Spotlight on the Arts

Observer courtesy photo 'Murder at Checkmate Manor' will be on stage at Mount Mansfield Union High School May 27 and 28.
Observer courtesy photo
‘Murder at Checkmate Manor’ will be on stage at Mount Mansfield Union High School May 27 and 28.

British Farce on stage at high school

Mount Mansfield Union High School students will perform a British farce, “Murder at Checkmate Manor” next weekend. It’s a play within a play, and everything that could possibly go wrong does — and then some. The school’s theater department promises it will be an “outrageous romp of non-stop laughs” at the MMU theater. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $4 for students and children, and can be purchased at the door.

Spring Open Studio Weekend

The 2016 Vermont Craft Council presents its 2016 Spring Open Studio Weekend on May 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local artists will open their doors to help the council celebrate the visual arts and the creative role that artists and crafters play in Vermont’s economy. Nancy Stone’s tree-top art studio, at 294 Old Creamery Road in Williston, is one of the participants in the weekend, and will be featuring new work from the past year. Many “small, affordable pieces of art” will be available, Stone said in a press release, and would make perfect presents for graduations or weddings. A multi-year watercolor project documenting road trips to various Vermont towns will also be on display, as well as 10 miniature, hand made books entitled “Chords of Time.” Her award-winning watercolor, “Blue Creek” will also be on display.

Shelburne artists Lisa Kent and Debba Pearce will also be opening their doors at the Frogs End Studio, at 255 Frogs End in Shelburne. They will give pastel and ceramic painting demonstrations, and teach about the process of their work on May 28-29. Kent has been creating hand painted ceramic works since the 1990s, and Pearce has worked with watercolors for the past decade. Both have more recently become involved with soft pastels, “an art form that offers texture, immediacy and luminosity like no other medium,” according to a release from the studio.

Yankee Magazine names Bryan gallery ‘Best of’ Vermont

The annual travel guide for Yankee Magazine named Jeffersonville’s Bryan Memorial Gallery as one of the “Best of New England” attractions for local art, a release by the gallery announced. One in a total of 271 winners across all the categories of attractions in the six New England states, the Jeffersonville, Vermont non-profit art gallery won the award for Attractions in Vermont: Best Local Art. According to the magazine, which wrote a synopsis for the entry, “Paintings by American realists line the walls of this rambling small-town gallery at the foot of Smugglers’ Notch. Many, like founder Alden Bryan and his wife, Mary, have found inspiration in the surrounding landscape.”

Mickey Myers, the gallery’s executive director, said she was surprised by the award. “We didn’t even know we were under consideration, “ she said.

The news came in the form of a letter which she mistook for an advertising promotion for the magazine.

A few days later a large, matted citation arrived in the mail along with a copy of the magazine.

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