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Opens on July 11 in Downtown Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO - The Southern Vermont Dance Festival slated for July 17 through 20 in Brattleboro celebrates the opening of its multi-venue exhibition featuring the art of movement. Beginning on Friday, July 11 and on view through the month of July in six different venues with 12 different artists, the beauty of movement will be on display in downtown Brattleboro through a world of paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture. This exhibition is entitled "Movement 2014" and is sponsored by the Second Annual Southern Vermont Dance Festival. Some work will be available for sale.

Brenda Siegel, executive director of the Southern Vermont Dance Festival explains that the festival wants to give everyone another reason to come downtown to experience the beauty of movement as interpreted by some of our local artists. "Dance and movement is for everyone and this is just another way to inspire the community," she says.

The exhibition was organized by one of the feature artists, Shanta L.E. whose passion for the arts has lead to her ongoing involvement in Brattleboro’s local art community. Shanta also shared her insights about Movement 2014 stating, "Movement is a part of who we are in the world and it is expressed not only in our bodies but in what or how we choose to create in the world.


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The retail outlets participating include the following: Vermont Artisan Designs (106 Main Street), Superfresh! Organic Café 30 Main Street, Twilight Tea Lounge (41 Main Street), Headroom Stages (17 Elliot Street), Latchis Theatre (50 Main Street), and Whetstone Station (36 Bridge Street).

Exhibiting artists include sculptor Hugh Joudry at Vermont Artisan Designs, photographers Kiqe Bosch, Shanta L.E., Jeffrey Byrnes and Annie Macy also at Vermont Artisan Designs as part of an IBIT Dance Company exhibit; Virginia Driscoll with color sketches and photographer Tara Gordon with original close-up nature photography at Twilight Tea Lounge; Clare Adams with figurative multi-colored stencils at Superfresh! Organic Cafe; oil painters Crystal Bartlett and Heather Miller at The Latchis; photographer Jeffrey Lewis and artisan Penelope Wurr at Headroom Stages.

Artists Statements

Vermont Artisan Designs: Hugh Joudry, sculptor, celebrates the creative effort with a large dancing figure surrounded by 13 shape-shifting figures and magicians.

I have been carving for 40 years in my studio in the town of Stratton. As beauty and passion unfurl from the roots of the world I see in my sculpture its magical presence. In my work, I strive toward a resonance with the sacred energy of the land and its sentient beings. The bright and hard white marble of Vermont inspires a great sense of duration and makes an enduring vital link to the mineral realm. The rhythmic shapes of trees I see in the forest, the smell of resin in balsam fir and spruce, the sap of the maple, the interior contours of ash and beech, as well as the majesty of oak are the primal energy that sparks my work. It is this universal rhythm, a spiral waveform that is a conduit for the spirits into our world. I think of my sculpture as powerful shape-shifting entities of form, which in abstract essence pull the viewer into a more luminous visual state - a parallel world of spirit, time and myth. As I sculpt I visualize the movements of tai chi, yoga, and dance. This includes abstraction as well as figurative work. www.hughjoudry.com

Also at Vermont Artists Designs -- Photographs in this exhibit present IBIT Dance Company throughout the 2013/2014 season on tour, at festivals, in class, in rehearsal and backstage. Dancers are shown from the pre-professional training program as they learn and grow and experience the joy of movement. The exhibit represents one dance company as seen through many lenses.

Kiqe Bosch, photographer, is exhibiting black & white images that presents movement in its raw form.

I was born to shoot people. I have tried shooting the broad side of a barn, but failed miserably. So I keep shooting people, and, they like it.

Jeffrey B. is a professional editorial, fashion and portrait photographer.

I make photographs. For me, photography is about communicating. It is about telling a story through images.

Shanta L.E. is a photographer, publicist, dancer, and writer.

I believe that photography is an extension of storytelling. Life is such a collection of shared moments. Some are ones that we wish to forget while others we want to kidnap into an eternal space of remembering. In my mind, photography gives us that ability to journey into any past, remain in an eternal present, or envision infinite futures. shantavns@gmail.com, storieswetellphotography.com

Annie Laurie Macy-Purinton

Photographs IBIT shows and various other IBIT related activities.

Superfresh! Organic Café

Clare Adams

My new work, Color & Movement, celebrates the joy of dance and the excitement the Southern Vermont Dance Festival brings to Brattleboro. These new monotypes were made on my antique etching press, which has recently been moved to my new studio location at 18 Main Street in Saxtons River, VT.

Using figurative stencils and multiple color layers, I overlaid positive and negative forms to create a sense of movement and spontaneity. Primarily a landscape painter, this work is a departure for me. The dance theme gave me a new a sense of joy and freedom. Having been an admirer of dance for years, creating this work made me feel like a participant. www.vermontcrafts.com/members/CAdams.html

The Latchis

Crystal Bartlett

Thee oil paintings on canvas entitled "Visual Movement" show my love for expression of movement through color. astralbody17@yahoo.com

Heather Miller

Venus Visions represents our united relationship to life’s constantly changing experiences. Our ability to perceive life as temporary causes deep suffering and joy. My goal is to share glimpses of beauty inspired by the dance of matter and transformation. One of the pieces in the exhibit is entitled "Adventures in Her Space." www.venusvisionsart.com

Twilight Tea Lounge

Tara Gordon

When I am in nature, what I see is patterns, and I am captivated by the incredible detail, organization, and beauty in all life forms. The artwork I create reflects the patterns I see-like the Canada geese migrating south in the fall; geographic migration patterns, unique flight formation in the form of a V to optimize energy efficiency, and the behavior of two individuals mating for life. My vision zooms inward to the resulting pattern bringing forth a symbol of light in the center where two hearts join. www.symmagery-design.com

Virginia Driscoll Having A Ball I-IV series

My art often explores space, time and how people interact. I am intrigued by color and use it to express tension, emotion, mood, and to build a cohesive world. Dancing by the river in springtime inspired this Having a Ball I-IV series. bohegin@yahoo.com

Headroom Stages

Jeffrey Lewis -- Jeffrey’s work features photographs of circus performers in ‘concert’.

I have lived in Vermont for ten years. I have been active in economic and community development and recently retired. I returned to photography after a forty-year hiatus about five years ago and have been adding equipment and experience since. I have been very fortunate to be able to photograph many performances at NECCA in the past two or three years. Jeffrey.m.lewis@comcast.net

Penelope Wurr, designer and producer of contemporary glass in limited editions.

I created this particular work entitled "The Dance Center" during my postgraduate year at Central School of Art. The print on exhibit was part of a series of litho and etchings inspired by the photos that I took of women in their own personal spaces, such as the dressing rooms back stage, changing rooms, ladies rooms in Clubs, Pubs and Gyms in London in the early eighties. www.penelopewurr.com

Whetstone Station

Kiqe Bosch, photographer, is exhibiting black and white photographs that depict the joy of movement and the wonders and variety of the first annual Southern Vermont Dance Festival.

Tickets to the Second Annual Southern Vermont Dance Festival are available now by visiting www.southernvermontdancefestival.com. For more information on how to purchase tickets, become a sponsor or volunteer at the festival, please email info@southernvermontdancefestival.com