Arts events: March 17 through April 29, 2016

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March 17: Jack Peters watercolors on exhibit

Local artist Jack Peter's watercolors on display at MSA

Local artist Jack Peter’s watercolors on display at MSA

Main Street Arts hosts “Crossings,” an exhibition of watercolorsby Saxtons River local Jack Peters.

His works will be on display through March 28 in MSA’s gallery at 35 Main St. in Saxtons River. A free public reception will be held in the gallery 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 17.

Peters was lived on Nantucket, where he and his friends found themselves the subjects of photographer Alfred Eisenstadt. Peters said, “The relatively few years of my life that I lived and worked on Nantucket play an outsized role in many of these paintings.” Inspired by Eisenstadt, he opened an art photography studio and also became well known as a maker of custom furniture and jewelry.

Through photography, he discovered the joy of painting. He said that there is a direct connection between his photography and painting in that his paintings “have the shapes of some of my black and white photographs, but abstracted and dramatized.”

For more information, contact Margo Ghia at Main Street Arts by calling 802-869-2960 or go online at

March 18: Concert features Asylum Quartet

Brattleboro Music Center’s Chamber Music Series presents the Asylum Quartet

Brattleboro Music Center’s Chamber Music Series presents the Asylum Quartet

As part of the Brattleboro Music Center’s Chamber Music Series, the Asylum Quartet performs at 7:30 p.m. March 18 at the Centre Congregational Church at 193 Main St. in Brattleboro.

Music will include works by György Ligeti, Claude Debussy and Antonin Dvorak. Tickets are $30 Patron and $20 general admission.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 802-257-4523 and they’ll be available at the door.

March 18: Bellows Falls students present ‘Seussical’

BFUHS's presentation of "Seussical, the Musical"

BFUHS presents “Seussical, the Musical”

Dr. Seuss’s best-loved characters collide and cavort when Bellows Falls Union High School’s Drama Department presents “Seussical” at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 18, with additional shows at noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at 406 Union High School Road in Westminster.

Narrated by The Cat in the Hat, “Seussical” is the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, and Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.”

Horton faces a double challenge: Not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.

Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 802-463-3944.

March 19: ‘Vertigo’ continues FOLA Hitchcock tribute

Jimmy Stewart hangs on in FOLA movie presentation of "Vertigo"

Jimmy Stewart hangs on in FOLA movie presentation of  Vertigo.

Continuing its month-long tribute to director Alfred Hitchcock, Friends of Ludlow Auditorium feature the PG-rated film “Vertigo” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium at 37 South Depot St. in Ludlow.

“Vertigo” is a film about John “Scottie” Ferguson, played by James Stewart, a retired San Francisco police detective who suffers from acrophobia, and Madeleine, played by Kim Novak, as the lady who leads him to high places. An acquaintance asks Scottie to follow his wife Madeleine because he fears she is going insane because she believes a dead ancestor possessed her.

On Saturday, March 26 FOLA will feature the final movie in its series, “The Birds.”

The movie is free, although donations are appreciated. The Berkshire Bank supplies popcorn and FOLA offers water. For more information call 802-228-7239 or visit FOLA’s web site,

Through April 29: Art exhibit at Claremont Opera House

David Nelson's work will be on exhibit at the John D. Bennett Gallery through April 29

David Nelson.

An exhibit of paintings by New Hampshire artist David Nelson will be on view until April 29 at the John D. Bennett Gallery at the Claremont Opera House, 58 Opera House Square in Claremont, N.H.

“My favorite definition of art calls it ‘visual philosophy’,” said Nelson. “Great artwork explores the questions of what it means to be human, what it means to be alive.” Nelson’s large abstract paintings examine life’s balance of control and freedom, intellect and intuition, choice and chance.

For information, call COH at 603-542-0064 or stop by the box office for access to the 5th floor, atrium gallery. Nelson’s work can be viewed at

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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