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Crafters Repurposing Yard Sale
January 25th, from 10-4pm
Are you a crafter or are you thinking about taking up a crafting hobby? The Crafters Repurposing Yard Sale at the Compass Music and Arts Center offers a great opportunity to find that new project to work on or to find the materials to start a new hobby. Speak with experienced crafters and pick up yarn, fabric, accessories, and other crafting items. Crafters will be selling their supplies, materials, and accessories at competitive prices in the hopes that they will find a new home where they will be repurposed and reinvigorated.




Artist Supply Yard Sale
February 22nd, from 10-4pm
Shop for art supplies at reduced prices as artists sell their unwanted materials. Find new uses for unused and perhaps slightly used art materials, equipment, and tools by giving them new life.



Basket Weaving with Maura Clancy
March 9th, 10-3pm
Join Maura Clancy for a one day basket making workshop. No experience is necessary. Participants will walk away with a completed, practical basket they made themselves that is great for gardening, running to the farmers market, household use, or simply for decoration. Come have fun and learn a new and rewarding skill – you will be surprised with the finished product!

The class fee is $75. Materials are included, but each participant is asked to bring their own tape measure, flat head screw driver, dish pan or bucket for soaking the reed, and sharp scissors. The class size is limited and the deadline to sign up is February 27th.


Art Marketing: From Press Kit to Interview
March 22nd at 2pm
Getting publicity can be one of the toughest tasks of a working professional artist. A solid press kit and the ability to craft your "story" is what gets journalists and bloggers interested in writing about your work.

Join Serena Kovalosky for a free introductory talk on how to create a successful publicity campaign. Serena specializes in marketing and publicity writing for visual artists and will share some of the secrets she has learned throughout the years, including how to integrate social media into your marketing plan.

Music Swap Meet
March 29th from 10-4pm
Music galore! Anything from vinyl records, 78s, piano rolls, and phonographs, to tapes, audio equipment, radios, CDs, musical instruments and accessories, ephemera and more will be for sale and swap. Come see what sellers have to offer!

Poetry Rocks
In celebration of National Poetry Month, we're looking to encourage a wider readership for poetry and readers of all ages by offering ‘Poetry Rocks' events throughout the month of April. Come practice and appreciate poetry at these events:

Poetry Slam / Open Mic Night Friday, April 4th , 7-9pm – An open invitation to local poets, spoken word artists, musicians and dramatists to read and perform their favorite pieces. Light refreshments will be available.

Poetry Unplugged Sunday, April 13th at 2:30pm – Come share your favorite poem!

Poetry Unplugged Sunday, April 27th at 2:30pm – Come share your favorite poem!

Guests may bring their own drinks. These events are free and open to the public. However, a collection will be taken to support the opening of the Green Mountain Poets House within the Compass Music and Arts Center and a reading/activity room for children up to the age of ten.


'Story Hour'
Sunday, May 25th at 2pm
Using the medium of watercolors in various techniques and to portray a variety of subject matter, Gayl M. Braisted, Lyn DuMoulin, Maurie Harrington, and Andrea Varney share their distinctive story in the exhibit ‘Watercolors: The Artist's Story'.
Meet the artists at ‘Story Hour' and hear DuMoulin, Harrington, and Varney share their stories, techniques, and maybe even a few secrets. Visitors can also watch a demo by DuMoulin. Light refreshments will be served.

Express Yourself with Watercolors
Sunday, June 15th from 9am-3pm

Explore the technical and expressive qualities of watercolor at this workshop led by Maurie Harrington. Learn the basics of wash application and the use of color and composition. Work from a still life, florals, or photographs. The day will consist of demonstrations, discussions of techniques, painting with one on one time with the instructor, and critiques.

Harrington is the Art Director at the Fisk Farm in Isle LaMotte. She has a Masters Degree from Norwich University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Hartford. She has illustrated many books and is a member of the Vermont Watercolor Society, League of Vermont Writers, the National League of American Pen Women, and is a founding member of the Killington Arts Guild.

Participants may bring their own lunch or eat in Compass' café. The class fee is $90. Participants are encouraged to bring photographs of choice to work from. A still life with flowers will be available. Materials to be brought by each participant will include basic supplies such as a variety of brushes, paints, and some watercolor paper. A detailed list will be provided at the time of registration. The class size is limited and the deadline to sign up is June 11th. Register now by calling 802-247-4295 or email us .


