Weekly Conversation On The Arts

Thursdays 4:50p.m.

Weekly Conversation On The Arts is your window into the Vermont arts community. Every week, we talk with authors, actors, playwrights, musicians, artists and the people who make the arts happen in our area.

Courtesy, University of Vermont Medical Center

More than 100 pieces by Vermont artists are on display, available to browse and search in a virtual gallery whose beginnings sprang from the desire to honor the memory of a loved one.

Sarah-Lee Terrat/Boys & Girls Club

Jill Badolato is determined to fuse her work with the local arts community with her role as director of social responsibility for Dealer.com in Burlington.

Stephen Mease, Champlain College

South Burlington artist Todd Lockwood said he waited for "something evolutionary to share" before he mounted a new show.

He said he feels that time is now.

Sather Robinson-Waters

During singer/songwriter Dana Robinson's travels across the country and beyond, he says a single trait stood out about certain communities: Places that play music together function better.

Sean Jacobsen

This fall, Stowe native Owen Leavey heads back to New York City for the second of a two-year professional actors' training program at Cap21 Conservatory. But while he's home for the summer, he is taking on his directorial debut at Stowe Theater Guild with "Almost, Maine."

Matthew Thorsen

If you know a young adult reader who likes the kind of books that you need to store in the freezer at night, you might steer them toward the newest thriller from Margot Harrison.

Jennie Harriman

An organization called SafeArt in Chelsea is on a mission to heal. Through performances, individual work and group classes, SafeArt offers up creative expression for all age groups as a means to heal and even prevent trauma and abuse.

Harlan Mack

Sculptor, painter and blacksmith Harlan Mack tells a story through his art. And Mack, who is the sculpture tech at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, just added another character to the narrative.

Courtesy, Foothills Publishing

In his latest book of poems, Vermont-born writer Stanford Searl draws on muses to help mine his memories of growing up in the mill town of 1950s Ludlow.

Sara Baker

Last year, Danielle O'Hallisey found herself amidst a coming-together of unrelated events, the result of which led to the composition of an exciting new work.

Courtesy of Claude Dufresne

Ready to outdo itself again this year, the brash and bawdy — yet completely kid-friendly — ShazamFest begins its second decade entertaining micro-throngs of music lovers. 

Mary Williams, VPR

In a modest greenhouse tucked back from Route 7, just across from the iconic covered bridge of the Shelburne Museum, Jessica Gallas of Milton coaxes hundreds of seedlings, vegetable starts and flowering plants to grow.

David Conrad

On a recent afternoon, I met Vermont poet Jean Connor near her home on the campus of Wake Robin in Shelburne. Seated at a round table in the center of the room, Connor had neat stacks of papers and her two books of poetry in front of her; she was poised and ready to talk about her work and writing practice.

Angel Mackinnon

Many enclaves within the state claim an artistic vibe and this weekend, it's Windham County's turn to prove it. ARTstravaganza — A Weekend Of Celebration In Windham County aims to share the music, art and performance that make the region creatively unique.


  Andrew Glover, founder of Immersive Technology Studios in Barre, joined VPR recently to explain the artistic cache behind his latest project called, Vermont Peaks, which he describes as "Vermont's largest art exhibit."


For close to 40 years, author Mike Tougias has kept a cabin in Woodbury. The warm, wooden cabin stands in stark contrast to the adventurous world Tougias takes his readers.

Tougias books focus on real-life experiences on the high sea: winter ocean storms, 30-foot waves, German U-boats, merchant tankers, daring rescues and a heavy dose of girl power.

Jim Wilson

Creativity within a school's walls might come in the form of a weekly serving of art and music classes and perhaps the offering of after school band, orchestra or drama club.

Vermont's Community Engagement Lab or CEL is taking on a mission to ensure that creativity doesn't stop there. Vermont CEL serves to take arts curriculum from just 'the room down the hall' once a week and incorporate it into a student's everyday learning.

Courtesy, ArtsRiot

On an early Sunday evening, six members of Shoebox Theatre ran through the song "Tear Me Down" from the John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask rock musical, Hedwig And The Angry Inch. The group is preparing for the upcoming six-night stand at ArtsRiot on Pine Street in Burlington's South End Arts District.

Eduardo Santana

The band Alpenglow got their start just a few years ago at Middlebury College. After two locally grown releases, the band has since moved from Vermont to Brooklyn, New York, and is on tour now supporting the new full-length album called Callisto.

Jeff Woodward

Through her practice as a life coach and her website, Mindful Connections, Marlboro author Nicole Birkholzer is in the business of helping people live in the moment. And as a life-long animal lover, horsewoman and pet owner, Birkholzer saw that our animal companions – who only live in the present – could be the best teachers to get us closer to that goal.