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.
FRONT PORCH "ART" FORUM
Saturday, June 19th & Sunday, June 20th
from 11AM until...
Ladies and Gentleman The Montgomery Center for the Arts is Proud to Present....
Our Annual Summer: Front Porch "Art" Forum. The first of a series of our "Get Back to Normal" curated art shows on the front porch of the MCA! This time featuring the work from our Summer Art Series:
"Take Me To The River, Exploring The Trout River Through The Arts: Plein Air Painting "
Please join us for an artists' discussion and view of the wonderful pieces created by you, our community members!
Time to begin to meet up again and no place better than a front porch in the countryside on a warm summers afternoon!
Special guests "Minced Oats" will be busking on Saturday for the enjoyment of a Main Street audience.
Admission is Free, donations are always greatly appreciated!
See you out on the porch!!!
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 Dennis Lucas
Enrollment limit: 10 each session
Session Dates: June 5th, 2021 Rain Date June 6, 2021
Time: 10:00 am-3:00pm
Workshop Location: TBA...along the river
(Registered participants will receive an email confirmation with location information once determined)
Exhibit Location: Montgomery Center for The Arts
Indoor Exhibit Dates: to be announced
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:
An impressionist painter whose work focuses on the ever-changing light and its effects on color in nature, Dennis enjoys the diverse light and temperature of the four seasons.
Lucas is a student of the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and began his career at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown. The school, inspired by the French Impressionists began over one hundred years ago on the sunny shores of Cape Cod. Dennis immediately adapted to this style of painting while living and working there.
Dennis paints and exhibits throughout New England and has conducted many classes and workshops en plein-air and in the classroom.
A past Artist-In-Residence at the historic Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, MA., Lucas’ work is in many public and private collections.
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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