Alyssa Grosso

A community tied together

NECCA workshop will bring rope artists to town — not for a performance but as an opportunity for coaches and pros to develop and commune over a shared passion

The New England Center for Circus Arts is holding a ropes workshop that builds not only strength but relationships within the circus arts school's community.

As described on its website, the workshop, Rope Meeting, is a “creative space for rope artists from all over the world to meet, share, connect, learn, and reflect.”

NECCA will “provide the space and the community and you bring your excitement and skills you want to practice and the fun builds from there in an open training format.”

New England Center for Circus Arts Co-founder Elsie Smith has been facilitating this workshop since it started in 2019 and has been practicing and teaching circus arts for 30 years.

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Masks that reveal what’s underneath

Ritual face-painting workshop is ‘very much about a sort of introspection and reflection,’ says multimedia artist Daniel Callahan

A Boston-based multimedia artist, filmmaker, and graphic designer will lead a hands-on workshop that will dive into participants' inner reflections and new internal discoveries. Daniel Callahan, whose exhibit “Daniel Callahan: En-MassQ” is on display at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center through Sunday, June 11, will share his work...

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Bringing characters to life

‘When I write a story, I’m writing it so I can illustrate it,’ says Brattleboro artist John Steven Gurney

As an undergraduate at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, John Steven Gurney discovered his love for children's books. He has illustrated more than 100 children's books over the years. But there, he found that “children's books were only some of the things I wanted to illustrate,” said the...

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Inspired by real life

Historical fiction author Bill Lockwood published his sixth novel, Forced Entry? The former social worker and journalist said he had long wanted to write a book, but it took him until after he retired to get one published. “I have now had six books published by The Wild Rose Press - the first in 2016, the most recent May 18, 2022 - I've written a few that haven't gotten published too,” he said. Lockwood's previous books include Gare de Lyon,

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Turner paintings on display in Marlboro

Katharine (Tink) Turner has been creating art since 1958. “I really like spreading the paint across the canvas and checking the colors out; the bounce of the canvas under the brush is delightful,” said Turner, whose paintings are the Marlboro Community Center's current exhibit. “Mixing colors is also a favorite aspect.” The artist - who is mostly self taught, though she did take a few classes in college - started in a small studio behind her house in Marlboro. There,

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What lies beneath

Kindle Farm School High School Program Supervisor Kendall Edkins has been hosting weekly metal detecting classes at the school for high school and middle school students. Edkins, of Walpole, N.H., said when he scouts locations to search for artifacts buried beneath the ground, he focuses on the history. “Everything kind of has some history,” he said. Edkins said that Brattleboro has a lot of fields and old homes, and “my personal favorite places to go are like the old foundations,

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Gallery Walk returns to Brattleboro

The Downtown Brattleboro Alliance's monthly Gallery Walk launched its 2022 season on May 6 and will continue the community celebration on the first Friday of each month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. through December. Gallery Walk started as a gallery tour and was originally sponsored by the Arts Council of Windham County. At the beginning of the pandemic, the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance took over the program and created a series of virtual events. The DBA successfully put on six...

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Hope, beauty, and thousands of years of tradition

With eggs from her own hens and wax from her own hive, Jenny Santa Maria offered a hands-on introduction to the art of pysanky - Ukrainian egg decorating - workshop on April 9. Using a tool called a kitska, Santa Maria scoops a small amount of beeswax and heats it over a candle flame. She then uses the kitska to draw with the wax on the egg before dipping it into different colors of dyes. With multiple applications of the...

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