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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Judge Says Vermont Law School Can Cover Controversial Murals

Posted By on Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 6:00 PM

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In an order last week, a judge denied a preliminary injunction filed by artist Sam Kerson to stop his mural at Vermont Law School from being covered on the grounds that covering it would violate a federal statute protecting artwork. Kerson, the judge wrote on March 10, “is unlikely to succeed on the merits in this case.”

VLS is free to install acoustic panels on a frame in front of the mural, which the school says will not touch or damage the painting in any way. Kerson, who filed suit in December in U.S. District Court, wanted to halt that construction for the duration of the trial.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Katie Runde to Paint Alexander Twilight Portrait for the Statehouse

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 4:10 PM

  • Courtesy of the Old Stone House Museum
  • Alexander Twilight
Middlebury artist Katie Runde has been commissioned to paint a portrait of Alexander Twilight to hang in the Vermont Statehouse, which will make him the first person of color featured in a portrait there.

Twilight, believed to be both the first African American college graduate and first African American legislator in the U.S., was a Brownington-based educator and minister who lived from 1795 to 1857. He was elected as a Vermont State Representative in 1836. Last year, state lawmakers established September 23, 2020, as Alexander Twilight Day.

The portrait was commissioned jointly by the Friends of the Vermont State House and the office of the Vermont State Curator and is being funded by the National Life Group of Vermont.

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Friday, December 11, 2020

At Bennington Museum, Artworks That Envision the Future Could Be Yours

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2020 at 2:58 PM

"Beginning of February" by Kathleen Kolb - COURTESY OF BENNINGTON MUSEUM
  • Courtesy of Bennington Museum
  • "Beginning of February" by Kathleen Kolb
Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary holiday exhibition, or gift? The Bennington Museum’s current show, “Vermont Utopias: Imagining the Future,” features visual artworks by 25 artists that are available for purchase through an online auction.

The auction is closed-bid, meaning bids are submitted without knowledge of other bids, so you won’t know if you’ve won the piece until bidding closes on December 21. The fundraiser will split proceeds evenly between the artists and the museum.

The museum is open for in-person viewing Fridays through Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4. p.m. But for those who can't get there, or prefer to avoid human contact altogether, simply browsing the exhibition online is a pleasure.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

In New 3D-Printed Sculpture, Otters Attack Middlebury's Town Hall Theater

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 1:57 PM

"Mutant Otters Destroy Town Hall Theater" by Daniel Houghton - COURTESY OF DANIEL HOUGHTON
  • Courtesy of Daniel Houghton
  • "Mutant Otters Destroy Town Hall Theater" by Daniel Houghton
Shoppers, strollers and post office-goers in downtown Middlebury may notice a new artwork in the window of the National Bank of Middlebury: a miniature replica of the Town Hall Theater being attacked by giant, mutant otters.

The sculpture, dubbed "Mutant Otters Destroy Town Hall Theater," is by Daniel Houghton, the director of the Middlebury College Animation Studio. Houghton dreamed up the project in September, designed it using a computer program and produced it on a 3D printer, documenting his progress weekly in a series of videos posted to YouTube.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

From a Montpelier Porch, an Art Installation Joins an International Festival

Posted By on Tue, Oct 13, 2020 at 4:36 PM

"Interspace" seen at night - ALISA DWORSKY-DANNY SAGAN
  • Alisa Dworsky-Danny Sagan
  • "Interspace" seen at night
Alisa Dworsky and Danny Sagan, married architects, artists and educators at Norwich University, are participating in an international art festival without leaving home. On the porch of their house in Montpelier, the couple has constructed an installation called "Interspace" that can be seen not only by locals but by anyone in the world who cares to look.

CEC ArtsLink, an international arts organization with an office in St. Petersburg, Russia, hosts Art Prospect, its seventh annual public art festival, from October 15 to 18. Normally an on-site event with physical and augmented-reality installations, the event has perforce gone online because, well — what isn't virtual in 2020?

