Deadline for submissions to Borders: Illusions that constrain us

Borders: illusions that constrain us [a call to artists]

Today’s the day! Submit artworks in any media, by new or returning artists, of any age, to our Borders: illusions that constrain us 2020 art show.

Visual, written, and multi-media works may be considered. Submit up to 3 pieces by sending no more than three (3) .jpgs showing them to Please put “Submission for Borders art show” in the email subject. Please include contact information and a description of work (media, artwork size, when made, etc.).

Entries are due by Monday, March 16, 2020.

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See it. Sketch it. Bird It.

nature journaling and sketching materials

Learn techniques for observing, describing, sketching, and identifying birds that will immediately help you become a better birder. We use life-like woodcarvings. No prior drawing ability required.

Limited to 12

Contact Library (878-4918) for registration information.

Carving shown is a Red-breasted Nuthatch, carved by Bob Spear.
Books pictured include Sibley’s Field Guide to Birds, Law’s Guide to Drawing Birds, and Johnson’s First Steps: Sketching and Drawing.


Call to Artists: Borders

Borders: illusions that constrain us [a call to artists]


illusions that constrain us

A Call to Artists from the Birds of Vermont Museum

What borders do birds encounter? Our maps do not typically reflect the territories they perceive, the ranges they travel, or the barriers they comes across. How do birds’ boundaries connect to human borders? To those of other species? Edges of things—physically, spatially, temporally— raise questions, not least of which is “Is it really there?”

We ponder this, wondering, how do and will these encounters and connections alter us, birds, and the borders themselves?

We seek works that share visions of birds, borders, and boundaries, now and into the future, for our 2020 art exhibit, Borders.

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Deer Ornaments: One-Day Carving Class with Dave Tuttle (FULL)

deer (fawn) ornament by D. Tuttle: carved from wood and painted

Carve and paint pair of wee deer ornaments during this one-day carving class! Wood blank, paint, snacks, and coffee provided.

All levels welcome. Bring your own tools and gloves if you have them; if you don’t, let us know. Dave often brings some knives, gloves, etc. to sell. Please bring your lunch.

Great for adults and teens. Younger kids need parental permission; this is also great for Scout badges!

Class is FULL — email us if you’d like to hear about future carving classes.

See it. Sketch it. Bird It.

Person seated in camp chair own a lawn near blooing flowers, drawing or writing on large pad pof paper.

Enjoy an interactive program using bird carvings and other items to teach techniques for observing and identifying birds.

Especially recommended for those who want to become better birders or who are interested in art.

Register by contacting the Russell Memorial Library in Monkton: call (802) 453-4471 or email

Grow Where You’re Planted (for NEMA Conference attendees)

Hummingbird and eggs carved by Bob Spear, and real nest.

Grow Where You’re Planted: engaging art and science in conservation

Just for NEMA conference-goers!

Visit the Birds of Vermont Museum for

  • A slightly-guided exploration of the Museum and its nearest grounds
  • A See it, Sketch It program, blending art with scientific observations
  • A conversation about how art and science approaches connect both individual perspectives and common needs

The Birds of Vermont Museum integrates elements of one man’s vision into a whole that highlights art, science, and conservation. Join us this afternoon to discover what we offer, build your own art-science practice, and discuss how these approaches together grow a conservation ethic.


Science, Art, and Comics with Rosemary Mosco

Event: Science, Art, and Comics with Rosemary Mosco

Join cartoonist and science communicator Rosemary Mosco for a one-hour workshop at the Birds of Vermont Museum. Combine science, art and humor to create a comic of your own. She’ll tell us how!

Rosemary will stay a little while after the program to sign books and talk to the participants.
Follow her work on twitter @RosemaryMosco or at

$40 ($35 for Museum members)
Pre-registration required –email or call us at 802-434-2167

You can also sign up at EventBrite  ( )

or on Facebook ( )

Perfect for adults and older kids

Excerpt from “Redtail Blues” copyright Rosemary Mosco and used by permission.

Nature Printing with Coleen O’Connell

Nature Printing by COleen O'Connell

What can you print from a fern, a leaf, a fish? Explore shapes and silhouettes of the natural world with printmaker Coleen O’Connell, and learn techniques of natural printing art.

$50 (Museum member price: $40)
Pre-registration required

Register soon! Only 8 spaces left!
Best for adults

More about Coleen:

Coleen O’Connell

Pollinate This! 2019 community art show

Thumbnails of art accepted for Pollinate This show

Pollinate This! is our art show asking and sometimes answering “How can art explore, examine, and express pollination—metaphorically and otherwise?”

Thirty-four artists and photographers had their work selected for this year’s show. Creators range in age from child to senior, with experience from just starting to established professional. The works are displayed in thematically-linked groupings, and visitors are invited to explore at their own pace, to be inspired, to engage with the images, and to browse through the book of artists’ statements.

Show is open from May 1 to October 31, 2019 • Included with Museum admission

About the theme “Pollinate This!”

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