KAG/Mountain Times 2014

The Northern Saw-whet Owl

By Sally D. Curtis

Below:Northern Saw-whet Owl

Several years ago when Mike Miller was contemplating a new trail in the cross country lands behind the Base Camp Outfitters & Cabin Fever Gifts store, he felt someone watching him in a forested section of the land.  He finally spotted a very small owl high in a hole in a tree gazing at him intently.  This experience has stayed with him and he has great affection for the tiny owls.   He reported that he did not build a trail near this owl’s home.   Northern Saw-whet Owls possess a catlike face, oversized head, and bright yellow eyes but to mice and other small mammals these fierce, silent owls are anything but cute.

Mike related that when he knocked on the tree the Saw-whet would poke out his face and gaze at him intently.  He then brought Diane and the boys down into the woods to see the owl.  Even though the Saw-whet Owls are nocturnal and seldom seen, one can often hear their high-pitched, penetrating too-too-too call that they give many times in succession in the evenings here in the Green Mountains.

PHOTO: Sally D. Curtis

Below:Diane & Mike Miller  

The Killington Arts Guild recently presented Diane and Mike with a marble sculpture of a Saw-whet Owl carved by Robert Pye of Chittenden, a member of the Guild.  This Holiday Gift was in recognition of the Millers’ providing the Guild with Gallery space on the second-floor of their shops.  The Guild offers in this upstairs space four shows per year which run consecutively.  The current show had its opening reception on November 22nd and will continue to be open to the public until February 8th.  Local artists, who are members of the Guild, have their work on display and included are photography, watercolors, acrylic on slate, sculpture in both wood and marble, furniture, and works of blown glass as well as other pieces in various artistic mediums.  Anytime the shops are open, the Gallery is open to visitors.

The next Art Show will be mounted in mid-February and the Opening Reception will be held on Friday, February 13th from  5:00 to 7:30.  Put this date on your calendar and attend to view the work of talented, local artists and hear them talk about their work.  Additionally the Guild hosts evening programs at the Sherburne Memorial Library from 6:00 to 8:00 the first Monday of each month.  These programs are announced in the Mountain Times as well as on posters distributed in local businesses.  A calendar of the year’s events can be obtained by sending an email to Lauren –  lwldr1@gmail.com  and it will be posted soon on our web site - www.killingtonartsguild.org


August 1, 2014
Boy Scouts and Killington Arts Guild team up to improve the pool house
Diane Trivers, Ian Clarke, Sally Curtis, Edie Jonstone
Local boy scout troupe 220 and Killington Arts Guild recently joined forces at the Killington’s Johnson Recreation Center pool house to paint a mural. The project was part of a Boy Scouts of America Eagle initiative that student scout Ian Clarke helped to organize.
Clarke’s project was to revitalize the pool house (paint, repair, landscaping, etc.) and included a theme-based mural that engaged both members from the Art Guild and other local students. The outcome was a much-needed face lift for the facility and great community cooperation.

by Gerrie Russell
May 28, 2014

Killington Arts Guild Opens New Show “My Palette”  

The Art Gallery run by the Killington Arts Guild has a brand new look. You can’t help but notice the stairway leading to the gallery featuring colorful posters from the past. Art and Soul, Arts Labor Found, Art in Your Life and Art On the Mountain are a few of the themes that will bring back memories for the artists and those visiting the gallery.
“Ho’okipa Mourning / Maui” by Susan Wacker-Donle  PHOTO: Bruce Pike
The new show titled “My Palette” will conjure up memories of travel both far away and closer to home. Sally Curtis’s interpretation of a Chilean Glacier is amazingly beautiful. Susan Wacker-Donle’s photo of Ho’Okepa Beach in the morning will allow you to imagine yourself sitting on that beach on Maui. The name means Hawaiian hospitality and is known as a favorite wind surfing spot.

Our beautiful Vermont is always represented. You can imagine riding along a country road and seeing for yourself Maurie Harrington’s inspiration for “Hay Bales”. Robert Pye and the staff of Vermont Marble show what can be done with our exquisite Vermont marble in their beautiful sculpture. If you are thinking about table tops or kitchen counters be prepared to be surprised.
“Still Thinking About Flying” by Robert Pye  PHOTO: Susan Wacker-Donle
Those artists that can capture a scene with their camera in such a way that I can imagine being there are always favorites of mine. Bruce Pike is new to the guild and is exhibiting photos titled “Whale Back”, “Wrecked”, “Low Tide” and “Light”. Come and see what caught his eye. It would seem that Jerry Munger has found every waterfall in Vermont, and there are many. Remember all of Jerry’s waterfalls captured by his lens can all be seen and experienced in person by just taking a walk.

