Arts

From Barre to Broadway—Hadestown Singes the Tony Awards

From Barre to Broadway—Hadestown Singes the Tony Awards

By J. Gregory Gerdel In its heyday during the mid-2000s, the Langdon Street Café (now occupied by Sweet Melissa’s) was a cauldron of musical delight, fresh-brewed coffee late into the evening, and the creative energy of a generation of emerging artists. Among them was singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell, a former central Vermonter whose 13-year passion project, […]

ArtsFest Explosion Takes Over the City June

ArtsFest Explosion Takes Over the City June

By Cat Cutillo Montpelier will take a deep dive into its creative identity next month as the city hosts two separate conferences and a concurrent two-day ArtsFest that will explore art at the intersection of community and economy. A collective 550 conference-goers will infiltrate Montpelier over the three-day extravaganza to enjoy and investigate arts, community, […]

Extempo Proves Everyone Has a Story

Extempo Proves Everyone Has a Story

By Carl Etnier Former logger and published storyteller Bill Torrey was telling of a prank he played when he was a teenager, tricking his buddy into making all sorts of moves the auctioneer interpreted as bids. “This auctioneer had the ability to spot the subtle signals these crusty old hay shakers and stump jumpers would […]

Dan Casey Attracts Big-Time Talent to Opera House

By Carl Etnier The two African-American string musicians who constitute Black Violin had played with their band on multiple continents, at Super Bowls, and at U.S. presidential inauguration events. Yet at 7 o’clock one Thursday morning last October, their bus pulled up behind the Barre Opera House. Black Violin is just one of the outstanding […]

T.W. Wood Gallery Welcomes New Director

T.W. Wood Gallery Welcomes New Director

Compiled by Mike Dunphy On May 1, Margaret Coleman began her tenure as executive director of the T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier, taking over for Ginny Callan, who helmed the gallery for four years. She arrives with a tremendous resume in the arts, most recently executive director of ArtShape Mammoth and Flynndog Gallery in Burlington. […]

How Do You Teach Art?

By Lizzy Fox As a poetry teaching artist, I’m asked this question (or a version of it) all the time: “How do you teach art, exactly? It’s so subjective.” And of course, they’re right. You don’t answer a poem like a math problem. But there are tools and techniques in any artistic discipline that are […]

What’s Showing in Montpelier Art Galleries

What’s Showing in Montpelier Art Galleries

The Garage Cultural Center UNBound! 4 Women Sculptors Let Loose The Garage Cultural Center presents its first art exhibition in this newly renovated historical building located in downtown Montpelier. The show titled, UNBound! 4 Women Sculptors Let Loose! is a bold new direction of innovative work by Vermont-based artists Hasso Ewing, Sande French-Stockwell, Amber Geneva, […]

Hazen’s “Students Without Borders” Presents Concert to Support Spanish-Mexico Study Program

Hazen’s “Students Without Borders” Presents Concert to Support Spanish-Mexico Study Program

Join Hazen Union High School and the Highland Center for the Arts for a Cinco de Mayo festival celebration, featuring a concert by renowned singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa to benefit the Hazen Students Without Borders Spanish Travel-Study program’s trip to Mexico City. Hazen Union High School is partnering with the Highland Center for the Arts in […]

New Associate Managing Director at LNT: Danielle Wiransky Introduces 2019 Season and Herself

New Associate Managing Director at LNT: Danielle Wiransky Introduces 2019 Season and Herself

By Danielle Wirsansky Moving from Florida to Vermont was a big change. As I packed my bags for the migration north, I was shocked to discover that I owned zero pairs of waterproof boots, one winter-ish coat, and only two pairs of long pants. Who knew you would need more? It was daunting. However, what […]

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn: Dueling Banjos Come to the Barre Opera House

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn: Dueling Banjos Come to the Barre Opera House

By Mike Dunphy When Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn take the stage, they could conceivably stand back-to-back, walk 10 paces, turn, and fire off a salvo of plucking, raking, and strumming—thanks to the inherent duel they present between two distinct banjo styles—bluegrass and claw hammer. Fleck plays the classic three-finger bluegrass style developed by Earl […]