Vermont Pastel Society Reception & Awards Ceremony
Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

Vermont Pastel Society Reception & Awards Ceremony

The Laumeister Art Center presents the Vermont Pastel Society Juried Show.

Forty pastel paintings were selected by jurors Peter Seltzer and Doug Dawson from the many images submitted. Award winning artist Christine Labich will bring her discerning eye to the venue as the exhibition’s judge, selecting winners in the following categories: Best in Show, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod Award and the Mallory Lake Memorial Prize. An opening reception with the awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 29th from 2-4pm. The exhibit will run from September 29th – November 17th. 

The exhibit showcases the wide range of work from several of the 100+ society member artists. The Vermont Pastel Society was established by a group of artists in 1999 to build and strengthen connections among pastel painters, to foster their artistic development, and to provide links to resources. To help reach those goals, the VPS sponsors an annual juried exhibition for its member artists.

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Ben Karp and Nina Karp Opening Reception
Sep
14
4:30 PM16:30

Ben Karp and Nina Karp Opening Reception

The Laumeister Art Center at Southern Vermont College presents exhibitions by Ben Karp and Nina Karp September 1st through November 11th. The opening reception is Friday, September 14th, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm.

Ben Karp, whose sculptures were exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other major institutions throughout the world, spent several years photographing sawn ornamentation found on houses built from the 1820s to 1910. In his 1966 book, “Wood Motifs in American Domestic Architecture: ‘Phantasy in Wood,’” he wrote, “In the nineteenth century, the humble woodsaw in the hands of a skilled carpenter became the tool of an artist, the instrument by which sawn ornamentation came into its own in the domestic architecture of America.” 

 “Song of the Saw” presents Ben Karp’s artistic vision and his keen sense of what he described as new ways of seeing. Karp continued, “It was the use of the saw as artist’s tool that led to the growth of sawn ornament as architectural embellishment of the home. But if the American people had not liked this carpenter sculpture, this song of the saw would never have been sung.”

 On display are original photographs from “Wood Motifs in American Domestic Architecture: ‘Phantasy in Wood’” and wooden sculptures informed by these photographs.

 Nina Karp is an inter-disciplinary artist who has performed as an actor, singer, and composer in New York, South Dakota, and Paris, and exhibited her work in New York. She is also a poet. As an educator, she has innovated arts in education programs for children, and taught people of all ages. She currently lives in East Hoosick, N.Y.

 The artist says of “Elegy For The Lost City,” “This is my first video. It is a tribute to my first home in New York City, a working class neighborhood where the meat packing industry was located, and where some artists, writers and performers had moved in and made live-work spaces out of empty factory lofts. It is a lyrical homage to the place where I began my life as a public artist, a place that no longer exists as it was. The rent, now prohibitive to all but a privileged few, was cheap and there was time to dream and then to turn those dreams into art.

Although the video is not a social documentary in any literal sense, it evokes the experience of one arriving in a new place. Just as my grandparents arrived in New York at Ellis Island and saw what they could not have imagined before, I found myself, in making this video, seeing a long familiar urban landscape differently. And just as my ancestors came to find a new way of life, in a new world, I, with many others, was a creative immigrant in this open city. The river, the buildings, the sky, the trees that I once saw in their ordinary forms while living among them became the subject of abstraction. The art evolved bit by bit; first out of nostalgia, returning as a visitor to my former living place, I was creating a dream landscape out of the concrete, solid appearance of the city.”

For more information, call 802-442-7158 or visit artcenter.svc.edu. The Laumeister Art Center is located at 44 Gypsy Lane in Bennington.

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Mackenzie Melemed
Jul
25
7:30 PM19:30

Mackenzie Melemed

Pianist Mackenzie Melemed will perform on Wednesday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m.

At the age of three, Melemed received his first keyboard from his grandfather. After taking a piano course, he performed concerts for senior citizens, charitable organizations, and students. In 2001, Melemed appeared on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” A series of events led to performances for President George W. Bush and five annual appearances at The White House.

