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Making Poems That Work


Catamount Arts will offer a series of workshops this winter aimed at helping local poets to develop poems for potential submission to PoemTown St. Johnsbury, an April celebration of poetry. Lyndon State College adjunct professor and poet Bill Biddle will help poets to find the right words and phrases to convey particular emotions that will resonate with their reading audience.

Sessions will be held on Wednesdays, January 20-February 10 at 7pm in the classroom space in the Catamount Arts Center and are free of charge. Advance reservation is requested; please call 802-748-2600, extension 108, or email Poets are free to come to one or more than one session, and are asked to bring work in progress, along with their own writing gear (paper, pen, laptop).

Catamount Arts, the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce are collaborating on PoemTown St. Johnsbury, which celebrates National Poetry Month by posting poems on business windows and offering opportunities for sharing and listening to poetry at poetry readings and slams. PoemTown St. Johnsbury is a satellite project of Montpelier-based PoemCity Vermont.

Poems for PoemTown St. Johnsbury must be submitted to Catamount Arts by February 15, 2016. Submission guidelines are posted on the Catamount Arts website ( and may also be requested by calling 802-748-2600, extension 108, or picked up in the Catamount Arts Center lobby. PoemTown St. Johnsbury welcomes all Vermonters, of any age and level of experience, who wish to have a forum for their writing.

GOAT: Gartel Original Art & Technology Workshop

GOAT: Gartel Original Art & Technology
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Monday-Friday, August 10-14, 10:00am-4:00pm

Instructor: Laurence Gartel

Location: Catamount Outback Artspace

Workshop fee: $249
(2 scholarships available: one for a St. Johnsbury Academy Student and one for a Lyndon Institute student – call 802-748-2600 ext. 108 for details)

Registration deadline: August 1

Internationally-acclaimed digital media artist Laurence Gartel will offer GOAT: Gartel Original Art & Technology, a week-long workshop for high school students. Students will develop a body of work using existing digital tools such as smart phones, laptops, tablets, and downloaded apps which can be used to manipulate, change and alter images to articulate a personal point of view.

The workshop is for high school students who are energetic about technology and have no fear. They will be given an overview of digital art over the past 40 years, and will go into the field to take pictures and develop these images into digital works of art, both still and moving. They will also learn to brand build their creativity on social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and blogs and will develop their own GOAT websites. Students might create their own e-books or publish images as a class project using online book publishing software such as Blurb or Lulu.

Laurence Gartel is a globally acknowledged pioneer of the Digital Art movement with family ties to the Northeast Kingdom. Born and raised in New York City, he had the opportunity to teach Andy Warhol how to use the Amiga computer. He attended School of Visual Arts with graffiti artist Keith Haring, and earned his BFA in Graphics. He started his electronic career working side by side with Nam June Paik at Media Study/Buffalo in upstate New York.

Gartel is considered the father of the Paintbox Era (circa 1986), because he started this technique 10 years prior to any software being written for painting and photo-manipulation. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Joan Whitney Payson Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art, Princeton Art Museum, PS 1, Norton Museum and in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History and the Bibliotheque Nationale.

Gartel has created artwork for Coca Cola, Absolut vodka, and pop culture stars such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. He also created the artwork for the 2015 Grammy Awards.