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Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Artist Talk - Richard Klein - "Bottle in the River": Have you ever watched a bottle float down a river? How often do you think about all the glass in the waste stream? Klein’s current installation, "Bottle in the River," uses repurposed glass objects to create work that explores how we interact with nature and the passage of time. He's incorporated found eyeglass lenses, glass bottles, drinking glasses, and ashtrays into sculptures that play with light and color. His work also asks us to reflect on our relationship with manufactured materials. His work is included in many public and private collections. Since 1999 he has been exhibitions director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT), and has organized over 80 exhibitions. His essays on art and culture have appeared widely in books and magazines. This event is presented in connection with The Confluence Project, an experiment in creative placemaking organized by Vermont Performance Lab and Windham Regional Commission. 7 p.m. Talk (Klein's installation on view through 6/17). Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

SAXTONS RIVER "Give and Take" - Collaborative Art Work by Gordon Korstange and Matt Peake: In this show, Peake's artist's eye combines with Korstange's poetic voice to create collages of images and words. Peake was a family physician practicing in Bellows Falls until eight years ago when he decided "the call from my artistic voice could no longer be ignored" and gave up his practice to devote himself to art. He first experienced working collaboratively with other artists four years ago and uses that experience to approach problem-solving in his painting. His earlier exhibit at MSA featured his "Pastel Overlook" series of figures as viewed from above, arranged by gesture on a geometric background. Korstange came to poetry in his 20s while on one of his many stays India. After returning to the States, he studied creative writing and south Indian music where he learned to write iambic pentameter and published a book of poems about India, "The Road Behind Whitens in the Sun." While teaching middle/high school students, he kept at it and recently put together the collection "Selected Poems.". 5/31: Artists' Reception - 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Through Saturday, June 30. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Northern Roots Presents: "Noctambule": This concert features traditional and original music performed by mandolinist Marla Fibish and guitarist Bruce Victor. Enjoy a broad array of poetry, original instrumental pieces, and traditional Irish tunes and songs. Fibish and Victor's music is rendered with beauty, sensitivity, and humor on an unusual array of strings - guitars in varied tunings, mandola, mandolin, cittern, tenor guitar - and their blended voices. 7 p.m. $15. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO 2018 Slow Living Summit: This Summit is focused on growing conscious food and agriculture businesses and giving current and aspiring entrepreneurs the tools, resources, and mentorship they need to effectively grow their business. Keynote Speakers: Philip Ackerman-Leist, Prof. of Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems at Green Mountain College; Charles Eisenstein, Author, "Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible"; Chuck Collins, Sr. Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies. Summit tracks include: Finding the hidden opportunities in farm to table business models; Financing a conscious business; Entrepreneurship tools and tactics. Summit topics include: New methods for farming; Storytelling from entrepreneurs; Alternatives to capital investment; Alternative business financing models. . Through Friday, June 1. Strolling of the Heifers, 157 Main St. Info/Register:


PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, June 28. Free. Laura Heller Community Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593,



May 2018