Through his exposure to classical music at Polly van der Linde’s Summer Sonatina piano camp in Bennington, Vt., Melemed started formal training in 2005. Within a year, Melemed won the grand prize at the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, which resulted in his debut performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Through his success at the 2008 Music Worcester Young Artists Competition, he received support from local donors and enrolled at Bancroft School, a private K-12 school in Worcester, Mass. He accompanied the school’s musicals, and to this day continues to perform medleys from “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “42nd Street,” and “Guys and Dolls.”

In 2012, Melemed won the 5th prize at the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition in Utah and the following year gave a recital tour of Czech Republic. Melemed studied Finnish, one of the most difficult languages, at Columbia University. He won the 1st prize and Chamber Music Prize at the 4th Maj Lind International Piano Competition in Helsinki.

Melemed took an interest in the music of Israeli-American composer Avner Dorman. In 2012, he won the Commissioned Etudes Prize at the New York International Piano Competition. He is devoted to educating his audiences by explaining compositional styles and discusses historical circumstances behind a work’s conception.

Melemed has been accepted in the highly selective Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School. He received a Bachelor of Music degree and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree under the teaching of Robert McDonald. He has worked with distinguished artists, including Emanuel Ax, Vladimir Feltsman, Stephen Hough, Robert Levin, Susan Starr, and Nelita True.

General admission to the concert is $10 for adults; $5 for seniors, veterans, and AAA members; students and children are admitted free. For more information, call 802-442-7158.

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The Sonicals
Jul
6
7:30 PM19:30

The Sonicals

The SONICALS, an explosive new piano duo, will perform on Friday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m.

The SONICALS features Joel A. Martin, creator of Jazzical® and currently touring with opera legend Kathleen Battle, and George Lopez, the Beckwith Artist-in-Residence at Bowdoin College. The charismatic duo infuses solo classical piano music with jazz improvisation to create their signature sound and one-of-a-kind concert event.

Martin and Lopez are on the faculty of Sonata Piano Camps in Bennington, Vermont, where they met over a year ago through Sonata founder Polly van der Linde. On the evening of the day they met to teach piano lessons, they spontaneously created an epic performance that was captured live on Facebook. Polly dubbed them “The SONICALS,” and the duo has gained an extremely loyal following with their artistry, musicality, and personal connection to audiences everywhere they play.

Their debut CD on MCS Records, made possible through a Billy Rose Foundation Grant, will be released nationwide on July 6 and available for purchase at the concert.

The SONICALS’ performance is one of two Piano Concert Series sponsored by Summer Sonatina at the Laumeister Art Center. General admission to the concert is $10 for adults; $5 for seniors, veterans, and AAA members; students and children are admitted free.

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New Yorker Celebration!
Jun
30
1:00 PM13:00

New Yorker Celebration!

One hundred New Yorker cartoons by twenty New Yorker cartoonists! The New Yorker exhibition and sale will run from June 25th until September 9th. This exciting collection will include the work of well known cartoonists such as Roz Chast, Edward Koren, and Mick Stevens.

Join us for our New Yorker Celebration on June 30th! 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

1:00-2:00 pm  Talk with cartoonist, editor, and author Bob Mankoff

2:00-3:30 pm  Film screening of Very Semi-Serious

3:30-4:15 pm   Panel Discussion & Q&A with Tom Toro, Danny Shanahan, & Edward Koren

5:00-6:30 pm  Dinner at the Everett Mansion

7:30 pm             Steve Ross Cabaret Concert

Tickets for this event will be available soon by calling the art center at 802-442-7158, or by visiting us online. Please stay tuned for more information! 

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Vermont to Puerto Rico Documentary Premiere Screening
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Vermont to Puerto Rico Documentary Premiere Screening

24 volunteers re-built homes in Puerto Rico in March, following the devastation of Hurricane Maria. This is the documentary premiere screening for the feature video, produced by Ryan Scutt of CAT-TV, who traveled with the group. Five Southwest VT Career Development Center students, two CDC professionals and Benn. Habitat for Humanity members also volunteered in the effort. Organized by Jim Goodine.

Admission is free. There will be a silent auction, a raffle and refreshments for sale to benefit this on-going cause.

