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Upcoming Events

“Short Cuts from a Short Woman.” On May 5, the Champlain Valley Quilt Guild will be hosting nationally know quilting teacher, fabric designer and author Debby Kratovil. This show will be bursting with tips, tricks, shortcuts and a variety of innovations. Kratovil will demonstrate traditional blocks made with non-traditional methods. With 25-35 quilts, she will show quick ways to create otherwise difficult blocks and finishing techniques. Essex Alliance Church, Essex, 7-9 p.m. Contact Janet: 846-7392

Independent Bookstore Day. Join the Phoenix Bookstores in Essex and Burlington on May 2 as they celebrate this nationwide day with giveaways and general merriment. Phoenix Bookstore locations, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Information: www.phoenixbooks.biz/event/independent-bookstore-day

Mayfest. On May 2, The Lake Champlain Waldorf School will be hosting Mayfest. This unforgettable outdoor spring celebration, designed for children ages 6 and under includes live music, crafts, maypole dancing, flower crown decorating, games, jump rope making, face painting, pony rides and other festivities. Free and open to the public. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: www.lakechamplainwaldorfschool.org/events/mayfest/

Essex Art League Show and Sale. The members of Essex Art League are presenting their new spring art display at Union Station in Burlington during the month of April. Celebrate the arts as well as shop for that special gift as you browse through paintings and photographs offered by more than 40 artists. The show will continue through May 2. The league will hold an artist’s reception featuring live music and refreshments where people can learn the stories behind the artwork on April 10 from 5-8 p.m. at 1 Main Street, Burlington. Information: www.essexartleague.com.

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Current Exhibits 

Watercolor Exhibition. Vintage Inspired Marketplace will be hosting an exhibition of work by local watercolorist, Jane Brooks. The body of Brooks’ work is comprised of watercolors. A medium not really suited to her style and technique, but the one she loves. The paintings featured are highly detailed and fine-tuned renderings of objects in still life. On display starting May 1 and continues through May 31. Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from 12-4 p.m.

Travelers in Postwar Europe. Photographer H. A. Durfee, Jr. spent a long career in obstetrics and gynecology at Mary Fletcher Allen Health Care. Between 1951 and 1953, while practicing medicine at a U.S. Army Airbase in Germany he took more than 600 black-and-white images in the aftermath of World War II. A majority of the work remained unseen for more than 60 years, until 2014, when Durfee’s son began to print the negatives, bringing these images to view. The exhibit runs through June 28. Fleming Museum, UVM Campus, Burlington. Gallery hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m.; Mondays, closed. Admission: $5 adults; $3 students and senior citizens; children under 6, free. Information: www.uvm.edu/~fleming.

Thomas Brennan: Darkness From Light. Thomas Brennan has been an exhibiting photographer for the past 25 years and is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Vermont, where he has taught since 1989. In “Darkness From Light,” Brennan uses ‘photogenic drawing,’ a cameraless photography technique pioneered by 19th century photographer Henry Fox-Talbot. Brennan explores mortality and metaphorical implication through his documentation of objects from nature. In the format of shadows, Brennan captures animal specimens, molecular models and instruments of scientific measure, resulting in an unexpected sense of beauty and modernized aesthetic. The exhibition runs through June 20. BCA Center, Burlington. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; closed Mondays. Information: www.burlingtoncityarts.org/exhibitions

“The Waskowmium: Where the Art Stops.” The Amy E. Tarrant Gallery presents selections from art collector Mark Waskow’s extensive collection. Waskow’s world-class art collection known as “The Waskowmium,” is elusive with over 15,000 art objects collected since 1998 and is considered to be the largest private collection of in northern New England. The gallery will have 45 pieces on display feature Vermont artists and exemplify Waskow’s varied, eclectic interests. On display through May 30. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Burlington. Contact: 652-4505.

Mixed Messages. Kate Cahill Vansuch presents “Mixed Messages” an exhibit of collage and mixed media at Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace. Vansuch has lived in Vermont for 13 years and has always loved creating art. She recently started making collages and mixed media pieces. Vansuch finds mixed media to be the perfect way to express and process emotions related to life and her career as a hospice nurse. More at kittyvt.blogspot.com. The exhibit will run through April 28. Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 12-4 p.m.

In Retreat. Artist Julie Davis presents an exhibition of her work entitled “In Retreat.” The show includes more than 30 new works, including oil paintings and large works on paper created during Davis’ Vermont Studio Center Residency. Exhibit on display through April 27. Flynndog Gallery, Burlington. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Information: flynndog.net.

“Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic.” The Shelburne Musuem will be hosting this retrospective exhibition of the photographic illustrator and award-winning co-author of the “I SPY” children’s books. Featuring large-scale photographs, meticulous models, and behind the scenes video of Wick and his assistants building the models, this exhibition will thrill with puzzles, vibrant colors and optical illusions. Exhibit runs through July 5. Shelburne Art Museum, Shelburne. Exhibit Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8 adults, $5 children. Information: shelburnemuseum.org.

Kodachrome Memory: American Pictures 1972-1990.” Shelburne Museum’s Pizzagalli Center presents the inaugural solo museum exhibition of the photography of Nathan Benn. Comprised of 67 evocative color photographs, the exhibition spans the two decades prior to the digital revolution. Florida-born Benn, formerly a staff photographer at National Geographic, focused his lens with ethnographic precision on the regional textures of an America, in Vermont and Florida, which for the most part, now exists only in memory or on film. Kodachrome Memory will be on view through May 25. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne. Exhibit Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8 adults, $5 children. Information: shelburnemuseum.org.

Piles and Passageways: Drawings and Prints. Artist Katie Loesel is the next featured artist at Shelburne Vineyard’s Tasting Room Gallery. Loesel’s current body of work “Piles and Passageways” explores ideas of piling, webs, and balance. Through worlds and structures comprised of geometric shapes, lines and ladders, she explores just how much can be piled up before it falls down. The use of cool colors with stark black and white evokes an icy, wintry atmosphere reminiscent of glaciers, icebergs and winter mountains. Size, height and formwork together to build a solid foundation that can teeter on the verge of collapse. Exhibit runs until June 1. Shelburne Vineyard’s Tasting Room Gallery, Shelburne. Gallery hours: Sunday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 985-8222 or shelburnevineyard.com.