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Wall To Canvas 6. On Aug. 1, Magic Hat Brewery presents this fundraising event to benefit the Shelburne Craft School. Wall to Canvas features twelve artists that are chosen from around the region for their style and creativity. Competing live, each artist starts with large blank canvases and finishes with off-the-wall and into-your-home masterpiece. The freshly created artwork will be sold at the end of the day in a live auction, with a portion of the proceeds going to fund educational programs at the Shelburne Craft School. Artists will compete to win a cash prize and a solo exhibit at Magic Hat Artifactory. Beer garden, merch tent, and live music. Magic Hat Artifactory, South Burlington, 1-6 p.m. Information: http://www.magichat.net/walltocanvas/
Contra Dance. On Aug. 14, Queen City Contras will hold its regular dance. Music will be provided by Sassafrass Stomp and Mary Wesley will be the caller. All are welcome, all dances taught, no partner or experience necessary. Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Shelburne Town Hall, Shelburne. Beginners’ session 7:45 p.m. Dance begins 8 p.m. Admission: $9 adults. Under 12 free. Information: www.queencitycontras.org or 371-9492.
Artist Kevin Ruelle’s Vermont Travel Posters. Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace is pleased to announce an exhibition of faux vintage travel posters by Vermont artist Kevin Ruelle. Kevin Ruelle has created a series of faux vintage travel posters inspired by Vermont’s unique tourist past. Nostalgic not only in theme but also in the way they were painted: traditional airbrush and watercolor. The owner of Ruelle Design and Illustration for over 30 years, located in Burlington, he specializes in technical illustrations, book illustrations, packaging art, illustrated maps, cartooning, and decorative art. The exhibition runs through Aug. 3. Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 12-4 p.m. Information: www.ruellefineart.com.
Milton Artist Guild: Collage. Members of the Milton Artists’ Guild exhibit work, which explore the genre of collage in various media. On display through Aug. 31. The Gallery At LCATV, Colchester. Gallery Hours: Mondays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. Information: www.lcatv.org
Photography Exhibit. The Column Inch Collection, located in the offices of the Essex Reporter and Colchester Sun, presents the work of Jericho photographer Robert Smith. The small, curated exhibit of photographs presented both traditionally, as well as, printed on aluminum plates, focuses on the theme of nature. Exhibit runs through Aug. 31. Column Inch Collection, 42 Severance Green, Unit 108, Severance Corners, Colchester. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: http://www.essexreporter.com/cic/
Abstract Spotlight. This collection of work highlights the nebulous quality of abstract work. Each artist uses color and tone as a way to converse between the hazy edges of perception and reality to convey emotion and evoke unconscious reactions. In working outside of the boundaries of recognizable objects the abstraction emphasizes the tension between the world we see and the world we feel. Artists include Douglas Biklen, Cameron Schmitz and Johanne Yordan. 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.