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The Sage City Six & Ukulele String Ensemble
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

The Sage City Six & Ukulele String Ensemble

The Bennington Lions Club and Laumeister Art Center present an evening of music. The Sage City Six is a traditional Dixieland jazz band playing “New Orleans Style” jazz. The band was formed in North Bennington, Vermont (at one time known as Sage City) in 1955, by Bob and Helen Woodworth, and has been playing dixieland music ever since. The band was managed for many years by Dr. Ron Woodworth (son of Bob and Helen) and is currently managed by Bill Cottrell.

The opening act for the evening will be The Ukulele String Ensemble. Players range in age from 26 to 80+. The Ensemble plays a variety of music including popular American and Irish sing-a-long songs, folk tunes, rhythm and blues, and oldie R&R favorites. 

Tickets are $15, two for $25, children & students $5. Available at the Laumeister Art Center Box Office, Knapp’s Music Store, The Bennington Downtown Alliance Visitor’s Center, and from members of the Bennington Lion’s Club. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Bennington Lions Sight and Hearing Fund.

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The Game of Mah Jongg with Gregg Swain
Apr
15
10:00 AM10:00

The Game of Mah Jongg with Gregg Swain

Author and Art Historian Gregg Swain will talk about the game of Mah Jongg and give tips about the 2018 National Mah Jongg League card at the Laumeister Art Center, 44 Gypsy Lane, in Bennington Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Coffee and conversation will begin at 10 a.m., and the talk will start at 10:45 a.m.

Swain will sell and sign copies of her book, “Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game” with proceeds to benefit Southern Vermont College (SVC). Some of her Mah Jongg sets will be on display both days at the Art Center. Guests may bring their personal sets and share stories about them, and Swain will provide some cultural and historical explanations associated with the images on the tiles. Many of Swain’s Mah Jongg boxes, including a prized set from her collection, are currently on display at the Bennington Museum. 

Chinese craftsmen began carving Mah Jongg tiles a little over 150 years ago, and many were free to choose the images and the messages included on the game pieces. Some carvers included important aspects of Chinese life, culture, and history on the tiles, and during wartime, propaganda messages were featured. Attendees will get new insights into this fascinating game and its place in the history of China.

A graduate of Smith College with a degree in Art History, Swain earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University. She has served on numerous boards and committees, and currently is a member of SVC’s Board of Trustees.

General admission to the Laumeister Art Center, which includes this event, is $10, $5 for seniors and children under 12. Admission is free for SVC students. Reservations are requested by contacting Swain at MahJonggGregg@gmail.com or Nina Lentzner at nlentzner@svc.edu or 802-442-7158.

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The Game of Mah Jongg with Gregg Swain
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

The Game of Mah Jongg with Gregg Swain

Author and Art Historian Gregg Swain will talk about the game of Mah Jongg and give tips about the 2018 National Mah Jongg League card on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Coffee and conversation will begin at 10 a.m., and the talk will start at 10:45 a.m.

Swain will sell and sign copies of her book, “Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game” with proceeds to benefit Southern Vermont College (SVC). Some of her Mah Jongg sets will be on display both days at the Art Center. Guests may bring their personal sets and share stories about them, and Swain will provide some cultural and historical explanations associated with the images on the tiles. Many of Swain’s Mah Jongg boxes, including a prized set from her collection, are currently on display at the Bennington Museum. 

Chinese craftsmen began carving Mah Jongg tiles a little over 150 years ago, and many were free to choose the images and the messages included on the game pieces. Some carvers included important aspects of Chinese life, culture, and history on the tiles, and during wartime, propaganda messages were featured. Attendees will get new insights into this fascinating game and its place in the history of China.

A graduate of Smith College with a degree in Art History, Swain earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University. She has served on numerous boards and committees, and currently is a member of SVC’s Board of Trustees.

General admission to the Laumeister Art Center, which includes this event, is $10, $5 for seniors and children under 12. Admission is free for SVC students. Reservations are requested by contacting Swain at MahJonggGregg@gmail.com or Nina Lentzner at nlentzner@svc.edu or 802-442-7158.

