KAG/The Mountain Times 2013

By Gerrie Russell
December 5, 2013

Art and Expression on Display at KAG Gallery
PHOTO: Susan Wacker-Donle
The Killington Arts Guild held an opening reception on Saturday, November 23rd, to celebrate their new show Art and Expression, featuring Alice Sciore, co-founder and Gallery Director.
The depth of Alice’s talent is quite apparent and everyone who sees the show will quickly find a favorite
piece. From watercolor to sculpture to illustrated poetry, Alice creates from the heart. One of her most
striking creations is an elegant, graceful angel painted on watercolor paper, cut and mounted in a display case. The angel was originally used as the focal point on a tree decorated for the Festival of Trees, 2012. Alice is comfortable using many mediums and will not hesitate to combine paint, wood and graphics. Each piece is an adventure.
The show also includes new work by other members of the guild. Exhibit highlights include Robert Pye’s marble owl titled “Saw Whet”, “Spring Buds” oil painting by Nancy Neyerlin-Pisano, and new watercolors by Maurie Harrington. Our beautiful Vermont is always an inspiration and there are many images reminding us of the mountains, valleys and waterfalls that visitors are awed by and residents love. Animals are represented from Ann Day’s simple little cat “Apple” to a horse running with the wind by Christine Orcutt Henderson. This particular show features many interesting pieces of sculpture in wood, glass and marble.
All of our member artists are talented and all have a story to tell. As a child, Jerry Munger, saved three hundred bazooka bubblegum wrappers to get a brownie camera. Now, his digital photography, some mounted on special linen paper with different exposures, is exhibited in our gallery. Notice his waterfalls and please note that they are all accessible by foot.
If you are visiting Killington, time spent in our gallery is a must. All of the work is for sale so you can find a remembrance for yourself or a gift for someone else during this Holiday Season. 

The gallery is located upstairs at Cabin Fever/Base Camp on Rt. 4 across from the base of the Killington Access Road. It is open daily.

For more information on Alice Sciore you can contact her at aliceartist@vermontel.net.

For more information on the gallery and other KAG activities please visit our web site www.killingtonartsguild.org.

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By Lauren Jane Wilder
November 13, 2013

Poetry Society of Vermont Reads Poetry at the Gables

PHOTOS: Susan Wacker-Donle
PSOV Members & Guests at The Gables
Back row: Tyler Cook, PSOV co-editor Marta Finch, PSOV President Tamra Higgins, PSOV David Weinstock, KAG Alice Sciore, Charles Kozlosky, PSOV LIbrarian Marshall Witten
Middle Row: KAG Lauren Wilder, PSOV Past-President Ann Day, PSOV Subscriptions Manager Betty Gaechter, PSOV Sandra Gartner, PSOV Donna Martin, PSOV Peg Goldman
Seated: Jan Standish, Judy Green, PSOV David Stauffer, PSOV Alice Gilborn, KAG Patsy Zedar , Gables guest

The Poetry Society of Vermont held a lively Poetry Reading program at the Gables in Rutland Vermont this past Saturday, in tribute to Betty Little. Little, a gifted writer, long-time member of PSOV and Killington Arts Guild, former writer of this column for The Mountain Times, mentor and friend, recently passed away. Betty left her touch in all of us for a deep and ever expanding appreciation of the written word.

As Saturday’s program began, Tamra Higgins, PSOV President, welcomed all with a talk on Why Poetry is Important. For Tamra, this included writing poetry to make order out of chaos, without realizing it during her youth. Higgins commented, “People are storytellers and story gatherers. Put together, shows the collective connectedness of us all.” This well-attended event furthered collective connectedness, with participants ranging in age from teen to those in their 80s. All attending shared a collective interest and passion for poetry. 

PSOV President Tamra Higgins reading with Ann Day & Marshall Witten looking on 
During the morning session, various members read poetry previously published by Betty Little, followed by reading their own favorite-penned poems. Ann Day (84, member since 1950’s), animatedly read Who Am I? Marta Finch read a Sonnet, Tea With A Friend. Marshall Whitten entertained with his 4 Frog Vignettes. Sandra Gartner read her poem Freedom, previously published in the Killington Arts Guild, Gathering of Poets collection. Alice Gilborn, from Mt. Tabor, shared from her book Taking Root. David Stauffer from Peacham gave a comical mathematical reading of In Love With (pi).

The afternoon session included an Open Mic session with the following poets: Representing Ars Poetica (Killington based poetry group), were Lauren Wilder, Tyler Cook, Jan Standish, and Judy Greene. Other poets included David Stauffer, Tamera Higgins, Alice Sciori, Wilma Johnson, Betty Gaechter, Ron Lewis, Marshall Witten and Ann Day. Susan Wacker-Donle, photographer, will be posting photos of the event on the KAG website. Look for the event on the Photo Album page.

“Transition” by Betty Little  
The Poetry Society of Vermont began in 1947, in Burlington, Vermont as an association to promote interest in poetry. The annual Mountain Troubador, a collection of member’s poetry, began in the 1950’s. The Society meets every spring and fall, holds workshops, readings, contests and an annual summer festival held at Knoll Farm. To join PSOV, send $20 (adult) or $10 (student) to P.O. Box 1215, Waitsfiled, VT 05673. www.poetrysocietyofvermont.org. 




For more information about activities and programs by the Killington Arts Guild go to www.killingtonartsguild.org. 
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By Susan Wacker-Donle
November 6, 2013

Killington Arts Guild Series “Meet the Artist: Barbara McKenna”
At The Birch Ridge Inn 

PHOTOS: Susan Wacker-Donle
Barbara McKenna with “Log Cabin” Hooked Rug in Great Room    
On Thursday, Bill Vines and Mary Furlong, Inn Keepers of The Birch Ridge Inn hosted KAG “Meet the Artist” series showcasing Vermont craftswomen Barbara McKenna.

Barbara exhibited her custom designed hand crafted wool hooked rugs in the warm, cozy setting of the Inn’s Great Room. During the presentation, attendees were treated to a fabulous baked brie én crôute with a smoked cheese fruit platter and cranberry salsa dip with chips.

After a brief introduction, guests were given the opportunity to try their hand at hooking a rug with their own hooped sampler as Barbara demonstrated the craft from hand drawn start to final whipstitch finish. Participants left with a better understanding of this time-honored tradition developing a greater appreciation for the technical skill involved.
“Winter Doe” Hooked Rug by Barbara McKenna    
About the Work: Barbara’s tapestry like rugs embrace a wonderful sense of color with world-class execution depicting classic Vermont culture. One featured rug, “Sugaring”, illustrates maple sugar harvesting in graphic, decorative detail. “Winter Doe” is a beautiful wooded scene bordered by colorful American Indian inspired motifs. Prices range from $80.00 for the “Apple Tree” pillow to $900.00 for the larger, more intricate area rugs.

