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Stowe's 10 Best Events and Festivals: Summer 2014 in Vermont
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Stowe's 10 Best Events and Festivals: Summer 2014 in Vermont

Picture of James Moore
Updated: 9 February 2017
The 200-year-old Vermont village of Stowe is cosily huddled in the trough of a valley wedged between the snow-laden side of Mount Mansfield, which boasts the highest peak in the state, and the majestic peaks of the Green Mountains to its West. This summer, the log cabins and verdant valleys come alive as Stowe hosts a whole range of exemplary arts and cultural events: ascend and see for yourself.

Culture | Art on Park

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Culture | Art on Park

1 June – 31 August

Now in its third season, Art on Park takes place on Stowe’s Park Street weekly throughout the summer, and offers punters the chance to browse all manner of goods from the multitude of white tents that will be erected by artisan crafters. The vibrant handmade goods on display include paintings, prints, photographs, furniture, and even the odd soy candle. Whilst perambulating and perusing, frequenters can enjoy live music, the line-up for which changes weekly and can be checked on the event’s Facebook page. If the procurement of lavish goods should induce an appetite, there will be a whole host of unique food stands offering captivating fare to fit all tastes. Art on Park is free so be sure to take a look one Thursday evening this summer, 5-8pm.

Art on Park, Park St, Stowe, VT, United States

Art on Park
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Art | Elvira Piedra Exhibition

3 July – 29 August

This summer, the Gallery at River Arts is hosting an exhibition by photographer Elvira Piedra, entitled To Earth, From Heaven. Native Southern Californian, Piedra, specialises in black and white photography, a penchant for which she developed whilst gleefully examining old family photographs as a child. To Earth, From Heaven catalogues images Piedra has captured over the past 13 years and is broken up into three clear categories: ‘the tree peony, studies of landscape, and studies of war.’ Each group of photographs were conceived in different regions: the peony, Western China and Tibet, the landscapes, along the Connecticut River, and the war, in New Mexico. Piedra’s goal was to capture interaction between matter and spirit, aiming to confront viewers, encouraging them to perceive the images, ‘beyond ordinary sight.’ This exhibition is free to attend.

River Arts, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, VT, United States, +1 802 888 1261

Art | Eugenio Leon Exhibition

3 July – 29 August

Stowe’s Copley Common Space Gallery will host an invigoratingly experimental exhibition of Eugenio Leon’s work, entitled, Create, Innovate, Inspire, Aspire. Leon is an expert in recycling used items and artefacts to recreate all manner of visually stimulating object with them, reinvigorating the essence of each; examples of this work can be found on his website. Create, Innovate, Inspire, Aspire exhibits a variety of new experimental creations, with a focus on synthesising ideas, colours, space, expression, and form. The materials Leon uses in this exhibition are various and fascinating, ranging from up-cycled wood creations, to garden sculptures fashioned out of recycled record albums. This exhibition is free to attend.

River Arts, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, VT 05661, United States, +1 802 888 1261

Art | Cape Ann Artists in Vermont

3 July – 15 September

The Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery of Stowe, VT, is displaying the work of four prominent Cape Ann Artists: Donald Allen Mosher, Charles Movalli, TM Nicholas, and Dale Ratcliff. The exhibition, entitled, Cape Ann Artists in Vermont was conceived of as a nod to the tradition set by myriad Cape Ann artists, who migrated to north central Vermont in search of the extravagantly beautiful landscapes it boasts. The works of these four artists on display depict the bucolic essence of the area, and the awesome mountainous scenery, punctuated with the classical New England farmsteads. The Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery is housed in a historic federal style building, the elegance of which befits its contents; see for yourself using the virtual gallery.

Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery, 64 S Main St, Stowe, VT, United States, +1 802 253 1818

Music | Music in the Meadow

6 July – 17 August

The Music in the Meadow event is held by the Stowe Performing Arts organisation and takes the form of five separate live concerts in the deliciously verdurous, Trapp Family Lodge Concert Meadow. Treat yourself to a comprehensive sensual massage by attending the West Point Band’s Jazz Knights concert on August 17, where the aforementioned knights will slather you in the best of the big band favourites, original composition, and arrangements for jazz ensemble. The stage is framed by vistas of sylvan charm, enabling listeners to completely envelop themselves in rural Vermont. Tickets can be purchased online.