Auction by Daniel Murphy Auctions
Wednesday, June 18th
Preview & registration starts at 5pm, Auction begins at 6pm

There is something for everyone in this auction: Automotive/Gas/Oil collectibles, Coins, Comic Books, Art, Vintage Toys, Dolls, World's Fair memorabilia, Postcards, Sports Cards, Non-Sports Cards, Movie Posters, Barbie Dolls, Vintage Vermont Dairy, Lustreware, Cracker Jack premiums, 1st. Day Issues, Breweriana, President copper ingots, White sewing machine, Wallace Nutting print, Napoleon Cigars tin sign, Buffalo Nickels set, Walt Disney comic books from the 1950's-60's, Packard car jack w/1916 copyright, and much more. For a full list and other details click here.


The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll Preview Event
Friday, June 20th from 5-8pm

This event kicks off The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll exhibit, an exhibit which concentrates on the birth of rock and roll music in 1955 up to the "British Invasion" of the Beatles and other groups in 1964.

Featured during the evening will be Dave Allan and Erica Hemond who will demonstrate some of the dances made popular in the 1950s and 60s. Come return to the era of Elvis, the Cha Cha, poodle skirts, the pink cadillac, The Everly Brothers, the Bop, and more.

Beginning East Coast Swing Dancing
July 10, 17, 24, 31, from 7:30-8:30pm

To go along with our Rock 'n' Roll exhibit, what would be more appropriate than a Swing Dancing workshop for beginners? David Allan of Green Mountain Stomp Swing Dancing will teach the proper posturing and connections and 6-12 basic six-count swing patterns.

The four one hour sessions will be given on the above Thursdays. No reservations are required. Registration begins at 7pm on the 10th. Payment in full is required up front. No partner or previous dance experience is needed and all ages are welcome.

David Allan learned to swing dance from the top dance instructors in the country while living in San Francisco in 1999. He now runs Green Mountain Stomp Swing Dancing based out of Shelburne, Vermont; teaching and organizing swing dances.

The 4 session workshop fee is $40 for adults or $35 for senior citizens and kids 18 and under. Compass Music and Arts Foundation members receive a 10% discount. Join the Foundation at the time of registration if you are not yet a member. Contact David directly with questions by calling 802-343-1475 or by email.


Abstract Painting Using the “Web” Technique
Tuesday, August 12 from 10-5pm

Explore an exciting technique in abstract art at this class led by Frieda Post. Using watercolors and an array of fibers as a resist, participants will produce beautiful intricate paintings.

The “web” technique was named for the popular use of decorative Halloween cob webs as a resist when painting, but other fibers can be used. The technique uses Yupo, an acid free synthetic paper that has a unique brightness. The paintings can be further developed with abstract or realistic enhancement if desired. See examples of these and other paintings by Frieda on exhibit through August and online.

Frieda Post is a Vermont artist, creating contemporary and traditional work using a wide variety of techniques gathered from a lifetime of learning and exploring. Her work has been shown in juried shows, individual and group shows and galleries in Virginia and Vermont and can be found in private collections in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe.

The class is open to all levels. There will be a morning demonstration. An afternoon demonstration can be added, depending upon the needs of the class. Individual attention will be given during the painting times. The class fee is $80 with all materials included.

The class size is limited and the deadline to sign up is August 11th at noon. Register now by calling 802-247-4295 or email Participants may bring their own lunch or eat in Compass' café.

Sock Hop
Saturday, August 30th from 7-10pm

Dust off those dancin' shoes! We're holding a Sock Hop! The 1950s and 60s style dance party will feature a night of swing dancing, 50s and 60s music and root beer floats! The doors open at 7pm with a half hour swing lesson given at 7:15 by local instructor David Allan, so don't be shy, come learn a few new moves. Open dancing begins at 8 and goes until 10pm. Refreshments will be available and you can enter a chance to win swing dancing dolls made by Mim Zelis of ‘Red Clover, SEW Vermont!'

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door but reservations are appreciated. All proceeds go to support the Compass Music and Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides educational and arts-supportive programs and events in the community.

ArtFULL Vermont Opening Reception
Friday, September 12th from 5-8pm

The multi-media, group exhibit, ArtFULL Vermont celebrates the remarkable diversity of creativity throughout Vermont. Come to the opening reception, meet the artists and enjoy another art form which Vermont is known for: music! Isabel Oliart on fiddle and McKinley James on cello, winners of the Young Tradition Weekend Contest, will give a performance at 6:15. Both classically trained, they will perform a mixture of New England style and Celtic music. Oliart and James are members of Young Tradition Vermont which provides opportunities for young people to learn and present traditional tunes, songs and dance, and supports families with life-threatening illnesses.

Caitlin Canty
Saturday, September 27th at 7:30pm

Caitlin makes her Compass Music and Arts Center debut! Her Americana music is at the intersection of folk, blues and country. The singer-songwriter paints the line between joy and pathos with uncanny precision and power. When she sings, she becomes a part of the natural world the song inhabits, in an elegant and lucid poetry. She will be joined by Charlie Rose on pedal steel, guitar and banjo. A pre-concert dinner is available. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Dinner is BYOB. Show $15, Dinner & Show $35. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.

Collectors' Show
Come to the Collectors' Show to find something unique. A wide range of small antiques, collectibles, ephemera, vinyl and vintage recordings and audio equipment will be for sale. Join us whether you are a serious collector or just browsing.

Interested in selling your items? Regardless if you are a dealer or private seller, we'd love to have you join us. The deadline to reserve a spot is Friday, October 3rd or until all spots are filled. $25 per space, $30 if borrowing a table for display purposes. Items for sale must meet reasonable standards, as opposed to yard sale quality.

Call 802-247-4295 or email us to reserve your spot.


Swing Dancing Lessons
November 6, 13, 20, December 4th
Beginner class: 6:45-7:45pm, Intermediate class: 8:00-9:00

Following our popular East Coast Swing Dancing series held this past summer, we're now offering another class series this fall. David Allan, along with Sara Hurburt, will teach both a beginner and intermediate level course.

In the beginner's class, David will teach the proper posturing and connections and 6-12 basic six-count swing patterns. The intermediate class will learn Charleston eight-count moves and how to combine East Coast Swing with Lindy hop. The prerequisite for intermediate class participants is to have taken the beginning class or have equivalent experience. No partner is needed and all ages are welcome.

David Allan learned to swing dance from the top dance instructors in the country while living in San Francisco in the 1990s. He runs Green Mountain Stomp Swing Dancing, teaching and organizing swing dances and has taught for eight years in communities and colleges throughout the Champlain Valley.

$40 for one class series or $65 for both. Sign up in advance or just drop in Thursday night. Payment in full is due at the first class. Contact 802-247-4295 or email us.


Self-Publishing: What's It All About? Is It Right For You?
Saturday, November 15th from 10-3pm

The publishing industry has changed dramatically over the past ten years with hundreds of thousands of authors publishing their own works. Led by Vermont author and poet Jerry Johnson, Jerry will share his stories and insights from his more than ten years of experience in the publishing industry. Topics will include: writer's groups and organizations; marketing; eBooks and iBooks; self-publishing companies; Vermont indie presses; creating your own imprint and more. $50 More details.


Holiday Art-ernoon Tea
Saturday, December 6th from 12-5pm

Come on over for some holiday cheer, art, tea and shopping! Enjoy complimentary Christmas tea and freshly baked holiday scones while browsing the recently expanded gift shops and the new Art of Giving – : – The Giving of Art holiday show. Café CMAC will also be open, serving lunch, coffee, and tasty desserts.

The CMAC book shop offers a wide range of new and used music, literary, and art related books, while the classical music store supplies you with the wide collection of CDs from the international classical recording company, the Divine Art Recordings Group. Divine Art produces everything from easy listening to the avant-garde, featuring orchestral, vocal and instrumental music and specializes in the rare and rediscovered. Christmas collectibles, note cards, candles and music ephemera are also bountiful within the stores.

Support your local creative community by shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts in the Art of Giving – : – The Giving of Art holiday show. Featuring the works of local artists, you will find fine art, distinctive paper creations, beautiful jewelry, photography, textiles, holiday ornaments and decorations, all at affordable prices.

Spend some time at Compass and get to know one of your local businesses while checking items off that holiday shopping list!

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