About the Artist: Ms. McKenna has been a local Vermont resident for 42 years, spending 23 years in Wallingford and the last 19 in Rutland. She attended Moore College of Art in Pennsylvania and New York’s Parson’s School of Design majoring in Fashion Illustration. After college, Barbara worked as a colorist for the high-end Manhattan based interior design company Greef Fabrics creating custom fabric designs.

Upon meeting her husband Larry, McKenna moved to Vermont to ski and raise a family. When her two son’s were “old enough not to mess with my stuff”, she began painting tiny doll house furniture replicating the look and feel of real antiques as well as creating wooden people and farm animals.

Barbara progressed to painting Vermont scenes on wood, designing pillows, baby blankets, quilts and hooked rugs. Her creations have been exhibited at the Center Street Arts Gallery and Arts and Antiques in Rutland, The Woodstock Arts Gallery, and the Killington Arts Guild Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts here in town where she currently has her work for sale.

The evening ended with a delicious dinner in The Birch Ridge dinning room enhanced with Escargot Bourguignonne to start, a succulent Grilled Double Cut Pork Rib Chop with a savory Apple Chutney and Sweet Cider Gaze for the main course, and a velvety smooth Vanilla Crème Brûlée to finish.

“Meet the Artist” is an ongoing artistic series put on by the KAG. The focus of the event is to connect and share the creative process with members and the public through hands-on education and heart-driven inspiration.

For more information about future activities and Guild programs like these go to www.killingtonartsguild.org.
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By Betty Little
October 10, 2013 

The Power of Friendship


Photo by Betty A. Little
Mary T. holds up a balloon as a candle below fills it with hot air lifting it into the night sky.

Mary T. and I went to see the "Face of Humanity" a Retrospect of Ann Wallen's work on a Saturday afternoon in celebration of her life. Annie's pictures, poems and quotes were everywhere. It seemed to me to be more about the power of friendship than the art of any one person.

Ann lived by many mottos: "Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people" (Chief Tecumseh, Shawnees Nation 1768-1813). "Expect the worst. Hope for the best and take whatever comes." (Her own) and a verse "Some time has passed since I have heard your voice or watched the gradual drawing of your smile. Yet time seems never to erase your shadow on the back drop of my heart." (Perhaps hers as well.)

Her friendship with Gail Weymouth helped to build the library collection and activities. She spend many many days, sometimes six days a week, there to help. The existence of the library made the formation of the Killington Arts Guild possible-gave it a room for meetings and a center for its activities.

For 12+ years Ann served as KAG president. Her friendships within the KAG membership produced a poetry book and laid the foundation for a gallery when the Millers offered space.

She was my best friend and everyone's best friend. Those friendships had power, they were constructive and uplifting. Laura Wilder with Ann started Ars Poetica and Ann started Annie's Painting to encourage everyone to learn how to paint or to paint better. Laura is continuing to lead both the poetry and the painting-friendship, friendship, friendship, bonding and building - What a gift!
On the night of the Retrospect, after sharing a potluck supper and listening to the Pot Luck Trio in a big white tent, associates, friends and admirers gather in the field behind the library to send off lighted balloons in honor of Ann Wallen.Mary T. struggled with her balloon briefly, holding it up while the candle filled it with hot air and then it rose. We were a field full of friends in the warm late summer evening, laughing, singing and lighting the balloons which rose reluctantly one by one into the night sky - to send Annie on her way-it was memorable.
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By Barbara McKenna
October 4, 2013 

KAG Member Visits Bath


PHOTO: Barbara McKenna
Seagull collage stained glass pieces / Chocolate Church Arts Center
 
"Long known as the 'City of Ships,' Bath, Maine, finds its soul and identity in shipbuilding. From its architecture and cultural offerings to its urban downtown, Bath's shipbuilding roots define its character," states a Bath, Maine tourism website. The quote might make you think that Bath is only about building ships for commerce and war. Through history it became much more. It is now a city of restored old buildings that house art galleries, shops, businesses and a little ice cream shop that makes great lobster rolls as well as many flavors of ice cream and gelato. It has restored itself in an effort to bring vacationers there.

The first inhabitants were Abenaki Indians, who called it Sagadahoc, meaning "mouth of big river." The first settlement by Europeans was about 1605, when Samuel de Champlain tried to start a colony there. It failed due to the lack of leadership and the harsh weather. The colonists built the first oceangoing vessel constructed by English shipwrights in the New World, and sailed back to England.

The next settlement was about 1660 and was named after Bath, England. Industries developed in the city, including the manufacture of lumber, iron, and brass, with trade in ice and coal. They turned to shipbuilding. Roughly 5,000 vessels have been made and launched in the area. Wooden and steel vessels, mostly warships for the U.S. Navy, have been built there. During World War II, they launched a new ship every 17 days.

Downtown Bath is a small portion of the City's total area of nine square miles. An easy 15-minute walk is along Front Street from the Patten Free Library to the Customs House. The buildings and sidewalks are largely made of brick and give the feeling that you are walking in a town in the 1700's. The Markings Gallery has all Maine art including beautiful clay pottery, jewelry, multi-level bird houses of natural materials, glass, felted wool mermaids, whimsical puppets, snowmen, and felted hats. You can see their products at MarkingsGallery.com.

Around the corner is the Centre Street Arts Gallery, with wonderful paintings of Puffins, colorful landscapes in watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, pencil/charcoal, etching, monotype, mixed media, sculptures, and more. They feature rotating member exhibitions, guest artist and group exhibitions, classes and workshops by nationally known artists, life and figure drawing, open studio sessions, demonstrations and lectures. Follow their blog at centrestartsgallery.blogspot.com. Their email is centrestartsgalleryllc @gmail.com.

The last gallery I visited was the "Chocolate Church Arts Center" in a side building of the Church, which is painted the color of milk chocolate. It is a regional arts center for mid-coast Maine, featuring live music, theatre, and visual arts year round. The exhibit featured at the gallery was called "The Sea Around Us," and the paintings and stained glass constructions were very special and lively.

