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Lisa Viles and painter Sharon Kinney Biddle with Lady's Mantle True Color from The Art Connection
NEK Council on Aging Executive Director Lisa Viles accepts Lady’s Mantle True Colors painted by Sharon Kenney Biddle of West Barnet as the first non-profit organization to receive artwork through The Art Connection, a Boston-based program affiliated with Catamount Arts that places visual art with public-service agencies that might not otherwise afford to buy it.

Council on Aging Receives First Painting From New Catamount Arts Program

The Council on Aging recently became the first mission-driven, client-directed association in the Northeast Kingdom to receive artwork through ArtsConnect@CatamountArts, a new and innovative program facilitated by Catamount Arts.

Established in 1995 to expand public access to art in social-service settings, The Art Connection is headquartered in Boston, and supports Catamount Arts in its efforts to promote visual outreach throughout northern New Hampshire and Vermont, according to Katherine French, who came on board as Catamount’s new Gallery Director last year after retiring as Director Emerita of Danforth Art, a museum and art school located just outside of Boston.

“I grew up in the Northeast Kingdom,” said French who now resides in Barton.  “I know from personal experience how meaningful art can be.  It allows us to see the world through the eyes of others and can have a profound effect on our lives.”

Social-service organizations that might not be able to buy art are invited, at no cost, to select works donated by New England artists for placement in public meeting places in their offices. The Council on Aging, which is reconfiguring how it uses its administrative headquarters in the historic Summer Street School, has opted to place Lady’s Mantle True Colors by West Barnet painter, Sharon Kenney Biddle, in its large conference room.

“We’re grateful to Sharon for donating a painting that brings lightness to often serious conversations we’re having about how best to meet the needs of an aging population,” commented Lisa Viles, the Council’s Executive Director.  “This beautiful painting connects to the natural beauty we all enjoy here.”

Kenney Biddle, a well-regarded art teacher in the Peacham and Danville schools before her retirement, chose to depict Lady’s Mantle—a flower with soft, cup-like petals that capture water droplets after a rain and grows well in shady locations, including the painter’s garden.  The frame for the painting was crafted by Frame Dames of St. Johnsbury, who generously donated their services.

The Council on Aging is now considering acquiring additional art for its ground-floor lobby, a smaller conference room, and for its offices in Newport and Island Pond.  Other human service agencies interested in acquiring original art by regional artists through this new civic-wide initiative can contact Katherine French at

PBS Preschool Film READY JET GO! at Catamount

Ready! Jet! Go!READY JET GO! is coming to Catamount Arts! Come see this month’s free PBS preschool film on Friday, March 18 from 10:30 to 11:30 am at the Catamount Arts Center, 115 Eastern Avenue in downtown St. Johnsbury, VT.

READY JET GO! takes viewers on a journey into outer space, building on children’s curiosity about science, technology and astronomy. The series follows two neighborhood kids: Sean, who has an all-consuming drive for science facts, and Sydney, who has a passion for science fiction and imagination. They both befriend the new kid on their street, Jet Propulsion, whose family members happen to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7. Together, they explore the solar system and the effects it has on the science of our planet, while learning about friendship and teamwork along the way.

Catamount Arts is grateful to Vermont PBS for providing free children’s films each month. Free popcorn is provided at each screening in Catamount’s comfortable movie theatre. Childcare centers and families with small children are invited; grandparents too! Please register by contacting Sharon Marshall at or 802-748-2600 ext.108.

Ethan Lipton’s Obie-winning Satire, “No Place to Go,” to Play Lyndon State College

Ethan Lipton - photoKingdom County Productions will present the exclusive New England performance of Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra performing Lipton’s Obie Award-winning show, “No Place To Go.”  Showtime is 7:30pm, Saturday, May 2nd at the Alexander Twilight Theater, Lyndon State College.  Tickets are now on sale at Catamount Arts or by calling 888-757-5559 (toll-free).  Online sales are available at

“No Place to Go” was called “One of the ten most galvanizing moments on stage in 2014,” by lead New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley.  The show combines satirical theater and music to conjure a humorous look into the near future when playwright and composer Lipton is told that the company where he’s worked for the past 10 years is moving to another planet.  The problem is: Lipton doesn’t want to go.

Part love letter to his co-workers, part query to the universe, part protest to his company and country, Lipton’s “No Place to Go” delivers an hilarious, irreverent, and personal musical ode to the unemployed. Directed by Leigh Silverman, this acclaimed production is a Woody Guthrie-meets-Woody Allen chronicle of the last weeks of its hero’s “permanent part-time” job as his company moves to a place very far away: Mars.

As a playwright, Ethan Lipton’s work has been seen and heard in NYC, LA, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Edinburgh, and Berne.  He has received playwriting grants from New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb and True Love.  He has received an Obie Award and a Drama-Logue Award, been an O’Neill Conference finalist and a resident playwright at New York Stage & Film. As a performer, Ethan has backed up Laurie Anderson on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and he originated the role of Klipspringer in the Elevator Repair Service production on “Gatz.”

Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra has been a band since 2005, playing at Joe’s Pub at the NY Public Theater, Mass MoCA and many others.  The band includes Ethan Lipton (vocals), Eben Levy (guitar), Ian M. Riggs (standup bass) and Vito Dieterle (sax). Ethan writes the lyrics and melody, and the quartet arranges the songs together. EL&hO has released five albums and been named the city’s “Best Lounge Act” by New York Magazine. In 2012, the band won an Obie for No Place to Go, which was produced by the Public Theater at Joe’s Pub. The show earned rave reviews and has since been featured on radio shows such as Weekend Edition, The World, Word of Mouth, and Soundcheck.

Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra will be produced and presented by Kingdom County Productions (KCP).  For information contact series producer Jay Craven (

A Magical Evening of Comedy and Tricks!

Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, 7:00pm

Fuller Hall–St. Johnsbury Academy
1000 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT

Opening Act – the Music Styling of The Endorsements!

Main Act – The Comedy and Magic of National Known Performer, Glenn Strange.
A Family Friendly evening – not to be missed.

Tickets: $20, $15, $10


Yes, “Strange” is his name … his real name. Once upon a time, many years ago, in a nearby county, Glenn found a magic shop. Forty eight hours later, he had business cards, and was dangerous. He had discovered a tool (magic) that had given him a reason to be funny in public. Up until that time he had only been funny for friends, family, and coworkers, behind closed doors. He started out by performing for kid’s birthday parties …. or anyone else that would stand still for two or more minutes. Today, Glenn’s funny business specializes in providing quality entertaining and meaningful programs for corporations, churches, and associations all over the United States.

Glenn Strange is MUCH MORE than a magician. His programs contain comedy, magic, recorded music, humorous stories, and just the right amount of audience interaction. Glenn’s clients are amazed as how he transforms his audiences from high energy hilarious laughter to being attentive and receptive to a sincere uplifting message. Glenn’s worked years developing and honing his one-of-a-kind style that’s Guaranteed to generate huge laughs and never embarrass or make fun of anyone.

People love experiencing real time situation comedy routines. They eagerly volunteer to be treated like the stars of the program, and their unrehearsed spontaneous comments and actions determine the comedy avenue Glenn takes them down. Every program is different, because each program is unique to the audience. Glenn makes sure each attendee has a great fun time laughing, forgets their everyday problems, and returns home with fun memories. Unlike a standard magic show, that ends with a, “Wow, how did-he-do-that?”, Glenn’s programs are built around a purpose, and close with a heartfelt inspiring meaningful message, that touches peoples emotions, and makes a difference in their personal and professional lives.

Suitable for children ages 7 and up.

Proceeds to Benefit the St. Johnsbury Academy Future Business Leaders of America Club.

Gallery reception for “Jon Imber: Curious Narrative” Friday, March 27, 5:30pm

Jon Imber
Filmmaker Richard Kane filming Jon Imber painting George Nick during filming of Jon Imber’s Left Hand. Photo: Jill Hoy.

Jon Imber—Curious Narrative

Dear Friends,

Please join me, Jill Hoy and filmmaker Richard Kane for a special event this Friday, March 27 at Catamount Arts Film and Art Center in St. Johnsbury, Vermont in celebration of a screening of the film Jon Imber’s Left Hand and opening of a new exhibition of Jon’s work entitled Jon Imber: Curious Narrative.

5:30-7:30 pm: Opening Reception in Catamount Arts Gallery

8 pm: Film screening, followed by conversation and Q&A with me,  Jill Hoy and Richard Kane

For more information about other screenings as part of the Green Mountain Film Festival, or to sign up for Catamount Arts newsletter, please visit our website.

Hope you can come this Friday or at some point in the future! I look forward to welcoming you.

All best, Katherine

Katherine French, Gallery Director
Catamount Arts Film and Art Center


On Tuesday, March 3, Vote YES on the Arts


One of the most important parts of Catamount’s mission and outreach to the community is providing scholarships and greatly reduced tuition to arts education classes for local children and elementary-aged students. In order to fulfill this mission, Catamount depends on the generosity and support of area citizens and voters. All of the $5000 requested in this year’s St. Johnsbury Town Meeting Appropriation will go toward providing these scholarships and to fund programs available to all the children in the community. Support for the appropriation will also help Catamount to secure even more funding for arts education. Please support Catamount and the children of our community by voting YES for Catamount’s 2015 appropriations request on Tuesday, March 3.

Circus Smirkus in St. Johnsbury, VT

Smirkus 0616On July 2nd and 3rd, Catamount Arts will be hosting Circus Smirkus for four shows at Leonard Field in St. Johnsbury. Vermont’s award-winning international youth circus, is back on the road with its 2014 Big Top Tour, celebrating more than a quarter-century tradition of bringing joy and magic to towns all over the Northeast. The traveling youth circus performs 66 shows this summer, from the mountains of Vermont to the shores of Maine, with stops along the way in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and upstate New York. Thirty stars ages 11 to 18, bring youthful exuberance and polished circus skills from all parts of the country and the world. This year’s troupe hails from nine states – California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Texas, Vermont – and Mexico. The 2014 Big Top Tour takes to the road in late June and travels through mid-August. Come join Circus Smirkus in St. Johnsbury and set sail for adventure on the high seas and take the plunge for fathoms of fun. Discover maritime merriment under the briny big top, where we explore the vast ocean in all of its beauty and mystery – both above and below the surface. Join our intrepid crew as we climb the rigging with aquatic aerialists, tumble the surf with amphibious acrobats, even catch and release some fishy jugglers. Help turn the tides for the castaway clowns set adrift in center ring. This nautical production will be ship shape, so hold your breath and ride the wave as Circus Smirkus proudly presents Anchors Away for Atlantis! Get your tickets now at or 877-SMIRKUS!