Of course, all of New England is beautiful and thankfully just a short drive away. Dianne Trivers has interpreted the essence of the New Hampshire coastline. Her painting will inspire you to take a drive and see for yourself. Better yet, why not purchase one of your favorites to enjoy at home. All of the artwork currently exhibited is for sale. The Killington Arts Guild not only hosts regular shows but also conducts workshops and programs, some of which are free to the public. On June 4th, 2014, we will be part of Vermont Reads. This will be held at the Sherburne Library and is a book discussion of “Wonder” written by R. J. Palicio . More details will follow. Peter Huntoon will present a workshop on “Exploring Dynamic Watercolor Painting” at the gallery on June 7th and 8th, 2014. The cost is $150 for members and $170 for non members. 

The gallery is located upstairs at Base Camp Outfitters, 2363 Route 4, Killington, across from the Killington Road. It is open daily from 9:00 to 5:30. 
For more information please visit our website www.killingtonartsguild.org 
and like us on face book.
By Sally D. Curtis

Peter Gould Shares His Technique and Inspirations
PHOTO: John Q. Brennan   
To an enthusiastic audience of about 30 people, at the Birch Ridge Inn, Peter Gould shared his passion for creating works of art on found barn boards that sparkle with his signature shooting star and glimmer with his use of day glow paint. 

He prepared the visual part of his presentation grouping his work by his Hippy Period, his Angel Studies, some seasonal images and those that portrayed views around the Mountains of Killington. 

Peter remarked that Vermont’s Green Mountains are like women and New Hampshire’s White Mountains are like men. One of the paintings contained a stretched out blue nude for Vermont’s rolling mountains – can you see her in the pictured image. 

PHOTO: John Q. Brennan   

When asked why a shooting star; Peter commented that it is present to direct the viewer to a particular portion of the painting and it has become his signature. For the “Tastes of Killington” recipe Book, in which Peter illustrated each contributing restaurant with a line drawing of the establishment, he hid a shooting star in place of an actual signature. If you have a copy, try and find the stars!

A humorous comment that Peter related involved the designs on the K1 Gondolas – he hadn’t been asked, along with other local artists, to contribute a design. So when the Chamber of Commerce commissioned Peter to paint a picture of Killington, he choose to include in his mountain scene, a line of gondolas. The second one up the line features ‘his design’ – Peter in summer wear lounging across the cab complete with umbrelled drink in hand which stretches out beyond the cab. Stop by the new Chamber’s Welcome Center and find Peter’s gondola!
"Walking Along Killington Mountain" by Peter Gould
The technique that Peter uses to complete his intricate designs is called masking and there are several layers of work involved: he masks out the whole piece, cuts out with a blade the portion that he wishes to paint - then starts with a layer of white, adds colors, and varnish – the masking saves the hidden wood as it will be the natural color in his work. He especially selects wood with knot holes and some heavy grain as they contribute to the content of the paintings – a knot can become a moon. The whole effect causes a viewer to ‘do a double take’ as they pass by his paintings. Just the effect he wants so his Magical Moments can be fully appreciated.

Billy Bauer mentioned that Peter’s work is hanging in establishments around the Mountain and a major work, on very large barn board, is in the entry way stairwell announcing the Saints’ Pub at the Summit Lodge. Peter has, over the years, chronicled the Saint Bernards that have graced the front lobby of the Summit. Stop by Liquid Art to see some of his work and watch for a Featured Artist Show at the Killington Arts Guild Gallery in the future. The Guild will be hosting another Meet the Artist evening with photographer Susan Wacker-Donle on October 2nd – plan to be there as Susan will share her techniques for capturing moving water. For other Guild programs visit our web site – www.killingtonartsguild.org

By Gerrie Russell

Classic Orchids 

Those of us weary of the wind, snow and cold were treated to a presentation of classic orchids reminding us that the beauty and warmth of spring is just around the corner. We learned about orchids in Victorian collections to those in modern greenhouses that have withstood the test of time. The program was presented by John Atwood, past director of the Orchid Identification Center at the Marie Selby Botanical gardens in SarasotaFlorida. The evening included slides of Mr. Atwood’s many travels finding, photographing and identifying orchids all around the world. From Borneo to Brazil, Mr. Atwood has dealt with wild pigs and mountains with ragged, sharp crevices to find and photograph new species. We learned that some specimens can fit in a thimble and some grow over 15 feet tall. We were also warned that some smell like a “thousand dead elephants” or the lovely smell of “stale mayonnaise“. Orchids even grow in Vermont although we do not have the 1400 species that Costa Rica can claim. 