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Friday, September 25, 2020

New Anti-Racist Mural Rises at Champlain Elementary

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 1:11 PM

The Afronaut mural at Champlain Elementary - MARGARET GRAYSON ©️ SEVEN DAYS
  • Margaret Grayson ©️ Seven Days
  • The Afronaut mural at Champlain Elementary
A new mural at Champlain Elementary School in Burlington was completed this week by artists Will Kasso Condry and Jennifer Herrera Condry, with the help of their daughter, Alexa, and dozens of local children.

The colorful, Afrofuturist mural was originally intended for another South End wall, but was rejected by the business owner. Soon after, the mural's commissioners, tenants of the Soda Plant on Pine Street, started a crowdfunding campaign and issued a citywide “Call for a Wall.”

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Colorful Afronaut Mural in Need of a Wall

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM

  • Courtesy of Juniper Creative Arts
  • The proposed mural
South End businesspeople are fundraising for and seeking a wall for a mural by Vermont artists. The proposed artwork, a large, colorful painting in an Afrofuturist style by Will Kasso Condry and Jennifer Herrera Condry, would include contributions by local kids.

The mural would depict “an afronaut, a Black warrior who travels through space and time fighting for justice for all Black, Indigenous and Brown folks,” according to the artists’ statement. The afronaut is modeled on the Condrys’ daughter. The painting is meant to be joyous, and includes a quote by Albert Camus: "The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion."

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Burlington's File Cabinet Sculpture to Be Moved

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2020 at 7:02 PM

"File Under So. Co. Waiting for…" by Bren Alvarez - FILE: MATTHEW THORSEN ©️ SEVEN DAYS
  • File: Matthew Thorsen ©️ Seven Days
  • "File Under So. Co. Waiting for…" by Bren Alvarez
The towering stack of rusting file cabinets on Burlington's Flynn Avenue, across the street from City Market, Onion River Co-op, is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. People come from all over to take selfies in front of it — and perhaps add a tag or a sticker. Officially titled "File Under So. Co., Waiting for…" by its creator, architect Bren Alvarez, it was erected in 2002 for that year's South End Art Hop. It was supposed to be temporary.

That was 18 years ago. This year, on September 10, the sculpture is going to be moved at last. But fans of the quirky attraction needn't fret; it's not going far.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Mission Murals Steps Into the Picture With New Feeding Chittenden Project

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 4:00 PM

Mission Murals Core Creators at Feeding Chittenden - COURTESY OF LENNON MAPES
  • Courtesy of Lennon Mapes
  • Mission Murals Core Creators at Feeding Chittenden
Recently, Jill Badolato was driving past Feeding Chittenden, the food shelf on North Winooski Avenue in Burlington. She was struck by the building's rather drab clapboard exterior.

"I pulled into the parking lot and asked a woman who was walking in if they were repainting it or if it always looks like that," Badolato recalled by phone, adding that she was wearing a mask. "She was like, 'No, this is what it always looks like.'

"I said, 'Wow, I really want to bring a mural or something to liven this up," Badolato continued, noting that the woman in the parking lot was not exactly as enthusiastic as she was. "She was like, 'That'd be great. Whatever.'"

At some point soon, that unknown and unimpressed woman might be in for a surprise.

In the coming weeks, Burlington artist Abby Manock is expected to begin work on a 1,614-square-foot mural at Feeding Chittenden. The mural is the inaugural project of a new organization founded by Badolato and others called Mission Murals. The volunteer-run collective aims to amplify the missions  and messages of Vermont nonprofit organizations through the use of art in public spaces.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Removal of Bank Street Murals Around Burlington 'Pit' Sparks Concern

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 4:22 PM

  • Courtesy photo
The murals along the Bank Street edge of the would-be CityPlace construction site in Burlington have been temporarily removed, as an SD Ireland crew works on restoring the sidewalk there. Over the weekend, the murals, mounted on plywood, were placed haphazardly in the pit, prompting concern from observers that the artwork was being mishandled. City staff and SD Ireland insisted that none of the murals was damaged.

A Seven Days reader spotted the murals in the pit over the weekend and photographed them, concerned that they were going to be trashed. Burlington City Arts commissioned 25  8-by-10-foot murals in October 2019 to adorn the construction barriers around the lot where the former mall stood, paying each artist $1,000 for their work. Last week, the city announced that Brookfield Asset Management, the project’s majority owner, wants to abandon plans to build two 10-story structures on the lot.

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