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It’s not been a sanguine summer for plein-air painters, but the Vermont Watercolor Society is taking its chances this Saturday with an outdoor fundraiser at the Burlington Waterfront. Members will be creating artworks from 10 to 4, and then auctioning them off online at vwshowsonline.blogspot.com, with proceeds to benefit Dragonheart Vermont, the VWS and, happily, the artists. Check that website for more info … If you’re one of those people who laments Vermont’s homogeneity, you may want to check out the Winooski Culture Hop this Thursday. The Onion City’s O’Brien Community Center will make you wonder where in the world you are after a day packed with food samples from Nepal and Vietnam, a brown-bag French-speaking lunch, art and artifacts from Africa, Southeast Asia, Poland and Bosnia, drummers from Congo and Senegal, belly dancing and more. Info, www.onioncity.com … If you enjoyed the “Fort Sub Rosa” installation at the Burlington Waterfront during the Quadricentennial festival, you’ll be happy to learn that artist-collaborators Graham Keegan and Britt Browne are resurrecting it this Thursday at the Shelburne Museum. The pair is also showing lanterns (by Keegan) and prints and drawings (by Browne) in an exhibit intriguingly titled “Naïveté des Sovereigns.” The same evening, New York textile artist Richard Saja will speak about his works in the Kalkin House, 6-9 p.m. …

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