CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, September
BRATTLEBORO Art for Social Change: Open art studio to use for printmaking, drawing, and painting to create art around issues of the pandemic, social and racial justice, 2020 election, the climate crisis. Help spread messages of transformation, unity and justice all over the town of Brattleboro. Drop-ins welcome. 1 - 4 p.m. on Fridays. Masks required, 6 people max. in studios. Paste ups will be put up in town 10/15-11/15/20. Also, River Gallery School will have an art table at the Solidarity Friday rallies in Pliny Park for art/sign making from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by The Root Social Justice Center, River Gallery School, In-Sight Photography Project. Free (includes materials). River Gallery School, 32 Main St., #201. Information: Info: Jess Weitz, email@example.com.
BRATTLEBORO Spotlight on Local Artists: Outdoor Meet & Greet - Tina Olsen, Roxcell Bartholomew, Jillian Farwell, Lauren Watrous: Tina Olsen found a creative community at the River Gallery School and began to work in oils. "I paint the wildness of things - the land and people and what lives freely beneath the surface of things. When I paint, I feel like my real self. I don't like to know what it is at first glance. I just want it to look alive - as if it just happened." Roxcell Bartholomew, a self-taught artist, grew up in the Caribbean, moved to the US in his teens. He rediscovered his interest in painting while in the military. "I realized that creating has always been a tool for acknowledging and processing the indescribable elements of my experience. Whenever I'm creating, there is no choice but to be present within the space called me. I simply try my best to breathe life into the surreal colorscapes, geometric shapes, human forms that arise within my stream of consciousness." Jillian Farwell: "I was born into a philosophical, very verbal intellectual heritage, but I was always more comfortable in the natural world. I found meaning through art making. It's the process of clarifying as you work - a whole-body way of knowing. I began with clay, which brought me into my body, and now I work in oil paint. I don't know how that unfolds. I understand my life better when I paint and look at my paintings." Lauren Watrous teaches at The River Gallery School and The Community College of VT. Recent works are intimately scaled oils that relate person and place. 4 - 8 p.m. in the back lot which will be closed to cars. There will be plenty of space to safely gather while taking turns viewing the exhibition in the large gallery which is very well ventilated - windows open, fans blowing and a whole-space HVAC system on exhaust. All the artists met through the River Gallery School in Brattleboro. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Gallery hours: Fridays from 3 -7 p.m., Saturdays from 2-6 p.m., or by appointment: 917-860-5749 ; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Solidarity Fridays - Our Struggles Are Connected: Weekly protest organized by Brattleboro Solidarity, The Root Justice Center, Tenants Union of Brattleboro, and Lost River Racial Justice focusing on current local/national issues. Bring signs, banners, chalk, noise makers to rally for the world we want. This week we'll make yellow and black signs to promote consistency and solidarity among our coalition and make connections between the struggles of people on a global scale - from the annexation of land and occupation of Palestine, to brutal weaponized tactics of Federal agents against Portland protesters, to the systemic racism rampant across the world, and to local efforts toward examining police brutality and safety in Brattleboro, in the diversity of our struggles we are all united!. 5-7 p.m. Masks required (masks on hand for those without). Hand sanitizer on site. Consider donating from Groundworks wish list: deodorant, disposable razors, umbrellas, men's belts, notebooks/pens, playing cards and classic board games (chess), bug spray, Benadryl, sunblock. Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St.