Call to Local Artists — Deadline June 19

Meeting House Arts is hosting a community art show to celebrate the wide range of creativity in our community. Called “Off the Beaten Path,” it is being held in coordination with, but adjacent to, the Waterbury Arts Fest at the White Meeting House on North Main Street.

We are especially looking for artists and craftspeople in the area who may not show their work regularly, but would enjoy the chance to share it with the community. Consider applying if you work in any media, from paint, pottery and photography to textiles, wood, assemblage, drawings, jewelry… We hope to show 1 or 2 pieces of each artist’s work. Work may be available for sale, or not, as preferred by the artist. The exhibit will be up for most of July and there will be an open house celebration on the same day as the Waterbury Arts Fest, July 11.

Application is by email and is open to residents of Waterbury, Duxbury, Middlesex and Moretown. Your application consists of digital images of up to two pieces of your work for the exhibit along with title, media and dimensions, as well as contact information (including full name, phone and address). Send applications to BOTH torreycsmith@yahoo.com AND plmckibben@comcast.net by the deadline of June 19th.

Work will need to be dropped off on Tuesday, June 30th at the White Meeting House and will be available to pick up again the week of July 27th. It must be display ready – that is, strung with wire or other hanging or stabilizing material as necessary. We will also have horizontal surfaces for displaying 3-D work.

Meeting House Arts is a collaborative project hosted by the White Meeting House. Its goal is to provide more opportunities for local artists to show their work, and for local residents to enjoy more art. Questions can be addressed to Torrey at 244-8581 or torreycsmith@yahoo.com, or find more information at http://www.waterburyucc.com/meetinghouse-arts.html.

New Photography Show: May 24th – June 30th

We hung Duxbury photographer Kelley Taft’s show in the sanctuary and it look beautiful! People may remember her from the Waterbury Farmers’ Market. For years, she and her daughter sold beautiful photo cards, crafts, and handmade soaps.

This show is called “The Act of Living.” It’s a joyous, gentle celebration of nature, life and the grace that surrounds us.

Regular hours are Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 – 4:30 or by appointment (244-6606). The show will be up through the end of June.

42nd Annual Strawberry Supper

384px-Chandler_strawberriesThe Strawberry Supper, one of the institutions around here will happen for the 42nd time on the last Friday in June — June 26th.
It’s a great celebration of the beautiful, sweet, and fleeting season of sweet plenty in Vermont.  Don’t miss it!
The meal begins at 5 pm and there will be take out available.
Cost:  Adults $12, Children 12 years old or younger $8 and the Dessert only option is $4

The Act of Living

livingWe invite you to stop in to the White Meeting House and take a look at the new show by Kelley Taft, a Duxbury photographer.  Her images are filled with the ripples of hope that living in good community and in good faith creates.  She writes about her work:

Photography is a means I use to explore and communicate my experience of the “act of living”.   The natural world, the expression of joy, people living life, beauty, grace, sanctuary, connection, and story captivate and inspire me.  I am grateful for the opportunity to share some things I have seen and felt.  I present my photographs as an invitation to personal reflection/connection and to discourse within oneself and with others.

Her work is colorful, beautiful and quite accessible.  She has labeled all of her photographs with a title and with a quotation from a writer

New show in the sanctuary

Last week I worked with Fayston artist Cathy Stevens Pratt to hang a show of her new work, based on the theme of vessels. It’s colorful and captivating, and I hope you will stop by to see it! The show will be up through mid-May. Here’s a sample, her 16″ X 24″ painting “Perfect Little House Moment” More about Cathy and her work can be found at her website, www.catillustrates.com

Lenten Lunches: Thursdays in February & March

Lenten lunches started yesterday. They are held Thursdays from 12-1PM and rotate among several churches in Waterbury.

What are Lenten lunches? They are an opportunity to break bread together in unity and love during Lent in the Waterbury area. Lunch begins at noon with a short devotional led by the host church with lunch to follow provided by the host church. There is no charge for the meal but an offering basket is available to support the Waterbury Good Neighbor Fund which helps those in need in our area. Let us prepare in fellowship and joy to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus in the unity and love of the Holy Spirit from different churches but one in Christ.

Here’s the schedule:

  • 2/19 at the Waterbury Congregational Church, hosted by Wesley UMC Waterbury
  • 2/26 at & hosted by the Waterbury Congregational Church
  • 3/5 at & hosted by the Waterbury Center Community Church
  • 3/12 at & hosted by the Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly
  • 3/19 at & hosted by Saint Andrew Church in Saint Leo’s Hall
  • 2/26… To be announced

We hope to see you there!

Elizabeth Fram Show Opens March 1

Starting to plan for our next Meetinghouse Arts show in March: the luminous textile collages of Waterbury artist Elizabeth Fram.  Here’s a sample to tempt you:

The show will be available for viewing from 8:30 to 4:30 on Tuesdays through Fridays, or by appointment.  Free and open to the public!

You can find more about Ms. Fram at her website, here.