May 17 at the Bellows Falls Opera House

RAMParts Presents, in partnership with Exhibition on Screen, brings “Renoir:  Revered and Reviled” to the Bellows Falls Opera House on Thursday, May 17, 7pm.  The 90-minute biography examines what happened when Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), one of the most loved Impressionist painters, decided to change his style of painting.

Renoir is known and loved for his impressionist Parisian paintings.  This film is based on the sensational collection of 181 Renoirs at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.  Curators discuss why he shifted focus and how it created both an enraged and excited public response.   Two icons, Picasso and Matisse, were highly influenced by Renoir’s new direction.

In the late 1800s, Renoir developed rheumatoid arthritis and in 1907 he moved to a farm close to the Mediterranean coast.  Although his mobility became increasingly limited, he continued to paint and this, in part, required him to change his painting technique.  Today, Renoir’s body of work recognizes the key link he played between the old and the new.

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/person in travel and ticket expense and becomes a barrier to the art experience.  RAMParts Presents offers unique, spectacular box-office offerings right here in Bellows Falls.”

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at, or at the door.  Seating is general admission.   Contact Susan MacNeil at 603-313-0052 or email for more information.