A highlight of the evening was a surprise auction of the two live specimens that Mr. Atwood brought with him. There was some lively bidding but in the end Sheila Finneron and Louise Hansson took home beautiful orchid plants. Proceeds of the auction are going toward the “Ann Wallen Day” celebration to be held at the Sherburne Library on April 12th.

The Killington Arts Guild Gallery is located upstairs at Base Camp Outfitters at 2363 Rt. 4 across from the foot of the Killington Road and is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. 

For information please visit www.killingtonartsguild.org.

By Gerrie Russell 

Killington Arts Guild Annual Meeting

PHOTO: Susan Wacker-Donle
The annual meeting of the Killington Arts Guild was held on Sunday, March 23rd at the gallery above Base Camp Outfitters. A special guest for the afternoon was Randy Crossman known as X-Man. A 7th generation

Vermonter and graduate of Rutland High School, he was introduced by his long time friend and accomplished photographer, Gerald Munger, also a graduate of Rutland High School.

Randy has crafted and designed furniture as a profession but puzzles are his passion. He is a self taught puzzle cutter and has been perfecting this form of artistry for over 20 years with the use of a precision scroll saw. Many of his more intricate designs have up to 4000 pieces and can be seen on his web site www.xmanpuzzles.com. His puzzles are designed to be works of art rather than puzzles. One interlock can require many cuts and since the puzzle designs emanate from a circle the work is labor intensive with the first cut being the most important. Randy’s hand cut collectors editions of Norman Rockwell’s Saturday
PHOTO:Susan Wacker-Donle
Evening Post Covers are designed unlike any other puzzle you have ever experienced, deliberated patterned rather than randomly cut. Each Saturday Evening Post Puzzle features seven different exclusively licensed Norman Rockwell silhouettes cut into the unique circular pattern. Because the puzzle pieces all interlock we held our breath as Randy picked up a put together puzzle and walked around the room without one piece falling out of place. Randy closed the program by sharing an interesting personal fact about himself. He does not like putting together puzzles.

During the business portion of the meeting the following new board members were elected: Robert Pye, Gerald Munger and Edie Johnstone. Incumbants Susan Wacker-Donle and Lauren Wilder were also elected.

They join current board members Sally Curtis, Alice Sciore, Gerrie Russell, Dianne Trivers, Nancy Nyerlin-Pisano, Jerry LeBlond and Mike Young.

On April 7th, the Guild will host A Gathering of Poets at the Sherburne Memorial Library. On April 17th The Meet The Artist Series will feature Peter Gould. This event will be held at the Birch Ridge Inn from 6:00 to 8:00 PM with coffee and hors d’oeuvres available along with a cash bar.

For information about the guild and other activities please visit the web site www.killingtonartsguild.org.

The Killington Arts Gallery is located upstairs at Base Camp Outfitters 2363 Rt 4, across from the foot of the Killington Road. It is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
_______________________________________________________________________________By Gerrie Russell
February 19, 2014

Killington Arts Guild Celebrates Student Art Month

Cupcakes and potato chips were the snack of choice as the Killington Arts Guild paid tribute to Student Art Month at their opening reception held at the gallery on Saturday, February 15th. Killington Elementary, Killington Mountain School, Bridgewater Village School, Woodstock Middle School, Woodstock High, Upper Valley Waldorf and home schooled children were invited to participate. The gallery was a happy place to be with children, parents and invited guests admiring the artwork. It was gratifying to see books that some of us read as children like “Corduroy” written by Don Freeman and “It Looked Like Spilt Milk” by Charles Shaw are not only still being read but are the inspiration for children’s art projects.

Courtney Aslan, a senior at Killington Mountain School, is the featured artist for this show. Courtney is from Centerport, New York and has been a student at KMS since 8th grade. The last two sentences tell us much about Courtney such as she is a good skier and a talented artist but there is so much more. Encouragement came from her Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandfather, all successful artists in their own right. She is also greatly influenced by everything she sees and does in life. Lisa Hoch Mack, the Director of Huntington Fine Arts, a professional school for exceptional art students, has been her mentor and after participating in the College Portfolio Program held at that school, Courtney was faced with choices regarding what to do next. After much consideration she will be a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. However, before school starts in the fall she will travel to Israel this summer and use her skills as a photographer to record her experiences. It was a pleasure to meet Courtney and we wish her well.

The Killington Arts Guild offers local artists a chance to show their work in the large, beautiful, light filled gallery and a chance for us to enjoy their talent. For this particular show, you will find paper collages, water colors, photography and oil paintings. Sculpture in wood, glass and marble is displayed throughout the gallery. Our beautiful Vermont is always an inspiration.

