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Thursday, February 1, 2018

First Friday Roundup: February

Posted By and on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 6:28 PM

Sculpture by Samantha Eckert - NEW CITY GALERIE
  • New City Galerie
  • Sculpture by Samantha Eckert

Hi there, art peeps (and wannabe art peeps). It’s been a hot minute since we’ve executed our monthly roundup of the First Friday art shows we’re particularly excited about. But we’re back on the train! Our picks for February are an interesting mix of death, trees, parasites and analog/digital Frankensteins. To wit …


Burlington's New City Galerie launches a show that examines grief and psychic spaces through installation works. Also in the Queen City, Valentine’s Day gets a special sort of comeuppance with the parasite-themed “HUSK” opening at the South End’s S.P.A.C.E. Gallery.

In Montpelier, a trio of artists — including Erika Senft Miller’s performance troupe — continues their two-year examination of decaying wood in “SiteTime: Scene Two: Falling.” Meanwhile, in the Mad River Valley, Jim Dodds proves that meme art is not just the purview of deranged millennials.

Wherever the art spirits take you, we hope you get to enjoy at least one of these fine offerings — and be safe!


Xoxo,

(Art) Gossip Girl(s)

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Extra: 'Floydian Slip' Host Explores the Cover Art from 'Wish You Were Here'

Posted By on Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 11:56 AM

Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here album cover art, recreated using images of "Floydian Slip" radio host Craig Bailey. - FILE ART BY REV. DIANE SULLIVAN
  • File art by Rev. Diane Sullivan
  • Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here album cover art, recreated using images of "Floydian Slip" radio host Craig Bailey.
It was cool to discover recently that "Floydian Slip," the globally syndicated Pink Floyd radio hour, emanates each week from a quiet residential neighborhood in Shelburne. Seven Days profiled the program's creator and radio host, Craig Bailey, in its January 24, 2018 story, "The Great Gig: Radio host Craig Bailey reflects on two decades of 'Floydian Slip.'"

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tom Leytham Watercolors Acquired for State Collection

Posted By on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 12:53 PM

"Tunbridge Mill" by Tom Leytham - COURTESY OF TOM LEYTHAM
  • Courtesy of Tom Leytham
  • "Tunbridge Mill" by Tom Leytham
Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Vermont State Art Collection has just acquired several new works: five watercolors by celebrated Vermont artist and architect Tom Leytham. Known for his surprisingly light, airy depictions of the state's rural-industrial decay, Leytham, in his mid-seventies, has been committing the state's dilapidated factories, granaries, mills and mines to the art historical record since 2007.

State curator David Schutz first worked with Leytham  for the artist's 2015 Governor's Gallery exhibition "The Other Working Landscape." According to Schutz, the two discussed "how wonderful it would be if somehow [Tom's] work found its way into our collection." The hitch? The state has no budget for such acquisitions.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Artist Elizabeth Bunsen Wins 2018 Barbara Smail Award

Posted By on Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 3:04 PM

Elizabeth Bunsen (left) and Heather Ferrell - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • Elizabeth Bunsen (left) and Heather Ferrell
Burlington City Arts was packed last night for the opening of its winter exhibitions and the announcement of this year's Barbara Smail Award winner. The new exhibitions feature art by Dusty Boynton, Edwin Owre and 2017 Barbara Smail Award winner Elise Whittemore. The 2018 award winner is Elizabeth Bunsen.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

ReSOURCE to Relocate, Soda Plant to Offer New Incubator Workspaces

Posted By on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 5:52 PM

ReSOURCE storefront in Burlington - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • ReSOURCE storefront in Burlington
On Wednesday, second-hand store and reuse facility ReSOURCE announced that part of its business is leaving Burlington. ReSOURCE Household Goods has been located in the Soda Plant at 266 Pine Street for 22 years. In February, when its lease is terminated, the nonprofit will move to 326 Harvest Lane in Williston.  

What will take its place? A number of new incubator spaces for small, business-minded artisans and makers, according to Steve Conant.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Sculpture Is Stolen, and Found, in Richmond

Posted By on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 3:53 PM

Tim Clark and Baptiste Lefrançois with sculpture pre-theft - COURTESY OF TIM CLARK
  • Courtesy of Tim Clark
  • Tim Clark and Baptiste Lefrançois with sculpture pre-theft
It started with a holiday gift to the town of Richmond, said artist Tim Clark. The sculpture he made with Baptiste Lefrançois was sited on the corner of Hinesburg and Huntington roads — property owned by Lefrançois.

The angular work was made of square metal tubing and painted bright red. Standing 13 feet, three inches tall, it was anchored to a field stone with nine bolts and washers. The artists installed their work, with the help of an excavator, over nine hours on Monday, December 18.

"We spent the day making sure it was exactly how we wanted it," Clark said. He didn't think the 350-pound sculpture was going anywhere.

On New Year's Eve, it did.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Moran Plant Mural Has Been Vandalized

Posted By on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 12:10 PM

King Street Center and community volunteers painting the Moran Plant with Clark Derbes in 2015 - OLIVER PARINI
  • Oliver Parini
  • King Street Center and community volunteers painting the Moran Plant with Clark Derbes in 2015
A colorful collaborative mural on the west side of the Moran Plant building recently received some uninvited additions. "Fuck me," one carelessly scrawled message reads. "Pussy" and "Anal" also made the grade, as well as a handful of hastily fashioned octopi, or maybe squid. In contrast, there are also a few little red hearts. The bare brick walls on either side of the mural were untouched.

The original mural was created in August 2015 and was a collaboration of artist Clark Derbes, 10 kids from the King Street Center, nonprofit developers New Moran and more than 40 community members. At the time,  Derbes told Seven Days, "I think the kids that were there will maintain a sense of ownership over that project," referring to the then-anticipated redevelopment of the Moran structure by the New Moran team.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Clemmons Family Farm Receives ArtPlace America Grant

Posted By on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 4:18 PM

L to R: Jack and Lydia Clemmons with their daughter Lydia - CALEB KENNA
  • Caleb Kenna
  • L to R: Jack and Lydia Clemmons with their daughter Lydia
Tucked among Charlotte's many scenic vistas is a 148-acre family-owned farm that has quietly become a vibrant multicultural center dedicated to celebrating African American heritage through the arts.  The Clemmons Family Farm launched programming in the summer of 2016 and began hosting public events this past summer. And it just got a massive boost toward future programming in the form of a $350,000 grant from ArtPlace America's National Placemaking Fund.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Artist Armando Veve Makes Forbes' 30 Under 30

Posted By on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Armando Veve - COURTESY OF ARMANDO VEVE
  • Courtesy of Armando Veve
  • Armando Veve
Armando Veve's meticulous graphite drawings combine objects from everyday life in surreal, whimsical and often thought-provoking ways. His work elicits a sense of wonder, a quality for which the South Burlington High School grad has lately been receiving a lot of attention. Most notably, Forbes has included him on the 2018 edition of the its annual 30 Under 30: Art & Style list.

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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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