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Friday, September 22, 2017

Changes at the Athenaeum

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 10:55 AM

Left: Williams Bouguereau's "Raspberry Girl"; Right: Alice Burnham as the Raspeberry Girl - ST. JOHNSBURY ATHENEUM
  • St. Johnsbury Atheneum
  • Left: Williams Bouguereau's "Raspberry Girl"; Right: Alice Burnham as the Raspeberry Girl
The exterior of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum received a small makeover last week, when staff members swapped out an entryway banner depicting Williams Bouguereau's "Raspberry Girl" for a slightly different version. (The 1890 original is housed in the gallery.)

Instead of the young girl clutching a lettuce leaf full of berries, the pastoral landscape now feature the figure of 91-year-old library docent Alice Burnham.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Burlington's Bern Gallery Fires Up for Pipe Classic 12

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 1:35 PM

Bern Gallery owner and Pipe Class founder Tito Bern - FILE: OLIVER PARINI
  • File: Oliver Parini
  • Bern Gallery owner and Pipe Class founder Tito Bern
Competitors, start your torches! Pipe Classic 12, Burlington's annual glass pipe making flame-off,  begins today, September 18, at 4 p.m. with a dozen glassblowers  competing for the top prize and bragging rights as the country's best glass pipe maker.

The event, held each year during the third week of September, lays claim to being the first-ever glassblowing competition to celebrate the art of glass pipes, bongs and bubblers. This year, 12 elite glassblowers — 11 men and one woman —  chosen from around the United States by a committee of 11 industry professionals, will go head to head as they try to push the envelope on what's possible with glassware. No Vermonters are competing in this year's event.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Jake Blend's Spirograph Is One for the Record Books

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 9:01 AM

Jake Blend - COURTESY OF JAKE BLEND
  • Courtesy of Jake Blend
  • Jake Blend
This spring, South End artist and maker Jake Blend's daughter, Alexis, was playing with sidewalk chalk. Specifically, she was trying to draw some sort of "tear in reality," Blend told Seven Days during a recent visit to his Generator studio.

Her endeavors got him thinking about trying to make a Spirograph — that nostalgic geometric drawing toy made of interlocking gears — for sidewalk chalk. And then Blend started thinking about making a really, really big Spirograph — Alexis wants to be in the Guinness Book of World Records, he explained. And so began a project of massive, geometric proportions that debuted at this past weekend's South End Art Hop: the World's Largest Spirograph.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

First Friday Roundup, September 2017: The South End Art Hop!

Posted By and on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 8:53 PM

"M Is for Magic" by Sarah Letteney - COURTESY OF SARAH LETTENEY
  • Courtesy of Sarah Letteney
  • "M Is for Magic" by Sarah Letteney

Hope you caught our story for this week's Seven Days, which surveys the 25-year history of the South End Art Hop — an extravaganza that happens to be (insert drumroll) this weekend!

Given the scale of this massive event, we thought this month’s First Friday Roundup might best serve you with a handful of our personal selections for this crazy weekend, September 8 through 10.

The Art Hop reportedly attracts upward of 30,000 people (though not all at once). You'll want to roll in prepared.  So we've helpfully included page numbers after each event or happening listed here that corresponds to the Art Hop guide created by SEABA (the South End Arts and Business Association, which produces the Hop). Pick up a copy at participating venues before diving in.

Note: Even if you don’t use this guide, do take this advice: Wear comfortable shoes and pack water and a snack. Though both are available along Pine Street, the lines can get long. Take a breather at some point. Above all, enjoy the party — and, of course, the art.

Dealer.com’s STEAM Parking Lot Party

This will be Jill Badolato’s last Art Hop with Dealer.com. The former director of corporate social responsibility spearheaded numerous colorful public art projects locally, and we predict this will be no exception.

Although she was among the employees recently laid off by the tech company, Badolato is following through with her commitment to Dealer’s celebration of STEAM education — that’s science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Among the festivities will be ongoing demonstrations of the world’s largest Spirograph, constructed by Jake Blend — ’90s babies, you know what these are. This one is so big, you have to ride it. Also expect a live fire performance and something called “LED periodic table hula hooping.” We don't know what that is, but we want to see it. (Page 13)

Barge Canal Market

Last year, our first stop at the Art Hop was Julianna Brazill’s Artival — an art carnival. The art-centric, old-time game zone is back this year as “Phony Island.” Pop in and cool down at the fortune teller’s booth (a perfect Instagram opportunity) or in one of the shop’s gorgeous midcentury chairs. (Page 15)

Rachel Elizabeth Jones at last year's Artival - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • Rachel Elizabeth Jones at last year's Artival

Soda Plant

We can’t name the number of artists who will show work in this building, which turns 100 this year. Stop in early, because it can get crowded.

