October Readings 2014

Two special reading dates focused on local writers.
Readings begin at 5:30. Refreshments served.

Sunday Oct 12
Gary Margolis
Richard Hawley
Sue Ellen Thompson

Sunday, Oct 26
RC Williams
Danny Dover


Artist News: Hugh Townley at the Fleming Museum of Art

A gift from the Hugh Townley Estate: Sun As A Crow's Black Wing is unveiled at the Fleming Museum of Art, Burlington, Vermont

We are delighted to announce that the spectacular wood relief Sun As The Crow's Black Wing from 1976, is now permanently installed in the Fleming Museum of Art's Marble Court.


Bread and Puppet at Bigtown Gallery

In conjunction with our Peter Schumann exhibition

August 29, 2014

Bread and Puppet presents The Nothing is Not Ready Circus at BigTown Gallery

Friday, August 29, 2014 at 3pm

$8 admission, children under 5 are free
RSVP. Limited Seating. First come, best seat.
Contact the gallery to reserve your tickets.


2014 Summer Reading Series

June 7 - August 24

April 1, 2014

BigTown Projects' annual literary arts series takes place on Sunday evenings in the main gallery. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow

Sunday, August 24Joan Landis & Tracy Winn
This reading will begin at 5:30pm and be followed by a end-of-summer garden party. Please bring your own beverage and pizza toppings to contribute to the festivities.


Holiday Stories for the Whole Family

December 21, 2013

Selma Lagerlorf's At Peace with the Lord
read by Laurence Matson

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
read by Ethan Bowen

Refreshments will be served between readings

Laurence Matson was born in Illinois, with exposure to other cultures at a very young age. He holds dual Swiss-American citizenship, and has lived in Switzerland most of his life. In 2008, he returned to the United States to live in Hartland, Vermont. The story by Selma Lagerlof is one of three that he reads every Advent in Switzerland.

Ethan Bowen is a theater artist and 20 year resident of Vermont. He loves reading aloud and was a founding member of the piano/vocal duo Piano Stories.

George Alfred Williams, cover image for Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, copyright 1905, The Baker & Taylor Company


Folk Art Immersion: Lecture, Stories, Conversations

September 21, 2013

Join us for an afternoon of folk art immersion and education!

"Sandpaper Paintings: A Neglected Branch of 19th Century American Folk Art," a lecture with Randy Holton- 3:30pm
"Why Are We Drawn To Folk Art?" a panel discussion - 5:00pm


Save the Date: Bread and Puppet at BigTown Gallery Returns

August 31, 2013

Bread and Puppet presents The Total This & That Circus at BigTown Gallery

Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 2 pm
Arrive a bit early to get the best seats!

Admission is $8
Contact the gallery to reserve your tickets


Folk Vision: Folk Art from New England and Beyond

Opening Reception

August 18, 2013

please join us for a special opening reception
in conjunction with
BigTown Conversations


2013 Summer Reading Series

August 3 - August 31

August 3, 2013

BigTown Projects' annual literary arts series takes place on Saturday evenings at 5:30 pm in the main gallery. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow.

Saturday, August 3, 2013Kellam Ayres & Vijay Seshadri
Saturday, August 10, 2013Woon Ping Chin & John Elder
Saturday, August 24, 2013Cristen Brooks & David Huddle
Saturday, August 31, 2013Ann Aspell & Major Jackson


Off the Wall: Marcus Ratliff

July 1, 2013

a special monthly online feature of one of our gallery artists


BigTown Conversations: The Legacy of Marcel Duchamp

with Special Guest Michael Taylor

May 18, 2013

BigTown Projects presents a BigTown Conversation with Michael Taylor, Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College

Saturday, May 18th 4pm

This gallery talk will explore the work and ideas of Marcel Duchamp and their impact on modern and contemporary art. Duchamp's Green Box and Rotoreliefs, from the collection of Hugh Townley, will provide the point of departure for a free-wheeling discussion about art, friendship, influence, and kinship.


Mark Goodwin Exhibition at VT Art Council's Spotlight Gallery

May 3, 2013

Mark Goodwin's work is an investigation of drawing that hovers between painting and sculpture. Through a series of folds, scores, and mark making, he creates enigmatic work.

On display May 3 - June 28, 2013
at Vermont Arts Council's Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier


BigNews for BigTown

Introducing our new non-profit: BigTown Projects

April 10, 2013

I am delighted to announce the formation of our new non-profit: BigTown Projects, Inc. and send a special thank you to The Gordon and Harriet Greenfield Family Foundation for their generous donation that has energized our efforts and our potential to expand the cultural arts programming here at 99 North Main Street. Thank you!

