Programs / Special Events

In addition to the regular year-long selection of Firehouse Gallery exhibitions and education programs, there are often special events and happenings at the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts. These events range from parties and fundraisers tied to memberships drives, to holiday functions and special partnerships with community and businesses. Below, you will find listed all upcoming and current special events and happenings.

Viva Voce Puppet Opera presents Faust

Saturday, January 20, 8pm
Please note, Faust may not suitable for small children
All of the characters are portrayed by handmade puppets created by Burlington artist Kathleen DeSimone. Vocalists interact with their puppet-role counterparts to sing actual arias from the Gounod opera at strategic plot points — highlights include “The Jewel Song,” sung by soprano Roxanne Vought as Marguerite, and Mephistopheles’ sinister “Laughing Song,” voiced by UVM grad student and bass Guan Jian. A small orchestra provides sound effects and incidental music, and a complement of live actors, voice actors and puppeteers rounds out the company.
* Tickets are $10 each, and may be purchased in advance at The Radio Bean, 8 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington, 802-660-9346. Questions about Faust or about Viva Voce Puppet Opera may be addressed to executive producer Roxanne Vought, 802-859-0344.
$10*
Location: Lorraine B. Good Room
The Naked Hitch-hiker (animated film)

The Naked Hitch-hiker (animated film)

Friday, January 26, 6pm
Presented by Burlington City Arts and The Vermont International Film Festival
Directed by Eleanor Lanahan
Winner of the 2006 Goldstone Animated Film Award


The Naked Hitch-hiker is an exquisitely rendered animation by first time film maker Eleanor Lanahan. A hitch-hiker, reeling from a crushing marital breakup, is picked up by an empathetic truck driver. As they drive through a blizzard she takes an unexpected and momentous journey into her emotional mind scape. The film is a lavishly visual and entertaining journey toward self-discovery.
Following the film there will be a discussion with the film-maker
Location: Lorraine B. Good Room

EnvironMENTAL: Earth-Minded Art
John Anderson, Drawing Space: Integrating Art and Architecture

Thursday, February 1, 7pm
A Public Lecture Series
In conjunction with a studio seminar class at the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts taught by UVM Professor Cameron Davis, this series explores the issues and definitions of the broad field of Environmental Art. EnvironMENTAL: Earth-Minded Art is a collaboration between Burlington City Arts and the University of Vermont.


John Anderson has been practicing architecture in Vermont continuously for 32 years. As a design oriented office and studio we have created a wide variety of highly acclaimed projects in Vermont and New England. Our work includes institutional, educational, commercial, public and residential buildings, master planning, site planning and landscape design. Single family homes, furniture design and architectural murals round out the scope and design interests of our firm. We believe architecture is a Fine Art and as such can be a profound and enriching experience for its users. Our projects have won many awards for excellence in design. We believe that design excellence is achieved by integration and continuity through programming , design documents and the construction process. Architecture, like any visual art, is conceived and fabricated; it is something made.
Location: Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts

EnvironMENTAL: Earth-Minded Art
Kate Pond, Seasons and Cycles of the Sun

Thursday, February 15, 7pm
A Public Lecture Series
In conjunction with a studio seminar class at the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts taught by UVM Professor Cameron Davis, this series explores the issues and definitions of the broad field of Environmental Art. EnvironMENTAL: Earth-Minded Art is a collaboration between Burlington City Arts and the University of Vermont.


Kate Pond makes community sculpture which marks place and the passing of time. Her life work is the World Sculpture Project with five pieces in Quebec, Canada; Oslo, Norway; Sendai, Japan; Hawaii, USA and Nelson, New Zealand. Work is proceeding now on the sculpture project in New Zealand and the piece will be dedicated in December, 2007.From the early eighties her steel sculpture involved community; first, with her local community to build the steel sculpture, KISS II, at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, Vermont; continuing with public works in Vermont over the years culminating in her World Sculpture Project with works around the planet. Some of these works include: SOLEKKO at the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology in Oslo, Norway; ZIG ZAG at the Colby Curtis Museum in Stanstead, Quebec, Canada; ALL ONE at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A; HIMEGURI in the Mitsubishi Sports Park in Sendai, Japan; and the final site in Nelson, New Zealand in the planning process for June of 2007.
Location: Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts
<i>Night Lights</i> Silver gelatin prints by Allison Hale

Night Lights Silver gelatin prints by Allison Hale

December 31, 2006–February 24, 2007
Allison is currently a member of the Firehouse Community Darkroom.
“Images that are overlooked during the day are much different under a streetlight or even the lights themselves take on a new presence. The images in Night Lights are a collection of these observations taken over a five-month period with a 35mm film camera.” - Allison Hale

Opening Reception: First Night, December 31, 4:30–5:30pm
Location: Firehouse Community Darkroom

EnvironMENTAL: Earth-Minded Art
Jackie Brookner, Community and the Being of Human

Thursday, March 1, 7pm
A Public Lecture Series
In conjunction with a studio seminar class at the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts taught by UVM Professor Cameron Davis, this series explores the issues and definitions of the broad field of Environmental Art. EnvironMENTAL: Earth-Minded Art is a collaboration between Burlington City Arts and the University of Vermont.


In collaboration with ecologists, design professionals, communities, and policy makers, Jackie creates water remediation/public art projects for wetlands, rivers, streams and stormwater runoff. These projects demonstrate how the undervalued resources of stormwater and other polluted water can be reclaimed and used to create lush environments, expressive and multifunctional public spaces. Her living sculptures, called BiosculpturesTM, are evocative, plant based systems that clean polluted water, integrating ecological revitalization with the conceptual, metaphoric and aesthetic capacities of sculpture. These project raise community awareness of the urgency of restoring health to aquatic ecosystems, encourage the necessary imagining of a world where human and other than human systems are mutually beneficial, and help create the public will to protect and restore the resources.
Location: Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts

EnvironMENTAL: Earth-Minded Art
Adrian Ivakhiv, Greening Film and Visual Studies

Thursday, March 29, 7pm
A Public Lecture Series
In conjunction with a studio seminar class at the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts taught by UVM Professor Cameron Davis, this series explores the issues and definitions of the broad field of Environmental Art. EnvironMENTAL: Earth-Minded Art is a collaboration between Burlington City Arts and the University of Vermont.


Adrian Ivakhiv is an assistant professor and coordinator of the graduate concentration in Environmental Thought and Culture at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont. He is the author of “Claiming Sacred Ground: Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and Sedona” (Indiana University Press, 2001), Executive Editor of the “Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature” (Thoemmes Continuum, 2005), and has written numerous articles in environmental and cultural studies.
Location: Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts

EnvironMENTAL: Earth-Minded Art
Nancy Dwyer, Public Art: Transporation Solutions

Thursday, April 19, 7pm
A Public Lecture Series
In conjunction with a studio seminar class at the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts taught by UVM Professor Cameron Davis, this series explores the issues and definitions of the broad field of Environmental Art. EnvironMENTAL: Earth-Minded Art is a collaboration between Burlington City Arts and the University of Vermont.


Nancy Dwyer has been exhibiting her word sculptures, paintings and multimedia installations worldwide for over twenty years. As well as numerous solo exhibits, Dwyer has shown work at major museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, MOCA Los Angeles,the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, Texas, the Kunsthalle Wein, Austria, The Dunedin Public Art Gallery in New Zealand and the New Museum
of Contemporary Art in NYC. Her public art commissions are installed in New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia and elsewhere. She shows at the Sandra Gering Gallery and is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Vermont.
Location: Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts