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Book Discussion:

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez

Tuesday, October 4 & 11, 2022, 7 pm

Julia Alvarez’s voice vibrates with cultural duality. Her latest novel, Afterlife, braids the loss of a spouse, an undocumented worker’s personal drama, the fate of New England dairy farmers depending on their shadow-immigrants, and small town Vermont life into a tale of our times. Alvarez, American born, who returned to the Dominican Republic with her family for the first ten years of her life and then fled back to America with them in 1960, keeps her heritage alive in all her books. From Saving the World, the tale of a 19th-century Spanish expedition sent to vaccinate Spain’s American colonies against smallpox woven with a contemporary tale to In the Time of the Butterflies, the heart-wrenching account of the Mirabal sisters assassinated in 1960 under Trujillo’s brutal regime and now, Afterlife, she pulls us into the arc of deep history, politics, and cultural identity that has shaped her own life experience. Participants are encouraged to read the novel first and come to share ideas as we celebrate her contribution to American literature.


"Whats Mine and Yours" written beside image of a woman

One Maryland, One Book Discussion: What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster

Saturday, October 22, 2022, 2 pm

Each year, Montpelier Arts Center partners with Maryland humanities to host a One Maryland, One Book discussion. What’s Mine and Yours is this year’s stimulating read by Naima Coster. This is a multigenerational saga about two North Carolina families. They collide in ways that neither is prepared for when Black students from the east side of the county are integrated into the predominantly white schools on the west side. Readers will follow these families over decades as they break apart and come back together. Read the book and join us for a lively and engaging discussion!


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Dreamer’s House and Anomalies in Time: Photographs by Regina DeLuise and Jay Gould

Tintype Demonstration

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 2-4 pm

Come and explore the past time processes of tintype and collodion used to bring forth the splendid photographs of their exhibition Dreamer's House and Anomalies in Time with this lecture demo.


Montpelier Arts Center building

Open House

Saturday, November 12, 2022, 1-3 pm

Celebrate the arts! Meet our resident artists and see how they make their art through demonstrations and artist talks. Explore our three galleries and partake in art activities. Join the fun and see what we are all about!