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These events all took place in our Essex store.

Group Art Show: Paige Dunbar, Rick Evans, Eric Fitzgerald, Brittany Foster, and Donna McDermid (Essex)

Throughout the end of the winter, The Gallery at Phoenix Books will host a group art show featuring the work of Brittany Foster, fiber artist Donna McDermid, photographers Paige Dunbar and Eric Fitzgerald, and graphic artist Rick Evans. 

Paige Dunbar
Paige Dunbar is a junior at Essex High School. Due to her love of photography, she took a photo class last year. Her work has been on display at another local venue, the Dark Room Gallery in Essex Junction. Under the supervision of Ken Signorello, she framed her own pictures with uv antireflection glass. Paige’s artwork focuses on the natural world in her community and travels. She also has a line of greeting cards available.

 

Richard Evans
A graphic designer by trade, Richard Evans was born in Massachusetts and escaped as soon as he could. He specializes in Page 100 Comics - black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings based on page 100 of (almost) any book.
Visit Richard's website.
Visit Richard's blog.
View Richard's sequential art.

 

Eric Fitzgerald
Eric Fitzgerald is a fifth generation Vermonter, father of two wonderful daughters and works in marketing and advertising. He enjoys snowboarding, surfing, hiking, exercise and a good book. He has many interests, and photography is one of his cornerstones. He enjoys shooting landscapes and natural beauty. His mission is to hike all of the mountains in Vermont and photograph their allure. "Hiking has set me free from daily grind and has challenged my photography," he says.  "Exploring the backcountry of Vermont has helped me discover a good photo is something I physically challenge myself to obtain. Exploring these mountains has also made me realize how much I have missed and take for granted living here."

 

Brittany Foster
Brittany Foster is a senior at Hazen Union High School in Hardwick Vermont.  "I've been drawing and painting since I can remember," she says. Her preferred mediums include acrylic and water color paints, pencil, and pastels. Many of her pieces are inspired by wildlife and the natural world. 


Donna McDermid
Born in Canada, Donna McDermid moved to Vermont 11 years ago. It is here that she was introduced to the fascinating world of wool and felting. Always an avid crafter and artist, "It is through the manipulation of raw fibers," she says, "that I am able to 'sculpt' and 'paint' and thereby bring to life the world around me, both real and imagined." Donna is a  member of the Essex Art League.

Newt Night (Essex)

Spotted SalamanderWe invite budding scientists, concerned citizens, and naturalists-at-heart to learn about Vermont's Amphibian Monitoring Program. This is a perfect opportunity to get hands-on experience, become educated about Vermont's amphibian population, and learn how to assist in their protection/preservation.

Space is limited; please contact Rachel at rachel@phoenixbooks.biz or 872-7111 to reserve a spot. This demonstration involves delicate critters, so is best for ages 5 and older.

Adult Eastern Newt

Newt Night will be hosted by the North Branch Nature Center of Montpelier, as part of Citizen Science, a partnership between scientists and the broader community. Citizen Science allows the every-day person to participate in exciting research projects, and to experience the natural world in a new way. It allows the scientist to enlist a small or, in some cases, a large army of volunteers to help collect data that wouldn't be possible without the help of the community.

Last spring, an Amphibian Monitoring Program volunteer found a Jefferson Salamander hybrid in Essex.  It was the first of that species ever found in the town! Neato mosquito!!

Art Opening/Reception with Paige Dunbar, Rick Evans, Eric Fitzgerald, Brittany Foster, Donna McDermid, and artists of the EAL (Essex)

Come meet the artists at our reception to celebrate the opening of a new group art show. Light fare provided. Reception is open to the public. Join us for a fun evening and check out some local talent.  Featured artists will include Brittany Foster, fiber artist Donna McDermid, photographers Paige Dunbar and Eric Fitzgerald, graphic artist Rick Evans, and the artists of the Essex Art League. 

Paige Dunbar
Paige Dunbar is a junior at Essex High School. Due to her love of photography, she took a photo class last year. Her work has been on display at another local venue, the Dark Room Gallery in Essex Junction. Under the supervision of Ken Signorello, she framed her own pictures with uv antireflection glass. Paige’s artwork focuses on the natural world in her community and travels. She also has a line of greeting cards available.

 

Richard Evans
A graphic designer by trade, Richard Evans was born in Massachusetts and escaped as soon as he could. He specializes in Page 100 Comics - black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings based on page 100 of (almost) any book.
Visit Richard's website.
Visit Richard's blog.
View Richard's sequential art.

 

Eric Fitzgerald
Eric Fitzgerald is a fifth generation Vermonter, father of two wonderful daughters and works in marketing and advertising. He enjoys snowboarding, surfing, hiking, exercise and a good book. He has many interests, and photography is one of his cornerstones. He enjoys shooting landscapes and natural beauty. His mission is to hike all of the mountains in Vermont and photograph their allure. "Hiking has set me free from daily grind and has challenged my photography," he says.  "Exploring the backcountry of Vermont has helped me discover a good photo is something I physically challenge myself to obtain. Exploring these mountains has also made me realize how much I have missed and take for granted living here."

