Pete Sutherland Fills VFC with Music and Art. On November 29th, Pete Sutherland treated an eager audience toballads and folksongs from the Flanders collection, along with fiddle music learned from area players of old.
He also performed “history songs” of his own composition that explore such wide-ranging local topics as the 1927 flood, kaolin mining in Monkton, and Champlain’s introduction of weapons of mass destruction to native people in 1609.
The mini-concert was planned in parallel with an exhibition of Pete’s work in the Vermont Folklife Center’s Sales Gallery. A late bloomer as a visual artist, Pete has been making collage art for the past 10 years. Known to an ever-widening fan base for his annual wall calendars, he has mounted shows of original work at area coffeehouses and galleries and has received commissions for portraits and CD art.