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July 23, 2017


Opening Reception Aug, 4 Art in Bloom 2017

MAC Center for the Arts IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Newport.  The Seventh Annual Art in Bloom will open on August 4 at MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street, Newport with a reception beginning at 5 pm.  Working in concert are the members of the Four Seasons Garden Club and MAC Center for the Arts exquisitely tailoring the annual fundraiser where nature meets art.  August 4 is a ticketed event to benefit both organizations.

This year’s fabulous door prizes are certainly worth the price of admission. A summertime favorite, Art In Bloom boasts over 20 floral arrangements that glean their inspiration from the magnificent artwork currently on display in the MAC Gallery.  Interpretation and unique creativity provide this festival of insouciant charm and patrons can enjoy these displays through Saturday August 6; open to the public.

Come gaze upon the distinctive presentations on both levels of the gallery with the Art in Bloom in the main gallery (August 4-6) and the summer exhibition – Preserving the Beauty of Our Waters in the lower gallery (thru September 6). You will not be disappointed.

MAC Center for the Arts and Four Seasons Garden Club are non-profit 501 (c  ) 3.  For tickets or more information, please call 802 334 1966 or visit the web - www.maccenterforthearts.com and/or fourseasonsgardenclub.org

 

 

       

 


 

June 11, 2017

MAC Center for the Arts IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Newport.  The MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street, Newport, presents a collaborative exhibition to celebrate both the Tenth Anniversaries of Memphremagog Watershed Association and the MAC Center for the Arts.  The unique exhibition on display in the Downstairs Gallery runs June 24- September 5. This is free and open to the public.

 

The exhibit, Memphremagog Watershed Association – Preserving the Beauty of Our Waters will open on June 24 at 5 pm with a presentation by Louise Abbott, author and photographer whose second volume, Memphrémagog: An Illustrated History (volume 2) will be published later this summer. All proceeds from this beautiful book will benefit the Watershed Association. 

 

Louise Abbott

Louise Abbott, is a Canadian non-fiction writer, photographer, and filmmaker living in Quebec's Eastern Townships. She graduated from McGill University in 1972, and is a featured writer and photographer, with works appearing in: the Montreal GazetteThe Globe and MailThe Canadian EncyclopediaCanadian Heritage and Photo LifeAbbott received the 2002 Canadian Journalism Foundation Greg Clark Internship Award, and in the same year the Professional Writers Association of Canada's Norman Kucharsky Award for Cultural and Artistic Journalism. Her first book, The Coast Way: A Portrait of the English on the Lower North Shore of the St. Lawrence, was a finalist for the 1989 QSPELL Award (Quebec Society for the Promotion of English-Language Literature, now the Quebec Writers' Federation).  In 2014, her documentary, Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story, won the inaugural Jasper Short Film Festival Best Film by an Established Filmmaker award.

 

The Memphremagog Watershed Association (MWA) was formed in 2007 with a mission to promote public awareness of the Memphremagog Watershed and protect its unique ecosystem.  The Memphremagog Watershed Association has worked closely with partners in the basin to implement many of the strategies laid out in the 2012 Basin 17 tactical basin plan, hosting watershed workshops, installing buffer plantings and rain gardens, selling rain barrels, lake and river clean-ups, hosting educational boat rides for adults and schools, providing scholarships for High School graduates who intend to study in an environmental field, and establishing a Vermont Invasive Species program for Lake Memphremagog. 

 

Since its inception, MWA has had an active board of directors who have supported these activities on a voluntary basis.  The Association has managed grants for illicit discharge and detection studies and storm water master planning, and board members have taken the lead in coordinating communication between hired consultants and municipalities in the watershed with successful results.  MWA has coordinated with the City of Newport and Orleans County Conservation district on several grants and has been the lead organization on a long standing LaRosa volunteer water quality monitoring program.  The LaRosa Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Analytical Services Partnerships, established 2003, has helped watershed associations and monitoring groups across the state of Vermont implement new and/or ongoing surface water monitoring projects for waters in need of water quality assessment by helping to alleviate the financial burden of laboratory analysis costs. This testing allows citizens to get out and see their streams and rivers firsthand, learn about water quality issues, and use water testing to identify where impacts are present.

 

Members of MAC will exhibit new work in a variety of media using the lake and environment as inspiration in concert with informational materials and photographs on the important preservation work of the Watershed Association.  MAC Center for the Arts, a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, supports Vermont's Creative Economy through the sale of our member's work at our 4,000-square foot Main Street gallery. In addition to our gallery store and seasonal opening receptions, we offer a full calendar of special events, performances, visiting and original exhibits, classes and workshops. All are open to the public and most are free to attend. The MAC exists to nurture our community's understanding, appreciation and support of the arts, cultural heritage and humanities.

 

For more information, please visit www.maccenterforthearts.com or call 802-334-1966.

Photo Copyright 2017 Karen Lippens – Lake Memphremagog
Headshot – Louise Abbott courtesy photo

 


 

May 30, 2017

MAC Center for the Arts IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

HELD OVER BY POPULAR DEMAND

 

The Recycle into Spring II Exhibit at the MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street Newport VT is extending the run of the current exhibit due to popular demand. The Exhibit will run until June 3, 5:00 pm. For more information, please visit MAC Center for the Arts or call 802 334 1966.

       

 

 

May 11, 2017

Press Release
MAC Center for the Arts - Crazy Fun T-Shirt Workshop

Newport, VT

 

The MAC Center for the Arts will hold a Crazy Fun T-shirt Workshop, June 3 from 10-11:00 a.m. at the MAC, 158 Main Street, Newport in the downstairs Gallery.  This workshop is for young people 10-13 years old and is limited to 15 participants.  Registration forms can be picked up at the MAC or MAC Website, www.maccenterforthearts.com or call 802-334-1966. Registration Deadline is May 25.   Each participant should bring a pre-washed 100% white cotton tee shirt, all other items will be provided. Be sure to register early to save your spot.  THIS IS A FREE EVENT, so come and explore your creativity.

 

 

April 17, 2017

Press Release

QNEK Productions Presents Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor

Derby Line, VT/ Stanstead, QC

QNEK Productions, International Theatre Company in Residence at the historic Haskell Opera House, is kicking off it’s 25th and final season with a farce to keep you laughing long after the curtain comes down: Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor. For the first time in 25 years they are bringing back your favorite shows and this classic farce is sure to keep you rollicking and rolling in the aisles as they begin their Season of Celebration!


In September of 1934, Henry Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous Tito Merelli, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Merelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Meanwhile, Merelli wakes up, puts on the costume as well, and madcap hijinks ensue. Soon there are two Tito’s running around with wild women, a harried Saunders, and an interfering Bellhop running after them to our comedic delight!

 

This show features an impressive party of local talents in Todd Cubit, Michael Desjardins, Phil Gosselin, Kim Gannon, Rhonda Lucas, Tiffany Quinn, Ron St. John, and Andrea Webster. The impressive art deco set is brought to life by Set Engineers Rick Gosselin and George Lague. Judy Castonguay is the Stage Manager with Jenny Dunne Directing. 

 

You don’t want to miss this uproarious start to QNEK’s Season of Celebration! This over the top comedy will bring you non-stop laughter and a night of theatre you wont soon forget. Come see Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor at the Haskell Opera House April 28 - May 7th, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2. Tickets are available by visiting qnek.com, calling the QNEK Box Office at (802) 334-2216, in person at The MAC Center for the Arts, by visiting catamountarts.org, or by calling the Catamount Arts Box Office at (888) 757-5559.

 

 

 

April 14, 2017

PRESS RELEASE


MAC Center for the Arts Celebrates RECYCLE INTO SPRING II

Newport.  The MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street, Newport celebrates the second annual Recycling Exhibit, opening day April 28, 2017 with a reception from 5-7 pm. Free event.

Recycled art is not something that's beautiful but just a waste of time and space. It's like alchemy which turns base metal into gold, except that it turns trashes into gold. ... And for the first time, you will be amazed by the beauty of reformed trashes. The Exhibit will continue thru May 27 and features artists repurposed and recycled whimsies and unique sculptures making for an interesting and sometimes odd exhibition. A call to artists for this unusual exhibition engages the talents of many of our collective artists guilds in the Northeast Kingdom. Visit the MAC Downstairs Gallery for some rediscovered artistry that leaves no carbon footprint.

For more information, visit www.maccenterforthearts.com or call 802-334-1966.

 

       


 

 

March 20, 2017

PRESS RELEASE


MAC Center for the Arts – Le Junque du Jour Sale – April 1st
Newport.  Just when you think you’ve had enough of winter, MAC Center for the Arts comes to the rescue with a unique event…Le Junque due Jour Sale on April 1st. April Fool’s Day will be replete with FUN for shoppers of all ages when you show up to our very FIRST indoor yard sale. No kidding.
Come one, come all to 158 Main Street, Saturday, April 1, 10-3 (no early birds please) to a Festival of Junque (junk). We want all the Cabin Fever bargain hunters to come to our downstairs gallery and get busy SHOPPING.  There are one of a kind items including four antique sewing tables, 2 weathered spindle back chairs, vintage wood rolling office chair, hand painted end table, a Roland electric digital piano, display racks, 3 drafting tables, small bookshelf, coveted Glass Hurricane lamps, signed artwork, windchimes, vintage pottery.  Going on a trip, we’ve got luggage. Need a chapeau? We’ve got hats or if you’re not into that kind of hat, how about a lampshade? There are art supplies, jewelry, books, new items, gently loved items, a plethora of collectibles. Everything is priced to sell or make an offer because EVERYTHING MUST GO!!  
There’s no Fool like an Old Fool and we aren’t Fooling around…there just might be some Fool’s gold waiting for you.  All proceeds benefit the MAC Center for the Arts and the continuing arts programming. For more information, please visit our website, www.maccenterforthearts.com or call 332-1966. MAC is a 501(c) (3) non-profit.


