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PAST EVENTS

2016


Craft Sale
January 30, 10-2pm

Crafters will be selling a mixture of supplies and handmade crafts at reduced prices. Come browse the crafted items, visit with local crafters, stock up on supplies, and perhaps find a new hobby! The selection changes each year but as crafters clean out their closets you may find anything from a loom or other used equipment to yarns and fabrics, patterns, kits and how-to books.

   

Art Sale
February 27, 10-2pm

Our third Art Sale is coming soon! Artists will be selling their unwanted art supplies, materials, and artwork. Art supplies sold in past years include items like watercolor paper, frames, paint kits, and how-to books, all at reduced prices. Prints and original “seconds” or "old" work will also be sold, so this is a great opportunity to find some good deals on useful supplies and great artwork.

   

Swing Dancing Classes
March 24, 31, April 7, 14

Learn to swing dance! Instructor David Allan will teach beginner and intermediate level courses at our sister site Brandon Music.

Classes will be held on Thursdays, March 24, 31, April 7 and 14th. The beginner class runs from 6:30-7:30pm, with the intermediate class from 8:00-9:00pm.

David teaches the proper posturing and connections and 6-12 basic six-count swing patterns. The intermediate class will learn Charleston eight-count moves and how to combine East Coast Swing with Lindy hop. Intermediate class participants will need to have taken the beginner class or have equivalent experience.

David Allan learned to swing dance from the top dance instructors in the country while living in San Francisco in the 1990s. He runs Green Mountain Stomp Swing Dancing, teaching and organizing swing dances and has taught for eight years in communities and colleges throughout the Champlain Valley.

$45 for one 4-week series; $75 per couple per series; $75 for an individual to take both series. Register by March 18 by contacting 802-247-4295 or info@cmacvt.org.

   

Music Swap
March 26, 10-2pm

Buy, sell, swap and barter!: vinyl records, CDs, 78s and tapes; new and vintage audio equipment, phonographs, radios, and musical instruments; accessories and more. Whether you are an avid collector, a hobbyist or just curious, come see what music enthusiasts of all kinds bring to this winter's Swap.

Interested in selling your items? Spaces can be reserved through Thursday, March 24th. See our Opportunities page for details.

   

Judith Reilly Gallery Talk
Sunday, May 1 at 3:00pm

You are invited to a Gallery Talk of Judith's current retrospective exhibit, The Girl with the Purple Hair . Judith will guide guests through the exhibit while she shares the history, insights and lessons that influenced her life and brought about the work she creates today. The exhibit presents 50 years of Judith's fiber work as she has seen it develop through each chapter and side road, and as it relates to the ‘Twelve Life Lessons for Creativity' she crafted herself upon reflecting on her own artistic journey.

   

'Poem in Your Pocket' Open Mic Event
Thursday, May 5 at 7:00pm

This year's theme: "What would happen if..."
Students, their families and members of the community are invited to this open mic poetry reading event. Students from local schools are using Judith Reilly's 'The Girl with the Purple Hair' exhibit as inspiration, along with Judith's favorite open-ended question, "What would happen if...?", and writing their own poetry. Students and the general public (anyone who would like to read a poem that matches this theme of creativity) are welcome to participate.

This event is co-sponsored by the Compass Music and Arts Foundation and the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union (RNESU). The winners of RNESU's annual poetry contest will also be announced at the event.

   

Open Studio Weekend
May 28-29, 10am - 5pm

We're so excited to be participating in this year's Open Studio Weekend (OSW). Visitors will be able to see Judith Reilly's ‘The Girl with the Purple Hair' retrospective exhibit and six artists' studios and galleries. Stop in to browse the shops, get lunch at the Heart and Soul Cafe, visit with artists and then explore the rest of Brandon to see all that our charming town has to offer during this popular statewide event.

Jewelry maker Rebecca Zelis, model ship maker Phil Keyes, and painters Rhonda Lamoureux, Robin Callahan, Dan Gilman, and Jeannie Sutherland will all be on site to discuss and show their work to visitors. Plus Judith's popular retrospective exhibit extends through the weekend, giving you a chance to see work not normally on view by the award-winning fiber artist before visiting her gallery located in downtown Brandon.

