EXCITING NEWS FOR THE MCA
The MCA is thrilled to announce that we were selected as one of 9 VT community projects to receive a reward from the VT Preservation Trust Paul Bruhn Grant.
"The Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants, named for PTV’s founding President, Paul Bruhn, was created in partnership with Senator Leahy and the National Park Service to help rural communities throughout the country."
We were awarded $50,000 to address exterior repairs, stripping, and repainting the building. This is an incredible opportunity to finance a much needed restoration for this wonderful building that is such a beacon of our Main Street.
Stay tuned for more information and updates as this exciting project gets underway!!!
Find the official press release at https://ptvermont.org/bruhngrants2021/
The Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant Program is administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Plein Air Painting Workshop
Take Me to the River, Exploring The Trout River Through The Arts
Plein Air Painting along The Trout River with Instructor Patrick Murphy
Enrollment limit: 10 each session
Session Dates: April 24, 2021 Rain Date April 25, 2021
Time: 10:00 am-3:00pm
April 24 location: The Comstock Covered Bridge in Montgomery
Reception Date: to be determined
Reception location: Montgomery Recreation Center Pavillion
Indoor Exhibit Location: Montgomery Center for The Arts
Indoor Exhibit Dates: to be determined
Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. It’s a French phrase that means, simply, “in the open air.” Painting outside isn’t just about enjoying the sun and the breeze, although that’s certainly a big part of the fun. It’s also a great way to paint from direct observation, whether that means a landscape, a cityscape, or even something like a portrait.
This workshop will focus on the natural beauty along The Trout River in Montgomery Vermont with Patrick Murphy. This is a free event and is cosponsored by The Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers (UMATR) Wild and Scenic Committee Grants Program.
All supplies, canvas, paint, brushes will be included. Enrollment is limited to10 participants. Register at:
Patrick Murphy grew up outside Rochester, NY. He briefly attended the Boston Museum School and then the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford, England, where he graduated top of his class in both drawing and painting.
He has been a practicing professional artist for the last 50 years and an Art teacher , both formally and informally, for the past 35+ years. He has recently retired as the Art Teacher at Richford High School, a position he held for nearly 30 years. Since retiring, he has been able to devote the majority of his time to pursuing painting and drawing.
Community by community, the impact of COVID-19 is variable and changing. We are all in this together. As a local not-for-profit, the volunteers and board of the MCA are dedicated to our community’s well-being in every sense of the word.
As part of our continuing efforts to promote the health, safety and well-being of our patrons, performers, artists and our volunteer staff, and in compliance with the recent state of emergency issued by Governor Phil Scott, The MCA will remain closed until further notice. However, we are slowly opening up options for outdoor workshops and activities. Please continue to take extra good care of yourself and one another during these uncertain times. We are so very grateful to you all…your continued support through this past year shows how much we, as a community can do to share the love of Art, Creativity and Community. We are grateful for your support of Montgomery Center for the Arts, and wish you all the Best Health and We look forward to seeing you all soon!
The Board of Directors and Volunteers of the MCA
The Montgomery Center for the Arts is located in the historic Kelton Hall, situated at the top of Main Street in Montgomery Center, VT. The diverse board of local, volunteer members collaborates with the community to provide a culturally rich and welcoming Center that supports the Arts, Wellness, and Community, as well as the preservation of the iconic building.
The Montgomery Center for the Arts is dedicated to enhancing the vitality of life in our local regional communities by providing a venue for a diversity of educational, cultural, artistic, and social experiences.
The MCA classes have temporarily been suspended until further notice due to Covid-19 health cautions. We will regularly evaluate ways that we can continue to support community creativity and collaboration.
THE PAPER BAG MASK PROJECT
Due to the Pandemic, the MCA regretfully made the decision to cancel the annual summer art show; however, of this decision was born a new creative, socially distant exhibit that featured the work of our patrons, near and far. The MCA sent out a call for paper bag masks. Inspired by the work of Saul Steinberg's own 1950's Paper Bag Mask project and our current times of mask-mandates, we asked for any submissions that used a paper bag to create a unique creative visual identity. The result was a wide range assortment of pieces created by people of all ages and abilities, and from as far away as Tokyo, New York City, Paris, Canada, and of course, VT.
Scroll through the images below to view a gallery of the incredible work put forth by some amazing individuals. Click on a picture to view larger.
MCA Creative Director Sebastian Arujo and Programming Director Melissa Haberman curated a fantastic curbside display of the work during the first week of August on the steps of the MCA.
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The Montgomery Center for the ARTS is Proud to be a Founding Partner of "The VIPS!"
The Vermont International Performance Salon (VIPs) is a virtual presentation and viewing platform co-hosted by community-based not-for profit arts organizations between the Vermont- Quebec border to give performers and audiences the chance to get back into the theater in some way on these dark nights of Covid.
The V.I.P.s partner venues offer a cross-pollination of work between borders over four weekends that expands the accessibility of performers, audience, and ideas while their venues are forced to close their doors.
Each weekend VIPs will showcase a selected curation of performers for your viewing pleasure April 17- May 9.
Tune in anytime between 10am on Saturday and 7pm on Sunday
to view filmed performance pieces by artists from the United States, Canada, and beyond who have graciously made their work available for viewing on one of these weekends.
Viewing is FREE, but we encourage donations to our presenting venues and/or individual artists as you are able.
We are delighted to lift the curtain on Covid and offer audiences, performers, and venues the opportunity to ease back into our next normal.