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Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS Canal Street Art Gallery's "Art for All" Seasonal Group Show: Take part in celebrating more than 26 contemporary artists in all styles and mediums. Work is appropriately sized and priced for gifts. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The gallery is donating 1% of profits to a fund for maintenance of existing public art in Rockingham. Through Saturday, January 15. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104,,

PUTNEY NXT Gallery Opening Reception -Paintings by Susan Brearey: Susan Brearey is known for her unique, iconic depiction of animals. In her paintings, primal, totemic images take the place of the photorealistic details found in some other works of wildlife art. Animals become primeval shapes, rudimentary and almost featureless, set against abstract surfaces. Brearey's evocative approach was inspired in large part by the cave paintings at Lascaux, France. part by the cave paintings at Lascaux, France. The primitive imagery is further enriched by her experiments with texture. She's used gesso, mixtures of oil and wax, found materials like leaves and bark, and patterns of wood grain to give each work a unique surface. 4-6 p.m. Opening reception. Masks required inside. Free. NXTGallery at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102.

BRATTLEBORO Jackie Abrams - Memorial Exhibit and Reception: "This special exhibit contains work created over the last few months of Jackie's life. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts has been fortunate to know Jackie and honored to represent her since 2015. This will be the last opportunity to select baskets and vessels from her remaining collection.". 12/3 Reception: 5-8 p.m. Through Sunday, January 9. . Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "The Call of the Loon" - Brattleboro Artists' Group Show (part of Town-wide Art Stroll): Featuring new work by 7 local artists: Roxcell Bartholomew paints in the rich colors of his native Caribbean Island in acrylic on canvas. His free-form style makes dreamlike associations from his life/Afro-Caribbean culture/legends. Luminous colors and fragmented forms depict a personal, historical, mythic history. Schuyler Gould's light sculptures are magical arrangements of old medicine bottles, rusted cauldrons, found objects. As installation pieces, they read like a miniature city at night. Collin Leech works primarily in encaustic and mixed media, collage, oil. Expressively drawn marks/slashes of ink or watercolor hover beneath luminous layers of encaustic paint, straddling the fence between depiction/abstraction, inspired/informed by the VT landscape and sometimes by the human body. John Loggia works mainly in black ink on paper to depict mysterious/unforgettable scenes from the Anthropocene forest in his 'Evidence' series. Immersive, large drawings employ animated brushstrokes, detail, uncanny atmospheric light to evoke a powerful combo of devastation and delight. Tina Olsen's b&w drawings, inspired by Chinese brush painting, capture gestures and situations at South Pond and Marlboro Music Festival. Plus large abstract works in watercolor and oils and small watercolor landscapes of VT and ME. Markie Sallick offers the sea and the sky of ME in color-saturated works on paper. These color bands offer a richness and luminosity that bring to mind Rothko in a way rarely accomplished. The colors sing/speak in these most elemental forms. Lydia Thomson offers large and small drawings in black walnut ink that stunningly capture the majesty and intimacy of nature. 12/3: 5-8 p.m. Artists "meet and greet." Show runs Fridays and Saturdays, 3-6 p.m. through 12/24, or by appointment. Through Friday, December 24. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.


WARDSBORO Wardsboro Curtain Call (WCC)- The Wyld Nightz Band : Dance party for WCC's Holiday event, "The Flannel Formal." Please wear your best flannel for the occasion – as well as your dancing shoes/boots. 7 p.m. (6:30 p.m. p.m. doors open). $15 admission and WCC refreshments will be provided; BYOB. Wardsboro Town Hall, 71 Main St. Information:, 802-896-6810.

GREENFIELD Mtali Banda: The son of a Malawian refugee father and an African-American mother, all the sounds Banda was exposed to growing up can be heard in his music. As a bandleader, instrumentalist, and songwriter, his music exists outside of codified genres, balancing invention and tradition and spans jazz, funk, soul, folk, R&B, hip hop and travelogue, memoir, family history. The band also features Reed Sutherland, Colin Jalbert, Anand Nayak, Paulie Philippone. 8 p.m. (doors open 7 p.m.). $15 to $20. Hawks & Reed Ballroom, 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Recovery Families: Join other caregivers for connection and support of your own recovery journey or that of someone you love. Young children welcome. 10 - 11 a.m. on Fridays. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600.

NEWFANE Film: "Home Alone": This 1990 holiday classic stars Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci (rated PG, 1 hr and 45 mins). Join us for popcorn and hot chocolate. 7-8:45 p.m. Masks required. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Power Flow Yoga: Power Flow Yoga with Lissa will focus on strengthening, toning, balance, flexibility, core, inversions, and proper form. 12 noon-1 p.m: three Fridays in the Gymnastics Room. Offered by Brattleboro Rec. & Parks. Through Friday, December 17. $30 Brattleboro residents, $45 non-Brattleboro residents. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Online registration: credit cards only; In person registration: cash or checks only. 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Holly Days, Holly Nights 2021! Shop/Dine in Brattleboro and Be Entered To Win a $250 Gift Certificate: Thirty-one businesses are participating in Brattleboro. Gift certificates will be awarded to three lucky people. Present the Holly Days, Holly Nights savings card to receive this deal. Make a purchase of $20 or more at any between 12/3 and 12/5 at 5 Brattleboro retail shops or restaurants to be eligible to win a $250 gift certificate at a participating business of your choice. Entry form must be received in person, by email or postmarked by 12/17/2021. Through Sunday, December 5. Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce, 180 Main St. Information:, 802-254-4565.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Artist Talk: William Ransom (Zoom and Facebook Live): Ransom discusses "Keep Up/Hold Up," his sculptural installation on view at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC). It addresses the weight the artist experiences as a Black man in America and the tensions endured by Black bodies in the face of slights and violence. Zoom link: Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Center for Photography Holiday Photo Sale: New and used digital and film cameras, tripods, lenses, camera bags, equipment, gear, film, photo books, art prints, gift cards and much more. Cool stuff at great prices. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Enter at 22 High St. and take stairs to 2nd fl., or use the street-level accessible entrance at 10 Green St. Through Sunday, December 19. Free. Vermont Center for Photography, 10 Green St., (right side of the 22 High St. building). Information: 802-251-6051; Click for more info on Web in new window.



December 2021