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A MOTHER HUMPBACK Whale with her calf in the waters off of Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Humpbacks in this region spend summers feeding in Antarctica, then migrate to the South Pacific to places like the Cook Islands where they have their calves and spend time in the warm, protected waters here. Calves spend approximately one year with their moms, during which time they learn many of the things they will need to survive. PHOTO / BRIAN SKERRY
Some jobs are just cooler than others. No offense, but it’s true. Let’s look at Andy Mitchell for example. For over 20 years, this two-time Emmy Award winning cinematographer, director, producer, writer and storyteller has documented anything and everything he can. From rock stars to great white sharks, natural disasters to Buddhist monks, music, reality, science, Sasquatch, dolphins, dingoes, diamonds, gorillas, celebrities, insects, Jesus... and countless things in between. He has over 100 credits for National Geographic, Wild, Discovery, Animal Planet, Netflix, Smithsonian, POV, PBS, the...

JOE SCHINE OF Middlebury, is one of the contributing artists for the “Find Your Wings” community-led public art installation project in downtown Middlebury. Projects will be on view by June. Photo / Henry Swan
Last month, Lacewing Productions announced three artists that will have their work installed in town as part of the community-led public art installation project called Find Your Wings. Shirley Reid, Matt Heywood and Joe Schine will be contributing to the project. This is the third of a three-part series that highlights each artist and their submission to Find Your Wings, which will be installed by June. Artwork submitted in response to last October’s call to artist for “wings” was reviewed by over 20 community members who made up the peer art review panel known as the Find Your Wing...

'TURBAT'S CREEK,' A painting by Margaret Gerding
"Shedding Light” on view through May 31, featuring new collections from painter Kay Flierl and etched aluminum artist Homer G. Wells. As the seasons shift, the changes in light and the tones of the landscape are reflected and interpreted by both artists. Edgewater Gallery at the Falls, One Mill Street in Middlebury.  “New England Envisioned” on view May1-June 30, featuring new collections from Margaret Gerding and Kathryn Milillo. Vermont painter Milillo and Maine artist Gerding present their lyrical interpretations of the New England landscape. Edgewater Gallery on the Green, 6 Merchant’s...
(Knopf Publishing Group) In previous works by Jhumpa Lahiri, one’s name and the place one came from, or where one was going to, or was trying to assimilate — or not — into, was of great importance. In “Whereabouts,” we meet an everywoman, and she is everywhere — on the street, in the pool, in the sun, at the museum, at the villa, at her mother’s — yet we never learn her actual name or the actual place where the book, a collection of vignettes that describe small moments with great tenderness and insight, is set. But therein lies the beauty, as in reading and enjoying this book, the trappings...
Rokeby Museum will reopen to the public on May 9 and remain open for the 2021 season until Oct. 24. Starting May 9, Rokeby Museum’s permanent exhibit “Free & Safe,” interpretive trail, and agricultural outbuildings will be open free for members or with paid admission for non-members. Opening May 30, the Museum’s 2021 seasonal exhibit, “A Modern Artist: The Commercial Art of Rachael Robinson Elmer” will open to the public. This exhibit explores Rachael Robinson Elmer as a modern artist navigating the expanding profession of commercial artistry in the early 20th century. Visitors will view...
Eat, play, chew. Meet Gizmo, a handsome Beagle/Lab mix with boundless energy who definitely has the attention span of a typical toddler. Sniff and destroy, then repeat. The world is still very new to this 1.5-year-old pup, no leaf must go unturned or without a chase. Even at rest, Gizzy is easily excitable. Show Giz something tasty and he will quickly perform his four amazing tricks. Try to call Giz away from his explorations, forget it! Selective deafness, for sure. I often wonder what we got ourselves into with this spunky fella, then I look into those soulful eyes and those worries fade...

CHANTICLEER, A GARDEN state in Wayne, Penn., offers visitors a number of themed gardens to explore, as well as strategically placed chairs and benches to sit and relax. photo/Bonnie Kirn Donahue
Just outside of Philadelphia is a magical garden estate in Wayne, Penn., known as Chanticleer. Built in the early 1900s, the estate’s 35 acres of rolling land and gardens are open to the public to explore for a small fee. What is unique about Chanticleer is that there are multiple, themed gardens within the estate, once home to the wealthy Rosengarten family. Each garden is linked seamlessly by winding paths that bring you from space to space through areas such as the orchard, the Ruin Garden, Pond Garden and bulb meadow. The gardens are breathtaking on both a large and small scale. Sprawling...

MARK ERELLI WILL perform for the Ripton Community Coffee House virtual stage on May 1, at 7:30 p.m., to celebrate RCCH’s 26th anniversary. Photo by Anthony Mulcahy
The Ripton Community Coffee House is looking forward to celebrating it’s 26th season with a virtual performance by Mark Erelli on May 1, at 7:30 p.m.  For 25 years, musicians performed for a max capacity of 175 locals packed into the Ripton Community House every month from September through June. But when the pandemic closed the doors last spring, RCCH (like so many others) pivoted to virtual performances by musicians from their own homes or stages. “When we were just getting started we weren’t doing anything other than having musicians put up an RCCH poster in the background and say that...

MATT HEYWOOD OF Middlebury, is one of the contributing artists for the “Find Your Wings” community-led public art installation project in downtown Middlebury. Projects will be on view by June. Photo / Elisabeth Waller Photography
Last month, Lacewing Productions announced three artists that will have their work installed in town as part of the community-led public art installation project called Find Your Wings. Shirley Reid, Matt Heywood and Joe Schine will be contributing to the project. This is the second of a three-part series that will highlight each artist and their submission to Find Your Wings, which will be installed by June. Artwork submitted in response to last October’s call to artist for “wings” was reviewed by over 20 community members who made up the peer art review panel known as the Find Your Wing...

TENACITY – Dan Brett – Acrylic on wood
The Brandon Artists Guild is showing “Signs of Life” this spring — also the name of the BAG’s latest exhibition. “Signs of Life” features works by printmaker Jeannie Podolak and painter Dan Brett. The exhibit runs from May 7-July 5. A free opening reception will be held Friday, May 7, from 5-7 p.m., at the gallery at 7 Center Street, Brandon — yes, in person! Social distancing, mask-wearing and capacity limits will be required. OK. Now onto the artwork. Jeannie Podolak, of North Chittenden, and Dan Brett, of Whiting, have created bodies of work that reflect their emotional and creative...

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