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Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY "Clearing - Recent Work by Barbara Garber": Garber is a painter, printmaker, installation artist. "I have worked in many diverse mediums. I'm influenced and inspired by music and dance and also by what I see around me in southern VT where I've lived for four decades. I start from a place of not knowing where I'm headed. Working on several sheets of Mylar at once, I begin with whatever caught my attention that day: something I found in a hardware store/on a walk/a scrape of paper on the floor. Spraying the outline or making quick marks into wet paint, I'm on my way. I exploit the translucent quality of the Mylar so that lines and textures may remain visible even through several layers. Shapes/patterns migrate from one piece to another as I cut and shift things from here to there, trying to keep the process active/in flux. Progress is slow. Gradually the work unfolds. Ordinary beginnings change into something else until, finally, clarity arrives. Through a sequence of collaged paintings, unexpected associations emerge. Capturing these transient, fragile moments is at the heart of my work: a series of visual haiku.". Gallery opens 30 min. before each event, Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., and by appointment with the artist. Through Monday, August 12. Next Stage Gallery, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102.

BRATTLEBORO Nancy Clingan: During her 50 year career in social services, furthering her higher education and raising children, Clingan took random art classes at local schools and workshops. Her first class was with Ric Campman at RGS and she participated in a group show for survivors of trauma. She didn't have time in those days to make her own art, but she used it in her work as an art therapist. She has always journaled, written poetry, and been a part of a life drawing group. This expanse of work covers days from grad school at Lesley College to her most recent in Oaxaca, Mexico, in a variety of media. The continuing theme of her work is the strength and vulnerability of women and nature. 7/5: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. as part of Gallery Walk. (Gallery is open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Through Tuesday, July 30. River Gallery School: Gallery 34, 34 Main St. Information: 802-257-1577; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Dana Wigdor - "Journey to Alpha Selona": Wigdor's surreal, transparent compositions depict alternative worlds. This yearlong project was sparked by the artist's link to an ancestor from the 1700's, lost in a shipwreck. Eight successive, narrative oil paintings describe a flight through an imaginary solar system, symbolic of the non-rational immersion many artists experience through the stuff of the painting process itself. 7/5: Artist reception, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. The Moondogs will provide music. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

BRATTLEBORO Gallery Walk - Downtown Brattleboro & Nearby Exhibit Venues: Artist receptions for new and continuing shows at 30 or more exhibit venues, many with refreshments and a few with live music. Most exhibits continue throughout the month. Printed guides available at participating venues - look for large number signs in merchant/eatery windows. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 1st Fri. of every month. Gallery Walk. Information: Listings and map:

Celebrations and festivals

SAXTONS RIVER Main Street Arts - Great River Theater Festival: Mix of traditional, edgy, comic, dance, social satire, puppets, plus an opening Great Tent Event with a Bake Your Art Out dessert contest thrown into the mix. Musical: "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and Loom Dance Ensemble's "What the Jellyfish Knows." Sandglass Theater "Tape Guy" rod puppet workshop, music by Christy Wendlandt and Brendon Thomas, Community Jam session, food for sale by Jamaican Jewelz. Gilbert & Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore," "Jellyfish," a tale of the natural world and the urgency of protecting the oceans. Moliere adaptation: "The Doctor and the Dowry" (Vermont Suitcase Company). Happenstance Theater. Fairy Tales and Fairy Houses workshop with Tracy Girdich; Teen Storytelling. Horowitz Performing Ctr. Some events happen at Main Street Arts. (Continues 7/11-7/14). Through Sunday, July 7. Varies. Vermont Academy, 10 Long Walk. Information: 802-869-2960,


WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Bard Owl and friends: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. T. Breeze Verdant on guitar, vocals and stomp box and Annie Landenberger, vocals and percussion, are joined by Dan Mosle, gigging locally on melodica, penny whistle, harmonica. Refreshments at the cafe. Pizza Night is a fundraiser for West River Community Project. The West Townshend Farmers' Market offers a host of area vendors. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

GREENFIELD 10 Ft Ganja Plant - Roots Reggae: This group is a spin-off from John Brown's Body. 9 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. in the Ballroom (doors open 8 p.m.). $20 to $25. Hawks & Reed, 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. every Friday. Free (KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Free Samplings - Every Friday in July: Try before you buy - something new, something seasonal, something on sale. 12 noon - 2 p.m. at the Demo Counter. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Les Julian" Music - TGIF Morning Matinee: Les connects with all ages. His performances showcase his award-winning original songs and illuminate universal themes of human life while celebrating the diversity of the world through a variety of exciting musical styles. On nylon string and electric guitars as well as mandolin and percussion, with an unforgettable voice and rubbery storyteller's face, Les is a singer of stories that will delight and transport. In the Rotary Theater. Day Care groups are welcome to attend. Notify of special needs. (Rain location: Nelson Withington Skating Facility). Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-254-5808,


BRATTLEBORO Be True To Your Self - The World Needs You: Constitutionally, we are designed to fulfill our unique purpose for being here. If we're not living in a way that's fulfilling and contributes to a world that works for all, then our life has been hijacked. Let's activate our designer genes, and live by design and not by default. This is a taster for a longer class in the fall. Wendy Webber has worked for decades in self and societal transformation. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

BRATTLEBORO Photo Equipment: Stop by and discover a treasure-trove of photographic equipment. Cameras, lenses, darkroom equipment, film, paper, and more. All proceeds support In-Sight photography classes for young people. 7/5: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 7/6 and 7/7: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Sunday, July 7. In-Sight Photography Project, 183 Main St.Ste. 1. Information: 802-251-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. In addition to attending this vigil (signs will be provided), if you're a TD depositor, you can change banks. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions, founded in 2005, a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern VT whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion in this era of global warming and climate change to develop sustainable, resilient, collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. 12 noon - 1 p.m. every Friday. TD Bank, 215 Main St. Information:



July 2019