Brandon is a hub of artistic activity for this special weekend with more than fourteen artists in and/or just outside of town, plus the Brandon Artists Guild, the local information center of OSW, showing the work of its 50 plus members. Pick up maps here, at the Artists Guild, or visit the OSW website.

   

Swing Dancing Classes
June 2, 9, 16, 23

Learn to swing dance with instructor David Allan. David will teach beginner and intermediate level courses at Brandon Music.

Classes will be held on Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16, and 23. The beginner class runs from 6:30-7:30pm, with the intermediate class from 8:00-9:00pm.

The beginner class will learn six-count step patterns, proper posturing and lead and follow connections. It is recommended that participants repeat this class before moving on to the intermediate level. In the intermediate class, participants will review the basics and progress to more advanced six-count moves. Intermediate class participants will need to have taken the beginner class or have equivalent experience.

David Allan learned to swing dance from the top dance instructors in the country while living in San Francisco in the 1990s. He runs Green Mountain Stomp Swing Dancing, teaching and organizing swing dances and has taught for eight years in communities and colleges throughout the Champlain Valley.

No partner is necessary. $45 for one 4-week series; $75 per couple per series; $75 for an individual to take both series. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Contact 802-247-4295 or email us to register or with questions.

   

Compass Music and Arts Foundation Open Day
June 23, from 2-8pm

The Compass Music and Arts Foundation is holding an open day to show some of the work of the Foundation over the past three years. Members of the Foundation Board will be available to talk with Foundation friends, members and visitors about the work of the Foundation. Stephen Sutton will also be showing visitors around the greatly enhanced Phonograph Rooms and giving demonstrations on how some of these vintage recording machines operate. Arthur Doty will be placing the Golden Spike in the model Otter Valley Railroad and running the trains around the tracks for all train enthusiasts to enjoy. Laura King will be reading stories to children in the Children's room, complete with the help of puppets, and there will be free ice cream for all visitors courtesy of Ben and Jerry's. The event is free and begins at 2pm closing at 8pm. Visitors can also enjoy The Sky's the Limit pastel exhibit in the Main Hall, browse the Treasure Chest and Bagatelles stores, visit the Divine Art CD store, buy from the Farmer's Market and enjoy Mexican Food in the Heart and Soul café.

   

Yard Sale
June 25, 10-3pm

It's like a town-wide yard sale but all in one spot! Come see what you can find.

Spaces are still available to sell your stuff. Half of the $10 rental fee goes to The Buddy Walk, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society. You can also donate an item to their table to help this great cause.

   

Mexican Night at the Heart & Soul Café
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, from 5:00 - 7:00pm

Come to Mexican night every Thursday this month! Tiffany will be serving Mexican dishes plus a special which she'll post on her Facebook page. Her popular coconut cream pie will also be on hand to satisfy your sweet tooth. Outdoor seating is available and take-out orders are welcome. Call 802-247-5986.

   


Heart & Soul Grand Opening
June 25, 12-3pm

Join us as we celebrate Tiffany's Grand Opening with her full menu, free iced tea, a 10% discount for your next visit and live music with the Tintype Gypsies!

 

   

Swing Dancing Classes
July 6, 13, 20, 27

Join the popular swing dancing scene in Vermont! Swing dance instructor David Allan will teach a beginner from 6:30-7:30pm and an intermediate level course from 8:00-9:00pm.

The beginner class will learn six-count step patterns, proper posturing and lead and follow connections. It is recommended that participants repeat this class before moving on to the intermediate level. In the intermediate class, participants will review the basics and progress to more advanced six-count moves. Intermediate class participants will need to have taken the beginner class or have equivalent experience.

David Allan learned to swing dance from the top dance instructors in the country while living in San Francisco in the 1990s. He runs Green Mountain Stomp Swing Dancing, teaching and organizing swing dances and has taught for eight years in communities and colleges throughout the Champlain Valley.

No partner is necessary. $45 for one 4-week series; $75 per couple per series; $75 for an individual to take both series. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Contact 802-247-4295 or email us to register or with questions.

