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Vermont Arts Council: ArtMail for June 19, 2013

posted at 5:08 pm Wed Jun 19th, 2013 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Vermont Arts Council: inspiring a creative state

Welcome to A
rtMail for June 19, 2013

Just when you thought your day couldn't get any brighter, a sunny new edition of ArtMail lands in your inbox!

If we sound cheerful, it's because we have so much good news to share with you. We told you last time that we'd be making an exciting announcement at our Annual Meeting. Well, we did, and now you get to read all about it! You can also catch up on the sights and speeches from our Annual Meeting in case you weren't able to join us in Montpelier.

Did we mention that there's jaw-droppingly beautiful Vermont-made art for sale? Art+Soul 2013 still has a number of pieces that would look perfect on your walls. Speaking of beautiful Vermont-made art, that's exactly what our Featured Grantee creates, and she credits her community with helping her cultivate that creativity.

Looking to get outdoors? We have summer fun for you including a Creatives Mixer and an iconic Vermont treasure that needs visitors (both two-and four-legged) in order to stay open. There's more, but we'll stop telling you about it and let you get down to reading it. Enjoy!
Congratulations, Warren!

warren Warren Kimble's bio reads like a "how to" for artists who dream of becoming icons. Now "America's Best Known Living Folk Artist" has another accolade to add to his already impressive resume: recipient of the 2013 Vermont Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts! The Brandon artist is known throughout the world for his signature style, but his work extends far beyond the canvas. Warren and his wife Lorraine have been instrumental members of the Brandon community for over 40 years. They have been involved in championing the arts, revitalizing the downtown area, and lending a hand, voice, or idea wherever it is needed. It is for these reasons and many more that Governor Peter Shumlin selected Warren to receive the state's most prestigious arts award.

Warren will officially receive the Governor's Award at the 2013 Vermont Arts Awards Gala later this year. Stay tuned for details about the big party and the other awards to be presented there. In the meantime, we can't say it enough: Congratulations, Warren!
The Sights and Sounds of Our Annual Meeting
On June 5, the Vermont Arts Council staff, board, and members gathered at the State House to reflect on the past year and look ahead at things to come. Executive Director Alex Aldrich began the meeting with an address to the attendees, Vermont: The State of the Arts (2013). Lars Torres, Executive Director of Vermont's Office of the Creative Economy, and Jonathan Katz, Executive Director of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, provided food for thought on a vast range of topics, from arts education to video games to cultural funding. A three-person curating team regaled the room with artistic highlights from 2012, and we made a very exciting announcement. All in all it was a wonderful day, and we have the pictures to prove it. Thank you to everyone who made the day such a success. Now let's make this year Vermont's most artistic one yet!
Creativity Takes a Community

This edition's Grantee Profile introduces you to Rachel Moore, an artist for whom creativity and community go hand-in-hand.

Rachel Moore is very clear in her ambitions. She knows that community matters, and she knows she can't live without creating. This agenda has taken her around the U.S. and Europe and has led her to make art in many mediums. It has driven her to obtain an advanced degree and to become a Fulbright Fellow. Now she is in Lamoille County.

Rachel leads a busy life and has a supportive partner. She lightheartedly used the phrase "dragging my husband all over the world for ten years" when she referred to time spent studying and working in large cities.  "I found these places conducive for my social practice. I was around so many wonderful creative people who were excited about the same things." When her husband took a job in Vermont and they moved to Johnson, she admits to taking pause. Read on...
Art for Sale! Art for Sale! (Is that an ECHO We Hear?)
"Water and the Night Sky" by Kristin Richland
Are there blank spots on your walls that could use some fresh art? What if you could fill those holes and help a Vermont treasure at the same time? That would be pretty great, right? Well you're in luck; there's still a bevy of beautiful artwork from Art+Soul 2013 for sale!

All of the pieces created for Art+Soul are inspired by ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, and the proceeds from the art sales are split 50-50 between the artist and ECHO. CLICK HERE to view the available artwork, which is on display at Dunkiel Saunders, 91 College St., Burlington, until June 28. To make an appointment to view the art or to inquire about a piece call Lyndsay Driscoll, 802-860-1003 ext. 101 or send an email.
The CDP: Our Chance to Prove the Value of the Arts
We in the arts community know that funding for the arts adds value to all of our lives. Now is our chance to prove it. The Vermont Cultural Data Project has true potential to articulate the real impact of cultural funding in Vermont, but only if you participate! The Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Foundation intend on using the Vermont CDP data for important research and we want you to be included.

