KAG/The Mountain Times 2012

By Betty Little

The Best Holiday Party of All
December 27, 2012

PHOTOS: Betty Little
Many of us may be invited to holiday parties with people we don't know, a big something that is drinking and singing with strangers but the beauty of Vermont is that there are still places where people come together who have known each other for years and they do the same things in the same ways every year. In this area the Killington Active Seniors potluck holiday luncheon is this place. This year George Lyons and Louise Hanson stepped in and made it really perfect.

At the Sherburne Memorial Library in the children's reading room on the left were desserts, coffee and tea, milk and cider, platters of freshly roasted turkey, sliced by George; and cranberry sauce, hot vegetables, pasta and lettuce salads on the right-plenty for everyone. In the Community room tables were set up covered in red with fancy paper plates and raffle numbers for nicely wrapped prizes. Everyone got a prize. You could just squeeze into a seat and listen to the Potluck Trio.

Dorothy and I came from Rutland. Someone passed old photos of earlier Holiday Parties: One from 2004 with a lot of people sitting at a table including George. Another from 2011 with Ann Wallen smiling on the left, Louis Hansen on the right, and Mike and Barbara Young and Helga Cognato beaming in the middle. Ann Wallen was still with us in spirit. She was born on Christmas Day and this was always her birthday party. We had the same red tablecloths, the same green tree decorations and napkins.

Lauren Wilder sent pictures of Pot Luck 2012 to me. One of these showed Bernie Martin and Jack Harrington, originators of Pot Luck, playing music. Looking at all of them I realize that all these pictures could have been taken any year.

There were so many Killington Arts Guild members I couldn't count them. Just as Dorothy and I were leaving the audience was beginning to entertain-what lovely music! Lynn Maynard's little red felt candy holders went home with each one of us.

Thanks to Louise and George, it was a celebration not to be forgotten.

Happy Birthday, Annie!

Mountain Times / December 27, 2012 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild
December 19, 2012
Home Coming

The Vermont Symphony’s Holiday Pops at the Paramount was a home coming for many in the audience. We had been their year after year and like the conductor Robert De Cormier had become a little less vigorous but not less enthusiastic. The stage was jammed with the chorus and orchestra. Flashes of red, little bits of ribbon and light appeared as the music was played. In the first part there was an extended version of Twelve Days of Christmas that began with a familiar version and ended in an innovative set of twists, then a beautiful version of Silent Night and finally eighteen minutes of Handle’s Messiah that brought many members of the audience to their feet. The audience seemed to be part of the music – taking a ride with Mozart – and then Anderson in a Sleigh; listening and responding.

De Cormier lives in Middletown Spring. He helped to found the VSO Chorus in 1993 and remains its director. He sat through most of this performance on a swivel chair moving first to direct the music which included pieces for Christmas and then Hanukkah then turning towards the audience to comment on the pieces and on his relationship with the composers of the music.

A handsome woman in black silk sat in front of us. After a while she disappeared and reappeared as Dawn Willis, the assistant director, conducting the orchestra on the stage and then near the end of the program she led the audience and the VSO Chorus in a Sing-Along that gave the audience some verses to sing and the VSO Chorus others - pulling “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “The First Noel” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” together into one glorious piece. At the end I started to say I like it but then I heard what seemed to be a child’s voice saying, “I like it too.”

Waiting on the curb to go home to the mountain, we said to each other, can this really be Rutland, do we have this special orchestra and chorus and the Paramount in our own back yard? Leaving, I looked up at the star shining on the Grace Church Steeple. It seemed to be casting a sacred light over all.

Mountain Times / December 19, 2012 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild 
December 12, 2012
Rising Spirits

Beverly Anderson is one of the charter members of the Killington Arts Guild. For twelve years she has been pastor of the Sherburne United Church of Christ, which has been her home church for 45 years. She attended Bangor Theological Seminary, took a Small Church Leadership Program and became pastor here. The church is in a healthy state right now with active and enthusiastic members. Their church suppers are the model for Vermont Tourism. Friends help. Jo and Henry Biathrow always cook the turkey. I used to serve the bread pudding when I was there.

Twenty or twenty five years ago, after the church fire, Ken Kim kept looking for an organ donor; then a pile of CD’s with hymns on them and a player appeared and they serve as the organ.

The congregation is a real part of the community. One Fourth of July recently, Jane and Charlie Hanley and others came waving and singing down River Road on a float in the parade that looked like Sherburne Church. At Town meetings church members greet people and vend hot coffee and baked goods. During Irene the church stood fast when Route 4 split open in front of it and the building and property across washed away. Killington was closed to the world for 19 days. Last month the church was there when it was time to honor Ann Wallen, former KAG president, and to console her family, friends and KAG associates.

Bev is very proud of the collaboration with the Christ the King Church. Both share the building and its expenses and support each other’s activities. It is an unusual arrangement. She is proud too of Murdale Leysath, who started her ministry at the Sherburne Church, and rose to the highest level the UCC as the first woman Conference Minister in the denomination. She often says Murdale inspired her but Bev herself is a model for small church ministry as she shapes her church and her community, trying to bring both, “into the moment.” She and other church members visit the Gallery shows. Once Bev took a KAG workshop with Yvonne Daley. She is a good storyteller perhaps one day she will put some of those magic words into print.

During the Holiday Season as travelers and Vermonters move east along Route 4 they will see the lights of the church rising to celebrate the season and lift our spirits as the road descends from Killington.

The Sherburne Church’s food shelf is open by appointment, to serve the community. 
Call 422-3484; E. J. Willis 422-3843 to make donations.
December 6, 2012
Visitors Welcome

Oil painting by Paula Hult, "Amee Farm Barn"  Photo: Susan Wacker-Donle
The recent opening of “Tis the Season” at the Killington Arts Guild was well attended with many new faces showing up. PEGTV videoed the opening for their ACCESS segment which can be viewed on demand on their website. In the new Show, Susan Wacker-Donle’s favorite picture and mine also was an oil painting by Paula Hu
lt "Amee Farm Barn." It has the feeling of Vermont in winter. Susan took a picture of Bob Vokie, a Killington resident, looking at "Mountain Lake Vista," a photograph by Susan of Woodward Reservoir in Plymouth on Route 100.

"Merlins Tree" Quilt Detail by Muffy Kashkin Grollier.  Photo: Susan Wacker-Donle
Muffy Grolier brought a number of quilting pieces including what she calls the beaded brown quilt. It is a free form quilt with embroidery and beads making the tree. Her work has a magical quality but her compositions and techniques go beyond quilting. Muffy’s brother family and friends had all come from New York to see the show. Nancy Neyerlin Pisano had several new paintings. One was the ”Slant Trees”; a mixed media that featured dried mushrooms and birch pieces which Sally Curtis found interesting. Ann Day from Waitsfield brought many of her popular black and white photos, which are on display throughout the exhibit.

Robert Pye of Mount Carmel Marble Sculpturing in Chittenden brought three new sculptures on pedestals and has a carved white marble piece, ”Woman in the Moon,” hangling on the wall. He specializes in figurative, abstract and free form carving of marbles of Vermont.

Downstairs, KAG Member Diana Miller at Cabin Fever Gifts has many new seansonal offerings. She is carrying maple syrup, a collection of special maps and accessories for hunters and hikers and copies of “AS WE WERE” the new Gables Memoir Writers and Friends book edited by Yvonne Daley.

The Killington Arts Gallery Show, “Tis the Season” will continue until early February and be open the same hours as Cabin Fever Gifts.

Lauren Jane Wilder, KAG Board Member continues to lead Ars Poetica on Weds at 6:30 P.M. every month. The next meeting is January 23rd. She will follow the late Ann Wallen’s tradition of inviting readers to bring both original poems and those written by others. Painting Sessions will continue from 10-12 every Tuesday. Both KAG activities are at the Sherburne Memorial Library. For more information contact Lauren at (802)299-1777.
November 28, 2012
Dreams into Realities?

Mother Earth at Winter Farmer Market  PHOTO:Patsy Zedar
Little, Zedar and Company pulled into the parking lot of what had been a group of dilapidated buildings in downtown Rutland. It was nine o’clock on a Saturday morning. The parking lot looked like a magic carpet with freshly spread gravel. From then on, our visit to the new Farmers Food Center (FFC) for their November opening was a surprise and a pleasure. We were directed to the handicapped parking, offered assistance and entered easily into the bright new interior. The floor was covered with a firm light wood, wide aisles, and venders for fresh vegetables, bakery goods and jewelry easily visible. At the door we were greeted by Mother Earth, volunteers and ahandicapped bathroom. The light was good with small windows near the ceiling, well above us. Music playing nearby, the smell of coffee, bakery goods and the specialty cooking filled the air. This was a former Mintzer building located on Rt. 4 (251 West) now transformed by the Vermont Farmers Food Center a nonprofit organization to serve as the winter home of the Vermont Farmers Market and be available in the summer for special events. The Market will operate every Saturday 9-3 PM until May, 2013. It was the dream of Greg Cox of Boardman Hill Farm and has become the dream of many others.
Anna Caleb (KAG) and her granddaughter join us. She was astounded at the change in the building. She had been in it six months earlier when it was dark and full of junk. Windows in the east wall of the current building give visitors a peak at the old building. With the help of volunteers and contributions FFC transformed the old building.
Plans for the future that the three acre complex will be the food hub of Rutland County a commercial kitchen will be developed, food and cooking classes offered, storage and freezing processes made available for farmers and the Vermont Food Bank relocated here.
We were enjoyed our coffee and newly baked corn bread when waves of people began to arrive -- Killington Arts Guild Members and friends. They have decided to come down from the mountains to see what was going on. Among them are volunteers who come Sundays to help.

You really need to visit the new Farmers Food Center to experience all the pleasures of this new facility yourself.
For info: www.killingtonartsguild.org
November 21, 2012
'Tis the Season

It was a day with blue ski and white clouds at the Killington Base Lodge. You could see skiers carefully moving across the thin snow on Double Dipper. There was a lift on the left of the ski slope that took them back up the mountain to the steepest part. At the base a red gondola waited to give skiers a ride. Beyond the lift a snowmaking machine burst forth with newly made snow. The whole trail up Snowden was covered with clouds of snow. In an hour or two there was a ski trail from the top to the bottom of the mountain.

Snowmaking seems so different than ten years ago when skiers avoided trails because snowmaking blinded the skier and beat against his face. It was not really early in the season. The trails seemed bare. The day too warm, but the choice was to begin making snow and declare the season open.

The Killington Arts Guild is also opening its Winter Show, "'Tis the season," with a new array of pictures. On Saturday, Nov. 24 there will be a reception from 1-3 p.m. in the KAG Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts opposite the access road. On display is Ann B. Day's newest engagement calendar, "Poetry Through the Year" which includes poems and pictures and also copies of "As We Were," a collection of stories of love, loss, war and adventure edited by Yvonne Daley. This collection is written by the Gables and Friends Memoir Group from workshops and classes held over a two-year period. Among them is Donna Martin's piece, "New Killington Pioneers" about early days at the ski resort. The cover is by Maurie Harrington.

