Christopher Bolter works his magic with children during the Sept. 9 Arts Walk in Middlebury.
The Middlebury Arts Walk held Sept. 9 featured live music, performances and exhibits at 35 locations.
Magician Christopher Bolter performed at Triangle Park at the junction of Main Street and Merchants Row.
“I’m unlike any other magician and children's entertainer that you will ever see,” he said before the event. “With my gut wrenchingly hysterical comedy magic and balloon show, you will see things that will surprise and delight you.”
The Middlebury Community House hosted Tim “TJ” Johnston, who has been a fixture on the local music scene for the past 25 years. This was the debut performance of TJ and His Imaginary Friends, in which he mixed creative musical looping and improvisation with the blues, folk, and jazz traditions.
Live bluegrass music was heard in the courtyard between Stone Leaf Teahouse and American Flatbread with the Scheme Dreamers feature Caleb Elder, Ben Campbell, and Tyler Bolles.
On the front porch of the Henry Sheldon Museum, local musicians Chris Paine, John Wallace and Michael Manley performed a variety of favorite acoustic folk-rock tunes and some originals.
The happy hour at Two Brothers Tavern featured The Benoits.
Other featured artists during the Sept. 9 Arts Walk included VPR’s Jane Lindholm, who displayed her photographs at Clementine. She is a local journalist and photographer.
“As an adult, I turned my focus away from family members’ kneecaps and towards the beautiful landscape of Vermont and the world,” Lindholm said. “My photographic aesthetic is influenced by my career in journalism: my photos capture a moment in time without filters or post-production flourishes.”
Mother/daughter author/illustrator Joanne Weber and Kendra Weber Gratton were at Bejewelled. “Flabby Rabbit” is a children’s book on which they collaborated to produce a delightful rhyming book.
Other highlights of September’s Arts Walk included:
•Two local textile artists, Carrie Herzog and Rachel Ethier, at Vermont’s Own Products
•A new exhibit, “The Government Morgan,” at the National Museum of the Morgan Horse
•And an Open House at Otter Creek Book’s new location in the Marble Works, plus vintage fashion artist, Wendy Hollander
Now in its third season, Middlebury Arts Walk takes place on the second Friday of the month, May through October, from 5 to 7 p.m. In many cases the art is on display all month long—not just on the second Friday. All exhibits are free and Arts Walk is a family-friendly event. Middlebury Arts Walk now occupies 40 locations each month including artists’ galleries, stores, restaurants and museums. In addition, musicians perform in the town’s outdoor parks whenever possible and weather permitting. The range of work on view includes paintings, photography, performances and crafts.
Visit the website to download a copy of the current month’s flyer and walking map: www.MiddleburyArtsWalk.com.