Are you new to the CDP? Do you need a refresher? Attend a free, online orientation webinar!
  • June 24, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.: New User Orientation
  • June 26, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: CDP Reports Orientation
These important orientation sessions will provide you with an overview of the history and goals of the Vermont CDP, as well as an introduction to the types of data collected. CLICK HERE to register and CLICK HERE to learn more about the Vermont CDP.
To Summit Up...
...we want to see you at the Vermont Arts Summit 2013 in Montpelier on Saturday, October 26! The Vermont arts community will be coming together at the State House for a day of workshops, networking, information exchanges, plenary sessions, meals, and more. Eric Booth, one of the nation's foremost thinkers and collaborators in the arts, arts education, and creation of community, will be joining us as guest speaker. Registration for the Arts Summit will open later in the summer! We'll have a link with more information in the next edition of ArtMail, so keep reading and get ready to connect, animate, and lead!
Thursday Thoughts: A Parent's Love Never Grows Old

"Sentimental Moment or Why Did the Baguette Cross the Road?" by Robert Hershon

Don't fill up on bread
I say absent-mindedly
The servings here are huge

My son, whose hair may be
receding a bit, says
Did you really just
say that to me?

Read the rest of the poem here.

Throughout 2013, the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Humanities Council are teaming up to bring you a poem a week with Thursday Thoughts. All of the poems are from Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry in honor of the VHC's Vermont Reads program. Join us on Facebook and Twitter on Thursday afternoons to receive these weekly poems!
Art Supports Me Asks You...

If you could have any fictional character as your father, who would you choose?

Adam Brabant said: " Gandalf, DUH."
Lian Brehm had another great answer: "Father Time, so I could have huge spans of creative studio time in my extra long life (and still keep my job)!"

"Art Supports Me Asks You..." is a fun Friday tradition on the Vermont Arts Council Facebook page. We pose an artsy question to get your creative juices flowing and on Monday we randomly select a winner, who gets a stylish tote bag. See you Friday!
Mix it Up!

Every day should have at least a little bit of art in it. Here are a few ways to infuse art into your Vermont summer:
  • Manchester Creatives Mixer - Join the organizers and participants of TEDx Manchester Village, Manchester 20/20, and Vermont's Office of the Creative Economy for a lively mixing of creative minds. Vermont is a great place to create, and more and more professionals in the creative industries are making Vermont their home. The Manchester Creatives Mixer is an opportunity to brush shoulders, bump elbows and get to know one another. When: Saturday, June 22, 5 - 7 p.m. Where: Wilburton Inn, Manchester Village, Vt. Cost: Free! CLICK HERE to register. 
  • Call to Artists: Fletcher Allen Health Care 2014 Artist Calendar and Note Cards - The Fletcher Allen Foundation Office and Artwork Committee are seeking artwork for their 2014 calendar. Each year, calendars featuring artwork from Vermont artists are produced and distributed throughout Fletcher Allen and beyond. A matching set of 12 note cards may also be created based on the calendar. All 2-dimensional media will be accepted for consideration. Submission Deadline: June 28. CLICK HERE for for information about how to submit your work.
  • Dog Mountain Reopens, Welcomes Visitors - Pay a visit to Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury, Vt. The 150-acre paradise for canines and humans alike is the legacy of late folk artist Stephen Huneck and his wife Gwen Huneck, who passed away on June 2. The Dog Mountain team is committed to keeping the business open, but says that will be hard to do without public support and art sales. Read the full article from The Caledonian Record. The Dog Mountain gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the Dog Mountain website for more information. 
  • Back Roads Readings - This new series brings regional and national poets and writers to the Northeast Kingdom so people have the chance to hear authors read their work and to meet them personally. After each reading everyone is invited to a reception and book signing at the Samuel Read Hall House to share refreshments and conversation with the writers. When: Sunday, June 23, July 14, and July 21. Where: Brownington Congregational Church, Brownington, Vt. Cost: Free! CLICK HERE for more information.
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