Seasonal Special Events
Elizabeth D’Amico & Richard Gombar Present Opening Doors to the Heart, Mind and Imagination…
Elizabeth D’Amico has taught art full time in both public and private schools on all levels, kindergarten through university level. Before joining the art department faculty at Plymouth State University in 2002, she served as a mentor for PSU art education students. At the close of the 2013 spring semester, she became a full time artist. As a direct result of her extensive teaching experience, Elizabeth D’Amico continues to explore a variety of media enjoying mixed media collage, painting, printmaking, and sculpture most. She draws inspiration from nature and the beauty to be found there. Her focus is often climate change and humanity’s involvement with it. She is interested in reclaiming and recycling and sees her work as being part of that process.
Elizabeth exhibits regularly and her work is in private collections locally and nationally. For this exhibit, Elizabeth has selected a variety of works that highlight the creative process and the imagination as its subject matter as well as work using themes of nature. Media includes printmaking, mixed media collage, and sculpture. Some of the work was specifically selected to complement this season’s productions at Northern Stage. For example, a mixed media collage entitled Walk Softly, is a nod to the feminist theme of Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House.
Richard Gombar of White River Junction, VT is painter of his environment. Where once art needed nature to survive, we now need art to help nature survive. While not politically motivated, in a sense — because Richard paints nature, his work is a political statement. Richard paints to capture beauty, to hold forever a passing moment, to memorialize that which may be fleeting, or in the case of barns and industrial sites, falling.
For this exhibition, Rich has selected a series of landscape paintings. Many include barns. His gallery representation includes the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT, the New London Gallery in New London, NH and The Quiet Life in Lambertville, NJ. He has exhibited locally in Vermont and New Hampshire as well as in New York and Connecticut. Rich has been an artist/mentor at Art All State both in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. His additional teaching experience includes several years as an adjunct at Hofstra University and guest lecturer at the Pratt Institute. He is represented in both private and public collections. Commissions include A Commuters View of the Merritt Parkway in New Canaan, CT and paintings at Spruce Peak in Stowe, VT.
Northern Stage Youth Ensemble Studio (YES) Fall Community Engagement Project
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Sunday, October 22, 7:00 PM FREE Performance at the Barrette Center for the Arts
The YES Fall Community Engagement Project (inspired by the the Vermont READS book of the year, brown girl dreaming) is resulting in incredible state-wide recognition! Our students have been invited to perform at the Partnership for Literacy and Learning conference in Burlington on Monday October 23 for an audience that will include Vermont Humanities Council scholars and school teachers from across Vermont. Due to the popularity of the performance, we have ADDED a FREE performance of this project at the Barrette Center for the Arts this Sunday, October 22 at 7:00 PM.
Jaqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming is a powerful book of poetry about her childhood growing up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s. After reading the book together and discussing themes around childhood, race and family, Northern Stage’s Youth Ensemble Studio (YES) join local seniors in a cross-generational collaboration, interviewing seniors about their childhood experiences. With mentorship from Dartmouth students and Northern Stage Apprentices, YES actors adapt these stories into verse, inspired by Jacqueline Woodson’s poetic style, and present them alongside excerpts from Brown Girl Dreaming. Northern Stage is excited to be one of the many organizations around the state to engage with this beautiful and life-affirming book. The performance is FREE, no reservations required.
Spot On conversations dig deep into the themes found in A Doll’s House, Only Yesterday, and Disgraced. This dialogue is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested; please email or call our box office to let us know if you plan to attend.
A Doll’s House: Opening Doors
A Conversation with Bente & Eric – Featuring Bente Torjusen, retired Executive Director of AVA Gallery. Bente joins A Doll’s House director Eric Bunge to contextualize our production, set in its original time period. Legendary visual artist Edvard Munch (most well-known for his painting “The Scream”) and Henrik Ibsen were contemporaries, and Bente will lead a conversation about how these two Norwegian masters informed and influenced each other’s work.
Sunday, September 24, 3:00-4:30 PM
Only Yesterday – Featuring playwright Bob Stevens. Be the first to hear from the playwright about the creation of this world premiere production.
Sunday, February 4, 3:00-4:30 PM
Disgraced – This play’s portrayal of Muslim American relations in the post 9/11 world is a first for our region. Our featured speaker will share thoughts and observations on our production, and will broaden the impact of the piece for the audience in attendance. Sunday, March 4, 3:00-4:30 PM
To reach the Box Office, call 802.296.7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE First Friday: Be a Judge of Northern Stage’s Pumpkin Carving Contest!
Friday, November 3, 5:00-7:00 PM
Roesch Family Lobby, Barrette Center for the Arts
74 Gates Street, White River Junction, VT
Northern Stage staff members will have their carved pumpkins on display, and we invite the general public to stop by and join our pool of anonymous judges! Real prizes are at stake for our staff, so your vote matters! Our company is comprised of artisans who sew costumes, paint sets, design props, and have lots of creative talents — these pumpkins will truly be a sight to behold! Enjoy complimentary fall treats and cider while you place your votes for the outstanding pumpkin designs.