Members are invited to a 'party-like' event, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Gallery to complete decorations for the Guild's Festival Tree, which will be part of the Chamber of Commerce's event on Dec. 6-8 at the Grand Hotel. The theme is "Heartfelt Wishes for Peace and Joy." The 42 pre-sewn decorations in the shape of snowmen, mittens, and stockings will be covered with sequins, bead, rickrack and glitter, which will be provided. We will be soliciting ideas for programs and workshops for the 2013 calendar.
To learn more about the Guild go to www.killingtonartsguild.org.
November 14, 2012 
Nocturnal Snapshots and A Delirious High 

Mohammed Fairouz’s Piano Miniatures attracted attention at Katie Reamer’s surprise concert at the Gables at East Mountain just before Hurricane Sandy. Was this the impact of the composer, the skills of the pianist or an untutored audience awaking to new forms and possibilities? The first Piano Miniature “Nocturnal Snapshot” was written by Fairouz in the middle of the night when the he realized it was 2:00 A. M. and he was still contemplating what to write. His notes provided other insights: Miniature #2 was the result of a challenge to write a piece without dissonance. It’s a slow dance of arpeppios. #3 incorporates a snippet of Bach’s Art of the Fugue and #4 is a musical joke. Each piece of the Piano Miniatures offered something different.

It was amazing that on Monday the pianist Katie Reimer could divert the audience from the sounds of the wind and the threat of purple clouds gathering. The whole experience was energizing rather than depressing. Fairouz is a prolific NYC based composer, age 27, whom Katie has collaborated with over the past nine years. Katie is the Artistic and Executive Director of the Mimesis Ensemble, a NYC based group dedicated to performing 20 and 21 century music, they released their debut CD with Bridge Records on Oct. 1st, 2012. It features Mohammed Fairouz’s opera, Sumeida’s song. The composer was born after most the audience had finished their piano lessons.

In addition to the surprise concert, the week also brought Ann Day’s newest Calendar, “Poetry through the Years” with its rose covered doorway. The text ended with a word of gratitude to “my poetry friends in Killington Arts Guild”—the first time we were so honored. When she brings her photographs for the new Killington Arts Gallery show which opens November 24 she will bring the 2013 Calendar with its fresh new poems and provocative photographs. A final picture this year is a striking view of a whirling icy river with this line “No brook is too little to seek the sea” (unknown author.) On the October page Ann Day has a poem of her own that ends “… and now, above, the snow geese fly; I soar with them on a delirious high.”

Killington Arts Guild activities and programs are found at www.killingtonartsguild.org
November 7th, 2012
Music Before the Storm

Katie Reimer, pianist 
Katie Reimer, pianist, curated and performed in a concert in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in April 2011, as a celebration for the Pulitzer Prize winner composer Gunther Schuller’s 85th birthday, a performance reviewed by the New York Times. On Monday October 30 at 1:30 PM in the Gables at East Mountain, an independent living facility, about 1 hour before Hurricane Sandy was due to arrive, Reimer performed a concert.

That morning Katie tried to take a train to New York and found all trains canceled. She took up the suggestion of Sallie Gill, her hostess of the Antique Mansion Bed and Breakfast and called the Gables in Rutland Town, said she understood they had a grand piano and asked if they were interested in a concert. Katie had played a program at Trinity Episcopal on Sunday and that’s all the music she had.

Betty Clark and Alan Walker, well-known church musicians in the area, play at the Gables where they live. Residents were used to musical events but not anticipating Katie Reimer. What a treat!

Sheila Gedney, staff activities director put up a sign and set out chairs for a program after lunch. Residents anxious about the arrival of the Storm of the Century discovered they were about to be entertained.

Music by J. S. Bach, then Johannes Brahms both seemed familiar; then followed ten piano miniatures by Mohammed Frairouz, individually introduced and finally a Chopin piece. Piano music by Frairouz is one of the most frequently performed contemporary composers, born in 1985.

Instead of waiting anxiously for the storm to begin, residents were together in the living room listening, laughing and applauding to a very talented pianist.

Residents were thanking Reimer when clouds began to darken the sky. As they hurried back to their rooms the rain began to fall-- sheet after sheet and the wind to whip it around. Wind was blowing through the air conditioners as a hawk circled on the eastside shrieking. The night promised to be terrible. The wind blew, the rain swept in every once in a while but there were silent times and most of the residents slept. The Vermont morning was a sparkling, pleasant day--- nothing like Irene.
October 31, 2012
Time to Start Writing Our History

The Hay bale Landscape on the Lawn at Base Camp/Cabin Fever Gifts in early October 2012. PHOTO:Patsy Zedar

This story is not new and has many versions but we need to tell the stories of how the Killington Arts Guild grew until we all know how it happened. It was spring 2008; the Guild gave an Open Studio Art Show sponsored by the state of Vermont, borrowed a tent from the Killington Firemen and got permission to put it in front of Base Camp/Cabin Fever Gifts on Route 4. Alice Score was chairman of the planning committee. Zip Bernard of the Mountain Times did publicity. Ann Wallen and Barbara Young checked in the art, Sally Curtis arranged pictures and poems, Taylor Glaze took charge of the food and Andrea Hubbard inscribed wall cards.
The rain began to fall, became heavier and fewer and fewer visitors arrived. Mike Miller turned to his wife Diana and said, “The Arts Guild people look so miserable. Let’s go down and invite them to use our second floor.” The Millers had planned to rent the Gallery space - but that never happened. That wet afternoon everyone had such a good time that the Millers decided to let KAG stay. At a KAG Board Meeting with the Millers in the Base Camp a Letter of Agreement was discussed. In October that letter was signed and has been signed again each October since. The Millers are now Life Members of the Guild and Diana often represents them on TV or in the press. Each fall, Two Black and White Vermont Cows in a hay bale landscape have stood on the lawn to advertise Base Camp/Cabin Fever Gifts. Next year the hay bales will change to two black and white dogs represent two beloved pets of the Millers. This fall KAG and the Millers hosted a mixer for the Killington Chamber of Commerce in the Gallery, which was well attended by community leaders, and Arts Guild Members.
Mike Miller says. “It’s a good time to start writing the history of the Millers and the Guild, while we are young and in the early days of our friendship.”
Thanks to the Millers for their generous gift of space; to Mike Young for helping Ann Wallen hang many of the early shows, borrowing tents and chairs, moving stuff in the rain and to both Mikes for their remembrances. This version of the story is Betty’s responsibility. vtkag@aol.com.
October 25, 2012
Published at last: As We Were

Book cover for "As We Were" by watercolorist Maurie Harrington. 

Verdant Books of Rutland has published "As We Were." A collection written by the Gables and Friends Memoir Group. These are stories of love, loss, war and adventure. Memoir writers at the Gables include: Anna Caleb, June Dorian, Kae Fretz, Dick Hamilton, Dick Rodgers, Art Wolk and E.L. Bogart to whom the book is dedicated.

The Friends are primarily members of the Killington Arts Guild: Judy Gould, Donna Martin, Betty A. Little, Yvonne Daley and Killington resident Mary T. Holland. KAG Watercolor Artist Maurie Harrington, who participated in the memoirs group as a writer and artist, created the book cover. Maurie tried painting a cover based on the windows, doors and gardens of the Gables, then tried various Vermont landscapes and finally the memoir group chose her mountains by the waterside. What the writers wanted to use with their stories was a picture that captured the feeling of Vermont.

The Gables and Friends Memoir Group evolved from discussions and classes offered by the Killington Art Guild at the Sherburne Memorial Library. After the Gables at East Mountain was built in Rutland Township the group moved there.

In August 2011, when a class Yvonne Daley had been teaching ended, she offered to edit a book for participants. In the year it has taken to prepare "As You Were" for publication and to print it, Yvonne wrote, "A Mighty Storm; Stories of Resilience After Irene," taught at San Francisco State University where she is a tenured professor and directed the Green Mountain Writers Conference in Tinmouth, Vt.

On Sunday October 28 from 1:30 -3 p.m. The Gables Activities Committee will present a book review of "As We Were" in the Commons. Yvonne Daley, editor, and many of the authors will read short pieces to convey the variety of the writing and the spirit of the book. Refreshments will follow with an opportunity to talk with the authors. Books will be available for $14 at the review.
October 17, 2012

Ann Wallen's Legacy

In the spring of 1999 Ann Wallen, Maurie Harrington and Alice Score called a meeting at the Grist Mill to talk about an arts guild for Killington. I don’t know why I went. I KAG Mt. T. for Oct. 17was a retired public policy analyst not an artist. Alice created a list of potential members - “Painters, Sculptors, Craftsmen then Musicians, Writers, Dancers, Dramatists—Gardeners were added — the list ended with Candlestick makers, & YOU. By the time the meeting ended Ann had been elected President and everyone in the room had found a reason to join the Guild.

We worked to incorporate The Guild on April 17, 1999 as a non-profit organization for cultural, educational, literary, civic and social purposes. If you want to be a nonprofit you have to be doing one of these things. We decided to do them all. The struggles and successes of the Guild became a major part of Ann’s life as she traveled in many places promoting art, artists and The Guild.

When the Sherburne Memorial Library was proposed, Ann testified at the public hearing in favor of the new library saying that Guild members would be volunteers and provide programs. As a member of Friends of the Library she worked on the committee to raise money for bookshelves, desks, tables and chairs; and continued later working for art hangers in the community room making it suitable for exhibits. After serving the Guild for thirteen years as president she retired and conducted painting workshops on Tuesdays and initiated with Lauren Wilder -Ars Poetic - a monthly poetry session both for the Library. In Ann’s memory, The Guild has promised to continue these activities.

From life as a commercial artist in New York City, Ann came to the Rutland-Killington area and used her talents and energy to support the arts and develop a diversified community atmosphere.

Ann’s family and the Guild will be celebrating her life on Sunday October 21st with a service at the Sherburne Memorial Church 9 -10 AM and afterwards hold a Tribute Potluck Luncheon in the Sherburne Library from 10:30 to 2:00 P.M. where all of the groups with whom Ann participated will have an opportunity to speak in her memory. Gail Weymouth will present a digital display of Ann’s artwork. The actual art is in the process of being preserved and prepared for a Celebration of her life and Retrospective of her work to be held at the library and then at The Guild Gallery in 2013.

