The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) welcomes the public to a celebratory closing party for the exhibition “Anina Major: I Land Therefore I Am,” on Friday, October 6, during Gallery Walk, Brattleboro’s town-wide, first-Friday celebration of the arts. Drop by the museum anytime between 5 and 8 p.m. to meet artist Anina Major and curator Sadaf Padder and sample Caribbean snacks courtesy of Jamaican Jewelz. Windham Wines will provide a cash bar. Admission is free.
Adding to the festivities, at 6 p.m. Brooklyn Ana will perform in the museum’s Center Gallery. In this “BrattRock Unplugged” performance, Ana, a musician and theater kid from Massachusetts, will share her eclectic musical tastes, which she is honing under the tutelage of Nancy Andersen, chair of Vocal Studies at The Hartt School’s Community Division in Hartford, Connecticut. BrattRock is an initiative of Youth Services, pursuing a mission to provide youth with places to gather as well as a performance and learning venue for musically-minded youth from Vermont and the surrounding region.
Anina Major, whose exhibition “I Land Therefore I Am” will close on October 9, is a multimedia artist who was born and raised in The Bahamas and is now on the faculty of Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont. Her BMAC exhibition highlights her ceramic work: dolls and sculptures that resemble straw objects and aqueous forms.
Major describes these objects as “present-day manifestations of the traditional weaving technique known as plait, taught to me by my grandmother,” and the results of “a desire to fabricate my own terms of cultural integrity and its defining influence.”
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Founded in 1972, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. BMAC is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10-4. Admission is free, courtesy of M&T Bank. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit brattleboromuseum.org.
BMAC is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Beer Co.