First Friday Events in Granville, NY
It’s rare to see brother and sister artists team up for a show, but that’s exactly what’s in store for April First Friday at the Pember Library and Museum on Friday, April 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. Spread apart by age, independence and distance, artists Dennis and Mary Beth Morrisseau were suddenly pulled together again upon the unexpected death of two of their brothers this year.
Dennis studied sculpture under noted Vermont sculptor Paul Aschenbach and is currently working with slate and found objects. Dennis and his late wife Laura designed Leunig’s Old World Café in Burlington and ran it together for 20 years. He says he’s pulling out all the stops for his First Friday show, titled ‘Dangerous Work: Stones, Steampunk and Flying Machines.’
Mary Beth creates monotypes to acrylics on canvas and sculpture, offering depth, dimension and movement enhanced by striking colors. Her work has been on display at several galleries in the Burlington area, at the Davis Gallery in Wellfleet, Mass., and in several multi-artist shows.
Musician Cole Kitz of West Hebron, N.Y., will round out the free event on piano to ransack the songbooks of such artists as Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Cat Stevens and John Prine, playing some originals with their influence along the way. Food and refreshments will be available. The Pember is located at 33 West Main Street in Granville, N.Y. Call 518-642-1515 or visit thepember.com for more information.
The Slate Valley Museum will celebrate spring during its events on First Friday. Van Riper Nursery of Granville, N.Y., has graciously donated 90 marigold plants for those who come to SVM from 7 to 9 p.m. on April 1. The evening will also feature Misty Blue Mountain Farm from East Ryegate, which will introduce its innovative new soap made of red clay gathered locally from New York State’s Slate Valley. A variety of the Farm’s soaps will be available for purchase. Slate Valley Museum is located at 17 Water Street in Granville, N.Y. For details, call 518-642-1417.