Getting 'sketchy' with burlesque


BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center hosts a burlesque figure drawing event on Friday, June 13, from 7 to 9 p.m.

With models from Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School adorned in burlesque costumes and striking theatrical poses, artists of any experience level will find a serious -- or not-so-serious -- alternative to traditional life drawing classes. This lively, fun evening of sketching in a cabaret atmosphere comes complete with music and a cash bar.

Only those 21 or over will be admitted, and sketchers must bring their own drawing supplies. Admission is $15 ($10 for BMAC members). Pay at the door, or call 802-257-0124, ext. 101, to reserve a spot.

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School was founded in 2005 in Brooklyn, N.Y., by artists Molly Crabapple and A.V. Phibes. The concept caught on and has spread to more than 100 cities worldwide, attracting everyone from professional artists to those who have never drawn before, including "dog walkers, jewelry designers, tattoo artists, illustrators and cubicle slaves," according to the highly irreverent Dr. Sketchy's website. These life drawing sessions offer a nonjudgmental environment for nonartists to try out drawing.

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, founded in 1972, presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. The museum's exhibits and gift shop are open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for students. Members and children under 6 are admitted free.

Located in historic Union Station at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit

Major support for BMAC is provided by its members and Entergy Vermont Yankee, Brattleboro Ford Subaru, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Allen Brothers Oil, Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, and People's United Bank.


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