Memorial contributions to the Ann Wallen Legacy Fund can be sent in care of Gail Weymouth, Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Road, Killington VT. 05751. We hope you will join us at these events and support the Fund to restore Ann’s Wallen’s pictures.
Oct 10, 2012

Farewell to Annie

Ann Marie Wallen
Dec. 25, 1919 - Sept. 30, 2012
For many years the Killington Arts Guild and the Killington Recreation Department held Potluck Holiday luncheons open to everyone. "Annie" and I shopped together for festive decorations at all possible stores for the best deals, visiting the Howe Center, dollar stores, and many more up and down Route 7 for holiday treats, favors, and table settings. It was hard to think then, as it is now, that once Ann was a commercial artist in Manhattan - trained at Pratt Institute; later she worked in Senior citizen facilities in Vermont teaching art; was a skier, managing a lodge for friends; helped build the new Sherburne Library and furnish it; served for 12 years as the President of the Killington Arts Guild, joined many organizations; and traveled to many places in Vermont supporting the arts. At those Holiday luncheons, George Lyons played the piano, the Pot Luck Trio- Bernie and Donna Martin and Jack Harrington- performed and it always turned into a birthday party for Annie.

Many stories will be told when Ann Wallen's family arrives from Princeton, NJ to celebrate her life and her art with the Killington Community and her friends from everywhere.

 I find myself on
contradictory land
With a discovery rather strange
but so-
That just as seals must break
and bands must bend
To open up
a cask a jar a keg
Your going 
Opens up
My heart
~ Ann Wallen (The Mountain Troubadour 2007-Poetry Society of Vermont)

A Community Committee has met to make the following plans: A memorial service for Ann Wallen will be held at the Sherburne United Church of Christ on Sunday, October 21 from 9-10 a.m. A gathering of Ann's family and close friends will follow at the Sherburne Memorial Library from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a potluck luncheon. Attendees should bring their favorite dish to share.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Ann Wallen Legacy Fund and be sent in care of Gail Weymouth, Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Road, Killington VT 05751. This Legacy Fund will be used to conserve and prepare for display the body of Ann's art work.

A celebration of Ann Wallen's life and a retrospective display of her work, to which the whole community will be invited, will be held in early summer next year. Plans will be announced closer to that time.
October 3, 2012

Meet Abby Raeder 
Last December Abby Raeder had a chance to reinvent herself from a photographer into a gallery director and use all the skills developed in her early professional career as retail manager for Bonwit Teller in New York and more recent experience helping people all over the world with projects. A friend, Robert Sarty, had been talking and planning to develop an institute for art. He said he thinks it is time to buy space for a gallery. He finds that space at 15 Depot Street, Chester, VT; buys and renovates it, and becomes the president of the new Institute which will include a Central Revolving Exhibit Gallery of approximately 200 sq. ft. plus a permanent Collection Hearth Barn of 659 sq. ft. with offices and Artist Workshop teaching studios of approximately 1200 square feet. 

Abby Raeder agrees to be the executive director and plans are made for the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Art (VTica). A show is assembled with eight of this regions most talented fabric artists. Their quilting, weaving, and sewing with the use of a variety of material. The show will run until Oct. 21st. Instead of talking about an art institute, the group is creating one, performing arts are already being added, and Abby finds her life has a whole new agenda.

The Institute is in south central Vermont at the center of a large and diffuse community of outstanding artists, indigenous and imported from art communities elsewhere. Abby will be coming to Killington to discuss the new Institute the 15th of October. By looking at another art organization we have a chance to explore new ideas and activities for our own.

On October 15th come to the Killington Arts Guild monthly program at the Sherburne Memorial Library, 7-8:30 PM and meet Abby Raeder and learn more about VTica 7-8:30 P.M. It will be an exciting evening. The public is invited to attend.

KAG’s Gallery is open every business day at Cabin Fever Gifts on Route 4 opposite the Killington Access Road. The current show: “Art and Soul” continues through November 18th and is open daily.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined"
- Henry David Thoreau

For more information go to www.killingtonartsguild.org
September 26, 2012
The View Through a Lens: A Safari at the Fair

"Round Up" PHOTO: Patsy Zedar
The State Fair in Rutland gave KAG photographer Patsy Zedar a rare opportunity to try something new. She has successfully photographed waterfalls and fireworks for a number of years and assumed this would be a similar, but it turned out to be full of new challenges.

The group she went with takes photo walks in Vermont and, this particular night, included three highly experience photographers, Patsy, and a beginner. While the beginner was getting the fundamental help she needed to get started, Patsy worked on her own for a while until one of experienced members had time to review her pictures and give her point by point suggestions for exposure, position and lighting. They were all working at ground level with no attempt to view the amusement area from above. Patsy used a tripod to take her pictures and got pointers on ISO, color management, and other fine-tune settings for these types of conditions.

Taking pictures of colored lights in motion was different from the work she had done before. So much of what a photographer can do with a camera depends on incremental fine-tuning. Patsy came away with nice pictures and an awareness of the unexplored potentials of her equipment.

Her picture, "Round Up" shows one of the amusement rides in action. The time exposure makes it seem as though the riders have completely disappeared and that the ride itself is in full motion with the stripes peeling off as it goes faster and faster.

Jerry Leblond will be giving a KAG workshop in the Gallery in on Sunday November 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to learn how to photograph 2D and 3D (two and three dimensional) Art. The Fee is $60 for members and $70 for non-members. Forms can be downloaded from our website. For questions call President Sally Curtis at 775-0521.

The KAG Gallery is open every business day at Cabin Fever Gifts opposite the Killing Access Road. When you are touring the Hay-Bale Art - stop at the two cows and visit the Gallery, the gift and ski shop. For more about KAG visit www.killingtonartsguild.org
September 19, 2012
New Show - Big Success

"Interiors" by Paedra Bramhall     PHOTO:Susan Wacker-Donle
The Guild held the opening for its new show as a Chamber of Commerce mixer in conjunction with Base Camp Outfitters and Cabin Fever Gifts. It was well attended by artists, community business people, local, and out of town visitors. Many new and exciting works of art are included in the show titled "Art and Soul." Sally Curtis, KAG president, said that blown glass interiors by Paedra Bramhall are a unique feature of the show as is an exquisite marble woodpecker sculpture by Robert Pye. She commented that "Our local artists have excelled with work for this show and the watercolor, oil, photography, acrylic, and multi-media pieces will reward the viewer."

Alice Sciore, Gallery Director, said "the participants appreciated the high quality of the art in the show as well as the look of the Gallery itself. And they enjoyed the refreshments provided by Phil Black and his chef Peter Millendorf.”

The work of the winter-renovating at the gallery; the efforts of the artists and the planning of our Board of Directors with the help and support of Mike and Diane Miller produced a joyous event to open the season.
Rick McCoy, Judy Storch, & Chris Nyberg    PHOTO:Susan Wacker-Donle
One of the things Vermont does best is autumn. The birch and sugar maples trees among the evergreens create a brilliant background for the small villages with white church steeples, covered bridges, and the red barns. All are still here in spite of the mighty storm Irene. We have survived.

This is the time before the first leaves of autumn fall. The weeks and days ahead will be full of clear – vivid blue skies, mounds of harvested vegetables, bouquets of yellow, orange, maroon, violet and purple chrysanthemums. This is the time to pause and enjoy the fruits of summer before “the wheel turns.” Enjoy Vermont inside and out.

The public and visitors to the area are invited to come up to the second-floor Gallery, open every day 9:30 to 5:30, above Cabin Fever Gifts, opposite Killington Access Road.

The show is called “Art and Soul” No official words have been written by KAG poets on that theme but Stella Adler did wrote these provocative lines, “Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds us that we have one.”

Quote and inspiration on autumn from “May Sarton’s Well.” For more about the Killington Arts Guild see: www.killingtonartsguild.org
September 12, 2012

Going Wild

The Killington Arts Guild just opened a new show, “Art and Soul” in its gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts. In some ways the KAG gallery is our wild place, a special retreat - - - there are others. 

The Wild Center is rich and beautiful in the late summer morning light. The Adirondacks style building’s high windows are clearly reflected in the lake. The bridge across the water is decorated with a sunburst of birch branches, golden spears of marsh grass rise from the water’s edge, and clusters of wildflowers crowd along the trail. This is a place for a painter, photographer or poet.

Located near the geographic center of the Adirondacks on 31 acres of land donated by the citizens of Tupper Lake, NY, the Center is dedicated to discovering better ways for mankind to exist with the rest of the natural world.

The inside of the Center is designed so that visitors experience the lake and forest outside – see the fish, hear the birds. Living creatures are presented in the their natural habitats – the otter is the favorite. One exhibit demonstrates the dynamics of the geological earth and includes how a living glacier really works.

In the theater at the Wild Center a breathtaking panorama of the Adirondacks is offered including an aerial view of some of the 46 peaks over 4000 feet, travelling down a river, one of the 31,500 miles of rivers and streams, and much more.

The Wild Center was a vision of Elizabeth Lowe. One evening at her cabin in Tupper Lake with friends, she began developing a strategy to bring this dream into a reality. On July 4, 2007, the Center opened, and on June 15, 2012 it opened its “Planet Adirondack” exhibit, which features a floating interactive Earth where you can see how our world really works. The Center has just revealed plans to build an elevated walk for visitors to view the forest and marsh from above and includes an eagles nest.

Poetry is part of many of the inside exhibits inside the Center. A quote on the trail to the Center from Willa Cather: “We come and go, but the land is always here. And the people who live it and understand it are the people who own it ~ for a little while.”

To see The Wild Center: www.wildcenter.org
For more info on KAG: www.killingtonartsguild.org
September 5, 2012

Making Something New

Barbara McKenna is on the Killington Arts Guild's Board of Directors and works on publicity. For a KAG Gallery reception a couple years ago she made table centerpieces-little wooden birdhouses with artificial flowers around them, and moss and white doves on the roofs which delighted everyone. So did her first exhibit at the gallery - Noah's Bark - an ark with carved dogs.

Barbara inherited her artistic talents from her grandmothers. One made clothing. After seeing what was in the stores she reproduced the same thing for herself. The other painted and crocheted, and both did handiwork.

She learned to sew in 5th and 6th grade, in an elementary school in Pennsylvania where all the children used treadle sewing machines and learned to cook.

Recognizing that Barbara had talents, her mother asked the art teacher if she should take lessons. That wise teacher told her no, just to let her find her own way. After high school Barbara went to two art schools, graduated and worked as a colorist for a decorating fabric company in New York City.

She married, had two kids, and began antique painting of mini-dollhouse furniture for a man who made the furniture. Then, began cutting out and painting wooden figures of farm animals and people and sold them through a sales representative. She moved on to folk art painting, then woolen pillows which were commissioned for the Artisan's Gallery on Center Street.

Barbara says, "I like to use antique patterns as a starting point and take elements from them to make something new and am inspired by people who live on an island in Central America who do reverse applique called Mola."

