We’re #120 on the Vermont Open Studio Map! May 28-29, 2022

Center for Arts and Learning joins Vermont Open Studio Memorial Day Weekend 🎨

TL;DR Visit the Center for Arts and Learning during Open Studio and meet artists Liz Le Serviget and LynaLou Nordstrom. CAL boasts two galleries and curated hallways.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Montpelier’s nonprofit community arts hub, the Center for Arts and Learning (CAL), located at 46 Barre St in Montpelier, VT will take part in the Vermont Crafts Council’s 30th Spring Open Studio on Memorial Day weekend. Doors are open to the general public on May 28 and 29 from 10 am to 4 pm.

“Faces”, from Liz Le Serviget’s Tracking Time Through Covid show

Studio artists present will be painter Liz Le Serviget (B1) and printmaker LynaLou Nordstrom (B5) in the lower “Underground Gallery” space. Come see their work, visit with the artists and if inclined, purchase their work. 

A print from LynaLou Nordstrom’s collection

Le Serviget’s exhibit “Tracking Time Through COVID” is displayed upstairs in the Members Gallery on the first floor. It’s a watercolor and oil timeline of her daily life since March 14, 2020, featuring cards, reflections, portraits and an interactive piece. 

“Horror”, from Deborah Goudreau’s Separation Series

The second floor Community Gallery features Separation Series, a meditation on family separation via water-filled clay vessels by Deborah Goudreau. Wall art by Jeremy Vaughn, Lisa Meyers, and Sarah Ashe round out the Separations and Migrations exhibit. 

OTHER ART AT CAL: The first floor hallway and a portion of the Underground Gallery is curated by the Art Resource Association (ARA), a membership group of Central Vermont artists. 

CAL’s partner the T.W. Wood Gallery and Museum will also be part of the Open Studio event.

There’s much to see during Open Studio at CAL. Opening reception for all shows will take place during Montpelier Art Walk, Friday June 3rd from 5-7 pm. 

ABOUT CAL: The Center for Arts and Learning is Montpelier’s nonprofit arts hub, featuring gallery space, private art studios, and is the permanent home of the T.W. Wood Gallery and Museum and the Monteverdi Music School. It is located at 46 Barre Street and is open M-F 8-5, S/S 10-4. For more information: info@cal-vt.org

ABOUT OPEN STUDIO: The 30th Annual Vermont Spring Open Studio Weekend, is held during Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 & 29 from 10 – 5 each day. It gives shoppers, visitors and collectors the opportunity to plan a tour that brings them through the small towns of Vermont to studios where they can purchase beautiful well-made things and talk with the artist that made them. Open Studio is a project of the Vermont Crafts Council. CAL is stop #120 on the map. 

Photos: Art Walk April 1, 2022

We had a great time at last Friday’s Art Walk. Here are few pictures from the event, featuring PoemCity, Art Resource Association, Cardboard Teck Instantute, and the T.W. Wood galleries. Thanks to our friend Carty for the photos. 📸

Don’t miss us on the next Art Walk, June 3rd. See you then! 🗓️

Also: for everyone who came by the next day for Liz LeServiget’s art sale benefitting Ukraine, she was able to send off $800 in donations. Thanks to art buyers one and all. đź’–

April Mocks and Smocks with Jess Quinn

Spring inspiration: Poppies

Our next Mocks and Smocks takes place on Friday, April 15 and is taught by Jess Quinn, who will be guiding participants through a mixed media collage on canvas creating images of poppies, and using this flower as inspiration.

Doors open at 5:30, and participants are encouraged to arrive then to sample refreshments and settle into their creative workspace. Class starts promptly at 6 PM.

From 6 til 8, Jess will guide participants in mixed media collage , using paint, paper, glue, and watercolors.

This series is a presentation of the Center for Arts and Learning. Ticket sales help to defray materials costs, pay the teaching artist, and supports overall CAL programming.

COVID Safety:

To ensure safety at this event, the class size is limited, the space has good airflow and we run an air purifier during class. Masks are required (provided if needed). Anyone feeling unwell should stay home and join us in a future class.

Spring Mocks and Smocks on sale now

We’re very much looking forward to next week’s Mocks and Smocks event with Katie O’Rourke. Doors open at 5:30 PM and class starts at 6 PM. If you haven’t yet reserved your ticket, please do so now!

Katie is a Montpelier-based teaching artist and she is a great guide to help you create a finished painting that you can take with you. This month, we will be making an abstract winter scene.