Here's a bunch of FOOL's getting ready for April 1st Junque Sale....hurry in before they scoop up all the goodies.

             

Photo Credit Rob Boskind

 

 

December 19, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

 

ACT 1 Announces First Workshop Date of 2017

 

Newport. The MAC Center for the Arts in partnership with ACT 1, the Northeast Kingdom’s Premiere Theater Academy, is thrilled to announce plans for 2017.

 

Saturday, January 21, 2017 will debut Once Upon a Time: Peter Pan for 5 to 8 year olds', a half day of theater learning and fun.

 

Surprise your theater lover this holiday season with an experience they won't soon forget at our local arts collaborative in downtown Newport, Vermont. Get them excited for the new year with a new activity the entire family will remember for years to come.

 

From 12:30PM to 4:30PM on January 21st, students will be led through exploratory activities to learn about all aspects of storytelling culminating in a short performance for family and friends at 4:00PM.

 

Once Upon a Time: Peter Pan will teach participants about learning music and movement for the stage in addition to creating costume pieces and decorating the space to reflect Neverland as they imagine it. Character work will be a major theme throughout the afternoon as the students learn the roles of "Lost Boys" and "Pirates" bringing their unique personalities to the performance as an ensemble.

 

Local middle school performers will act as “Show Captains” borrowed from the term “Dance Captains” in the theater business and will lead the little ones through their show.

 

Cost for the afternoon is $25 for one participant and $40 for a pair. Registration includes water, materials and an ACT 1 t-shirt in addition to professional training. All are welcome, no experience required- just love of creativity is what your child needs to have a memorable afternoon.

 

To register for the January 21st event, please stop by or call the MAC Center for the Arts. All questions regarding the day of the event should be directed to ACT 1 at nekacademy@gmail.com or Lynn Leimer at macartspr@yahoo.com.

ACT 1 Registration Form

 

Stop by the MAC Center for registration and receive a certificate to pop under the tree or present on New Year's Eve to your little ones. Space is limited to 20 participants.

 

For more information and registration, visit www.maccenterforthearts.com or call 802-334-1966.

 

 

November 23, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

 

Evergreen Centerpiece Family Workshop at MAC Center for the Arts

Newport.  MAC Center for the Arts welcomes you to celebrate the holidays by creating a beautiful centerpiece made of local evergreens and festive materials.  This is an activity for family members, friends and neighbors, so come with a parent or uncle, child or best friend 9-99 years old.

Deck the Halls Saturday, December 3, 2:30 pm. in our downstairs gallery, 158 Main Street, Newport, VT.  A small fee to cover costs of materials is required at $3.00 per person. Workshop size limited to 16 participants. Please register by December 1st.  Registration forms will be at the counter at MAC.


So, Jingle all the way to a Jolly Holiday and join the creativity at the MAC. For more information, Contact Diana Poulin at vtdianap@gmail.com or 802-673-8808 or visit www.maccenterforthearts.com or call the MAC at 802-334-1966.



 
     

 

October 25, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

Portrait of a Forest: Men and Machine Exhibit

Newport.  The MAC Center for the Arts will host an Exclusive Opening for its new exhibit, “Portrait of a Forest: Men and Machine,” on November 18 from 5 to 7 p.m., 158 Main Street, Newport.  The opening is in conjunction with the annual Holiday Reception at the MAC.

 

The exhibit, on loan to MAC from the Vermont Folklife Center, combines contemporary photographs by Weybridge photojournalist, George Bellerose, with historical photographs and commentary by the logging and forest products community, will run through December 31

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“Unlike Vermonters of the past, many of us no longer have a direct connection to the working landscape. We see logging trucks and the occasional roadside log collection, but rarely do we have contact with loggers or fully understand their importance to the state,” Bellerose said of the origin of his project.

 

“My hope is that this documentation will help everyone better understand the challenges facing the industry today and appreciate its role in preserving a healthy forest,” Bellerose added. “This project is an essential part of the Vermont Folklife Center’s mission to help people become visible to one another,” Greg Sharrow, co-director of the Center commented. “George Bellerose’s photography opens a powerful window into the lives and work of loggers in Vermont.”

 

Coverage ranges from solo loggers with a chain saw to multi-machine chipping operations, from backyard sawmills to state-of-the-art flooring mills.

 

The exhibit and projected book are companion pieces to an earlier Bellerose and Vermont Folklife Center project, Forty-Six Years of Pretty Straight Going: The Life of a Family Dairy Farm.

 

“Both occupations involve long days and hard work. Both are often a generational way of life and a tough way to make a living. Both have shaped the landscape and culture of Vermont. Both face economic challenges today, and both often feel that the work they do is not understood or appreciated,” Bellerose commented. This exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.  For more information, please visit www.maccenterforthearts.com or call 802 334 -1966.


 

 

October 24, 2016

 

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ACT 1 Theatre Workshop - Front Row (Lto R) Josie Pearson, Annika Socia, Emily Wilkie, Hannah Poginy, Marianna Barrett

 

Back row (LtoR) - Gabe Nichols, Ron St John III, Kaeleb Berthiuame, Aaron Nichols, Brandon Alexandre

Act 1 Theatre Workshop Group Photo - Finale Pose Front (l to r) Alician Socia, Sophia Aiken, Evvi Tower-Pierce, Ben Gonyaw, Josie Pearson, Dayna Alexandre, Annika Socia

 

Back (l to r) Thomas Alexandre, Brandan Alexandre, Grace Castle, Hannah Poginy, Kaeleb Bertiuame, Marianna Barrett, Emily Wilkie, Aaron Nichols

Act 1 Theatre Workshop (action pose) - Learning the Magic Step
Front Row (l to r) Josie Pearson, Annika Socia, Emily Wilkie, Hannah Poginy, Marianna Barrett

Back row (l to r) Gabe Nichols, Ron St John III, Kaeleb Berthiuame, Aaron Nichols, Brandon Alexandre

 

Press Release


Academy for Children in Theatre – Act 1.


Newport. A new and timely venture has emerged at the MAC Center for the Arts, the Academy for Children in Theatre. Recently a Theatre Intensive Workshop for young people was showcased highlighting 17 Young Thespians. “Because I like to see the smiles in the audience” shared one participant in ACT 1 of why they love the theater.

 

Conceptualized and created by Lynn Leimer and Sunny Naughton, the pair began working together over 20 years ago. Leimer noticed a star quality and passion in Naughton and a relationship of mentor and protégé began.

 

Now the duo has come together again, in the second act of their work, to bring their knowledge to area theater lovers, both young and old alike. Theater lovers who do it for the smiles in the audience- much like what brought Leimer and Naughton to the stage in their youth and throughout their extensive professional careers in New York City and across the USA.

 

The ACT 1 Workshop was assisted by four theatre Interns: Ron St John III, Grace Castle, and Marianna Barrett from the NEK and Brandon Alexandre from Georgeville, QC. Fifteen youths, ages 8-13 hailed from Derby, Newport, Barton, Westmore and Downtown Manhattan, NYC. The ensemble spent 8 hours learning the Business of Broadway, choreography, staging, vocalization and highspeed musical training. The culmination of these intense hours of training – Broadway in Fifteen Minutes presented to their family and friends.

 

“Knowledge is power and we intend to fill each student with an arsenal of theatrical savvy – on stage and behind the scenes”, said Leimer. We will include all ages and abilities. Entre Act – Ages 5-8; Act 1- ages 9-13; Act 2 – ages 14-18; Finale – Masters classes; and Encore – Adults. This workshop series will not only enhance the cultural tone of our community but sustain the mission of the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative and their commitment to all facets of the Arts. Leimer is a founding and charter member of MAC and sits on the Board of Directors as Secretary and is the Chair of the Performance Committee;

 

Naughton is a MAC member/writer/performer and sits on the Performance Committee. Before the end of 2016, Leimer and Naughton, in their partnership with the MAC Center as artist members, will announce a spring workshop schedule with programs. “They say to be the person you needed when you were a kid. I had exposure to a lot of wonderful artists here in the Kingdom so I didn’t need much. However, after working in theater across the country, what I do believe our theater lovers can benefit from is a place to come together, outside of rehearsal for our wonderful community theaters and high school productions, to hone their craft. That is what Q (as Leimer is known) and I hope to bring to them” shares Naughton.  

 

Naughton and ‘Q’ as the kids have taken to calling Leimer (a callback of her QNEK theater company- going into its 25th and final season at the Haskell Opera House), want a space where all students who want to put forth the time and effort can learn to appreciate not only the stage, but all aspects of putting on a show. They plan to produce workshops for musicians, wardrobe, hair and make-up, scenic design and more.

 

What sets these workshops apart from others around the country? Naughton and Q plan to utilize the large talent base from or based in the Northeast Kingdom. The pair believes that in the past fifteen years more students have gone into paying jobs in the arts than the larger community realizes, and that is something they are passionate about bringing into the light.

 

For more information about upcoming workshops keep an eye on the MAC Center website or email  Press Release

Academy for Children in Theatre – Act 1.

Newport. A new and timely venture has emerged at the MAC Center for the Arts, the Academy for Children in Theatre.  Recently a Theatre Intensive Workshop for young people was showcased highlighting 17 Young Thespians. “Because I like to see the smiles in the audience” shared one participant in ACT 1 of why they love the theater.