2013 marks the tenth year anniversary of BigTown Gallery. With the addition of Bigtown Projects we will now be able to align our programming with neighboring non-profit cultural arts organizations. My hope is to expand into partnerships that provide opportunities bringing vitality, inspiration and prosperity through the arts to our rural communities. I am very grateful to our board of advisors: Bill Barrette, Ed Koren, Doon Hinderyckx and Kathryn Schenkman for their work in shepherding this expansive new direction.

My hope is that you will continue to participate in all of BigTown’s offerings.

Come see us soon!


Save the Date: Bread and Puppet at BigTown Gallery

September 1, 2012

Bread and Puppet presents The Circus of the Possibilitarians at BigTown Gallery

Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 2 pm
Arrive a bit early to get the best seats!

Admission is $8
Contact the gallery to reserve your tickets


Green Mountain Bikes 25th Anniversary Celebration

August 24 - 26, 2012

August 24, 2012

Celebrating 25 Years of Bicycle Culture

August 24th 4pm
VIP Hand-built bicycle series launch for Zak Hinderyckx
Meet the Artist + talk + demo + order

August 25th 4pm
Bike Shop Celebration Party – pizza+ drinks + music
In the gallery: Opening reception for the BigBike Show
Great art, affordable prices

August 26th 8:30am
Join us for our Sunday Morning Ride
Mountain & Road – both groups meet at the bike shop
Mountain ride: Contest Trail, 12 miles.
Road ride: Bethel Mountain/RT100, 30 miles.
Shuttle support appreciated

11:00 – 1:00pm
Breakfast at the bike shop

In the gallery: Reading by Gregory Maguire –
Author of the best-selling book & Broadway production
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West


Artist News: Hugh Townley

Whitney Museum of American Art Signs and Symbols June 28-October 28, 2012

July 27, 2012

Golem, 1956, maple, ebony, walnut and amaranth freestanding sculpture is currently on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art

"Signs & Symbols is the third in a multi-year series of exhibitions aimed at reassessing the Museum’s collection in anticipation of its move to its new building downtown. Unfolding in chronological order over a two year period, these exhibitions will explore overlooked developments in American art and reconsider iconic figures and masterworks within new frameworks and contexts."
courtesy of the Whitney Museum

Contact us for further inquiries about this and other news regarding the estate of Hugh Townley work of Hugh Townley

The catalog: Hugh Townley A Wizard with Wood is available upon request for $20.
Please contact the gallery.

2012 Summer Reading Series

July 15 - September 2, 2012

July 15, 2012

BigTown Gallery's annual literary arts series takes place on Sunday evenings during the summer months. This year's readings will take place in the Main Gallery 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, July 15, 2012 Tracy K. Smith
Sunday, July 22, 2012 Castle Freeman, Jr.
Sunday, July 29, 2012 Cynthia Huntington, Michael Collier
Sunday, August 5, 2012 Gary Margolis, Martha Rhodes
Sunday, August 12, 2012 Elaine Terranova
Sunday, August 19, 2012 Patrick Donnelly, Margaree Little
Sunday, August 26, 2012 Gregory Maguire
Thursday, August 30, 2012: Dedicated to Toni King Joan Landis, Tracy Winn, Rebecca Godwin, RC Williams

View More for reader biographies.


2011 BigTown BigTent Festival

A Summer Festival of Poetry, Music, and Performing Arts, July 16 - July 31, 2011

July 16, 2011

Starlight Performance

Saturday, July 16 – Bridgman/Packer Dance

The following performances are under the tent:

Saturday, July 23 – Lew Soloff Jazz Ensemble

Sunday, July 24 – TA KA DI MI project featuring Glen Velez & Lori Cotler

Sunday, July 24 – TA KA DI MI Project Drum and Voice Workshop with Glen Velez & Lori Cotler

Thursday, July 28 – They Might Be Gypsies

Saturday, July 30 – Joe Locke Jazz Quartet - Sticks and Strings

Sunday, July 31 – Magicians Without Borders

Sunday, July 31 – Ellen Bryant Voigt, Literary Reading

View More for performer descriptions and event details.

2011 Summer Reading Series

July 10 - August 21, 2011

July 10, 2011

BigTown Gallery's annual literary arts series takes place on Sunday evenings during the summer months. This year's readings will take place in the Main Gallery 5:30 - 6:30 pm.

No fee except for BigTown BigTent readings