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Two exhibitions featuring the work of New England artists Ashley Bryan and Salley Mavor open at Southern Vermont Arts Center ( SVAC ) in Manchester , VT this fall . Both artists have earned accolades and awards for their children ’ s book illustrations . The exhibits are on view from September 30 through January 7 , 2024 with an opening reception on September 30 from 2pm to 4pm . Admission is free for the reception and complimentary refreshments will be served .
Ashley Bryan : The Spirit of Joy – Ashley Bryan ( 1923 – 2022 ) is widely respected and beloved for centering stories of Black life and African folk tales that have helped fill a void in the historically white-dominated field of children ’ s literature . Over more than four decades of living and working on Little Cranberry Island off the northern coast of Maine , he amassed thousands of toys , puppets , and other curios that he lovingly and purposefully displayed throughout his home . Patterns emerge from this remarkable , eclectic , and global collection of objects that expand understanding of the subjects and themes Bryan explored in his artwork . Nine of Bryan ’ s oil and acrylic paintings spanning several decades from the 1950s to the early 2000s will be on view , courtesy of The Ashley Bryan Center . In addition , The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art ( Amherst , MA ) is lending more than 30 of Bryan ’ s book illustrations for the exhibition , showcasing his versatility in a range of media . SVAC is honored to be the first institution to bring public and scholarly attention to understudied aspects of Ashley Bryan ’ s life and work . A variety of public programs for youth , families , and adults will complement the exhibition and further engage our audiences . This


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Two Artist Exhibitions Open at SVAC
exhibition is sponsored in part by Awesome Graphics of Rutland , VT .
The Wee Worlds of Salley Mavor – This exhibition is a unique opportunity to experience the exceptional detail and 3-dimensional quality of Salley Mavor ’ s bas-relief embroideries . Viewing her artwork up close is like being immersed in make-believe miniature worlds full of characters , props , and scenery , all created by hand with stitching , fabric , beads , wire , and found objects . The award-winning artist has spent four decades developing her signature style and working methods , carving out her own niche within the children ’ s book world and the fiber art community . On view is a wide array of original picture book illustrations spanning her career , including the entire series of artwork for her most recent book , MY BED : Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep around the World as well as select scenes from Pocketful of Posies : A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes . Also on display are recent pieces that explore cultural diversity , migration , fashion , the natural world , and a range of social narratives from the everyday to topical subjects . For more on all the events associated with these exhibits , visit svac . org .
Zak Hampton with New Kanon Jazz Trio
Special guest Zachary Hampton has hand-picked a set of his favorite jazz charts for his appearance with The New Kanon Jazz Trio at Stone Valley Arts ( SVA ) on September 27 starting at 7pm for their Jazz Cafe series . The New Kanon Jazz Trio has Gary Schmidt on piano , Ron White on bass , and Nick Aloi on drums . Listeners can expect to be indulged with works from the bebop and swing era of jazz performed with inspiration and knowledge taken from the great tenor saxophone players like John Coltrane , Sonny Rollins , Coleman Hawkins , and Stan Getz . SVA is located at 145 East Main Street in Poultney VT . Hampton is a career musician , teacher , and student himself . He is committed to the study , performance , and education of jazz , using it as a vehicle to explore all aspects of the human condition . Along with the talented music intellectuals and performers he surrounds himself with , Hampton is most known for his work in the ensembles Moose Jr . and Moose Crossing , in which he was a creative partner for over 10 years . stonevalleyarts . org .
‘ Martin Eden ’ Screens at Bennington Museum
Jay Craven ’ s new narrative feature film , Martin Eden , based on the novel by Jack London , will screen at 7pm on September 29 at Bennington Museum , 75 Main St . in Bennington , VT . The screening will include a Q & A with writer / director Jay Craven . Martin Eden received awards at the Boston Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at the Arlington International Film Festival . Other festival dates include The Woods Hole Film Festival , St . Louis International Film Festival , Sonoma International Film Festival , Berkshire International Film Festival , and a special screening at the biennial symposium for Jack London scholars .
Set in 1909 , London ’ s autobiographical novel tells the story of a poor and unschooled sailor who unexpectedly meets Ruth Morse , a magnetic young woman of means and education . Their unconventional attraction upends both lives and propels timely themes of impossible love , dogged individualism in pursuit of the American Dream , and the quest for a comfortable place in an inconstant world . London was America ’ s most popular writer at the turn of the 20th century , having written stories including Call of the Wild and White Fang . Tickets are $ 10 for members and $ 12 for not-yet-members . benningtonmuseum . org .
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