Mary Williams

Weekly Conversation on the Arts and Art Hounds Producer/Announcer

Mary joined VPR in October 2011. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from St. Michael's College and has spent the last two decades on-air and as a producer at several stations up and down the Champlain Valley radio dial.

Mary operated a baking business called, "Good Girls," and in the summer months, parked her hand-built vendor cart at area farmers' markets to try and change minds and bellies toward more compassionate eating, one vegan cupcake at a time.


Ways to Connect

Thea Alvin

This week, Mary Williams talks with Morrisville artist Thea Alvin who creates arches from stone. Working at her craft for 30 years, she builds enormous arches and spirals--some weighing 12 tons--that look natural in their settings as though created by nature itself.

Outerlands Gallery

This week, photographer Seth Butler describes the vast array of photographic images and surrealist works on display as part of "Masterworks" now through July 28th at the BigTown Gallery in Rochester.

Art Hounds Turns One

May 20, 2013

Last May, I was a bit nervous... as nervous as I get when I plan a big party and worry whether anyone will show up.

This party, however, was figurative. Though, in a way, Art Hounds is a party: A weekly arty party!

It's been a year since we launched our arts segment and we couldn't have done it without you.

Art Hounds is truly a unique program. More than an arts calendar, it’s a vibrant voice – now over 200 voices strong — who tell you to seek out that exhibit or play or go see the mural or outdoor sculpture or a hear a particular poetry reading.

Art Hounds: Festive

May 16, 2013
BarnArts Center for the Arts

Art teacher Marianne McCann  from Chelsea suggested Mark Goodwin's abstract art exhibit at the Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier, which runs through June 28th with an opening on June 7th.

Chuck Malerich of Bridgewater called in to recommend the American folk opera, "Porgy and Bess" in concert at Barnard's First Universalist Church this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Mareva Millarc

Thursday, 4:55 p.m. and Friday, 7:55 a.m.

Theater performer and Middlebury attorney Jennifer Wagner called the VPR Art Hounds hotline to suggest a group which performs Renaissance polyphony, called Amaryllis.

They perform a program featuring the works of Josquin at St. Stephen's Church in Middlebury on Wednesday, May 15th.

Joyce Hendley of South Burlington suggests an evening taking in some future actors with a stage performance of the much-loved play, "Fiddler on the Roof."

Art Hounds: Hands-On

May 2, 2013
Ken Howell / Cargo Collective - User Required

Thursday at 4:55 p.m. and Friday at 7:55 a.m.

Christy Mitchell, owner and director of the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington called the VPR Art Hounds hotline to recommend an exhibit at BCA Center in Downtown Burlington, called, “User Required.”

There are two floors of interactive art work and the exhibit is up through May 18th.

Young-adult author MT Anderson of East Calais called the VPR Hotline recommending this weekend’s classical music concert from Capital City Concerts with the Borromeo String Quartet.

The concert, is the finale of Borromeo's tour and will feature the world premiere performance of a work by Mohammed Fairouz is in Montpelier this Saturday, April 27th on Main Street in Montpelier.

BirdNote: Horned Lark

Apr 13, 2013
Copyright: Tom Munson

A high-pitched, tinkling birdsong rings across the open, grassy expanse of a field.

The song comes from above, as a male Horned Lark hovers on fluttering wings, circling a hundred feet above the ground.

Although a locally common nester in some open habitats of the West, the population in general has decreased by 56% in the last 40 years.

Loss of suitable habitat is the cause.

Find more about the Horned Lark on the BirdNote homepage.

Nature Of Things

Apr 11, 2013
Gowri Savoor

Bettie Barnes, a fiber artist, recommends the Goddard College installation, "The Nature of Things," up now through May 11th in Montpelier.

The exhibit features several local artists' interpretations of nature, including stone sculpture, photography, murals and more.

Pictured is a piece by Gowri Savoor, titled, "Seed-bank." Savoor's works are featured along with several other artists.

