted by KathyF on 07/31/2015 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Talking with 'Daily Show' Host-to-Be Trevor Noah

Excellent thought provoking interview and thanking the interviewer. Yes you can convey anything through COMEDY which REMAINS with listeners or WATCHERS. WE the US used the same as TEACHER to impress upon students a fact or rule. WE the US succeeded and the main reason the Comedy Central remain is the fact it convey successfully what ever it tries to CONVEY.

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Posted by Inis Oar on 07/15/2015 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Picasso Scholar Janie Cohen Brings Acclaim to Fleming Museum

This is not a new concept and was done back in 1984 at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC in an exhibit called "Primitivism." Some basic research would have found that these ideas have been pretty common in the arts community for a long time. Claiming this as remotely ground breaking is thirty years out of date.

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Posted by Peter Klove on 05/13/2015 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Jeffersonville Fiercely Debates Proposed Public Art

Could the silos be modified? I envision them turned into twin 'rook' towers, with stairs inside leading to an observation deck atop each. The interiors could become galleries, featuring rotating exhibits from local artists along the stairways to the top. Each observation deck would overhang the silo structure like a medieval castle tower, and graphic banners could be hung from the decks, adding color and interest to the circumference of the silo. The banners would also be part of the rotating art exhibit inside of each silo gallery. The structures would become a tourist attraction, and if done well and administered full time, would become potential sources of income for the village, as well as employing some people. Of course, all of this would require MUCH more money than the grant to paint them, but it's just an idea...

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Posted by Tod Gunter on 04/06/2015 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Jeffersonville Fiercely Debates Proposed Public Art

Ditto! I, also, am not a resident of Jeff but drive the roundabout twice a day. I would love to see art and color on the silos. Artistic expression - a statement of thought, feeling, caring. The grant to fund the art will make the silos fun, interesting, and something to talk about. Why do painted cows? Do painted silos - highlighting the history, and historic features, of the town. A great town needs big art!

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Posted by Marie L. Race on 04/01/2015 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Jeffersonville Fiercely Debates Proposed Public Art

I feel that art depicting Vermont life will be a welcome sight to the tourists and visitors to the area. I drive by these every day to work and think how depressing they look standing there in the empty field. How is painting these silos any different from the painted cows through out Vermont or the iron "sculptures" ? There are some things I object to, but art is never one of them. Especially when it makes a small tourist town even better!

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Posted by Jessica Lussier on 04/01/2015 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Big Heavy World Director Challenges Burlington City Arts

I think BCA is a great organization and a great asset to the Burlington community. I've lived in many cities two to there times the size of Burlington and they had nothing even remotely comparable. I applaud the city for being progressive enough to realize the economic and cultural value in supporting the arts, and I applaud all the hard workers and volunteers that labour away to make BCA as inclusive, responsive and holistic as it is. I gladly give my tax dollars to support the programming, resources, lectures, classes, and exhibitions BCA organizes on my behalf. Of course you can't make everyone happy, and forming an oversight commitee to monitor a scrappy non-profit organization that is already stretched thin, and I might add already monitored by it's employees and board of directors (not to mention it's patrons) smacks of many things BUT efficiency.

Posted by kmanley on 03/18/2015 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Big Heavy World Director Challenges Burlington City Arts

At the very least, let the public have a say in how the public funds are allocated for the arts in this town. So, whatever portion of funds is from taxpayer money, this is the portion that ought to have a commission to delegate the usage of such funds.
The person who called this a "pissing match" either misses the issues raised here, or has little patience to think about what is being said. Sharing resources. Sharing decision making. How to promote our art and culture, How to involve more folks & How to encourage more diversity. Ms Kraft and Mr Lockridge each dedicate a large portion of their lives to arts advocacy work, and we ought to hear them out equally. The concerns being raised by Mr. Lockridge have similarly been brought to the attention of the Parks Arts and Culture Committee by many artists. The conversation may get heated, is much more than pissing, and deserves a place for Burlingtonians and Vermonters to consider and to participate in, regularly.