For more info about activities and programs by the KAG go to www.killingtonartsguild.org.
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By Betty Little
September 26, 2013 

Poetry Society of Vermont Plans a Reading


PHOTO:Courtesy PSOV
Tamra Higgins to talk on "Why Poetry is Important" at the Gables at East Mountain in November
On Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Gables at East Mountain, in Rutland Town, there will be a meeting of the Poetry Society of Vermont and local poets for a day of poetry reading-a Regional Meeting, the first of its kind. This is a rare opportunity to hear outstanding poems by poets of every type and to participate yourself-to be one of the writers who reads.

Why should we read poetry? Poet Amy Lowell says, "…because only in that way can we know man in all his moods-in the most beautiful thoughts of his heart, in his farthest reaches of imagination, in the tenderness of his love, in the nakedness and awe of his soul confronted with terror and wonder of the universe."

Dana Goya in "Does Poetry Matter?" emphasized the need to build audiences for poetry and spent many years of his life doing that. We are bringing partners in this endeavor together for a day of reading, to hear what we have written and honor the writers. The Poetry Society of Vermont is providing leadership, the Gables at East Mountain has given us a place to read and their residents will be part of our audience. Come and make this a successful endeavor.

David Weinstock, of Ottercreek Poets in Middlebury, wrote in his in "A Gathering of Poets" that "… all poetry is local, and all artists, if we hope to bring anything good into this world, owe avid attention to that part of the world that is immediately at hand. Location does not limit us: it launches us."

In the morning, PSOV President, Tamra Higgins, is schedule to give a talk about "The Importance of Poetry" and Ann Day about "PSOV, Who We Are and What We Do." Readers will include: Tamra Higgins of Jeffersonville; Alice Gibson of Manchester; Ann Day of Waitsfield; Joe Whalen of Brandon; Sandra Gardener of Rutland and Betty A. Little of Rutland Town. In the afternoon, local groups and individuals will meet; Joe Whalen is Master of Ceremonies.

Local arts groups from around the region have been invited including a few notable leaders including: Laura Wilder from The Killington Arts Guild's Arts Poetica; Mary Crowley from The Chaffee's Poetry; Donna Martin from Chittenden - Friday Music, Yvonne Daley and local poets from the Green Mountain Writers Conference.

"Poetry and history are the textbooks to the heart of man, and poetry is at once the most intimate and most enduring," Lowell also wrote.
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By Betty Little
September 19, 2013 

A Dream Comes True with Persistence and Generosity


PHOTO: Alice Sciore
Mike Young installs the KAG sign at Cabin Fever Gifts
There are many kinds of dreams and many ways to make them come true.

Ever since the Killington Arts Guild had its own Gallery thanks to the generosity of Mike and Diane Miller, Alice Sciore has had this dream that a sign would be mounted on the building that read "Killington Arts Guild Art Gallery."

KAG did not have an outdoor sign to identify them, and she wanted to know how anyone would know KAG was there.

Sciore said she was acquainted with state and town regulations, which posed a problem, but still felt that without a sign KAG could never make progress and was determined to find an answer.

For a year or so she attended selectmen and development board meetings in Killington to understand the situation. She said, she reached out to all the town officers and at the state level to Megan Smith. All of them were genuinely encouraging and tried to help. Finally Dick Horner, Killington Town Planner talked with Mike Miller and one day Diane told Alice that she was removing her sign for the gift shop from the building and that KAG could use that space.

The KAG Board of Directors approved the project. Alice did the design for the sign taking care not to disturb the integrity of the Telemark sign next to it. Awesome Graphics was generous with its time and pricing, making the creation possible.
To save the cost of mounting Mike Young was asked to hang it. On a blazing hot day he climbed a ladder and put it up with Alice on the ground giving directions as to where to place each letter. The KAG sign is now on the building to welcome everyone.

Thank you Alice for six years of persistence!

The current show at the Gallery, "Arts Labor Found" continues until Nov. 17. The public is welcome to the Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts across from the Killington Access Road.

Coming up: On Saturday Sept. 21 the Killington Arts Guild will hold a yard sale on the lawn and in the Gallery from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will benefit the KAG scholarship fund so someone else can become an artist and make their dream come true. Donate $10 to be a seller. Contact Nancy Pisano: nancyart7@optonline.net or 973-270-3285.
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By Gerrie Russell

September 12, 2013

New Show ‘Arts Labor Found’ Debuts at the KAG


PHOTO: Susan Wacker-Donle
Oil Painting "Vt. Round Barn" by Dawn Krantz

Despite 30 or more new gallery shows and opening receptions held in the last several years, the opening reception Saturday, Aug. 31 at the gallery showcasing artists affiliated with the Killington Arts Guild was nothing short of inspiring. The newly renovated gallery, located above Cabin Fever Gifts, looked fresh and bright and upon entering one could go in any direction and be delighted with the artistic works on display.

Artists like Sara Longworth capture our beautiful Vermont by using torn paper to create collages that remind us of walks down a favorite country roads. Walk a little farther and you will be reminded of Vermont's red barns and covered bridges that are scattered about the countryside; Dawn Kranz's oil paintings interpret these red barns.

One cannot walk around the gallery without stopping for a closer look at Phaedra's hand blown glass interiors. No question of the beauty that seems to come from the inside out but they also bring out our curious side when we look and question how they are done. They are truly beautiful and worth a long look.

Ann Day's geraniums will make you smile while Robert Pye's sculpture in marble titled "A Rabbit Noticed" will have you wondering about what exactly is it that the rabbit might notice.

A new photography member of the Guild, Gerald Munger, has three pieces depicting moving water; one is already sold.

When you experience the joy, the color and the creativity that produces the work of these talented Vermonters who absolutely love what they do, your own imagination and maybe even your own creative side will be awakened. Don't miss this show. An hour enjoying the photos, watercolors and other interpretations of our beautiful state will be time well spent.

On your way out take a look at Mary Fran Lloyd's edgy contemporary work. Her work certainly helps to validate that there is something for everyone in this show.

The Killington Arts Guild Gallery is located upstairs at Base Camp Outfitters and Cabin Fever Gifts at 2363 Rt. 4 across from the foot of the Killington Road and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more info visit killingtonartsguild.org.

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By Susan Wacker-Donle
September 5, 2013

Tripping Back in Fashion Time 
Hippie Chic / MFA, Boston

PHOTOS: Susan Wacker-Donle
For a fashion experience crafted to engage all your senses, take in the current exhibit, Hippie Chic, at Boston’s Museum of Fine Art. Curator Lauren Whitley has brought together fifty-four couture designs inspired by the Woodstock Generation.