Art Hounds: Play On

Apr 4, 2013
Detail of a Kathleen Kennedy tote

Master teaching artist Susan Rosano of South Newfane recommends the Brattleboro Gallery Walk and a stroll down the crafters' corridor this Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the first Friday of each month.

Some featured artisans include Kathleen Kennedy, who creates fabric covers for gadgets and Dennis Waring's cigar-box guitars.

The walk is in Downtown Brattleboro and nearby locations.

Roderick McIver / Birches II

This is our weekly look at the region's vibrant arts scene, called Art Hounds.

Andrew Mack of the Burlington Choral Society, called the VPR Art Hounds hotline with a suggestion, called, Jazz at the Church, for Thursday, March 14th.

Jim in Brattleboro highly recommends you take in the excitement created by the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro.

The Shape Of Notes

Feb 21, 2013
Leipzig String Quartet

Joan Alexander from Glover called the VPR Art Hounds hotline about the Annual All-Day Shape-Note Sing, coming up in March 23rd at the Irasburg Town Hall.

Alexander says newcomers are invited and in true shape-note sing fashion, there will be a potluck in the middle of the day.

Mark Law, a local classical music blogger, called about the Leipzig Quartet concert at College Street Congregational Church in Burlington on Wednesday, March 13th at 7.

Art Hounds: Art Love

Feb 14, 2013
John Snell

Michael Sherman from Montpelier called the VPR Art Hounds hotline about an interesting venue for a photography display. Through March 15th, you can see John Snell's exhibit, Still Learning to See, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.

Mara Williams, chief curator of the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, suggested a trip to the Vermont Supreme Court building in Montpelier to take in the photography exhibit, The Eye of Senator Leahy.

Leahy's documentary-style photographs--now on display through the end of February--show behind-the-scenes glimpses into historical events.

Painter and sculptor Nancy Shade from Hardwick called about a recently redesigned building which houses the Positive Pie restaurant.

Jennifer Nachbur of Burlington suggested the Third Annual Dance Showcase to benefit Puppets in Education, on Saturday, January 19th at 7 p.m., at the Black Box Theatre at Main Street Landing.

The showcase has an impressive and diverse roster, with dancers from Jeh Kuhlu to ballet dancers from Spotlight on Dance as well as swing dancers and more.

You can purchase tickets through or the Puppets in Education website.


Oct 30, 2012
Copyright: Maggie Smith

Through all of spring and summer, swallows dart and sail overhead; their airborne grace a wonder to behold.

By October, the skies seem empty.

Most swallows have flown south, in search of insects. The eight species of swallows that nest in the United States, including this Cliff Swallow, pictured, Right--migrate south to Central or even South America.

Ted Schiffman in Haverhill, New Hampshire called the Art Hounds hotline to recommend two upcoming shows.

Canadian singer/songwriter James Keelaghan appears at Court Street Arts in Haverhill on Saturday, September 15th and singer Michelle Shocked brings her "Roccupy America" tour to Alumni Hall at Court Street Arts on Thursday, September 27th.


Oct 25, 2012

Freelance writer John Flanagan of Richmond came to the VPR studios to talk up local band, Swale and its 10th anniversary performance at Radio Bean in Burlington on Friday, September 28th.

Janet Cobb from Norwich called about Windsor artist Carol Santa Maria's exhibit, "Painting the Wind," in Lyme, New Hampshire.

Painted & Drawn

Oct 25, 2012
Paedra Peter Bramhall

Artist Peggy Kannenstine suggested an exhibit by Vermont painter, Paedra Peter Bramhall. The works, on display now at Maison Kasini in Montreal, Quebec, touch on some potentially uncomfortable themes.
From Bramhall's exhibit page: "There is a place for beautiful, soothing art. There is a place for art which jogs the mind of the viewer and produces questions and questioning."

Art That Gives Back

Oct 25, 2012
Susan Abbott

Vermont musician Peg Tassey suggests Melissa Knight's batik collages, hanging at Muddy Waters in Burlington, Vermont, through October 1st and The Contemporary Dance and Fitness Center until October 11th.