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Beyond the Ordinary at SVAC
Local artist , Stacey Sherman ( staceysherman . net ) will be showcasing her latest series Beyond the Ordinary at Southern Vermont Art Center from July 20 until November 3 with the opening reception taking place on July 20 from 12 to 2pm . Stacey Sherman ’ s latest collection of drawings delves into the enchanting realm of magical realism , inviting viewers to explore a world where the ordinary transcends into the extraordinary . Known for her intricate detail and imaginative compositions , Sherman ’ s work captivates and inspires , blending reality with fantastical elements . For more info visit svac . org
Film Screenings at The Arlington Common
The Arlington Common , a hub for community , wellness , and creativity , will host two film screenings showcasing little-known stories of rural Vermonters this summer . The community center will host a screening of Love of the Land , a short animated film based on the true story of Vermont farmer Romaine Tenney , on July 22 , and Lost Nation , the story of Vermont founding father Ethan Allen and Vermonter and Lucy Prince on August 13 .
Love of the Land is an animated short film by Burlington-based filmmaker Travis Van Alstyne . The film examines the life of Weathersfield , Vermont farmer Romaine Tenney . Tenney burned himself and his farm after it was seized by eminent domain in the 1960s to make way for Vermont ’ s Interstate 91 . The short film will be screened at the Arlington Common on July 22 , at 7pm , followed by a Q & A session with the filmmaker .
Lost Nation is a Revolutionary War drama by famed Vermont director Jay Craven that follows Ethan Allen , an Arlington and Sunderland resident , through his leadership of the Green Mountain Boys in their resistance against the British , and Lucy Prince is known as the first known African American poet for her composition titled “ Bars Fight .” However , her legacy extends far beyond this single work , encompassing her roles as an activist , defender of her family ’ s rights , and a symbol of resilience and articulatory eloquence in the face of adversity . Craven ’ s film aims to shed light on the lives of women and African Americans living in Vermont during the late 18th century . Lost Nation is touring across 50 towns in Vermont this summer and fall . The film will be screened at the Arlington Common ’ s Performance Hall on August 13 at 7:30pm and will feature a Q & A session with Jay Craven and local historians Avis Hayden and Bill Budde . Before the film , a limited seating talk about Lucy Prince in Sunderland with Avis Hayden will be from 6-6:30pm .
“ We ’ re honored to be hosting screenings of these two films that examine critical but often forgotten figures in Vermont ’ s history that have gone on to have an outsized impact on rural life and American history ,” said Bill Bullock , Arlington Common Board Member . “ The Arlington Common is proud to give a platform showcasing the diverse stories of rural Vermonters , themes that we explore through our current exhibit , Main Street : Past and Present .” The exhibit , curated by Bill Budde and Katie Kenny , explores the pictorial history of Arlington ’ s Main Street and features local artist Ned Reade . All event information is available at arlingtoncommon . org
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