Elevator construction begins!

Eric of Lajeunesse Construction, unfazed by the snow!

After years of planning, we’re finally beginning construction on our LULA elevator! The elevator will allow us to serve all visitors, and to offer all kinds of new concerts, exhibitions, readings, camps, lessons, and other programs – it will more than quadruple the accessible space in our building, and will reach five levels. For the first time, all visitors will be able to explore shows at the T. W. Wood Gallery, participate in rehearsals and performances with Monteverdi Music School, and take part in River Rock School activities throughout the building.

Building temporary walls around the construction site

We are deeply grateful for all those who have supported the project so far – including the State of Vermont, Vermont Arts Council, and National Life Group – but we are still in need of help to complete construction by June. We hope you’ll check back here for updates, come visit us, and help us make so much more possible at the Center for Arts and Learning!

Marking the center of the elevator shaft with a tiny hole that runs all the way up!

Learn more about the LULA project…

James Secor: As Not Seen

First Floor Gallery, Center for Arts & Learning, Dec.7, 2018 – Jan. 26, 2019

James Secor, Units M-Q (Mickey D's), acrylic on paper, 2018
James Secor, Units M-Q (Mickey D’s), acrylic on paper, 2018

James Secor’s work often features that which you don’t see, or rather, what you don’t typically look at. Vermont tends to create landscape painters, and many of them focustheir view on our breathtaking hills and valleys, sunsets and lakes. Secor,instead, makes you look at a highway median, a no parking sign, the alley between buildings, the storage units you drive past on your morning commute. He is interested in the parts of the landscape that fall away as noise between views, that get glossed over.

Recently, Secor has been attracted by the strangeness of storage units. Their geometry and repetition can give them a formal, minimalist beauty, made all the stranger because of what may or may not be inside. They speak to hoarding and consumerism; they’re the last resort for when the stuff you have – owned,inherited, acquired by accident – becomes overwhelming. They are calm containers for the emotions we can’t bear to throw away.

Fill your storage unit at http://jamessecor.com/asnotseen

Through My Eyes: Digital Photography from the Montpelier Senior Activity Center

Second Floor Gallery, Center for Arts & Learning, Dec.7, 2018 – Jan. 26, 2019

Diana Celia, digital print

Through My Eyes is about new ways of seeing. Each of the artists has been pursuing a photographic approach to looking at the world, carefully framing or constructing a momentary perspective. The show is made up of works by students from the MSAC Digital Photography class and the Photo Walk Group, both led by Linda Hogan. The show includes works by Diana Ahern, Amy Davenport, Leyla Khasiyeva, Linda Hall, David Healy, Don Hirsch, Margot Lasher, Tracy Loyson, Sam Matthews, Erika Mitchell, Laura Morse, Susan Ritz, and Susan Stukey.

Saturday: Liz LeServiget Open Studio

Saturday, December 15, from 10-5, Liz LeServiget will have her studio open as a holiday pop-up store – paintings, hand-painted objects, prints, and more. Liz’ studio is on the first floor at CAL – down the stairs and to the left.