by Ashley Witzenberger
MONTPELIER — ArtsFest on Saturday, October 3 offers a chance for local artists to showcase their talents. Festival goers will tour downtown venues — each curated by a different arts group and individual artists, crafters and performers.
The T.W. Wood Gallery will present Barbara Leber, known for her “cheap art.” Her paintings feature simple compositions with a sophisticated, almost dreamscape charm, giving her landscapes a tinge of other-worldliness.
The Green Mountain Film Festival will present films that were shown during the 2015 film festival. Films will be screened downstairs at the Savoy Theater from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The bar will be open!
At Local 64, The Queens Call presents work of illustrator and painter Talvi Ekis, whose whimsical characters parody life’s travails. A collection of mixed media offers a glimpse into the unfolding of a teenage mind.
The Arts Garage at 58 State Street and 3rd Floor Gallery at 43 State Street spaces will exhibit more than 60 artists in many mediums. These locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Near the Garage is the ArtsFest Main Stage, with entertainers set to perform from 4 to 8 p.m. hosted by Sean Williams, local stand-up comedian. Crafters will sell their wares and kids can create art during the performance. Julio’s Cantina will host a beer garden along the river fearturing the products of local breweries.
Main Stage performances begin at 4 p.m. with the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture’s the Trad Trio. Next, Elaine Parker and Ruth Einstein will blend the guitar and vocal sound of southern gospel.
At 6:30 p.m., the comedy of Sean Williams is followed by Banana Seats. And once it’s dark, Naosha LeStat will perform Poi Dancing with heated coils that make a spectacle. Check the Montpelier Alive Facebook page for up-to-date information.