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

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.

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.