   

Angels and Archangels Class
July 30, 1-4pm

Connect and communicate with Angels at the ‘Angels and Archangels' class with Joanne Trucker of ‘Inspired', the new Angel Shop here at Compass. Meet your Guardian Angel, the Archangels and other members of your spiritual “team”. Gain a clearer understanding of the presence and role of Angels in your life.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to work with their Guardian Angel
  • Learn about the twelve main Archangels; their specialties, associated colors and crystals
  • Learn how to communicate with Angels and recognize Angelic messages
  • Create an Angel Box, where you can turn all of your cares and worries over to the Angels!

After the unexpected, devastating loss of her beloved mother in June 2013, Joanne sought a deeper understanding of all things related to the spiritual and angelic realms. She has since taken numerous classes, participated in many workshops and read a multitude of books! Joanne has been a Certified Angel Card reader for three years. She has completed the Level I course on Angelology at the PSYCHE Institute for Higher Learning in Connecticut and will be attending the Level II class in August. She is also a member of the International Society of Angels.

Class fee is $50. This includes all materials (handouts, Angel box supplies), a free gift and a 20% off coupon for an Angel Card reading. Light refreshments will also be served.

Note: Please do not wear perfume but do wear comfortable clothing. Come with an open heart and mind!

Limit: 8 participants. Registration deadline: Thursday, July 28. Register before July 25 and save $5 ($45). Call 802-747-7135 to register or with questions. Please send a check to Joanne Trucker c/o Compass Music and Arts Center, 333 Jones Drive, Brandon, VT 05733.

   

Jumble Sale
Saturday, August 20 from 9:00-2:00pm

It's like multiple yard sales, but all in one place! The sale will help support essential art experiences for RNESU schools and is enabled by the Compass Music and Arts Foundation. Stop by to see what you can find.

Interested in participating? You can rent your own spot for $10. Call 247-4295.

   

Opening Reception: The Creative World of Stephanie Stouffer
Friday, September 2, 4:00-7:30pm

An illustrative and decorative artist, Stephanie Stouffer painted over 1,500 paintings, many of which were used internationally by companies like Caspari, Certified International and Peking Handicrafts for mugs, tapestries, greeting cards, pillows, wrapping paper and more. Yet Stouffer's originals have never been exhibited beyond her Belmont, Vermont home-based gallery. Until now! ‘The Creative World of Stephanie Stouffer' showcases many of Stouffer's original paintings, along with selected licensed products, and represents a significant chapter of the artist's life's work. The exhibit runs through October 29.

Make a night of it by also visiting the Brandon Artists Guild (at 7 Center St.) for the opening reception of their ‘Colors of Fall' exhibit on Friday, Sept. 2 from 5:00-7:00pm.

   

Leading International Violinist, Peter Sheppard Skærved
Sunday, September 11 at 3:00pm

Peter Sheppard Skærved is the only living violinist to have performed on the violins of Niccolò Paganini, Joseph Joachim and G B Viotti. He is the dedicatee of over 400 works for violin, by composers including Hans Werner Henze, Poul Ruders, David Matthews, Judith Weir and George Rochberg. In a rare not-to-be-missed appearance, the highly acclaimed violinist will be performing a fascinating program of early and modern music. Tickets $30. Reservations are appreciated

   

Angels and Archangels Class
September 24, 1-4pm

Connect and communicate with Angels at the ‘Angels and Archangels' class with Joanne Trucker of ‘Inspired', the new Angel Shop here at Compass. Meet your Guardian Angel, the Archangels and other members of your spiritual “team”. Gain a clearer understanding of the presence and role of Angels in your life.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to work with their Guardian Angel
  • Learn about the twelve main Archangels; their specialties, associated colors and crystals
  • Learn how to communicate with Angels and recognize Angelic messages
  • Create an Angel Box, where you can turn all of your cares and worries over to the Angels!

After the unexpected, devastating loss of her beloved mother in June 2013, Joanne sought a deeper understanding of all things related to the spiritual and angelic realms. She has since taken numerous classes, participated in many workshops and read a multitude of books! Joanne has been a Certified Angel Card reader for three years. She has completed the Level I course on Angelology at the PSYCHE Institute for Higher Learning in Connecticut and will be attending the Level II class in August. She is also a member of the International Society of Angels.

Class fee is $50. This includes all materials (handouts, Angel box supplies), a free gift and a 20% off coupon for an Angel Card reading. Light refreshments will also be served.

