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‘Take a Seat in the Islands’

By Maurie Harrington

By Maurie Harrington

The fourth annual Take a Seat in the Islands is now on display in the Champlain Islands until Aug. 15, when they will be sold in a fast-paced auction at the North Hero Community Hall. Take a Seat in the Islands is a community art project that includes 19 benches all painted by local artists. The show is presented by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by KOOL 105. The benches can be seen at inns and restaurants, shops, banks, orchards and vineyards throughout the Islands.  Maps are available at each bench location, at the Chamber offices in Burlington and North Hero and at local stores.

This year’s benches are Amish-made, from Sam’s Wood Furniture.  The professional artists have found creative ways to paint the benches in a rainbow of colors and styles, flora and fauna, landscapes and fish.  Two benches have exquisite wood-burned designs.

By Suzie Quinn

By Suzie Quinn

Vermont artists in Take a Seat in the Islands are Haley Bishop, Paula Bradley, Heidi Chamberlain, Alison Chase, Cathy Croteau, Laurie Darling, Linda Effel, Jessica Goerold, Maurie Harrington, Nicole Mandeville, Karen McCloud, Daniel Pettullo, Suzie Quinn, Kevin Ruelle, Elaine Sarkisian, Suzanne Sauve, Amanda Schirmer, Judy Tiplady and Kay Webb.

The benches are sponsored by A&B Beverage, Allenholm Farm, Bauer Gravel Farnham, Camp Abnaki, Grand Isle Art Works, Green Frog Gifts, Hackett’s Orchard, Hero’s Welcome General Store, Kinney Insurance Company, Lake Champlain Transportation, Mazza’s Store, Merchants Bank, Northwestern Medical Center, North Country Federal Credit Union, North Hero House Inn & Restaurant, Preservation Trust of Vermont, Shore Acres Inn & Restaurant and Snow Farm Winery.  At the auction there will also be a raffle for a smaller painted bench, which is on display at the Grand Isle Art Works on Route 2 in Grand Isle.

Partial proceeds from the auction will go to the artists and to the Visiting Nurse Association programs in Grand Isle.  For additional information call the Islands branch of the Chamber at (802) 372-8400 or (800) 262-5226 or visit www.vermont.org.

 

By Laurie Darling

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Vermont Jazz Ensemble at the Grand Isle Lake House

The Vermont Jazz Ensemble performs on the porch of the Grand Isle Lake House. | PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

The Vermont Jazz Ensemble performs on the porch of the Grand Isle Lake House. | PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Island Arts continues its 2014 season with a performance by the Vermont Jazz Ensemble at the Grand Isle Lake House on July 20 at 6:30 p.m.  Grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking on the tree-shaded lawn with beautiful views of Lake Champlain. All profits from the concert are used for the Island Arts youth scholarship fund.

The Jazz Ensemble is a 17-member instrumental group that performs music, most of which is in the Jazz or “Big Band” style, although their repertoire includes Latin, Rock, Fusion, and currently popular.  Their performance will include ensemble work, sectional and individual solos, and improvisation.   As is Island Arts, VJE is very involved in working with youth and is closely associated with the All State Music Festival, having donated more than $4,500 to their scholarship fund.

Tickets for the concert are $25 at the door or $20 in advance and can be purchased at Hackett’s Orchard, The Green Frog, and Snow Farm Winery at Crescent Bay in South Hero, the Alburgh Library, the Isle La Motte Country Store, and in North Hero at the Back Chamber, and Island Arts office, lower lever, in the Community Hall.  Children under 14 are admitted free.  For more information call (802) 372- 8889 or visit www.islandarts.org.   Alternate rain location is Folsom School, on South Street, in South Hero.