THE COMMON SPACE GALLERY PRESENTS - CURTAINS WITHOUT BORDERS
River Arts is pleased to present Curtains Without Borders, in the Common Space Gallery (located on the main floor at the River Arts Center), September 21 – October 30. There will be an opening reception Friday, September 21, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and a Talk at 6:00 p.m.
“Curtains Without Borders” is a conservation project dedicated to documenting and preserving historic painted scenery. The travelling exhibition shows a collection of large photographs which document the rich history of painted theater curtains from around the State of Vermont.
A hundred years ago, grand drapes and painted backdrops were the primary artistic feature in the cultural life of almost every village and town in northern New England. The “curtains” provided color and escapism in institutions that varied greatly in size and professional capacity. These theater curtains (primarily muslin roll drops, not the “velvet” drapery curtains commonly used today) hang in town halls, grange halls and opera houses all over the state.
During the last 12 years, a Vermont conservation team, “Curtains Without Borders” has stabilized all 185 historic theater curtains in Vermont. Most of them have been re- installed for use or display on their home stages, but in order to protect them from light, dirt and inadvertent mishandling, they are generally kept rolled up except for special occasions.
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. For off hours, please call: 802-888-1261.
Adult Fall Classes
"The Evocative Object" with Julia Shipley
Thursdays, September 13 – 27, 6:00-8:00pm
Faux & Tromp L’oeil Painting with Rick Loya
Wednesdays, October 3-24th, 6-8pm
Beginning French Conversation with Derrick Boulay
Monday evenings: beginning October 1 – November 5, 6-7pm
Intermediate French Conversation with Derrick Boulay
Wednesday evenings: October 3 – November 14th (skips October 31), 6-7pm
Sculpting Faces in Clay with Georgia Landau
2 Saturday afternoons Oct 6, 1-4pm and Oct.13, 1-3pm
Cost: $85* Includes materials
"Let Us Now Praise Rural Women" with Julia Shipley
Thursdays, October 11th - November 15th, 10am-12pm
Cost: Free to elders (60 and up) - Sponsored by the Copley Munson Fund
$125* for adults under 60
Carol Boucher – “Go Further with Oil Pastel”
Saturday, October 20th , 10-2pm
Cost: $30 - bring your own materials!
* Financial assistance available