Conceptualized and created by Lynn Leimer and Sunny Naughton, the pair began working together over 20 years ago. Leimer noticed a star quality and passion in Naughton and a relationship of mentor and protégé began.

Now the duo has come together again, in the second act of their work, to bring their knowledge to area theater lovers, both young and old alike. Theater lovers who do it for the smiles in the audience- much like what brought Leimer and Naughton to the stage in their youth and throughout their extensive professional careers in New York City and across the USA.

The ACT 1 Workshop was assisted by four theatre Interns:  Ron St John III, Grace Castle, and Marianna Barrett from the NEK and Brandon Alexandre from Georgeville, QC.  Fifteen youths, ages 8-13 hailed from Derby, Newport, Barton, Westmore and Downtown Manhattan, NYC.  The ensemble spent 8 hours learning the Business of Broadway, choreography, staging, vocalization and highspeed musical training.  The culmination of these intense hours of training – Broadway in Fifteen Minutes presented to their family and friends.

“Knowledge is power and we intend to fill each student with an arsenal of theatrical savvy – on stage and behind the scenes”, said Leimer. We will include all ages and abilities. Entre Act – Ages 5-8; Act 1- ages 9-13; Act 2 – ages 14-18; Finale – Masters classes; and Encore – Adults. This workshop series will not only enhance the cultural tone of our community but sustain the mission of the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative and their commitment to all facets of the Arts.  Leimer is a founding and charter member of MAC and sits on the Board of Directors as Secretary and is the Chair of the Performance Committee; Naughton is a MAC member/writer/performer and sits on the Performance Committee.

Before the end of 2016, Leimer and Naughton, in their partnership with the MAC Center as artist members, will announce a spring workshop schedule with programs. “They say to be the person you needed when you were a kid. I had exposure to a lot of wonderful artists here in the Kingdom so I didn’t need much. However, after working in theater across the country, what I do believe our theater lovers can benefit from is a place to come together, outside of rehearsal for our wonderful community theaters and high school productions, to hone their craft. That is what Q (as Leimer is known) and I hope to bring to them” shares Naughton.


Naughton and ‘Q’ as the kids have taken to calling Leimer (a callback of her QNEK theater company- going into its 25th and final season at the Haskell Opera House), want a space where all students who want to put forth the time and effort can learn to appreciate not only the stage, but all aspects of putting on a show. They plan to produce workshops for musicians, wardrobe, hair and make-up, scenic design and more.

What sets these workshops apart from others around the country? Naughton and Q plan to utilize the large talent base from or based in the Northeast Kingdom. The pair believes that in the past fifteen years more students have gone into paying jobs in the arts than the larger community realizes, and that is something they are passionate about bringing into the light.


For more information about upcoming workshops keep an eye on the MAC Center website or email nekacademy@gmail.com or www.maccenterforthearts.com

 

 

 

September 28, 2016

MAC Center for the Arts Mandala Project

Newport.  The MAC Center for the Arts is a busy place these days, especially with the opening of the Mandala Project Exhibition, Friday October 21, 5-7 pm.  as well as a presentation and talk back with author Martha Oliver-Smith.

 

Mandalas and Visions in the Art of Martha Stringham Bacon with a Reading and Slide Presentation from the memoir Martha's Mandala by Martha Oliver-Smith will kick off the month long exhibition in the lower gallery.  The slide presentation will begin at 5:30 followed by a Q&A.  Open to the public. This is a free event.

 

The mandalas and other works by Martha Stringham Bacon illustrate the artist’s experience with mental illness and recovery and the profound connection between the creation of art and healing of the human psyche.

 

Martha Oliver-Smith was born in Rhode Island into a family of writers, artists and scholars. She spent most of her childhood moving between her grandmother’s home in Peace Dale, RI and living in New York City. In 1972, she moved to the west coast to begin her teaching career and raise her family.  She returned to the east in 2002 to live and work in Vermont.  She earned an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2006.  After 36 years of teaching college and high school literature and writing courses, Oliver-Smith retired to complete the biographical memoir Martha’s Mandala based on her grandmother’s life as an artist who struggled with mental illness.  She lives with her husband, two cats, and six chickens in Albany, VT where she is working on a second memoir.  

 

On Saturday, October 22, from 1-3:30 pm MAC will host a workshop to create personal mandalas; recommended ages Middle School students to adults. Participants in the Personal Mandala Workshop will create a mandala based on discovering the dualities - the “sun and shadow” personality traits - within themselves.

 

Registration is required to accommodate for supplies/materials.  Application Forms can be downloafed and dropped off or mailed to MAC, 158 Main Street, Newport VT, by October 16.  Workshop fee is $30.  Enrollment is limited to 15.  Martha Oliver-Smith:  Author and retired teacher of literature, writing and humanities courses high school, middle school and college students, is the instructor for the workshop.

 

For more information, please contact MAC 802-334-1966. MAC Center for the Arts, a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, supports Vermont's Creative Economy through the sale of our member's work at our 4,000 square foot Main Street gallery. 

 

 

 

September 25, 2016
Lynn Leimer
Sunny Naughton

NEWPORT.  The MAC Center for the ARTS is proud to announce a premiere event, October 15th.  The Academy for Children in Theatre (ACT 1) will be hosting a Theatre Workshop for students 9-12 years old.  Pre-registration is a must as there are limited spaces for this theatre intensive.


Professional actors and theatre divas, Sunny Naughton and Lynn Leimer will lead the tutorials and QNEK apprentices, Ron St John III, Grace Castle, Brandon Alexandre and Marianna Barrett will assist this full day of dramatic and musical mentoring.

Sunny Naughton, NEK native, is back after a decade in NYC. Having worked alongside Tony Award winners Martin Charnin, Harvey Fierstein, and Tommy Tune, Sunny also hit the road with the Broadway National Tour of Annie. Sunny made her QNEK debut as June in Gypsy in YEAR. A NCUHS 2003 graduate, she attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) for Musical Theater 2005 Graduate with a BA in Media and Journalism from Eugene Lang at the New School in NYC, 2014 Graduate.

After a 48 state tour with the Broadway National Tour of Annie, working in over 100 theaters in the United States followed by Lead Talent Wrangler for the National High School Musical Theater Awards from 2011 to 2014; Naughton has been Past Associate Producer for the New York Musical Theater Festival, Camp Broadway, and the Gershwin Award and will be sharing her expertise for the young thespians of our area
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Lynn Leimer is no stranger to the NEK.  Known as the Queen of the Northeast Kingdom, her theatre company - QNEK Productions, is the International Theatre Company in Residence at the Haskell Opera House has been a local legend since 1993. Her background includes Off-Broadway, professional touring and performing in such iconic places as Bally’s in Atlantic City, the Americana in Great Gorge, and 25 years in the New York/New Jersey dinner theatre circuit. The focus on the young performer has been a predominant focus of the company and as QNEK turns the corner next season celebrating their 25th Anniversary Season, they will also close the chapter of performances after 2017.

A new emphasis will be workshops and theatre intensives as the presiding theme for Leimer and Naughton and their connection with the MAC Center for the Arts as they collaborate to share their professional theatre acumen.  In this first workshop, students will learn about Headshots, Resumes, Auditioning, Choreography, Script format, Broadway history, Dramaturgy, culminating with a performance at the end of the 8 hours’ course. Students will receive a t-shirt, certificate of participation and a plethora of information about life in the theatre.


The registration form can be found on the MAC website www.maccenterforthearts.com due October 10th or for more information call 802-334-2216.

 

 

September 11, 2016Plein Air Exhibit

PRESS RELEASE


Newport.  The MAC Center for the Arts proudly hosts Plein Air Northeast Kingdom. Opening Reception is September 16, 5-7 pm at the MAC Center, 158 Main Street, Newport.

 

"Art adds to a community, attracts a core of people who are intelligent, creative and bring new ideas. They have a lot of energy, which is a really wonderful thing for a community to have."

 

The Plein Air Exhibit of work by landscape painters who have painted all over the Northeast Kingdom this summer. The art work is in direct response to the beauty the painters find in nature. They use a variety of media, from oils, through watercolors and pastels.

 

Plein Air painting was developed in France in the mid-19th Century and is becoming increasingly popular. Presently, there is a nationwide following of both Plein Artists and Collectors. 
The juried artwork produced at these paint-outs will be on exhibition at MAC Center for the Arts September 16th, 2016 – October 15, 2016. Event organizer, Donna Walsh says, “There is a joy about painting outdoors and this is a chance for people to see the result of works produced by professional artists.” At Plein Air Northeast Kingdom we “paint tomorrow’s history today, onsite!”

 

The event is FREE and open to all. Many of the pieces are for sale.  Collectors and Art Enthusiasts will not want to miss this unique and unprecedented event. 
For more information, please call 802-334-1966 or visit www.maccenterforthearts.com.

Photo credits: Courtesy photos of Plein Air Northeast Kingdom

Plein Air Painting of Craftsbury Market
St Marks in Newport by D.Walsh Craftsbury Fair Quilter by .C Youmans
Plein Air Painting at Perrenial Pleasures PLein Air Painting in Derby
Pines at Perennial Pleasures by T.Peura Sunlit Pine by A. Helm


 
     

 

September 9, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

Newport.The MAC Center for the Arts is proud to participate in the Newport is for Booklovers Event, September 24. Five of the eight authors that belong to MAC will be reading from their original works. Award winning authors: Lynda Graham-Barber, Tanya Sousa, Patty Oliver-Smith, Jerry Johnson and Cat Holm will share the spotlight as follows:

11:00 a.m. - Cat Holm – Reading from Voice Lessons.  Award-winning author Catherine Holm's writing ranges from literary fiction to cat-themed memoir and fantasy fiction. She is a freelance writer, life coach, and yoga instructor and loves gardening, outdoor recreation, and the thrill of new experiences and new places. She lives in Norton, VT. 

