Afterlife by Julia Alvarez
Tuesday, October 4 & 11, 2022, 7 pm
Julia Alvarez’s voice vibrates with cultural duality. Her latest novel, Afterlife, braids the loss of a spouse, an undocumented worker’s personal drama, the fate of New England dairy farmers depending on their shadow-immigrants, and small town Vermont life into a tale of our times. Alvarez, American born, who returned to the Dominican Republic with her family for the first ten years of her life and then fled back to America with them in 1960, keeps her heritage alive in all her books. From Saving the World, the tale of a 19th-century Spanish expedition sent to vaccinate Spain’s American colonies against smallpox woven with a contemporary tale to In the Time of the Butterflies, the heart-wrenching account of the Mirabal sisters assassinated in 1960 under Trujillo’s brutal regime and now, Afterlife, she pulls us into the arc of deep history, politics, and cultural identity that has shaped her own life experience. Participants are encouraged to read the novel first and come to share ideas as we celebrate her contribution to American literature.
One Maryland, One Book Discussion: What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster
Saturday, October 22, 2022, 2 pm
Each year, Montpelier Arts Center partners with Maryland humanities to host a One Maryland, One Book discussion. What’s Mine and Yours is this year’s stimulating read by Naima Coster. This is a multigenerational saga about two North Carolina families. They collide in ways that neither is prepared for when Black students from the east side of the county are integrated into the predominantly white schools on the west side. Readers will follow these families over decades as they break apart and come back together. Read the book and join us for a lively and engaging discussion!
Dreamer’s House and Anomalies in Time: Photographs by Regina DeLuise and Jay Gould
Saturday, October 15, 2022, 2-4 pm
Come and explore the past time processes of tintype and collodion used to bring forth the splendid photographs of their exhibition Dreamer's House and Anomalies in Time with this lecture demo.
Saturday, November 12, 2022, 1-3 pm
Celebrate the arts! Meet our resident artists and see how they make their art through demonstrations and artist talks. Explore our three galleries and partake in art activities. Join the fun and see what we are all about!
Active Aging Week
Printing in Clay
Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 11 am
Get your hands dirty working with clay. Learn hand-building techniques to create tiles, pinch pots, and more, and then decorate the surfaces by pressing leaves, flowers, and lace into the clay. Show off your creation to your friends and family. Even the beginner can participate! Space is limited; register early.
FREE; Ages 60 & better
Thursday, September 15, 2022, 1 pm
Become mesmerized and create your own unique abstract painting. This art technique uses fluid acrylics to pour onto a flat canvas that when manipulated, will affect the flow and direction of the paint. Become the next Michelangelo or Jackson Pollock! This workshop is great for experienced and beginner students.
FREE; Ages 60 or better
The Art of Healing
Music Therapy with HALO Quartet
Tuesdays, September 27-October 25, 2022, 7 pm
Join this five-week series using music and singing to heal and release. HALO is the first International African American Quartet that leads this workshop through singing, music, and songwriting. Learn how music can help release stress and help you heal.
$20/person; Ages 18 & up
Saturday, November 19, 2022, 11 am
Self reflection, awareness, and acceptance can lead to letting go of things that take away your mental, emotional and sometimes physical freedom. This visual art workshop will enhance feelings of lightness and freedom to allow you to let go of the past.
$5/person; Ages 18 & up