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

Brattleboro West

Deborah Neuhof from Woodstock recommends the Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival at Union Arena on Route 4, near the high school next weekend in Woodstock.

Jo Leitman suggests a trip to Isle LaMotte this weekend to commemorate a visit from a popular president for "Teddy Roosevelt Day."

Mara Williams, chief curator of the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center suggests the grouping of open studios coming next weekend, called Brattleboro West.

Katharine Montstream

Donna Iverson recommends the newest work by a long-time and much-loved Vermont artist who has taken quite a departure from her well-known watercolors.

Katharine Montstream went inside the long-empty Moran Plant on Burlington’s Waterfront and captured a new beauty amongst the cold, industrial shapes and graffiti.

Her "Moran Plant Interiors" display is up at her new gallery on St. Paul Street in Burlington through the end of the month.

Jan Bruss recommend an exhibit at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph.

Outerlands Gallery

Laura Lewis of Guilford suggests a performance by renowned cellists, Judith Serkin and Paul Wiancko, at the Guilford Free Library on Saturday, September 7th.  The concert will benefit the library.

Evan Langfeldt is on the board of the Shelburne Craft School and recommends a trip to the FlynnDOG Gallery to see the large-scale paintings, "Water Above, Sky Below." 

Wendy Copp

Susan Smiley of New Haven suggests the exhibit "Fashion & Fantasy" which features whimsical clothing pieces made from foraged and found natural objects. Artist Wendy Copp's own forest fashion as well as clothing from the museum collection, posed with animal heads created by Copp are on display at The Henry Sheldon Museum through November 2nd.

Champlain Islands website

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. & Fridays at 7:55 a.m.    Event organizer Dick Harper of Highgate Springs suggests a trip down memory lane with an outdoor concert in Highgate Center this Sunday.

Founding members of the local and legendary rock band, The Davis Brothers Garage Band, open the night followed by country music artist Dick Prescott.

Sen. Patrick Leahy

This week, Libby Hillhouse, a musician and photojournalist, urges listeners to visit the gallery at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury to see the "Eye of Senator Leahy" photographic exhibit.

Senator Patrick Leahy will be on-hand at the gallery on Friday, August 9th from 5 till 7 for the opening reception.

Robert Eddy

Saturday, August 10th at 12 p.m.  Once again, VPR Classical’s “A Passion For Opera” host Peter Fox Smith presents a special program on the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival.

Join Smith on Saturday, August 10th from noon till 1, as he plays music from last year's festival and celebrates the promise of "world-class music in the heart of Vermont."

This marks the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival's 21st year.

Music includes:

Brahms: String Sextet No. 2 in G, Op. 36

Art Hounds: Unbound

Aug 1, 2013
Artistree Gallery - Woodstock, Vermont

Painter and writer Carole Egbert from Quechee recommends the third annual “Unbound” exhibit at Artistree Gallery in Woodstock.

The juried show features Northeast artists' take on books as an artistic medium and is up through September 7th.

This marks the second year that young classical musicians descend on the tiny town of Jamaica for the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival.

Leith Adie-Stahl, 2009

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. & Fridays at 7:55 a.m.

Warren artist Julia Purinton encourages us back into the Edgcomb Barn in Warren with the Phantom Theater Company's production, called, "Pure Gold."

Catch performances Wednesday through Saturday, July 31st through August 3rd.

This weekend marks the fifth annual Bookstock book festival in Woodstock. We speak with Peter Gilbert, executive director of the Vermont Humanities Council, about the role of books in shaping ideas and the joy of lifelong learning.

Art Hounds: Carving

Jul 18, 2013
Stefanie Rocknak

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. and Fridays at 7:55 a.m.

This week, several Art Hounds suggested  Stefanie Rocknak’s exhibit at The Carving Studio in West Rutland, including Brandon artist Fran Bull, who describes Rocknak's work as "wondrous figments of a beautiful imagination."

Rocknak's pieces are on display through August 16th.

Charles Daniels Photography

Peter Carey suggested a unique performance called, "hoopsuite," featuring Boston-area musicians and dancers.

The group generally takes their show to outdoor venues and basketball courts but on its summer tour around New England, hoopsuite will be performed at Bennington College's VAPA Theater this Saturday at 9 p.m.

Morrill Homestead

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. & Fridays at 7:55 a.m.

Kirk McCormick of Burlington reminded us that Radio Bean in downtown Burlington holds Jazz Night each Thursday evening, featuring Shane Hardiman and other local musicians taking the stage. Visit the calendar page for a list of bands.

Therese Linehan of Strafford suggested the "Gallery in the Garden" fund-raiser for the Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford.

Art Hounds: Memory

Jun 27, 2013
Phantom Theater

Thursdays, 4:50 p.m. & Fridays, 7:55 a.m.

Warren artist Julia Purinton recommended the kick-off performance of Phantom Theater's summer line-up, "Long Gone."

The dance performance at Edgcomb Barn in Warren explores how our dead continue to live and evolve through memory and imagination.

Terry Ekasala

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. and Fridays at 7:55 a.m.

Graphic designer Christine Hauk has a suggestion for the Hartland Jazz Fest on Saturday, June 22nd from 1 till 8 p.m., at Foster Meadow Field.

The rain-or-shine family fest includes local and nationally known musicians in 10 performances, food vendors and tent shelters.

Senator Patrick Leahy is facing one of his biggest legislative challenges as the U.S. Senate begins its debate over immigration reform.

Some towns near the Lowell Mountain wind project are asking for more testing, to make sure that noise levels inside homes are not higher than allowed.

The town of Middlebury and Middlebury College are agreeing to jointly fund the construction of a new town hall and recreation center.

The board overseeing efforts to overhaul Vermont's health insurance system is holding a special public meeting this afternoon in Newport. 

Art Hounds: History

Jun 13, 2013
Vermont Performance Lab

Ellen McCulloch-Lovell has produced many performances at Marlboro College and suggested the Vermont Performance Lab's unique theater work about two people who can never meet, called, "Not What Happened."

The play's writer and director Ain Gordon refers to his 2-actor piece as "a battling duet between two people who could never meet – the historical re-enactor and the actual historic figure they re-enact."

See the show Friday and Saturday, June 14th and 15th at 8 at New England Youth Theater in Downtown Brattleboro.

Bruce R. MacDonald

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. & Fridays at 7:55 a.m.

This week, dancer and photographer Sarah Vogelsang-Card urged listeners to attend the HAVOC Gallery's "3D, Hi-Def and Actual Size" exhibit opening on Friday, June 14th.

See works by Bruce MacDonald, Damien Hirst, George Peterson and many more at the gallery's Sears Lane space in Burlington.

Art Hounds: Circus

May 30, 2013
Nancy Stone

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. and Fridays at 7:55 a.m.

Jim Westbrook of Brattleboro suggested a trip to his town to take in the culmination of several young performers who have practiced for months to present, "An Improbable Misadventure of Circus Proportions," at the New England Center for Circus Arts next Saturday and Sunday.

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.