11:15 a.m. - Tanya Sousa – Reading from The Starling God.   Sousa writes books, short stories, essays and articles that promote empathy. Her books and essays have received awards, accolades and excellent reviews - including her most recent novel, "The Starling God", which made the short-list for the national "Green Earth Book Awards". Tanya was raised, and still lives, in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

11:30 a.m. - Patty Oliver-Smith – Reading from Martha’s Mandalas.  Martha (Patty) Oliver-Smith was born in Rhode Island into a family of writers, artists and scholars. She spent most of her childhood moving between her grandmother’s home in Peace Dale, RI and living in New York City. In 1972, she moved to the west coast to begin her teaching career and raise her family.  She returned to the east in 2002 to live and work in Vermont.  She earned an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2006.  After 36 years of teaching college and high school literature and writing courses, Oliver-Smith retired to complete the biographical memoir Martha’s Mandala based on her grandmother’s life as an artist who struggled with mental illness.  She lives with her husband, two cats, one dog and six chickens in Albany, VT where she is working on a second memoir.  
2:00 p.m. - Lynda Graham Barber –  Reading from her children’s book SAY, BOO.  Lynda Graham-Barber lived for over two decades in New York City, where she worked as a free-lance magazine writer, children’s book editor, and writing teacher.  The author of 14 books, 12 for children, Lynda lives in a stone cottage on 160 wooded acres in the Northeast Kingdom with her artist-husband, David, and their rescue dog, Biscuit.  It’s here, one cool fall evening, that the inspiration for Say Boo! flew right by her! 

2:15 p.m. - Jerry Johnson – Showing a DVD of Children’s Book - Noah’s Song. Author of Up the Creek Without a Saddle, Noah’s Song and A Bed of Leaves. In Jerry’s own words: “I was blessed when Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland, two legendary Vermont master musicians, took a number of my poems in Up the Creek Without a Saddle and set them into song for a beautiful CD album to accompany the book.


 
     

 

July 3, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

 

Newport. The Sixth Annual Art in Bloom will open on July 21 at MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street, Newport with a reception beginning at 5 pm. Working in concert are the members of the Four Seasons Garden Club and MAC Center for the Arts exquisitely tailoring the annual fundraiser where nature meets art. July 21 is a ticketed event to benefit both organizations.

A summertime favorite, Art In Bloom boasts over 20 floral arrangements that glean their inspiration from the magnificent artwork currently on display in the MAC Gallery. Interpretation and unique creativity provide this festival of insouciant charm and patrons can enjoy these displays through Saturday July 23; open to the public.

Come gaze upon the distinctive presentations on both levels of the gallery with the Art in Bloom in the main gallery (Jul 22-23) and the summer exhibition - Phyllis J Hammond – A Retrospective in the lower gallery (thru September 10). You will not be disappointed.

MAC Center for the Arts and Four Seasons Garden Club are non-profit 501 (c ) 3. For tickets or more information, please call 802 334 1966 or visit the web - www.maccenterforthearts.com and/or fourseasonsgardenclub.org

 
     

 

June 15, 2016

   
Phyllis Hammond Retrospective

PRESS RELEASE
Phyllis J. Hammond - A Retrospective – MAC Press Release

Newport. MAC Center for the Arts is proud to present Phyllis J. Hammond -A Retrospective. An opening Reception and Vernissage will be held Friday, July 1, from 5-7 pm at the MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street, Newport, Vermont. The exhibit continues through September 10, 2016.

 

MAC is honored to host this exquisite retrospective curated by Lynn Rublee who had been thinking about an exhibition of Phyllis's lifetime of work as an artist. Isobel Marks told Rublee, “Phyllis was a long time member and supporter of MAC and we would naturally be keen to see this happen”. Lynn had known Phyllis since she was 5 years old and in her adult life, moved closer and shared their many travel adventures and artistic endeavors. In the most recent years, their bond deepened within the art and spiritual connection. So in collaboration with Phyllis’ family, MAC is delighted to present not only many of Phyllis's oil paintings, but pastels, collages, print work, and books.

 

Phyllis Joy Hammond, a long-time resident of Newport Center, Vermont, died on February 3, 2016 at the age of 88. A prolific artist working primarily in watercolors and acrylics, Phyllis operated from her tiny PJ Hammond Art Gallery on the Lake Road, which was the former barn of her beloved Morgan horse, Smoky.

 

Her work was highlighted at the MAC Center for the Arts along with her three books that captured her love of wildflowers, northern landscapes and sharing art with children.

 

Phyllis was born in July 4, 1927, the daughter of Gordon Crothers Sleeper and Martha Moler Sleeper in Long Island, New York. As a youngster she studied watercolor with Elsa Bley. She attended Wellesley College and later studied with Hyman Bloom and took courses at the New York Botanical Gardens, presaging her life-long love of flowers. Phyllis began traveling to Lake Memphremagog as a child, where her parents owned summer homes and in 1957 she married Milton Dale Hammond. Phyllis and Milton were married for 54 years until Milton’s death in 2012.

Phyllis had a long love affair with northern landscapes (she lived several miles from the Canadian border) and their plant life. Underlying themes of her work were wildflowers, forest foliage, mountains and seeing more spiritually.

 

In 1998, at the age of 71, her life took a decidedly entrepreneurial turn with the writing and publication of Traveling with Wildflowers: from Newfoundland to Alaska. As a result of the book’s publication, Phyllis was invited to speak in Denali National Park, Alaska, St John’s Botanical Garden in Newfoundland and at many flower shows. An article featuring her and her book appeared in Vermont Magazine. Along with book sales, she sold thousands of lithographs, prints, postcards, and bookmarks base on the artwork in Traveling with Wildflowers.

 

 


 
     

May 8, 2016

 

 
Lunar Madness

PRESS RELEASE

 

MAC Center for the Arts presents LUNARt MadnessAn enchanting evening of Music and Prose
Newport.  The MAC Center for the Arts is proud to present our Member Only presentation of authors and musicians – LUNARt MADNESS, crafting words and song in celebration of the Full Moon and Spring.  Join us Saturday, May 21, 7-9 pm at the MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street, Newport.


Spring is a time of transformation, renewing our uniqueness as we transition from the Winter Blues to the sunshine and longer days.  May 21 heralds the Flower Moon.  This moon was also known as the Full Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.  Under the old rules originally set forth by the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, this is also a BLUE MOON.  Sounds like a song title, doesn’t it? Perhaps you’ll hear it played.

 

The exclusive lineup of MAC writers includes: Jerry Johnson, Lisa Foster, Mary Brenner, Dianne LaPlante and Mary Liz Riddle.  Our MAC musicians include: Nate Sargent, Janice and Ben Luce, Brian McCrae, John Selmer with Emcees Susan-Lynn Johns and Lynn Leimer.  Original prose, original songs, classic music and audience participation sing-alongs will embellish the enchantment of seasonal equinox.  Seating is limited, but not the fun.

 

And that’s not all!  If you buy your tickets in advance, you can enjoy a 10% discount at either Newport Ciderhouse or Dusit Thai.  LUNARt Madness is a benefit for the MAC Center and general admission is $7.00. For more information, visit www.maccenterforthearts.com or call 802-334-1966.

 

 
     
April 25, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

 

MAC Center for the ArtsFar and Wide, Near and Dear Opens May 6th

MAC Center for the Arts hails a new photography exhibit opening Friday May 6th running through Saturday, June 11, 2016.  The exhibit, FAR AND WIDE, NEAR AND DEAR, by photographer and MAC member, Cindy Smith, display her myriad of luscious images gleaned from her vast travels, where else but … near and far.

Smith admits candidly, “My wife, Gerry Cahill, and I both retired from Lake Region Union High School in 2010. I had been teaching there for 26 years. She for 42 years. I knew that if I didn't retire, she never would. Someone had to get the ball rolling. Another impetus for retiring was that I had some good friends who had gotten ill at a young age. This shouldn't happen. Their illnesses made me take stock of my life. So rolling many factors together, I decided to begin the second phase of my life.”

Her choice of medium during her teaching days had been sculptural- wood, clay, glass. Retirement opened a new realm highlighting photography…it was portable. “This was an art form that I could take with me anywhere. The world is my studio. As luck would have it, photography is a perfect marriage of many of my interest- the love of travel, the outdoors, being in wild and pristine places and seeing some of these places before climate change affects them forever.  We live on an amazing planet. I cherish her,” declares Smith.

There will be an Opening Reception, Friday, May 6th, 5-7 pm.  The exhibit can be seen during regular business hours: Tues-Sat 10-5 until June 6, when summer hours begin, Mon-Sat,
10-5.  For more information, please visit ww.maccenterforthearts.com or call 802-334-1966. 

 
 
     
April 5, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street, Newport hosts a special and unique vernissage; Saturday April 16, 5-7 pm with a Closing Reception for Antarctica - a Photographic Journey. A TALK BACK with photographer,Stephen Malshuk, will highlight the evening. All are welcome, this is a FREE EVENT. For more information, please visit http://www.maccenterforthearts.com/ or call 802-334-1966.

 

 
     

April 4, 2016
MAC Center for the Arts

participates in DABBLE DAY

      

PRESS RELEASE

 

MAC Center for the Arts works with Area School
Coventry.  The Memphremagog Arts Collaborative recently participated in the creative adventures at Coventry Elementary School called Dabble Day sponsored by Building Bright Futures and the support of area, businesses and organizations.