She does sewing and rug hooking demonstrations at Arts & Antiques. Her work is on display there, and in the KAG Gallery where she has two "posters" taken from old instructive pieces: "Recipe for Washing Clothes" showing a woman and her helpers doing laundry; and "Hints For Happy Motoring", tell how they fixed cars in the early 1900's. The third piece is the "Adirondark" a miniature ark built in the old Adirondack style, with animals that live in the mountains and Noah and his family. The decks lift so you can see the insides. All three pieces are delightful and in the current show, "Art and Soul" that runs until November 17. For more see: www.killingtonartsguild.org
August 30, 2012
Plein Air Painting

Gretchen Kelly  PHOTO: Patsy Zedar
Warmer, sunny days in the Northeast encourage outdoor painting. Plein Air Painting contributes significantly to capturing and documenting the beauty and history of this area. Plein Air first became popular in the early nineteenth century in Europe and America when pre-mixed paints and transportable box easels were developed. Artists use colorful brush strokes instead of layering their paint.

Jill Dye of the Killington Arts Guild has long practiced and taught Plein Air painting which brings you closer to nature and puts you in the moment. Last year at a garage sale in Rutland, photographer Patsy Zedar bought a French easel and paints suitable for Plein Air and started taking painting lessons.

Recently in Waitsfield, Vt., there was a Plein Air paint-out. Poet and photographer Ann Day reported that artists were all over the valley documenting barns, churches and villages, mountains and waterfalls.

The same weekend, Betty Little, Patsy Zedar and James Little were traveling in the Adirondacks and interviewed two young women participating in the Saranac Lake Plein 
Air week. They had risen early to paint in the morning light by a lake and were doing their second pictures. Both were part of a six member Hudson River group that had come for the second year to this event. In 2011, Gretchen Kelly (Hyde Park, NY) won a prize for the best watercolor in the Saranac Plein Air Show. In fact, she said, all members of the Hudson River group won prizes.

Tarryl Gable (Hyde Park, NY) said she is a full time painter and art teacher and is following the plein air events all around the country. Many of her paintings are about the west, particularly horses. She had sold some of these at Liquid Art in Killington.

Betty Little told her that Beth Weinberg of Liquid Art had just joined KAG and explained that the Guild is composed of artists and friends of the ARTS including painters, sculptors, craftsmen, printmakers, photographers, musicians, writers, dancers, dramatists and poets. Member profiles and news is posted on the website; their work displayed in the KAG Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts on Route 4 in Killington and a profile written in this column.

When Patsy returned to Killington, she tried Plein Air painting at Pico.

August 22, 2012

A Creative Community for the Arts

Susan Wacker-Donle is Killington Arts Guild’s Webmaster. She continues to develop the website originated by Sally Curtis, KAG president, and her son Jon Curtis. The Website demonstrates how committed KAG and its membership are to a diversity of arts. It is a way for us to communicate with each other and with the public.

Susan Wacker-Donle's new Turtle Logo
Susan’s newest page -- MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS -- is particularly (interesting) exciting. For example: Susan announces she has finished three turtle 
T-shirt logo designs for Luana-Kai Resort, 
Maui; Edie Johnstone has created two new luna moth designs; Mary Fran Lloyd and Alice Sciore (with poems by Cathy Quaglia and Linda Fondulas) have created HeARTS for the Rutland project to benefit victims of Irene; Saska Hagen Groom’s traveling troupe of teenagers has presented The Taming of the Shrew; and there was a fine article on Robin Taft’s furniture in Seven Days.

On the opening page of the website, titles such as CALENDAR, MEMBERSHIP and MOUNTAIN TIMES, bring you current information. Subtitles such as Killington Summerfest are for special events. Susan is adding 2011 and 2010 archive subtitles under MOUNTAIN TIMES.

MEMBERSHIP page will tell you the requirements and benefits of belonging to KAG and FORMS will provide a membership application; CALENDAR will tell you that a New Gallery show will open on Sept. 1 with a reception co-sponsored by Outfitters and Cabin Fever Gifts to be held September 4, from 4-7PM for members and friends and from 5-7PM for the Killington Chamber of Commerce.

Didn’t see Betty Little’s KAG column last week -- find it under MOUNTAIN TIMES; missed Sally Curtis’ Newsletter -- it’s on the website. Check PROGRAMS for details about KAG activities: the Gathering of Poets will be on Monday Sept. 17 at 7 PM in the Sherburne Memorial Library and a program on the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Art by Abbey Raeder, executive director, will take place on Monday Oct. 15 at 7 PM, also in the Library.

The website is a way to keep us all informed and to invite the public to join us. It is the first step in linking up with other galleries and associations to help create a presence in Vermont for the Arts.

Susan Wacker-Donle's T-shirt to save turtles is available at: www.redbubble.com/people/srwdesign.
Try the Website, www.killingtonartsguild.org and read the MEMBERS ANNOUNCEMENTS page this week.
August 15t, 2012

Green Mountain Writers at their Annual Conference Share Works

The valley along Tinmouth Road off Route 140 above Wallingford is one of the most beautiful places in Vermont. This summer, the sky was blue, layered with white clouds, and the mountains rose one beyond another, purple hues fading to shades of gray. The valley is full of green fields, red barns, gray clapboard farmhouses, machinery and occasional cows. The dirt road leads through tunnels of trees marked by birch. Queen Anne's Lace and purple Showy Fleabane grow thickly along the roadway. A turn left to Tinmouth Pond, brings you to the water and cottages with canoes turned upside down on the grass. The pavilion is here where the Green Mountain Writers have met one week in early August for more than a decade.

Writers come from all over to be instructed and inspired; to struggle with writing prompts; to listen to each other's memoirs, poetry and history; to eat delicious food; and sweat in the summer heat, dip in the lake and talk endlessly. Few training camps offer such dawn to dusk energizing activity.

Here Killington Arts Guild Members come to further their work and show off their talents. This year Yvonne Daley, the conference director talked about the importance of "place" in writing and read from her book: A Mighty Storm: Stories of Resilience After Irene, "We know that we are changed; we just don't know how much."

Ann Day recited her nature poems with sound effects and read: "I AM, cattails, the meadow, the mud, the early blossoms of red osier, the cat tails, the red-winged blackbird, the breeze that bends willowed grasses and the emerging spring that buds within me."
Donna Martin's offered a piece from her history of Killington and brought farmer Oran Bates to life; and Betty Little recited her poem," Love is...a firewall against the chaos of the world."

On the hottest day, poet David Budbill, from the Northeast Kingdom, read about Vermont summers, "Ninety days…just got to get outside and get together. I said, OUTSIDE! OUTSIDE!"

Judy Gould's winter paintings of Vermont: churches, villages and hillsides that cover pavilion walls offering a pleasant backdrop. People asked, "What is the Killington Arts Guild?" They were surprised at the variety of our art and the commitment we have to our writing.

For more information about KAG activities and works visit www.killingtonartsguild.org
August 8, 2012

A Glimpse of Brookgreen Gardens 

Derek Wernher's Len Ganewayat Brookgreen Gardens 
PHOTO: Betty A. Little
On Monday August 20 from 7-8:30 PM Betty A. Little, poet, memoir writer and journalist, is giving a program for the Killington Arts Guild, “South Carolina Perspective: Pawleys Island, Brookgreen Gardens and Gullah Art,” at the Sherburne Memorial Library. The public is invited to attend. 

Pawleys Island is both an island and a large unincorporated area south of Myrtle Beach, S.C and it is there you will find Brookgreen Sculpture Gardens and wild life preserve. The gardens are unrivaled by any other holding, public or private, of American representational sculpture. Over 1,444 works by over 300 artists are displayed on 31 acres. The collection includes: one of American’s earliest sculptures, Greek Slave by Hiram Power; Fountain of the Muses by Carl Mills; Pledge of Allegiance by Glenna Goodacre and Len Ganeway by Derek Wernher.

At the entrance are the famous Fighting Stallions by Anna Hyatt Huntington. Anna and her husband, financier Archer Milton, established Brookgreen during the 1930’s on four former plantations. The gardens were designed as a setting for Anna’s sculpture. Archer’s poetry is mounted on marble tablets. There are 9,000 acres including a beach house along the ocean, woodlands, tidal swamps and preserves for low country plants and animals. In the gardens there is a Live Oak Allée, walk ways, reflection pools, remnants of walls and rice fields from plantation days. Slaves managed these fields until after the Civil War. Hundreds of them were buried in the pinewoods beneath wooden crosses without names. Evidence of the hard life they lived. Some of their descendants are known as the Gullah.

The program will include a slides presentation, memorabilia, poetry about Pawleys Island, and a talk about Brookgreen and conservation coastlands in the barrier islands south to Georgetown, SC. For ten Septembers Betty Little has gone to Pawley’s Island to tour the area and writing memoirs with her sister Martha F. McMullen from Lakeworth, Florida. This year they will be working mornings in a cottage on Pawleys Island Creek editing “Beyond Sisters” a joint memoir about mental illness and the bond that can exist between sisters.

Announcement: Myra Grosinger, master artist will present a workshop, “Printmaking with Styrofoam” Saturday August 18th, 1- 4 PM, Fee: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers. Registration Forms at www.killingtonartsguild.org or call Sally Curtis 422-3852.

August 1, 2012

About Courage My Love

Robin Gordon Taft restores furniture and calls it “Furniture in Recovery.” a chest of drawers is in the Killington Arts Guild Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts (Route #4), pictured on the KAG Website and in the KAG brochure designed by Alice Sciore. Robin’s unexpected solution for damaged and discarded furniture is to “recover” it. When she is done each piece is resurrected, recycled and has become functional art…strong, beautiful perfect and often whimsical.

Robin and her husband live on a farm house in Wallingford and uses there home for furniture work. Every piece is marked with a logo-a winged heart with the words “Courage My Love.” The name comes from a clothing boutique Robin’s mother-in-law once operated in New York City. The phrase refers to her other passion as an advocate for allowing natural death. The logo links the two.

Instead of refinishing furniture the old way, Robin recovers it. Her first piece was a built-in hutch in her living room. She stretched decorative Nepalese paper over the hutch, glued it and finished it with polyurethane. That was the start. Her work has an attractive charm and provides a place for memorabilia. She does custom work, sells on line, at artists markets and in Vermont home-furnishing stores.

Robin was a nurse for 25 years and became an advocate for the rights of aged patients to a natural death. Furniture in Recovery is a fund raising effort for www.AllowingNaturalDeath.org/ On this website, Robins writes blogs. She says,” Allowing natural death is a plan for life’s end which seeks to provide comfort and dignity above all else acknowledges that death is the inevitable result of the aging process. It supports a kinder and gentler way to die, relies less on medicine, technology and hospitalization and more on relief of pain and comfort.”

In June, Megan James wrote an article in “Seven Days” about Robin’s furniture. Robin will be showing at Art Hop in Burlington’s South End on September 7th. She is excited about her latest idea, papering doors with memorabilia. We hope to see samples in the KAG Gallery soon.

