Events around Windham County

BMAC seeking original artwork and writing from Vermont teens

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a prestigious national recognition initiative for teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent. Vermont students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit art and writing entries in dozens of categories, including ceramics, digital art, painting, photography, poetry, humor, science fiction, personal essay/memoir, and more. The submission deadline is December 16, 2015. Students and teachers seeking guidelines or additional information are encouraged to visit or to contact Sarah Freeman at 802-257-0124, ext. 102 or

Vermont students may submit original works in any of the Awards' art and writing categories. All works are evaluated based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision or voice -- first regionally through BMAC and then nationally by a panel of esteemed artists and writers. Nikki Giovanni, Red Grooms, Paul Giamatti, Faith Ringgold, Wangechi Mutu, David Sedaris, and Andres Serrano are among those who have served as past jurors. Vermont winners will be announced by the end of January, and a selection of award-winning work will be exhibited at BMAC for three weeks beginning Feb. 20, culminating in an Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 12 at 12 noon. National award winners will be announced by the end of March.

Landscape art and circus arts connect

Paul Stone, Vermont landscape artist, has donated one of his paintings to support the New England Center for Circus Arts as it moves forward with plans to build a new training and performance facility.

Since its beginning in 2007 the New England Center for Circus Arts, a 501(c)3 not for profit community organization, has grown to become the nation's premiere circus arts training school. Proceeds from the painting will support plans for a custom circus 'trapezium' to house the school's many projects. The facility, to be built on Town Crier Drive in Brattleboro, will house the professional training program that ranks the school as world class, as well as community classes for fitness and movement enthusiasts and outreach including programs for cancer survivors and their families, youth with autism and those challenged by physical and developmental disabilities.

The painting, a colorful depiction of a Vermont farm scape, is valued at $2,475, and is on display at Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery on Main St., Brattleboro. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale will go to support NECCA in this generous compliment from one artist to an arts organization. An artist for over 40 years, Stone is known for his vibrant depictions of the Vermont landscape as well as seascapes of the rugged New England coast. His works reside in private and corporate collections in North and South America, Europe and Asia and NECCA is honored by his gift and the support of the Vermont Artisan Design which is displaying the painting for sale.

BMAC invites creators of all ages to build LEGO sculptures

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) invites creators of all ages to design and build original LEGO sculptures and display them at the museum this fall in BMAC's Eighth Annual LEGO Contest & Exhibit, taking place Nov. 20 to 22. This popular annual event is generously sponsored by Brattleboro Ford Subaru, G.S. Precision, Inc., and Don Robinson, Builder.

Every entry received will be displayed at the museum. A panel of judges will award prizes based on creativity and craftsmanship in six age groups. There will also be overall prizes for Best in Show, Best Architectural Design, Best Use of Moving Parts, Best Title, Best Diorama, and Best Space-Themed Creation. Every contestant will receive a personalized certificate of participation and four complimentary admission passes to BMAC.

Contest entries must be delivered to the museum on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 4 to 6 p.m., along with an entry form and $5 entry fee. The opening reception and awards ceremony will take place Friday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m., with all entries remaining on display at the museum through Sunday, November 22. Contest guidelines and entry forms are available at or by calling 802-257-0124, ext. 101.

Music for a Sunday afternoon at college

Bassist Michael Bisio and pianist Matthew Shipp team up for an afternoon of jazz in this Music for a Sunday Afternoon concert on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m. The two are members of the Matthew Shipp Trio, one of the pre-eminent avant-garde jazz groups in the world, playing clubs and concerts across the US, Canada, and Europe. "The combination of the intellectual and the emotional is seamless and creates a transcendent whole that goes beyond jazz to evoke a universe of distinctive musical possibility," says music blogger Tim Niland. Matthew Shipp draws from the world of classical music, leaning towards a modern dissonance that ranges from playful to aggressive, while Michael Bisio's almost-telepathic ability to both follow and propel Shipp's challenging improvisations speaks to their extensive joint experience. Gapplegate Music Review says, "The interaction of Shipp and Bisio by now has become a wonder. They intertwine around themselves in brilliant ways." They will perform in Ragle Hall, Serkin Center, Marlboro College, 2582 South Rd., Marlboro. Information at 802-257-4333

Altered States 2015: A weekend of chanting and study

On the weekend of Nov. 14 to 15, Five experienced teachers and practitioners are leading this experiential weekend of literally mind-altering chant: Dr. Amer Latif, Sheetal Kinkhabwala, Rebbe Moshe Waldocks, Susan Dedell, and Dr. Lesley Fishelman.

Through deep immersion the weekend will explore chanting practices that can be translated into everyday life for everyone. We will explore the intersection of spiritual, mental and physical heath, and experience the similarities and differences of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Christian practices from both experiential and scientific perspectives.Saturday's schedule includes a hearty and nourishing lunch, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments. Overnight accomodations are available at the beautiful Hallelujah Farm, located just across the river in Chesterfield, NH. For more information, visit or call 603-256-8682.

Batchelor to speak at a Vermont Insight Meditation program

Stephen Batchelor, an internationally known meditation teacher and best-selling author, is set to speak in Brattleboro on Saturday, Nov. 14. Batchelor, a former monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions, is a contributing editor of Tricycle magazine has authored nearly a dozen books, including such provocative titles as "Buddhism without Beliefs," "The Faith to Doubt" and the soon-to-be-released "After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age." He will speak at a special Vermont Insight Meditation Center program open to all spiritual traditions.

People are encouraged to register early for his talk — set for Saturday, Nov. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro — by logging onto the website, with more information available there or by calling (802) 254-7077 or emailing


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