AMP Nights! 2019
March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
One event on April 5, 2019 at 6:00pm
One event on May 2, 2019 at 6:00pm
River Arts and Sundog Poetry Center are excited to bring back the 3rd annual AMP night series to Lamoille County this spring. During each of these dynamic evenings (Thursday March 7, Friday, April 5, and Thursday, May 2), an Artist, Musician and Poet will share their work through a short series of back to back presentations and performances. Informal discussion with audience and artist afterward. Snacks and drinks available. Suggested donation of $10 per person at the door. Doors open at 5:30pm.
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6-8pm at River Arts
Artist – Matt Neckers, Visual Artist
Musician – Vermont Fiddle Orchestra
Poet – Jeffersonville poet, LN
Friday, April 5, 6-8pm at River Arts
Artist – Clare Dolan, Museum of Everyday Life
Musician – Lou Weller & Guest, Musical saw
Poets – Sundog Poetry Center, Neil Shepherd, Tamra Higgin, Mary Jane Dickerson & Pamela Harrison
Thursday, May 2, 6-8pm, at The Farm Store, Jeffersonville
Artist – Karen Henderson, Fiber Artist
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6-8pm
- Artist – Matt Neckers is a visual artist and teaching artist who works in a variety of media including sculpture, photography, painting and installation. Matt is the founder and creator of the The Vermont International Museum of Contemporary Art + Design, a mobile miniature museum, which toured multiple locations in Vermont including the River Arts, the Kent Museum, the Museum of Everyday Life, Burlington City Arts, and the Fairbanks Museum. He currently has several pieces in the Fleming Museum’s Small Worlds show, which opens in February. Take Magazine named him a “2017 Artist to Watch”. Matt’s work has also been featured by Hyperallergic, Art New England, Vermont Public Radio, the Whitefish Review, Seven Days, and Vermont Art Guide, and his work has been shown in numerous venues including the Shelburne Museum and the Vermont Studio Center. He has received numerous awards and honors including a 2016 Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Learning in Art and Culture Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. For his teaching, Matt was named Vermont’s 2016 Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. He was also given a Distinguished Arts Education Leader Award by The Vermont Alliance for Arts Education (Affiliated with the Kennedy Center Alliance for Art Education). Matt lives in Eden with his family. See Matt’s work here.
- Musicians – Founded in 2003 by Sarah Hotchkiss, The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra, plays traditional, new fiddle and dance tunes from Europe, British Isles, Quebec, Appalachia and beyond. Its members span generations and all levels of players under the guidance of Music Director, David Kaynor.
- Poet – LN is a Spoken Word Poet. She states, ” Every aspect of Spoken Word is joyful. Writing is the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time and in the right state of being to witness the words giving themselves over or giving oneself over to them.” The speaking is the terrifying thrill which electrifies her spine, churns her belly and tightens her tongue at the thought of baring herself before strangers and friends. For LN, the ultimate joy of Spoken Word Poetry “Hangs in the air between the speaking and the listening, before the silence in a moment where connection blooms and if the stars align, recognition shared.” ____________________________________________________________________________Friday, April 5, 2019, 6-8pm at River Arts
- Artist – Clare Dolan is a painter, director, and performer of cantastoria, toy theater, outdoor puppet pageantry, and stilt dancing – while simultaneously living a secret double life as a nurse in a small Vermont town. She’s a veteran of the Bread and Puppet Theater, co-curator of Banners and Cranks (an annual festival of cantastoria performance and Founder/Chief Operating Philosopher of The Museum of Everyday Life, an eight-year-old museum experiment in Glover, Vermont, whose goal is to explore, analyze and celebrate everyday life objects http://www.museumofeverydaylife.org/
- Musician Lou Weller is a self-taught musician who shares, ” I play a little guitar, banjo, keyboards, drums and percussion. Sounds of all types make me happy. Musical saw fascinated me since my teen years, and I was lucky enough to meet an old folk musician who guided my quest to master its ghostly sounds.” Lou was in an eclectic garage band for most of the 1990’s, and they “graciously allowed me to indulge my love of weird sounds.” He currently teaches social studies, English, Career Development and Math in the Pre-Technology department at GMTCC. He also has many years’ experience in various construction trades.
- Poets Neil Shepherd, Tamra Higgins and Mary Jane Dickerson, of Sundog Poetry Center Neil Shepard founded and directed the Writing Program at the Vermont Studio Center; he also founded the literary magazine Green Mountains Review and was the Senior Editor for a quarter-century. He currently splits his time between Vermont and New York City, where he teaches poetry workshops at Poets House.
Published materials include How It Is: Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2018). Hominid Up (Salmon Poetry, 2015), and a full collection of poems and photographs, Vermont Exit Ramps II, (Green Writers Press, VT, 2015). His poems appear in Harvard Review, Paris Review, Southern Review, and Sewanee Review, as well as online at Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Poem-A-Day (Academy of American Poets).Mary Jane Dickerson of Jericho, Vermont, taught writing and literature at the University of Vermont from 1966 until retirement in 2001. Having had several poems published through the years and encouraged by the late poets and mentors Hayden Carruth and T. Alan Broughton, she has since published two volumes of poems, Tapping the Center of Things (2013) and Water Journeys in Art and Poetry (2014) with artist Dianne Shullenberger. Also, she conducts an annual April poetry workshop at the Jericho Town Library. With founder Tamra Higgins, she works to take Sundog Center’s mission for poetry programs statewide.
Tamra J. Higgins, MFA, M.Ed. After teaching in the Vermont public schools for 19 years, Tamra founded Sundog Poetry Center, Inc., a nonprofit 501c3 organization that promotes poets and poetry throughout Vermont. Higgins served as President of the Poetry Society of Vermont for three years, from
2012 through 2015. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Passagers, Modern Haiku, Avocet, The Aurorean, The Mountain Troubadour, Vermont Magazine, and other publications. She is the
author of Nothing Saved Us: Poems of the Korean War (2014), the chapbook Tenderbellied (2015) and co-editor of Tasteful Traditions: A Collection of Cambridge History, Memories, and Family Recipes. Her latest editing endeavor is with co-editor Neil Shepard for the forthcoming Vermont Poets and Their Craft anthology, to be published this spring by Green Writers Press.
Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6-8pm at The Farm Store, Jeffersonville
- Artist While Karen Henderson calls the stunning green mountains of Vermont her home, early years were spent in the suburbs of bucolic Bucks County, PA. Art school took her from the big apple/Brooklyn, NY to pre-hipster era Portland, ME, then back to the Philly area to attend Moore College of Art & Design, learning all things textile from three of the world’s most amazing artist professors. She went from designing wallpaper to running a fiber program at Peters Valley Craft School. The top of the Delaware River wasn’t far enough North though–she and her partner Jim packed everything and landed in the smallest U.S. state capitol, Montpelier. Karen’s fiber/mixed media art has been shown nationally, collected frequently, and featured in artist interviews in actual paper things called books & magazines, or virtually online. Sometime, while catching up on Netflix, check out the award-winning films “Black Swan” or “Louder Than Bombs” ; you’ll catch glimpses of Karen’s art in the set design behind Natalie Portman or Jessie Eisenberg.
- Musicians Pojazz has performed in scores of venues, fusing the spoken word with the rhythms of jazz throughout Vermont’s North Country. It features vocalist, Tiffany Pfeiffer, Mike Martello, guitarist, Will Patton, bassist and AMP Night’s guest poet, Tony Whedon.
- Poet, Tony Whedon, is an essayist, jazz musician has authored six books of poetry and nonfiction books. He performs with his band, Pojazz.