Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7:00 PM
2014 Arts Awards Gala at Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy
The 2014 Arts Awards Gala will honor three people who have had a profound impact on the arts in Vermont. Bess O'Brien will receive The Walter Cerf Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, Jody Fried will be given the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service. In addition, Governor Peter Shumlin will present the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts to former Vermont Poet Laureate Galway Kinnell.
Come to St. Johnsbury to join the celebration! A community reception will follow the ceremony and will take place at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Admission is free.
Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 PM
Readings in the Gallery - Lynn Martin and Tim Mayo
Lynn Martin’s poetry has appeared in Calliope, River City Review, South Florida Review, The Garden State, Green Mountains Review, Sinister Wisdom, Connecticut Review, Earth’s Daughters, Sweet Annie Press, The Centennial Review, and Friends Journal. She also has work in the anthologies, Heartbeat of New England, My Lover Is A Woman, Tail Feathers, and Connections: New York City Bridges in Poetry. She is the author of Visible Signs of Defiance and Talking to the Day.
Tim Mayo holds an ALB, cum laude, from Harvard University and an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars. His poems and reviews have appeared in Crab Creek Review, Narrative Magazine, Poetry International, Poet Lore, River Styx, Tar River Poetry, Verse Wisconsin, Verse Daily, Web Del Sol Review of Books, and The Writer’s Almanac. His chapbook The Loneliness of Dogs (Pudding House, 2008) was a finalist in the WCDR 2008 Chapbook Challenge in Ajax, Ontario, Canada, and his first full length collection The Kingdom of Possibilities (Mayapple Press, 2009) was a semifinalist for the 2009 Brittingham and Pollock Awards and a finalist for 2009 May Swenson Award. He has been twice nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, four times for a Pushcart Prize and was chosen as a top finalist for the Paumanok Award.
Wednesday, November 5 at 7:00 PM
First Wednesdays - The Buildings of Vermont with Glenn Andres
Middlebury College professor Glenn Andres looks beyond Vermont’s pastoral stereotypes to examine the remarkable range, quality, humanity, and persistence of its built landscape. Underwriter: The Preservation Trust of Vermont
Wednesday, December 3 at 7:00 PM
First Wednesdays - Walking with the Great Apes
Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas changed the way people understand animals’ lives. Author Sy Montgomery presents images from her travels to Gombe, Rwanda, and Borneo while researching her triple biography of this remarkable scientific sisterhood. Underwriter: Bill and Pam Eddy
Wednesday, January 7 at 7:00PM
First Wednesdays - The White Mountain Huts
Dartmouth professor Allen Koop explains the Appalachian Mountain Club’s hut system in New Hampshire, and how the huts and their people have formed a society with its own history, traditions, and legends.
Wednesday, February 4 at 7:00PM
First Wednesdays - The Shia-Sunni Divide in Islam
Former Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mansour Farhang examines the origin and contemporary revival of this 1300-year-long divide and explores how contemporary challenges facing states and societies in the Middle East exacerbate the animosity.
Underwriter: Vermont Council on World Affairs
Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00PM
First Wednesdays - Merton, Meditation, and More: The Appeal of Buddhism in the West
The Buddhist tradition is well-established in the United States, among Buddhists and others, such as Catholic monk and author Thomas Merton, who engaged in Buddhism without conversion. Middlebury College religion professor Elizabeth Morrison considers what has emerged from the West’s encounter with Buddhism.
Underwriter: Gil Steil Associates
Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00PM
First Wednesdays - Homer’s Odyssey, Narratives of Return for Combat Veterans
Dartmouth Classics professor Roberta Stewart describes her work with veterans and examines what the story of Odysseus’s long journey home from war has to say to combat veterans, and to all of us.
Underwriter: Passumpsic Savings Bank Member FDIC
Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00PM
First Wednesdays - Margaret Bourke-White, Courageous Photographer
Actress and educator Sally Matson portrays Margaret Bourke-White, whose influential images of industry, war zones, and world leaders established her as a groundbreaking photographer in the 1930s to 1950s.
Underwriter: Merchants Bank