 

Brittany Foster
Brittany Foster is a senior at Hazen Union High School in Hardwick Vermont.  "I've been drawing and painting since I can remember," she says. Her preferred mediums include acrylic and water color paints, pencil, and pastels. Many of her pieces are inspired by wildlife and the natural world. 


Donna McDermid
Born in Canada, Donna McDermid moved to Vermont 11 years ago. It is here that she was introduced to the fascinating world of wool and felting. Always an avid crafter and artist, "It is through the manipulation of raw fibers," she says, "that I am able to 'sculpt' and 'paint' and thereby bring to life the world around me, both real and imagined." Donna is a  member of the Essex Art League.

 

Essex Art League
The Essex Art League's goal is to support the appreciation and creation of regional artwork. Members meet monthly to share ideas and information, create and implement programs, and participate in show venues.

EAL Spring Art Show (Essex)

Please visit to enjoy over two dozen local artists' works of art. This show is an artist's choice exhibit.

All of the artwork is original work, and a variety of mediums are represented.

The featured artists are members of the Essex Art League, whose goal is to support the appreciation and creation of regional artwork. Members meet monthly to share ideas and information, create and implement programs, and participate in show venues.

Poker Hill Arts Exhibit (Essex)

Visit Phoenix to admire the work of young artists from Poker Hill Arts!

Poker Hill Arts is an after school art program and summer day camp conceived and run by Chris Gluck in Underhill, Vermont.  Each school day, about 20 energetic, fun-loving kids, ages 5-12, come pouring off the bus at Chris's home studio for an afternoon of art or crafts.  After some outdoor time and a snack, they usually have a calming, centering activity, such as yoga.  Then comes the project of the day, which might include drawing, painting, sculpting, engineering, and/or crafting.  When finished with the day's project, the children have the opportunity to draw in their sketchbooks or choose from other creative activities with their friends.

Poker Hill Arts Exhibit Reception (Essex)

Join us to celebrate the work of young artists from Poker Hill Arts!  This event is free and open to the public, and everyone is invited.  Music will be provided by Full Circle.

Poker Hill Arts is an after school art program and summer day camp conceived and run by Chris Gluck in Underhill, Vermont. Each school day, about 20 energetic, fun-loving kids, ages 5-12, come pouring off the bus at Chris's home studio for an afternoon of art or crafts. After some outdoor time and a snack, they usually have a calming, centering activity, such as yoga. Then comes the project of the day, which might include drawing, painting, sculpting, engineering, and/or crafting. When finished with the day's project, the children have the opportunity to draw in their sketchbooks or choose from other creative activities with their friends.

Full Circle is a group of five women who play a mixture of medieval, Renaissance, Celtic, and folk music on recorders, tin whistle, harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, percussion and voices.

EAL Winter Art Show (Essex)

Please visit to enjoy over two dozen local artists' works of art. This show, an artist's choice exhibit, will run through the end of February.

All of the artwork is original work, and a variety of mediums are represented.

The featured artists are members of the Essex Art League, whose goal is to support the appreciation and creation of regional artwork. Members meet monthly to share ideas and information, create and implement programs, and participate in show venues.

Michael Hastings (Essex)

Michael HastingsMichael Hastings will visit Phoenix to speak about his new book, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan.

General Stanley McChrystal, the innovative, forward-thinking commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was living large. He was better known to some as Big Stan, M4, Stan, and his loyal staff liked to call him a "rock star." During a spring 2010 trip across Europe to garner additional allied help for the war effort, McChrystal was accompanied by journalist Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone. For days, Hastings looked on as McChrystal and his staff let off steam, partying and openly bashing the Obama administration for what they saw as a lack of leadership. When Hastings's piece appeared a few months later, it set off a political firestorm: McChrystal was ordered to Washington, where he was fired unceremoniously.

In The Operators, Hastings picks up where his Rolling Stone coup ended. He gives us a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stakes maneuvers and often bitter bureaucratic infighting. Hastings takes us on patrol missions in the Afghan hinterlands, to late-night bull sessions of senior military advisers, to hotel bars where spies and expensive hookers participate in nation-building gone awry. And as he weighs the merits and failings of old-school generals and the so-called COINdinistas-the counterintelligence experts-Hastings draws back the curtain on a hellish complexity and, he fears, an unwinnable war.

Michael Hastings is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. He regularly covers international affairs for the magazine, including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. In 2011, he received the George Polk Award in journalism for his Rolling Stone story “The Runaway General.” His work has appeared in Newsweek, GQ, Men’s Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, Salon, Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, and a number of other publications. In 2010, Hastings was named one of The Huffington Post’s Game Changers of the year. His GQ story “Obama’s War” was selected for Best American Political Writing 2009. The author also of I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story, Hastings lives in Vermont.

I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781416560982
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Published: Scribner Book Company - February 16th, 2010

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