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Friday, November 10, 2017

Art Against the (Trump) Machine

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 8:42 AM

Drying posters - RACHEL JONES
  • Rachel Jones
  • Drying posters
Do you remember where you were a year ago, when the polls closed, the votes were tallied, and Donald J. Trump was elected 45th president of the United States? In commemoration of this momentous anniversary, community members gathered Thursday night in Burlington for an original and colorful protest: For a $5-10 donation, guests could create their very own poster art by throwing paint-filled balloons at images of Trump and members of his administration.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

German Artist Viktoria Strecker Inverts Content and Form at Champlain College Gallery

Posted By on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Viktoria Strecker taking in the Salt Flats on her roadtrip. - VIKTORIA STRECKER
  • Viktoria Strecker
  • Viktoria Strecker taking in the Salt Flats on her roadtrip.

Viktoria Strecker came to Burlington for the first time last year, when she exhibited works in the Moran Plant with two other Germany-based artists in Modes of Conduction, curated by Overnight Projects. Now, the Dusseldorf, Germany-based artist is back. Her month-long residency in the Champlain College Art Gallery began on October 11 and culminates in an exhibition at the campus gallery that opens on Thursday evening.

The show, titled "Inversion," is guest curated by Abbey Meaker, the founding director of Overnight Projects. (Curator Chris Thompson stepped down from his role as the gallery's curator in August when he became the Burlington Generator's new executive director.) "Inversion" will feature sculptural installations created with a 3D pen alongside drawings inspired, in part, by iconic American vistas. All of the work in the gallery has been created on US soil, much of it during a cross-country road trip Strecker took before coming to Vermont.

Strecker, 30, was born in Hannover, Germany, and is in her last year at the prestigious arts academy Kunstakademie Dusseldorf. 

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Katharine Montstream Hides Paintings Around Burlington

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 3:37 PM

Katharine Montstream at the Moran Plant - MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen
  • Katharine Montstream at the Moran Plant
Katharine Montstream's paintings seem to be as ingrained in Vermont's  cultural landscape as the scenery they often depict. No wonder — she's been doing it successfully for 30 years.  Now, in honor of that milestone, the artist is offering an unusual giveaway: Every day for the next 30 days, Montstream is hiding  a painting somewhere in Burlington. Whoever finds one can keep it.

"It's been 30 years of selling paintings in Burlington," Montstream said, "and it's pretty remarkable to me. I was looking in my garage one day and was like, I have so many paintings, what do I do with them?"

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Friday, October 6, 2017

October 2017 First Friday Roundup: Cordwood, Caves and Carpets

Posted By and on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 7:00 AM

"rettungsboot /3" by Melora Griffiths - COURTESY OF 571 PROJECTS
  • Courtesy of 571 Projects
  • "rettungsboot /3" by Melora Griffiths

A slight chill in the air makes for pleasant evening strolls. But this Friday, October 6, might be the time to shake up your art-viewing patterns and drive somewhere. Below you'll find a handful of outside-Burlington shows and events, followed by our Queen City picks.

P.S. In truth, we can’t get to all of these locations in a single night, but if we had Hermione Granger’s Time-Turner, we definitely would.

Outside Burlington

"SiteTime: Cordwood" Opening, Montpelier


Most shows in traditional galleries last a month, maybe three months tops. Not so with “SiteTime.” This outdoor artwork, organized by the Vermont Arts Council and installed in its State Street courtyard-cum-sculpture garden, will evolve in full view of the public over two years. Talk about slow art. The installation is a collaboration of Vermont artists Erika Senft Miller, Nancy Winship Milliken and Michael Zebrowski, who will contemplate an entity familiar to most Vermonters: the woodpile.

Each will each alter and interact with the site, using choreography, video and sound installation and other sculptural elements to address the fuel source in its living and posthumous states. How the site will change through the seasons remains to be seen —  we're rooting for a bonfire.

Artist Talk With Melora Griffiths, Stowe

The Brooklyn-based artist speaks about recent paintings, now on view in “beyond all walking” at 571 Projects. Of particular interest for Griffiths is the cave — as primitive shelter, portal and explosive allegorical symbol. Sound interesting? We think so.

Middle Eastern Textile Pop-Up, Vergennes

Time to get cozy, and colorful. This Friday through Sunday, Mouawia Bouzo and Deborah Felmeth (author of Syria Remember Me) fill Northern Daughters gallery with tribal rugs, vintage carpets and kilims from Syria, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Iran. It's a great opportunity to soak in the craftsmanship, patterns and rich colors of traditional Middle Eastern textiles, even if you’re not buying.

"Of Land and Local" Opening Reception

"Five-Part-Bloom" by Rebecca Hutchinson - BURLINGTON CITY ARTS
  • Burlington City Arts
  • "Five-Part-Bloom" by Rebecca Hutchinson

The annual exhibition, which features exhibitions at both Shelburne Farms and the BCA Center (the latter opens later this month) will home in on the same theme it explored last year: Watersheds. The show features 16 artists, some whom also contributed work last year.

