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Activist Art Transcends Climate Change

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Eight years after Bill McKibben, the founder of the grassroots organization 350.org, penned this quote, artists of all genres are finally heeding his clarion call. Artists are convening in Montpelier this June to tell the emotional side of being human in a changing climate. What it is like to live with climate change? They are showing us their hope and despair in an exquisite outpouring of inspired, activist eco-art.

McKibben set the stage with his “Art Sweet Art” essay. In 2009 he reflected, “It was probably the last moment I could have written it. Clearly there were lots and lots of people already thinking the same way, because ever since it’s …as if deep and moving images and sounds and words have been flooding out into the world.

“That torrent of art has been, often, deeply disturbing. It should be deeply disturbing, given what we’re doing to the earth,” he concluded.

The Goddard Gallery on Main Street in Montpelier is hosting the eco-art exhibit that continues through June 30, displaying 15 different artists in a full-throated visual chorus of response to climate change.

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Artists as Vermonters, Vermonters as artists

Posted on Feb 15, 2013

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The author’s father, R. Lewis Teague, at work in his Vermont studio in 1959. (Hanson Carroll)

The author’s father, R. Lewis Teague, at work in his Vermont studio in 1959. (Hanson Carroll) Artists as Vermonters, Vermonters as artists Growing up in the state in ’50s and ’60s, a third-generation artist saw the inspiration and isolation that Vermont had on her father, a painter. In the intervening years, the environment here has become much more appealing for artists. And artists, in turn, have stimulated the economy and helped…

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A local photographer looks for the rich, warm detail of the wild horses living on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

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As anyone with a pet and camera knows, photographing animals is an exercise in patience. Just need that one perfect shot…

When the subjects are wild horses on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, that challenge is quadrupled. Just in getting near enough to get the shots, dealing with weather, tides, and the mood and trust of the herds, Dorset photographer Lisa Cueman has her work cut out for her.
 
But Cueman says she doesn’t see it just that way. For her, this photography is a labor of passion and love, and so she’ll wait to get that one shot in a thousand — and will keep returning to the Outer Banks again and again to photograph wild horses, whose
lineage traces back 500 years to the time of the first Spanish explorers….
 
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One week and 15 minutes of fame Back for its second year, No Film Film Festival showcases talent near and far

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One week and 15 minutes of fame


By Allison Teague/The Commons

BELLOWS FALLS—If the seven films that the press was invited to preview last Friday are any indication, FACT TV’s second No Film Film Festival will be at the least entertaining and, at the most, offer a peek at some budding filmmakers to keep an eye on.

Teams were given the task of recreating a 1980s popular film into a 15-minute remake in a specific genre in one week’s time, starting at 8 p.m. on May 31.

Poltergeist as an action-adventure film. Amadeus as a romance film. Back to the Future as role reversal. The Karate Kid as a documentary.

Those are but a few of the combinations.

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Nurturing the Arts: Dina Janis, Theater: Reaching for the stars

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Dina Janis, Theater: Reaching for the stars

By Allison Teague

Dorset, in Bennington County, has nurtured performance theater since 1927, when residents staged a three-act play, “39 East,” in the Town Hall. It was received with such great enthusiasm that it spun out the Dorset Players, and a legend was born.

SOVAL-02.feat.nurturing-janis.Dina_Janis_021_-_CopyTwo years later the community raised funds for a larger space, the Dorset Playhouse.

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Nurturing the Arts: Tony Conner, Visual Art: Painting out of this world, out in the world

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Tony Conner, Visual Art: Painting out of this world, out in the world

By Allison Teague

SOVAL-02.feat.nurturing-connor.PaintingOutdoors_smallLike many who take up the arts following a first career, Tony Conner needed only the right moment to act.

When downsizing loomed in 2003, this former AT&T account executive leaped at the chance to paint full-time.

He’s glad he did.