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Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Jackie Abrams - Memorial Exhibit : 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. Proceeds help support the newly established Jackie Abrams Legacy Scholarship for North Country Studio Workshops (founded by Jackie in 1993), as well as Mitchell Giddings Jackie Abrams Invitational Exhibit - an annual opportunity for selected artists to exhibit at MGFA. Through Sunday, January 9. . Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Temporary hours: Thur. -Sat. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sun. 12 noon - 5 p.m. 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Chuck Olson, Jackie Abrams, Julia Zanes: Chuck Olson's exhibition of paintings and collages, "Object and Memory," illuminates the main gallery. With the seductive brushwork and gestural energy of the Abstract Expressionists, the balances achieved assure that each painting stands alone, complete and whole. Jackie Abrams passed away on November 6. This memorial exhibit includes work created over the last months of Jackie's life and is the final opportunity to select baskets and vessels from her collection. Proceeds will help support the Jackie Abrams Legacy Scholarship for North Country Studio Workshops, founded by Jackie in 1993. Julia Zanes is the newest artist to join the gallery. Her imaginative mixed-media paintings are influenced by history, fairy tales, and Ethiopian scrolls, with an intention to create objects imbued with a positive, apotropaic power. Also on site: Josh Bernbaum, glass; Emily Mason, monoprints; Michael Abrams, paintings; Amy Arbus, photographs. (See above listing for hours). 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 Adult Evening Badminton: This freelance program has no instructor and is designed for adults of all abilities. 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursdays. Those 16 years old and older are eligible to play. Those under 16 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian. Pickup games will be played. Participants must bring clean indoor sneakers. At this time, masks are required in all town buildings. Offered by Brattleboro Rec. and Parks. Through Thursday, April 28. $3 Brattleboro residents, $5 non-residents per night (cash or check). Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808.

Local history

WEST DUMMERSTON Talk about Putney Mountain Hawkwatch with John Anderson: Anderson will give a talk about the 48-year history of the Putney Mountain Hawkwatch, culminating with an overview of the watchers' record breaking 2021 season when 18,649 raptors were tallied. John is a naturalist, roaming every nook and cranny of Dummerston and beyond. He's identified 800 flowering plants in Dummerston alone! He's also the author of numerous articles on natural history. 7 p.m. Masking and proof of vaccination is required. Seating on a first come basis awill be limited due to social distancing. Offered by the Dummerston Conservation Commission. Free. Dummerston Community Center, 166 West St. Information: 802-254-2703.

Arts and crafts

Artist Talk: Michael Abrams (Zoom and Facebook Live): Artist Michael Abrams virtually welcomes visitors to his Jamaica, VT studio for a conversation about his installation "Arcadia Rediscovered" and his work in general. He works primarily in oil on canvas, panel, prepared paper. Though rooted in Luminism, his idealized landscapes evoke fresh responses to touchstone experiences with Nature while giving the perception of something otherworldly. Color, light, water, clouds, and sky invite us to participate in dreamlike, romantic color fields, enticing a backward glance and at the same time tugging us forward. Substance dissipates into atmosphere, emphasizing misty ambiance over earthly terrain. These landscapes exist entirely in the mental space of nostalgic recall. The abundantly varied vistas of the Green Mountains, physicality of the terrain, unique quality of light, richness of atmosphere have become integral to Abrams' work. These experiences are layered upon bucolic images of the sprawling fertile land, scenic beauty, and awe-inspiring sunsets of his childhood home, perched above the majestic greenery of the Hudson River Valley. 7 p.m. A recording will be available afterwards. "Arcadia Rediscovered" can be viewed in person through 5/5/2022 at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Zoom. Information:

Community meals

GUILFORD Guilford Cares Food Pantry: Fully stocked with our usual grocery items. We know supplemental food can make such a big difference in one's budget. All are welcome to come and take home fresh produce, staples, meat, dairy. Guilford Cares welcomes anyone in need of supplemental food for themselves or their families. Stay in your car. We'll give you a shopping list. If you can't come due to illness/high risk, call to arrange food delivery by a volunteer. 3-4 p.m. (time change) on Thursdays in the red "First Aid" building. Guilford Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Rd. off Weatherhead Hollow Rd. Questions, concerns, to donate groceries/monetary gifts, Covid requirements: 802-257-0626,



January 2022