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The Museum of Everyday Life is soliciting participation in the creation of its upcoming exhibition featuring locks & keys, which will open on Sunday May 27th, 2018! The Museum of Everyday Life is a five year-old venture whose goal is to explore, analyze and celebrate everyday life objects. For this exhibition, we are seeking contributions consisting of or relating to all aspects of locks and keys, including but not limited to padlocks, door locks, combination locks, lever handle locks, cam locks, rim/mortise locks, profile cylinder locks, wooden pin tumbler locks, double-sided keys, dimple keys, barrel keys, skeleton keys, tubular keys, paracentric keys, abloy keys, key cards, etc. We will explore related topics such as imprisonment, escape artists, chastity belts, diaries, safe cracking, locksmithing and lock picking. We welcome your contributions in any form, from personal artifacts accompanied by your individual narrative; vague, raw ideas for displays as well as fully realized art objects ready to hang; theoretical writings, research, and of course we will be in need of plenty of raw material so any old keys or locks you’d like to get rid of would be welcome as well. Please be aware that this is a self-service institution and does not always have staff on hand, therefore the safety and security of donated objects cannot be guaranteed, although every effort is made to keep all donations as secure and safe as possible.  Sometimes the volume of contributions that we receive mean that we are unable to display everything; the museum curatorial staff makes the final display decisions. Please submit your proposal by April 15th. Finished objects must be received no later than May 10th.  To contribute to the exhibition, or for more information, contact Clare Dolan via the “contact us” form on the Museum website Our mailing address is 3482 Dry Pond Rd., Glover, VT 05839.Contributors who include a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope or box with their entry will ensure that it will be returned upon completion of the exhibition.

Interested in participating in the exhibit installation? Community work days will be May 4th & May 6th, and weekends of May 12th–13th, and May 19th– 20th. Intensive installation week will be from May 21st   through May 26th, 2018. Make sure you use the “contact us” form on the museum website to let museum staff know when you plan to attend.


 Through March 17: Three new shows at Studio Place Arts. 201 N. Main St., Barre.

Main floor gallery: Golden—An exhibit with works in a variety of media by 20 local artists exploring the many aspects of aging.

Second floor gallery: Shape Shifting by Rosalind Daniels. Photographs of abstracted shapes and light.

Third floor gallery: Shockwave—A collection of dynamic art and poetry by contributors to Shockwave Magazine, an arts collective through Community Developmental Services at Washington County Mental Health Services.

Through March 18: Dianne Shullenberger and John Snell, What Did the Rock Say? Part 1. Shullenberger works in colored pencil and fabric. Snell is a photographer. This exhibition is an expression of the artists’ passion for rocks and being outside in Vermont. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, 22 Barber Farm Rd., Jericho.

Through March 30: Linda Mirabile, Avian Inspired. Images of birds are painted on birch panel or watercolor paper with acrylics. Pavilion Office Building, 109 State St., 5th fl. Montpelier. Photo ID is required for admission.

Through March 30: Claire Van Vliet, Sky and Earth. Pulp paintings created from 1995 to 2011. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, 111 State St., Montpelier.

Through March 30: “Wake up to Dying” Multi-Media Art and Resource Exhibit. Inspired by the travelling exhibit created by Nina Thompson, local end-of-life pioneer and founder of the Wake up to Dying Project, MSAC is pleased to hang images and writing samples as a means of raising awareness and contemplation. A 90-minute audio-loop of personal stories about end of life will be available for listening, or you can find them online at This exhibit will also have contemplative hands-on activities, such as writing and posting your answers to questions like: How might you live differently if you paid more attention to the fact that you’re going to die? Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518

Through March 30: The Central Vermont Watercolor Society Exhibit. Includes works of Terry Hodgdon, Susan Bull Riley, Michael Ridge, and more. T.W. Wood Art Gallery, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. 262-6035.

Through April 1: MSAC Painting Workshop Exhibit.  The Gallery at East State Salon, 32 East St., Montpelier. 477-3181.

Through April 6: John Miller. Photo collages by Northern Vermont University-Johnson professor. Reception and artist’s talk: March 15, 3–5 pm. NVU-Johnson, Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson.

Through April 10: Alexy J. Lanza, From the Death of One Star/Por La Muerte De Una Estrella. A series of 20 large woodcut prints based on ancient Mayan glyphs. Goddard Art Gallery in the Eliot Pratt Library, Pitkin Rd., Plainfield. 322-1604.

Through April 14: Grace DeGennaro/Anne Lilly, Ordinary Time. Paintings and kinetic sculpture. Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. 253-8358.

Through April 14: Philip Herbison, The Infinite Shapes of Water. Large abstract photographs of water. Helen day Art Center East Gallery, 90 Pond St., Stowe. 253-8358.

Through April 15: Robert Chapla, Herding in All the Usual Places … And Then Some. Urban and rural herding differences are on display in this show of 18 oil and acrylic paintings. Presented by Studio Place Arts. Morse Block Deli, 260 N. Main St., Barre.

Through April 27: Nourishment. A juried show of Vermont artists’ work, and an exhibit from the members of the Central Vermont Hub of the Vermont Watercolor Society. T.W. Wood Art Gallery, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. 262-6035.

April 3–April 27: Vermont Abenaki Artists Association Exhibit. Although many mediums are represented in the exhibit, the unifying theme is all of the art is inspired by Abenaki culture. Opening reception: April 5, 5–7 pm. T.W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre St., Montpelier.


Through April 28: The Front presents SHOW 24. The latest works of the gallery’s membership of Vermont-based contemporary artists. In addition, the Front will present work by guest artist Athena Petra Tasiopoulos. Opening: March 2 with live music, light refreshments, and drinks. The Front Gallery, 6 Barre St., Montpelier.

Through April 29: Artist to Watch Part 1. Presented by the Vermont Arts Council, in partnership with Kasini House. A survey of contemporary Vermont art. Part 2 opens May 5. The Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery, 136 State St., Montpelier.

Through May 28: Muse. Three Vermont artists reflect on spirit guides, journeying, introspection and winter’s quiet. Where inspiration and magic live side by side and a deep appreciation for the natural world permeates everything. Artists are Amanda Weisenfeld (hand felter), Jess Polanshek (illustrator), and Kristin Richland (painter/illustrator). Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St.,  Greensboro.
Through May 31: Kumari Patricia. In Patricia’s acrylic paintings, she releases all boundaries and definition of the landscape, reflecting the story of her life’s journey and relationships along the way. The HiVE (next to the Red Hen Baking Co.), 961 Route 2, Middlesex.
Through June 10: Vermont Landscapes. 38 paintings by 19 artists, all of whom paint in Vermont. The Lamoille County Courthouse, 154 Main St, Hyde Park.

Through Sept. 30: James Peterson, Dreamcatcher. Large-scale interactive installation that was inspired by the magical ice caves of Kamchatka in Siberia. The grounds of Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe.

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