Thursday February 14, 2013

Feb. 14

Tai Chi for Seniors

MANCHESTER CENTER -- Rich Marantz of Green Mountain Tai Chi leads interested seniors toward health and happiness using the methods and philosophies of Tai-chi chuan, Qigong and traditional Chinese external-qi healing. For more information, contact Rich directly at 802-645-1960 or rich@greenmountaintaichi.com. 10 a.m.

Mixed Media Painting with Collage

MANCHESTER CENTER -- We'll use traditional materials, along with torn paper and fabric to create what will likely be abstract works. It will be fun and freeing without the pressure of doing or painting something the "right way." The class is $50 for the public (and free for Equinox Village residents.) For more information, visit http://tonyconner.com/classes-workshops/ or call Kylee at 802-362-4061. 10 a.m.

Feb. 15

Get Active exercise class

MANCHESTER CENTER -- Get Active is a safe and fun introductory exercise class tailored for individuals that may have conditions, injuries, or a lack of experience that would prevent them from participating in a more mainstream exercise class. It includes all areas of fitness: aerobic, strength, flexibility, and balance. It is designed to be one level more difficult than the Get Moving class. Get Active is led by Chris Uchida: a personal trainer, past professional dancer, and licensed physical therapy assistant employed with Prospect Rehabilitation. The cost of the class is $15 per class for the general public, $10 per class for Cornerstone Fitness Clinic members, and free for Equinox Village residents. Call Kylee Ryan with any questions at 362-4061. 10 a.m. Feb. 27

Minerva Arts Center announces winter/spring Gleekers workshop to be held at the First Congregational Church of Williamstown.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Inspired by the hit television show "Glee," students explore dance, song and theatricality ranging from Broadway tunes to modern songs and choreography with the direction of dance instructor Nicole Rizzo and vocal coach Kimberly Rose. Workshop offers two sessions, Wednesdays and Saturdays with two performances on April 27.

Wednesday classes will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Youth Chapel, and will run Feb. 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3,10, and 24. Saturday classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, and will run Feb. 9, 16, March 2nd, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 24.

There will be 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances for the public on April 27 in Fellowship Hall. Tuition for the 12 week session is $275.

To register go to www.minervaartscenter.org

or email Kay at minervaartscenter@gmail.com Payment installments and financial assistance is available, call Kay O'Mara at 413-441-6120

Continuing

Teen and Adult classes at VAE

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE), located at the Sage Street Mill, welcomes teens and adults to its spring term of community art classes in ceramics and oil painting, beginning in early March. Classes are designed to meet the interests and abilities of students at all levels, beginners to experts.

Also this spring, VAE's professional development workshop series offers a special focus on grant writing in March with two single-session evenings -- take one or both!

VAE evening classes for adults and teens

VAE ceramicist Arline Mayer instructs students of all skill levels in the art of making pottery while exploring clay sculpture in ceramics on Wednesdays, March 6 to April 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The class begins with demonstrations of wheel throwing, hand building techniques and an introduction to the slab roller. Students experience the wide range clay offers, or focus on a specific project -- functional or decorative. The class is appropriate for all skill levels -- beginner, novice and advanced. Tuition for this eight-week class is $200 (including materials and firing).

Use still life objects to explore oil painting with North Bennington artist and longtime VAE instructor Stella Ehrich, Thursdays, March 7 to March 28, 6 to 9 p.m. Students are encouraged to bring objects with personal meaning to use as subjects. The class discusses composition and lighting, as well as technical aspects of painting -- such as making the preliminary drawing, the palette, mixing color and developing the painting. The class is appropriate for painters of all skill levels, beginners to advanced, and instruction is primarily one-on-one -- with all students working at their own pace. Tuition for this four-week class is $175. A list of art supplies is provided registration.

VAE art camps for kids

NORTH BENNINGTON -- It's time to make vacation plans. Feb. school break is right around the corner, and April vacation week will be here before you know it. But there's still time to make sure your child has a fun, inspiring time immersed in the arts -- register now for Vermont Arts Exchange's special Vacation Art Camps, located in VAE's Sage Street Mill studios.

Explore cartooning, caricature and scroll painting in 2-D Art Camp with artist-instructor Andrew Davis. Campers ages 8 to 12 will enjoy drawing in pencil and ink, painting in acrylic and watercolor and working with conventional and unconventional materials and techniques -- all while creating fun characters and environments such as fantasy, science fiction and more. Feb. 18 to 22 and April 15 to 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tuition is $185 per week.

