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These events all took place in our Essex store.

Introducing The Gallery at Phoenix Books

Essex, Vermont—September 9, 2011 Phoenix Books and Cafe added a new color to its palette with the launch of The Gallery at Phoenix Books. Owner Mike DeSanto says, "The addition of works from artists across Vermont positions us as an art gallery. Works by Vermont painters, photographers, and craftspeople are for sale." The Gallery at Phoenix has joined the Vermont Crafts Council, and will focus is gallery on Vermont artists and artisans. Phoenix is participating in the inaugural Foliage Open Studio Weekend on October 1st and 2nd, sponsored by the council.

Foliage Open Studio Weekend marks the grand opening of the gallery, but only the first step in what DeSanto hopes will be a successful series of art shows: "Over the next year we'll host about six art shows, each with an opening reception and exhibition."

The Gallery builds on Phoenix Books' long-standing relationship with the Essex Art League (EAL) - whose works they've exhibited since the store opened in 2007. "Phoenix Books gave the artists of the EAL an outstanding opportunity,” says Michelle Jackson of the EAL. “We’ve made many sales - and customers have brought home original pieces of artwork to enjoy. Mike is extremely supportive, and it’s wonderful to have a local place to share our art."

Phoenix Books features pottery by Vermont artisans Judith Bryant, Warren Dixon and Lynn Flory. "I've always been very interested in art, and I already own pieces by Judith and Lynn, and a painting by Essex artist Lucia Chu," says DeSanto. "The level of talent and skill is simply amazing in our own community. Vermont artists rival any in New York or Boston."

The Gallery at Phoenix Books is actively considering artists and artisans. Anyone desiring to supply works on a consignment basis should call Mike DeSanto or Colleen Shipman at 872-7111. "I'm interested in seeing some three-dimensional works as well," says DeSanto. The gallery comes highly recommended: “I’m honored to be a part of this independent bookstore,” says Warren Dixon. “They creatively display my work and are extremely helpful with the logistics of selling my pottery."

DeSanto believes the commitment to sell functional and fine art puts Phoenix in a unique position among bookstores: “This is a lot more than hanging paintings by local artists on a wall, as you see in a restaurant. This is about making a commitment to artists to expand their reach into a new community. Phoenix Books stands behind this effort by featuring these local artists in our newsletter, within the store and as part of our overall marketing effort.

"You can see, taste, touch and hold everything we sell here - unlike the virtual stuff online. Having a bookstore, with a cafe offering beer and wine and displaying beautiful works of art...it stimulates all of our senses. I proudly say we're for mindful, thoughtful people - without being elitist or snooty! After all, you need to make a thoughtful choice just to visit our bookstore. I want to invite all art lovers to walk through those doors and see for yourselves how these works enhance and energize the physical space. It is quite transforming."

For more information, please contact:
Michael DeSanto
Phoenix Books
802.872.7111 (p)
802.872.7112 (f)
michael@phoenixbooks.biz
www.phoenixbooks.biz

About Phoenix Books and Café: Phoenix Books was established in 2007 on the principles of social responsibility, community, and sustainability. Phoenix Books is a locally-owned, independent bookstore, gallery, and café, and a proud member of Local First Vermont and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Whenever possible, Phoenix Books sources eco-friendly products from Fair Trade/Green Certified companies. ###

Open Mic Night (Essex)

Check out the local talent at your local, independent bookstore!  Want to be the local talent?  Phoenix is currently seeking currently seeking poets, musicians, singers, storytellers, and comics for this date.  Call 872-7111 to sign up.

Phoenix Writing Group (Essex)

Join us for the next meeting of the Phoenix Writing Group! This group is intended to support efforts by writers in all genres and all levels of expertise, from beginner to published. Participants were invited to bring a sample of their original work for reading and discussion, as well as a favorite piece to read and share with the group. Nothing is required, though, and the event is free and open to the public.

CD Release Party with Rachel Hamilton (Essex)

Please join Rachel Hamilton in a celebration of her new CD Better Days Here and Now. This is a CD of her original songs inspired by her experiences and the people and places in her life. So come on by for a relaxing evening listening to some great music and stories. Rachel Hamilton is a native Vermonter who's been singing and writing music for over 30 years. "I come from a large family," she says, "and have found a lot of inspiration to write and tell stories about from all the years in a small space with many people. I love the way music brings people from many different backgrounds together. Nothing tells me all things are possible like music does - it's simply magical."

Phoenix Writing Group (Essex)

Calling all writers of all genres and of all levels of expertise, from beginner to published! Participants are invited to bring a sample of their original work for reading and discussion, as well as a favorite piece to read and share with the group. Nothing is required, though, and the event is free and open to the public.  See you there!

Phoenix Writing Group (Essex)

Calling all writers of all genres and of all levels of expertise, from beginner to published! Participants are invited to bring a sample of their original work for reading and discussion, as well as a favorite piece to read and share with the group. Nothing is required, though, and the event is free and open to the public.  See you there!

Cooking Close to Home with Diane Imrie (Essex)

Diane Imrie will provide a delicious demonstration and scrumptious samples from her book, Cooking Close to Home.Cooking Close to Home has recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts organized by the seasons. The recipes use ingredients that are available in Vermont and throughout the Northeast, as well as ingredients that you have preserved for the winter season. In addition to the delicious recipes in this book you will find useful “Harvest Hints” throughout, which include a variety of tips from what the ingredients are, where and how to purchase them, what to look for when choosing foods at the farmer’s market and how best to store produce for the winter season.Diane Imrie is a Registered Dietitian and graduate of McGill University in Montreal. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Vermont. She has been speaking nationally on the topic of sustainable food for the past several years. Imrie and her coauthor Richard Jarmusz have been involved in local food for many years, and have implemented a nationally-recognized local and sustainable food program at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Richard is a back yard gardener and Diane is known for her community garden work.

Cooking Close to Home: A Year of Seasonal Recipes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603583343
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - February 11th, 2011

Dan Close (Essex)

Dan Close will read from A Year on the Bus, a fun, funny and provocative collection of thoughts and stories reflecting the lives of contemporary school students from kindergarten to 12th grade who live in the rolling hill country of northern Vermont.The stories also reflect the life of their bus driver and the times in which we live. They are in turn humorous, serious, poignant, and wacko – just like life itself. This book is not intended as an expose of any sort. It does reveal, however, a lot of information about life that most people might take for granted, such as the training of school bus drivers; the resilience of school kids; and the impact of far-off events on all of us.Dan Close moved to the hills of Underhill, Vermont in 1982. He has also lived in Brooklyn; Long Island; Manhattan; St. Croix, Virgin Islands; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Bekoji, Ethiopia. His interests include, among other things, breathtaking mountains and lakes, traditional cultures, contemporary world politics, and the origins and futures of the universe.

A Year on the Bus Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780970662026
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tamarac Press - October 27th, 2010

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