For the first time in fashion history, designers took their cues from the street, using the youth vibe of the sixties and seventies to inspire haute couture. The resulting display is a collection of hallucinogenic influences derived from psychedelic pop art, patterns cut in vintage and Edwardian silhouettes, and a colorful array of vibrant fabrics embroidered with ethnic and bohemian peasant motifs.

Thea Porter / Nomadic Coat, 1969  
 
Walking thru the exhibit, music of the era transports you back to a world of fantasy and tie-dye. The Beatles’ Strawberry Fields, Hendrix’s Purple Haze, and The Grateful Dead’s Sugar Magnolia set the stage radiating nostalgia from an illuminated juke box circa 1960’s diner. Along the era inspired wallpapered and wood paneled walls, long haired mannequins pose draped in patchwork and ribbon dresses by Yves St. Laurent and Giorgio di Sant’Angelo. There are bold, bright textiles by Peter Max, maxi dresses and a crushed purple velvet three-piece suit sold at Granny Takes a Trip, the first psychedelic boutique in London. Also included is a tie-dyed Halston pantsuit ensemble as well as an Arnold Scassi sari created in 1970 for Barbra Streisand. Two show highlights: a beautiful ethereal rouge caftan embroidered with an intricate golden thread panel and a nomadic middle eastern inspired peasant coat both designed by Thea Porter circa 1969.

Missing from the exhibition: the iconic mandarin collar Nehru jacket inspired by India’s culture and popularized by such bands as The Monkees and The Beatles.

Giorgio di Sant’Angelo / Ribbon Dress, 1970
 
What is most intriguing about the clothes is how these designers interpreted anti-establishment fashion trends into highbrow fashion. Creations rich in texture and brilliant color palettes, these ensembles speak elegance and sophistication far removed from the flower child salt of the earth, grassroots references.

Hippie Chic runs through November at the MFA. A preview of the exhibit can be viewed on line at www.mfa.org/exhibitions/hippie-chic. You can listen to the curator explain her inspiration for the show, go behind the scene of the exhibition with collection care specialist Allison Murphy, create your own retro album cover, and listen to great tunes of the times celebrating Peace, Love, Rock and Roll. Take a trip down fashion’s Penny Lane and enjoy! 

Mountain Times / August 18th, 2013 by Susan Wacker-Donle, Killington Arts Guild
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By Betty Little
May 23, 2913

Art of Acting

PHOTO: Betty A. Little
"Once upon a time" Killington had a summer theater. We often speak of that theater and its productions with longing. Discovering good theater any place is a special enterprise, even more so when it's local.

Recently, I went with a group of people from the Gables and skiers from Pico to see a striking series of one-act plays at the Brick Box next to the Paramount in Rutland. The quality of these productions, and others I have attended this year at the same theater, were remarkable.

Their last production of this season was the "The Seventh Annual Nor'Eastern Playwrights Showcase." The productions are done with great intimacy, only about 60 seats (and handicap accessible.) The productions by the Actor Repertory Theater are done through readings and minimum sets. It is like theater in the round.

We took our taxi to the theater, collected our tickets at the Paramount window, and we took our seats for a reading of the three plays featured when the lights went down.

The first play, "The Eternity" by Elan Garonzik, featured two readers, one representing the Devil and the other Lilly, who was seeking entrance into heaven. The readers began a comic argument with each other and had the audience laughing in seconds. The surprise here was that Lilly, in real life, was an aid at the Gables. We all have many dimensions to our lives and it was clear that the woman we knew as Eileen was also a very fine actress.

The second play, "Fireworks" was about a romance. The heroine was afraid of mice and screamed when they seemed to be on her.

Sandra Gardner narrated the third play, "When the Mortgage Goes Upside Down," about a couple who had failed to pay their mortgage and been evicted. This last play had a large dollhouse as its only prop. There followed a discussion of all plays with the cast and the audience.

There are theaters all over Vermont, but this small theater with Peter Marsh and Sandra Gardener directing, is among the finest.

Mountain Times / May 23, 2013 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild
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May 16, 2013
By Betty Little

Poetry as Art

The Killington Arts Guild poets meet two times a year for the "Gather of Poets" in April and October in the Sherburne Memoir Library on River Road. Whether there are 20 or eight, the group gathers to read poetry - things they have written or read and enjoyed elsewhere.

The recent meeting last month was enhanced by the leadership of Laurie Wilder and contributions from Sally Curtis, Alice Sciore and Betty Little.

The experience is similar at the State level with the Poetry Society of Vermont (PSOV) which met recently in the United Congregational Church in Vergennes. Here the reading was done by the Poet Laureate of Vermont Sidney Lea and took two hours instead of one and the poems were all original, written by men and women across the state.

Vermont must be the most poetic state in the union. I have been in places where it was hard to find a poetry book at all, but PSOV had its own bookstore of books written by members and by Poet Laureate Sidney Lea.

The Poet Laureate, who had taught at Middlebury and Dartmouth, is now retired in Newberry in the Northeast Kingdom. Asked what he thought was the role of poets he said, "Poetry offers a medium through which different points of view, often in conflict, and be shared."

Ann Day a member of KAG was a prominent leader of the day's activities in Vergennes and Little participated in the PSOV Council to help with the planning. The society will be holding a business meeting in the fall at the Coolidge Foundation and will hold a reading at the Gables in Rutland probably in September.

Coming out of the building refreshed by new verse, food and drink participants were welcomed by a brilliant Vermont day. Before we headed back to Rutland our contingent (Betty Little and Betty Gaechter) passed through the historic town and saw the steep waterfall where levels were provided for picture taking. Then, on the way home, we were greeted by the most gorgeous panorama of mountains of which Killington was the obvious center.

Mountain Times / May 16, 2013 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild
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May 8, 2013
By Betty Little

Quarries as Art

PHOTOS: Patsy Zedar
Middlebury Art Museum is showing photographs of quarries taken in Vermont by Canadian Edward Burtynsky on six different trips to the state. The exhibit and catalogue are entitled, "Nature Transformed - Edward Burtynsky's Vermont Quarry Photos in Context."

Both require serious study to appreciate the work the artist has done in documenting a number of quarries. The workmen pictured are from Rutland and Barre, bringing the study closer to the marble mining in our own backyard. I spent three days studying the exhibit and many more reading the catalogue.

Art Historian, George Kubler, in his book, Shape of Time, says that everything manmade might be considered art. Quarries are manmade and might qualify as architecture. Burtynsky says in his, "artist statement" the rock face is imprinted with order, methodologies, desires and our needs. The exhibit raises many questions but the quarries themselves seem remote. If you are around this summer visit the museum.

