Local Legends benefit Friday, Fleming opens ‘Asian Art’, Soovin Kim’s return

Will Patton
Will Patton

Fundraiser helps Hinesburg growth group

It might be a snowy, cold or slush-filled trudge from the parking lot, but the warm sounds of Brazilian mandolin, bluegrass and gospel will be wafting in the air at Champlain Valley Union High School on Friday night for a brief escape from the winter slog.

The fourth annual “Local Legends Concert” brings the Will Patton Quartet, Patti Casey and PossumHaw to Hinesburg on Friday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. as part of a benefit for Responsible Growth Hinesburg. Tickets are $20, but students age 18 and under pay $15, and can be purchased at or at the Vermont Liquor Store in the Aubuchon Plaza in Hinesburg.

Patti Casey
Patti Casey

The Will Patton Quartet features Patton on jazz/Brazilian mandolin, playing with an accordion that rollicks from American swing to Parisian musettes, a string bass player who, according to a release, “came of age working the Chicago blues clubs with the likes of Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy,” a lifelong guitarist who fires up during Gypsy jazz solos and a 1960s-era café-culture drummer. For 15 years the group has frequented the area from small clubs to large concert halls.

Singer and songwriter Patti Casey performs in a New England-flavored bluegrassy style filled with originality, according to the release, which noted she has five solo albums. The release called her voice understated, “like a jazz vocalist whose heart was somehow – for some unknown but wonderful reason – thrown into gospel mode, with an occasional murder ballad thrown in for good measure. Sheer joy.”

Finally PossumHaw, an ensemble created by guitarist Charley Eiseman and married duo Ryan (banjo) and Colby (vocals) Crehan, have brought bluegrassy folk with “stunning vocal harmonies and stellar acoustic instrumentation” to Vermont for 12 years. The performance is part of a farewell tour this winter, as the group will be ending as the Crehans head for Wyoming.

A press release called the acts “the most talented acoustic musicians in Vermont,” and noted that Responsible Growth Hinesburg works to ensure new development in Hinesburg, is built to protect natural resources, scaled to meet the needs of the town and located so that it complements its surroundings, protects the working landscape and recreational lands, and fosters a sense of community.

Seeking pretty birds: call to artists

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Birds of Vermont Museum
is seeking bird-focused art that incorporates a feeling for number with artistic expression, according to a recent release.

“We are open to any media. Let your art—from imaginary to irrational, with birds silly and significant—populate our creative space!” New and returning artists may submit up to three works, by sending .jpgs of the work to (with “Submission for Birding by the Numbers” in the email subject line.) Entries are due by Tuesday, March 21. The goal is to curate works that embody some idea of the mathematics involved in ornithology.

The show runs from May 1 to Oct. 31 in the museum’s multi-purpose room, halls and foyer. Most art will be hung on the walls, but limited shelf space is open for three-dimensional works and some ceiling space if suitable. Pieces will be chosen by March 29. Contact Kir Talmage or Allison Gergely with any questions at 434-2167 or

Fleming Museum opens ‘Asian Art’ gallery

The Fleming Museum of Art opened the new Gallery of Asian Art last week, highlighting exemplary works from the permanent collection that focus on China, Korea, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Indonesia. Objects range from ancient to contemporary fine arts as well as everyday objects like bronzes, ceramics, furniture, clothing and textiles. Arms and armor, masks, sculpture, paintings, ink drawings, woodblock prints and historic photographs are also found in the gallery.

“We’re thrilled to provide a beautiful new home for the highlights of our Asian collection, where works we’ve been given in the last few decades will dialogue with objects that have been in our collection for over a century,” said Andrea Rosen, the Fleming’s curator and the organizer of the installation.

The Fleming’s Asian holdings have grown more than any other aspect of the collection in the past 20 years thanks to gift donations, a press release said.

Soovin Kim at UVM

Former VYO violinist Soovin Kim returns to Vermont to conduct and be the featured soloist in a Burlington Chamber Orchestra program that includes Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” The concert takes place Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at UVM’S Recital Hall. Also on the program: “La oracion del torero” by Joaquín Turina; “Intermezzo” from Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni and “Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite 3” by Ottorino Respighi. Tickets at the door or at, $25 for adults and seniors, $10 for students.

— Observer staff