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Ghost Army - A Multimedia Presentation by Rick Beyer
Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

Ghost Army - A Multimedia Presentation by Rick Beyer

Rick Beyer, New York Times best-selling author and award-winning documentary filmmaker, will detail the vital role of a top secret WWII unit that used inflatable tanks, sound effects, and illusions to fool the Germans on the battlefields of Europe. He will give a multimedia presentation, along with an audience Q&A, and a book signing. The multimedia presentation will include scenes from the award-winning documentary, and he will discuss the importance of the Ghost Army's role in WWII.

This event is presented by the Bennington Banner and sponsored by Uncle Bob's Septic Services.

For more information on the Ghost Army, please visit ghostarmy.org.

Tickets: www.ghostarmybb.eventbrite.com  Price: $15 before March 4th, $20 after. Tickets may also be purchased at the Bennington Banner, Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.

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A Night of Comedy!
Feb
17
8:00 PM20:00

A Night of Comedy!

This weekend, the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless presents the comedy of Ross Bennett! Also featuring Jay Lloyd, Missy Allan, and Mike Nigro. Tickets available at www.evenbrite.com or call 802-440-2487. All proceeds benefit BCCH.

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Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonata Series

Pianists Yoshiko Sato and Christopher Lewis continue their concert series devoted to performances of the complete Piano Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. The performances are taking place at Bennington College and at venues in the surrounding Bennington community. This concert at The Bennington Center for the Arts will be the 6th of the series. 

THE COMPLETE BEETHOVEN PIANO SONATA SERIES PROGRAM

Sonata in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1

Sonata in A-flat, Op. 110

Sonata in g minor, Op. 49-1

Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 81-a  " The Farewell"

Yoshiko Sato studied in Keio University in Tokyo, at The Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, and at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in France. Ms. Sato has given recitals in Japan, the United States, France, and Switzerland, and has appeared as soloist with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra de Cambra de L'Emporda in Spain, the Hartt Symphony Orchestra, and with the Sage City Symphony. Over the years she has also won numerous prizes in piano competitions in Europe and in the United States. Since 1999, Yoshiko Sato has been a piano teacher and staff accompanist in the music program at Bennington College.

In 2009 Ms. Sato and Tenor Thomas Bogdan released a recording of Hungarian Folk Song settings by Bartok and Kodaly. Sato's recordings of Allen Shawn's Childhood Scenes, and Nocturne for Y can be heard on CDs from Albany Records. In 2014 she performed Childhood Scenes as well as Shawn's Jazz Prelude No. 2 for the Antonia Franceschi Dance Company at the Ailey Center in New York City and in performances on the island of Malta. In fall of 2015, she and her colleague pianist Christopher Lewis embarked on a concert series devoted to the complete piano Sonatas of Beethoven.

Christopher Lewis has taught and performed throughout the U.S., Italy, and British Columbia in venues including Carnegie, Weill, and Alice Tully Halls in NYC, Orchestra Hall in Detroit, the Empire State Performing Arts Center in Albany, and the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Lewis was a prizewinner in the American National Chopin and the NY Leschetizky Society Competitions and has recorded for the Newport Classics label. He held faculty positions at New York University as well as several private schools in New York City and has been on the piano faculty of Bennington College since 2010.

Doors open at 7:30pm, performance begins at 8:00. Free admission, donations welcome.

 Pianists Christopher Lewis and Yoshiko Sato 

Pianists Christopher Lewis and Yoshiko Sato 

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Nov
3
8:00 PM20:00

Annie & the Hedonists: Friday, November 3 - CANCELLED

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Annie & the Hedonists interprets the songs of the great female blues artists of the ‘20s, 30s & 40s: Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Rosetta Tharpe, Blue Lu Barker, Ella Fitzgerald and others.  Fronted by the captivating vocals of Annie Rosen, and backed by Peter Davis, (guitar, banjo, clarinet, piano, vocal), Jonny Rosen, (guitar, vocal) and Don Young, (bass, guitar, vocal), the ensemble's veteran players are each extremely accomplished in their own right.  Annie & the Hedonists also offer workshops from ukulele styles to playing by ear to gospel harmonies and the band has packed clubs and coffee house across the northeast, from New York City to the Champlain Valley.    

