Photography Reception 11/16 @ 5PM

This fall, the photography group f/7 has been sharing their large-format photographs in a show at the White Meeting House. Centered around the theme of “Grace,” each of the seven photographers contributed several images that explore this concept for them. On Friday, November 16th, Meeting House Arts is excited to host a reception with the artists from 5 to 7PM. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and it’s fun for all ages.

The collective of seven photographers all hail from Central Vermont. They have been meeting for several years to talk about their work, learn from each other, and find new challenges in their photographic explorations.

“Our styles, techniques, favored subjects, and artistic philosophies vary,” explains Lisa Diamondstein, one of the group’s members.

This collection of work really offers the viewer a great sense of different approaches artists can use to portray the world around them. For example, Lisa Diamondstein and Annie Tiberio’s landscapes are panoramic and literal, while Rob Spring’s become abstracted. John Snell’s close-ups of water offer a riot of saturated color — not colorless at all, the way we usually think of water. Sandra Shenk’s mountain-scapes and Julie Parker’s botanicals both use computer processing to change the feel of their images from photographic to print-like. Elliot Burg’s highly-focused portraits pull you in to really examine the people he portrays, to try and get to know them. 

“We critique and support each other’s work, share ideas and perspectives, and seek ways to stretch our individual and collective artistic horizons,” says Ms. Diamondstein.

“We have loved having these beautiful photographs in our sanctuary,” says Pastor Peter Plagge. “It’s such a pleasure to sit with them for awhile, and then to step close and try to see more about how the photo was taken or what additional nuance it might offer.”

Anyone who likes to snap photos on their phone or their SLR will enjoy the show — and meeting the artists behind it on Friday the 16th. Please come by! The show itself will come down by Thanksgiving; in the meantime, it is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:30 to noon, or by appointment (244-6606).

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2018 Community Art Show

The 4th annual community art show at the White Meeting House in Waterbury is right around the corner. This year’s theme is “Art & Remembering” and applications are due June 15th for the show which will run all of July. There is also an opening and artists social on Sunday July 1st.

For whom? Participation is open to creatives, artists and makers of all ages — from hobby to professional — in Bolton, Duxbury, Middlesex, Moretown and Waterbury. We love to have work in any medium — from photography to poetry, crafts to collage, painting to pottery, textiles to television (okay, video but I needed another T), and anything else you are willing to share with the community! Application fee is $10, scholarships are available. The show will run from July 1 to August 1 and is a collaborative effort — aiming to provide more opportunities for local artists to show their work, and for local residents to enjoy more art.

What’s with the theme? Art shows often use themes as an organizing principle; part of the fun is seeing how different people can connect to or interpret a theme in such different ways. A few notions about this year’s theme of Art & Remembering to stimulate your thinking might include: How does art connect with remembering for you? Perhaps you work in a traditional form that connects to the past? Do you make things to keep your memories alive? Maybe you blend the old and new through your materials or your methods or your subjects? Or perhaps you have another inspiration or connection that moves you. We would love to share your work and your ideas in this group show.

Here’s a link to the application. If you have questions or need a little encouragement to join, please contact Torrey at 244-8581 or torreycsmith@yahoo.com. 

Two great opportunities for photography lovers

Montpelier photographers John Snell and Rob Spring are currently exhibiting a beautiful collection of black and white portraits at the White Meeting House in Waterbury Village. The project, called “Big Pictures,” was inspired by the internationally known photographer and activist JR. In 2016, Snell and Spring set up a temporary studio at the Montpelier Farmers Market and made spontaneous portraits of over one hundred groups and individuals. From there, they created a series of very large portraits (about 30” x 48” each), many of which were installed temporarily in downtown Montpelier, and about 20 of which are currently on display in Waterbury.

The large size of the portraits is extraordinarily captivating — the viewer is drawn to the faces and it feels almost like a personal interaction. The photos capture something magical about the relationships and connections between people. Even though we don’t know all the individuals in the photos, the feelings and experiences expressed in their body language are universal. 

So, the first great opportunity is to stop by and see the show! The White Meeting House at 8 North Main Street is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:30 to 12:30, or by special appointment (call 244-6606). The show will be up through June 24th and is free, and appropriate for all ages.

The second great opportunity is that the photographers, John and Rob, will be offering a workshop/discussion about their work. The story of how the project was conceived and executed — in terms of technical as well as human issues — is really part of what makes the show so special, and so accessible. On Monday, June 18th from 7 to 9PM, also at the White Meeting House, community members are invited to come meet the photographers (who are super friendly and easygoing people) and learn more about the artist, JR, who originally inspired them; how they set up their temporary studio and recruited participants; and some of the ways they have enjoyed sharing the portraits — including adhering them to buildings along Langdon Street in Montpelier. You will be inspired for sure! The workshop is free and open to people of all ages. 

Please contact Torrey Smith at 244-8581 or torreycsmith@yahoo.com with any questions.

2018 Call to Artists

     We are excited to host our 4th annual Community Art Show this July! Amateur and professional artists, artisans and crafters are encouraged to participate in this fun, friendly show, which celebrates the wide range of creativity in our community. All media are welcome — from painting to photography to ceramics to jewelry to textile to … whatever you are making and willing to share with the community!
       This year’s theme is “Art & Remembering.” How does art connect with remembering for you? Perhaps you work in a traditional form that connects to the past? Do you make things to keep your memories alive? Maybe you blend the old and new through your materials or your methods or your subjects? You as the artist decide how the theme connects to your work.
       The show will run from July 1st through August 1st, and will be open during the Waterbury Arts Fest. Participation is open to residents of Bolton, Duxbury, Middlesex, Moretown and Waterbury. Applications are available here (paper copies are available at the White Meeting House, 8 N. Main St., Waterbury). Applications are due June 15th. A donation of $10 is suggested to support publicity efforts.
      On Sunday, July 1st, we will host an artists’ social and opening reception. The show will also be open on Saturday, July 14th for the Waterbury Arts Fest.
     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.

Talk and Workshop with Emily Mitchell

On Top of the World by Emily Mitchell

Emily Mitchell will be sharing a talk with the community during the Sunday service on April 29th. Worship starts at 10 and ends by 11, followed by coffee and a snack. All are welcome!

That afternoon, from 2 – 4PM, she will offer a workshop: work with paint, paper,  and stencils to create an amazing, colorful and vibrant layered springtime inspired piece of art, which you will be able to take home that day! All art supplies are provided. Cost is $30. Sign up for her workshop by emailing her.

Find out more about Emily and her work on her website: http://emilymitchellstudio.com

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.

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.

Shadow of the Winooski - smallerShadow of the Winooski — Waterbury, Vermont
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.