Robin says, “The fun I am having makes these pieces colorful and playful. But they have a spiritual side too when on closer inspection each one reveals its hidden message. Courage my Love.” 

See Robin’s furniture at www.furnitureinrecovery.org. For More about KAG see www.killingtonartsguild.org
July 25, 2012
More Leading from the Heart

Sometimes the smallest things have the greatest meaning. Jan Greenwood’s children books “Lucy Lovebug’s Hugs” may be one of those. Jan is a new member of the Killington Arts Guild’s and an author. Last month she gave a book review at Ars Poetica. She began by passing a white bucket fill of Hershey’s candy hugs and her calling cards, and read, “Lucy,” a small, illustrated book in rhyme for children 3-8 years old. It is intended to read at bedtime before the child receives a hug.

“Lucy,” Jan says “Is like most of my writing, inspired. I just begin and it flows as does the love. All the proceeds from the book go to charity to help children and the child in adults who are hurting. After the review, I drove Jan back to her car and as we parted she said, “Need a hug?” I declined but she sounded so sincere.

Jan came to Susan Wacker-Donle’s workshop on building your own website. Since then her publisher, Tate Publishing has offered to do one for her. At least, she says, “I know something about websites.”

She lives tucked away in her log cabin in the woods on the outskirts of Danby with four cats. She graduated from Kansas State University with a major in family and child development, lived in Philadelphia, longed for the country, moved to New Hampshire and then to Rutland, VT. 

She started by writing Christmas cards for friends and family. People told her they read them over and again.

“Then I began reading my children's stories at the office to my co-worker who encouraged me to publish them. When Lucy Ladybug's Hugs formed in my mind I knew I should publish. "Lucy" was accepted right away by the publisher who only accepts four percent of all the thousands of stories sent to them. I now have another book about two little mice that get in to the makeup and the publisher is interested.”

"Lucy" is an e-live book with an auto book digital download which helps children with their literacy. Maybe someone in your life needs a copy.

You will find it on the table with Ann Day’s poetry and KAG’s “A Gathering of Poets” in the KAG Gallery at Cabin Fever gifts or buy “Lucky” at amazon.com.
July 18, 2012 

Landscaping as Art

When I first met Susan Maples, she was making ski clothing in the winter. Every time I went for a fitting, we would wind up talking about plants and gardens. I persuaded her to give a slide program on landscaping for the Killington Arts Guild at the Sherburne Library. It was the most popular program that year.

On Monday July 23, Susan will give another presentation for KAG, a tour of her garden. She started that garden 16 years ago with a packet of wild flower seeds and says, “As it grew and evolved it becoming a place in which I learned what works and what doesn’t in this challenging climate.” Today, she is a self-taught gardener and landscaper specializing in perennials. Her garden has stone terraces, paths and stairs, and a water feature intertwined with a melange of perennials. She propagates her own plants and includes them in her client’s gardens. Her landscapes are influenced by her experiences as a textile designer and an artist hand painting silks for couture clothing and costumes for dancers. After years of painting floral designs she has taken her love of flowers and understanding of color and design outside.

Over the last 14 years, with her husband Vito Rasenas, she has built a full service landscaping business. He started with local developer Martin “Charlie” Hanley clearing landscapes and developing lots. Culling trees for garden expansion, increased sunshine, and airflow, as well as installing drainage to control water flow is his specialty. His skills complement Susan’s and thus they are well suited at adapting gardens and creating uniquely attractive landscapes to fit in with our rugged mountain environment.

On Monday July 23rd from 6-7:30 Susan Maples will give a tour of her garden and answer your gardening questions at 446 W. Hill Road, Killington. 802-422-3852. The public is invited to attend.

Besides this tour, KAG is conducting art classes in the Summerfest Program that runs through August. KAG members and area residents are invited to take advantage of the art programs, book reviews and other events. Some are open without charge. Others are $10 a session. Schedules and registrations are at the Killington Grand Hotel. KAG will hold a Summerfest Art Show and reception on August 24 at the Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts on Route 4 opposite the Killington Access road. See www.killingtonartsguild.org/ The public is invited.
 July 11, 2012

Leading From the Heart

Life Cycle by Mary Fran Lloyd            PHOTO:Betty A. Little
One Sunday, I rose early to tour Rutland and enjoy all the lovely heARTS on display. HeARTS of Rutland celebrates the creativity of local artists and a true sense of community. This project was developed and initiated by residents and businesses in the area.

At the opening ceremony of heARTS of Rutland on June 9th thirty polyester decorated hearts, each four feet high, were displayed at the Court House. Then they were placed at various locations all over town. 

Members of the Killington Arts Guild involved in this project including:

Mary Fran Lloyd’s heART, “Life Cycles” was created using acrylic paints and a heartful of creative spirit. As an artist, Mary Fran finds “self-expression through color, texture and movement.” Her piece is in the window of Arts and Antiques on Center Street.

Alice Sciore painted her heART with clouds and the words of two poems written by Cathy Quaglia and Linda Fondulas. Alice’s piece is in the window of the Lake Sunapee Bank on Merchants Row.

Polly Lynn editor of the Mountain Times wrote a front page picture story of the opening and Betty A. Little is including this project in her columns.

Mary Crowley of the Chaffee (also a member of KAG) with her husband Art helped to organize and support this project. Mary tells the story of meeting with Karen Seward to discuss the possibility of a fundraiser for children’s art, and after Irene expanded the idea to include disaster organizations in the Rutland area. Eventually they went to Omni for basic support that made it possible to get the business community of Rutland involved. HeARTS of Rutland is now an incorporated nonprofit organization.

The heARTS will be auctioned in the fall on November 2 at the Paramount Theater. There will be a $10 entrance fee at the door and refreshments and entertainment. A cash bar will be provided. All funds raised during this project will be used to benefit disaster victims and to promote children’s art education. Save that day.

A Map locating the heARTS is at the Rutland Chamber of Commerce and elsewhere in Rutland. For more information go to the Facebook/Hearts of Rutland website or www.heartsofrutland.com; for information about KAG see www.killingtonartsguild.org/ For more KAG artists who are “Leading from the Heart” see next week’s column.
July 3rd, 2012

Recapturing our Flag

One flag, one land, one heart, one Nation evermore!- Oliver Wendell Holmes

PHOTO:Patsy Zedar
Legend says the first American flag was created by Betsy Ross based on a pencil sketch by George Washington. It had thirteen stars in a circle and thirteen strips. Vermont was not represented. During sucession the Bonnie Blue flag was popular in Southern states. It had a single star dominating a blue field and expressioned Jefferson Davis' desire to take back his state's star. The prisoners' flag was made from a British uniform by imprisoned seaman. Until the introduction of the sewing machine in 1850, flags were made by hand.
This spring Osher Lifelong Learning Foundation presented a slide program with Woden Teachout, a Vermont resident, Harvard PhD professor of graduate studies at Union Institute and University and author of Capture the Flag. Afterwards, attendees and Killington Arts Guild members discussed how this program had brought American history to life.

Our Flag is used in many ways on clothing, picnic plates, and furniture.

Only Sweden seems to venerate its flag in the same way. It has been used by a wide range of social and political groups to support their version of the American dream. Displayed the flag is a declaration of allegiance to the United States and a claim for equality and rights. It is used by opposing candidates for office and in many controversies, including immigration, prohibition, labor unions and women's rights.

Teachout showed a slide during her presentation of troops with bayonets pointed at a motley group of protectors. Both sides waving American flags- Americans against Americans. Each side sought to "capture the flag."

Teachout argues that the flag has great meaning to us as citizens and as a nation and that we still have the ability to recapture the flag and revitalize its power for a range of democratic possibilities.

In September, Osher will begin Friday programs at the Gotnick Center, Rutland with Professor Bill Cotte on the Romantic 19th CenturyMusic. Karen Bowls (KAG) is one of the hardest working volunteers for the Osher programs. KAG supports the arts in Killington and everywhere in Vermont. For information on Osher call 802-773-0184.
June 27, 2012

Meeting Paedra

Paedra Bramhall is an exceptional artist who, for over 40 years, has pursued a professional career encompassing bronze and glass sculptures and then combined the two mediums in intricate, both bold and delicate, combinations.

Last year, I met Paedra at several Killington Arts Guild events. She always seemed to be comfortable and made a real contribution to the occasion. She was: at the salons at Jill Dye’s Killington Dream Lodge, where sociology and democracy and poverty in San Francisco were discussed over a melting ice cream or desert; at the KAG Annual Meeting in March, 2012 where Phaedra provided a warm welcome to the young people from SafeArt; at KAG Gallery receptions where we admire and talked with her about her quilt like “Parallel Universes.” These were transfigured collages; images created from photos on the computers, then printed on archival canvas and finally stretched like an oil painting.

When asked: about the of origin of her name she said, “Paedra is the feminine which I created from my given name of Peter. It honors my parents. When asked why she lives here she replied, “Bridgewater is my hometown. I was born here during WW ll. I had no choice. Let’s just say I did not want to be born in Boston or any other place.” I inquired why she had joined the Killington Arts Guild. She said “KAG seemed open and welcoming and was close by, so here I am.”

Now the Killington Arts Guild and Paedra Bramhall invites KAG members and serious art lovers to visit her Studio and Gallery in Bridgewater on Saturday, July 21, 11AM-3PM (rain date July 22) to tour Paedra’s unusual studios, have a demonstrative viewing of works, interactive conversations, a picnic, and perhaps a dip in the brook.

Fran Bull of the “Gallery in the Field” in Brandon has written: ‘This is the art that blares its forthright tunes with unbridled virtuosity.’ You will be overwhelmed at the scope of the work that will be on display, the grandeur of the bronze sculpture, the uniqueness of the property … and the dynamic glass globes called ‘interiors’ that appear as visual symphonies.

RSVP event. If you are interested contact Sally Curtis sdck@vermontel.net or call, 802-422-3852. See: www.paedra.com; http://secretcabin.net; Facebook at "The Art of Paedra" and KAG’s website- photo pages and membership forms-www.killingtonartsguild.org 

June 20,2012

Summerfest and 50+ Expo

Maurie Harrington at 5o+ Expo   PHOTO:Susan Wacker-Donle
While I was looking over the schedule for Summerfest, someone behind me said, “Wow! What a program. This is what Killington has always needed.” For ten years KAG member, Jill Dye, has given very successful art classes for Summerfest. Her husband, Duane Finger lectured. This year they are both on a pilgrimage in Europe and KAG is doing the art.

