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44 Gypsy Ln
Bennington, Vermont, 05201
United States


The Bennington Center for the Arts boasts seven large galleries which are home to temporary exhibitions by many of the finest representational artists from around the country, as well as an extensive collection of wildlife art, paintings by Eric Sloane and detailed wooden bird carvings by Floyd Scholz. In addition, The Bennington Center for the Arts houses a covered bridge museum, a collection of Native American artifacts and art works, studio space, and a lovely 320 seat theater equipped with a world class Fazioli piano.

Upcoming Classes


Moms, Pops, and Creative Tots: Thursday, October 26

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This is an excellent opportunity for little ones and their caregivers to get connected through art making, creative movement, and storytelling.  Explore a variety of art materials and delve into expressive artwork while working together with your child.  Learn, laugh, create, and explore!

The art class is taught by Kristen Blaker, an artist and art educator with over fifteen years experience teaching preschool through adults the power of creativity.

WHEN: Thursday, October 26

TIME:  10:30am - 11:30am

WHERE:  The downstairs workshop studio at the Bennington Center for the Arts.  

COST:  $10 per class. All ages up to 5 are welcome. Caregiver required.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required HERE.

Questions? Contact Kristen at 970-217-6838 or

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Movement Lab: Saturday, November 11

The Movement Academy believes that the strength of connection between artist and audience rests on a thorough consideration of movements’ many elements including the physical and beyond.

Photo by Len Villano, Cory Goodrich and Peninsula Players

Photo by Len Villano, Cory Goodrich and Peninsula Players

THE MOVEMENT ACADEMY, founded by Chicago-based stage and movement director Elizabeth Margolius, is thrilled to announce its inaugural event in Vermont to be held at the Bennington Center for the Arts.

This immersive one-day movement workshop will explore movement techniques from around the world to unlock new ways of storytelling through body and space.  This workshop is appropriate for ages 16 and up.  No previous dance/movement background is required!

Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 10am-4pm

COST: $100, due upon acceptance.  Become a member and receive a 10% discount!

You may request a lunch from Your Belly's Deli for delivery for an additional $12.

If you are in need of lodging, a 20% discount is available for workshop participants at The Four Chimney's Inn.

Applications are due on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than Thursday, November 2, 2017. Once accepted, payment in full is required in order to secure your place.  

Please direct any questions to Elizabeth Margolius at

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Elizabeth Margolius

Stage Director | Movement Director

Elizabeth Margolius is a Chicago-based multiple Jeff Award nominated stage and movement director with a primary focus in developing and directing new and rarely produced musical theatre, operetta, and opera. She has worked with theatres throughout the country in various capacities including the Santa Fe Opera, Florida Studio Theatre, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, and New York’s Encompass New Opera Theatre.  Elizabeth has been a guest director and master artist at numerous colleges and universities including the University of Northern Iowa, Harper College, Converse School of Music, DePaul University, SUNY Albany, and Skidmore College.

Elizabeth’s directorial credits include: Machinal for Greenhouse Theater (Movement Director/Jeff Recommended, 2017), The Bridges of Madison County for Peninsula Players (Door County, Wisconsin), Uncle Philip’s Coat for Greenhouse Theater (Joseph Jefferson nomination for Best Solo Performance, 2017), code name: CYNTHIA for FWD Theatre Project Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook for Underscore Theatre (nominated for two Joseph Jefferson awards including Best New Musical), L’Occasione Fa Il Ladro for DePaul Opera Theatre, The Girl in the Train for Chicago Folks Operetta, Twelfth Night for DePaul Opera Theatre, Goldstar, Ohio for American Theater Company, The Merry Wives of Windsor for Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Assistant Director to Barbara Gaines), The Last Cyclist for Genesis Theatrical Productions, The Land of Smiles and The Cousin from Nowhere for Chicago Folks Operetta, Death Takes a Holiday for Circle Theatre, Opus 1861 for City Lit Theater (nominated for three Joseph Jefferson Awards, including her nomination for Best Adaptation), Violet for Bailiwick Chicago (nominated for five Joseph Jefferson Awards, including Best Musical and her nomination for Best Director of a Musical)  and Bernarda Alba and Songs for a New World for Bohemian Theatre Ensemble. 

Elizabeth is an alumna of the 2004 and 2005 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York, a 2007 recipient of a full directorial scholarship at the Wesley Balk Opera-Music Theater Institute in Minneapolis, a 2009 respondent and workshop artist for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, and a 2010 finalist for the Charles Abbott Fellowship. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of DirectorsLabChicago. Elizabeth is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

HOTTEST TICKET…Elizabeth Margolius’ appealing new staging of Jason Robert Brown’s song suite gets the most important things just right.
— Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune (Songs for a New World)
The play is riddled with dreamlike moments, brought to life here through the work of movement director Elizabeth Margolius…Margolius’s work is the pulsing, persistent backbeat that drives the production forward. She renders the script’s expressionist flourishes down into substance and strikingly evokes the panic and horror of the protagonist’s inner life.
— Alex Huntsberger, TimeOut Chicago (Machinal)
That brightly lighted display of public affection is among director Elizabeth Margolius’s many ingeniously staged moments in Fish Creek’s Peninsula Players Theatre production…
— Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (The Bridges of Madison County)
Through [Director Elizabeth Margolius’s] use of stylized movement stakes are raised, [and] the story finds pinpoint focus…
— Abigail Trabue, Performink Chicago (Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook)
It has a fascinating sculptural feel to it, and Margolius has ingeniously “choreographed” her actors to make full use of it.
— Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times (Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook)
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to Nov 19

Portrait Drawing and Painting Workshop: November 18 & 19

Portrait Drawing and Painting Workshop with Stella Ehrich


Suitable for beginners and advanced artists alike, this workshop will use live portrait models who will hold the same pose for the duration of the workshop.  Beginners will have the option to work from plaster casts.  

The basic proportions of the head will be emphasized as well as the details of each of the features.  Discussion will center on what constitutes a likeness and how to see the subject more clearly.  Instruction will include how to take comparative measurements, the use of the plumb line, and color mixing.  A downloadable materials list can be found HERE.

WHEN: Saturday, November 18 & Sunday, November 19

TIME:  9am-noon & 2pm-5pm each day.

WHERE:  The downstairs workshop studio at the Bennington Center for the Arts.  Please use the side entrance.

COST:  $350, not including materials.  BCA members will receive a 10% discount.

REGISTRATION:  Registration ends on November 1.  When the class minimum is met, all participants will be contacted for payment.  Everyone will be notified by November 2 if the class will not run. 

About Stella Ehrich

The most profound influence on Stella Ehrich’s work developed from the sixteen years that she lived and painted in Italy.  During that time she studied for seven years in Florence in the atelier of Signorina Nerina Simi, whose instruction was based on the rigorous discipline of French academic training combined with Italian Maccioli traditions.  


Stella is a figurative painter who has lived in North Bennington since 1991.  Born in New Orleans and raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi, she earned a B.F.A. in painting from the Memphis Academy of Art and an M.F.A. in painting from Bennington College.   She has taught as an adjunct professor at Williams College, the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Bennington College and the Community College of Vermont.  Stella and her husband teach a summer workshop for painters and sculptors in Tuscany.  Her paintings have been exhibited extensively in England, Italy and the United States, and are included in numerous public and private collections both here and abroad. 

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