Maybe start off with a captivating cocktail from Alice and the Magician, then wind your way through the maze of businesses and galleries. Conant Metal & Light is sure to shine. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery will exhibit works by resident studio artists, alongside a large group show called “Represent,” in which the participants self-curate their own allotted wall space.

If you happen to miss out on Friday night, head over on Saturday to check out the Vermont International Museum of Contemporary Art + Design, a mini mobile museum, and get a tintype portrait — for $50 a pop — by Jeff Howlett.

(Pages 15 and 48 and on Facebook.)

"Mr. Biglysworth" by Matt Morris, on view at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery - COURTESY OF MATT MORRIS
  • Courtesy of Matt Morris
  • "Mr. Biglysworth" by Matt Morris, on view at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

‘Sleeping Babies/Social Sculpture: Baby Monitors’

In late July, local choreographer Erika Senft Miller handed out color-coded baseball caps to about 200 folks, whom she then led through a site-specific performance on an abandoned road in the South End. Sound intriguing? It was. The performance was inspired by Burlington artist Clark Derbes’ parenting/painting multitasking ritual of "self-commissioned" works. It included a cast of dancers and frolickers, custom costumes, music composed by Matt LaRocca, and lots of skateboarding.

Featuring photographs, a documentary film premiere and live music from Derbes and LaRocca, this event kicks off the afterlife of Senft Miller’s fleeting work. Try to grab one of the beautiful zines/programs available at Solidarity of Unbridled Labour on Friday evening.

More info here

Bobbin Mills Community Center

The Voices of Home project combines audio narratives of Burlington Housing Authority residents with their portraits, painted by South End artist Corrine Yonce. With broad brush strokes, Yonce gives the stories in the recordings a place to land, visually, making them all the more compelling. Some BHA residents will also display their work.

"Andrew Bolognani" by Corrine Yonce for the Voices of Home Project - COURTESY OF CORRINE YONCE
  • Courtesy of Corrine Yonce
  • "Andrew Bolognani" by Corrine Yonce for the Voices of Home Project

Additionally, Kylie Dally will demonstrate her new, participatory project for BHA residents, in which she paints using a projection of collected objects onto canvas. Her project is supported by the Burlington City Arts Community Fund. (Pages 15, 16, 23, 24, 30, 51)

The Hive

This congregation of artist studios behind Speeder & Earl’s Coffee on Pine Street includes printmaker Jabari S. Jones, sculptor Lydia Kern and illustrator Sarah Letteney, among others. Jones’ prints wax political, Kern has a penchant for bones and glitter, and Letteney’s drawings are both macabre and adorable — without being cheesy. We dig them. (Page 46)

"Fleet" by Lydia Kern - COURTESY OF LYDIA KERN
  • Courtesy of Lydia Kern
  • "Fleet" by Lydia Kern

Roundtable on the South End’s Future

Yeah, there’s been a lot of dialog about the South End in recent years. But this  community discussion on Sunday morning  at

Arts Alive Gallery @ Main Street Landing has the distinction of bringing together far-flung artists and entrepreneurs who witnessed — and contributed to —  the birth of the area as a creative hub in the 1980s and early ’90s. In conjunction with the exhibition of works by “founders” called “Crunch + Funk,” the public is invited to hear what the participants have to say about the early days — and the next three decades. (Page 30)

All-Night Meditation (& Napping)

Maybe you want to clear your head before cramming it chock-full of sensory stimulation, or perhaps you just want a little rest between attractions. Whatever your state of mind, Railroad Apothecary wants to help you enjoy the Art Hop healthfully — with yoga, meditation, video installation and an all-nighter more restful than the ones you pulled in college. (Page 16)

Paint With Your Pup!

Art does not discriminate on the basis of species. For $10, Play Dog Play doggie daycare will help you and your pooch (or someone else's) co-create your very own painting. For $10 more, you’ll have access to grooming supplies to clean up the mess. Seriously, how often does an opportunity like this come along? (Page 29)

SEABA Juried Show

The juror for this year’s show is New York gallerist Asya Geisberg. She selected 35 works by local artists that are now hanging in the SEABA Gallery and will select first-, second- and third-place winners from that lot. (Page 17)

"Unapologetically political art" print by Jabari Jones on view at the Hive - JABARI JONES
  • Jabari Jones
  • "Unapologetically political art" print by Jabari Jones on view at the Hive

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The City of Burlington Is Seeking a New Flag

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 1:23 PM

Current Burlington flag - COURTESY OF BURLINGTON CITY ARTS
  • Courtesy of Burlington City Arts
  • Current Burlington flag
In January, Mayor Miro Weinberger announced that the City of Burlington would be looking for a new flag design. The current version was designed by eighth-grader Cara Wick in 1990, and that flag has proudly waved above city buildings ever since.