Art classes will be held Thursdays and Fridays 10:00-11:30 AM in Cooper’s Coffee on the ground floor of Snowshed Lodge offering a variety of mediums---each class costs $10. Member, Linda Kropp, is giving four sessions in July on “One Stroke Painting” -- basic rosebuds, wildflowers, sunflowers ($40) and 4 more advanced “One Stroke” in August ($40). Additionally the Guild’s classes will include a tour to Woodstock Galleries and three KAG sessions in July with Alice Sciore and Nancy Pisano (Subtraction Oil Painting) and five in August including Myra Grosinger (Georgia O’Keefe Style Painting), a framing and hanging workshop, a visit to the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Art in Chester and on
August 24th a Summerfest Art show and Reception at the KAG Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts. The Art Show reception is open to the public. 

Summerfest includes complimentary events and those for a fee: lectures, book reviews, digital photography, cooking, classic films, card games and more.

All schedules, registration and posting of changes are at the Grand Hotel. Most events, accept the art, will be in the Escapade Room in the Hotel. Both summer and year round residents can participate. The total program, with many extras, is available at $175 (per month) or $350 (for the whole summer). Information on the art program is on KAG’s website www.killingtonartsguild.org or call Sally Curtis 422-3852.

If the Vermont Maturity Magazine’s “Expo Fifty Plus” held on June 9th was any example, Summerfest will be special too. KAG made a significant contribution with five well attended art demonstrations with enthusiastic participants and Pot Luck’s musical contributions in the Ovation Restaurant. Attendees, including KAG members found new ideas and memorabilia at the exhibits and a chance at fabulous door prizes. Participation was moderate, not enough advertising we think, but the quality was all there. We hope the word gets out and that next year will be a really big event.
June 13, 2012

All about Flowers 

"Iris" Photo on Canvas by Sally Curtis
The iris in my garden are finished for the season but those in the Killington Arts Guild Gallery show “Spring into Summer” continue to bloom brightly. Sally Curtis’ Iris (photo on canvas) in blue and yellow is a fine example. Nancy Pisano has two striking pieces, Daffodil Mosaic (glass and grout) and Spring Tree (plexiglass and glass painting) both mounted so the light shines through. Killington Dream (plein air oil) has pastel colored flowers with skiing trails -- Jill Dye, probably the view from her Killington Lodge; Vermont Porch Petunia (watercolor), flowers spilling out of their pots -- Alice Sciore; delicate White Petunias in a bowl (oil) -- Dawn Kranz; Sherburne Postcard #3 of Old River Road (photo montage) lilacs blooming in May with poetry -- Patsy Zedar and Betty Little; Red Geraniums (watercolor) Maurie Harrington, one of her traditional pictures that captures the heart; Meadow Lights (mixed media) a valley brimming with yellow and orange flowers -- Mary Fran Lloyd and more flowers down the stairway.

KAG Plant Swap at 7:00 PM on June 18th in the Sherburne Memorial Library. I have a neighbor who once grew Edelweiss; she still has seeds but I’m choosing plants for the swap. George
Lyons, a Master Gardener, says they did very well for him planted around the foundation of his house. Do you know why snow is actually good for your garden? What three vegetables are among those with the longest seed life -- good for 5-10 years? Bring a plant or two to swap - a gardening story to share - planting tips for our climate here in Vermont. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome! 

Saturday June 23, 9:30-3:30 PM, Sally Curtis will present a Monoprinting workshop with materials/tools in the Killington Arts Guild Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts on Route 4 in Killington. Monoprinting is a type of printing-painting. No two prints are alike. A series of Monoprints may share common forms or lines but are unique in the way they are completed. Participants have the opportunity to express their ideas using objects from nature perhaps flowers and special inks and pin presses are provided. This is a special opportunity; individuals may not have access to the required materials or have the equipment to do this on their own. Fee: $40 members; $50 non-members. Registration forms at www.killingtonartsguild.org or contact; sdck@vermontel.net

June 6, 2012 

Magical Crows In Flight 
"Sun Flower Crow" fabric and beads by Muffy Kashkin Grolier 
The new Killington Arts Guild Show, “Spring into Summer” at Cabin Fever Gifts is full of beautiful flowers—iris, sunflowers, petunias, and lilacs. I could almost smell them they were so lovely. But what caught my eye were two quilted fabric pieces by Muffy Kashkin Grollier of crows– dark flying forms against homespun designs in fabric and beads. Some years ago she did a large gallery show with magical fairies, gnomes and fantasy. It ran the width of the gallery under the windows. The crows seemed quite a change but perhaps more mysterious. 

Muffy has been learning about art all her life. Her mother was an artist, her greatest mentor and teacher. She went to Art School at the University of Hartford Art School and Mass College of Art before she married. Life led her to Vermont.
Here, she worked with children about thirty years and finished a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services. She believes children learn best when they are free to explore. “My job,” she says, “is to provide a stimulating environment, be a source of inspiration and provide knowledge. I want children to learn to be self-motivating and creative.”

Magic and fantasy have been a part of her life and her work. “I cannot remember a time when I did not have a little gnome doll or made drawings of fairies,” she says. She learned to make applehead dolls and then worked with polymer and paper clays. Doll making brings her fantasy friends to life. “Beware,” she says,” if you come to my studio, you may find my dolls dancing in the moonlight.”

“When I was a child I lived across the street from the town forest in the Boston suburbs and grew up loving nature. I began sewing as a child, doll clothes and my own clothes. I took a free form sewing workshop in Connecticut, loved the idea of making art with fabric. Crows and ravens are especially magical so I incorporated them into my fabric art.” Muffy has three pieces at the KAG Gallery, two in Manchester at the Southern Vermont Arts Center members show and will have two others in a show in Plymouth,MA. in July and August.

My thanks this week and every week to Patsy Zedar, my copy editor.
May 30, 2012

Getting to Know Us

PHOTO: Jerry LeBlond

Killington Arts Guild is a creative community for the arts. Our Gallery, website, programs and workshops are open to everyone. The best way to get to know us is to visit our Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts where a new show, “Spring into Summer” is displayed daily and to view the Guild’s website. The website’s “Gallery” page opens with artwork by Jerry Leblond showing what the real Gallery is like from the outside.

Our website viewership continues to grow. Current stats on the site are: 688 visits 307 
unique visitors (those who have not 
repeated); 3,176 pages viewed and viewers from 19 countries. We invite you to become one of the many visitors, www.killingtonartsguild.org

Susan Wacker-Donle, KAG Webmaster says of the website, “ I wish to emphasize that this is the membership’s home for information on our events and activities but it is also a place where they can promote their own work and accomplishments.” The new “Guild Members Gallery” page with bios and photos of members and the “Guild Members Announcements” page, which focuses on their achievements, are particularly important.

Recently, Susan developed a workshop and slideshow to help members create their own free website using Google. Participants arrived early at the Gallery. The room had been darkened for the occasion. Susan walked through the process of setting up a website – step by step. If someone didn’t understand she went over the material again. If the questions were too advanced she said, “That’s for another workshop.” Participants stayed for a three hour presentation, ate lunches they had brought, had a wrap-up session, lingered to ask questions and left with a CD of the presentation. Participants were members except Janice Greenwood . She wanted a website to promote her children’s book. Gerry Russell needed to explore a new website for another association, Paedra Bramhall has a friend managing her website and would like to do it herself and Lynn Fondulas had been frustrated by attempts to set-up a site by herself. Barbara McKenna, a craftsmaker, Betty Little a writer, Alice Sciore, artist and sculptor wanted a website to market art. All were pleased with the day’s workshop and Janice joined the Killington Arts Guild. 

If you want to see more of the KAG Gallery go to our website pages: “Gallery,” “Current Gallery Show” and “Photo Album” at www.killingtonartsguild.org/
May 23, 2012 

Catching the Moment  

The opportunity to go on safari in South Africa will never come to some of us but there are places to go for the same experience. The challenge to the artist is to catch the moment whether it’s two impalas playfully battling or two rhinos walking away side by side. Patsy Zedar takes a photo trip through Lion Safari Country in Loxahatchee, Florida with Brian Dowling, the Curator.
"Giraffe"   PHOTO:Patsy Zedar  
We are inside the fence with the lions only a few feet away. They are lying leisurely under the trees. “Don’t be fooled,” Brian said, “They are wild and dangerous—we try to keep them that way.” In the vehicle behind us a park ranger keeps careful watch. We are tense with our cameras. “They move very quickly, when they move,” Brian says. Click, click, click. We have caught the moment. 

Brian talks about caring for the animals—first quality food. We see fresh strawberries on a feeding pavement; rhinos intent on eating. The antelopes follow the food truck with their heads, this way, that way, all in unison. Forty-year-old Burt, a Rhino, in a field with a camel, catches our hearts. He comes towards us to rub his horn. He places his head in the gate above the chain — his tiny black eyes looking upward, sadly. Brian encourages us to pat Burt’s long forehead. What looks like hard rough skin is so soft. An ear twitches appreciatively. Burt is separate from the other rhinos who pick on him. Brian says “we give animals like this special care.” My pen is working on a poem.
Breeding is a concern. Things look good: ostriches with eggs, impala with big tummies waiting to give birth, small versions of animals everywhere following their mommies. 

The giraffes run around our vehicle. All we can see are legs, then suddenly a head scoops down and looks into the window with large dewy eyes. On the other side, Patsy lifts her camera to catch the moment -- two giraffes at play. It will be several months before work begun during this safari is ready to display.

Meanwhile, the Killington Arts Guild’s Spring – Summer Show at the gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts is opening on May 26 with a reception from 1-3:30 P.M. The show features creative work of new members. Everyone is welcome. For information: www.killingtonartsguild.org ______________________________________________________________________
May 16, 2012

KAG Demos at 50 Plus Expo

Let me be the first to tell you that the Killington Arts Guild will be featured at the 50 PLUS EXPO for Baby Boomers and Seniors on Saturday June 9, 2012 open from 9:30 A.M. to 4 P.M. at the Killington Grand Hotel and Resort. The Guild will give an art demonstration from 10 A.M. to 2 PM and the Potluck Players will perform in the Ovations Restaurant “Stage Space” from 1:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. No admission and open to the public.

We are delighted that Vermont Maturity Magazine is presenting the First Annual Central Vermont 50 PLUS EXPO and that five of our artists will have an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and teaching ability. These include:

(10 A.M.) Sally D. Curtis – Burnishing with Colored Pencils. Sally is the KAG president. She will give a short demonstration and there will be an opportunity to try burnishing on your own photos.
(11 A.M.) Alice Sciore – Pastels. Alice is a graphic designer and fine artist, KAG VP and Gallery Director.
(12 A.M.) Maurie Harrington – Watercolors - inspirations from nature, impressionistic style. She will demonstrate composition, planning, color mixing and methods for dynamic painting.
(1 P.M.) Edie Johnstone – Scherenschnitte - scissor cutting. Graduate of Brown and Tyler School of Fine Art, was a school art teacher and since 1985 has created her own designs for framed work and cards.
(2 P.M.) Nancy Pisano – Oils. She was an art teacher in NJ, graduated from Parsons School of Design. Loves the outdoors. There will be an opportunity for participants to paint old sugar buckets. 