Spirits of Old Bennington will be serving refreshments throughout the evening.

House opens at 7:30pm, performance begins at 8pm.

Tickets: $15 advance/members, $20 at the door.  

Kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge!

Call The Bennington Center for the Arts at 802-442-7158 to purchase tickets or click on the button below to order online.

WOW, What a show! Annie and the Hedonists had our largest crowd of the season screaming for more. She absolutely blew the crowd away with her rendition of Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit. As Annie related this was “the song I always sang in the shower when I was a teenager”. Annie’s voice, the incredible musicianship of the Hedonists and a clear passion for their music made for a fabulous show!
— Cooperstown Concert Series 2017
Annie & The Hedonists had our village green groovin’ on a warm summer night. The band truly connected to a crowd of all ages, through their good-spirited brand of vintage jazz & Americana. True talent – and what a voice!
— Dave Ziemba, Artistic Director of the Clifton-Fine Concert Series, Wanakena, NY, 2017.
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Oct
20
8:00 PM20:00

Michael Benedict JAZZ VIBES: Friday, October 20

 Photo courtesy of  Saratoga Bars

Photo courtesy of Saratoga Bars

Michael Benedict is a graduate of the Crane School of Music at the State University College of New York at Potsdam where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.  He later attended Rutgers University and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies.

Michael has performed and/or recorded with jazz luminaries Gary Smulyan, Harry Allen, Dick Oatts, Steve Nelson, Sharel Cassity, Bruce Barth and Joe Locke.  He has toured the United States extensively, performing at numerous concert halls, colleges, clubs and festivals and has performed in Europe.  In 2012, Michael was part of a US State Department tour of Tunisia, Africa where he taught and performed with the Planet Arts Trio.  

Michael is currently the leader of three ensembles; Jazz Vibes, BOPITUDE and The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble.  He has released five recordings to date.  Downbeat Magazine rated BOPITUDE “Five and One” as one of the Best Albums of 2013.  His most recent release, “Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland”, was an Editor’s pick in Downbeat Magazine and listed as one of the Best Jazz Albums of 2015 by National Public Radio and critics Ted Gioa and Scott Yanow. 

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JAZZ VIBES is an ensemble featuring Michael on vibraphone, David Gleason on piano, Mike Lawrence on bass and Pete Sweeney on drums.  The repertoire of the group includes straight ahead jazz standards, LatinAmerican songs and original material.  Jazz Vibes has been the leading vibraphone group in the Capital Region of New York State for over a decade. 
 
Michael endorses Grover Pro Percussion Drums, Soultone Cymbals and Silverfox drumsticks. 

House opens at 7:30pm, performance begins at 8pm.

Tickets: $15 advance/members, $20 at the door.  Kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge!

Call The Bennington Center for the Arts at 802-442-7158 to purchase tickets!

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Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Open House and Artist Reception

The Bennington Center for the Arts will host an Open House on Saturday, September 23rd. Come enjoy the wonderful fine art completed by artists around the country in current exhibitions that include  Artists for the New Century, the Collective Members' Show and the Laumeister Fine Art Competition. Meet many of the artists that will be in attendance at the paint-out on Friday afternoon at Southern Vermont College or at the reception on Saturday evening. The winner of the Competition will be announced on this day as well.

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Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

The New McKrells: Friday, September 22

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The McKrells are one of the Capital District's most well-known Irish and bluegrass acts, who performed at the top of the local music scene for 15 years before taking a hiatus in 2006.  This concert at the Bennington Center for the Arts is a chance to hear the next iteration of of the McKrell band, with a few new members to carry this musical Irish tradition into the next generation.

Folk singer, songwriter, and artist Kevin McKrell, has had his songs recorded and or performed by artists from around the world. He has performed in theaters, clubs and on festival stages across the United States, Canada, Ireland and the U.K. Prior to forming the McKrells, Kevin was a founding member of Celtic Folk band Donnybrook Fair. He and his bands have performed for audiences at the top Celtic, Folk and Bluegrass festivals as well as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Troy Music Hall, Caffé Lena, Berklee Performance Hall, Proctors Theater, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, The Egg, North Texas Irish Festival, The Landmark Theater Syracuse, Milwaukee Irish Festival, Celtic Classic, The Great American Irish Festival, MusikFest, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival.