 

 Young children (infant-2nd grade) and their favorite adult companions were invited to enjoy a day filled with FUN-tastic activites. Many youngsters DABBLED with Diana Poulin and Patty Oliver-Smith from MAC to make unique, colorful and imaginative fish puppets.  These puppets were made specially to tie in with the presentation of SWIMMY (based on the book by Leo Lionni); “a story about a little fish who shows his friends, with ingenuity and teamwork,  how to overcome danger.” 

 

NEKPA and Community National Bank presented a puppet show by  PuppeTree, an Artist-in-Residency program through the Vermont Arts Council.  PuppeTree is a nontraditional puppet theater company that was created by Ann Legunn in which various community venues – from school to senior centers – become active participants in all aspects of theatre arts. PuppeTree is unique in that the participants not only build the puppets, but are encouraged to handle those made by Ann Legunn, the way you would handle props, costumes and scenery.

For more information about MAC Center for the Arts, a local non-profit, please visit www.maccenterforthearts.com or

call 802-334-1966

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Photos by Diane Poulin

 

 
     
Feb 9, 2016

MAC CENTER FOR THE ARTS hosts new exhibit

 ANTARCTICA – A Photographic Journey by Stephen Malshuk

Newport.  While the Northeast Kingdom has been experiencing an unusually warm winter, replete with green grass and significant absence of snow and ice; there is one spot in Newport that you can glance the glaciers and feel the chill…albeit virtually.  MAC Center for the Arts is proud to announce the exclusive exhibit, opening February 20 in the downstairs gallery: ANTARCTICA – a Photographic Journey, by photographer, Stephen K. Malshuk.

     
          
 
 

 

Malshuk was born Newport, Vermont in 1952. He holds a B.S. in Secondary Education, University of Vermont, 1974 and J.D., University of Puget Sound, 1985.  His first foray in photography began with a picture shot with a Polaroid SWINGER of his brother with a dead rabbit.

 

Steve spent his formative years in Orleans before going to the wilds of the big city Burlington, VT to attend college in a city that was equipped with a mind boggling amount of stop lights and a population of 30,000 people. To keep him from being too bored growing up; he spent lots of time at the Jones Memorial Library. While there, he found his favorite magazines contained the most photographs, e.g.  Life, Look, and National Geographic. What Orleans lacked for excitement, the photos in those publications compensated for that a lot. Those magazines fueled his interest in photography. Rejecting pictures of murder, mayhem and war as a photographic pursuit, his basic interest is in landscape and people. He tends to favor photographing landscape since a landscape subject has never made a comment on what he could do to make it look “better.”

 

The photos in this exhibit are part of his “bucket” list of visiting all seven continents. Recently, he visited Asia. His remaining two continents are Africa and Australia.

                                  

FACTOID: Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents. Antarctica is considered a desert, with annual precipitation of only 200 mm (8 in) along the coast and far less inland. There are no permanent human residents, but anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people reside throughout the year at the research stations scattered across the continent. Antarctica was only first sighted in 1820, by the Russian expedition of Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev on Vostok and Mirny, who sighted the Fimbul ice shelf. The continent, however, remained largely neglected for the rest of the 19th century because of its hostile environment, lack of resources, and isolation.

 

Malshuk’s photographs have appeared in "California", 1980, (Polaroid Type 52), Camera Arts Magazine, April, 1983; “Mt. Rainier”, 1986, Seattle P-I, June 17, 1999; “Self Portrait – watching my children at the beach”, 2001, (quad-black digital print) Seattle Art Museum web site, 2001; “Experience Music Project 156” Everett Herald, Visual Arts, August 11, 2006.

This polar exclusive can be viewed from February 20-April 16, during the regular business hours of the MAC Center for the Arts, 10-5. The closing reception/vernissage will feature Mr. Malshuk giving a talk back about his exhibit, April 16 from 5-7 pm.  All are welcome. For more information, please visit www.maccenterforthearts.com or call 802-334-9166.

 

 
     

January 15, 2016

Lisa Eshleman Foster Exhibit

PRESS RELEASE

 

A CLOSING CELEBRATION of Lisa Eshleman Foster’s one woman exhibition at the MAC Center for the Arts (Downstairs Gallery), 158 Main St. Newport,will be held on Saturday January 23, from 12-5 PM. This will be the last day to visit and view the over 200 pieces of original work that makes up the show Ancestors…Going Way Back . All those who attended the Opening Reception and entered the raffle or attend the Closing Reception and enter the raffle will have the opportunity to win a piece of Lisa's unique artwork. Both raffles will be drawn at the end of the dayJanuary 23. Need not be present to win.

For those of you interested in purchasing one or more of Lisa Foster’s work to brighten up your space, most all of the 200+ pieces will be reduced in price with a portion of the proceeds going to the MAC Center for the Arts.  This will be the last time the public has a chance to view this particular installation. Refreshments will be served.  (NOTE: Sale prices pertain ONLY to Lisa Eshleman Foster’s work and this event is in the Downstairs Gallery only.) Please come celebrate and take a look at this unique work.  Spread the word and bring your ancestors. 
    

 

 

 
     
December 7th, 2015
Xmas workshop

NEWS

 

The MAC education committee held our 5th Annual Handmade Holiday craft workshop on December 5th.  Due to a miscommunication regarding the time of the event, we only hosted 8 children.  Many of them were regular faces and we were happy to see them again.  The children made four different Christmas tree ornaments to take home and had an enjoyable morning together. 

 

   

 

 
November 28, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

 

MAC Center for the Arts Collaborates with the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

 

Newport. Recently, the MAC Center for the Arts worked with Harriet Hall from the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired to conduct a pottery class for thirteen of its members. Even though some of the members are completely blind and many have diminished sight unable to actually see their work, the participants enjoyed using their hands and working with the clay. Each member made two pieces, a pinch pot and a coiled pot which will be glazed and once fired, ready to be returned to them. A special thank you goes to Diana Poulin who organized the event, donated all the supplies and conducted the class.

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Photo Cutline (Standing )– MAC Education Committee Member, Diana Poulin instructs members of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired on the techniques of pottery making. Seated(l to r): Harriet Hall, John Hall, Neil Young, Jim McIntyre, Kitty McIntyre, (standing) MAC Education Committee member, Bonnie Nash, Paula Fitzgerald, Alain V.

 

 
November 24, 2015
Bingle Jells 2015

PRESS RELEASE

 

QNEK PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
BINGLE JELLS
​Derby Line, VT
Looking for the perfect way to celebrate the season and start your holiday with a laugh and a song? Look no further than QNEK Productions Bingle Jells! Fun and follies abound in this off-kilter take on seasonal stories!
Conceived by Lynn Leimer, Bingle Jells takes us on an journey to an alternate universe North Pole featuring a cast of elves singing, dancing, and romancing their way through the night! Will Mrs. Claus be swept off her feet by Elvish Presley? Will one of the elves tap dance right off the stage? Will Santa be able to make all of his deliveries or will the flirtatious singing elves distract him? There’s only one way to find out - join QNEK for this delightful and delirious show!

 

This festive cast features adults and kids from both sides of the border led by director Susan Lynn Johns and accompanied by Janice Luce. Onstage you’ll see David Harrison, Todd Cubit, Allen Cubit, Lisa Foster, Ruth Ann Fletcher, Anita Morin, Sally Rivard, Judy Castonguay, Susan Kuzma, Nathan Sargent, Mary Hoadley, Chris Planetta, Rhonda Lucas, Victoria Young, Marianna Barrett, Emily Wilkie, Kaeleb Berthiaume, and Caresse Comeau-Ellman.
QNEK’s Bingle Jells is a great way to begin your holiday in a spirit of generosity as proceeds will go to benefit

​the non-profit where each show is being presented. All tickets will will also include dessert and coffee/tea to warm you up on a cold winters night. Bingle Jells will play at the MAC Center in Newport on Friday December 11th at 7:30, and at the First Universalist Parish of Derby Line on Saturday December 12th at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are available by calling 802.334.2216, visiting qnek.com, visiting catamountarts.org, or at the MAC Center in downtown Newport. ​

 
     

November 19, 2015Xmas workshop

PRESS RELEASE

 

MAC Center for the Arts – 5the Annual Holiday Craft Workshop

Newport.  Break out your holiday spirit and release your imagination…the MAC Center for the Arts is holding its 5th Annual Handmade Holiday Craft Workshop.   It’s free for kids 8 and up although donations are appreciated.  Each child will have the opportunity to make three or four ornaments to take home with them.  They include a folded paper Christmas tree, a bean and lentil covered star and a modern tin art ornament made with aluminum foil.

The workshop will be held in MAC’s downstairs classroom, 158 Main Street in Newport, on December 5th at 9:30 am.  The activities will take 1 to 1 ½ hours to complete so you will be done in time for the Santa parade.  Parents can feel free to get in a little holiday shopping while your child works on his/her projects.


Pre-registration is required and seating is limited.  Just like the Polar Express, get on board before the train leaves the station.  Sign up before Jack Frost nips your nose by contacting Diana Poulin at 673-8808 or by emailing her at vtdianap@gmail.com

 

Visit us on the web at www.maccenterforthearts.com and like us on Facebook.

 

 
November 11, 20015

Newport.  NOVEMBER 20 is an ART STOP you don’t want to miss. Two exciting art happenings at one location on one night that will dazzle and inspire.

