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Artist Reception. The Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction will be hosting a Halloween themed artist reception for its current exhibit “Mirror, Mirror” on Oct. 31. Masks are optional. Light refreshments will be served. Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, 5:30 p.m. Information: www.darkroomgallery.com.
Native American Art: Creativity, Innovation and Spirit. On Nov. 6, the Fleming Museum of Art and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present a tour that highlights the creativity, innovation and spirit of indigenous artists as we explore the stories behind objects from the Fleming Museum’s outstanding collection of Native American art. Beyond the aesthetic pleasure they offer, these artworks offer insights into the social and historical contexts in which they were created and exchanged, and the worldviews of their makers and those who used them. Join Christina Fearon, the Fleming’s curator of education, for an in-depth tour and conversation in the Fleming’s James B. Petersen Gallery of Native American Cultures. Fleming Museum of Art, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $15 OLLI members; $25 non-members. Register: 656-2085 or email@example.com.
2014 South End Holiday sHOP. Join SEABA on Dec. 5 and 6 for a unique holiday shopping experience in the South End Arts District. Over 50 businesses and studios will be open for your shopping pleasure. Get one-of-a-kind gifts, while supporting our local artists and business community. There will be transportation, food, events and entertainment throughout the South End. Information: seaba.com/holiday-shop.
Salman Rushdie Talk. Internationally renowned author Salman Rushdie will talk about the importance of stories in a special Vermont Humanities Council event at Burlington’s Ira Allen Chapel on Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. Held jointly as a Vermont Reads and First Wednesdays program, Rushdie’s talk, “What’s the Use of Stories That Aren’t Even True?” is free and open to the public. Tickets for the Rushdie talk will be available for in-person pickup beginning Nov. 3 at the following locations: UVM’s Dudley H. Davis Center and Patrick Gymnasium; Brownell Library in Essex Junction; and at the Vermont Humanities Council office in Montpelier.
Marvin Fishman Exhibit. Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace announces an exhibition of paintings from Vermont artist Marvin Fishman. Born in New York City, Fishman eventually moved to Vermont and headed the University of Vermont’s media and production facilities. This black and white series of work entitled “Series II” evolved from Fishman’s ruminations on the black and white work of his early filmmaking days. Exhibit runs through Nov. 30. Vintage Inspired Marketplace, Burlington. Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5p.m.; Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Information: www.vintageinspired.net.
“CoHabitat.” Artist Darlene Charneco offers an exhibit of layered, mixed media models and maps that explore human settlements. On display through Nov. 7. McCarthy Arts Center Gallery, St. Michael’s College Campus, Colchester. Gallery Hours: Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Artist information: www.darlenecharneco.com.
Of Land And Local 2014: Burlington. Now in its second year, “Of Land and Local” is a multidisciplinary, statewide exhibition designed to initiate a dialogue about issues surrounding the Vermont landscape. Our shared history in land and our pride for the local laid the groundwork for this annual exhibition. Opportunities to critically engage with contemporary artwork as it reflects on and exists within the Vermont landscape will offer viewers the chance to contemplate the significance and strength, as well as the vulnerability and fragility of our surroundings. Exhibit runs through Nov. 15. 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. Artist information: www.oflandandlocalvt.org.
Cradle & All. This moving and beautiful body of work by exhibiting artists Nissa Kauppila, Leslie Fry, Alexandra Heller and Susan Smereka celebrates the exhilaration of change. Each artist is defying gravity by transforming the past into work that represents the freedom and victory found in leaving things behind. The fibrous aesthetic of this work echoes a dreamlike interaction with our memory, our rooted connection to the natural world and the bittersweet cycle of life. On display through Nov. 29. 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 11a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Monday. Information: www.burlingtoncityarts.org/Vermont_Metro_Gallery.
New Works. Artist Laurel Waters’ exhibit ”New Works” contains framed prints and several large original installations of colorful, expressionistic Vermont landscapes. Through color and brushstroke, Waters paints capture an exciting fluidity and energy. On display through Nov. 30. Shelburne Vineyards, Shelburne. Gallery Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Artist information: laurelfultonart.com.
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated). Kara Walker created this series of 15 large-scale prints combining lithography and screen-printing in 2005. Each print began with an enlargement of a woodcut plate from Alfred H. Guernsey and Henry M. Alden’s Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War, which were then printed using offset lithography. Finally, they were screen printed with an overlay of Walker’s signature silhouetted figures. This print series marks the first time Walker has incorporated into her work the type of visual cultural material that influenced the development of her own aesthetic. On display through Dec. 12. Fleming Museum, UVM Campus, Burlington. Gallery hours: Monday closed; Tuesday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 12-4 p.m.; and Sunday 12-4 p.m. Information: www.uvm.edu/~fleming.