Multimedia show at Tilting at Windmills opens Feb. 18

MANCHESTER — Tilting at Windmills Gallery is presenting a three-artist, three-medium show featuring sculptor Kathleen Friedenberg, copper and mixed media artist Diana Cook and painter X. Song Jiang, opening at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the gallery at 24 Highland Ave.

Friedenberg, an equine veterinary surgeon from London, took a sculpting class for fun while studying in the United States and never looked back, evoking echoes of Frederic Remington in her work. She has honored the gallery by creating her new piece "Tilting at Windmills," depicting rider Don Quixote and his horse Rocinante. There will only be five of these pieces produced in this edition. Along with the "Tilting at Windmills" bronze there are several other pieces that will stun you with detail, such as her large piece, "The Legend."

Cook has evolved in the copper expression from the training received in Italy and a mural business in New York City to many different, present day expressions. Her finite detail is best seen in her exquisite shadow boxes. Diana's larger patinated copper pieces have been received with great interest by many collectors, and the influence of Gustav Klimt and her own personal expression can be seen in her work. Cook will be at the gallery starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 to discuss her work and discuss and show some of her copper creating processes.

Jiang offers yet another very original style, with each one of his brush strokes in oil offering multiple range sin hues and texture to produce a very realistic effect. The light and simplicity of his work is very compelling. He was trained in China and lives in Canada but is active worldwide in art shows. He has earned many awards and is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America.

For more information, call the Tilting at Windmills gallery at 802-362-3022.

Dance: "Farm to Ballet" holding auditions

SOUTH BURLINGTON — An interest session for "Farm to Ballet" will take place 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Spotlight Vermont in South Burlington. Auditions will be on Sunday, Feb. 5, at the same location at 11:30 a.m. The audition will consist of a ballet class led by Farm to Ballet's creator, Chatch Pregger. Carpools to the audition have been arranged in Rutland and Montpelier and more information is available on the website. Dancers will be notified of the audition results within one week.

Soloist and principal dancers can earn between $250 and $3,000, depending on skill and experience. The production is looking for adult ballet dancers of all ages, experience, and skill levels to audition.

The project, directed by Chatch Pregger, is a full length production that reinterprets classical ballet choreography to tell the story of a Vermont farm from spring to fall.

The production starts with the geese returning for the spring and then the farmer planning out the farm. The subsequent pieces move through the stages of planting, irrigating, tending and then harvesting the farm's produce. The farmer takes a detour from the crops to work with the animals and celebrate their contributions to our local foods. The production wraps up with a celebratory farmshare pick-up scene before the geese fly back south for the winter.

The production is performed outside against the beauty of Vermont farms and their surrounding landscape. The performances are fundraisers to support and honor the work of local farmers and the local food movement. For more information:

Music: "Fire and Ice" to premiere three new works

BENNINGTON — The Fire and Ice concert, scheduled for noon, Monday, April 24 at the Everett Theater at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, will feature the world premieres of three new works by Norwegian and American composers: Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen and Conrad Kehn, and a new solo by Magnar Am. Skjelbred will be flying in from Oslo to host all seven concerts in the tour. Colorado-based composer Conrad Kehn's newly-created silent film will be accompanied by live music.

Performers include Michael Gilbert Ronstadt (cello), Eric Despard (guitar) and Rocco Anthony Jerry


Skjelbred is internationally known for his chamber and orchestral music and has received commissions from Oslo Philharmonic and Nordic Voices, among many other ensembles.

Among Aagaard-Nilsen's hundreds of compositions, his concert band publications are especially popular. He is also director of The Brasswind Contemporary Music Festival in Bergen.

Kehn's new work is "Soundtracks to Movies That Don't Exist." His works bridge the gap between film, chamber music and popular music. He is also the director of The Playground Ensemble, Colorado's leading new music ensemble.

Ronstadt comes from a long line of musicians including his father Michael J., his brother Petie and his aunt Linda Ronstadt. He is also a core member of the group, Ronstadt Generations.

Despard works in chamber music, rock and jazz groups. He is affiliate artist at Middlebury College and an assistant professor at Southern Vermont College.

Jerry specializes in contemporary classical, and has premiered many new works for his instrument.

The Fire and Ice Concert Tour spans three states: New York, Vermont and Massachusetts. All concerts are free and open to the general public. For more information, watch the YouTube promotional video:


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