Eleven years ago, Ann Wallen reported to the members of the Killington Arts Guild that there was a green marble quarry north of Randolph which was visible from the road and I went with photographer Patsy Zedar to take pictures. Green Marble, Vermont Verde antique dark green serpentine stone has been quarried in the Green Mountains of Vermont since 1900. Green marble has the warmth and look of marble, but is harder and less porous than many types of granite and it is excellent for counter topping, a favorite of architects, designers and fabricators, especially for domestic and international projects.

There was a fence around the quarry then but green marble was still being extracted and the process does not seem to have changed much. The rock surface seems flatter than those of the quarries in Burtnsky's new exhibit but the use of the stone many have been different. I see no record of this quarry in current literature. We are much more familiar with green marble because it a part of homes and lives.

Hopefully, the Marble Museum in Proctor will be opening again soon so that we have a chances to see and touch the stones and to learn about their processing. The Burtynsky exhibit only renews my interest in seeing quarries in Barre, Danbury and at Omni.

Mountain Times / May 8, 2013 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild
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May 2, 2013
By Betty Little

The Art Barn, Where Inspirations Thrive

Heide in her Art Barn   PHOTO: Patsy Zedar  
Among the barns, cows and rolling hills of Pennsylvania I found Heide Kwestel von Borgwardt, artist and teacher, in her Art Barn - the classroom, gallery, studio and her home. Class was in session. Each student has their own wedge-shaped workspace that holds a canvas, paints, brushes and paint thinner. Kwestel von Borgwardt was demonstrating her style by painting on her student's canvas and talking to all the students as she painted. This is where artist and photographer, Patsy Zedar, of the Killington Arts Guild goes for lessons when she is not in Vermont. At that moment she was painting flowers in vases, little cottages and landscapes in the impressionistic style. Zedar chose to learn about impressionism from Kwestel von Borgwardt who teaches all styles of painting.

In the arts: Impressionism was inspired by Claude Monet's - Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies; Realism represents truth, avoids artistic conventions and grew after photography became popular; and Expressionism expresses a personal point of view as seen in paintings by El Greco.

Heide Kwestel von Borgwardt was inspired at age 16 by the Old Masters, Vermeer was her favorite. Her Art Barn is in Honesdale, PA, where the countryside and farms around her provide inspiration (Patsy Zedar lives only a few miles up the road.) Kwestel von Borgwardt says: "I work on linen and lean towards impressionism." Her work reveals extensive and continuous study in Colorado - at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design; and New York School of Visual Arts; and Art Students League. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts and a PhD in Art. She was surprised and interested upon learning of KAG. How could you have an arts guild for all the arts where painters, writers, musicians, photographers and sculptors work together and support each other? She was impressed and her perspective was very inspiring. What she says about painting applies to many of the arts.

Patsy Zedar mostly paints in her own studio in a bright sunroom that overlooks a garden of daffodils, stone walls and fences and has a view that stretches over the hay fields where wild turkeys gather. Everything there seems to inspire creativity-not for an hour but for days.

Mountain Times / May 2, 2013 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild
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April 24, 2013
By Betty Little

Dancing Feet and the Language of Theater

Martin Thaler   PHOTO: Betty A. Little  
Professor Martin A. Thaler meets the audience at Osher with a twinkling smile and dancing feet. All the time he is speaking his feet are moving. Dancing was his specialty when he became a faculty member of the University of Vermont's drama school. Now he teaches costume and design.

Thaler had just driven two hours through an unexpected snow and rain storm from Burlington to be with the audience. He brings with him lessons that he gives his students which are not about cutting cloth or sewing costumes but about living.

First, he tells his students read the play you are going to be working on, learn about the characters, know everything about them and their world. For example: Do they live in a world where women cannot be married and hold a job? Where women cannot wear pants to work? Where they supposed to be home by 8 p.m. at night? Or is it the rule that everyone can do everything?

Rules make a difference.

He teaches his students to draw and paint if they do not know how. This is the language of the theater. He says everyone can learn to draw and paint. He hurt his arm and had to re-teach himself to do these things from scratch. Learning depends on a willingness to take simple steps and go slowly.

A costumer must have wardrobe from which to create costumes. The basic part of that the wardrobe are the foundations-the bustles and hairpieces that transform an outfit into a period costume.

At the end of his talk he shows the audience photos of hats and demonstrated that two basic forms a flat hat and a cloche hat could be made into dozens of variations.

He spoke of himself often as a collaborator in the development of a play. One might say of Thayer that he creates the costume that changes an actor into a king. But he himself has not forgotten his first art - Dancing. Watch his feet they are always moving.

Osher is at the Gotnick every Friday at 1 p.m. and open to the public for a modest fee. The current series runs through May.

Several KAG members are associated with its success.

Mountain Times / April 24, 2013 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild
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April 17, 2013
By Betty Little

The Play: Intentional Arrangements Advance the Plot

Steven Stettler at Osher   PHOTO: Betty A. Little 
Steve Stettler came from Weston Playhouse recently to give a program at Osher. From his director's chair he had a lot of interaction with the audience. Stettler talked about the difference between the producer and the director of a play. The producer is the money person, concerned with the cost of things, the budget and future planning. The director is the collaborator, helping actors interact with the play and with each other, bringing the story to life. He has the vision. If the play is a revival, he understands why the story resonates today; he makes the play work. If he has chosen a brilliant cast then that alone can make the play successful. Stettler is both a producer and a director, one of three people with that title at the playhouse and the only one who is a resident.

Critics play an important role, Stettler said. They ask the question like "Was the play worthwhile?" and "Was it done well?" Directors and actors learn from this kind of commentary.

Weston's Main Stage this season features four modern classics: Educating Rita, Next to Normal, and 42nd Street and To Kill a Mocking Bird. The latter, a true classic, will be seen for the first time on the Weston stage. In addition, the Youth Company will perform a musical version of the children's classic, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."

Stettler spent some time recognizing members of the audience included Peter Marsh and a number of local producers, directors and old friends including Helen McKinley from the Gables. 40 years ago her father hired him to teach English, launching Stettler's career.

To emphasize the importance of using space to make the play successful, he selected four 'characters' from the audience. He demonstrated that changing their positions on the stage could advance the plot. The fourth 'character' stood in the door most of the time doing nothing but when he came through the doorway he became the center of the story. After the demonstration, we were all ready to be in the play, to be one of the collaborators. Unfortunately, Settler had to leave to go to Randolph to judge a children's play, just as our interest was peaked.

He certainly had the audience's interest while he was with us.