Note: Please do not wear perfume but do wear comfortable clothing. Come with an open heart and mind!

Limit: 8 participants. Registration deadline: Thursday, September 22. Register before September 19 and save $5. Call 802-747-7135 to register or with questions. Please send a check to Joanne Trucker c/o Compass Music and Arts Center, 333 Jones Drive, Brandon, VT 05733.

 

Gallery Talk by Stephanie Stouffer
Sunday, October 2 at 2:00pm

Following a ten year period designing for Hallmark, Belmont artist Stephanie Stouffer had a 35 year career as a freelance artist. She designed more than 1,500 original gouache paintings used for licensing by companies like Caspari, Certified International, and Peking Handicrafts. However, after being scanned for use on mugs, tapestries, greeting cards, pillows, rugs, and more, the original paintings collected in piles in her studio closet. The imaginative and whimsical designs were never exhibited or offered for sale – many having never been seen by anyone but Stephanie and her licensing agent.

With a personal, first-hand experience of truly earning a living as a freelance artist, Stephanie will give a Gallery Talk as part of her current exhibit ‘The Creative World of Stephanie Stouffer'. She will share both the creative compromises and rewards of a freelance career in licensing, acknowledging the role her time with Hallmark took in preparing her for her chosen path. She will discuss the demands and frustrations of staying ‘on top' of the market, of staying creatively fresh and innovative while meeting the commercial interests and time demands of manufacturers, but also why she feels her work proved to be so appealing and successful.

Now retired, Stephanie has continued to paint, expanding her creative efforts into a larger format and using a different medium. She will share her efforts in trying to step away from 35 years of focusing her creative imagination on what might appeal to the commercial needs of manufacturers, rather than herself.

For Stephanie, she hopes visitors “will gain a better understanding of what it can take for an artist to earn a ‘real living' and a greater appreciation for what went into the card they bought or received, or the product that caught their eye in the market place.” This talk will be of particular interest to anyone with a career or interest in the world of graphic design and illustration.

   

Swing for the Arts
Friday, October 21 from 7:00-10:00pm

Love live music, a good cause, and swing dancing? Grab your dancing shoes and mark your calendar. The Compass Music and Arts Foundation (CMAF) is partnering with the 18-piece big band, EnerJazz, to create Swing for the Arts, a benefit to fund programs for the community and support the many projects set up by CMAF in cooperation with local schools.

Tickets are just $25, $35 for couples, and $12 for students and Friends of the Foundation. Local star from Rutland's Dancing with the Stars, Dave Allan, will be on hand to give free swing dance instructions from 7:00 -7:30. He'll also show off some of his faster moves with a demonstration later in the evening.

Prefer to just tap your toes? No problem, café style seating will be available. A cash bar will be serving Brandon's own Foley Brothers Brewing and Neshobe River Winery, and light hors d'oeuvres will also be available.

EnerJazz is a high energy big band dedicated to playing favorite tunes from the Swing Era in their original style, using the original arrangements whenever possible. In addition to the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and others their repertoire includes contemporary jazz, popular tunes and improvisation. They are a popular draw at outdoor concert venues throughout the region all summer long.

From presenting a free performance of internationally acclaimed violinist Madeleine Mitchell in an intimate salon setting, to encouraging school students of all ages to find their voice and inspiration in the works of resident artists with Poem in Your Pocket, The Compass Music and Arts Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to enriching life through a deeper experience of music, and the literary, performing and visual arts.

   

'Peace on Earth' Reception
Friday, December 9 from 3:00-7:00pm

Come to the reception for ‘Peace on Earth', an exhibit which arose from an open call to artists to express their ideas and ideals of ‘Peace on Earth'. The resulting compilation is a plea for global peace at a time when there is so much anger and division. We're asking visitors to step out of the hustle and bustle of life and take time to reflect and find a sense of calmness. From young to old, the exhibit celebrates artists whom have a strong, unified message calling for peace. A complementary exhibit of paintings by Stephanie Stouffer also features key works related to the theme of ‘Peace on Earth'. The exhibits run through January 7, 2017.
Pictured: “Peace, Peace, Please Peace” (detail) by B Amore

   
 
 
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