Weekly Conversation On The Arts

Credit Jean Luc Dushime

Vermont photographer Jean Luc Dushime grew up in Rwanda, but he and his family fled the country after the 1994 genocide. When their new home in the Congo also exploded into war two years later, they walked for six months across the Congolese jungle. Eventually they made their way to Vermont.

Recently, Dushime went home to Rwanda to face his past and to remember his childhood before the conflict. And he took along his camera.

Julia Jensen

Southern Vermont painter Julia Jensen’s oil and encaustic paintings are now on display at West Branch Gallery in Stowe.

Tari Swenson, a partner at West Branch, joined VPR to talk about Jensen’s paintings and how they try to help artists find a balance between having their art be seen and having their art sell.

Ralph Culver

Vermont poet Ralph Culver attended Goddard College in Plainfield in the 1970s and has called the state his home ever since.

Credit Emily Boedecker/Threads and Thresholds

The Kent Museum in Calais, built in the 1830s, has been home to a tavern, a stagecoach stop on the way from New York City to Montreal and a post office. But beginning Thursday, June 18th, it will take on another life as center stage for a performance art installation called Threads and Thresholds.

Virginia Beahan

You may not immediately think of a connection between the island nation of Cuba and the Green Mountain State, but Anni Mackay, owner and director of BigTown Gallery in Rochester, sees many similarities. She says both places have a connection to the working landscape, vibrant arts and rich culture. Mackay says the country shows tenacity and resilience in the face of adversity, a trait she says is common in the Northeast.

Rob Spring Photos / Scrag Mountain Music

You've no doubt heard of "passing the hat" after you've enjoyed hearing a live musician in a coffee house or on the Church Street Marketplace, but what about after hearing a concert of classical chamber music?

Colin Byrne / Art on Board

What happens when action sports meet art? If you're Ben Weigher, it has something to do with painted snowboards. Weigher is the co-creator, with Tim Andreasen, of Art on Board, an organization focused on creativity, entrepreneurship and youth engagement.

Darmouth Dance Ensemble

Next weekend, Dartmouth College’s dance ensemble will present a program featuring 16 dancers from within the Dartmouth community, including four from the Geisel School of Medicine.

Courtesy Wren Kitz

Can music be visual? Wren Kitz, a guitarist from Burlington, thinks so. He recently made a record, For Evelyn, weaving his music with found sound and field recordings to try to give listeners a visual, surreal experience.

Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center

Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center, a gallery and shop located on the Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, showcases work from 175 artists throughout the state. 

Dorset Theater

Three of Vermont's professional theater companies – Weston Playhouse, Dorset Theater and Northern Stage – announced this week that they will join forces to stage British playwright Alan Ayckbourn's comedic trilogy, The Norman Conquests, in their 2016 seasons.


If you've got a story to tell, why not make it into a comic? That's what Burlington cartoonist Rachel Lindsay does through her blog, greeting cards and commissioned work.

Lindsay left a job with a New York City advertising firm to move to Burlington, a city she'd never even visited. Now, she finds a steady stream of subject matter walks right up to her every day — with their groceries. Lindsay works as a cashier at City Market in downtown Burlington.

Isaac Wasuck

Kadina Malicbegovic is a Burlington-based artist and performer who creates her art on a living, breathing canvas.

Malicbegovic joined VPR to talk about body painting, her goals as an artist and how she hopes body art will become an accepted art form in Vermont.

Amanda Schroth / Postcards Never Sent

What started as a falling-out between one Champlain College student and her best friend has become an art project and photography exhibit opening Saturday, April 4 at Maglianero Café in Burlington.

Liz LaVorgna and Shanta L.E. / Perfect Imperfections

Two Vermont photographers are tackling the problem of negative self-perception head on in their new project, Perfect Imperfections.

Amy E. Tarrant Gallery

Mark Waskow is an art enthusiast and collector – and he’s been very busy. Since he began collecting art objects in 1998, he’s amassed over 15,000 pieces.

Gulf Film / YouTube

This month, several films will be screened in Winooski at the Global Roots Festival, which celebrates and represents new Vermonters’ home countries in a different way than often portrayed in the media.

Orly Yadin, executive director of the Vermont International Film Foundation, joined VPR to talk about the film festival.

Alex Diotto/Jeremy Holt

Vermont writer Jeremy Holt of Middlebury has written a graphic novel in four issues called Southern Dog, which tackles teen angst, the after-effects of a wolf bite and racism in the Deep South.

Holt recently spoke to VPR about where the story elements for Southern Dog emerged, and what fueled the writing process.

Nicole Erthein

A Vermont-based production company is using crowdsourcing and social media to help make their short film Van Money, a heist story that centers around a 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon named Betsy.

Vermont PBS

The rock band Guster recently released their seventh album, Evermotion. The lead singer of the band, Ryan Miller, is a Vermont transplant and star of the Vermont PBS web series Makin’ Friends with Ryan Miller. He joined VPR to talk about his new adventures.