WOODSTOCK — Pentangle Arts Council is planning a major renovation of the Woodstock Town Hall Theater, a project aimed at making the group’s overall operations financially sustainable over the long term. The two-phase project is estimated at the lower end of the $2 million range, which includes interior improvements and an addition at the rear of the building. The timeline for the project is not set at this early stage. Alita Wilson, Pentangle’s executive director, said the time has come for major upgrades, which include various efforts to make the theater more comfortable for all patrons, including ADA compliance. Wilson said these kinds of improvements will make the theater easier for everyone to use and will help sustain and grow Pentangle’s programs, therefore fostering a stable financial future for the organization.
LEBANON, NH — AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, recently appointed Paul N. Anderson III, commonly known as “Trip,” as its new executive director upon Bente Torjusen’s retirement after a 30-year tenure. Anderson will officially join AVA on Nov. 1, and Torjusen plans to retire on Dec. 2. Anderson has called the Upper Valley home since 1999 when he moved to the Eastman community in Grantham, New Hampshire.
Carolyn Shattuck of Rutland makes books. Not just any books; her books are works of art. Shattuck, who was a printmaker and painter in her early career, has been developing and combining her skills over the past 20 years to become the creative and imaginative bookmaker she is today. Here she discusses her work, and her journey to where she is today.
BURLINGTON — The South End Arts & Business Association (SEABA) celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gala celebration at its Pine Street offices in Burlington’s South End on July 14. In addition to socializing and sharing a large anniversary cake, members and guests took time to celebrate an organization dedicated to “fusing art and industry, reflecting on its history and looking toward the future.”
MONTPELIER — The membership of the Vermont Arts Council recently elected five new trustees at its annual meeting. The new trustees are Stacey Glazer, of Thetford, Rebecca McMeekin, of Braintree, Greg Paus, of Hyde Park, Tony Pietricola, of Grand Isle and Gregory Sargent, of St. Albans. Learn more about the arts council at www.vermontartscouncil.org.
GRAFTON — Hunter Gallery of Fine Art will celebrate its 10 anniversary this year as it opens for the season this May at its location on 74 Main St. in Grafton. As in the past, it is featuring the new work of its regular artists and has added three new artists’ works to the exhibition. They are Andrew Weill, Michael Verhoeks and Josee Severino. A “Meet the Artists” reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 18 at the gallery.
KILLINGTON — The Vermont Arts Council received the 2016 Governor’s SMART Award for Creative Marketing at the recent Vermont Tourism Summit in Killington. The award highlighted the council’s efforts to promote Vermont-based arts opportunities through its “Vermont. Arts. Everywhere.” campaign, which used video and social media marketing. The campaign supports the concept that the arts are a core component of the Vermont brand and are integral to tourism.
WEST RUTLAND — Generally when an artist completes a piece of work in a class, they have the option of taking it home with them. This is harder to do when the piece weighs over a ton. For the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, this has its pros and cons. On one hand, this dilemma has lead to the organic development of a sculpture garden at the West Rutland studio. On the other hand, the garden is somewhat haphazard, as pieces often end up where they started.
BENNINGTON — Students of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union will exhibit art they created during the school year at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s Corridor Gallery, starting on April 14. The exhibit will remain on display through June 8. The gallery is open to the public during hospital hours. A reception for the young artists and their families is scheduled for May 6. The SVHC Auxiliary changes the artwork in the Corridor Gallery every two months.
BURLINGTON – The HAVOC Gallery in Burlington’s South End is providing Vermonters a space to experience top-flight contemporary art, while offering artists it represents access to major galleries and art shows nationwide. HAVOC’s owner, artist Bruce R. MacDonald, said the concept is part of an evolution. “I used to have a gallery off of Flynn Avenue that was really about my work only. It was my work space and I hung only my work,” he said. “When I moved here because of its accessible location off Pine Street, I started showing both my work and the work of friends.”
Over the years, MacDonald said he accumulated a group of people whose work he really cared about – artists working at the top of their craft, whose works were not being shown in large galleries in New York and other art hubs.