In the Main Gallery our annual Holiday Reception and display of new works at the MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street, Newport.   Join MAC from 5-7pm, November 20 for a Vernissage. Browse the plethora of unique hand crafted gifts by our artisans working in pottery, glass, wood, on paper, on canvas, in fiber and yarn arts, basketry, photography, jewelry, quilts, book binding and books and listen to some of our performers on their latest CD’s

In the Lower Gallery - Lisa Eshleman Foster One Woman ShowAncestorsGoing Way Back – Opening Reception, November 20, 2015, 5-7 pm.  Show continues through January 23, 2016. This extraordinary installation by Lisa Eshleman Foster is sometimes theatrical, often amusing and wry, but mysteriously moving and very personal.  Not to be missed!!!!  

For more information and holiday hours, call  802 334 1966 or visit www.maccenterforthearts.com and follow us on Facebook.  Award winning MAC Center for the Arts is a local non-profit. Have a Heart, support the Arts!

 

 
November 4, 2015

On Monday, November 2nd, MAC’s education committee worked with Harriet Hall from the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired to conduct a pottery class for 13 of its members.  Even though a couple of the members are completely blind and many commented that they couldn’t see their work, everyone enjoyed using their hands and working with the clay.  Each person made two pieces, a pinch pot and a coiled pot which will be glazed, fired and returned to them.  A special thank you goes to Diana Poulin who organized the event, donated all the supplies and know-how and conducted the class.

            

 
September 29, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

 

TAKE NOTE: Nostalgia - a Musical Event

Newport. What does the words Nostalgia mean to you? Perhaps a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life, to one's home or
homeland, or to one's family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time.

Come to the MAC Center for the Arts on Friday, October 23, 7:30 pm for a truly memorable evening of Nostalgia. A myriad of tunes will create an ambiance of joy, melancholy and effervescence. Emcee's for the evening, Susan-Lynn Johns and Lynn Leimer will take you on this esoteric journey that embraces every genre of musicality. Featured performers include Janice and Ben Luce, John Selmer, Mary Damiani, Linda Schneck, Todd Cubit, Allen Cubit, Logan Chaput and of course the dymanic duo of Johns and Leimer.

Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets early. The Dusit Thai Cuisine and the Newport Ciderhouse Bar and Grill will be offering at 10% discount when you present your ticket the evening of the show. Legendary Champlain Chocolates will be providing some sweet treats for intermission and all of this for only $7.00 per person. Tickets are available at the MAC Center for the Arts as of October 2, 2015. All proceeds benefit the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative.

The show is performed with special arrangements with ASCAP. MAC is located at 158 Main Street Newport. Visit us on the web at maccenterforthearts.com or call 802-334-1966.

 

Photo by Douglas Flint: Take Note

 

 

 MAC Center for the Arts presents TAKE NOTE: Nostaliga - a musical eventFriday,  October 23,  7:30 pmTickets $7.00. Performers (Standing l-r: Linda Schneck, Logan Chaput, Lynn Leimer, Janice Luce, Ben Luce, (seated l-r: Todd Cubit, Mary Damiani, Allen Cubit) missing from the photo John Selmer, Susan-Lynn Johns.

 

 

September 1, 2015

Vermont Watercolor Society Exhibit

PRESS RELEASE

 

MAC Center for the Arts to Host
Vermont Watercolor Society Exhibition 2015

 

Newport.   The MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street, will host the Fourth Annual Vermont Watercolor Society Exhibition entitled 'Memories', Friday,  September 18 through  Saturday, October 31, 2015.

 

Founded in 1995 by a small group of painters, the Vermont Watercolor Society (WVS) currently boasts over 240 members.  The Society is dedicated to promoting the awareness and appreciation of watercolour to a membership of all levels of ability and to the community by providing opportunities and venues for participation, education, fellowship and exhibitions. The VWS is a state-wide non-profit arts organization.  Due to its broad demographics, regional events are coordinated throughout the year.

 MAC Center for the Arts has the honor and distinction of being one of those venues.

This captivating evening will afford patrons the opportunity to view breathtaking and unique works as well as meet a plethora of local and regional watercolor artists.  All the art will be juried and fortunately for the attendees it is also available to purchase.

The Memphremagog Arts Collaborative is a non-profit organization and the Gallery is open Monday – Saturday,

10-5.  For more information and hours of operation, call 802 334 -1966

 

Join us at the MAC for the Opening Reception Friday, September 18, 5-7pm.

 

Mountains & Meadows by Donna Walsh
Mountains & Meadows by Donna Walsh

 

Twenty-two artists submitted 82 paintings for the show. These entries were judged by Mark Nielsen, President of the Vermont Watercolor Society and the following winners were announced:
First Place: Caroline McKinney for “Mabel”
Second Place: Jean Lumbra for “Lake View”
Third Place: Thomas Livermore for “Country Road”
Honorable Mention:
Donna Walsh for “Mountains & Meadows”
Sam Thurston for “Still Life with Sculptures”
Robert Compton for “ Spirit of the Trail”

 
   

July 6, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

 

MAC CENTER FOR THE ARTS celebrates the Fifth Annual Art in Bloom

 

Newport. Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss this summertime hallmark event! The MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street will kick off the Fifth Annual Art in Bloom replete with a Vernissage, Thursday evening July 23 from 5-7 pm.


Every third week of July, MAC hosts Art in Bloom, a glorious three day extravaganza of floral decorations created in collaboration with the Four Seasons Garden Club and inspired by works on display at the MAC Center for the Arts.


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Art in Bloom takes place all over the country, in venues great and small, where beautiful floral arrangements are matched with visual arts and handcrafts making for an impressive event for gardeners and art lovers alike. The benefit evening, July 23, for both the MAC and the Four Seasons Garden Club, will have some lucky patrons leaving with some fabulous door prizes. Tickets are on sale at the MAC for $10 or from any participating MAC member or Four Seasons Garden Club member. The show will run July 24 and July 25, 10-5.

 

As an added bonus, attendees will be delighted to have the distinct opportunity to visit the Downstairs Gallery and enjoy the retrospective artwork by Donna Jean Safford, 25 Years of Painting 1990-2015, on view until September 8, 2015.

 


Take time out of your busy schedule to smell the roses, come to our Art in Bloom. For more information, visit maccenterforthearts.com or call 802-334-1966.


Photos: MAC courtesy photos


 

June 21, 2015

donna jean safford retrospective

PRESS RELEASE

 

Donna Jean Safford, 25 Years of Painting, 1990-2015 -Selected Works


Saturday July 4 – Tuesday September 8, 2015 
Opening reception for the artist Friday July 3, 5-7pm
at MAC Center for the Arts

158 Main Street, Newport, Vermont

 

 

Donna Jean Safford is a celebrated painter throughout New England although her life in painting began in sculpture and printmaking in Hartford, Connecticut largely because, she says, “I couldn't afford the price of paint”. But paint she did. After moving to San Francisco, where she experimented briefly with acrylics until, expensive tube by tube, she began to work with oils and has never stopped since, nor regretted that foray into what has become a lifelong obsession. She has been painting in her studios in Derby Line, where she and her husband have lived for over 25 years, and at Mad Brook Farm, her earliest home in the Northeast Kingdom. She says of her move there in the 70's that, “I had never planted as much as a pansy before Vermont”. Interestingly, Mad Brook will be working with the Vermont Historical Society in their study on migration of city people to the country.

 

But gardens aside, it is to painting that Donna Jean Safford always returns to. The 25 years of this beautiful exhibition cover the period from 1990 to the present and takes the viewer chronologically through several periods of artistic and very personal development. In her candid opinion she remarked, “The work was so tight at first ... one of my earliest paintings took four months... four months! But the more I worked with paint the looser the work became, and I am less hung up on technique but much more concerned now with the paint, the medium itself. What it does, how it works, its astonishing versatility. Maybe I am painting for myself now to show what paint can do”. And she certainly has.

 

The 50 paintings on exhibit are organized into distinct categories: dolls, hats, the Adrienne series, remasters, mixed media, animals, doll dresses, chairs, portraits and finally abstraction. These reflect not only the 25 year period, but her personal interests, obsessions with objects and individuals, her own limitless imagination in a lyrical often playful approach to her subject...chancy too, in how she perceives the boundless possibilities presented to her.

 

The MAC Center for the Arts is delighted to present this wonderful, often magical, brilliantly painted work of Donna Jean Safford. While she has been a member of MAC almost since its inception, her work may not yet be as familiar to the Northeast Kingdom as it is to other arts organizations in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts where for many years collectors there have patiently waited for new work....we are lucky to have her here.

 

For more information, call 802-334-1966 or www.maccenterforthearts.com.


 

 

May 16, 2015

 

Muse-ical Harvet III

PRESS RELEASE

 

MAC Center for the Arts presents Muse-ical Harvest III - Such Short Little Lives

Newport. When MAC Member Cat Holm mentioned a story of hers was to appear in the short story anthology "Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes, she provided the theme for the third in the MAC Center's "Muse-ical Harvest" performance series. Friday, June 5, 6:30 pm performance will be about “our animal companions”.

Mary Damiani  

Nathan Sargent


 

MAC will present poems, songs, and stories about them. The subtitle for the event, "Such Short Little Lives," comes to us
courtesy of John Grogan, the author of "Marley & Me: Life
and Love with the World's Worst Dog." Mr. Grogan's funny
and touching eulogy to Marley, Saying Farewell to a Faithful
Pal, will be read by our emcee, Bradleigh S. Stockwell, to
begin the evening. The third Muse-ical Harvest will include a genuinely impressive roster of talent by MAC Members
Cat Holm, John Selmer, Dianne Laplante, Susan-Lynn
Johns, and by our two newest members: Mary Damiani
and Diana Stockwell. An added attraction is a special
appearance by Blackbird Storm –guitarist, Nathan Sargent
and percussionist, Jim Duckless. Their quirky mixture of
country and pop is becoming known in Vermont as a
must-hear. A portion of the proceeds from Cat Holm’s book RESCUED will be donated to the POPE Frontier
Animal Society.

