Southern Vermont Arts Center will present two free talks, Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, at 2 p.m. in Yester House. First up on May 31 is artist member Jessica Yager, who will speak about her exhibition "The Hive Project" currently on display at the Arts Center. Yager's exhibit features over 80 oil paintings and a large sculpture which address the rapid disappearance of honeybees due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). She will discuss the latest research on CCD and her artistic process in creating the exhibit, as well as the Kickstarter campaign she used to launch the project.
On Sunday, June 1, local historian Dick Smith, author of "The Revolutionary War in Bennington County", will mingle history with examples of art forms over the years that depict the story of America's fight for independence. He will also speak on the surprising role the Arts Center's campus played during the war.
Admission is free to both talks, which will be followed by a question and answer session. For more information visit www.svac.org or call 362-1405. The Arts Center is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.