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The written word

The Quarantine Sessions - Chard deNiord - Poetry (YouTube): Chard deNiord is an American author, Poet Laureate of Vermont and teacher. Offered by Next Stage Arts. . Through Thursday, August 27. Free. YouTube. Information:

Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS Nancy Fitz-Rapalje: "A Still LIfe": Fitz-Rapalje shares new oil paintings in her inaugural Solo Show. She presents paintings from some of her familiar floral still lifes, fruits, and vegetables, done with her calculated, geometric style of brushstrokes. These new paintings focus on intimate details from the artist's life, with paintings depicting sticky-notes, origami, book stacks, color chips, and postcards showing reproductions of artworks from the likes of Braque and Duchamp. To reflect this unique view of the artist’s life, Fitz-Rapalje includes quotes from other artists of importance, in a selection gleaned from decades of reading and saving in her numerous Commonplace Books. "I think of my small paintings as 'companions' rather than an artistic 'statement'. I hope they may exist with generations of a family living around them. I imagine my tulips or peaches being quiet observers of different lives performed in their space. I consider it theater in two directions - observer to painting and painting to observer.". . Through Saturday, June 13. Canal Street Art Gallery. Information: Online viewing:

BRATTLEBORO Artist Talk: Steven Rose - "For/While (2020.01)" (Livestream): Rose discusses his immersive installation which was inspired by an experience with a 5.8-magnitude earthquake. "I sat transfixed by the sight above me—a ceiling full of 8' fluorescent light fixtures all swaying in concert, end-to-end, in the most orderly manner. This sublime folding of chaos into order by nature has had a lasting impact on me and is central to my ongoing installation series For/While.". 7:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Information: For link, visit:

Ideas and education

BrattleMasters (Toastmasters) - Speaking Exercise: "Looking Out for Your Neighbor": This non-profit educational organization teaches public speaking and leadership skills. Carolyn Handy will speak about lineage societies. An evaluator will monitor the research-based speech to determine if she successfully met the project criteria and later provide feedback. The speaking exercise will take place after a break. Near the end of the meeting, the timer, ah counter, and grammarian will give reports so participants will know how they fared in keeping within time limits, eliminating filler words, and using correct grammar. 6 - 7:30 p.m. Join the meeting at: FaRjQ5c3FnQT09. Meeting ID: 878 2037 4593. Password: 024455. Zoom.


The Quarantine Sessions - Jed Blume performs "Spellbound" on Handpan (YouTube): Jed is a New Age & World music composer. Part of Next Stage Arts Project. . Through Monday, August 31. Free. YouTube. Information:

Community building

Slow Living Summit - Karen Washington - Rise and Root Farm: Virtual Farm Tour : Rise and Root Farm is strongly rooted in New York City and committed to engaging rural and urban communities through food and farming. "We have worked with community gardens and urban farms in NYC and beyond and we have dedicated our lives to increasing the number of people growing and eating good food. We care about justice and equity and in building a strong local food economy.". 3 p.m. Current and previous farming-related affiliations include: Black Urban Growers, Bushwick Campus Farm, Crock and Jar, Ecostation:NY, Farm School NYC, GrowNYC, Just Food, La Familia Verde Community Garden coalition. Zoom. Information: Register in advance:



June 2020