Middlebury Arts Walk to take its final stroll

MIDDLEBURY — The 2012 Middlebury Arts Walk season winds down with the last event taking place on Friday, Oct. 12. This month will feature nearly 35 venues with a diverse variety of art from painters, photographers, potters and a calligraphist. Several venues are featuring artwork in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Middlebury.  
One such tribute is “Wave Mandala,” an oil painting on canvas by Rachel Baird, owner of Zone Three Gallery. An abstract expressionist interpretation of a Tibetan sand mandala, it contains patterns that draw the eye inward to a still center; wave mandalas create a healing focal point for meditation and contemplation. This painting can be seen at Venue 36, the Lazarus Building at 20 Main St.
Zone Three Gallery, in the Marble Works on the third floor at 152 Maple St., will feature the work of two unique felt artists. “Vermont Prayers” are felted prayer flags by Deborah Allen with handwritten prayers from the people of Vermont — in reds, oranges, rusts and the deep blue of Lake Champlain — fastened to twine with little clothespins, relating the simple practicality that Vermont represents. “God, Dogs and Fishes” is a stunning scene of dogs, created by Christa Fischer, running in the water with fishes at their heels capturing the true essence of a joyous life. It is made of naturally colored wool from Christa’s farm. Fischer is a member of the International Felt Makers Association and is a felting instructor at Featherstone Center for the Arts, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Addison County Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (ACCADSV) is hosting a “Shine a Light on Domestic Violence” event during this month’s Arts Walk from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Carol’s Hungry Mind Café. This fundraiser features a silent auction of second-hand lamps painted and embellished by local artist. Jim and Anna Lienau provide live music.
The Middlebury Arts Walk will have one more event in 2012 — a fundraising event scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9 (the typical second Friday of the month on which Arts Walks are held). The event will be held at Two Brothers Tavern’s lounge from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and the evening will feature live music, a silent auction, snacks and a cash bar. This event is to help raise funds towards the one-to-one cash match of a grant that was recently awarded by the Vermont Arts Council. The Middlebury Arts Walk does not charge attendees, venues or artists to participate in the monthly events.
Now in its fourth season, Middlebury Arts Walk takes place on the second Friday of the month, May through October, from 5 to 7 p.m. In many cases the art is on display all month long — not just on the second Friday. All exhibits are free and Arts Walk is a family-friendly event. Middlebury Arts Walk occupies 30-plus locations each month including artists’ galleries, stores, professional offices and museums. In addition, musicians perform in the town’s outdoor parks whenever possible and weather permitting. The range of work on view includes paintings, photography, performances and crafts.
Visit the website to download a copy of the current month’s flyer and walking map: www.MiddleburyArtsWalk.com.
The Middlebury Arts Walk: Where to Go and What to See
•  51 Main at the Bridge, 51 Main St.: TBA
•  Sarah Wesson Studio, 10 Merchants Row: Sarah Wesson oil and watercolor paintings
•  Carol’s Hungry Mind Café, 24 Merchants Row: “Shine a Light on Domestic Violence” event
•  Town Hall Theater, Jackson Gallery, 68 South Pleasant St.: “Fleeting Moments/Stolen Glances” featuring landscape paintings by Steve Goodman
•  Middlebury Community House, 6 Main St.: Kate Tilton
•  The Glass Den, 63 Maple St.: Dennis Cassidy, stained glass and live demonstration
•  Otter Creek Used Books, 99 Maple St., Marble Works: “Art in the Book”
•  Vermont Integrated Architecture, 99 Maple St., Marble Works: TBA
•  Structural Energy Corp., 99 Maple St., Marble Works: Kathy Clarke, paintings
•  Stone Leaf Teahouse, 111 Maple St., Marble Works: “The Art of Tea”
•  Round Robin, 211 Maple St. Marble Works: Marcie Bolton
•  American Flatbread, 137 Maple St., Marble Works: Jessa Gilbert, paintings
•  Noonie Deli, 137 Maple St., Marble Works: Kathleen Walls & Ark Lemal, photography
•  Edgewater Gallery, 1 Mill St.: “Sweet Life”
•  Middlebury Studio School, 1 Mill St.: Sawyer Hescock, pottery
•  McLeod Kredell Architects, 3 Frog Hollow Alley: Architectural models
•  Kumon Math and Reading Center, 4 Frog Hollow Alley: Suki Fredericks, photography
•  Falling Water School of Tai Chi Chuan: Yinglei Zhang, calligraphy
•  PhotoPlace Gallery, 3 Park St.: “Personal Portraits”
•  Otter Creek Framing, 3 Park St.: Judy Beaney, watercolors
•  Henry Sheldon Museum, 1 Park St.: “Take Me to the Fair: An Addison County Tradition” and “Geoge and Lorette: A Civil War Love Story”
•  Two Brothers Tavern, 86 Main St.: Bill Wright, Americana/Folk
•  Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main St.: “Artists of the Forest”
•  Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St.: Leigh Harder, oil paintings
•  The Blossom Basket, 8 Bakery Lane: Jean Cherouny, paintings
•  Clay’s, 60 Main St.: Green Mountain Pet Portraits
•  Clementine, 58 Main St.: EJ Bartlett, posters of Addison County destinations
•  Belladonna, 46 Main St.: TBA
•  Sweet Cecily, 42 Main St.: Local artisans
•  National Museum of the Morgan Horse, 34 Main St.: “The Government Morgan” photographs, paintings, prints
•  Lazarus Building, 20 Main St.: “Wave Mandala” by Rachel Baird
•  Zone Three Gallery, 152 Maple St.: “Vermont Prayers” and “God, Dogs and Fishes”
•  Galerie Provenance, 1 Frog Hollow Alley: American and French art, antiques and accoutrements

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