Discover the magic of animation during Feb. vacation week with artist-instructor Zerabruk Cavallero. In Animation Camp, students ages 8 to 12 learn stop-motion animation using a variety of materials -- clay, paper cut-outs, line drawing, found objects and physical animations. Campers will watch short animations, learn a variety of animation techniques, develop storyboard ideas, create art for their films, learn to operate the cameras and create a short film of the final animations and the creative process behind the scenes. Celebrate with a public viewing for friends and family, with popcorn! Each student will receive an edited DVD of the final animation video. Feb. 18 to 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tuition is $200.

VAE's Open Studio Art Camp is one of VAE's most popular -- and fun! -- programs. With artist-instructor Ann Webster-Lang, students ages 6 to 12 are exposed to a wide variety of materials, tools and supplies not often found in other art programs. Campers get the chance to work both individually and in groups, and are encouraged to try new things. As campers work at their own pace throughout the week, structured activities and themes acts as guides and freedom of expression is urged. Art campers will work with wood shop tools, mixed media and recycled material, plaster, wood, fiber, draw, paint with acrylic, watercolor, oil pastel and chalk pastel. Weather permitting we will explore the VAE grounds, our "outdoor studio." Feb. 18 through 22 and April 15 through 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tuition is $185 per week.

Students discover the art of hip-hop dance and learn choreography techniques in VAE's Half-Day Hip-Hop Camp with artist-instructor Allyson Hoffman, with Feb. vacation week sessions for ages 5 to 7 in the morning and ages 8 to 11 in the afternoon. Other fun camp activities are incorporated into the daily schedule, and all campers receive a CD of all songs. Morning campers hold a dance performance on Friday, Feb. 22, at 12:30 p.m., while afternoon campers take the stage at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 18 through 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 5 to 7, 1 to 4 p.m. for ages 8 to 11. Tuition is $100 each session.

To register -- or for more information about Vermont Arts Exchange's vacation camps, classes and workshops, studio memberships, exhibits and the 2013 Basement Music Series concert season -- contact VAE at 802-442-5549 or visit vtartxchange.org.

Bennington Children's Chorus rehearses

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Children's Chorus, directed by Kerry Ryer-Parke, recently began its 25th season and continues rehearsals each Thursday.

The BCC is an independent community-based nonprofit organization for children of unchanged voices to study and perform the finest choral literature written for the treble voice. Weekly rehearsals are held on Thursdays at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 108 School St.

The Junior Chorus (ages 7 to 12) meets from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., and Senior Chorus (ages 10 to 17) meets from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. There is a fee for each term and scholarships are available.

For information visit benningtonchildrenschorus.com

Green Mountain Youth Orchestra accepting applications

BENNINGTON -- The Green Mountain Youth Orchestra is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 season. The orchestra, under the direction of Ellen Sager, offers orchestra opportunities for the string, woodwind, brass and percussion player.

The orchestra meets weekly at the Mount Anthony Union High School band room.

The orchestra offers 3 ensembles: Repertory String Ensemble, for the young developing string player; Senior String Ensemble, for string players of intermediate to advanced level; and Symphonic Orchestra for Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion players.

The orchestra performs 2 to 4 times a year with a gala performance this season with the Lakes Region Youth Orchestra.

For information call 802-442-6229 or visit gmyo.org

BCCS has openings for singers for winter

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Choral Society, directed by Edwin Lawrence, has opened a call for singers for its winter holiday concert. Rehearsals are Monday evenings at the Second Congregational Church. New singers are welcome and encouraged to join.

The BCCS is a mixed adult chorus of voices drawn from southern Vermont and nearby New York and Massachusetts communities. The chorus, which performs three concerts each year, is open to ages 15 and older and all singing/reading abilities.

Any interested singer can join rehearsal and should arrive at 6:45 p.m., to allow time to register and sign out music and to greet friends old and new. A membership fee of $25 ($10 for students with ID) is requested. Regular weekly rehearsals are held Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Second Congregational Church is located at 115 Hillside St. For information visit bccsmusic.wordpress.com.

Bennington Arts Guild seeks members

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Arts Guild (BAG), a cooperative organization of professional artists from Bennington and the surrounding areas, is actively seeking new members. Juried professional artist members run the gallery two-to-three shifts each month, work on a committee, and attend four mandatory meetings each year.

The BAG Gallery at 103 South St. For more information visit benningtonartsguild.com or call 802-447-2553.