Stowe Performing Arts, 1250 Waterbury Rd, Stowe, VT, United States, +1 802 253 7792

Art | The Appearance of Clarity: Works in Black and White – Helen Day Art Center

20 June – 31 August

The Helen Day Art Center of Stowe, VT, is playing host to an exciting, multi-artist exhibition entitled The Appearance of Clarity: Works in Black and White. As the name of the exhibition cunningly suggests, the works on display are all invariably in black and white, and explore ‘the subtle, double, and hidden meanings the apparent clarity of black and white might obscure.’ Included in the exhibition are works by one artist who creates paintings from redacted government documents, a good example of the ‘hidden meanings’ these seemingly innocuous black and white paintings might obscure. Artists on display include Louis Cameron, Sharan Elran, Marietta Hoferer, Jenny Holzer, Sarah Horne, Chelsea Martin, Lynn Newcomb, Suzy Spence, Andreas Rentsch and Nan Tull. Entrance to the gallery is entirely free of charge.

Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St, Stowe, VT, United States, +1 802 253 8358

Music | Gazebo Concerts

22 July – 12 August

Recline on the spongy grass of the Helen Day Memorial Building lawns this summer, and enjoy the four Gazebo Concerts that will take place on four consecutive Tuesdays this summer. Chill your sweltering brow on the hot Vermont summer evenings will the cool sonorous sounds of the Cider House Boys on July 22, who specialise in bluegrass, and feature some of the most adept pickers in all of Northern Vermont. Indulge in unadulterated jocundity whilst jiving to the sonic sumptuousness of Cosa Buena, a jazz, Latin, world and groove band, who will be gracing the gazebo with their presence on 12 August. The events are entirely free of charge.

Stowe Performing Arts, 1250 Waterbury Rd, Stowe, VT, United States, +1 802 253 7792

Art | Fred Swan Exhibition – Robert Paul Galleries

1 August – 16 August

If acrylic paintings of Arcadian Vermont scenery are your bent, then the Fred Swan and Mark Boedges show at the Robert Paul Galleries in Stowe, VT are for you. Fred Swan is an entirely self-taught artist whose detail-heavy richly nostalgic paintings are easily recognisable. Swan idiosyncratically captures rural scenes in an intensely personal way, enshrining ephemeral experience in the vivid clarity of acrylic paint. Mark Boedges is an expert draftsman, with a preference for painting expansive outdoors vistas on location. Boedges captures his own emotional connection to the landscapes expertly, inviting the viewer to share his awe and reverence. The opening reception is took take place on Saturday August 2 from 4 – 7pm, with both artists in attendance.

Robert Paul Galleries, 394 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT, United States, +1 802 253 7282

Theatre | Sight Unseen – Waterbury Festival Players

7 August – 23 August

This summer the Waterbury Festival Players are putting on a production of Donald Margulies Sight Unseen, directed by Ethan Bowan. Margulies tells the story of a hugely successful and prominent American artist, who takes time out from his high-flying life of fame and frivolity to visit his original muse and lover, whom he abandoned for the life of opulence that has become all-consuming. The Waterbury Festival Players are a group of highly talented local actors and theatre technicians, who boldly state that ‘if you don’t feel you’ve seen a high-quality production, we’ll give you your money back.’ Tickets can be purchased online, what have you got to lose?

Waterbury Festival Players, 2833 Waterbury Stowe Road, Waterbury Center, VT, United States, +1 802 498 3755

Dance | DanceFest Vermont!

6 September

If you feel like you’ve not had your fill of coordinated limb flailing and majestic leaps, then be sure to slink down to the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center for the one-off show, DanceFest Vermont!: the perfect way to conclude a Stowe summer. Space and emotion combine in a cataclysmic eruption of choreographic excellence, as the work of Vermont choreographers, dancers, filmmakers, and designers fuse spiritedly on the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center stage. This is the first time this annual celebration of dance will happen in Vermont so be sure to purchase tickets online.

Spruce Peak Performing Arts, 7320 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT, United States, +1 802 760 4638

By James Moore