The gallery is located upstairs at Cabin Fever/Base Camp on Rt 4 across from the base of the Killington Access Rd. and is open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For more information visit our website www.killingtonartsguild.org

By Gerrie Russell
February 12, 2014

On Our Way

On Monday, February 4th, Tracy Penfield brought her SafeArt Ensemble to the Ann Wallen Room at the Sherburne Memorial Library. The evening started with a portrayal of those annoying people out there who always seem to want to invade our personal space. Annoyance quickly turned to raw emotion as story and song and dance combined to tell the stories of abuse. It’s not easy to think about bullying, rape, incest, alcoholism or drug abuse. In fact, it’s far easier to not think and hope that what we don’t know, don’t think about, doesn’t really happen. If only life were so simple. It’s hard to confront such travesties in our society and harder still to hear the voices coming from those who are not only confronting these hurts but trying to move on.

Participants in SafeArt learn to communicate about difficult topics with peers, teachers and families. They learn to express fear, hurt, love, anger and hope in new ways. They realize they are not alone. They see that everyone can imagine and create. They learn the value of empathy rather than judgment. They increase self-esteem and sense of self. They develop self confidence in relationship choices. The most important change is that they and those around them get help and start to heal. They start to feel hope and know that change is possible.

The end of the evening was very special. We all pulled up our chairs and talked, strangers really, but now joined in what we had just witnessed. We all came away with something. HOPE, of course, was the feeling that everyone was able to feel. The fact that these kids had the courage and were willing to open up and talk about experiences inspired all of us to be more aware and maybe even to find a way to help. Personally I hope their honesty and bravery and most of all their trust will help me find it difficult to ever not try to right a wrong.

Tracy Penfield is the founding director of SafeArt, a nonprofit based in Chelsea, Vermont. She believes in the transformative power of the arts to prevent and heal abuse and other traumas. Tracy has spent the last 35 years explaining, teaching and showing creative expression as an artist educator in schools, colleges and communities. She operates on the premise that people can heal and move forward.

How can we help? Like many groups of this nature, they work on a limited budget, dependent on grants and donations. It is very important that the work continue in order to stop the destructive, repetitive cycle of all forms of abuse. ON OUR WAY is an anthology of SafeArt writing 2000-2010, edited by Tracy Penfield and Josey Hastings. That the words were largely written by children and young adults is both inspirational and amazing. To purchase, contact SafeArt at info@safeart.org or call 802-686-3138. Information can also be found on the Killington Arts Guild Website www.killingtonartsguild.org.

I would like to share a selection from the book that I think will help us understand. It is not a whole selection but a part that illustrates the journey that many are on. THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY YEARS/THAT I’VE WASTED AWAY/TOO MANY PEOPLE I LET SLIP AWAY/I WAS TOO AFRAID TO LIVE/I’VE COME TO REALIZE THAT/I SHOULDN’T BE ASHAMED/IT WASN’T MY FAULT/I’T ISN’T MY FAULT. (written by an 18 year old)
By Gerrie Russell
January 22, 2014

A Celebration For Many Reasons

There is a special group around town, one that eventually we can all be members of. You will find them on the ski slopes, working at the gallery run by the Killington Arts Guild or even working on the mountain. They have lunch every Wednesday at the Lookout Bar & Grill. They travel, donate their time at the local food pantry and other charities and organizations and generally contribute to every aspect of life in the little town we all love called Killington. The group is the Killington Active Seniors.

The one aspect of this group that permeates all the activities is having fun. That is certainly what motivates everyone to attend the annual potluck holiday luncheon. People have been attending this event for years and

it is always held in the now named Ann Wallen Room at the Sherburne Memorial Library. This is a fitting tribute because Ann was a long time member of this group and a founding member of the Killington Art Guild. Ann is fondly remembered on this day because her birthday was December 25th and the holiday luncheon always served as her birthday celebration. She is with us in spirit.

The event this year had a special guest. Seth Webb, our town manager, was invited and came prepared to solve problems or take complaints but that was not to be. The food, worthy of a national food magazine’s

featured article, is the center of attention. Long time Vermonters and newcomers to Vermont are all good cooks. There is a toast to the old year past and to the new year to come. The entertainment is superb and everyone joins in the singing. Louise Hanson and George Lyons made the whole event perfect by making sure everyone took home a small gift. Thanks to everyone who cooked, everyone who planned and everyone who came, this was another in a long line of celebrations not to be forgotten.

For more information on the Killington Active Seniors, please call Mike Young 422-4248. The Killington Arts Guild Gallery is located upstairs at Base Camp Outfitters and Cabin Fever Gifts at 2363 Rt. 4 across from the foot of the Killington Road and is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For more information visit www.killingtonartsguild.com.