Mountain Times / April 17, 2013 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild 
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April 11, 2013
By Betty Little

The Dash

PHOTO: Betty A. Little
The Academy of American Poets first introduced National Poetry Month in 1996. It is celebrated every April and is meant to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry.
On April 15, the Killington Arts Guild (KAG) is celebrating at the Sherburne Memorial Library with an evening for the Gathering of Poets.

KAG has a long history of interest in poetry. George Lyons and his late wife Maureen commissioned the marble sculpture by Stephen Humphrey in the Killington Library Gardens. It is "in memory of those lost on 9/11, their families and associates who survived - to seek the remaining beauties and paths through life." The many plants around it were taken from historic properties in the Killington area. KAG members wrote poems to accompany the monument, which was printed in 2003: "Essence of Life - Poems about a Sculpture." Poets could not decide whether the sculpture was a teardrop or clasped hands.

KAG held Poetry workshops for a number of years and finally brought poems from these poets together in a book, "A Gathering of Poets," edited by Betty A. Little with the assistance of Ann B. Day, published in 2008, with a cover by watercolorist Maurie Harrington, a view through the woods in the spring to ski slopes created by the artist.

David Weinstock writes in the introduction, In Praise of Poets, "For all poetry is local, and all artists, if we hope to bring anything good into the world, owe avid attention to the part of the world that is immediately at hand. Location does not limit us; it launches it."
A poem from the book: "The date of the death and the date of the birth are not so far it seems, the thing that really makes the difference is that little dash in between." Wrote Marguerite Loucks Dye 1917-2007.

Recently, I encountered the use of the word "dash" in that same context, and felt the power of poetry. At the funeral for a Vietnam Veteran many of the people who stood up honored him by recited poetry. The last poem was based on Linda Ellis' The Dash. One line reads "-that dash represents all the time that he spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved him know what that little line is worth."

"For all poetry is local... Location does not limit us; it launches it," wrote David Weinstock

Mountain Times / April 11, 2013 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild 
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April 4, 2013
By Betty Little

Opera in the Fifties

Recently Zeke Hecker presented “Finding a Voice: American Opera in the 1950’s” at the OSHA program in the Godnick in Rutland. It left the audience spell bound. Hecker lives in Vermont, is a composer, English teacher, lecturer in opera and leader of teacher workshops at the Metropolitan. 

In two hours he covered a breathtaking amount of information and showed operatic clips. The central part of his talk was about the development of opera. In the postwar period the economy flourished and there were more composers, singers, audiences and philanthropists. Opera houses were built in Dallas, Houston, Santa Fe, Tulsa, Minneapolis, Seattle and Louisville (1950-1960). For the first time industry began funding opera though the Ford Foundation and America began producing its’ own operas.

Hecker defined American Opera as written in English about the innocent, the outsider, reflecting the American Dream, and portraying ordinary people in their words and music. He played “Aint it a Pretty Night” from Susannah (1950) which was set in Appalachia; “Willow Song” from the Ballad of Baby Doe from Colorado and “Laura’s Song” from the Tender Land - Aaron Copeland’s opera about the depression and the Midwest. These fit the definition, but The Consol (1950) reflected the Cold War. Music and libretto writer Gian Menotti won the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

In a clip from The Consul, the central figure Magda argues with the Consul’s secretary about her desperate need to see the Consul. She raves in song to the secretary, “Have you ever seen the Consul? Does he speak, does he breathe? Have you spoken to him?”--- Later she goes about the waiting room singing in total despair and throws papers everywhere in the air.

The Greatest American Opera ever written, every song a success, was Porgy and Bess (1935,) written by George Gershwin and his brother. It was considered a musical until it appeared as an opera on the Metropolitan stage (1985). Hecker played a video of the opening song, a mother singing to a baby alone on the stage. “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy --- Your daddy’s rich And your mamma’s good lookin’ So hush little baby, Don’t you cry.” Suddenly the lights come on, the shades on the windows are pulled up and the Rutland audience returns to reality.

Mountain Times / April 4, 2013 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild  
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March 27, 2013
By Betty Little

Painting at the Library

PHOTO: Lauren Wilder
I met Dianne Trivers at a reception at the Killington Arts Guild Gallery. She has been nominated to the KAG Board of Directors for 2013. I asked her what she would like to do on the Board. "I loved Ann Wallen. Her love and commitment to KAG inspired me. I want to continue her work with the painting group on Tuesday morning with Lauren Wilder. Lauren and Dianne are 'painting partners.' We call those who meet at the Sherburne Memorial Library 'Annie's Painters.' Ann Wallen believed everyone had artistic ability. There is no charge for sessions from 10 a.m. to 12-noon in the Community room where artists and beginnings share their work and ideas," she answered.

"We hope it will be possible to have Ann's work on permanent exhibition at the library and in the town. She was an amazing artist who gave so much to all she knew, and her legacy stands as an inspiration to us," Trivers continued.

Dianne Trivers also thinks the Summerfest is a wonderful idea. Sally Curtis, KAG President organized the artists for that program, which is only $10 a class or $200 for the whole summer. "Summerfest used to be much bigger; I would like to see it become a major event at the Killington Resort again," said Trivers.

Dianne and her husband moved to Vermont from Massachusetts, both were former skiers. She holds many certifications in the field of education and has served as a teacher and a consultant. As an only child she had amused herself by doodling, sketching and painting by the numbers.

When she went to the University of Lowell she met Ann Schecter, an art critic and studied with her for ten years at the Whistler House. In her sophomore year at college the art department was developed and she was able to take a secondary degree in art. She has studied a variety of art mediums with Carlton Plummer and with Massachusetts artists: Nancy Russo and Tom Gill. Her areas of interest are: watercolor, oils, pastels and the needle arts.

Dianne Trivers is delighted that her two granddaughters love art. They attend sessions at the Sherburne Library to paint and have demonstrated an amazing ability to concentrate.

Mountain Times / March 27, 2013 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild 
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March 14, 2013
By Betty Little

The Killington Coffeehouse

PHOTO: Betty A. Little
Ann Wallen and I went to lunch about three years ago at Liquid Art. We liked it enough to come back. We ordered special coffee and gourmet sandwiches, sat on a black sofa with a little table to hold our lunch, looked at walls of paintings and photographs and talked.
Recently, after visiting the Killington Arts Guild where Paedra Bramhall's show was in progress, Dorothy and I went to lunch at Liquid Art. We sat at the bar, like I often do. My feet barely reach the floor but the food was good and the cup of coffee generous.