Once again Dusit Thai and Newport Ciderhouse Bar and
Grill will graciously acknowledge all tickets for a 10%
discount off any meal (not including tax, tip, or alcohol).
Go before the show or after and take advantage of this
stellar offer. Support the MAC, support local business
on Main Street and support the local economy. Tickets
on sale now at the MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street, Newport. For more information call 802-334-1966 or visit
us on the web at www.maccenterforthearts.com.


 

April 6, 2015

 

Recycled Exhibit Artwork

PRESS RELEASE

 

MAC Center for the Arts Spring Opening Reception
Friday April 17, 2015
TIME:  5-7 pm
LOCATION: 158 Main Street, Newport
FREE EVENT

Recycled Exhibt  

Newport.  Tired of being snowbound? Greet Spring with abandon and come to the First Season Opening Reception at the MAC Center for the Arts Friday, April 17 2015  from 5-7pm and it’s a TWO FOR ONE - with new works by our talented painters and handcrafters on the Main Floor, and a new and unusual  exhibit in the Downstairs Gallery entitled Recycle into Spring! an exhibition of works created using recycled materials -including unique masks created at a very popular recent MAC workshop. Spend time lingering thru the gallery and listen to the extraordinary music provided by guitarist, Ben Kinsley. He will be available to autograph his CD’s on sale that evening.

Special Downstairs Gallery Opening:  Recycle into Spring! will run April 17- June 12, 2015 during MAC's opening hours.  All are invited to visit, revisit, and enjoy.  For more information, visit www.maccenterforthearts.com or call 802-334-1966.


 

March 30, 2015

Friday, March 27th 25 kids, teens and moms gathered in the MAC Classroom to create recycled faces using items destined for the trash. The creative energy was great. You can see their work during the Recycled into Spring exhibit in MAC's downstairs gallery from April 17th to June 12th.

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March 23, 2015

 

Muse-ical Harvest 2

PRESS RELEASE

 

Muse-ical Harvest II -  Moonlight In Vermont – An evening of words and music

 

DATE: April 10, 2015
TIME:
6:30 pm
LOCATION
: MAC Center for the Arts, Main Street, Newport
TICKETS: AVAILABLE at the MAC Center
SPECIAL INFO:
Purchase tickets in advance and receive 15% discount that same evening for dinner at Dusit Thai or Newport Ciderhouse Bar and Grill (doesn’t include tax, tip or alcohol)

Stone Flower  

 

At 6:45 p.m. EDT on March 20, the sun appeared directly overhead at the Earth’s equator marking the start of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere.  This year, the spring equinox had the unusual distinction of coinciding with both a supermoon and a total solar eclipse; and there hasn’t been a solar eclipse on either the March or September equinox since 1662! Well if you can’t wait until March 20, 2034 to see this event again, then you need to shout Fly Me to the Moon and get to the MAC CENTER FOR THE ARTS on Friday, April 10 at 6:30 pm to see the full moon up close and personal.

 

A special treat for early birds, buy your tickets in advance and present them to Dusit Thai or the Newport Ciderhouse Bar and Grill the evening of the show and receive %15 off your dinner selection (not including tax, tip and gratuity). Be sure you plan early so you make it to the Lunar Event at 6:30 pm at the MAC Center.

Once you’ve landed, Emcee, Bradleigh Stockwell will guide you thru the stars, the performing stars, that is, for an evening of words and music in an eclectic forum of poetry and musicality. Words by Cat Holm, Dianne Laplante, and Bradleigh and Diana Stockwell will create an insouciant charm that sets the tone for the moonstruck. Music by John Selmer, Susan-Lynn Johns, Lynn Leimer and our own “Sinatra” will create a glow that will have you basking in moonbeams.

 

The highlight of the evening will be the World Premiere of DESERT SUITE for guitar and keyboard, composed by Ben Luce – performed by Ben and Janice Luce. While the initial presentation of the piece was performed at the Cabin Fever Follies, March 22, Desert Suite makes its professional debut at the MAC Center for the Arts, April 10.  The four movement piece: I- Deer Trap Mesa; II – Mortendad Canyon Spirits; III – Moonlight in Frijoles Canyon; IV – Sunrise at Apache Springs will not only mesmerize and enthrall, but the haunting beauty of the piece will resonate and inspire soulful illumination that can’t be eclipsed.

 

Well if all this Moon-speak doesn’t motivate you, perhaps the words of Robert Frost will ….”We ran as if to meet the moon” and you will, with the artful rendition of the Full Moon painted by Bradleigh Stockwell hanging overhead to wax …or wane - you chose. Come to Newport and enjoy dinner, show and soon to be Spring! And in the immortal words of Ralph Kramden, “One of these days Alice, bang, zoom, to the moon”.

 

JOIN US and the MOON…AT THE MAC!


 

January 7, 2015

 

 

Robert Burns Day    

PRESS RELEASE

 

MAC Center for the Arts fetes Robbie Burns Event


Break out your Tartan (Plaid) Tammies, Tassles, Knickers and Kilts and join us at the MAC Center for the Arts to celebrate poet Robbie Burns,  January 18, 2015, from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  This celebration includes Scottish piper, Beverly Davis, who will set the mood, with additional music provided by, harpist, Linda Schneck ,  and vocal harmonies by Ben and Janice Luce, Susan-Lynn Johns and Lynn Leimer.  Setting the tone is The Chairman, our Master of Ceremonies, Bradleigh Stockwell, who will Address the Lassies and Brian McCrae who will process in with the Haggis and Address the Haggis. Poetry, Readings, Games, and Auld Lang Syne.  Unleash your inner Bard and come share in the tatties and neeps. Not sure what that is? Well here are some other things you probably didn’t know:
Seven Facts you never knew about “Robbie Burns”:

  1. Bob Dylan selected Burns’ 1794 song “red, Red Rose” when asked for the source of his greatest creative inspiration.
  2. A miniature book of Robbie Burns' poetry was carried into orbit by astronaut, Nick Patrick, on a two week space mission completing a 5.7 million mile trip and 217 orbits of the Earth.
  3. A status of Burns in Camperdown, Australia, is thought to be the oldest existing statue of the poet anywhere in the world.  The sculpture, cared by John Greenshields, was shipped to Australia in the 1850’s.
  4. Pop singer Michael Jackson was said to have been a big fan of Robert Burns and was reputed to have worked on an album setting some of the Bard’s poems to music.
  5. John Steinbeck to the title of his 1937 novel “of Mice and Men’ from a line contained in Burns’ poem “to a Mouse”:   “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men/Gang aft agley”.
  6. The town of Mosgiel near Dunedin, New Zealand was named after Robert Burns’ farm in Ayrshire.
  7. The Soviet Union was the first country in the world to honor Burns with a commemorative stamp, marking the 160th anniversary of his death in 1956.

Gather your Clan for A Man’s a Man for A’ That and My Luve is like a Red Red Rose and join the   Wee Beasties for some Grand Fun! This is a Benefit for the MAC. Seating is limited, $10 tax deductible donation to the MAC. Reservations are encouraged by emailing macartspr@yahoo.com or purchase your tickets in advance at the MAC Center for the Arts, Main Street, Newport. Additional support for this event provided by: Heron’s Path, Designs by B. Stockwell, Paul Monette, Price Chopper, Shaws, Vista, Derby Village Store, and  Newport Natural Foods.

 

 

December 23, 2014

PRESS RELEASE


Sold Out Benefit Performance

 

QNEK's Associate Producing Directors, Jenny Dunne and Phil Gosselin present a check for $600 to MAC President, Isobel Marks, from the sold out benefit performance of It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. 



 

 

 

December 16, 2014

PRESS RELEASE


MAC Education committee reaches out to community!


The MAC education committee held its fourth annual Holiday Craft Class and assisted 8 area children in making three different holiday themed art projects.  Although the group was small, everyone had a great time. Photography by Bradleigh Stockwell

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October 25,2014

 

 

Muse-ical Harvest Event

PRESS RELEASE

 

Muse-ical Harvest - Wonderful Success!!!

 

More than 50 people enjoyed an evening of live musical and reading performance at MAC's first Muse-ical Harvest event on October 24. Listeners were treated to harp, piano, theremin, and vocal selections, and readings from literary works. We raised almost $200 for the MAC scholarship fund at this event. Thank you, MAC supporters!

 

Click on the thumbnail images below to see the slide show of this event


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October 5, 2014Muse-ical Harvest Event

PRESS RELEASE


MAC Center for the Arts Hosts Muse-ical Harvest: An Evening of Words and Music on Friday, October 24, 5-7 p.m.


Come celebrate the harvest season with an evening of performance at the MAC Center for the Arts. Muse-ical Harvest: An Evening of Words and Music will take place on Friday, October 24, from 5-7 p.m. The program will feature a mix of reading and musical performance by Lynn Leimer, Janice Luce (piano), Bradleigh S. Stockwell (theremin), MaryLiz Riddle, Lynda Schneck (harp), Dianne Laplante, and Cat Holm. Refreshments will be served. The event is free, but donations are optional and appreciated. 