Lead by Kevin, the New McKrell's is a high energy collective and a who's who of North Country Roots Music, each player a top draw in their own right.  John Kribs is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is known throughout the Northeast for the classic roots rock band Johnny and the Triumphs, the beloved Raquette River Rounders and the original McKrells.  John plays guitar both electric and acoustic and banjo. On mandolin is Orion Kribs, a world-class string player endorsed by Godin-Seagull guitars.  Orion is capable of break neck speed and nuanced solo work so crucial to the McKrell sound. Arlin Greene is the bass backbone of the group, a member of a musical family that has attained legendary status in the northeast.  Son of the great Smokey Greene, he is a bassist of exceptional abilities, whether it is a high energy bluegrass stomp or one of McKrells' Celtic ballads. On percussion is Brian Melick, who is an active teacher and instrumentalist and has been featured on over 375 professional recordings. On fiddle, is Doug Moody, a Buffalo N.Y. legend for his work with the alt-country band The Steam Donkeys and The McKrells.  

The harmony vocals of these like minded musicians are stunning, the energy explosive, and each song a gem.  They have been called amazing, brilliant, McKrellica.  Don't miss out on this performance!

Spirits of Old Bennington will be serving refreshments throughout the evening.

House opens at 7:30pm, performance begins at 8pm.

Tickets: $15 advance/members, $20 at the door.  Kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge!

Call The Bennington Center for the Arts at 802-442-7158 to purchase tickets.

The McKrells Carnegie Hall performance was golden and triumphant, every solo met with applause and every song punctuated with a roar.
— Paul Rapp, Metroland Magazine (Carnegie Hall)
If bands were paid by the number of notes they played, soulfulness, conviction, confidence or black leather the McKrells would have bagged most of the money Thursday. Kevin McKrell owned the stage and crowd as usual and sang “It’s Not Me” as the country-est song of the night. His new “I Will Cry” about watching the news following 9/11 (Milonovich quoting “America the Beautiful” in the coda) won a standing ovation. So did their set as a whole. They were a delicious bonus and surprise.
— Michael Hochanadel The Daily Gazette (The Palace Theater)
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Aug
27
2:00 PM14:00

BKBX Open Share Studio: Sunday, August 27

From August 24-27 Broken Box Mime Theater  (BKBX) will be in residence at the Bennington Center for the Arts!

Winners of the 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Awards for Outstanding Ensemble, Performance Art, and Choreography/Movement, BKBX is back in the studio to create new work that activates the imagination of their audiences, contemporizes the art of mime, and reminds us all of the power of simple storytelling.  Set to lights and music, pieces range from realistic to metaphorical, heart-wrenching to hilarious, cinematic to intimate and everything in between, held together by the belief that great theater requires little ornamentation, only great vision.  

Join us on Sunday, August 27th at 2pm to learn about contemporary mime, collaborative process, and how simple storytelling can be a vehicle for impactful theater. This engaging, informal presentation with the company is open to all! 

Admission is "pay what you can" and all ages are encouraged to attend.   Funds received will go directly to the artists.

A generous donor will provide a dollar for dollar match for the admissions collected from this event and that match will be applied to the Bennington Center for the Arts performance fund.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to support to both your local venue and the artists whom we serve.

The covered bridge museum and galleries will be open from 10am until 5pm this day as well.  Should you choose to further explore our exhibits, admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and children 12 and under are free.  The Bennington Center for the Arts will be offering a 10% discount on any new memberships or renewals made on this day which, among other benefits, will allow you free access to our galleries and exhibits year round!

Photo credits to Bjorn Bolinder

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Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

Story Night Review: A benefit for the Bennington Murals Art Program

Building on incredible podcasts like the Moth Radio Hour, and RISK!, Story Night is a Vermont show that delivers a night of raw truth from local people without the aid of notes and props. Proceeds will support the curation and execution of murals in Bennington through the Bennington Murals Art Program.

