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Upcoming Events

Antiques, Quilts and Barn Quilts will be on sale and for viewing at St. Albans’ City Hall from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Sept. 19, 20 and 21 as part of the 150th anniversary celebration of “The Raid.” No admission fee for this educational and entertaining experience. Some vendor spaces are available; call Don for details. 868-7975.

Jane Austen in Vermont at the Burlington Book Festival. Peek into “The World of Jane Austen,” the society of early 19th-century England that dominates her novels, with a focus on the position and customs of the controlling landed elite, and the role of women in this society. Historian David M. Shapard, author of five annotated editions of Jane Austen’s novels, will speak on Sept. 20 from 1:30-2:45 p.m. at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Free and open to the public.

Pastel Workshop with Aline Ordman. Sept. 26, and 27. $85 for 8 hours. Offered by the Jericho Plein Air Festival. Class will be held in Jericho. For detailed info and registration: 893-4447 or janesmorgan@comcast.net.

Breathing Life Into Your Creature. The Artists’ Mediums will host Kristin Richland of Sweet Enemy Art who will offer a one-day workshop entitled “Breathing Life Into Your Creature.” Based on feedback from the first “Unlock” class, this session will focus on how to imbue animal creatures with personality and unique characteristics. Using body language and facial expressions Richland will show attendees how to give their creations the spark they need to leap off the page. Most materials included but artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite colored pencils, markers, and/or watercolors to use in addition. All levels welcome. Ages 16 and up. $40. Pre-registration required by Sept. 20 for workshop on Sept. 27. Call 879-1236 or (800) 255-1290 to register.

Current Exhibits 

The Wheels. The show is not limited to photographs of cars but rather anything with wheels is the theme, and the show includes an eclectic variety of images featuring the photographers’ depictions of things that roll. The exhibition opens Sept. 11 and runs through Oct. 5. An artist’s reception for the exhibition on Sept. 20 from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction. Information: www.darkroomgallery.com/ex60.

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, first published in Chicago in 1866. Once enlarged, these illustrations were then printed using offset lithography. Finally, they were screen printed with an overlay of Walker’s signature silhouetted figures, rendered in solid black ink. 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.

Mountain Borne, Inner and Outer Landscapes. Emile A Gruppe Gallery, in Jericho Center, presents this exhibit of paintings and poetry by Marcia Reese. Reese is a life-long learner who loves sensory experience, visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory and gustatory, as well as a few “extra-sensory” perceptions. She uses her garden as an outdoor palette. She has been in the same writing group for nearly 15 years. She paints regularly with a local painting group and with a painting partner. The show runs through Sept. 28. Information: 899-3211 or www.emilegruppegallery.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/

Colin Bryne Exhibit. The ArtSpace at Magic Hat Brewery presents the work of multimedia artist Colin Bryne. Bryne’s work allows him to put daily thoughts down on something physical. The balance of attention to process and materials mixed with a bit of raw creativity are necessary in order for him to be happy with his work. Bryne’s mediums range from aerosol, oil and acrylic paint to paper, pencil and marker. His work holds hints of sarcasm mixed with themes of movement and growth. Colin is originally from Reading, Penn., but has lived in Burlington for the past five years. On display through Sept. 30. The Magic Hat ArtSpace, South Burlington. Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Information: www.magichat.net/artspace.

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.

“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/

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.