Beth Weinberg and Jimi Sarandrea are the owners of Liquid Art. Jimi has been a chef in Killington for many years, and Beth, a photographer, was a former cocktail specialist in California. They bought the building and remodeled it.

This particular day, Beth was managing a baby and hanging a new exhibit on the back wall as we sat on the black sofa. Above our heads was a painting designed by Beth of a huge martini glass with ski trails pouring out of it. "This is a coffee house," Beth said, which clearly encompasses much more than coffee. Across the room, set in the wall, was an aquarium with tropical fish, which she explained, saying "Vermont is so far from the ocean. I thought that I would bring it to Killington."

Jimi told us they were serving something new - breakfast sandwiches - and Beth talked about the dinner parties they gave at small tables on the balcony. A menu, which included wine, looked good and the price was reasonable. The art seemed to be background for the restaurant and bar business. Beth admitted the difficulty in making a living selling art. But she was enthusiastic about her own Tuesday Night Art Jams held 6-8 p.m., which is open to all ages and you don't have to be an artist to join. Some of the work was hanging on the wall behind the bar.

When I went back to the bar to finish my coffee I discovered a fireplace built into the wall, it made the atmosphere especially cozy. On the way home, I asked Dorothy how she liked Liquid Art and she said, "The food was good. No, it was excellent!" We're sure to go back.

Mountain Times / March 14, 2013 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild 
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March 7, 2013
By Betty Little

Nancy Pisano Teaches How to Create Glass Mosaic Mirrors

Nancy Neyerlin Pisano currently has a couple small trees with natural wood in the member's exhibit of the Killington Arts Guild Gallery. Most of her work shows love of the outdoors, plants, trees and nature. During the KAG annual meeting on April 13 she will give a demonstration of "Creating a Glass Mosaic Mirror." She has also been nominated for the new KAG Board of Directors.

Pisano recently heard from the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt. that she had been selected to participate in the Vermont Artists Week in Painting on April 29. The center brings outstanding artists together - gives them a room, provides meals and support in the form of easel, stools and work carts so they can concentrate on their art. It is quite an honor to be selected.

Nancy Pisano lived and taught art for 14 years in New Jersey but she had stopped doing art for herself. She decided to enroll in Parson's School of Design and start doing artwork for herself again. Since coming to Vermont she has been taking in all of Vermont's majestic wonders of winter, the vast rolling summer plateaus, endless winding rivers and brilliant fall colors. "I want them all to become a part of me and my art."

She has sold artwork and sculpture at the Woodstock Folk Art Gallery, taught in the Killington Resorts Summerfest Program last summer and will again this July, her class is called "Creating a Glass Mosaic Mirror."

The trick to this style, she says, is in the glazing. Once the glass pieces are fastened to the mirror, the pieces need something between them. The secret to a good finished product is the glazing that joins them. It's all in the details.

In May she will be the Featured Artist for the KAG Gallery. She has a bright smile and enthusiastic voice. Art is the center of her life.
One illustrative example of her work is a large painting of her dog, Thunder, running in water. (I thought it was a photograph at first!) Another piece, demonstrating a different medium, is a tree design painted on a 2" x 3" piece of glass. She says her art tends to go between visually realistic and decoratively abstract.

Pisano admits that following Paedra as the featured artist at the KAG gallery is going to be a challenge, but she is honored.

Mountain Times / March 7, 2013 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild
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February 20, 2013
By Betty Little

Transformation: 40 Years of Art Displayed as a Retrospective of Paedra

PHOTO: Patsy Zedar
The day that it snows, I can only write about snow. The day they hung Paedra Bramhall's work in the Killington Arts Upstairs Gallery was, like the snow, the only thing on my mind. I was there for the hanging, but was working on the other side. When I turned and looked back into the main Gallery, the whole room seemed larger, the ceiling higher. The art I had first seen in Paedra's galleries in Bridgewater had been brought to the KAG Gallery. It had come out of the wilderness into the light where it could be fully displayed in all it's grandeur.

This is Paedra's first "retrospective," which means a sample of past creations over forty years. Many are one-of-a-kind and other forms she may never create again-the blown glass for instance.

Everything in the room, as diverse as it was, had been created by one artist in her lifetime, some of it under the humblest of circumstances. Included in the exhibit are transfigured collages, ink paintings, sculpture in bronze and in hand blown glass and blown glass interiors.

The art of other KAG members is mounted up the stairs, in the entrance gallery and in the adjacent room. With Paedra's exhibit as the center, the Upstairs Gallery now looks like a first class Gallery.

Paedra's remarks are posted at the exhibit to give viewers an idea of sequence. The "Sumi ink drawings" are the oldest pieces in the exhibit. "They take my creative thread back to my earliest work here in Vermont," Paedra wrote. She discovered the way of drawing directly from the ink stick to the paper at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1967. "This thread-connection resurfaced in my painting in 2003-2009," the description says.

She writes of the transfigured collages, "This is my layering of life and of sensuality. This is how I use this tool, a computer, to create the many layered both figuratively and actually imagines which are here on exhibit. I do not create simplistic art. I mark with purpose."

Her reprints are done in Brandon by Edward Loedding.

The exhibit called, "A searching mind: The many transitions of Paedra" is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through May 12. A reception was held Feb. 15 from 4-7 p.m. Paedra spoke to an engaging audience about her work at 6 p.m. Many questions were asked and answered about her life works.

Mountain Times / February 20, 2013 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild
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February 14, 2013
By Betty Little

Negotiators


In early February, Paul Andriscin, adjunct professor of History at Castleton State College and the College of St. Joseph, gave at PowerPoint presentation at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the Gotnick Center on the causes of the American Revolutionary War. He has a Master of Arts in American History from Norwich, which may explain both the depth of his knowledge and brevity of style. He covered contributing issues - the difficulty in communication, relationships with the Indians and the failure of British Parliament to understand the impact of the taxes they imposed on colonial commerce.

What struck me most was the impact of the British Army. Increasing costs from the Seven Years War (the first world war) made taxing the colonists necessary. As the size of the British Army increased to enforce these taxes they were quartered in colonial homes. Their background and training determined whether they would be good negotiators or further cause for conflict.

Who were these British soldiers? Recruited from the jails and streets of English cities - they were murders, thieves and rapists; brought with little or no training, into American homes. They were not suitable for negotiating. Officers were as unsuitable as their men. The third and fourth sons of British landholders, without property themselves, joined the army, and were arrogant and demanding, viewing colonists as the lowest level of society. They were trained in military maneuvers but not in the management of people or reduction of conflict.

