Set during world-renowned Vermont fall foliage, festival features Vermont vintners,specialty food producers, chefs, potters, jewelers, photographers and more. Full schedule and info: thevermontfestival.com
Bennington Historical Society Meetings are normally held the third Sunday of each month from 2:00 pm. to 4:00 pm in the Ada Paresky Education Center located on the second floor of the Bennington Museum. Each meeting explores a wonderfully interesting topic on the history of Bennington and the area.
Assembled to accompany Road Trip: America Through the Windshield, the vintage car advertisements in this exhibit span six decades, from 1920 to 1979. They were culled from general interest periodicals, such as Life, Time, and National Geographic, as well as magazines specializing in the auto industry, such as Car & Driver and Road & Track.
Artists from around the country and the world are invited to submit work to be included in our fifth annual fine art competition, this year juried by Brian Blood, Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club. $7,000 in awards will be given and the representational artwork will be on view and for sale at the Center through the fall.
The quilt that inspires quilters all over the world is on its yearly display at the Bennington Museum. Due to the fragility of the fabric, the quilt is only shown for a short time each year when quilters from around the country and world plan trips to the region to see the 1863 quilt. The Jane Stickle quilt is comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in different patterns, containing a remarkable 5,602 pieces surrounded by a unique scalloped border. Mentioned in numerous quilting books, the artistry of the quilt is the topic of Dear Jane, The Two Hundred Twenty-Five Patterns from the 1863 Jane A. Stickle Quilt, by Brenda Papadakis.
Bennington Museum’s major exhibition of 2014 features the stunning work of two acknowledged masters of the portrait as art. Though separated by one hundred years, the portraits created by the 19th-century itinerant painter Erastus Salisbury Field and the 20th-century master Alice Neel have a remarkable resonance with one another. Examining the artists’ cultural, political and social milieus, as well as the subjects of their paintings and what painting meant to them personally, this exhibition reexamines the relationship between Modernism and its romantic notions of the “folk” in order to bring viewers to a more nuanced understanding of these great artists and their work. Field is represented in the museum's collection by nine portraits, all depicting sitters from Bennington County.
The Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market is Southern Vermont's premier farmers' market featuring over 50 vendors with agricultural products, crafts, live music and animals and ethnic foods from around the world.
The complex, deeply binding relationship between mothers and daughters is brought vividly to life in Katie Hafner’s remarkable memoir, an exploration of the year she and her mother, Helen, spent working through, and triumphing over, a lifetime of unresolved emotions.
For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at http://www.northshire.com.
Neel/Field “Insiders’ Tour, 7 pm
Limited attendance, after-hours tour of the Neel/Field exhibition with Bennington Museum’s curator to be followed by wine, cheese and further discussion. $10 for museum members; $12 for not-yet-members
Three-day workshop with Robert Carsten, September 25 - 27 (Thursday - Saturday) from 9:30 - 4:30. Details and materials list available soon. Class maximum: 15 students. Members: $265; Non-members: $290. Visit http://www.robertcarsten.com