Disabled Artists at the Flynn!

by Willow BascomLast Sunday we went to the Flynn Center for the opening of “Engage“, a visual arts exhibition featuring the work of Vermont Artists who have disabilities. The show was juried without reference to artists names or locations. The result is an exceptionally diverse and exciting exhibition.Coo-dos to Judy Chalmer, Executive Director of VSA VT, and John Killacky, Executive Director at the Flynn, for a masterful and determined job of pulling together the show and the evening performance showcase.

My favorite piece, a dragonfly by Willow Bascom, opens this post. Of course, I didn’t write down the title of this image mythic dragonfly, which seems to literally fly off the page. Such a striking mosaic of color, very much like stained glass. I encourage you to drop by the Flynn’s Tarrant Galery and view the show which is up through April 28th.

Sunday evening, we literally dragged ourselves back to the Flynn for the “Vermont Artists with Disabilities Showcase“. The work showed including Lida Winfield excerpting her work,”In Search of Air” which I had previously seen in it’s entirety. It remains a deeply moving and evocative work.

The VSA Vermont Awareness Theater Company provided a sampler of their work. They were, as always, humorous and profound, opening windows into the world of disability.  Eli Claire read poetry interweaving disability and queer/transgender issues, and Rene Pellerin told stories from his deaf and sigh-challenged life. These stories are poignant, hysterical,and savory!

The last act of the evening was pianist Michael Arnowitt. Michael’s artistry is legendary here, and his playing lived up to that well deserved reputation.

What a glorious and evening at the Flynn!

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