Learn how to make this painting on March 18th

Great for friend groups. teens, and #TGIF unwinding sessions. Refreshments will be provided. $5 discount for two tickets purchased.

For folks who want to plan ahead, please check out the spring dates here and go ahead and pre-order the canvases for the dates you’re interested in. As always, class size is limited. Paintings for these sessions will be posted later.

If you enjoy this program, please make sure to tell your friends, post about it on Front Porch Forum, or share our Facebook events. See you on Friday the 18th!

Let’s Collage About it: A Community Exhibition Opens February 4, 2022

Center for Arts and Learning presents Let’s Collage About It, a community exhibition of contemporary collage art by 15 Vermont artists. The exhibit includes a variety of collage techniques by artists of different ages and mediums. The exhibit is curated by artist Jess Quinn.

Featured Artists: Kristin Bierfelt, Liz Buchanan, Katherine Coons, Anne Cummings, Elizabeth Dow, Ren Haley, Holly Hauser, Lily Hinrichsen, Jean Kelly, Jess Quinn, Rachel Marie Rodi, Cariah Rosberg, Anne Sarcka, Peggy Watson, Olivia White.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception, to be held as part of Montpelier’s Art Walk on Friday, February 4th, 2022 from 5-7 PM in the 2nd floor Community Gallery. The Gallery is sponsored by National Life Group

Are You Made of Stone? by Kristin Beirfelt, Middlesex, VT
Sending An SOS To The World by Anne Cummings, Westford, VT

The show will be on display until April 15th, 2022. Viewing hours are Monday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM and 10 AM – 4 PM on the weekends. CAL is located at 46 Barre St., Montpelier, VT. The elevator accessible entrance is on Monsignor Crosby Ave. For more information about the exhibit and the artists, please visit www.cal-vt.org.

ABOUT THE VENUE: The Center for Arts and Learning (CAL) is the permanent home for the T.W. Wood Gallery and the Monteverdi Music School and serves as an artistic hub for Central Vermont, located in an historic building in Montpelier, Vermont’s capital. CAL is a nonprofit organization created to support the arts by providing studio space for artists, musicians, writers, and nonprofits.

Art Reception: Corrine Yonce

We are pleased to invite you to our next Montpelier Art Walk event: a reception with painter Corrine Yonce. Her large acrylic portraits of residents in affordable housing units has been on display in our second floor Community Gallery, sponsored by National Life Group. The reception will take place on Friday, Dec 3, from 5 – 7 PM. Light refreshments will be provided.

painting by Corrine Yonce

This exhibit, part of the Voices of Home project, was curated by the Vermont Folklife Center. Voices of Home is an audio-visual storytelling project launched in 2015 by Corrine Yonce when she served as an Americorps VISTA volunteer with the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition.

This exhibit brings together work from two of Yonce’s collaborative efforts, Voices of South Burlington Community Housing and Voices of Decker Towers. Yonce envisioned Voices of Home as a way to “erase the stigma surrounding affordable housing communities and educate our friends and neighbors about the importance of a stable, reasonably priced home in helping people lead fulfilling lives.”

Through the project she interviewed residents in a number of Vermont affordable housing communities, engaged with them through their stories, and learned how having affordable homes impacted their lives. She recorded those conversations and subsequently paired the recordings with painted portraits of each interviewee. www.cmyonce.com

Saturday: Family paint class with Katie O’Rourke

We’re hosting a special family version of our Mocks and Smocks event tomorrow at the T.W. Wood Gallery with local artists Katie O’Rourke. This class is perfect for families with children ages 8 and up. Look at this nighttime owl painting we’ll be working on together!

Owl and full moon, painting by Katie O'Rourke
Get into the Halloween spirit with this painting!

The class is on Saturday, October 23rd from 2 – 4 PM. This is the only family class we will have in this winter’s series.

One parent/child ticket is $40 and covers supplies for one painting. Additional children and canvases can be added to your ticket purchase. RSVP your canvas(es) today!

5 Questions with Emma Norman

This Friday’s Art Walk will feature Emma Norman’s work in our first floor studio gallery. Emma is one of CAL’s studio artists. We recently had a chance to ask her a few questions to better know her and her work. You’re invited to meet the artist at the reception: Friday, October 1, 2021, 5-7 PM.

Image from Emma Norman's exhibit at CAL
from “In the Night of Day”, currently on exhibit at CAL through December.

What is your background? 