We hope you will visit one or more of these demonstrations to learn something new and perhaps be inspired to try one form of art shown. KAG promotes all of the arts and our membership includes; writers, poets, sculptures, gardeners, culinary experts, quilters, historians, doll-makers and more. We practice art as one of the skills for living a good life.

REMEMBER to register for KAG Workshop Creating Website with Google Sites, Sat. May 19 -10 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the KAG Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts. Presenter Susan Wacker-Donle, KAG Webmaster. Members $40; nonmembers $50. Register at www.killingtonartsguild.org/forms and special programs or contact srwacker@aol.com; call 508.259.1639. 

50 Plus EXPO is for all ages, for more information: www.vermontmaturity.com/expo
May 9, 2012

Unlocking the Keys

 Flagler Centennial Mural painted by the Art Guild of the Purple Isles and the Island Christian School Art Club
2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Overseas Railroad to Key West, an extension of the Florida East Coast Railroad. Henry Flagler and John Rockefeller made their 

money developing the Standard Oil Company. Flagler later turned to building Florida hotels and railways. His dream was to build a railroad through the wilderness of sandy islands and mangrove thickets from the tip of Florida’s mainland to Key West with steamer service to Cuba. This task took eight years to complete because of difficulties in building bridges up to seven miles long, recovering from damaging hurricanes, and supporting a workforce on location. It operated until it was destroyed by one of the worst storms in U.S. history, the 1935 hurricane. 

Patsy Zedar - photographer, Betty Little - writer (both Killington Arts Guild Members), and Martha F. McMullen - author (member Writers Circle, Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, FL), joined the celebration by visiting historic sites through the Keys. Highlights included: sunset at Bahia Honda Bridge where the railroad was built over 35 ft deep water and saw remains of the railroad bridge with the automobile road built on top after 1935. Martha and Patsy traveled this road in 1974; the monument for over 500 workmen, WW I veterans and residents who died in the 1935 hurricane; and a wall mural of the steam train traveling the Overseas Railroad painted by the Arts Guild of the Purple Isles and the Island Christian School Art Club to celebrate the Centennial.
"Remains of the Bahai Bridge"   PHOTO: Patsy Zedar
In the Keys we found many worlds. Traveling along U.S. Highway 1, it often looked like Route 7 South in Rutland, only with Tiki Bars and fish restaurants and an occasional Dolphin, Turtle, or nature attraction. Off the road, a series of State Parks brought us closer to nature – a strip of white sand and brown seaweed, groups of birds, dense trees and mangroves through which trails and roads have been cut, picnic tables, camping sites, and boating facilities. From U.S. 1 could be seen trailer parks that accommodate boats, boatyards with stacks 
of stored boats – all closed down for the 
hurricane season. People come from all over to be a part of this water world. 

“Last Train to Paradise” by Les Standiford; the centennial book, Anniversary edition “The Railroad that Died at Sea” by Pat Parks. About KAG www.killingtonartsguild.org
May 2, 2012 Column

Visions of Mongolia with Annette Compton

Many of us first met Annette Compton about ten years ago as an impersonator of Edna St. Vincent Millay in a Vermont Humanities Program sponsored by the Killington Arts Guild and the Friends of the Sherburne Library. Here we learned Compton was a wonderful actress and that Millay had been an exciting person with her risky way of life as a feminist, wild love affairs and romantic poetry. Florida summer visitors, who claimed to have known Millay personally, said Compton was perfect for the role. She was Millay.

On Monday, May 7th at 7 PM Compton will return to the Sherburne Library to tell part of her own story in a program sponsored by KAG. The event is titled, “Visions of Mongolia - A Travelogue with Annette Compton, the Traveling Artist.” She is known for her painting trips to scenic locations such as Florida, France, Wyoming, Scotland and Tuscany and as the author of “Drawing from the Mind, Painting from the Heart” designed to help artists find their own voice and improve technical-integration. She has an MFA in Illustration, School of Visual Arts, NYC, has lived in Woodstock since 1987 where she established Compton ART, a design and marketing business, taught adults and developed a unique painting style. She is a signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society and former president. Her oils and watercolors include commissioned portraits of homes, loved ones and beloved animals for a variety of private collections. 

Every time I see Mary Crowley of the Chaffee, also a KAG Member, doing her art demonstrations on public service TV, I am reminded of Compton’s, “Drawing from the Mind…” We were all so excited when the book came out more than ten years ago. I still have a copy; it is timeless. May 7th promises to be a special occasion. We hope you will take advantage of this evening. 

Other Killington Arts Guild events include: KAG Webmaster Susan Wacker-Donle’s workshop Saturday, May 19th 10AM - 2PM at the KAG Upstairs Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts (Fee: members $40; non-members $50); Plant Swap and Garden Tips June 18th, 7 PM at the Sherburne Memorial Library; Sally Curtis’ workshop on Monoprinting Techniques Sat. June 23rd, 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. at the Gallery (Fee: Members $50; Non-members $60). Programs are open without charge to the public. 
Workshop registration forms at www.killingtonartsguild.org
April 25, 2012

Edie Johnstone-The Paper Cutter 

"Pets" by Edie Johnstone
Edith Johnstone has loved art all her life, worked in many different media, taught elementary school, and is an enthusiastic Killington Arts Guild member.

Born in Pennsylvania, Edie, graduated from George School where she took art and Pembroke College, (now Brown University,) which included a year at the Rhode Island School of Design, married Bob Johnstone, had 3 children--now adults and moved to Vermont in1967.

She taught art in the Sherburne Elementary School (Killington Elementary -KES) in all grades, 1970 to 1984. "You're the best art                                            
teacher I ever had" was something the children told me.” Edie says, “Of course, at that point I was the only art teacher they had had. But I'm sure that I learned as much from the many children as they learned from me.” Since 2006, she has volunteered Fri. afternoons in art classes at KES.

In 1985, a German friend sent her some scherenschnitte (scissor cuttings), “I loved that technique and started doing it using my own designs. Mostly I am self-taught but I took a course at Fletcher Farm. I'm a member of the Guild of American Papercutters and get their magazine, FirstCut, so I see a large variety of styles and cuttings.. Many of my paper cuttings have been printed in that magazine. All are original designs.” For contest in that magazine she created a cutting “Pets” Almost all the animals in it have been at one time or another, her pets.

For many years Edie did egg painting, and taught over glaze china painting to adults in her home; she has demonstrated: paper cutting at the Art and Antiques on Center (Rutland), in the after school art program at the Sherburne Library and to KAG.

She introduced ATC (Artist’s Trading Cards) to the Guild. I still remember the wonderful time we had drawing, cutting and pasting. She brought all the materials needed and was so enthusiastic.

On June 9th, Edie will be one of the KAG artists demonstrating at the Vermont Maturity Magazine event at the Grand Hotel. Yes, she will be teaching and doing paper cutting. Mark your calendar!

Her work is at the KAG gallery, Art and Antiques on Center (Rutland), Truly Unique (Rutland) and the Original General Store (Pittsfield). 

Peter Huntoon Watercolor Workshop April 28-29-call 802-422-3852 to register. For info about KAG: www.killingtonartsguild.org

April 18, 2012 

Is Gardening Changing?

Gardening was one of the original ‘arts’ included in the Killington Arts Guild, I remember visiting Louise Hansson’s house to see how to grow gardens in a limited space and to George Lyons place where he had a nursery of plants for the Sherburne Memorial Library gardens. We didn’t form a garden club; we joined KAG instead.

This winter the Green Mountains had no permanent snow cover to reflect the sun and to keep temperatures cold. Alan Betts of Pittsford, a climate scientist and for thirty years a gardener, writes that the ground was frozen 67 days instead of the historic150 days. This is the second shortest winter on record in Vermont; the first one was 2001-2. The weather in March was by far the warmest for that month.This year gardeners are facing a mild winter, an early spring, and damage from Irene. Less snow means less moisture in the ground. Climate change also means increased extremes of precipitation that are less predictable.

In the mid 1990s, my husband and I came from New Jersey where forsythia bloomed prolifically. We were disappointed that it was difficult to grow it in Vermont. This year forsythia is thriving and has bloomed for weeks. Daffodils came up early, have opened and closed and opened again. The yellow is bright and cheerful in the gray days of early spring but it is a definite sign that the climate is changing. 

KAG will meet twice to talk about gardening - including adapting to climate change. On Monday June 18th at 7 PM in the Sherburne Memorial Library there will be a Plant Swap and idea exchange. On Monday, July 23 at 6:00PM “Landscaping: Art in the Garden” will be with Susan Maples, 446 W. Hill Road, Killington. A couple years ago, Susan and her husband gave a slide presentation for KAG at the library about their landscape garden business. It started with working on drainage problems around homes, and then Susan saw it was a way to solve the problems and build rock gardens at the same time. She has invited us to see what they have done in their own garden. At both occasions “Irene” and climate change will become part of the discussion. You can’t talk about flowers without talking about weather.

Alan Betts writes for the Rutland-Herald and comments on VPR
For more info on KAG: www.killingtonartsguild.org

April 11, 2012

What the Teen Ensemble Taught Us 

PHOTO: Susan Wacker-Donle
People asked me after the SafeArt performance at the Killington Arts Guild Annual meeting, “What was it like meeting the Teen Ensemble face to face?” These were young people who had been abused, criticized for being different, hurt physically and emotionally over and over again. They are using art to recover and to find a new life.

How had they found the courage to talk about things that people don’t talk about? Was it easier to do that in front of other teenagers who might have had the same experiences rather than adults like the KAG members who might never speak out about    such events, especially if they involved other family members.
The art seemed to make it easier for the Teens. They used poetry and let the refrain carry the grief, in dance it was expressed in movement, in music through sound. At first it seemed so simple but more and more as the audience was drawn in, we began to understand and experience the pain—though it was not always their own. 

It was very effective when the ensemble all stood in a row. Each one gave a statement representing the group. “Seven of us have used drugs” “ six of us have been abused” “three of us raped” “ all of us have been betrayed” “ all of us believe in social change.”

By telling their stories they heal, they prevent things from happening, encourage intervention and proactive behavior on the part of others.

Lauren is a member of the Guild; she is one of us. She stood with the teens and read from their book “On Our Way, An Anthology of SafeArt Writing 2000-2010.” She is one those adults who supports SafeArt.

What could we do at that moment was to praise them for their courage and their work. They smiled back, faces glowing. Then I thought, in my own life how easy it is to criticize and how much more important it is to praise. 

I am sure Poetry from this book will be read at the Killington Arts Guild Gathering of Poets at the Sherburne Library on April 16th at 7-8:30 PM and perhaps also at Open Mike, Church of the Wildwood in Chittenden on Friday April 14th. This is what we can do to spread the message about the courage of these young people.

