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Third Annual Labels for Libations. Magic Hat Brewing and the South End Arts and Business Association (SEABA) are partnering for a third year to launch the “Labels for Libations” contest. Local artists can submit designs for Magic Hat Art Hop Ale’s 22-ounce bomber. One design will be chosen for the label art and the proceeds from local beer sales benefit SEABA. The program supports Vermont’s arts scene by allowing local artists to submit their creative label designs. Entries are due by Aug. 15. Information: www.magichat.net/seaba/
Artist Reception. There will be an Artist’s Reception for the photo exhibition “XY – Masculinity in Photography” at Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction on Aug. 8 from 5-7 p.m. This exhibition includes depictions of nudity and strong social commentary that may be disturbing to some people. It is not recommended for those under 18 years of age. Refreshments will be served.
Lyric Theatre Auditions. Lyric Theatre Company will be holding auditions for their production of the Mel Brooks musical “The Producers” on Aug. 25-28 from 5:45-10 p.m. at Williston Central School. Lyric’s production will feature a cast of 34 with stage ages ranging from 18 to 60 plus. Those auditioning must register between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m. Lyric Production Supervisor Kathy Richards, Artistic Director Corey Gottfried, Music Director Carol Wheel and Choreographer Donna Antell will lead the team. Information: www.lyrictheatrevt.org.
Call to Artists. Established and emerging artists are invited to think SQUARES. The next show at the Jericho Town Hall will reflect your interpretation, in any medium, of the square: component parts of a piece, composition, format, frame. Register by Aug. 15. For submission date, other info and registration: 899-2974 or email@example.com.
22nd South End Art Hop. Now in its 22nd year, the South End Art Hop is happening Sept. 5-7. Art Hop has gained its reputation as being Vermont’s largest art festival and has been featured as a Top 10 Fall Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Last year over 30,000 visitors were able to experience and enjoy exhibits from over 500 participating artists scattered throughout Burlington’s South End in various studios, galleries, and local businesses during the three-day event. Art Hop is a free community event for all ages. Information: 859-9222 or seaba.com/art-hop/
Solé. Solé is a chromatic celebration of light and equilibrium. The intentional layering and gentle balance of hues tangled throughout the various mediums convey a sense of buoyancy and warmth, resulting in elegant abstractions. Atmospheric in tone, each artist provides an uplifting yet profoundly sensitive exploration of color. Featuring the work of Susan Osgood, Alisa Dworsky and Douglas Biklen. This exhibition runs through Sept. 28. Vermont Metro Gallery at the BCA Center, Burlington. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Monday. Information: www.burlingtoncityarts.org/Vermont_Metro_Gallery/
Who’s Past? An exhibition of mixed media/collage by artist Graziella Weber-Grassi. Graziella explains, “The plentiful encounters with hundreds of family portraits during my many visits of flea markets and garage sales always left me in an unsettled, skeptical and often sad emotional state…These unknown personalities and their obscure past deserved my humble attempt of bringing new life to them as the past, present and future are only separated by a split second.” Exhibit runs through Aug. 31. Vintage Inspired, Burlington. Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 12-4 p.m. Artist information: http://graziellawebergrassi.sqsp.com/
“World in your Hand.” Art on Main presents “World in your Hand” which showcases work by Essex Junction photographer, Cal Williams and pottery by Plainfield farmer Leslie Koehler. Cal Williams is a self-taught photographer, active in the craft since he borrowed his brother’s camera and purchased his first roll of film over 50 years ago. Potter Leslie Koehler received a degree in Art History from the University of Massachusetts focusing her studies on Japanese Ceramics. After graduation she held a yearlong apprenticeship, then traveled first to Alaska, then to Africa where she worked with traditional potters to learn the artistic skills of indigenous cultures. The exhibit will be on view through Aug. 17. Art on Main, Hinesburg. Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: www.artonmain.net or 453-4032.
“Break It! Build It!” Taking BCA’s popular summer camp as its point of departure, “Break It! Build It!” is an exhibition focusing on artists who embody the DIY spirit. Artists in the exhibition break, crush, destroy and manipulate everyday objects to build, invent and create their work. From altered couches to hacked iPods and installations using raw construction materials, “Break It! Build It!” will challenge the phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and examine the ways destruction may be a necessary component of construction. Runs through Sept. 13. BCA Center, Burlington. Gallery hours: Tuesday- Thursday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Monday. Information: www.burlingtoncityarts.org/BCACenter/
“Distinctions Between Color and Light.” Inspired by their surroundings, Craig Mooney and Henry Isaacs are among the more recognizable artists of New England. Their ability to capture ephemeral moments by manipulating color and light produce distinct visual sensations. Exhibit runs through Aug. 9. West Branch Gallery, Stowe. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: www.westbranchgallery.com
“Beyond Instruction.” Featuring artwork by instructors from the Burlington City Arts clay, photography and printmaking studios, this exhibition focuses on work created by a selection of talented educators beyond the BCA classroom walls. “Beyond Instruction” celebrates and recognizes the artistic vision of Jeremy Ayers, Gregg Blasdel, Karen Guth, Susan Smereka, and Christopher Vaughn. Transformative ceramics that blur the distinction between decorative and functional, metaphorical works on paper that embrace an organic and highly personal approach to printmaking, and striking photographic images of the fall and deterioration of urban life. Runs through Sept. 13. BCA Center, Burlington. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Monday. Information: www.burlingtoncityarts.org/BCACenter/
“Turning In/Turning Out.” Shelburne Vineyard presents “Turning In/Turning Out” the spring art exhibit by Carol Norton. Norton creates multi-layered atmospheric images in oil, depicting the outside world. The exhibit runs through August 30. Shelburne Vineyards, open seven days a week, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: www.shelburnevineyard.com.
Alexeieff: Moving Pictures. This three-month exhibit will feature the work of famed Russian artist, illustrator and filmmaker Alexander Alexeieff. Though born in Russia, Alexeieff lived and worked mostly in Paris. He and his second wife Claire Parker invented the pinscreen as well as the animation technique, totalization. In all Alexeieff produced six films on the pinscreen, 41 advertising films and illustrated 41 books. New City Galerie will be exhibiting original signed lithographs from a rare illustrated version of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov alongside a looped screening of Alexeieff’s short films. The show will run for three months, and will conclude on August 26. New City Galerie, Above Ake’s Place in Burlington. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Information: newcitygalerie.org
In the Studio with Mary Bryan. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of its founding, the Bryan Memorial Gallery will be hosting an exhibition entitled “In the Studio with Mary Bryan” in memory of the late founder Alden Bryan’s wife Mary. The exhibition of 100 paintings includes watercolors, oils, collages and egg tempera paintings, painted over a 30-year period in Vermont, Massachusetts, Alaska, the Southwest, England and the Caribbean. The exhibit runs through September. Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville. Information: www.bryangallery.org or 644-5100.