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Posted by Brian Goblik on 03/17/2015 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Big Heavy World Director Challenges Burlington City Arts

This article misses some of the very central issues. BCA’s being receptive to feedback is one thing. Acting on feedback is another. The South End discussion right now is very important but there are a lot of artists and artisans who agree with Mr. Lockridge who are dissatisfied with how feedback is being coordinated by BCA as well as its lack of constructive cooperation, lack of transparency in decision making, and lack of broad inclusion. The value of the arts in the bigger picture is a more valuable subject than what a few projects coordinated by BCA reflect. The South End is one example. What is needed now is a broader conversation about arts in the whole region and it appears that this initiative is beginning to form within the artist community itself. It is not limited to Mr. Lockridge and Ms. Kraft as the article implies. It is a bigger picture and it will need everyone’s support.

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Posted by Charles Norris-Brown on 03/12/2015 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Big Heavy World Director Challenges Burlington City Arts

Unfortunately, as with much of the content in his article above, Mr. Picard is glaringly incorrect in regards to the weight of any City Council resolution. A resolution is neither a law, ordinance or charter language.

Black’s Law Dictionary (6th ed.) at 1310 and 1311 defines “resolution” as meaning: Resolution. A formal expression of the opinion or will of an official body or a public assembly, adopted by vote; as a legislative resolution. Such may be either a simple, joint or concurrent resolution. The term is usually employed to denote the adoption of a motion, the subject-matter of which would not properly constitute a statute, such as a mere expression of opinion; an alteration of the rules; a vote of thanks or of censure, etc. Such is not law but merely a form in which a legislative body expresses an opinion. - Baker v. City of Milwaukee, 271 Or. 500, 533 P.2d 772, 775.

My point stands, and one may judge Mr. Picard's overall credibility on this matter accordingly.

Posted by Kevin Joseph Ryan on 03/11/2015 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Big Heavy World Director Challenges Burlington City Arts

Regarding the appointment of BCA board members, the process of board appointments stems from a resolution the Burlington City Council adopted in 1997 to revise BCA's mission statement and bylaws. It states:

“Whereas, in February, 1990, following the recommendations of Mayor Peter Clavelle and a second Mayor’s Task Force on the Arts, the City Council passed a Resolution which established a Board of Directors for the Arts Council to be appointed by the Mayor.”

The BCA board revised its bylaws to read: “The Mayor shall appoint Directors upon recommendations by the Board."

Posted by Ken Picard on 03/11/2015 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Big Heavy World Director Challenges Burlington City Arts

This article paints a false picture of James Lockridge, his goals, or the purpose of his "quest". He's not out to get Doreen, shut down BCA, or give himself a fat paycheck. Anyone that has met James understands that his ultimate goal is communal inclusion. James recognizes that himself, Doreen, and other people who are "up in it" as far as city arts go don't have all the answers and thus should turn the recourse of public funds TO THE PUBLIC. He's not saying the job she does is a bad one, but rather there's jobs she isn't doing that with public input and the ability to have transparent meetings, money transfers, and goals could be expanded and better understood. What's happening in reality is through Doreen giving friction to community involvement what she's actually doing is limiting the communities ability to work together, self advocate, homogenize, and actually be a community. Obviously she will be resistant to this because she's basically been operating with no REAL over sight. It's important to keep in mind that this isn't James's campaign, it's a communal one, and many people want to step up but are scared because BCA is such a power house that to face perm-exile from funds, funding opportunities, networking and future grants is overwhelming. This is an outcome of one person holding too many cards and the community not enough, this is a direct example of why an Arts Commission would be valuable, if nothing else it gives community mediation, input, and gravity. That's a good thing.

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Posted by Ryan Krushenick on 03/11/2015 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Big Heavy World Director Challenges Burlington City Arts

Correction: Currently, there is no legislation, ordinance or charter language which legally creates the BCA board. They may take the Mayor's recommendation on members, but at this time, it is appointing itself, with Ms. Kraft transferring funds to her own foundation.

Posted by Kevin Joseph Ryan on 03/11/2015 at 1:26 PM

Re: “The Evolution of the Shelburne Museum

Well if their Facebook fans are up, then I guess they truly are a "world-class" institution now. . .

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 03/08/2015 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Vermont's Drive-Ins: And Then There Were Three

I was trying to find information on the one that used to be on Dog Team Road.

Posted by Dee Lareau on 03/06/2015 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Fifty Shades of Grey Bear Makes Hollywood Splash

Very cool.

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Posted by Ken Long on 02/13/2015 at 1:37 AM

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