“How she really feels, like she is about to break, but now like a new person she begins to take flight.” – a 17 year old girl from “On Our Way.” 

“On Our Way” is available for a $20 donation to SafeArt www.safeart.org.
For information about the Guild: www.killingtonartsguild.org for the column vtkag@aol.com


April 4, 2012

A New Season; a New Start

In the 2012 Annual Meeting Report Sally Curtis, KAG President quotes Robert Hass, U.S. Poet Laureate (late 1990s) “There’s a whole range of behaviors that were highly functional in the hierarchical organization that are dead wrong in the more responsive, empowering organization that we’re seeking to become.”

The changes Hass recommends include: listening rather than speaking, valuing people of a different gender or culture; collaborating rather than do it yourself, making decisions with people instead of making them by yourself. These suggestions apply to KAG and many other types of organizations.

In the Presidents Message, Sally reported that in the coming season there will be a full range of gallery shows, programs and workshops. The gallery is thriving. She thanked Diane and Mike Miller of Base Camp Outfitter/Cabin Fever Gifts for their support. Sally acknowledged
that many people are still unaware of the fine arts gallery where our artist display their work and discussed the Website, Peg-TV, the Mountain Times and Chamber of Commerce Mixer as ways in which we are seeking to be better known.

Two new members were elected to the Board of Directors: Geraldine Russell and Donald R, McIntyre. Gerry has moved permanently to Killington after living here part time for eight years and has been a lively member of the Killington Senior Citizens and frequent reader of
Betty Little’s KAG Column in the Mountain Times. Mike Young nominated Gerry for the Board. She makes quilts and needlework, was a teacher, worked in middle management in a health care company, sold real estate and insurance, was elected and appointed to various political
positions. Donald lives in Rutland. His art is photography and digitally created photo art some of it with a humorous touch. He displays work in our gallery and at other locations in Vermont. He was a founder and first president of the Vermont Dermatological Society, president of the Central Vermont Symphony Orchestra and president of Route 7 Productions.

Incumbents Alice Sciore, Jerry LeBlond, Mike Young and Sally Curtis were reelected. The Board and other KAG Members do the work of a staff as volunteers. KAG has a modest budget provided by membership dues and workshop fees which is supplemented by in-kind donations. For example, Lauren Wilder provides attractive, innovative and delicious
refreshments with some help from members. To run the Guild “It takes a village…”

For information on 2012 activities go to: www.killingtonartsguild.org; to contact this column vtkag@aol.com

March 28, 2012 

Artists Connect with the Worldwide Web

In today’s world if you or your business are not on the web then you don’t exist.

But learning about the web or a computer procedure is hard work. I am trying to use Evernote to write on my computers. With it I could write on any of my computers and work on the same piece with someone even if they are using a different system-- Mac and PC’s meet. But I need a tutor, a real person, to help me learn Evernote because what I do is write and not run machines. What about a website? Susan Wacker-Donle, KAG’s Webmaster is offering to be your tutor in a workshop she is giving in May.

In the nineteen seventies the American Association of University Women decided women should learn to use computers. They promoted mini courses designed for women. Now the Killington Arts is offering a workshop for artists on creating a website. No prior web experience needed or knowledge of the html code. Many of us, artists and others, don’t even know what an html code is.Website users can publish biographies and resumes; create custom looking designs, incorporate artwork videos, slideshows, attachments and text, share photos and videos with others, as well as create an online store to sell your work.

Susan Wacker-Donle is Webmaster of our vibrant website www.killingtonartsguild.org. It is viewed in 13 countries and growing every day. The website has made us part of a global arts village and established a virtual home for our creative community keeping us informed and connected. It includes a calendar of events for the year, forms for registering to exhibit in the Gallery, applications for workshops and for membership information; a list of members, information about special programs. Here you will find the Mountain Times weekly column, a slide show on the Gallery opening of ”The Art of Life” and a Guild Photo Album spotlighting people, events and talents of our diverse membership. This is an excellent example of what a website can be.

We invite you to visit our website and to take the workshop, “Creating a Free Website with Google Sites” conducted by Susan Wacker-Donle KAG Webmaster Saturday May 19th 10-2 PM in the Killington Arts Guild Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts on Route 4 opposite the Killington Access Road. Fee: Members: $40; Non-members $50. 
Registration Forms at www.killingtonartguild.org. To contact this column: vtkag@aol.com

March 21, 2012 

Invitation to Poetry

“…wait on the wind, catch a scent of salt, call it our life.” from Our Valley by Philip Levine, U.S. Poet Laureate, National Poetry Month poster, April 2012.

In Dana Gioia’s famous essay, “Does Poetry Matter?” he concludes that poetry will not survive unless poets are willing to read, write, listen and be involved with the public. Poets must support the work of others. Poetry needs to be read and shared. The Killington Arts Guild supports the art of poetry with readings, publications and art exhibits.

Vermont is a state full of poetry and the Killington Arts Guild will celebrate this on April 16, 7-8:30 PM with the Gathering of Poets at the Sherburne Memorial Library, River Road, Killington. Reads present their own works or those of others. Visitors from other areas are invited to join us and to read.

In KAG’s book, A Gathering of Poets: A Vermont Anthology, David Weinstock leader of the Otter Creek Poets in Middlebury has written, In Praise of Local Poets. He says, “---all poetry is local and all artists, if we hope to bring anything good into the world, owe avid attention to that part of the world that is immediately at hand. Location does not limit us; it launches us.” 

“Art in Your Life,” the KAG Gallery show at Cabin Fever Gifts on route 4
includes combinations of poetry with art and painting: three Watercolor Words- verses by Cathy Qualia with paintings by Alice Sciore; two Post Cards #3, #4 - poems by Betty Little with photos by Patsy Zedar. And in earlier shows Ann Days poetry and photos combined and Sandra Gartner’s poem with Maurie Harrington’s painting.

KAG members Lauren Wilder and Ann Wallen convene Ars Poetica, every month on the third Weds. from 6-8 PM at the Sherburne Memorial Library. On March 21 they will start with a short lesson on the “Limerick” and then follow with readings of individual’s written works. Original Pieces and favorite of others will be shared.

“ Vermont Writers---In Play” adapted by Peter Marsh from Yvonne Daley’s book , featuring Sandra Gartner (KAG) and others will be performed at the Paramount’s Brickbox in Rutland April 13 and 14th.

On Sunday March 25 at 2PM, Killington Arts Guild Annual Meeting in the Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts will feature the SafeArt Teenage Ensemble. The public is invited. 

On KAG: www.killingtonartsguild.org; about the column: vtkag@aol.com

March 15, 2012  

Meet Susan Wacker-Donle
PHOTO: Jerry LeBlond
Many people in the Killington Arts Guild are discovering Susan Wacker-Donle, a woman of many talents. She says about art, “I am constantly stopped by the beauty around me. The way the morning sun lights up the sky, the color of a Canadian Day Lilly alongside a dirt road, water falling thru ledges of rock. Photography gives me a way to capture these fleeting moments…to share with the viewer what I see at different points in time.”

In her childhood, three people exposed her to the creative side of life: her grandfather, 
a talented painter and illustrator; her
mother, Margaret Rose, a skilled crafts person with her own home business who created Susan’s school dresses; and her father, an electronics engineer for Westinghouse, an electronics pioneer and a talented woodworker. She excelled in art in grade school, won ribbons in Girl Scout art competitions and was displayed and published in the student art publications in High School. A career in art was always her focus.” 

Susan graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Fine Arts and a certificate in computer generated graphic design. She had a twenty-five year successful career as an Art Director in New York City and Boston developing product and package designs for prestigious Beauty and Grooming industry such as Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds Fragrance Packaging. She has twenty-three design patents and forty-eight design awards for packaging and promotional design. She has traveled in Europe, the Orient and elsewhere, records her trips with photos, keeps a journal and uses travel as a platform for her work.

Her love of skiing has been a driving force. She joined a ski house in Chittenden to improve her skiing. Killington was the best mountain in the east -- this was the place. Met Ed Donle on a “blind ski date,” moved to Vermont and married him in Pittsfield. Ed is a dentist, a skier and Susan’s strong supporter. His craftsman skills enabling him to cut beautiful, professional mats for her prints.

"Moss Glen Falls" by Susan Wacker-Donle    

Now, she has her own Graphic Design Firm, SRWDesign and pursues Fine Art Photography creating Archival Digital Prints and Gicleés for Gallery sale. 

Cathy Quaglia of Aspen East Ski Shop introduced Susan to Alice Sciore, recommending her for the KAG Board. She accepted Alice’s nomination, joined KAG, was elected in 2011 and as KAG’s Webmaster has an exciting new agenda!

Photography Highlights: www.susanrwackerphotography.com

Contact KAG: www.killingtonartsguild.org
for this column: vtkag@aol.com

"Spring Mountain Lake" by Susan Wacker-Donle


March 7, 2012 

SafeArt comes to the Upstairs Gallery

Sunday March 25 at 2 p.m. Killington Arts Guild will present the SafeArt Teen Ensemble in a program of song, dance, poetry and storytelling as part of the annual meeting. The meeting will be in the Upstairs Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts on Route 4 opposite the Killington Access Road. The public is encouraged to attend. 

Laura Wilder, a member of the KAG Board of Directors, first brought SafeArt to the Guild's attention. Ann Wallen, KAG past-president, attended the performance last year was equally impressed with the ten boys and girls, ages 16-18 who performed with confidence and talent. "They shared their personal experiences by sharing their art with us."
SafeArt was founded in 2000 by Tracy Penfield who was asked to direct a piece on domestic violence featuring women. SafeArt was born from that presentation. Shortly thereafter, the teen ensemble was started, which particularly effective because young people and adults listen attentively to teenagers and believe what they say about their experiences.

The current teenagers in the ensemble are from Randolph and Chelsea, Vermont. All are high school students and talented musicians and actors. The pieces they present were created during SafeArt residences in high schools, workshop for Women's groups and past and current ensemble groups.

Members of the 2012 ensemble say:

"It is important to be able to relate to others, it makes being a teen easier, to know that other teens are going through the same things you are-we never know how many lives we have touched." ~ Serenity

"...We raise adult awareness of the struggles of being a teen, and let teens know they are not alone." ~ Chet

The teen ensemble talks about issues during rehearsals and grows through the experience, performance and discussions with the audience. Topics include: bullying, sexual violence, self-harm and body image.

Humor is used to balance serious subjects and to stress the possibility and importance of bystanders who are proactive in ending violence; Perpetrators and victims are not the only people involved in any abusive situation.

SafeArt engages the transformative power of the arts to prevent and heal abuse and other trauma. Join us and meet these extraordinary young people.

For More on KAG: www.killingtonartsguild.org; for this column vtkag@aol.com