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Re: “A High School Senior's 'Knotty' Artwork Is Censored

The administration could have found a way to display the work in a restricted-access space (adding to the theme of the work). There could have been an age limit for viewing, a "trigger warning", and so on. That approach could have honored the work, while protecting others' sensibilities.

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Posted by Terrence Sehr on 06/30/2019 at 10:57 AM

Re: “A High School Senior's 'Knotty' Artwork Is Censored

Wow, for a minute there I thought I was back in North Carolina and not Vermont. They have a similar problem with Bill Shakespeare in the ole north state. His plays being all racy and such. Closed minds inhabit every corner I guess.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Steve Cain on 06/29/2019 at 7:31 PM

Re: “A High School Senior's 'Knotty' Artwork Is Censored

This is clearly censorship. The principal and the artist should understand that once the work leaves the artists hands the interpretation will taken over by the viewer . In this case the artist seems to have intended social protest about restrictions but the principal and the students turned that work into sexual bondage and abuse. But that is what the viewers brought to the experience not the artist. the artists work and her statement gives the intent of the work. It is the principals position to defend the artist not censor her work. To the artist I would say congratulations you proved you point.

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Posted by TallgirlVT on 06/28/2019 at 5:47 PM

Re: “A High School Senior's 'Knotty' Artwork Is Censored

I'm saddened by the decision to cancel her showing. Along with her explanation, I think it would have been a great exhibit. For the administrator to not even consider a few "inoffensive" photographs, or engage in a conversation with the student artist, however, is contrary to his very position and purpose, in my mind. Sounds like, in his mind, he had already dealt with the situation and it was a done deal, just wanted it off his desk. Too bad.

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Posted by Marna Ehrech on 06/27/2019 at 6:50 PM

Re: “A High School Senior's 'Knotty' Artwork Is Censored

Different cultures have different standards and interpretations of gestures, phrases and images, shocking.... Lets be honest, how many American teens will look at that and say wow great examples of ancient Japanese knots? How many will say geeze that looks like the BDSM stuff on the internet. American BDSM culture has incorporated and borrowed heavily from those ancient knots and is therefore in our culture evocative of pornography, not great for high school try again in college.

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Posted by justahuman on 06/27/2019 at 6:06 PM

Re: “A High School Senior's 'Knotty' Artwork Is Censored

I can't understand why the principal didn't warmly accept pictures of teenage girls in bondage . Perhaps there's a budding Mapplethorpe out there .
All humor aside , if the artwork was hung , there likely would have been a bigger uproar . I also hope Tooti got an A .

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Posted by Rich ard on 06/27/2019 at 6:03 PM

Re: “A High School Senior's 'Knotty' Artwork Is Censored

Considering how people's imaginations are, when they've grown up in a misguided way, I understand why the school didn't want to be responsible for stimulating imaginations in this way.
Shibari is part of Japanese culture, and the people who are involved know how to be safe. In America, land of the free, people are free not to be safe. There are some nuts out there who perhaps should not be exposed to some ideas. You can freely look it up, but to sanction it at school - I see both sides.
I'm against online pornography - because it is mostly by and for men, and the only sex-education some people get! There should be much better sex education available.
The Shibari work is exquisite, by the way. Hope she got an "A."

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Posted by Charlie Messing on 06/27/2019 at 4:40 PM

Re: “A High School Senior's 'Knotty' Artwork Is Censored

I think the photos shown here are beautiful in a very somber way. I don't think the principle should have censored this project, but it's good she found another space.

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Posted by AllFourSeasons on 06/27/2019 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Photographer-Cartoonist James Valastro Has a Yen for Hens

James Valastro's hens are talented, well-read, and well-traveled, with a great touch of whimsy. Their kindness and humor (along with James') reflect the best of Vermont's artists (and chickens).

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by RZS on 04/04/2019 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Foam Brewers Celebrate Expansion With an Evanescent Mural Project

I always thought of Foam as a bad fit there. I'm not sure the surrounding quiet businesses appreciate the loud atmosphere, overwhelming smell of brewing beer, and Foam patrons taking up all of the parking a good fit either.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 03/21/2019 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Photographer Megan Humphrey Documents Burlington's Most Diverse Hood

Yay Megan! I'm sure none of us truly know how much she does for not just the Old North End, but for her entire network of friends and neighbors. If you have the pleasure of knowing Megan, you know how brightly she shines :)

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Posted by Laura Hale on 03/08/2019 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Vermont Quilters Reinvigorate Traditional Craft

Sewing, quilting, fiber arts is about keeping the self reliant, and homespun nature of American life - quickly being lost to foreign nations, robots, and too little leisure time. The cultural loss is enormous! Just imagine!

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Posted by Pat Ro on 12/13/2018 at 9:10 PM

Re: “UVM Alum Creates Free Online Website for Aspiring Artists

Thanks, Oracle - we've fixed that tag.

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Posted by Andrea Suozzo on 11/23/2018 at 9:18 AM

Re: “UVM Alum Creates Free Online Website for Aspiring Artists

I hope it stays focused on actual art and doesn't get flooded with crap like Etsy has.

P.S. One of the tags for this story says "Art Marekting".

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by The Oracle on 11/22/2018 at 9:05 AM

Re: “'For Freedoms' Activist Art Initiative Comes to Vermont

This is too funny. "...questions of American identity, freedom and fascism are roiling." More lefty claptrap.

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Posted by G Chesterton on 10/03/2018 at 7:16 AM

Re: “'For Freedoms' Activist Art Initiative Comes to Vermont

This is too goofy for words! "...questions of American identity, freedom and fascism." LOL. More lefty claptrap.

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Posted by G Chesterton on 10/03/2018 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Sculptor Jim Sardonis to Create 'Whale Dance' for Randolph

Can we request cow dance, please? Seriously. This is not wanted by the community and it is unfortunate we are back here.

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Posted by Robin Palmer on 08/13/2018 at 7:25 AM

Re: “St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Celebrates the Return of Its Bierstadt

Diane--the Athenaeum canceled that event this week, after our article published. We deleted it from our calendar but it remained in the article. Sorry about that, and I hope you still get up there to see this remarkable painting!

Posted by Pamela Polston on 08/12/2018 at 7:53 AM

Re: “St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Celebrates the Return of Its Bierstadt

Was so excited to go the celebration for the return of The Domes of the Yosemite per the article -at 7pm at the Athenaeum but there wasnt any and it of course was closed. Major disappointment. Long drive but will try again. I know it will be worth it. Fake news Tom Slayton?

Posted by Diane Gildea on 08/10/2018 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Sculptor Jim Sardonis to Create 'Whale Dance' for Randolph

Don't worry in time Burlington will steal these ones too

Posted by Shawn Morgan on 08/10/2018 at 5:03 PM

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