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VSO Masterworks Series: Elgar. To celebrate 80 years of beautiful music in beautiful venues, The VSO have commissioned seven Vermont composers to write 80 second fanfares which will open each of our full-orchestra programs. On Jan. 24, the VSO will present a Masterworks concert under the direction of conductor Jamie Laredo. This concert will feature Elgar’s lyrical Violin Concerto that will showcase the talented young violinist, Elena Urioste. Flynn Center for The Performing Arts, Burlington. Pre-concert discussion, 7 p.m.; concert 8 p.m. General admission $16-$61, students $9.
Bookbinding with Kristen Watson. On Feb. 3, ArtsRiot presents this bookbinding event taught by Kristen Watson as part of their ongoing Practice Series with ONE Arts Collective. While enjoying some beer or wine, participants will create several small and medium sized books that can be used for journaling, scrapbooking, sketching, painting, and more. Would-be bookmakers choose the style, from fun and funky to classic and understated. Bookmakers also receive access to a digital handout with the techniques and materials we covered, plus a list of resources for further exploration and inspiration. ArtsRiot, Burlington. 7-9 p.m. $20-$24. Information: artsriot.com/events.
Fused Glass Reactions and Effects. On Feb. 15, the Davis Studio will host this glass-fusing workshop that focuses on reactions and effects. In this workshop, participants will see how a simple combination of French vanilla sheet glass, silver foil and frit (crushed glass) create gorgeous unexpected colors and reactions. No previous glass experience is required and participants will be guided step-by-step through the entire process. All materials included. At the end assembled projects will be fired in a glass kiln and available to pick up in about a week. Please do not wear sandals or open-toed shoes to this workshop. Davis Studio, Burlington, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $55. Information: davisstudiovt.com.
Travelers in Postwar Europe: Photographs by H. A. Durfee, Jr. H. A. Durfee, Jr. spent a long career in obstetrics and gynecology at Mary Fletcher Fletcher Allen Health Care. Between 1951 and 1953, while practicing medicine at a U.S. Army Airbase in Germany he took over 600 black-and-white images, capturing the striking architecture, landscapes, monuments, ruins and the uncannily empty streets of Europe’s cities in the aftermath of World War II. The doctor-photographer developed the negatives, but printed only a select group of the images. 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 extraordinary images to light for the first time. Exhibit runs through June 28. Fleming Museum, UVM Campus, Burlington. Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, 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.
The Abstract Work of James Vogler. Charlotte resident artist James Vogler will be presenting an exhibit of his work at Vermont Community Access Media in Burlington. From Vogler’s artist statement he “builds and edits at a frantic pace until lines begin to define edges and objects. The images, although abstract, contain elements ranging from doodles to quirky cartoon-like appendages. In combination, these elements infuse his work with a humorous ambiguity.” Vermont Community Access Media, Burlington. Exhibit runs through the end of February. Hours: Sunday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Artist Information: www.jamesvogler.com.
Ann Young: “And They Shall Inherit.” These are two groups of paintings that represent two views of the world and it’s future. One group, titled “In A Dangerous Time”, deals with the mess that society has made of the world that will be passed on to future generations. The other group, titled, “Microcosm” is about finding joy in the natural world that still exists. These are seemingly abstract works that are actually almost microscopic views of tiny parts of the natural world. Exhibit on display through Feb. 6. Living/Learning Center Gallery, UVM Campus, Burlington. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 1-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Information: www.uvm.edu/~llcenter/gallery.
Animal Power. The Amy E. Tarrant Gallery presents this exhibition on Vermont’s animal-powered transportation and agriculture. “Animal Power” includes historical and contemporary photographs, prints, paintings, drawings and ephemera drawn from Bryan Memorial Gallery, City of Burlington, Dog Mountain, Essex Community Historical Society, and more. The show also includes works from artists Kevin Fahey, Laura Hamilton, Stephen Leslie and others. Exhibit on display through Feb. 28. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Burlington. Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: www.flynncenter.org/performances-events/amy-e-tarrant-gallery.html.
Capturing the Essence of Vermont. Artist Michelle Ennis Jackson, of Essex Junction, is the next featured artist at Shelburne Vineyard’s Tasting Room Gallery. Jackson finds her inspiration in the nature, scenery and changing seasons of Vermont. She finds working in watercolor “as exciting as children” who can be “vibrant and unpredictable, calming as well as pleasing;” and she translates that energy to her work, painting “with my heart” to share that experience on canvas. The show runs through Feb. 28. Shelburne Vineyard’s Tasting Room Gallery, Shelburne. Gallery Hours: Sunday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 985-8222 or shelburnevineyard.com.
Natural Beauties: Jewelry From Art Nouveau To Now. Since the beginning of time, mankind has found the beauty and complexity of nature to be a source for personal adornment. This exhibition at the Shelburne Museum explores the concept of nature in jewelry design as a reflection of our culture’s evolving relationship with our biological surroundings, from the fetishization of the Art Nouveau movement to the current politicization of environmental activism. Exhibit on display through March 8. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne. Gallery Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8 adults; $5 children. Information: shelburnemuseum.org.