Church School Starts

This Sunday starts the new year for our church school, and we’re going to start with

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Our own burning bush!

study of one of the most important books in the Bible — Exodus. In fact, this book is so full of life that we will study it for a good portion of the year, right up until spring when we culminate the year with our semi-annual puppet show with an epic retelling of the story of Moses and the journey to the Promised Land!

From babies in baskets to burning bushes, from magic staffs to plagues of frogs, lice and hail, from passing over to crossing over, and to the long march toward the Promised Land and the Ten Commandments, the Book of Exodus is a story of passion, faith and perseverence. We will engage the students in many of the nuances, and lead them on a journey of discovery and understanding.

This year we will be meeting separately with our older, middle school aged students. It is important to us, and we expect to you, to keep the students engaged through their confirmation year. To this end, we will be expanding our reach to them, and using Exodus as a way to engage them in a fruitful and interesting conversation.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday, and through the year, and hope you will join us on this long journey of hope and understanding.

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Art talk, workshop 5/5 and 5/6

We have been hosting a show of beautiful paintings (and one large sculpture) by Thetford artist Carolyn Enz Hack (carolynenzhack.com). On Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, Carolyn will be offering a talk in the sanctuary about her work and a workshop in the dining room about creativity.

On Friday, May 5th at 6:30 PM, she will be offering a free art talk about the new work she has on display — how she has been exploring ways to add a fourth dimension (time) to her 2-dimensional landscape paintings. It’s a great chance to hear about how artists develop and pursue new ideas, how they make connections between different bodies of work (in this case, her sculpture and her paintings), and how they find their unique voices.

On Saturday, May 6th, Carolyn will offer a two-hour workshop about expanding the boundaries of creative practice and developing one’s own artistic voice from 10AM to noon. This could be an exciting conversation for students/artists who are beginning to explore their own directions in their work, or those who could use a nudge to take a leap in this direction. Anyone interested in boosting their creative capacity will enjoy participating in this friendly discussion about methods, materials and practice. Cost is $15 (although I bet she would be happy to waive the cost for students if it’s a struggle in any way to cover this… Please contact the artist directly to find out more and to sign up: cenzhack)

Carolyn’s exhibit, “Town by Town,” will be up through May 7th. The show is sponsored by Meeting House Arts, a collaborative project whose goal is to provide more opportunities for local artists to show their work, and for local residents to enjoy more art.

Call to Artists

Meeting House Arts is organizing a community art show in tandem with the Waterbury Arts Fest as a way to highlight the variety of our homegrown arts talents.  This year’s theme is “SOMETHING NEW” — to be interpreted, used, responded to or connected with in any way with your work.  What feeling, image, memory, or desire does the word evoke?    Have you tried something new recently?  New media, new experience, new subject, new project?

We are especially looking for artists and craftspeople in the area that 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, music, poetry… 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.

Participation is open to residents of Waterbury, Duxbury, Middlesex, Moretown, and Bolton.  For visual art, your application consists of  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).  For spoken word or music, provide details in the application including what you want to do, how long you would like to perform, etc. There is a $10 application fee (scholarships available).

TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

Fill out this form and mail or deliver it (along with printed images of your work and $10 application fee) to Torrey Smith, Meeting House Arts c/o WUCC, 8 North Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05676. Applications due by May 15.  If you have any questions, please email Torrey or call 802-244-8581.  If you are unable to print at home, there are also copies available at the White Meeting House (8 North Main Street), just inside the side door.

 DATES & TIMES OF NOTE

  • May 15th– applications due
  • June 1st, 5-7PM — Work will need to be dropped off at the White Meeting House. 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.
  • June 4th — An Artists’ Social for the exhibiting artists will be held 1:00 PM, followed by  a public Opening Reception at 2:00.  This is a really fun, friendly event and we hope all participating artists will come.
  • July 15th — The exhibition will be open and staffed by participating artists on the day of the Waterbury Arts Fest, between 10:00 and 4:00.
  • July 23rd, 4 to 6PM — Please plan on picking up your work on the last day of the show.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS

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.

Carolyn Enz Hack showing landscapes, sculpture through May 7

We have a beautiful new exhibit of paintings and sculpture by Thetford artist Carolyn Enz Hack.  The show, called “Town by Town,” explores how traditional landscape paintings might be able to incorporate history and time into their imagery.  The show is open through May 7th from Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:30AM to 4:30PM, and admission is free.

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by Carolyn Enz Hack.  Acrylic on linen, 28″ x 30″

   “The works are colorful and somewhat abstracted, but you can always find clear references in them — the quarries in Barre, a view of Camel’s Hump, the ferris wheel in Tunbridge,” says Torrey Smith, the show’s organizer.  “When I saw the work for the first time, I had that crazy feeling that it was something new but, at the same time, it was something I already knew.”

Enz Hack had made traditional landscape paintings for more than a decade, “but then, in 2011, I also began to make sculptures and they were abstract,” she explains.  “Working in three dimensions got me wondering if I might be able to represent how places change over time.”

Each of the towns portrayed in the series has personal significance to the artist.  “I chose towns in which I have spent time and then I researched historic photos, maps and documents to get a sense of how the towns had developed.”

The result is that, in addition to structures and landmarks typical in landscape painting, each piece also incorporates other elements like a bird’s eye view, or traces of maps that allow the artist to show multiple perspectives and stories.

