Brattleboro is a town in Windham County, Vermont, located in the southeast corner of the state, along the state line with New Hampshire. It is situated along the Connecticut River, at the mouth of the West River.
Brattleboro, being the first major town over the Vermont border on Interstate 91, offers a mix of a rural atmosphere and urban amenities such as a large number of hotels. Brattleboro is a host to a number of art galleries and stores.
In 2007, Brattleboro passed the Fairtrade town resolution, clearing the way to become the second Fairtrade certified town in the nation, joining Media, Pennsylvania.
Brattleboro has a thriving arts community. The town is listed in John Villani's book The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America, in which it ranks number nine among towns with a population of 30,000 or under.
Brattleboro Arts: On the first Friday of every month, an event known as the Gallery Walk is held, in which galleries, artists, and arts organizations open their doors to the public to display new work or hold performances. Included in the organizations that participate are the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, the Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery, the In-Sight Photography Project, River Gallery School, Through the Music, and the Windham Art Gallery.
Other notable arts organizations in Brattleboro include the Brattleboro Music Center, the Vermont Theatre Company, the New England Youth Theater, the Brattleboro Women's Chorus, the Brattleboro School of Dance, Luminz Studio dance and performing arts center, and the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA).
During the week of October 12, the Vermont Jazz Center will launch its 2020 educational season. This fall’s new offerings make good use of the Jazz Center’s summer faculty: instructors can now Zoom in from afar to reach students from all around the world. VJC’s expanded educational programs includes online options as well as onsite opportunities for local participants run in accordance with local and safety guidelines. In- person classes (at VJC) cannot include wind players nor vocalists at this time. See https://vtjazz.org/education/classes/ for details. 10 weeks, from October 12th until December 18th (makeup classes for Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week will take place on Dec. 21, 22, 23). The fee for the semester for on-line classes is either $250 or $200, depending on the class (most on-line courses are one and one half hours) and $200 for in-person offerings (which run one hour), excepting Samba and Youth Jazz which are $100 and Zoom Tunes ($15 per session). To register, please contact Ginger Morawski at email@example.com. For questions about class content contact Eugene Uman firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarship funds are available. Classes offered (online unless otherwise noted) and instructors are: Rhythm Lab- Brian Shankar Adler Blue Note Ensemble (at VJC)- Claire Arenius Ear Training Theory- Michael Zsoldos Youth Jazz Ensemble- Eugene Uman Soubrette Choir- Anna Patton The Bass: What to Practice- David Picchi Latin Jazz Ensemble (at VJC)- Eugene Uman, Julian Gerstin Singing the Standards- Jay Clayton Jazz Guitar Ensemble (at VJC)- Draa Hobbs Jazz History- Haneef Nelson Samba Percussion Ensemble (in person/outdoors, alternate Sundays)- Julian Gerstin, Ron Kelley Zoom Tunes (two dates only)- Malik Mclaurine, Ben Barnett, Franz Robert
A celebration of imagination and ingenuity, GLASSTASTIC invites children in grades K-6 to dream up and draw fabulous imaginary creatures, a selection of which will be turned into sculptures by glass artists. The sculptures and every drawing submitted will be exhibited at BMAC March 13 – June 13, 2021. Download GLASSTASTIC guidelines and an entry form on our website to submit your imaginary creature. You may submit up to two imaginary creatures. Just make sure to get them in before the December 8, 2020 deadline!
Curator Karen Wilkin discusses Figuration Never Died: New York Painterly Painting, 1950-1970, which features work by 10 artists who absorbed the lessons of Abstract Expressionism but never abandoned figurative painting: Robert De Niro, Sr. (1922–2003), Lois Dodd (b. 1927), Jane Freilicher (1924–2014), Paul Georges (1923–2002), Grace Hartigan (1922–2008), Wolf Kahn (1927-2020), Alex Katz (b. 1927), Albert Kresch (b. 1922), Paul Resika (b. 1928), and Anne Tabachnick (1927–1995). The talk will take place via Zoom and Facebook Live. A link to attend will be posted on our website beforehand. Karen Wilkin is a New York-based curator and art critic and the Atelier Head of Art History at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture, where she teaches in the MFA program. Wilkin was educated at Barnard College and Columbia University and was a Fulbright Fellow and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She is a regular contributor to The New Criterion and The Wall Street Journal as well as a contributing editor for art for The Hudson Review. Her publications include monographs on Paul Cézanne, Georges Braque, Giorgio Morandi, Stuart Davis, Anthony Caro, and David Smith. She has organized numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally on modern painters and sculptors, including Stuart Davis, Anthony Caro, David Smith, Hans Hofmann, Milton Avery, Judith Rothschild, and Helen Frankenthaler.
Inspired by “The Great Shoe Spill of 1990,” Andy Yoder’s Overboard consists of a gallery full of replicas of Nike Air Jordan 5s, each one handmade by Yoder out of recycled packaging materials. Yoder will discuss the installation via Zoom and Facebook Live. A link to attend will be posted on our website beforehand. Andy Yoder is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. His work has been exhibited at the International Print Center New York, the Saatchi Gallery, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Reykjavik Art Museum, among many others. He has been commissioned to create work for numerous public installations, including for the Columbus Museum of Art, the ESPN Zone in New York, and Hilltop Montessori School in Brattleboro. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia.
What can you do on a chilly, December, weekend evening during the pandemic? How about joining the Vermont Jazz Center community for a live stream, virtual swing dance with your sweetie! Roll up the rug, put on your dancing shoes and join the Vermont Jazz Center for a night of swinging, danceable music. The show will be preceded by a swing dance lesson (just in case). All donations pledged to this concert will go directly to support the VJC’s Scholarship Program. The VJC 7, featuring vocalist Wanda Houston, is made up of seven members of the 17-piece Vermont Jazz Center Big Band plus Ms. Houston. It utilizes the “band within a band model” made popular by Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw: a large band pared down to a smaller group that focuses less on arrangements and more on improvisation.