Yesterday, Burlington City Arts announced that it will be accepting submissions for a new design through October 15. A small committee of local residents, selected by BCA, will review them. And then the public gets to vote on the finalists between October October 20 and November 17.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Boob Banners in Burlington Promote Breastfeeding

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 7:12 PM


"Mamas of Invention" designs by Mamava & Solidarity of Unbridled Labour - COURTESY OF MAMAVA & SOLIDARITY OF UNBRIDLED LABOUR
  • Courtesy of Mamava & Solidarity of Unbridled Labour
  • "Mamas of Invention" designs by Mamava & Solidarity of Unbridled Labour
Throughout history, few things have been able to turn heads and captivate attention as much as breasts. A current installation of banners hanging above Maglianero coffee shop at 47 Maple Street in Burlington harnesses the power of the secondary sexual feature in a graphic attempt to bring attention to breasts' evolutionary function: feeding babies.

The six banners, which will remain up through September 9, represent the collaboration of Burlington breastfeeding advocacy company Mamava and design firm Solidarity of Unbridled Labour.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

LoKi's Feat: 25 Songs in 24 Hours

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 7:32 AM

LoKi, 0-25 (The 24HR Challenge) - COURTESY OF LOKI
  • Courtesy of LoKi
  • LoKi, 0-25 (The 24HR Challenge)
The standard gestation period for a record — writing, pre-production, recording, mixing, mastering, promotion and distribution — is generally two to three years. But Burlington-based rapper LoKi (real name Liam Corcoran) recently decided to test his limits and record an entire album in 24 hours. The project is titled 0-25 (The 24HR Challenge).

Corcoran presents his work, along with visuals, on Saturday, August 26, at MilkHaus Studios' 5th Annual Art Show in Ferrisburgh.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Local Maker Steve Hadeka Featured on YouTube Woodworking Competition

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Steve Hadeka - LUKE AWTRY
  • Luke Awtry
  • Steve Hadeka
Local woodworker Steve Hadeka recently appeared on the YouTube series "Woodshop Wars." Each episode of the show, which is organized by Mike Rapp of Missouri-based Mad Raven Woodworks, pits four makers from around the country in competition against each other, all of whom are assigned the same task. Hadeka's installment premiered on Thursday, August 10.  His challenge: To make a wooden spoon.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Vermont Fire Artists Head to Burning Man

Posted By on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Green Mountain Fire Militia at work - COURTESY OF STEPHEN MEASE
  • Courtesy of Stephen Mease
  • Green Mountain Fire Militia at work
Ready, aim, fire! The Green Mountain Fire Militia has been accepted to perform at the 2017 Burning Man Fire Conclave in Nevada. It's the first time a Vermont group has applied to the conclave, a massive fire performance that precedes the torching of the notorious "man" figure. The militia is one of 27 acts that will perform.

The group is led by Jericho-based Kim and Chris Cleary. They also head up a local fire troupe called Cirque de Fuego and host an annual event at summer solstice called Zenith.

"It is a Burning Man-inspired, volunteer-run, participatory event that highlights community, art, music and fire," Kim says of Zenith. "We have a ceremonial fire performance before burning a 20-foot-tall wooden sculpture." By comparison, last year's burning "man" at the Nevada event was taller than 70 feet.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

First Friday Roundup: August 2017

Posted By and on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Out for a stroll with "Green Umbrella," by Kate Donnelly - KATE DONNELLY
  • Kate Donnelly
  • Out for a stroll with "Green Umbrella," by Kate Donnelly

Hi, art-loving friends! Welcome to our newest series on Live Culture. Joining Playtime, Style Points, Special Collections and others, meet the First Friday Roundup.


Each month, we'll showcase a few of the First Friday art shows and events we're especially excited about  in Burlington and beyond. And we'll include a suggestion for a musical performance to top off your night — maybe even a great bar for a cocktail or casual drink.

As it happens, the Seven Daysies awards party is this Friday at ECHO, the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, in Burlington. But what follows is what we would do if we weren’t going there.

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