The PowerPoint used in the presentation made a statement. The professor's information and ideas were clearly understandable to the audience. It was an efficient way to present the material, particularly this historical material became the basis for discussions.

The audience at Ocher was very well informed, highly interested in the topic and in search of new answers and understanding; but unlike Andriscin's college students, not quite so quick with PowerPoint. After the lecture members of the audience gathered around the speaker and continued to explore some of his conclusions. If you were able enough with a computer you could follow clues given in the lecture and continue to explore. Clearly, the audience's thinking on the subject had been stimulated.

Paul Andriscin's PowerPoint presentation of "Homefront: World War II" will be rescheduled in the Commons at the Gables when the room is available for use again.

Mountain Times / February 14, 2013 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild
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January 31, 2013
By Betty Little

Innovation

This is the tenth year that the Gables Activities Committee has presented its two-day Winter Reading Program, Home Front: WWII. This year while cold winds blew outside residents of this independent senior living facility in Rutland looked at World War II in an innovative way- from the contribution of those who stayed at home. The theme originated with Martha "Nancy" McMullen's memoirs, "Driving Woodie: A Tale from the Home Front in World War II."

Early chapters of "Nancy" memoirs were written while she attended Yvonne Daley's Green Mountain Writers Conference in Tinmouth in the early 2000s. In Florida she joined the Kravis Center writing program and in 2012 The Kravis selected her book about the memoirs of a child in World War II for publication. Her sister, Betty Little, recommended the book to the Gables Library Committee for this year's Winter Reading Event sponsored by the Gables Activities Committee.

The Reading Program began last Sunday with a poem, "Come After The War," by WWII veteran Erling Omland of the Tenth Mountain. Conversations were held after lunch in which each resident had the opportunity to answer the question, "Where were you during World War II?"

That evening there was a Pizza Party sponsored by Gables staff and a World War II musical, "Anchors Aweigh," staring Genie Kelly was shown.

On Monday, a book review of resources including "Nancy's" Woodie and historian Paul Andriscin presented a Power Point lecture and discussion. Andriscin is a popular lecturer and historian who teach at St. Joseph's College and Castleton College.

Last year's Winter Reading Program was about two different versions of Cleopatra's life. Committee members who provided leadership this year included: Carol Freeman, Pat Job, Yvonne Feaster, Joe Whalen, and Betty Little and Anna Caleb who are also Killington Arts Guild Members. Sheila Getney, director of activities, provided staff support.

Nancy's book includes her experiences as a four year old during air raid drills, gas rationing and possible espionage. For more information contact mrthnncy@aol.com or www.kravis.org

Mountain Times / January 31, 2013 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild
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January 24, 2013
By Betty Little

Paedra’s World

Anna Caleb and I joined other members of the Killington Arts Guild last July to visit Paedra Bramhall's galleries in Bridgewater, Vt. and see work in progress in the mountains. Anna and I rode in her car, bumping along the road by the brook, over many rebuilt bridges, through valleys still torn up by the Mighty Storm Irene and past houses still damaged. At the gallery, that hot afternoon, we eat our sandwiches sitting by the cool brook. Drank water and lemonade and wandered through Paedra's buildings and fields, talking with her.
Here was blown glass, the art which Paedra has been creating for over 35 years; there computer generated graphics, something of more recent origin; also metal works reflected in a pool. We went into the little cottage Paedra uses or rents to others, which dates back to a childhood in these woods. We saw the frame of this building which was built in 1792. We saw land, water and trees which have provided her with support for doing creative work. Paedra is transgender, out and proud, has been a full time self-supporting artist since 1970 after graduating from Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA in Sculpture and (minor) Ceramics.

All that we saw that day and more will be available to you in the new Killington Arts Guild show, debuting Feb. 10, called "A Searching Mind: The Many Transitions of Paedra." It will highlight "First Retrospective Exhibition of Transfigured Collages, Ink Paintings, Sculpture in Bronze and in Hand-Blown Glass and Blown Glass Interiors by Paedra Bramhall," the Guild states. This Show will be featured from Feb.10 through May 12. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Killington Arts Guild upstairs Gallery above Cabin Fever Gifts on Route 4 across from the Killington Access Road.

You will have a chance, to meet the artist, a tall, strong, soft spoken person at a reception in the KAG Gallery Feb. 15. In this exhibit, Paedra has chosen many layers of life to inhabit through art. Because of the size of pieces in this show, the art will be displayed in the main gallery and the works of other KAG artists will be in the stairway, entrance room and adjacent space. This magnificent show is open to the public without charge. We urge you to visit it more than once. For more information call Sally Curtis 802-422-3852.
Mountain Times / Januray 24, 2013,  by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild
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January 17, 2013
By Betty Little

John S. Tidd, artist and friend

PHOTOS:Betty Little
Everybody knows about the metal sculptor John Tidd. No they don't. They think they do. He is always appearing, reappearing and disappearing. He was running Mountain Meadows when I was cross-country skiing. It was his invention that kept the trails clear and packed.

Next, he had made a huge pair of metal hands. No, there were three hands nine feet tall. I saw it on TV, some city in the mid-west. People were stringing a cat's cradle between them and then bouncing up and down. Where did he get that idea? Who paid for that?
Then, years later, I am a member of the Killington Arts Guild and Tidd has put a sculpture on the lawn in front of Cabin Fever Gifts. It is a sort of single wing that is supposed to blow with the wind but the piece keeps falling down and coming apart. Then someone moves it somewhere else.

I'm writing a piece about new art in the KAG Gallery and there is a big tree root that has been cleaned and shined up, a big opening at the top and tiny entry holes at the bottom-found art, you guessed it, by John Tidd.

Last week at Osher (Rutland Area Lifelong Learning Institute), he told about his life. How he graduated from Middlebury College and wanted to teach chemistry but didn't have a PhD and just happened to have studied mechanics. He tells us about creating a helmet. His art sprang up on the screen in front of us. He finishes his lecture with something new-creating a recipe for good cookies that we can take home and try. He thought cooking would help us understand the essential ingredients for creativity.

Geraldine Russell of Killington, representing Osher, introduced the program. She is also on the Board of the Killington Arts Guild. Many people come from the Gables. Marybeth Bloomer said that most of Tidd's art springs from his interest in mechanics. His business, John Tidd Designs LLC - Sculpture and Delightful Things, certainly is an expression of both his sculpture and his attitude towards life.

Folks from the Gables often attend Osher programs on Fridays at the Godnick Center, after this program they overwhelming thought John Tidd was terrific.

Mountain Times / January 17, 2013 by Betty A. Little, Killington Arts Guild