CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, February
BRATTLEBORO "Precarious Shelters: Houses that Hold Us" (Jackie Abrams) and "Deportees: A Tribute" (Erika Radich): Abrams' ongoing project is designed to help raise awareness of the extreme range of homes and shelters throughout the world, as well as in our own communities. It speaks to the connections between race, class, gender, poverty and more, and asks that we recognize the need for mutual learning, support, and social change. Radich offers a suite of 28 monotype collages addressing issues of social justice, equality, and human dignity. "In 1948 there was a plane crash in Los Gatos Canyon, California. Twenty-eight Mexican farmworkers died as they were being deported to Mexico. This may become 'personal' to each person experiencing the exhibit.". Exhibits available for viewing in person and online: https://mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com/current-exhibits. Through Sunday, February 21. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.
WILMINGTON Nicki Steel's Photography: Steel's show focuses on her Hearts in Nature series and New Works and Directions. Her selection of photos highlights landscapes and scenery from the Deerfield Valley, all available for purchase - traditional cards, mini-matted pieces, framed enlargements, new items. Steel has been partnering with Jess Cronin from Cronin Company and Haley Frano from Studio Lane Ltd. to create coasters and boxed sets of smaller cards. Her "Winter Birds" boxed cards proved so popular through the holidays that she has expanded the line to now also include a Hearts in Nature set, with 12 different images of stones, cows, peaches, and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Through Sunday, February 28. Free. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO "Trashed Inspiration: Oceans, Pollution, and Art" (via Zoom and Facebook Live): Andy Yoder moderates a panel of artists whose work focuses on ocean pollution. Yoder, Alejandro Durán, Pam Longobardi, and Aurora Robson will share their work and discuss the ways they draw inspiration from the crisis happening in our oceans, particularly around plastic trash. 7 p.m. Yoder's Brattleboro Museum "Overboard" installation was inspired by "The Great Shoe Spill of 1990" when 61,820 Nike Air Jordan 5s spilled into the Pacific Ocean. Alejandro Duran collects trash on the Caribbean coast of Mexico and transforms it through an ongoing environmental installation/photography project designed to raise awareness about plastic pollution. Pam Longobar founded the Drifters Project which has removed tens of thousands of pounds of material from the natural environment and re-situated it in social space. Aurora Robson is a multimedia artist known for her meditative work intercepting the plastic waste stream. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. A recording will be made available here afterwards: www.brattleboromuseum.org Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__VEZWyznQ_W5cfTEL2Pe8A.
NEWFANE C. Peter Erickson - "On the Way By": This exhibit combines a unique airbrush technique with popular images of the world around us. Erickson applies the original French chess definition of 'passing through' to his art, establishing the world's impermanence, it's placement neither here nor there but somewhere along the way. "For many years I was most interested in painting with oil on canvas, eventually trending toward incidental objects caught in motion; En Passant. For this approach, I found airbrush techniques, once relegated to photo retouching, to be well suited for depicting the world moving before my eyes. I find it interesting when practical and commercial techniques such as airbrush, film photography, screen printing pass through a period of obsolescence to later become available for making art. This, too, is an expression of the passage of time." The airbrush technique employed in his recent work enhances the feeling of moving through an event, sometimes slowly and gently, and other times wildly propelled. He attributes his work to the fact that he has always liked "making stuff," and in 1980 became an architect. Following years of construction project management, he's been biding his time by making paintings, unencumbered by the constraints of structure and gravity. Gallery/Library hours: Tues. 1-5 p.m., Wed. 2-6 p.m., Thur. 1-5 p.m., Fri. 2-6 p.m., Sat. 10-2 p.m. Through Sunday, February 28. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.
"Bark, Buds & Branches: Learn to Identify Trees in Winter" (Online): Many of us can identify trees like maple and oaks by their leaf shape, but once those leaves are on the ground, tree identification can be a little tricky. How do you identify a tree in stick season? Let us help you! Join Vermont Land Trust foresters to learn what trees they love the most and what tips and tricks they use to identify them this time of year. We will go over leafless identification for the most common trees you are likely to encounter in the woods and a few less common ones. We will cover trees found in all corners of the state. 1 - 2 p.m. Free. Online. Information: Register: https://vlt.org/event/winter-tree-id.
Discussion on the United Nations with Derek Boothby (via Zoom): The U.S., in 1945, was the most important creator of the United Nations and continues to be the major contributor to many of its activities and operations. Yet, as the years have passed, most Americans know less about the organization. Derek Boothby, who worked over 20 years for the United Nations, will address the following questions: What does the UN do? How does it work? How does the U.S. benefit from it? Why should the U.S. continue to belong to the UN?. 4 - 5 p.m. Free. Zoom. Information: Register: www.neighborhoodconnectionsvt.org/event-calendar.html, 802-824-4343.
Jazz and Spirituality - Explore the Relationship (Online): How has the search for deeper meaning influenced the creation of jazz as a concept, inspired improvisational forays, and given rise to profound insights reflected in suites and compositions? We will deepen our understanding of how jazz artists connect their sense of the spiritual to their music and how that shapes their music. Instructor: Claire Arenius. 8 - 9 p.m. We'll focus on a different jazz master each week (John and Alice Coltrane, Mary Lou Williams, Paul Winter, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Sun Ra, Kamasi Washington, and more) with an in depth look at their lives: listening, readings, videos, ample discussion time. $200 for ten-weeks on Thursdays. (No one will be turned away for lack of funds.). Online. Information: Register: https://vtjazz.org/education/classes. Questions: email@example.com.
BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept. - Parent/Tot Open Gym: Open Gym is an unstructured program for parents and preschoolers ages five and under. This is a place for parents and tots to get out of the cold and enjoy playing with playhouses, cars, toys, tunnel, a play kitchen, big rubber balls, and more. The parent is responsible for their child(ren). 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Masks are mandatory, temperatures are taken on arrival, and everyone must sign in daily and complete a registration form and COVID-19 Release waiver. Anyone 18 years old or younger must have a parent sign both documents (found online: brattleboro.org). Note: If you're not a VT resident and wish to participate, you must reside in a green county according to the State of VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development Cross State Travel Information map: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel is updated weekly. This may mean that you will not be able to participate weekly based on your county's color if you reside in a state other than VT. Through Thursday, April 22. $1.00 per child per day. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.
Statewide LGBTQ+ Town Hall Series (Online): Join us for weekly Town Hall Sessions on Health Justice, Housing, Rural Queerness, Youth, Aging, and Racial Justice. We'll be culminating the series with a Statewide LGBTQ+ Town Meeting. Share what is important to you and explore ways we can build together across the state. 7 p.m. on Thursdays. This is a collaborative project series offered by the LGBTQIA+ Alliance of VT, Outright Vermont, Pride Center of VT, and the Rainbow Umbrella of Central VT. Through Tuesday, March 2. Online. Information: Register: www.pridevt.com.
Women's Freedom Center - Dialogue with Our Community (Virtual): Together, let's re-imagine and help shape what's possible in a new era. We'll outline what we do, invite questions, plus your own best thinking. Topics include: Aiming for economic and legal justice; Media literacy across the lifespan; Bystander empowerment to address all forms of oppression - particularly domestic and sexual violence. 7-8 p.m. 2/18, 2/25, 3/4. Each conversation builds on those before (started weekly on 2/11). All are welcome. Through Thursday, March 4. Free. Virtual. Questions: call WFC office: 802-257-7364 To get the link: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email Brooks Memorial Library at email@example.com.
Guilford Pre-Town Meeting (via Zoom): Sponsored by Broad Brook Grange. 7 p.m. Zoom. Information: Zoom link available at: https://broadbrookcommunitycenter.org/news-events.
"I AM 2021: Meet the Artists" Virtual Exhibit (via Zoom): This event gives the participating artists an opportunity to introduce themselves and share how this moment in history has impacted their art practice and/or work. A Q&A at the end of the event will provide an opportunity for discussion between artists and the audience. 7 p.m. To celebrate VT's diversity and deepen our state's creative identity, the VT Arts Council began publishing the "I am a Vermont Artist interview series" in early 2019. Two years since the series' launch, the Council has published over 30 interviews with artists, exploring how their creative expressions reflect their experiences of ethnicity, gender identity, religion, disability, or age - and the group continues to grow. Free. Zoom. www.vermontartscouncil.org/programs/spotlight-gallery/i-am-2021 Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtcu6trDwiG9J3t22VLTv29gHJX6ZZbL0D.
"Deluge: Tropical Storm Irene, VT's Flash Floods, and How One Small State Saved Itself" by Peggy Shin (via Zoom): Book discussion (Part 2). Together we will think about Tropical Storm Irene, how well we recovered, and what we can do to prepare for another climate related emergency in the future. The discussion will be led by retired scientist and Rockingham Conservation Commission member Peter Bergstrom. 5:30-6:30 p.m. For those who do not have a computer, there is an alternative method of joining Zoom through a phone call (there might be a charge for this). Zoom. Information: Register by calling Rockingham Library: 802-463-4270 (leave your name, phone #, email address on the machine).
Singing for Racial Justice (Online): A partnership of Washington Revels and Carpe Diem Arts, the Daily Antidote of Song features song leaders from across the country and around the world. Join us each day as we energize with the inspiration and connection of singing together!. 12 noon. On the website, click "Join at noon in the virtual room" (Zoom) or on "Sing Along on Facebook, at Noon or Any Time" to get to the singing. 2/18: Kinobe, 2/19: Amadou Kouyate, 2/20: Lea Gilmore, 2/21 Jubilee Voices. Through Sunday, February 21. Free (donations welcome). Online. Information: https://revelsdc.org/2021/daily-song.
The Vermont Workers' Center New Member Orientation: Anyone interested in checking out the Workers’ Center is welcome to attend to learn more about the organization, the healthcare campaign, and what it means to be a member. "We seek an economically just and democratic Vermont in which all residents can meet their human needs and enjoy their human rights, including dignified work, universal healthcare, housing, education, childcare, transportation and a healthy environment.". 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free. Online. Information: To get the link: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARLBORO Marlboro Community Food Share: Fill a grocery bag with non-perishables and fresh local produce. No registration or eligibility needed. This weekly opportunity is available to anyone who could use an extra bag of groceries or knows someone who does. Food will be set up in the entry-way to the Marlboro Community Center. For proper social distancing, enter one person at a time. Bring a grocery bag or use ours. Masks required. 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the entry-way on Thursdays. Deliveries made through Marlboro Cares for those needing assistance (call 802-258-3030 in advance). Non-perishable food donations should be left at donation box at the Marlboro Post Office. Wear masks/wash hands when handling food. Free. Marlboro Community Center, 524 South Rd. .