Water is as universal as it gets, and these artists will explore its various aspects — as a commodity, a resource, life giver and destroyer. At least that’s what we think … but who knows? It’s a broad topic, and we’re curious to see what they've come up with this year.


Steamroller Printing Benefit Show

Last year, Noah Lagle of Public Works Press coordinated his first-ever Steamroller Printing event. His gig is by no means the only one in the area (Helen Day Art Center and Sushi Yoshi in Stowe continue to host a similar, annual event), but it’s the only one in Burlington. This year, Lagle brought back

the event, aided again by a BCA Community Fund grant.

Last weekend, participants pressed their carved plywood printing blocks under an industrial steamroller — the kind used to flatten cement — at Pine Street Studios. This Friday at the Karma Bird House Gallery, the resulting prints are on display and will be auctioned off to benefit the King Street Center in what will surely be an animated evening.

"Dark Matter"

"When Silence Is Betrayal" by Matt Larson - COURTESY OF S.P.A.C.E. GALLERY
  • Courtesy of S.P.A.C.E. Gallery
  • "When Silence Is Betrayal" by Matt Larson
In lieu of its annual “Art of Horror” show curated by artist Beth Robinson (maker of the wonderfully creepy Strange Dolls), the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery is opting for an equally spooky assemblage of arts under the curatorial direction of gallery owner and artist Christy Mitchell.

“'Dark Matter,' in a scientific sense, has never been directly observed,” Mitchell writes in her curatorial statement. “However, its existence would explain a number of otherwise puzzling astronomical observations. We've asked artists to consider how existence and puzzling realities … and fantasies play into their own work and interpretation of the universe.”

Sounds like a bewitching way to kick off the seasonal — and for some, spiritual — transition from light to dark. A reception is Friday evening.

Last Chance: Diane Al-Hadid + Dave Kennedy, Burlington City Arts

If you haven’t popped into the current round of BCA Center shows, now would be the time to do it. The work comes down on Sunday to make way for the downtown component of "Of Land and Local."

The First Friday Roundup is a monthly compilation of art openings and events. It is by no means comprehensive (check the Seven Days art listings for the full picture), but presents a few shows and events we’re particularly excited about.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Middlebury's Edgewater Gallery Expands Into Stowe

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Edgewater Gallery in Stowe - COURTESY OF EDGEWATER GALLERY
  • Courtesy of Edgewater Gallery
  • Edgewater Gallery in Stowe
Earlier this month, Middlebury's Edgewater Gallery opened a third location in downtown Stowe with the logical name of Edgewater Gallery in Stowe. The gallery's marketing and design manager, Dalton Hartye, said the team has been "discussing the idea of expanding for quite some time, and, after much consideration, we decided that Stowe would be the best location for a good market for us."

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Words Out Loud, in the Middle of Nowhere

Posted By on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 12:38 PM

Alison Prine reading in Old West Church - KELLEY GOULETTE
  • Kelley Goulette
  • Alison Prine reading in Old West Church
Art at the Kent is a quintessentially Vermont experience: a large, important art exhibit in the middle of nowhere. The venue is the Kent Museum, in East Calais, a historic 1830s brick and wood building owned by the State of Vermont that lies at a dirt crossroads. Driving the mostly empty rolling hills earlier this month to the opening of “Refuge,” this year’s art exhibit, I was sure I had lost my way — until I began passing lines of parked cars on both sides of the road extending half a mile from the building.

I returned on September 24 for one of three Sunday poetry readings in the related series “Words Out Loud.” These occur down the road from the Kent, at the Old West Church, and finish with wine-and-cheese receptions amid the art. Again, cars lined the road in both directions.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Talking Technology and Art With Amelia Marzec

Posted By on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 3:58 PM

Amelia Marzec performing in Weather Center for the Apocalypse - AMELIA MARZEC
  • Amelia Marzec
  • Amelia Marzec performing in Weather Center for the Apocalypse
After more than a yearlong break, Generator's Big Maker series is back. The events bring to Burlington innovators in fields as diverse as environmentally conscious burial, biometrics and game design to talk about their work and process.

Next in that lineup is 36-year-old Amelia Marzec, an artist, inventor and MFA graduate of Parsons School of Design who  lives and works in Brooklyn. Marzec's focus is on communications, the environment and "enabling activist communities through innovative uses of technology," according to the maker space publicity.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Ashley Jimenez Leaves Burlington City Arts

Posted By on Sun, Sep 24, 2017 at 11:22 AM

  • Burlington City Arts
  • Ashley Jimenez
On November 1, Burlington City Arts will say goodbye to gallery manager and assistant curator Ashley Jimenez.

Jimenez, 30, says that she's "ready and eager" to move on to a new chapter. "I will always value the relationships that I’ve made with the artists that I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the past four years," she tells Seven Days. "I’ve made some good friends through BCA, put together some great exhibitions and have been a part of an organization that makes a profound impact on its community."

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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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