Anina Major with the exhibit “I Land Therefore I Am” at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.
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Anina Major with the exhibit “I Land Therefore I Am” at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

Museum honors Major, teams with BrattRock during Gallery Walk

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) welcomes the public to a celebratory closing party for the exhibit "I Land Therefore I Am," on Friday, Oct. 6, during Gallery Walk, Brattleboro's townwide, first-Friday celebration of the arts.

Visitors may drop by the museum anytime between 5 and 8 p.m. to meet artist Anina Major and curator Sadaf Padder and to sample Caribbean snacks courtesy of Jamaican Jewelz. Windham Wines will provide a cash bar. Admission is free.

Adding to the festivities, at 6 p.m. Brooklyn Ana will perform in the museum's Center Gallery. In this BrattRock Unplugged performance, say organizers, Ana, a musician and theater kid from Massachusetts, will share her eclectic musical tastes, which she is honing under the tutelage of Nancy Andersen, chair of Vocal Studies at The Hartt School's Community Division in Hartford, Connecticut.

BrattRock is an initiative of Youth Services, pursuing a mission to provide youth with places to gather as well as a performance and learning venue for musically minded youth from Vermont and the surrounding region.

Major, whose exhibition closes on October 9, is a multimedia artist who was born and raised in The Bahamas and is now on the faculty of Bennington College. Her BMAC exhibition highlights her ceramic work: dolls and sculptures that resemble straw objects and aqueous forms.

Major describes these objects as "present-day manifestations of the traditional weaving technique known as plait, taught to me by my grandmother," and the results of "a desire to fabricate my own terms of cultural integrity and its defining influence."

This The Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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