From Staart Artist Jen Kristel

Learning the Art of Playback Theatre!
Spring Series Tuesday evenings
Saturday Playback Samplers 

In these workshops we will play, awaken our senses, exercise ourselves as artists and humanitarians, practice compassionate listening, and learn the fundamentals of Playback Theatre. PT is an interactive, improvisational theatre form used to illuminate life and incite dialogue. In Playback theatre, personal life stories are shared by audience members and then re-enacted spontaneously on stage by a team of actors and a musician. It is an educational and curative form of entertainment now practiced far and wide in over 50 countries. We will explore these themes through learning the art of improv theatre, practice its forms and listen to our own stories. This workshop is recommended for performers, teachers, educators, activists’ social workers, policy makers, and everyone else. Please wear loose clothing.

Tuesdays: 6:30-9pm


6 Tuesdays $85.00($15.00 ea)
Saturdays $80.00(or $45.00 ea.) 

Tuesdays: Saturdays:
April 11
April 28 May 9
May 12, 26 June 20
June 9, 23 

Led by Jen Kristel, M.A. Jen is a expressive arts therapist, and teaches Playback and the expressive therapies locally and internationally. She is the director of Vermont Playback Theatre Company.


Call to Artists

Saint Albans
Lake Champlain Quadricentennial
& Franco-American Heritage Festival
Signature Event
Art Exhibition & Sale
Open Call to Artists!

Celebrate the long, rich cultural heritage of Franco-Americans as well as the natural history of the Lake Champlain region. Musical performances, historical exhibits & recreation, public art display, genealogy and more! St. Albans for the Future with the assistance of the Saint Albans Artists’ Guild, will be presenting an art exhibition and sale during the 3 day festivities.

Art exhibition and Sale:
In the “Stonehouse” at Saint Albans Bay.
Thursday June 18, 2009 6:00pm-10:00pm
Friday June 19, 2009 12:00pm-5:00pm
Saturday June 20, 2009 10:00am-4:00pm

There will be a “kick off” gala fundraiser (ticket prices are still to be determined) featuring the art show and silent auction for Art Fits Vermont Puzzle Pieces on Thursday evening from 6:00 PM -10:00 PM. Activities will be going on Friday & Saturday and the Lois McClure will be docked at the Bay for viewing during this time. A donation to St. Albans for the Future (SAFF) is $ 20.00 for the 3 day show. This is a great opportunity to show and sell your work, and be a part of this signature event. First come first serve. Pre Registration is required.

For more information and registration for the art show only 
email: quadartfest@comcast.net
or call Karen Day-Vath at 802-524-7154.
For all other inquiries concerning the festival 
please see the Franco American Heritage Website at:


Watercolor Magazine: Harald Aksdal

Anyone who knows Harald Aksdal knows that his artistic career has grown by leaps and bounds in a matter of just a couple of years. As a testament to his talent, he is being featured in this spring's issue of Watercolor Magazine! It's a huge article with lots of great big examples of his work. If you would like to see the full article, I have a copy here at the gallery, and there is one on display at Champlain Collections (new location in the Hungerford Plaza in case you didn't know) also. There is also, of course, some of Harald's work here on display so if you're interested in either a framed original or a print, stop by. Congratulations to Harald!


Keep up with your reading

I should be reprimanded for not having posted this sooner, but there is a great new resource for anyone trying to keep up with the Vermont art scene called the Vermont Art Zine. It's a new blog devoted to the visual arts community with great articles on artists, shows and events. Visit it often or you can add it to your feed reader if you use one with the "subscribe" link way at the bottom of the blog. 


Upgrade for the Artists Guild

I just wanted to share the link for the St. Albans Artists Guild because their website was recently redesigned by the talented Clair Dunn and they have a great new look. It's worth a visit. Clair is a skilled web designer and does sites for artist so if you're looking to start your own website (…and everyone should have one) you should contact her