Calendar of Events
CURRENT EXHIBIT: Of Place and Time - Selected Works by Dick Weis
Friday, April 6, 2018 through Saturday, May 27, 2018
SVM is excited to welcome local artist, Dick Weis for our April First Friday.
Weis lives and works in Poultney, Vermont but has traveled extensively over the
past several decades. These many experiences, which have included extended artist residencies in Wales and South Korea, as well as travel to the U.K., France and Italy, have simply added to the rich reservoir from which much of his body of abstract work flows.
In the words of Weis:
“Place” is much more than a physical location. Places have impact. We carry with us experiences full of sound, smells, movement, and encounters that have shaped our memories and go beyond mere description. We take photographs, draw sketches and try to put things into words but these efforts are usually inadequate in themselves.
However they do provide triggers helping us to recall and build upon those memories. I attempt to use color, composition, and the dynamic interplay of forms to explore the painterly equivalent of the sensations that were at the heart of these experiences.
The paintings and finished drawings are artifacts of that process.
The opening reception for this show is FREE and open to the public.
MAY FIRST FRIDAY: Pizza & Paint
Friday, May 4, 7-9pm
In honor of Mother’s Day coming up in May, the Slate Valley Museum will host a Pizza and Paint for local kids and their families on First Friday, May 4th from 7-9pm. Families will be led through a nature-themed painting class on their own “slate canvases.” Granville pizzeria, Slice of New York will be providing yummy pizza to nosh on.
“I think it’s important for families to find ways to be creative together,” said Krista Rupe the Executive Director of the Slate Valley Museum. “This program will provide children a fun and free way to celebrate their Moms and Dads.”
All children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. Please call the museum at 518-642-1417. Aunts, uncles and/or grandparents are also welcomed in lieu of Moms and Dads. Come on out and celebrate the parent figure in your life!
ARTIFACTUAL: SVM Collection Highlights
JUNE FIRST FRIDAY
Friday, June 1, 7-9pm
On First Friday, June 1, 2018 SVM will host an opening reception in honor of our
forthcoming exhibit, "Artifactual: SVM Collection Highlights."
As the Museum approaches nearly twenty-five years in operation, SVM endeavors to celebrate the many tools, cultural artifacts, and art works within our collection that embody what it means to be from our unique Slate Valley Region.
The opening reception on Friday, June 1 will be held from 7-9pm. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 518-642-1417.
This show runs through August 30, 2018.
Student Artists of Master Slate Carver, Kerry O. Furlani
Tuesday, July 24 through Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Through this exciting pop-up exhibit, the Slate Valley Museum welcomes the
students of famed slate carving artist, Kerry O. Furlani!
The show opens on Tuesday, July 24 and runs for ONE WEEK ONLY, through July 31. The many talented students of Furlani are learning various technical and artistic stone carving techniques which results in a stunning collection of work inspired by living in the Slate Valley.
We hope you will stop by SVM during this one-time only, pop-up exhibit
to explore slate as an artistic medium!
This week long exhibit coincides with SVM's hours of operations, which are Monday through Friday, 1pm-5pm and Saturday, 10-4pm. Admission is $5 for adults; children under 12, as well as those in the slate industry are free. Don't miss your chance to see this exhibit, which uniquely showcases local talent while also celebrating slate as a creative material! For more information, please call 518-642-1417.
Fourth Annual Chalk Art Festival
FIRST FRIDAY, August 3, from 7-9pm
The Slate Valley Museum presents the fourth annual Chalk Art Festival, which will take place on First Friday, August 3, from 7-9pm.
Young artists, grades Kindergarten through grade 12, can design chalk art on the museum’s sidewalks, slate stones, or slate “canvases.” A panel of jurors will select winning artworks in three age groups, each of which will win prizes. Participation and attendance is free. Light refreshments will be available for to all attendees.
For more information, please call 518-642-1417.
Tour de Slate: Final Stop for Bicyclists
Saturday, August 4, 2018
The Middletown Springs Community Church has organized the Tour de Slate, which is a bike ride to benefit a drug and alcohol abuse recovery program known as Teen Challenge VT. This fundraising race will be held on Saturday, August 4, and starts and ends in Middletown Springs, VT.
The Slate Valley Museum is proud to volunteer our support of the Tour de Slate, and will serve as the fourth and final resting stop for bikers participating in this important fundraiser. The Tour de Slate offers four different routes suitable for riders of all abilities, all of which traverse the world renowned Slate Valley region of western Vermont and upstate New York.
On Saturday, August 4, 2018, we invite you to come experience the exhibits of SVM and to cheer on the many riders of the Tour de Slate as they work to combat the problem of illicit drug use across our region. To fund out more about the the race, start times, and other details, please visit www.tourdeslate.org.
Photographic Works by Chuck Helfer
September 7, 2018 through November, 2018
The Slate Valley Museum offers visitors the chance to explore the
natural beauty of slate mining across our region through the
impactful photographs of local artist and environmental activist, Chuck Helfer.
SlateScapes opens on First Friday, September 7, 2018, and runs from 7-9pm.
Helfer previously displayed his work at SVM in an exhibit entitled ROCK WORK during 2017, which served as a modern photo survey of what it is like to work in the slate industry today, and was comprised of both portraiture and landscapes across the Slate Valley Region. SlateScapes serves as the sequel to Helfer's first exhibit at SVM and offers both new and returning visitors the chance to explore slate mining from an artistic and environmental vantage point.
This exhibit will be on view through mid-November 2018.