Turnings, Wanderung #1
Daniel Gottsegen Exhibit Opens Thursday
The campus community and public are invited to an opening reception for Vermont artist, Daniel Gottsegen, whose exhibit "Paintings, Journeys in the Natural World," will open at the Feick Arts Center on Thursday, January 18. The reception will run from 4-7 p.m.
Gottsegen's works are noted for the power of their color and emotional impact. His paintings impart a sense of the tension and duality between romantic conceptions of nature and the sometimes more dire reality around us. In some work he seeks to embody this tension by using video technology to derive image sources, or in recent work (the Wanderungen series) by juxtaposing images. Gottsegen lives and works in central Vermont. His art explores his relationship with the landscape and the natural environment. His recent work is inspired by his return to the landscape of New England several years ago. The exhibit will run through February 17.
Tony Trischka Leads Off Gorge Series
Perennial GMC favorite, Tony Trischka returns on Wednesday evening, Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. in the Gorge of Withey Hall, to kick off the College Programming Board’s spring Wednesday evening series in the Gorge. The legendary banjoist will be joined by the Michael Daves Band, which includes guitar, fiddle, bass and banjo, in what is assured to be one of the liveliest shows of the season. Trischka has played GMC several times and has become one of the most popular acts in the Wednesday series. The rest of January includes performances by slam poet, Mike McGee on January 24; the reggae/funk sounds of Pie Boys Flat on Saturday, January 27 and the Brightwings on Wednesday, January 30. All shows begin at 9 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, click here or call the Student Life Office at ext. 8377.
Green MAP Announces Trips/Workshops Schedule
With winter finally underway, it is much easier to envision ice climbing, snowshoeing and mountaineering trips. The Green Mountain Adventure Programming Office (Green MAP) has announced its winter/spring schedule. Featured trips include backcountry skiing in nearby Merck Forest, several ice climbing trips to the Adirondacks, a snowshoeing trip up Mt. Marcy, and an introductory course in mountaineering in the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Later in the semester there will be courses on kayaking skills in Waldron pool, and whitewater paddling trips to the Adirondacks. The trips and workshops are open to all members of the GMC campus community. Sign up begins three weeks prior to the event. For more information, stop by the Green MAP Office, Withey Hall room 163 or call 802-287-8383.
Withey Hall Lobby Renovation Nears Completion
It was an extremely busy “winter break” for the GMC Physical Plant team who coordinated dozens of contractors to complete a major renovation to the Withey Hall lobby. The work is almost complete and the improvements are dramatic. The refurbishing project included opening up the bookstore to integrate with the lobby, complete replacement of lighting and ceiling, painting the walls, new furniture and seating arrangements, and preparation for art galleries in the alcove areas. Still to come will be glass doors at the front of the building to allow more natural light in and glass doors on the dining hall and Buttery. The student center renovations are one of the key projects identified in the New Century Campaign along with other renovations underway across campus to buildings include Richardson Alumni House, Ackley Theatre, Waldron Gymnasium, and the residence halls.
Provost William Throop’s study on the unintended consequences of increased volunteerism on wilderness restoration projects has been published in the current issue of the journal, Restoration Ecology. The article explores the growing tension between the trend toward increased volunteer participation in environmental restoration, and the legal requirements governing U.S. wilderness management. The number of volunteers participating in restoration projects has increased steadily over the years. When this trend occurs in legally designated wilderness areas, the results can cause more damage than good. Throop’s study looks at the paradox between the intentions of these volunteers and the effects their efforts have. “The ideal of participatory restoration is often in conflict with the goals of wilderness preservation,” says Throop.
Prof. Karen Swyler (fine arts) is featured in an exhibit titled “Intelligent Design” at the Kirkland Arts Center in Kirkland, WA (just outside Seattle). The show, which opened January 11, will run through February 3. Intelligent Design investigates the evolving relationship between contemporary design and functional ceramics. In particular, the exhibit looks at the intersection between the integral purpose of these works - why one makes a plate, vase, teapot or cup - and how their appearance relates to contemporary life.