In addition to showing her paintings, Enz Hack will be offering two opportunities for community members to learn more about her work and explore their own creativity.  On Friday, May 5th at 6:30PM, she will offer a talk about the paintings and sculpture on display — the history of the towns and the artistic process of developing a new painting language, as well as some reflections on her more abstract sculptures.

On Saturday, May 6th, Enz Hack will offer a two-hour workshop from 10AM to noon on expanding the boundaries of creative practice and developing one’s own artistic style.  Area residents are invited to spend a couple of hours devoted to questioning the limits of their art through discussion about methods, materials, and practice.  Artists, craftsmen, or anyone interested in boosting their creative capacity is welcome.  Please contact the artist directly to reserve a spot.  Suggested donation of $15 to participate.

The exhibit, talk and workshop are hosted by Meeting House Arts, a collaborative project hosted by the White Meeting House at 8 North Main Street in Waterbury.  Its goal is to provide more opportunities for local artists to show their work, and for local residents to enjoy more art. It’s always a good idea to call 244-6606 and confirm the building is open if you’re making a special trip!  If you have additional questions, email Torrey.  More about Carolyn’s work here.

Beginning Drawing Class

Interested in learning to draw?  Torrey Smith will be offering a 5-week beginning drawing class at the church beginning Wednesday, March 15th and meeting weekly from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the dining room.  It will be a fun, friendly group.  We will learn how to see the world around us in a way that allows us to translate it into two-dimensional drawings!  Class costs $100, including materials.  Find more information here.

Belle McDougall pastels, art talk & workshop

We have a new show up at the White Meeting House, “Pastels Around Town” by Waterbury resident Belle McDougall.  These colorful landscapes will brighten your day, for sure.

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Belle is also offering two neat opportunities on Sunday, February 12.  At noon, she will offer a talk about her work and process.  Art talks are a fun, free way to find out more about the thinking that goes into the art works we enjoy, to find out more about technique or process, and to just get inspired!  The talk is free and light refreshments will be served.

Then, from 1 to 3 PM (also on the 12th), Belle will offer a workshop on pastels.  This would be great for beginners, as well as for folks who haven’t used their pastels in a while and are looking for a way to re-enter.  The workshop is free.  If you have materials, bring those; if not, Belle can provide materials for you to use that day for a donation of $5.  Please email the artist directly at btmcdougall@gmail.com to sign up for the workshop.

McDougall’s show is open from January 15th through March 5th.  Admission is free.  The building is generally open Tuesday through Friday from 8:30A to 4:30P, and later on Wednesdays. (Still, it’s always a good idea to call 244-6606 and confirm it is open if you’re making a special trip!)  If you have additional questions, email Torrey at torreycsmith@yahoo.com.

New art show: Michelle Turbide in November

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We are excited to announce that Michelle Turbide will be showing her work at the White Meeting House in November.  A Grand Isle artist as well as a practicing psychotherapist, Michelle creates colorful, narrative images that explore personal transformation and lived experiences using acrylic and mixed media.

In addition to sharing her paintings, Michelle will offer us two other treats:

  1. an art talk on Sunday, November 13 at noon — open to the public; and
  2. a two-hour workshop on art journaling, also on Sunday the 13th, from 1 to 3PM.  The class will be $30 and include all materials; ages high school and older, and any skill or experience levels are welcome.  To sign up, register here.

Michelle’s work will be on display from November 4th through December 1.  Admission is free.  The building is generally open Tues through Friday from 8:30A to 4:30P, and later on Wednesdays. (Still, it’s always a good idea to call 244-6606 and confirm we’re open if you’re making a special trip!)

More info. about Michelle’s work is at http://www.michelleturbidestudios.com

Chicken Pie Supper is still on for Friday 10/14

Despite the shock and sadness this week, after some consideration, we believe it is best to go ahead with this gathering — using it as a chance to be together.  We are going to make it a by-donation event to make it easier for more people to attend and to focus on being together in this time of sorrow.

In some ways, this makes the “cook-off” aspect even more fortuitous — although hosted by the church, the meal is really being made by the community, for the community.

Thank you for your support of this event.  While the tone may not be as lighthearted and silly as we’d originally hoped, we do aspire to make it a meaningful celebration of community, love and connection —  which will hopefully bring joy to many as well. 

Food will be served from 5 to 7PM and we have 11 local restaurants donating chicken pies for your consideration!  We hope to see you there.

Coming in June: Community Art Show

We’ll be doing our second annual community art show in June and July, this year organized around the theme of “Blue!  An Artistic Exploration.”  More info. will be available soon, but we’re looking for creative expressions around the theme in any media — from painting to ceramic to spoken word to sculpture to…. whatever you can help us figure out how to include!  The show will be open to makers from Waterbury, Duxbury, Middlesex, Moretown and Bolton.  Applications (available online soon) will be due 6/15.

Poppies in May

dancewithmeAfter organizing shows at the White Meeting House for the last couple years, I have finally put together this exhibit of my own work.  Called “Poppies: the Joy of Painting in a Series,” it is a collection of over 20 recent paintings that were all developed around the image of a poppy.

It will be a bright, colorful show — hopefully a great way to welcome Spring.

There will be two special events I hope you can attend:

  • Reception & artist talk on Friday May 20th from 6 to 8 PM.  There will be light refreshments and good company!
  • A brief meditation during our regular worship service on Sunday May 22nd at 10 AM.