Arts & Culture

In This State: A life in stone, always taking on new shapes

Sculptor Richard Erdman is framed by two of his unusual, sinuous sculptures in travertine and bronze in his Williston studio. Working both in Vermont and in Carrara, Italy, he's fashioned a remarkable artistic life by pushing the limits of stone sculpture. Photo by Andrew Nemethy/VTDigger

Sculptor Richard Erdman draws on deep Vermont roots and a connection with Carrara, Italy, to create a remarkable career out of marble and bronze

Craven: Touring a movie offers insights, adventure in Vermont

Undertaking my “100 Town Tour” to show the film “Northern Borders” is an old-fashioned delight, even when you get lost.

In This State: Edward Hopper’s Vermont watercolors

Edward Hopper, Barn and Silo, Vermont, 1927. Photo courtesy Middlebury College Museum of Art

Edward Hopper had painted in and around South Royalton, first in 1927 and then in the latter 1930s; his paintings from his time here represented something new and different in style and content.

In This State: ‘One of creation’s quiet retreats’

Lennie Waltrip admires the stunning view from Lennie’s Lookout, which looks over Lake Dunmore to the Champlain Valley and the Adirondacks beyond. Photo by M. Dickey Drysdale

Friday, May 24 was Lenny Waltrip Day at Silver Lake in Leicester, but it came as a surprise to him.

In This State: Living a simple life in Brattleboro

J. Parker Huber, a Thoreau expert, lives a simple life in Brattleboro. Photo by Tom Slayton

J. Parker Huber’s life is woven of several rich strands: his Quaker faith, his love of nature and literature, and his network of friends.

In This State: Filmmaker Jay Craven and author Howard Frank Mosher mine the Kingdom

Grandson and grandfather, both named Austen Kittredge, played by Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick and Bruce Dern, drive the pickup truck back from the railroad station in an opening scene of “Northern Borders,” a film by Jay Craven, based on the novel by Howard Frank Mosher.

At the Burlington premiere, Craven called the making of “Northern Borders” a big step in his effort to create “sustainability” in regional film production.

Review: Excellence in Vermont architecture

Addition to the King Arthur Flour Complex, designed by TruexCollins. Photo courtesy of King Arthur

The monitor barn design is desirable and energy efficient for emporia and highway rest stops for the same reason they are good for cows and those who tend them.

In This State: Artist Kathleen Kolb finds “moments of sublime contact”

Artist Kathleen Kolb of Lincoln. Photo by Mark Bushnell

Kolb hopes to soothe and comfort people. “I want my art to contribute to their sense of place, their sense of home, their joys and responsibilities.”

Film as a force for change: Vermont festival focuses on empowerment

Film and video pioneer George Stoney, right, shares a drink with an Aran islander in his film on Robert Flaherty's classic documentary.

The public access legacy of George Stoney, Saul Landau deconstructs policy hypocrisy in “Will the Real Terrorists Please Stand Up,” and coming attractions for the festival’s last three days.

‘Going to Waterbury: An Elegy,’ a closure event for the Vermont State Hospital

The Vermont State Hospital, circa 1890.

Tom Stevens, Waterbury’s House representative, says the Vermont State Hospital is a significant part of Vermont history, and after 120 years he didn’t want it to vanish without recognition.

Film festival documentaries take on the big issues

Mira Niagolova's documentary explores the immigrant experience.

An Iranian director struggles with repression in “This Is Not a Film,” while Vermont documentaries examine the immigrant experience and the impacts of hunger.

Vermont International Film Festival opens with awards and romantic comedy

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Launched in 1985, VIFF has evolved from an early focus on war and peace, becoming the longest running human rights film festival in the world.

In This State: Spreading the gospel of music, one jazz standard at a time

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Sklar says there are life lessons to be taken from the band room: How to work together, how to really work at something, and learning that practice makes perfect.

In This State: A library tour for Vermont’s poet laureate

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In This State is a syndicated weekly column about Vermont’s innovators, people, ideas and places. Details are at http://www.maplecornermedia.com/inthisstate/. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s current poet laureate, wants to use that honorary position to clear away some of the fog that he believes surrounds poetry these days. “I would like to de-mystify poetry,” he says. “Poetry is […]

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