Arts

Vermont Arts Council Executive Director to Step down on April 14

Vermont Arts Council Executive Director to Step down on April 14

MONTPELIER – The Vermont Arts Council announced today that Executive Director Alex Aldrich will step down April 14 after more than 20 years leading the nation’s only nonprofit state arts agency. “For many years, Alex has been at the center of arts funding and arts advocacy in Vermont,” said Bob Stannard, chair of the Vermont Arts Council […]

Michael Arnowitt Will Perform in a Farewell Concert

Michael Arnowitt Will Perform in a Farewell Concert

by Nat Frothingham MONTPELIER — Michael Arnowitt who has been a musical force in Montpelier and Central Vermont for 32 years as a classical pianist, jazz performer and arts organizer is leaving Montpelier and moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan. In an email message of a few days ago and in a subsequent phone call, Arnowitt […]

Late Poet David Budbill To Be Honored

Late Poet David Budbill To Be Honored

by Nat Frothingham Friends and admirers of Vermont poet David Budbill who died at his Montpelier home on Sept. 25, 2016 are continuing to remember and honor him. Even with his passing, his friends and admirers are finding fresh way to give Budbill recognition as a poet and appreciate him for the man he was. […]

National Life Group Charitable Foundation Awards Grant to the T.W. Wood Gallery

MONTPELIER — The T. W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre St. in the Center for Arts and Learning, has announced they won a grant awarded by the National Life Group Charitable Foundation of $8,000. The grant funds will be used for renovations and improvements to the Contemporary Art Exhibit room at the gallery which will highlight […]

Howard Frank Mosher Wins Prestigious Arts Prize

Howard Frank Mosher Wins Prestigious Arts Prize

Author Howard Frank Mosher is a Vermont literary institution. A resident of the state for 53 years, he has published eleven novels set in Vermont (four of them made into films by director Jay Craven), and two memoirs. He has just been named the 2017 winner of the Herb Lockwood Prize in Arts. The Herb Lockwood Prize is […]

Getting Ready For Cajun-Inspired Spice On Snow Festival

Getting Ready For Cajun-Inspired Spice On Snow Festival

by R.D. Eno MONTPELIER — When old-time fiddler Katie Trautz of Cabot, a founder of Montpelier’s Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture, was down in western Louisiana a few years ago learning the repertoire from its living masters, it struck her that Vermonters could use a warm blast of bayou soul in the dead […]

Moving Toward Racial Justice: Dismantling Institutional Racism An Event Series at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center

MONTPELIER — This week the City announced that the Montpelier Senior Activity Center will host an art show, artist reception and panel discussion in January and February to call attention to and deepen understanding of issues related to racism and racial justice. They are timed to coincide with other community activities celebrating Martin Luther King Day, and […]

Getting Lost Locally: Members Show at Studio Place Arts

Getting Lost Locally: Members Show at Studio Place Arts

by Matthew Maitland Thomas BARRE — Involving more than 75 artists, “Celebrate,” the annual members show at Studio Place Arts, is an explosion of local shape and color. Nearly every usable inch of the building’s three floors is covered with work by artists from Washington and Chittenden counties. The pieces are grouped largely by color, […]

Dave Mallett, Mike Burd and Others to Perform Benefit Concert

Dave Mallett, Mike Burd and Others to Perform Benefit Concert

by Nat Frothingham GREENSBORO — The Greensboro Arts Alliance will present a star-studded, one-night-only holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the United Church of Christ in Greensboro. The concert’s headliner is singer and songwriting great Dave Mallett, whose 40-plus year career has seen him perform in clubs, concert halls and festivals […]

A Christmas Carol at Plainfield Opera House

A Christmas Carol at Plainfield Opera House

Vermont Youth Theater debuts its original version of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, performed by a cast of twenty-five student actors, ages 5-14. Set entirely to music, the story features gravediggers, spirits, poor children, Scrooge, the Cratchits and, of course, Tiny Tim. Singing, dancing, acting…they will charm and disarm even […]