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Feature: Bluegrass jams at the VAE

8th December

Published in the Bennington Banner on Dec. 19, 2013
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NORTH BENNINGTON — The Vermont Arts Exchange becomes a different place on the second Tuesday of each month.

During the day, the VAE is an inclusive, constructive space dedicated to creation and appreciation of almost every type of art. Fueled by the energy and passion of director Matthew Perry, the building and its staff spend their days helping Vermonters discover the fulfillment of expression.

While this mission certainly remains intact, on certain Tuesday evenings the old textile mill turns from a classroom for young artists to a clubhouse for Bennington County’s modest but dedicated band of acoustic musicians.

Originally organized after the first Lake Paran Bluegrass Festival in July 2010, the jam has welcomed a rotating lineup of guitarists, fiddle players, bass players, mandolin players, and even some accordion, banjo and dobro players. Group …

Meet the new Banner staff

23rd October

Instead of an article I wrote about something, here’s an article someone else wrote about me! I think this is the first time that has ever happened. I doubt it will catch on.

Feature: Sculptor Joshua Primmer

2nd October

Published in the Bennington Banner

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BENNINGTON — When local sculptor Joshua Primmer was offered an artist-in residency position at the historic Medalta Potteries in Alberta, Canada, he knew it was an opportunity he couldn’t afford to pass up. Now, using popular crowd-funding website Kickstarter, Primmer is turning to the community for help bringing his dreams to life.

Primmer, a lifelong Southern Vermont native who earned his B.F.A. in ceramics at Maine College of Art, has been running a ceramics studio in his home on Gage Place for the past six years. Specializing in modern ceramic sculpture and functional wares, including free-standing and wall-mounted sculptures, his work has been exhibited throughout Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. After years of independent work, Primmer recently decided re-focus his energy on returning to graduate school and becoming a full-time ceramics professor at …

Review: FressGrass Festival 9/26/13

2nd October

Published in the Bennington Banner

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For three days last weekend, Mass MoCA in North Adams welcomed roughly 4,000 music fans for a celebration of modern and traditional American acoustic music–an art form more commonly linked to Appalachian front porches and fiddle contests than modern art museums in New England.

The Freshgrass festival, which attracted a significantly larger crowd than in the festival’s first two years, boasted an impressive lineup of bluegrass and bluegrass-inspired acts, ranging from pioneering legacy groups like the Del McCoury Band to acoustic-minded indie acts like Brooklyn’s The Lone Bellow, who won over the crowd with their energetic performance on Saturday afternoon.

With two stages offering virtually uninterrupted music, a dedicated kids’ area, workshops for musicians and impromptu bluegrass jam sessions popping up everywhere (including inside the museum’s exhibit spaces), the whole …

Theater Preview: 4000 Miles at Oldcastle

Published in Berkshires Week on July 9, 2014 Original article:

BENNINGTON — “The best American plays are about families,” says Eric Peterson, producing artistic director at...

Feature: Music from Salem

Published in Berkshires Week on July 9, 2014 Original article:

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — Cue the fanfares.

This Sunday, July 13, at 2 p.m. Music from Salem will...

Festival Review: Frendly Gathering 2014

Published in the Bennington Banner on July 2, 2014 Original article:

WINDHAM — “There ain’t no ‘I’ in Frends” sang Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis from his wooden...