I was born in Hawaii in 1988 and grew up in Vermont and Washington, D.C. I went to Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, and completed a Master’s in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier in 2017. In addition to photography, I have also spent many years working in the coffee industry. I recently moved back to Vermont after a decade of living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

When and where did you start pursuing your art? 

My dad is a novelist and my mom is a poet, and they encouraged me to explore the arts from a young age. I took my first photography class at 11 years old in a repurposed Maryland amusement park called Glen Echo. I had a great photography teacher in high school named Karen Keating, who also ran the Glen Echo darkroom. She encouraged me to attend the Maine Photographic Workshops (now the Maine Media Workshops) where I learned darkroom techniques and alternative processes from the talented cyanotypist Brenton Hamilton. When I was 15, I began a mentorship with East Montpelier photographer and master printer Andrew Kline.

Who and what has influenced you the most ?

In addition to my teachers, my early influences were photographers Sally Mann, Francesca Woodman, and Claude Cahun. I cast a wide net of inspiration, from writers to musicians to other photographers and visual artists.

How would you best describe your style? 

I try to strike a balance between the formal and intimate. I like to explore narrative, memory, historicity, queer representation, and everyday life. Someone once told me I have a “promiscuous sensibility” which I took to mean that my influences are very eclectic. I have also been described as a magpie- I guess I am a collector and a maximalist! I tend to think of my work as pretty straightforward, though, and not overly reliant on concept.

Do you have any dreams or inspirations you are currently pursuing or would like to create?

I am getting ready to launch a small commercial portraiture business here in Montpelier and looking forward to becoming more immersed in our local arts scene. Please contact me if you’d like to have a portrait made!

I am currently working on a long term photography and oral history project called See My Heart, about a friend of mine from San Francisco. I met Morgan when I was working as a barista at Pinhole Coffee in Bernal Heights, San Francisco. I soon realized that my new friend was exceptional in myriad ways, and I became interested in helping to share her incredible life stories with the public through the form of an artist book. 

 Morgan has performed comedic autobiographical storytelling since the 80s, and has a successful woodcraft business. While she has entertained countless audiences with vulnerable (and hilariously rendered) stories of her gender transition from male to female, See My Heart explores the stories which haven’t made it onto the stage. This book offers a glimpse beyond Morgan’s gender and into the untold personal experiences of a talented woodworker, an important community member, and a cherished friend.  

Morgan in Her Element, Emma Norman

See My Heart is also the story of a friendship between two queer people of different generations (I’m 33 and Morgan is almost 70!) who’ve come together to ensure that her stories of adventure, survival, addiction, recovery, transition, love, loss, and triumph are not lost to history. Rather, we want to uplift and amplify these unique memories and present them in the timeless, fine-art medium of an artist book. I have a GoFundMe set up if you would be interested in helping me to complete this exciting project.

Our first floor Studio Gallery is sponsored by The Drawing Board, Montpelier’s arts supply and framing shop.

The SHARE Room is open!

Located in B5 (basement level), the SHARE Room is open for public use. It’s a self-serve swap room for usable art materials. The room is open any time the CAL building is open: Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm and on the weekends from 10 am to 4 pm.

As the Surplus Hub for Artistic Resource Exchange, the SHARE Room is designed with these goals in mind:

  • Divert reusable items from the waste stream: please share your art materials with others.
  • Offers low-cost access to materials: art supplies can be expensive and hard to find. It’s FREE to use the SHARE Room
  • Easy and convenient swapping: come by when it’s convenient for you. No appointments needed. Take whatever you want to use.

Today’s items include: frames, ribbons, scrap wood, magazine and more. Every day is different. We only ask that items left behind are useable for the next person. No trash, please!

We can also host a swap event for your group! Please email us to schedule one: info@cal-vt.org

We are grateful for the general operational support of the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Humanities Council, and the City of Montpelier for their support of our work, including the SHARE Room.

Mocks and Smocks Fall/Winter 2021

Painting by Cindy Griffith

In collaboration with the T.W. Wood Gallery, we’re excited to present Mocks and Smocks to the Central Vermont community. This is an alcohol-free paint and sip event held every 3rd Friday at the T.W. Wood Gallery. These run from 6 to 8 PM and are appropriate for ages 14 and up.

A special family event will be held on Saturday, October 23rd as well. This is great for groups with multiple children and geared for ages 8 and up.

Teachers include Katie O’Rourke and Cindy Griffith. All classes include paints and canvas, and refreshments. To see the schedule and to purchase tickets, click the button below.