Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Art sampling in Vermont

We recently had the good fortune to travel through the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. The leaves were beginning to turn and the secondary highways offered many interesting art venues to explore. Here is a sampling from the Bennington Museum:

puppets from The King Story, one of Bread and Puppet Theatre's early
 anti-war productions, 1963

The iconic Jane Stickle Sampler Quilt, 1863,
169 five-inch blocks, each a different pattern and fabric.
Stickle, long bed-ridden, won a $2 prize for this entry into the
1863 Bennington County Agricultural Fair. 

Spring in Dover, by Clifford A. Bayard, 1942,
one of several in the American Impressionist display of Vermont landscapes

Ethan Allen to Sulky weathervane, 1870
an example of Vermont folk art

A display of antique toys.
Collections of antique medical instruments, antique needleworking tools and
antique musical instruments made for interesting
displays at the Bennington Museum.

The museum in Bennington has a whole gallery filled with the paintings of Grandma Moses, but alas, no photos are permitted there.

The Southern Vermont Arts Center welcomed us...

... with open arms. Note the mower in the background.

The Southern Vermont Art Centre, in Manchester,
 presented a mix from their permanent collection
and works for sale by contemporary Vermont artists.

There are many excellent art galleries to visit in Vermont. We had intended to check out the work of Pointe Claire artist Susanne Strater at Northern Daughters in Vergennes, and the work of Jane Davies at the Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury.  Sadly, our visit did not coincide with gallery hours.

But we did make it to Bennington Potters, which has a self-guided tour available in their pottery-making facility.

Bennington Potters

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