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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

  • 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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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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