Local craft brews and delicious mixers will be served by Spirits of Old Bennington. Appetizers will also be served. Shuttles are available for those who need assistance. Please send a message to storiesbennington@gmail.com or call 802-430-2008 to make arrangements.

The show begins at 7:00pm and the doors will open at 6:15pm. Tickets are $16 in advance and $24 at the door, and may be purchased at Storiesvermont.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.  

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Aug
5
10:00 PM22:00

Bennington Arts Weekend- Open House

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On Saturday, August 5th, in honor of Bennington Arts Weekend, The Bennington Center for the Arts will host an Open House. In addition to the Covered Bridge Museum and the Native American collection, the galleries will feature several current exhibitions. The Small Works Show highlights over thirty framed pieces under 14” in size and of various subject matter. These smaller pieces are unique in that they may be taken home at time of purchase. American Artists Abroad features the work of artists who have traveled and been inspired by locations all over the world. The Laumeister Fine Art Competition, juried by Calvin Liang, is a sizable collection of fine, representational work by contemporary artists. 

Spirits of Old Bennington will be offering tastings and will have specialty cocktails for sale from noon until 4pm.

Admission is FREE all day!

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Jul
28
7:00 PM19:00

Where the River Runs North: discussion and screening

Award-winning filmmaker Jay Craven will present a special tribute to Vermont writer, Howard Frank Mosher, who passed away unexpectedly in late January. Craven has made five “Vermont Westerns" during his 28-year collaboration with Mosher. He will present a 20-minute talk, “My Life, So Far, With Howard,” in which Craven will detail his often-daunting exploits, making the films, and his always-humorous experiences, working with Mosher. Following his talk, Craven will present a 25th anniversary screening of his film, Where the Rivers Flow North, starring Academy Award nominee, Rip Torn, Native American actress, Tantoo Cardinal (Dances with Wolves, Legends of the Fall), and Michael J. Fox. 

Set in 1927 Vermont, Rivers tells the story of an old Vermont logger and his Native American mate who face the extinction of their way of life when the local power company plans to build a giant hydro dam that will flood them off their land. Lord and Bangor face emotional and physical challenges as they struggle with the power company, Vermont’s unforgiving terrain, and their own thorny relationship.

Tickets are $12 adults and $5 students under 18. Proceeds from Craven’s tour will support digitization and preservation of the Mosher films and preparation and production of study materials for schools and communities. For more information, contact Jay Craven (jcraven@marlboro.edu).

The discussion begins at 7pm, doors will open at 6:30pm.  For tickets call The Bennington Center for the Arts at 802-442-7158 or click on the link below.

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Jul
21
8:00 PM20:00

Recital by pianist Mackenzie Melemed

Twenty-two-year-old pianist Mackenzie Melemed began performing concerts at a young age, notably for senior citizens, charitable organizations and at local schools, where he encouraged students to share their talents within their communities. Melemed has performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall and in recital throughout the United States, Czech Republic, Finland and Japan. He has won numerous national and international piano competitions, including 5th prize at the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Competition, 1st prize at the Hamamatsu Piano Academy Competition, and most recently 1st Prize at the Iowa International Piano Competition. Melemed graduated with the Bachelor of Music degree and will be finishing up his Master of Music degree as a student in the accelerated B.M./M.M. program at The Juilliard School. Melemed studies with Robert McDonald and enjoys foreign languages, recently completed studies in Finnish at Columbia University, and will be participating in the Maj Lind Piano Competition in Helsinki in August. 

Bach: French Suite No.2 in C Minor BWV 813
Haydn: Sonata in E Minor Hob.XVI:34
Scriabin: Etude Op.8 No.5 in E Major, No.10 in D-Flat Major
Medtner: 
Canzona Matinata Op.39 No.4, Sonata Tragica Op.39 No.5
Beethoven: Sonata in F Major Op.54
Liszt: Funerailles Dorman: Sonata No.2

The theater will open at 7:30pm and all concerts will begin at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, children 12 and under are admitted for free. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Bennington Center for the Arts: 802-442-7158. 

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