Master works at the opera house

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BELLOWS FALLS — RAMParts Presents, in partnership with Exhibition on Screen, brings "Rembrandt — Master Works" to the Bellows Falls Opera House on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. The 90-minute feature was filmed in London's National Gallery and the Rijkmuseum Amsterdam. See the master works of an artist whose soulful, honest and deeply moving creativity defines the man. Go behind the scenes to tour the galleries as they open their exhibitions. Includes examination of his biblical masterpieces and the revolutionary, brand new art form — printmaking. There will be commentary from art historians.

Rembrandt was born on July 15, 1606, and was an innovative and prolific draftsman, painter and printmaker. He is generally considered to be the most important artist of the Dutch Golden Age. His work depicts a wide range of style and subject matter, from portraits, self-portraits, landscapes, genre scenes, allegorical and historical scenes, biblical and mythological themes, and animal studies.

Although he achieved acclaim in his youth, the latter part of his life was marked with tragedy and financial hardship as was the case of so many Dutch masters whom he taught. Rembrandt's greatest triumphs are considered portraits of his contemporaries, self-portraits and Biblical illustrations. He is known as having transformed printmaking and is considered the greatest etcher in the history of the medium.

Robert McBride, director of RAMP, is expanding arts programming locally, in the broadest sense, by making it accessible in cost and availability. "Not everyone is able to afford travel to a city to see art exhibitions or Broadway shows. A trip can easily cost over $100 per person in travel and ticket expense and becomes a barrier to the art experience. By creating the RAMParts ticketing platform and partnering with the opera house, we are removing this barrier and can create unique, spectacular box-office offerings right here in Bellows Falls. Arts events are a proven economic driver for any community. Merchants benefit from increased traffic to events held at the opera house."

Broadway shows will also be scheduled in the coming months at the opera house. According to McBride, "We'll be working closely with the opera house to create an online streaming experience so that current Broadway shows are available, much like Metropolitan Opera HD Live performances."

Tickets for Rembrandt are $10 per person and can be purchased online through the RAMParts ticketing platform, www.rampartstickets.com or at the door. Seating is general admission. Contact Susan MacNeil at 603-313-0052 or email susan@svidol.com for more information.












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