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6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

New Haven Sculptor Takes Giant Da Vinci Sculpture On The Road

Dennis Sparling brought his 9-foot-tall Leonardo Da Vinci sculpture to Long Island, hoping to interest someone there in his Da Vinci project.
Jon Kalish VPR

Dennis Sparling spent more than a year making a 9-foot-tall sculpture of Leonardo Da Vinci. The 70-year-old sculptor dreams of taking it to an institution where he would teach sculpture and other disciplines with a curriculum focused on the life of Da Vinci, a man whose career spanned painting, sculpture, architecture, engineering and other disciplines.

Earlier this month Sparling put his sculpture in a trailer and drove down to Long Island, hoping to interest someone there in this Da Vinci project.

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Commentary
5:31 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Deffner: Delta Workshop

Prior to my recent trip to Mississippi, when I told friends where I was going, they’d ask “On purpose?" and "Of your own free will?"

Well, I did go on purpose and very much of my own free will, for a week-long Landmarks in American History and Culture workshop at Delta State University. The workshop was entitled, "The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture and History in the Mississippi Delta."  Every summer, the National Endowment for the Humanities sponsors competitive workshops like this one at historical sites throughout the country.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Cartooning Gets Practical In White River Junction

A humorous drawing offers advice in "A Guidebook for Cartoon Students" distributed at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. The center has a new track called Applied Cartooning.
Center for Cartoon Studies

Some cartoonists want to write the next great American graphic novel. Others, it turns out, may want to explain in pictures how the Civil War was won. Or how to assemble a complicated piece of furniture.

That’s why the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction has added a new career track called Applied Cartooning.

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VPR News
4:55 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Rutland Talent On Display In 'Les Miserables'

Paramount Theatre

Well-known Rutland area music director Rip Jackson says he’s pulling out all the stops for his upcoming production of Les Miserables, which opens Thursday night.

At a recent rehearsal at Rutland’s Grace Congregational Church, the eyes of 55 singers and 23 musicians were laser focused on Jackson, who’s directed scores of productions over the years, from early renaissance choral music and Leonard Bernstein’s Mass to Jesus Christ Superstar and Miss Saigon.

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Art Hounds
4:41 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Art Hounds: Paper, Pen & Postcards

'Red Wave,' hand-cut paper
Artist, Adrienne Ginter

Karen Nevin of Valley Arts recommended the Watercolor Exhibition at Lareau Farm on Route 100 in Waitsfield through July 28th.

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Weekly Conversation On The Arts
4:24 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Changed By Irene, Southern Vermont Artists Host Weekend Tour

Artists gather at The Old Schoolhouse in South Newfane, the starting point for this weekend's Rock River Open Studio Tour.
Leonard Ragouzeos

The impact of Tropical Storm Irene is still reverberating in the arts community. The 2011 storm ravaged homes and studios in the Rock River Valley in the area around South Newfane.

This weekend’s Rock River Artists Open Studio Tour features 17 artists who will welcome visitors to  what for some are re-imagined studio spaces.

Not only did some artists have to rebuild their studios, they rethought their approach to creating their work.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

The British Clockmaker Marks 50 Years In Vermont

One of the automatons in Ray Bates' shop is a life-sized caged bird.

For Ray Bates, family life and work as a Master Clockmaker take place under the same roof. For 50 years, Bates’ antique clock repair business has been located in his home in Newfane.  

To get from the workshop to a room where repaired clocks are tested requires walking  through the kitchen and turning right through the laundry room.  

In the testing room, clocks removed from their cases mark each hour with a chorus of bell ringing. Each has a different sound; from rich, resonant tones to high pitched, delicate sounds.

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Commentary
2:45 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Williamson: Douglass in Vermont

Frontispiece from Frederick Douglass’ "Narrative."
Rokeby Museum

By the end of the nineteenth century, Frederick Douglass was the most famous black man in America, if not the world. He had escaped from slavery at the age of 20, thrilled audiences across the country with the power of his voice and of his intellect, met with presidents, devoted his life to the movement against slavery – and chronicled all of it in three separate autobiographies.
 

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Commentary
5:52 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Doyle: Orphans and Art

Everyone loves an orphan. Books and movies are filled with plucky urchins like Little Orphan Annie or the Boxcar Children that carry on, in what Charles Dickens called, the universal struggle. And orphans were Dickens’ specialty. He gave us Oliver Twist, Little Nell, and David Copperfield whose story has one of the great opening lines in literature: “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”
 

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