ARTS PREVIEW: August 2-8, 2018

MIDDLEBURY
Vermont sculpture
“Big Fish” by Martin McGowan of Newark, and “Anyman, aka ‘The Head,’” by John Matusz of Waitsfield, now bloom in the flower gardens adjacent to the Henry Sheldon Museum. The sculptures were installed in mid-July and will remain until at least year-end 2018.
Matusz has been living and working in Vermont since 1971, often working with found objects, in welded steel, stone and wood. “Anyman” departs from that norm. A bust profile is fashioned from Ferro cement with a bronze metallic finish, accentuating the subject’s profile and contemplative aspect.
McGowan, a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, is a fanciful, masterful metal sculptor. “Big Fish” is a hand-carved core of cedar covered with pieces of copper bathtubs, buckets and old stainless steel water tanks. For stability, the stand is a table leg welded to a truck rim base filled with cement.
For more information, call 802-388-2117, or go online to www.henrysheldonmuseum.org.

FAIR HAVEN
Hand Picked Band
At 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, Fair Haven Concerts in the Park will welcome The Hand Picked Band. While new to the concert series, the group is very well known in the area.
The Hand Picked Band is a cover band playing a variety of music from rock and country classics, to today’s new country hits and pop. Band members are: Glen Pratt, lead guitar and vocals; Thom Burke, drums and vocals; Jeff Durkee, bass guitar and vocals; Nicole Durkee-Saunders, lead female vocals; and Beth Durkee, backup vocals.
The concerts are rain or shine. For information, call 802-265-3010 ext. 301.

RUTLAND
‘Charlotte’s Bones’
At 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, Phoenix Books Rutland will host Erin Rounds for a story time featuring her new book, “Charlotte’s Bones.” Rounds is a mom and a fourth-grade ELA and social studies teacher.
In 1849, a crew building a railroad through Charlotte dug up strange and beautiful bones in a farmer’s field. A local naturalist asked Louis Agassiz to help identify them, and the famous scientist concluded that the bones belonged to a beluga whale. But how could a whale’s skeleton have been buried so far from the ocean?
A writer since grade school, Rounds strives to teach her students to find and share their stories, because you never know what you might find when you dig deep and stop to observe what lies beneath. “Charlotte’s Bones” is her first published work.
Admission is free (all ages are welcome); call 802-855-8078, or go online to www.phoenixbooks.biz. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St.

BENNINGTON
‘The Fourth Wall’
“The Fourth Wall,” A.R. Gurney’s comedy featuring five Cole Porter songs, is the third offering in Oldcastle Theatre’s 47th season, opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday Aug. 10, and running through Aug. 19.
In theatrical terms, the fourth wall is the imaginary wall between the actors on stage and the audience. In Gurney’s play, which the New York Times called, “cleverly experimental,” Peggy has redecorated her living room and her husband Roger can’t stand it. Peggy’s usual exquisite taste was overcome by a mysterious lapse, which caused her to redo the room as if it were a stage set. Everything faces one wall, the “fourth wall, which she has left bare and which is really the audience.
For reservations or information, 802-447-0564, or go online to www.oldcastletheatre.org.

WEST RUTLAND
Artist John O’Reilly
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center is hosting Connecticut sculptor John O’Reilly as artist in residence for the month of August. He will discuss his work in an artist’s talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8.
O’Reilly received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. His sculptures depict animals constructed from the artist’s own imagination, memory and found images. These works often portray the animals in an ambiguous state between sleep and death. For more, visit johnoreilly.org.)
Admission is free; call 802-438-2097, or go online to www.carvingstudio.org. The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center is located at 636 Marble St.

Brattleboro
Yankee Male Chorus
After 65 years, the men’s choir Yankee Male Chorus will put away its music, close the piano, and fade into history. Men from all over New England, New York and surrounding states have gathered here for four days every year since 1954. They rehearse just once and then go out and sing four concerts in four nights, usually at churches, schools or service clubs. All are volunteers and sing just for fun. The venues for this year are:
— Wednesday, Aug. 8: West Brattleboro – First Congregational Church.
— Thursday, Aug. 9: South Londonderry – First Baptist Church
— Friday, Aug. 10: Bellows Falls – United Church
— Saturday, Aug. 11: Chester – First Baptist Church
All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. A free-will offering will take place at intermission. For information, call Pete Harrison, 802-722-3080, or email studebaker99@comcast.net.

MANCHESTER
MMF concludes
Manchester Music Festival concludes its 44th season of presenting chamber music to the southern Vermont community with a number of events culminating with its annual Orchestral Evening Aug. 11.
The Young Artists Program is a full scholarship, five-week intensive chamber music festival for string players and pianists, ages 18-26. They conclude their slate of summer performances at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Southern Vermont Arts Center. (Tickets are $10.)
Also at SVAC, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, pianist and Artistic Director Adam Neiman is joined by violinist Arnaud Sussmann and the Escher String Quartet. (Tickets are $33, $15 for students.) Preceding the concert, a free pre-concert recital features Neiman in Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A major, D. 959. Following, join him at Yester House for a free pre-concert talk at 6:45.
At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, the MMF orchestra, led by Michael Stern, will perform Grieg’s “Holberg” Suite for Strings, Op. 40; Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 33, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52, with cellist Bion Tsan as soloist. (Tickets are $45, $15 for students.)
For tickets or information, call 802-362-1956, or go online to www.mmfvt.org.

MARLBORO
More Marlboro
On the next-to-last weekend of Marlboro Music’s 68th season, 33 of our 75 resident artists will be heard in three diverse programs at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5, in Marlboro College’s Persons Auditorium. Concerts continue through Aug. 12.
Two of chamber music’s most treasured works — the Brahms Horn Trio and Beethoven’s String Quartet in F major, Op. 135 — will be heard on Saturday, together with the first Marlboro performance of Peter Warlock’s “The Curlew,” a song cycle based on poems by W.B. Yeats. Sunday’s concert will the B major Piano Trio of Brahms and Schubert’s “Rosamunde” Quartet — with the likelihood of a vocal work to be added.
For tickets or information, call 802-254-2394, or go online to www.marlboromusic.org.

POULTNEY
Fox Hill volunteers
Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill is currently seeking community volunteers to help with the repurposing and preservation of its historic property. A four-year plan will culminate in a huge Bicentennial Celebration in 2022. Everyone who has a skill can help: grant writing, bookkeeping, administration, fundraising, building maintenance/repairs (painting, carpentry, masonry, mowing, gardening, tree service), contractor oversight, and more.
To learn more, go online to stonevalleyarts.org.

MIDDLEBURY
‘Doughboys and Flyboys’
November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended WWI. To commemorate that anniversary and those who served, Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum is featuring the exhibit “Doughboys and Flyboys: WWI Stories by Vermonters from the Home and Battlefront” July 31-Nov. 11. A public reception will be held 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10.
The exhibit concentrates on Vermont’s Addison County residents who were in the service during WWI. A public appeal for WWI memorabilia resulted in a startling treasure trove of submissions from local families.
The exhibit culminates with “In Flanders Field,” an art installation by artist Fran Bull of Brandon. Based on the WWI poem by Colonel John McCrae, who taught pathology at the University of Vermont’s Medical School before the war, Bull reimagines the verses as visual art.
For more information, call 802-388-2117, or go online to www.henrysheldonmuseum.org.