February 22, 2019
A renaissance is coming to the First Baptist Church on Main Street. With its historic Estey organ, double balcony and exemplary acoustics, it has served the town as religious sanctuary, performance hall and, in recent years, the site for winter meals and an overnight warming shelter for the homeless.
Pushing the Envelope:
Connects Art & Science
March 11, 2019
A historic building in downtown Brattleboro is getting a facelift for its 21st century future. The First Baptist Church building is being repurposed into a one-of-a-kind art space. The nonprofit Epsilon Spires is taking on the project to transform the 152-year-old building into a sprawling space for artists, exhibits, lectures and live music.
A Higher Purpose: Epsilon Spires Forges Connection Between Art, Science and Community
June 9, 2019
“I like solving problems,” says Vermont businessman Robert Johnson.
His latest conundrum is what to do with a white elephant of a church in downtown Brattleboro.
Under Johnson’s initiative, the First Baptist Church on Main Street is undergoing a major renovation that will transform the site into Epsilon Spires, a center for the arts that will be opening later this year.
Epsilon Spires Brings Cosmic Frisson to Southern Vermont:
Art, Science, and the Environment Merge
August 5th, 2019
August 6th, 2019
At the intersection of art, science and sustainability sits Epsilon Spires.
The Brattleboro nonprofit works to build these connections by providing interactive art installations that experiment with sound, light and sensory perception, all while encouraging inquiry and discourse by integrating diverse forms of expression.
What do you get when you mash up a 1906 Estey pump organ, feral sheep grazing in Nova Scotia and the producer of a public access television series named "Coma Club"?
Epsilon Spires, of course.
"The beginning of this venture was quite auspicious," said Jamie Mohr, creative director for Epsilon Spires, a performance space-slash-gallery-slash-artist studio in the First Baptist Church in the heart of downtown Brattleboro.
September 6th, 2019
"Cosmic Frisson refers to the visceral experience of chills while being moved by art, music or dance—any means of communication," says Epsilon Spires' creative director Jamie Mohr. "Admittedly mysterious, it can also be spiritual—and along with being cosmic, it is also a fundamentally human response."
Hearing the weather: Art and science, sun and wind at Epsilon Spires
September 4th, 2019
What does sunrise sound like? How about sunset? Are they different? What can rain sound like other than the pitter patter on a roof?
Brattleboro is going to get a chance to answer these questions and more thanks to Quintron, a New Orleans-based musician and inventor brought to town by Epsilon Spires to install
The Weather Warlock, an analog synthesizer controlled completely by the weather.
Adding art and color to downtown Brattleboro
August 7th, 2019
A collaboration between Epsilon Spires and Brown & Roberts Ace Hardware has transformed a rusty metal storage shed in downtown Brattleboro into a dynamic piece of public art. Celestial Charting of a Wandering Line is the latest art project by Northampton, Massachusetts muralist Kim Carlino. "The grafifiti covered metal storage shed in Brown & Roberts' parking lot looked like the perfect place for downtown beautification," said Jamie Mohr, creative director.
Fighting for food and racial justice
September 16th, 2019
Systemic racism in the world of agriculture is being fought on a daily basis with an eye toward returning people of color to roles in operating farms and getting more nutritious foods to low-income communities. "The amount of farmland controlled by African Americans has consistently declined from a high point around the turn of the 20th century," said activist Amani Olugbala during "Farming While Black: Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty".