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Re: “Burlington's Brickwork Art Studios to Be Closed

Yet one more sign of the gentrification of Burlington. Pretty soon no artists will be able to afford a studio in the south end. This is how it always goes. First the artists move in to the cheap, rundown areas of cities, they make it cool and revived through art and events that bring fresh energy, people and business, then the real estate and development vultures move in, buy up the property, raise the rents, kick out the artists, and soon you will have an unaffordable, gentrified neighborhood with none of the same energy that revived it in the first place. The same thing happened in Soho, NYC and elsewhere.... How lame of this landlord to hide behind his lawyer, instead of communicating directly with his artist tenants.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 04/29/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Burlington's Brickwork Art Studios to Be Closed

I think there are a few studios currently available at GeneratorVT.com. They charge $200/month.

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Posted by Steve Mermelstein on 04/29/2017 at 10:09 AM
Posted by Michelle C on 04/28/2017 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Burlington Man Turns Waterfront Rocks, Driftwood Into Public Art

This article confused and surprised me as I always thought those piles were children or teenagers playing as I did growing up. I agree it takes away from the natural setting.

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Posted by AndieFinkle on 04/15/2017 at 11:57 PM

Re: “PBS to Air Documentary on Rutland Basketball and Racism

Isn't the documentary about how the high school basketball community in Rutland reacted to five black players on the MSJ team? Sounds like Rutland basketball to me.

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Posted by stellaquarta on 04/14/2017 at 8:26 AM

Re: “PBS to Air Documentary on Rutland Basketball and Racism

The headline is misleading... This is a great film about MSJ Basketball in Rutland... Not Rutland Basketball... The headline does not fit your article nor the trailer for the documentry... The casual reader may get confused and not connect the dots if they just see the headline... And that would be a shame because it a great documentry.

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Posted by Craig 1 on 04/13/2017 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Joke of the Week: Making a Scene

7days I am discussed with the fact that your publication would even joke about prostitution. Most of the women involved in the sex trade are modern day slaves and there is nothing remotely funny about that. You all should be ashamed that you have made light of such a serious social problem. I hope this comedian does not have a long career because she is not funny.

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Posted by citizen on 04/11/2017 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Joke of the Week: Making a Scene

This is a very, very worn out premise.

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Posted by ReneBushey on 04/10/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Burlington Man Turns Waterfront Rocks, Driftwood Into Public Art

I've enjoyed Bryant's artwork. It's so nice to put a face to the artist. Thank you, Bryant, for the artwork and thanks, Sasha, for a sweet story.

Posted by Megan Humphrey on 04/07/2017 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Outgoing Governor Shumlin and August Burns Unveil New Portrait

Cheaper than a nose job?

Posted by The Oracle on 04/04/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Burlington Man Turns Waterfront Rocks, Driftwood Into Public Art

I love this work, and his attitude. Personally, it brightens my day to happen on a piece of "natural" artwork on a walk along the waterfront. I'm looking forward to the exhibit at City Market! Thank you, Bryant!

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Posted by betseyl on 04/01/2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Burlington Man Turns Waterfront Rocks, Driftwood Into Public Art

Personally, I knock over these types artworks whenever and wherever I have a chance. I do view these artworks as an eyesore, but more importantly as interactive art and I am a deconstruction artist. By destroying these piles I am interacting with them in my own artistic way. Sometimes I dance up to a sculpture and make flowing movements as I knock it over. Other times I throw rocks at them as target practice with friends. And other times as I run by them I just push them over. There is no limit to the fun you can have and art you can create as you topple a pile of rocks and sticks! Yes, I have knocked over some of these "sculptures" on the waterfront and see nothing wrong with it.

The artist seems to have a light and cheerful attitude toward deconstruction artists like myself. There is no ill will or malice on my end, his art spurs my art. The other commenter mentioned Andrew Goldsworthy...one of his main intentions was to highlight the impermanence of his pieces. My art proves Goldsworthy's point.

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Posted by Jollytime on 03/31/2017 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Burlington Man Turns Waterfront Rocks, Driftwood Into Public Art

This is not my comment, but I share this sentiment & feel like leaving up piles of "art" in a natural environment is a bit off putting.

"I am an avid stone balancer. I teach classes on the art form and give presentations on it regularly. I published the first widely available guide book on rock and stone balancing. I love this art form and want to see it grow.

However, I am very concerned about the practice of leaving stacks of stones littering natural areas. There is a large worldwide community of stone balance artists who share this concern, and who practice a leave-no-trace approach in creating our temporary art. We build our balances, take some photos, and then dismantle. We strive especially to avoid disturbing natural and protected areas"

I might suggest that the artist consider that the people knocking over his works are not necessarily troublemakers. They might just prefer the waterfront left in its natural state.

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Posted by liamgriffin on 03/31/2017 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Burlington Man Turns Waterfront Rocks, Driftwood Into Public Art

I would like to pose a question for thoughtful consideration: is this art or is this just another way to create and leave obvious human impact? When we say "Leave no trace" - what falls under that admonition?

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Posted by landscapedesigner on 03/31/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Burlington Man Turns Waterfront Rocks, Driftwood Into Public Art

He's no Andy Goldsworthy.

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Posted by The Oracle on 03/31/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “'On the Shoulders of Giants' Podcast Features Inspiring Vermonters

Love reading your podcasts which are so inspirational and full of encouraging stories, and am always waiting to see who is coming next. Well done you are doing great keep it up I will miss reading your podcasts during the summer time when you take your break- please make it short
Wish you God's blessings
Patricia C R ( McKinney) TX

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Posted by Trish on 03/30/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Alison Bechdel to Be Next Vermont Cartoonist Laureate

She is good. I always enjoyed her work.

Posted by Steve William Lindsey on 03/29/2017 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Alison Bechdel to Be Next Vermont Cartoonist Laureate

We will miss Ed Koren but Alison is definitely a dyke to watch out for! No one could deserve the honor more!

Posted by Barbara Alsop on 03/29/2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Joke of the Week: Pet Names

I've read this joke six times and it still makes no sense. Is the conceit that Eric wants to fuck most of the guys he meets?

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Posted by Danley Swildon on 03/29/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Joke of the Week: Pet Names

I mean, yea, Gabriel Iglesias used the word fluffy in a few jokes and as the title of one of his specials. But he used it as an adjective meaning "fat", though, while Eric is using it as a proper noun evoking "cuteness" (ironically, in reference to a person who you obviously "wouldn't want to fuck with"). It's definitely a unique word that conjures Gabriel Iglesias, but he didn't invent it, and I think using the word "fluffy" as a pet name instead of a description of a person's weight is totally different enough for there not to be any issue of originality here (if that's what you were suggesting, The Oracle).

Also, the "about the joke" blurb here is damn awesome.

Posted by skeletor69 on 03/27/2017 at 1:59 PM

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