“Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure”

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – RAMParts Presents, in partnership with Exhibition on Screen, brings “Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure” to the Bellows Falls Opera House on Thursday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m. The 90-minute feature was filmed in London, New York, Washington D.C., Amsterdam, the Hague and Delft, and guides the viewer through Vermeer’s life story.

The National Gallery of London offers a fresh look at arguably one of the greatest artists of all time, painter of the famous “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” In their exhibition entitled “Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure,” music is featured as one of the most popular themes of Dutch painting. This subject reveals an enormous amount about Vermeer, who died in 1675 at age 43.

A moderately successful Dutch painter known for his domestic interior scenes of middle-class life, which he painted in two rooms from his small home in Delft, Netherlands. Vermeer worked deliberately with attention to every detail. He frequently used very expensive pigments, which he could ill afford. Vermeer’s status as a painter was rediscovered in the 19th century when he was noted as a master painter of the Dutch Golden Age alongside Rembrandt.

Robert McBride, Director of RAMP, is expanding arts programming locally, in the broadest sense, by making it accessible in cost and availability. “Not everyone is able to afford travel to a city to see art exhibitions or Broadway shows. A trip can easily cost over $100/person in travel and ticket expense and becomes a barrier to the art experience. By creating the RAMParts ticketing platform and partnering with the Opera House, we are removing this barrier and can create unique, spectacular box-office offerings right here in Bellows Falls. Arts events are a proven economic driver for any community. Merchants benefit from increased traffic to events held at the Opera House.”

Broadway shows will also be scheduled in the coming months at the Opera House. According to McBride, “We’ll be working closely with the Opera House to create an online streaming experience so that current Broadway shows are available, much like Metropolitan Opera HD Live performances.”

Tickets for Vermeer and Music can be purchased online through the RAMParts ticketing platform, www.rampartstickets.com or at the door. Seating is general admission. Contact Susan MacNeil at 603-313-0052 or email susan@svidol.com for more information.


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