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Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO ""The Looking Glass Season": Featuring five artists who live in the Brattleboro area: Tina Olsen, Markie Sallick, Walter Hagedorn, John Loggia, and Schuyler Gould. This show is designed so that it can be seen through 118 Elliot's street level windows until 9 p.m. every day. (Exhibit may continue through 1/2021) 118elliot.com, www.facebook.com/118Elliot. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. ..

BRATTLEBORO "The Great Reconciliation": Offering a safe, socially distanced way to view work by local artists. When you walk up on Main Street, digital images of artwork will light up storefront windows. Participating locations include the Latchis Hotel, the former Twin Flames restaurant at 95 Main St., and former Delectable Mountain store at 125 Main St. Fifty-two images of work by 22 artists will be projected on the windows. 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. The brainchild of activist-artists Steve Wangh and Julie Snorek of VTArt-Rising, and supported by 350Brattleboro, the project aims to support community reconciliation and healing in light of a divisive political period. Through Friday, December 11. Main Street Brattleboro. .

Ideas and education

BrattleMasters (Toastmasters) Meeting - Learn Speaking Skills (via Zoom): The speaker is Dora Levinson from Brattleboro. The theme is "Unusual Holidays." Each speech is assigned an evaluator to give feedback on how well the speakers fulfilled their project criteria. The emcee is Lisa Sieverts of Nelson, NH. Since 1924, Toastmasters Int'l has been recognized as the leading organization dedicated to communication and leadership skill development. Through its worldwide network of clubs, each week Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million people of every ethnicity, education level, profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others. 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free. Zoom. Info: 603-762-0235, lisa@lisasieverts.com Link available at www.brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.

Film and video

Divine Love (2019) (Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema): Commodified faith dominates this near-future vision of Brazil. With neon-drenched sci-fi aesthetics, sanctimonious eroticism, and incisive satire, Divino Amor intently takes on the influence of evangelical Christianity on the state - namely the far-right movement that elected populist Jair Bolsonaro. World premiere at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and intense audience reactions, Divino Amor is a commentary on the conservative, fanatical, and nationalist agenda that is spreading throughout the world and the way those that don’t espouse it, engage with it. Directed by Gabriel Mascaro. Sure to surprise and provoke. recommended for adult-viewing only. Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFF2D69YZ4g. Through Sunday, December 20. $9.99. Online. Information: https://row8.com/movie-details/97382258_esb.

Community building

Artist Development Grants - Call for Applications: Supporting artists at all stages of their careers, these grants can fund activities that enhance mastery of an artist's craft or skills and activities that increase the viability of an artist's business. New this year: Grants can also support teaching artists in developing the skills necessary to provide instruction in K-12 schools remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Funding may also support aspects of the creation of new work when the activity allows the grantee to accept a rare important opportunity. Who may apply: Artists who have been residents of VT for at least one year prior to the application deadline and are residents at the time the award is granted; are 18 years of age or older at the time of application and have submitted all required reports on any prior Council grants; meet all the above requirements and are applying as a representative of an artist group. Grant amounts range from $250-$1,000. DL this round: 1/11/21. Applications evaluated in 3 areas: impact, planning, and budget. Priority given to first time grantees and proposals for rare or unique opportunities. The Artist Development program has supported 277 VT artists since 2009. For examples of previously funded projects, see list of recent grantees. Through Monday, January 11. Vermont Arts Council. Information: Full details and online application: vermontartscouncil.org/artistdevelopment.

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