Elsie Lynn Parini


NICK MAYER OF Lincoln, uses pencil and watercolors to build up the life-like qualities of his paintings. He also does less scientific illustrations through his side-company, Predator Fly Gear. Independent photo/Steve James
LINCOLN — There’s something fishy about a scientist who’s also an artist, isn’t there? Especially when he’s a marine biologist. Well, that’s exactly what Nick Mayer is. He’s a bona fide science guy, with undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology from Brown University to prove it. And two studios, one in Bristol and the other in his Lincoln home, where he creates his pencil and watercolor, lifelike illustrations of aquatic life. So which is he? Scientist or artist? The short answer is both. “I use my biology background to inform my artwork, for sure,” he said during a recent interview. “...

AGING DIVA SARAH Bernhardt, played by Carol Reed of Leicester, confronts her younger acting rival Eleonora Duse, played by Bettina Matthias of Weybridge. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Wouldn’t it be great if you could stave off the winter doldrums this year? Um, yes! Instead of letting the cold, dark and grey weather of mid-winter get you down, mark your calendars to go to “The Ladies of the Camellias” presented by Middlebury Community Players on Feb. 6-9 at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. “This hilarious farce imagines a meeting in Paris, 1897, between the most famous and temperamental divas of the age, Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse,” reads MCP’s synopsis of the play. “The two actresses are scheduled to perform back-to-back productions of the play ‘...

RUSTY DEWEES WILL return to the Vergennes Opera House on Saturday Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m., to perform an evening of humor, storytelling and music. PHOTO / PAUL ROGERS PHOTOGRAPHY
VERGENNES — A lot of us know “The Logger” — or at least we know of him. He stands at 6-feet 4-inches, weighs in at 195, has red hair, blue eyes, rarely wears sleeves and struts his blue-collar-Vermonter persona around the state with pride. This comedian, musician, actor and all-around entertainer has done a masterful job dialing in his brand; complete with merch like hoodies, caps, duct tape wallets and even undies. He tapped into the beginning of his success with “The Logger” act back in the 1990s and has been riding that wave for 23 years. DeWees will return to where it all began — the...

SARAH KING AND her husband Travis stand on top of a mountain in the Adirondacks for their second wedding. The couple met while backpacking in New York. PHOTO / MOUNTAINAIREGATHERINGS.COM
Sarah King knew she had something good when she met a guy (on day three) out hiking in the woods. “It was May and I wanted to go backpacking but none of my friends would go with me,” the Ripton singer/songwriter remembered. “I was living in New York at the time and was sitting my friend’s dog, so the dog and I went out to Harriman State Park for a four day loop. One day the dog starts barking at this guy walking toward us, and I was like ‘oh, he seems nice… oooh, real nice!’” The couple ended up hitting it off, exchanging numbers and then off over the hill the man went. “I got out of the...
MIDDLEBURY — November marked the first of a storytelling series launched by Middlebury UndergrounD and Bundle. The Nov. 1 event “Memorable Dishes” focused a curated open-mic night on tales of food and flavor, and local storytellers had quite the appetite to get up and share. “We are happy to report it was a packed house and a powerful evening featuring a range of high-quality storytelling,” said Lisa Mitchell, cofounder of MUD. “For our next installment, we invite the community to tell their tales profiling many types of love.” On Friday, Jan. 24, from 5:30-7 p.m., MUD and Bundle invite...

TOM ADELMAN OF Weybridge, released a new CD “Updated Just Now” under the name Camden Joy on Jan. 1. Independent photo/Steve James
WEYBRIDGE — Typically when we meet someone new, we have a brief interaction with them and part, assuming a basic understanding of who they are, what they do and perhaps a few commonalities we share. It’s not a bad assumption — perhaps one we’re all accustomed to living in a rural community where most of us know a little too much about one another anyway — for better or worse. Meeting Tom Adelman last week was nothing of this sort. He came into the office to offer a new CD he released on the first day of the New Year. “A review would be great,” he said unassumingly. But there was something...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE'S ASSISTANT Professor of Theater Michole Biancosino and Associate Professor of Theater Claudio Medeiros are spearheading a new theater series beginning in January presented by the Middlebury College Department of Theater. The 21st Century Theater Festival has plans to bring five performances with two playwright residencies to Middlebury. All of the performances are open to the public.
MIDDLEBURY — When it’s snowy, cold and dark, it’s easy to hunker down in your cozy routines and hibernate. Middlebury College’s Associate Professor of Theater Claudio Medeiros and Assistant Professor of Theater Michole Biancosino are fighting that hibernation urge. How? They’re gearing up for the launch of a new theater series, presented by the Middlebury College Department of Theater, called the 21st Century Theater Festival. “This is a theater series dedicated to bringing new works by diverse theater artists from New York City and Chicago to Middlebury,” Biancosino said. The 21st Century...

PIERRE VACHON Independent photo/Steve James
Arts+Leisure celebrated it’s third full year in 2019. Twelve months, 52 issues, over 830 pages, all dedicated to arts and events going on in Addison County.  In 2019, we had the opportunity to highlight the work of more than 50 local artists, actors, musicians and craftspeople; see over 60 exhibits; profile 51 films; suggest 363 don’t-miss events happening right here in Addison County; learn nine valuable gardening lessons from our own Master Gardener Judith Irven; recommend 52 books (reviewed by The Vermont Book Shop); and 52 movies (reviewed by Joan Ellis). Oh, and we hope you’ve enjoyed...

SARAH ASHE MAKES light sculptures using reed and thin paper from her home studio in Middlebury. She is also a painter and sculptor. See her work at Edgewater Gallery in town. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Welcome to the darkest week of the year. For some the solstice is a time of celebration; the time when we turn the corner and every day gets a little brighter until the summer solstice rolls around. For others, this week is just, well, dark. Yeah, “dark” is definitely accurate. Here in Addison County we’ll only get 8 hours and 53 minutes of daylight on Dec. 21. So let’s brighten things up a bit, shall we? Meet Sarah Ashe. She’s a Middlebury artist who creates light sculptures, as well as other paintings, sculptures, masks and more. “I got into lights a long time ago,” said the...

ASHLEY WOLFF ILLUSTRATED a book version of the classic Raffi song, "Baby Beluga."
MIDDLEBURY — This past Friday afternoon, author and illustrator Ashley Wolff gave a talk to a group at the Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury about the “Tale of Two Books.” With over 70 children’s books to her name, Wolff wanted to talk about the “one book that got away” and how that led to her later success. “The book was called ‘Poncho Claus,’” Wolff said, remembering back to the early 1980s when Penguin Books asked her to illustrate the book. “It was a Tex-Mex version of ‘The Night Before Christmas.’” She took the assignment and got to researching. “I had some questions about the usage...

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