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.
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 this summer. 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!
On Tuesday, July 16, Three Penny Tap Room on Main St. in Montpelier will donate a portion of sales to help us finish the elevator project. Stop by, say hi, and raise a glass to accessibility. More details, including a menu, are available on Three Penny’s website. See you there!
Second Floor Gallery, July 11 – August 30, 2019 Opening Reception July 11, 5-7 pm
Many of Marilyn Maddison’s abstract photographs originate
with ice. Instead of viewing the landscape at a distance, she explores the
spaces within it – spaces filled with light, fractures, and refractions.
Recognizable crystalline structures or bubbles seem to place the viewer within these
icy formations. And yet, many of Maddison’s images are not taken from nature,
but made from expertly constructed and photographed still-lifes. She uses
motion, lighting, and technique to create a sense of light falling through ice
or water – tiny dioramas become vast caverns haunted by rainbows.
First Floor Gallery, July 11 – August 30, 2019 Opening Reception July 11, 5-7 pm
Alana LaPoint’s collaged monoprints manage to channel the
power and drama of teenage angst into intricate, layered compositions. Her
varied techniques include writing directly on printing plates and painting with
the bottom of a paint bottle, and then printing, cutting, and collaging images
to form works that are prints, drawings, and sculptures all at once. Her
carefully composed rage doesn’t need to explain itself, conveying both the organic
physicality of bodies and the stark, graphic quality of a breakup through
abstraction. These pieces tell you everything you need to know – but you don’t
get to know her.
First Floor Gallery, Center for Arts and Learning, May 3 – July 6, 2019 Receptions May 3rd, 4-8pm and June 6th, 4-9pm
Ned Richardson’s work explores landscape – envisioning the
natural world as it connects and intersects with the digital landscape we now
inhabit. Both have a presence in Richardson’s paintings and drawings, as do
both traditional and extremely non-traditional art processes.
For his glass micro paintings, Richardson experimented with
Generative Adversarial Networks. A GAN is a neural network-based ‘deep
learning’ system, with open-source code widely available on the internet; these
are systems set up in pairs to learn to identify and generate specific kinds of
images through input of a massive data set. The networks work off of each other
to ‘learn’ to generate their own versions of the images fed to them – for
example, making their own image that looks like a landscape – based on feedback
and critique from a second network. Here, Richardson input several of his own
images and had the system generate work ‘like’ his to use as source material
for the paintings (which are then manipulated not through Photoshop, but painstakingly
Richardson’s series of mesh-dot drawings explore imaginary
datasets, drawn by hand. If you can describe a landscape scientifically through
an accumulation of data points, a drawing of that data is, in a sense, a
description of the imagined world it measures. These very analog pen-and-ink
drawings are abstract, but suggest the emergent mathematical patterns in a
flock of birds or the growth of wildflowers.
Ned Richardson lives and works in Moretown, and his work can regularly be seen at the Front gallery in Montpelier. He has been making art since the 1990s, and has explored media ranging from egg tempera painting to digital and video-based work influenced by conceptual art.
Second Floor Gallery, Center for Arts and Learning, May 3 – July 6, 2019
Receptions May 3rd, 4-8pm and June 6th, 4-9pm
Noam Hessler’s intricate, beautiful and grotesque creatures
provoke empathy and introspection by inviting viewers to engage with a world
that may at first seem alien. Eyeballs, teeth, and hair form creations like bezoars,
repugnant because they are familiar but monstrous. Hessler asks the viewer
instead to expand their view of what is beautiful, and to consciously seek
connection and understanding with that which seems off-putting. On closer
inspection, these creatures tell complicated stories. The intricate nuance and
attention with which they’re rendered show that they are, above all, deeply
Noam Hessler has been drawing for the past fourteen years,
since he was one year old. His work has been largely influenced by his
fascination with creatures of all sorts, from microorganisms to mythical
beasts. He often creates stories or loose narratives with his drawings, and has
also been exploring writing and sculpture. He has exhibited his work at Studio Place
Arts, VCFA, and the Myles Court Barber Shop.
This year, the New England Foundation for the Arts is holding its Creative Communities Exchange conference in Montpelier – and we want to showcase excellent art from around the region while they’re here. Montpelier Alive is sponsoring an ArtsFest during the conference on Thursday, June 6th – an expanded version of Art Walk.
Thanks to everyone who has let us know they’re interested – we’ll be posting more info, including a full artist list, just as soon as we confirm everyone. See you June 6th!
In conjunction with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library andPoemCity, we’ve got two poetry events coming up at the Center for Arts and Learning:
Introduction to Poetry Slams for Kids
Wed April 10, 2019, 3 p.m.
Ever wonder what a poetry slam is? Join Vermont’s reigning slam master, Geof Hewitt, to learn about slams and write your own slam poem! Then sign up for the poetry slam at the Center for Arts and Learning on April 13.
Youth Plus Poetry Slam
Sat April 13, 2019, 4 p.m.
Join slam master Geof Hewitt for an afternoon of poetry performed by participants ages 8 and above, including adults. This is a traditional slam with original writing only and a three-minute time limit. Participants should come prepared with two pieces of writing.
Both events will take place at River Rock School, which is accessible to all.