Dec.6 Artwalk: Lauren Hood / How to Draw Everything

Join us on December 6, 2019 from 4-8 pm for Montpelier Alive’s Artwalk. We’ll have works in the first-floor gallery from How to Draw Everything, an observational drawing class taught this fall by Glen Coburn Hutcheson. How to Draw Everything features drawings by Daryl Burtnett, Hasso Ewing, Glen Coburn Hutcheson, Ned Richardson, and Nicole Wolfgang. These accomplished students show us individual ways of looking and seeing, detailing their world from objects to the human form.

Lauren Hood, Explore, collage

Upstairs in the second-floor gallery, we’ll be presenting works by Burlington collage artist Lauren Hood. Lauren’s richly colored, surreal images combine retro advertising shots with landscapes to create a dreamlike, floating narrative full of strange nostalgia.

We’ll also be hosting the Secular Holiday Jam Session & Sing-Along from 7-8pm in room 207 at CAL, presented by Monteverdi Music School. Sheet music will be on hand for classic holiday songs – musicians and singers of all ages and abilities are welcome!

Don’t miss other events in the building as well – get your tickets for the River Rock Holiday Raffle, hear artist talks at 5pm and see exhibitions by Elliott Burg and Athena Petra Tasiopoulous at the T.W. Wood Gallery, and don’t miss the unveiling of the newly-restored painting Old Home by the Sea by Hudson River School painter Worthington Whittredge (1820-1910) at 6pm, also at the T.W. Wood Gallery.

See you at Art Walk!

Haunted House Story Spooktacular!

Join us on Saturday, October 26th for the Haunted House Story Spooktacular! We’ll have readings by five acclaimed authors for kids and teens: William Alexander, M.T. Anderson, Ann Dávila Cardinal, Cori McCarthy, and Linda Urban. They’ll be reading selections of middle-grade and YA fiction for kids and teens in the Stage Room of River Rock starting at 5pm. Throughout the evening (5-8pm), we’ll also have spooky rooms to explore at CAL – including a dance party! Suitable for all ages – costumes welcome!

All proceeds will benefit our 2020 programs – tickets are available on eventbrite or at the door and are $10/adults, $5/teens, $25/family and free for kids under 13. Please note entry will be at our Msgr. Crosby Ave. entrance (near TW Wood Gallery).

Laura Gans

Second Floor Gallery, Sept. 6 – November 30, 2019
Opening Reception Friday, Sept. 6th, 3-8pm

Laura Gans has an eye for structure. While her subjects range from architecture to the natural world, her compositions are unequivocally clean and graphic, focusing on details that articulate solid forms. Her stark, direct approach sheds new light on forms that are relatively ordinary – a flower or the side of a building. Many of Gans’ images, some taken years apart, have an uncanny compositional resonance with each other that brings out new meanings – whether it’s the rational, architectural quality of pine needles or the elegance and grace of a bird and a parachute in flight. The weight of spaces in her photographs draws in the air around them. Looking at them is almost an experience of sculpture.

Image of two birch trees, by Laura Gans

Chris Jeffrey

First Floor Gallery, Sept 6 – November 30, 2019
Opening Reception September 6, 3-8 pm

Chris Jeffrey’s work will make your brain vibrate. He works primarily with perception – of light, line, color and form – to create instability between what you see and what you think you should be seeing. His mirror boxes create tiny and infinite alien worlds that you can peer into but not quite enter. The wall-based works use line – both painted and delineated – to create uncertainty in space. Precise and frenetic, Jeffrey’s pieces play with the quality of intensity, seeming to create pressure and relief depending on where you rest your eye. They are fascinating in the oldest sense of the word – you can’t really look away.

Mirror box image by Chris Jeffrey

Elevation Celebration Sept 6!

Accessibility symbol person wearing a party hat

Thanks to you, we’ve got an elevator!

Join us for the Elevation Celebration on September 6, starting at 3pm. We’ll have:

3:00 pm

  • A ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Anne Watson and Katie Miller of Vermont Inclusive Arts
  • Ice cream courtesy of Chill Vermont Gelato
  • Fun stuff for kids and all ages outside, including the Suncommon bounce house, food vendors, and more
  • Events will take place near the elevator at our Msgr. Crosby entrance

4:00 – 8:00 pm: Art Walk

  • Light boxes and more by Chris Jeffrey in CAL’s first-floor gallery
  • Photography by Laura Gans in CAL’s second-floor gallery
  • Tessa G. O’Brien, Galen Cheney, and the Vermont Pastel Society at T.W. Wood Gallery
  • Beverages by Magic Hat

7:00 pm: New Music Uncaged

  • A music and dance performance by Abundant Silence in Room 207 at CAL

Accessibility questions or requests?
Please email us at or call 802-595-5252.

Marilyn Maddison: Imaginings

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.

Marilyn Maddison, Gathering Insights

Alana LaPoint: Envie

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.

Collaged monoprint in black and white
Alana LaPoint, What I didn’t say to you, 2019

So close!

Construction crews have been working hard – and we’re nearly there!

It’s beginning to look like an actual elevator – and soon, it will bring visitors to five levels of the building.

We’re trying to raise $100,000 by July 1 to complete the project – and you can help.

You can donate online through paypal, or support us with a check via mail at:

LULA Elevator Project
Center for Arts and Learning
46 Barre St.
Montpelier, VT 05602

ArtsFest – June 6th

Join us for ArtsFest on June 6th, 4-9 pm

The Center for Arts and Learning is pleased to be part of ArtsFest, presented by Montpelier Alive, on June 6th from 4-9 pm. See works throughout the building by over 25 local artists and performers.

ArtsFest is an city-wide explosion of arts and creativity taking place throughout Montpelier on June 5th and 6th – for more on the larger event, check out the ArtsFest page.

On June 6th, CAL will host:

  • 6:00 pm – Michael Sherman Artist Talk at T.W. Wood Gallery
  • 6:45 pm – Informational Tour of Center for Arts and Learning with Executive Director Alice Dodge – meet at the CAL sign out front
  • 7:15 pm – DIORAMA: Room to Play – a collaborative performance with Dancer Alana Rancourt Phinney, Flutest Lisa Carlson, and horn soloist Lisa Lowery Busler

Throughout the evening:

  • Alex Forbes Mobile Woodworking Studio (in front of building)
  • Trajectory of Color, an Exhibition of works from the Helen Day Center (second floor)
  • Installation by Chris Jeffrey (third floor)
  • Installation by Michael Kuk (third floor)
  • Lake Champlain Rock Art Workshop with Susan Aronoff (basement)
  • Intuitive Tarot Readings by Sherri Glebus (third floor)
  • Works from the River Rock School
  • Beverage service by Magic Hat
Chris Jeffrey installing work on CAL’s third floor
Ross Sheehan, Farmer’s Graveyard

And artwork on view by:

Conor Isaiah Cleveland • Brian D. Cohen • Karen Cygnarowicz • PJ Desrochers • Alice Dodge • Stephen Frey • Alexis Kyriak • Noam Hessler • Ellis Jacobson • Christina Lesperance • David Lesperance  • Annie Limoge • Liz Le Serviget • Brecca  Loh • Joni McCraw • Sara Moulton • Angus Munro • Ned Richardson • Kate Ruddle • James Secor • Ross Sheehan • Ronilynn Shrout • Missy Storrow • Jim Thompson