While Ogden Minton Pleissner is recognized today for his hunting and fishing scenes, the artist once noted to his biographer that “I’ve done quite a few sporting pictures because I have always loved to fish and shoot, but I am not one that specializes in sporting subjects. Ten or 15 percent of my work is sporting – the rest is pure landscape painting.” The tension between evocative landscape and lively narrative is especially evident in Pleissner’s fishing pictures. Drawn from Shelburne Museum’s permanent collection, the paintings, prints, and ephemera featured in Upstream with Ogden Pleissner transport viewers to some of the avid angler’s favorite streams, rivers, and lakes from Maine to Wyoming while also conveying Pleissner’s first-hand knowledge of and passion for the sport.
Air Works examines the properties of air and explores the science behind controlling and using it in our everyday lives. Featuring interactive exhibits and specially-designed tinkering and making activities, this special exhibition captures the imaginations of all ages.
Air Works offers an array of hands-on learning experiences, including a 3D air maze, hover table, chain reaction machine, and paper airplane launcher. Also featured is an air-operated bottle organ by Leonard Solomon and a new, large-scale aerial sculpture in the Museum atrium.
In warm-weather months, visitors are invited to explore water exhibits centered around The Rill, a 250-foot long watercourse that takes a meandering path from the Museum toward the Connecticut River. The Rill flows down a series of terraces, and visitors can manipulate dams and sluices to change the water’s direction or volume. Young hydrologists can store up a mini-flood and then release it to the lower part of the Rill.
David Goudy Science Park features additional hands-on exhibits on light, sound, motion, astronomy, and natural history. Two kiosks highlight New England insects, birds, and mammals, while the Wind Wall “paints” patterns in reflective disks on the Museum tower. Science Park is also the launching point for a walking tour of the solar system, a great demonstration of the relative size of the planets and the distances between them.
With 110-acres and five miles of nature trails, you’ll find plenty to do outside at the Montshire!
Ever wonder how a box becomes a box? Or a sneaker becomes a sneaker? Chances are your child has. At How People Make Things kids learn firsthand about tools and processes used to make everyday objects. This exhibit is inspired by the Mister Rogers’ Factory Tours.
The days were dark as the Stock Market Crash of 1929 took its toll on the country in the early 1930s. It has often been said that the Depression didn’t have much impact in Vermont. “Depression, what Depression?” was the quip. Vermont had always been a hard-scrabble place and the Depression just forced farmers and shop-keepers into a local barter-based economy. But the state of Vermont was not spared. Many of those in the towns, as well as those living by the land, saw their lives crumble before them.
However, 1934-1944 was also a time of immense creativity and innovation in the Green Mountain State. Artists, architects, writers, construction workers, and civil employees, whose work was funded through Federal New Deal programs, helped to document the state’s history, record the conditions of contemporary life during the Depression and recovery, and build infrastructure that continues to benefit us today.
On view at the Bennington Museum through November 4, Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont sheds light on the important, under-studied aspect of Vermont’s history, focusing on the role of these many government sponsored New Deal projects. “True to Bennington Museum’s strength, combining art and history in innovative ways, the exhibition features photography, paintings, prints of post office murals, and architectural drafts that were sponsored through the government’s New Deal programs. Powerful examples of Regionalist and Social Realist paintings include Francis Colburn’s Charley Smith and His Barn, and Ronald Slayton’s quietly optimistic The Planter.” states Robert Wolterstorff, Executive Director of Bennington Museum. Also on view is furniture from Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) cabins, archival documentation of New Deal projects such as letters, as well as transcriptions of audio recordings of Vermonters created by the Federal Writers Project.
The exhibition examines three thematic topics: Preserving the Past, Inventing the Present, and Building the Future.
Take a Spin Down Memory Lane. On Monday, August 27th, from 5.30 -7.00 pm, head to Mildred’s Dairy Bar at The Vermont Country Store in a classic car or truck and receive a maple creemee on us. It’s a great way to show off your ride, meet other drivers and enjoy the best soft serve around. Rt 100, Weston, Vt. 05161. 802.824.6287.
Making Music delves into the inner workings of all things musical, from cellos and pianos to saxophones and electronic synthesizers. The 2,500-square-foot exhibition invites visitors to play authentic instruments, as well as some they’ve created themselves. Along the way, multimedia exhibits share compelling stories of musicians, scientists, and craftspeople, highlighting practices rooted in tradition—and some that spring from relatively new techniques and materials.
Take a Spin Down Memory Lane. On Monday, September 24th, from 5.30 -7.00 pm, head to Mildred’s Dairy Bar at The Vermont Country Store in a classic car or truck and receive a maple creemee on us. It’s a great way to show off your ride, meet other drivers and enjoy the best soft serve around. Rt 100, Weston, Vt. 05161. 802.824.6287.
How did Vermonters live in the past? What tools did they make and how did they make them? What has happened in the Upper Connecticut Valley during the last 12,900 years, and, most importantly, how do we know?
Find out for yourself at Archaeology Day—a day-long celebration of us—the humans! Examine real artifacts in our discovery lab, watch stone tool and pottery making demonstrations, be your own history detective at our site clues simulation, get your hands messy at the pottery workshop, throw an atlatl, and talk to real local archaeologists!
Archaeology Day at the Montshire is part of Vermont Archaeology Month.
Dog Mountain Dog Party!
It’s the most beautiful time of the year in New England, and it’s time once again to celebrate the season at Dog Mountain’s annual Fall Dog Party presented by Stephen Huneck Gallery and Friends of Dog Mountain!
We hope you can take the time to grab your camera, hop in the car, and take the scenic ride to leaf-romping, four-legged fun and smiles at Dog Mountain. Your dogs will thank you with many wags of their tail and wet kisses.
The Fall Dog Party is free to the public and will be held rain or shine.
View photos from previous Dog Parties Here.
Our Dog Parties are made possible thanks to the kindness of your tax-deductible donations to Dog Mountain! Dog Mountain Forever!