9 things not to miss in July at Burlington City Arts!

1. Crystal Wagner: Traverse Transforms the BCA Center
The exhibition is on display at the BCA Center until October 7.
Multi-disciplinary artist Crystal Wagner transforms organic and biomorphic designs into colorful prints, sculptures, and sprawling installations comprised of bursting colors and organic forms. Her two and three-dimensional work boasts bright neon hues consisting of distinctive, intricate circular patterns suggestive of the natural world.

Wagner created an immense site-specific installation in BCA’s first-floor gallery that grows from floor to ceiling and emerges outside to meander across the exterior façade.
Crystal Wagner: Traverse is courtesy of the artist and AFA Gallery, NYC


2. Nicole Czapinski:
forever, a little ghost
The exhibition is on display until August 5.
Nicole Czapinski explores illusions within perception, the complexity of consciousness, and is inspired by the invisible and unknown. By employing the simplest of materials, she examines aspects of awareness – from the interior elusiveness of consciousness to the enormity of an expanding universe. Her work is comprised of framed shapes “drawn” with colored thread that appear suspended in space.

Czapinski is the first artist featured as part of Project Vermont – a new series dedicated to experimentation by providing a setting for contemporary Vermont artists to push their artistic practice while creating new work.


3. Enjoy live music
in City Hall Park
29 free performances presented by Burton & VSECU.
Enjoy lunchtime tunes all summer long with FREE Summer Concerts. Bring your lunch, meet up with friends or coworkers, and enjoy free music. Make plans to attend all of our free concerts this summer in City Hall Park. Admission is free and every performance starts at noonunless otherwise noted. Next week features John Dunlop and Laura Markowitz on July 11 and Moose Crossing on July 13.


4. Summer Adult Classes start July 9
Take a class in our new BCA Studios at 405 Pine Street.
Registration is now open for all of our summer adult classes. Programs include clay, printmaking, painting, jewelry, darkroom and digital. Ask us about our Studio Access Membership program!


5. Festival of Fools
Returns August 3-5
More than 100 perfomances planned.
Burlington City Arts is proud to announce the 11th annual Festival of Fools, presented by Community Bank, N.A. – a free, all ages street performance festival overtaking downtown Burlington, Vermont, August 3 through 5. Festival of Fools features the best international street performers from around the globe and transforms the downtown district into a world of foolish fun.

Four stages (also known as pitches) on Church Street Marketplace, City Hall Park, Red Square and Vermont Comedy Club will feature three full days of acrobatic feats, circus arts, quirky comedy, diverse music and other surprises. More than 100 performances will entertain an estimated 100,000 visitors and residents throughout the weekend–making it one of New England’s largest festivals and an internationally recognized festival celebrating street performance.


6. Discounted Tickets For Fools After Party With Marco Benevento & Special Guests
Club Metronome • August 3 & 4 • Signal Kitchen and Lost Nation Present
Our pals at Signal Kitchen are offering a limited number of discounted tickets to you, our BCA newsletter followers and members. In true Fool fashion, we’ll be celebrating the Festival with two nights of afterparties at Club Metronome on August 3 & 4, led by world-renowned pianist and party starter Marco Benevento. He’ll be bringing along some very special guests for collaborative and featured sets too—Grammy Award-winning all-female mariachi ensemble Flor De Toloache; gritty, old time "open-door gospel" act Spirit Family Reunion; and a bunch more. These will be two unforgettable nights, and we’d love for you to join us!

For limited discounted tickets use PROMO CODE: SKBCALUV

7. Celebrate photojournalist Matthew Thorsen
On display until July 25 at the BCA Center.
Celebrate the life and work of Burlington photojournalist Matthew Thorsen. Capturing the pulse and spirit of the Vermont community, Thorsen creates photographs that are revelatory, insightful, and often humorous. This special exhibition is presented by Seven Days and the BCA Center. Admission is free.


8. Family Art Saturday
Free and fun art activities for the whole family.
Get creative and make art together on July 21! Families are invited to drop-in to the BCA Center every third Saturday and create an original work of art using materials inspired by our exhibition artists.


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