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Artist Talk: Delano Dunn diiscusses "Novelties" (via Zoom and Facebook Live): "Novelties" brings together two bodies of work exploring things we hold dear - family, love, comfort, tradition, connection - and things threatening to undermine them. In the "Paradise" series of works on paper, Dunn uses colorless backgrounds of an instructional manual on painting to explore the banality and insidiousness of stereotypes. Cartoon animals stand in for Black men and women, while white women and children are represented by delicate floral illustrations. Emptiness of the background mirrors innocuous titles of each piece in the manual while instructions for color palette and technique indicate an unseen artist complicit in stories being told in each scene. "Roux," named after an important base of Creole cuisine, is a series of chaotic, brightly colored mixed media works exploring family history/culinary tradition. Panels feature ingredients in gumbo, which holds a special meaning in Dunn's family. The wallpaper Dunn uses alludes to the nostalgia/comfort provided by the home-cooked gumbo. Rainbow-hued lines running through each piece provide a through current, bringing the disparate elements together like the recipe they are part of. All the while, encroaching marks and images of invaders threaten to obscure sections of each panel, pointing to the struggle to preserve Black domestic histories and traditions. 7 p.m. Offered by the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Free. Zoom. A recording will be made available online afterward: Link:


GUILFORD Tai Chi Classes for Beginners: "We now have the use of this huge space for practicing our slow, rhythmic Tai Chi movements, thanks to the generosity of the Guilford Fairgrounds Committee.". 10:45-11:45 a.m. Classes take place on Thursdays (and Tuesdays) with Leah Gessner in the Cow Barn. Donations welcome. Guilford Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Rd. off Weatherhead Hollow Rd. Information: Leah Gessner at Guilford Cares:579-1350,



October 2021