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11 am–6 pm
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Saturday, Dec 14, 2013
Saturday, Jan 25, 2014
General Admission - Puppet Show + Workshop:
Family Members and above - Puppet Show + Workshop: $10
General Admission - Puppet Show: $10
Individual/Artist/Student/Senior Members - Puppet Show + Workshop: $10
Partner Members - Puppet Show + Workshop: $10
Family Members and above - Puppet Show: $5
Individual/Artist/Student/Senior Members - Puppet Show: $5
Partner Members - Puppet Show: $5
The Snowflake Man is a puppet show and workshop with award-winning puppeteer Sarah Frechette. The Snowflake Man combines art, science, and some little known American history in its main character: Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, a farmer and self-educated scientist who became the first person to capture a single snowflake on film. Bentley’s story is set inside SMMoA’s exhibition, Yutaka Sone and Benjamin Weissman: What Every Snowflake Knows in Its Heart, and brought to life with intricate Czech-style marionettes and pop-up paper scenery.
Sarah Frechette is an artist and graduate of the University of Connecticut’s Puppet Arts program. She is touring The Snowflake Man, a UNIMA-USA award-winning production, with support from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Frechette inherited an interest in Wilson Bentley: “When my grandfather was a young boy he purchased three snowflake photos from Snowflake Bentley. His pride in his photos inspired my idea for this show and at the heart of it is a love letter from me to my late grandfather. Behind all of the shows I create is the memory of my Vermont heritage, my grandparents, and relatives who work with their hands and with their hearts.” Through a post-performance workshop, Frechette will guide aspiring puppeteers of all ages as they bring their own stories to life.
Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014
Contemporary artist and avid skier Ephraim Puusemp leads a discussion about Whymper’s mountaineering classic, originally published in 1871. In Scrambles Amongst the Alps a young Englishman realizes his dreams of arctic exploration and eventually makes history after a series of failed and disastrous attempts to summit the Matterhorn. Accompanied by Whymper’s stunning engravings, this text stands the test of time and continues to resonate with contemporary climbers and non-climbers alike.
About the author:
Edward Whymper, born in London in 1840, was a wood-engraver by trade. In 1860, he began making extensive trips into the central and western Alps to produce a series of commissioned alpine scenery drawings.
About Ephraim Puusemp:
Ephraim Puusemp is a visual artist based in Los Angeles. He received an MFA from UCLA. His work has been exhibited at High Desert Test Sites, LACE, and Carl Berg Gallery in Los Angeles. He grew up skiing the Wasatch mountains of Utah but now calls Mammoth his home mountain. Puusemp and Benjamin Weissman have been skiing and seeking epic snow together for the last 15 years.