 

 

September 3, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

MAC CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Newport, VT -

MAC Center for the Arts and the Vermont Watercolor Society Host the Fall 2014 Watercolor Exhibition "It Happens in Vermont." Reception on Sept 12, 5-7 p.m.; Exhibition through Oct 3

 "It Happens in Vermont,” an exhibition of watercolor painting sponsored by the Vermont Watercolor Society, opens at the MAC Center for the Arts on Friday, September 12, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Music will be provided by the Wind Quintet of the Newport Area Community Orchestra. MAC writer-member Catherine Holm will read a short excerpt from her work at 6:15 p.m. after an awards ceremony to three of the artists, when prizes will be announced with a first prize of $75. All work is for sale -- the exhibit will be in the downstairs gallery throughOctober 3.  This event will take place at the MAC Center for the Arts Gallery, 158 Main St, in Newport.

 


 

 

August 20, 2014

QNEK: Behind the Curtain

PRESS RELEASE

MAC Center for the Arts Hosts Behind the Curtain -- Producing On Stage for the Theatre Lover

On  Friday, September 5, from 5-7 p.m., MAC Center for the Arts will host the event "Behind the Curtain -- Producing On Stage for the Theatre Lover." Have you ever wondered what it takes to put on a play or a full-scale stage production? Join the team behind the resident theatre company of the Haskell Opera House, QNEK Productions, for a look behind the curtain; an interactive discussion on creating an entire season of theatre and everything that comes with it. From inspiration to applause, you’ll know exactly what it takes to put on a theatrical event the next time you sit down to enjoy one. This event is led by QNEK Founder and Artistic Managing Director Lynn Leimer and Associate Director Susan-Lynn Johns. This event will take place at the MAC Center for the Arts Gallery, 158 Main St, in Newport. The event is free but donations are appreciated. 
 

 

August 2,2014

PRESS RELEASE

 

See the work of over 100 people who participated in the Spirit of Newport Community Mandala Weaving Project Now on display at the MAC for the month of August.

 

Click on the thumbnail images below to see the slide show of this event. Photography by Bradleigh Stockwell

 

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July 13, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

 

On July 12, 2014 we held our Spirit of Newport Community Mandala Weaving Project during the Aquafest celebrations.  This event drew over 100 people to the MAC tent where they wove on a circular loom, created a clothespin person or wrote their wish for Newport on a ribbon.  There are 80 clothespin people and the ribbons that will be attached to the loom completing the Mandala that will be on display at the MAC Center for the Arts in August.

 

Click on the thumbnail images below to see the slide show of this event. Photography by Bradleigh Stockwell

 

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July 12, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

Art in Bloom, MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main St, Newport, Vermont

 

Opening on July 24 at 5pm, 4 Seasons Garden Club and MAC present the fifth annual Art in Bloom in which some 20+ floral arrangements are matched to artwork, photography or handcrafts currently on display in the MAC center.  Both gallery spaces will be used.  This is a two day event with flowers remaining at the center until Saturday 26 July.

Art in Bloom has grown in scope since its inception and has become one of Newport's most popular events and provides a major fundraiser for both organizations.  Tickets are available at the MAC (M-Sat 10-5) $10 each, door prizes. 

 

Opening Reception 5-7pm Thursday July 24, 2014.

 
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July 4th, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

Newport Natural Cafe and Arts Amica of Boston present "Havana Comes to Newport II" for the month of July, with the opening reception on Saturday, July 5 from 6-8 pm. MAC member L. Holliey White of Arts Amica will introduce the exhibit, with a special guest appearance by international jazz singer, and also a MAC member, Eileen Kennedy.

For those Americans fortunate enough to have traveled to Cuba or to have seen an exhibit presented in the U.S. by various galleries and institutions, the quality of fine art from the Republic of Cuba comes as no surprise.  For most Americans, however, little is known about the diversity of style and media, technique and subject matter Cuban artists are creating.  And there is good reason for that.  Although there are some limited travel exemptions in the embargo, and it is permitted to import and exhibit Cuban art here, the task of bringing the art here is tedious indeed.  Each piece needs to be registered with the Registry of Fine Arts before leaving Cuba, unpacked at Jose Marti Airport in Havana for inspection and to validate that the appropriate registration fee was paid for each piece (and that no national treasures are leaving the country), then re-packed and hand carried into the United States.  Few galleries are willing to engage in such labor intensive activity.

Art is often the first voice of change in a society, and Cuba is no exception.  Much of Cuban art reflects the attitude and spirit of the people, the struggle, and their hopeful resolve.  The number of exhibits devoted entirely to Cuban art presented in the U.S. in recent years by the art schools, universities, museums and other institutions and galleries attest that the art world acknowledges the talent of Cuba's contemporary artists. 

This exhibit of original works and photographs of present day Havana promises to provide a tantalizing peek at some of the talent from this island nation whose rich cultural history extends back through the centuries, including being home to the second oldest art school in the New World
 

 

July 2014

BOARD of DIRECTORS ELECTED at ANNUAL MEETING
In June 2014, MAC held the annnual membership meeting where the board of directors were elected.The board for 2014-2015 is comprised of: Jennifer Hopkins, Iso Marks, Victoria Mathiesen, Lynn Leimer,Bruce Wilkie,Lisa Daigle-Farney and Jerry Ralya. At a subsequent meeting of the board of directors the following officers were elected unanimously.
Iso Marks, President
Victoria Mathiesen, Vice President
Jennifer Hopkins, Treasurer
Lynn Leimer, Corporate Secretary

 

All MAC members thank the board for their service and look forward to supporting them.

 

 

May 31, 2014

Sixteen attendees Let creativity rip in the "Let it Rip Card Collage Workshop"

 

 

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May 27, 2014

Isobel Marks, Vice-President of Memphremagog Arts Collaborative (MAC Center for the Arts) presents MAC’s Art Scholarship award of $300.00 to North Country Union High School (NCUHS) Visual Arts student Tamara Robitille.

 

Isobel Marks spoke of  MAC Center for the Arts endowment criteria to award an annual scholarship to an Orleans County graduating senior who demonstrates the motivation and talent to pursue their passion for art, photography, music, dance, writing or acting. MAC chose to award the 2014 scholarship to a senior from NCUHS.

 

Marks explained that MAC Center for the Arts is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization that supports Vermont’s creative economy through the sale of members work at an art gallery located at 158 Main Street, Newport, VT.  In addition to selling members art and crafts in the gallery the Center hosts a variety of exhibits, lectures, workshops and classes.

 

 

Tamara Robitille (aka Tammy) the 2014 recipient of MAC Center for the Arts scholarship award has been involved in North Country’s Visual Arts program throughout her 4 years of High School.Tammy’s passion lends itself to  graphic design and illustration but is also a talented caricature artist, adept at art history and artistic analysis. When asked What do you want people to get from your art? Tammy replied, “I want people to know that I am trying to relate to them in my art....sometimes you have to create unhappy pictures so people can relate to them”.

 

In addition to Tammy’s artistic pursuits she is interested in child psychology and will be attending the College of St Joseph, Rutland, VT in the fall.


 

April 25, 2014

NICE ARTICLE IN SEVEN DAYS ABOUT MAC BID EXHIBITSeven Days Article about BID exhib it at MAC

 

 

 

 

April 15, 2014

MAC CENTER FOR THE ARTS OPENS COMMUNITY EXHIBIT


A great crowd turned out for the opening reception held on Friday, April 11th for the MAC Center for the Arts community interactive exhibit “Before I Die”. Attendees
made their contribution to the exhibit by using chalk to fill in the sentence “Before I Die I Want to…..”. This exhibit will be in place at the MAC Center until the end of June. All community members are invited to take part in this special exhibit which has now
been recreated in over 450 locations throughout the world. The MAC Center
will be submitting photos of the our walls to the international Before I Die Exhibit website so that our community aspirations may be shared with the world. MAC Center for the Arts is a non-profit art center located at 190 Main St in Newport VT!

The reception crowd enjoyed food and wine while listening to music performed Jeff Fellinger in the main gallery..

The reception crowd enjoyed food and wine while listening to music performed Jeff Fellinger in the main gallery.

Phil Gosselin and Jenny Dunne, both members of QNEK, enjoyed taking part in the interactive exhibit on Friday.

Phil Gosselin and Jenny Dunne, both members of QNEK, enjoyed taking part in the interactive exhibit on Friday.

 

 

February 2014

MAC HAS WINNING ENTRY

Memphremagog Arts Collabrative (MAC) is pleased to annnounce MAC received first place in the Newport Winterfest Snowman Decorating contest on February 1, 2014 with their entry "Snow Women At The Beach”. The snow woman was decorated by MAC Center for the Art’s newest member, Lisa Foster who is an artist and set designer for QNEK.
 
MAC will receive a framed certificate award plus an advertising package.

Snowman contest winner

 

 

November 2013

FELTING CLASS WAS SUCCESS

Everyone who has seen and admired Bonnie Nash's felted art wonders how did she do that. Bonnie was generous enough to present her techniques and help other artists learn the basics of felting. The artists who attended were in agreement "It was a great class."

    

 

September 2013

NEW WEBMASTER
We’re pleased to announce Donna Walsh has agreed to serve as MAC’s webmaster. Donna is a very experienced web producer. She will do all work remotely including layout, revisions, class and event updates, member information updates and revisions and proofing. Please send all web updates to Julie Poulin who is responsible for MAC Public Relations. Julie and Donna will work together to create MAC's presence on the web.

July 2013

BOARD of DIRECTORS ELECTED at ANNUAL MEETING
In June 2013, MAC held the annnual membership meeting where the board of directors were elected. Jennifer Hopkins, Iso Marks, Victoria Mathiesen, Julie Poulin, John Stevens, & Sydney Stevens, were elected to a 2 year term. At a subsequent meeting of the board of directors the following officers were elected unanimously.
John Stevens, President
Iso Marks, Vice President
Jennifer Hopkins,
Sydney Stevens, Corporate Secretary
       

 

 

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