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The 24th annual North Bennington sculpture show opened on June 24 and will run into autumn. Above, “Cernunnos” by Brian Johnson at the Old Railroad Station. Pieces are also located at Vermont Arts Exchange, Welling House, the Hiland Hall Gardens and (for the first time) at the Bennington Museum.

Living Room Theatre presents A Doll’s House Part 2 through July 24

In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking masterwork, A Doll’s House, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children to begin a life on her own. This climactic event – when Nora slams the door on everything in her life – instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. In A Doll’s House, Part 2, many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?

Performances of A Doll’s House Part 2 are scheduled for select dates through July 24 in a special event space next to the Park-McCullough House. The cast features Allen McCullough, Janis Young, Gaia Visna and Randolyn Zynn. The play is directed by Kirk Jackson. Seating is limited. For tickets and more information click here.

Farmers and Artisans Market at The Park-McCullough House

The market will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Labor Day at the Park-McCullough House.

Above, detail from Laetiprus Folds by Rhonda Ratray, on display now at The Left Bank as part of the Absolute Reality show running through August 7. More about the show here.

Notice about dogs in The Mile-Around Woods

New rules for dogs in The Mile-Around Woods went into effect on April 15. The new policies were adopted after a comment period for the public. See the current rules here, and read a summary of public comments https://northbennington.org/dog-comments here.

The kiosk above and the guide board below were created by sculptor Joe Chirchirillo as permanent fixtures in North Bennington. Matthew Perry, director of the Vermont Arts Exchange, says that the installations “have raised the bar for public art projects not only in our state but across the country. These two pieces really define our Village — funky and classy.” Joe Chirchirollo lives in North Bennington, and curates the annual NBOSS sculpture show. His work on the kiosk and guide board was supported by grants from the Vermont Art Council and The Fund for North Bennington, Inc., and the Village provided the sites.

Notice about Dogs in the Mile-Around Wood