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By camilla @ 10:11 am

A photographic journey  with Steve Malshuk       photo: TWO HAPPY CHILDREN!





Two Happy Children 3433The MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street, Newport ,VT    will host an extraordinary photography exhibit entitled The People of Chhattisgarh, India’s Crown Jewels.  Opening reception is Friday, October 6 from 5-7 pm in our downstairs gallery with a special presentation by photographer, Steve Malshuk at 5:30 pm.  The exhibit will run October 7 – November 4, 2017 and is free and open to the public.

World renowned photographer, Steve Malshuk, returns to MAC after another photographic journey, this time to India, where he visited Chhattisgarh – one of central India’s larger states.  The exhibit has already been seen on the west coast, but as a member of MAC and an Orleans native, we are very pleased to present his work again; a complete contrast to last season’s exhibit detailing his AntarcticJourney.

For more information, visit or call 802-334-1966.


Visiting Ann

By camilla @ 4:42 pm

A few years ago, Ann Young became one of the Wooden Horse Arts Guild Sponsors:  We are grateful to Ann –  her sponsorship is helping artists and craftsmen of many ages to go forward in their travels to help them become an artist. Thank you, Ann!

Since I am a little bit of a home-bodynow, I took the time to browse Ann’s “Blogspot”  ….. It’s All About Color – Nature, People and  Paintings….”   Her paintings are unique and interesting and unforgettable.   I guess that one of the reasons I am so taken with her art is that she never stops studying and learning….Her work is always fresh and different!  I love Ann’s Blogspot, especially when she begins a new painting – here’s the one she is beginning now:Ann Young

Visit Ann’s website…You’ll see where her work is shown, paintings and more. These are two of my favorites!

AND THEY SHALL INHERIT   -below                                                                   TAPAS NIGHT Ann Young

Ann Young-And They Shall Inherit


What’s happening??!!!

By camilla @ 10:28 am

Ken Michelli, director of the Newport Area Community Orchestra, sends you a message:

Do you play any of these instruments?: Violin, viola, string bass, clarinet, oboe, French horn and trombone!   The orchestra has openings for each of them!  If you play any, or know anyone who plays any of them, please join and invite them to join with the orchestra…..At the very least, give them a try.  Two concerts a year, Fall and Spring! Keep the orchestra growing!

Ken Michelli (Music Director, Executive Director)

Newport Area Community Orchestra
violin fingering
cellokeyboard                                                                                                                                                                                          French Horn


WOW! Don’t Miss This!

By camilla @ 4:46 pm



another very lovely Art in Bloom!

By camilla @ 3:19 pm

This arrangement for Art in Bloom should definitely be seen!   Judy Kavanaugh is known for her gardens and her knowledge of gardens.  She chose the lovely digitally created painting by John Selmer.  Here it is…..Click!Judy Kavanaugh - John Selmer - resized

The rest of Art in Bloom!

By camilla @ 8:57 am

Don’t forget to click on the picture to enlarge! Unless noted, the arrangements are by members of the Four Seasons Garden Club and the art is by a Mac member.

I hope you enjoyed the first group of Art in Bloom!  Here are the rest.  Top: Carol Bailey   (photo-Rob Boskind)

Left: Mac members-Diane LaPlante – Laura Breisacher’s fused glass  /   Right: Sue Rhodes  (photo-Katherine Whittaker)

Lower center: Mac members-Kathy Aiken –  photo-Rob Boskind)


Carol and Rob Boskind -resized 1200



Kathy Aiken - Rob Boskind-photograph


Diane LaPlant - resize                                                        Sue Rhodes-Katherine Whittaker-resized


Saving the Waters – Saving the land !

By camilla @ 11:10 am

The MAC Center for the Arts and the Memphremagog Watershed Association will host an art exhibit featuring farms and waters of the Memphremagog Watershed. Resident artists and visiting artists at all levels are painting at many sites around the Northeast Kingdom through the NEK Plein Air painting group to document today’s landscapes that contribute to tomorrow’s history. Painting sites include views of local waters and views of soil and water conservation practices at four farms that are working with the Orleans County Conservation District.

This exciting art project includes highlighting strip cropping and grassed waterway in corn fields, grazing and laneways in pastures, and Riparian Forest buffers,watershed image-1 watershed image - 2 images-watershed conservation practices that reduce soil erosion by water; increase infiltration and available soil water; and improve habitat, water quality, visual quality of the landscape and farm community relations. Strip cropping is arranged on cropland across the general slope so that equal widths of grass strips are alternated with annually tilled cropped strip. Grassed waterways are generally planted to perennial grass in annual crop fields and are constructed to convey runoff from low spots where concentrated flow areas where ephemeral and gully erosion control is needed. Artists and community members will learn about these local field based conservation efforts and all the participating farmers will receive a framed print of one of the paintings.

To become a member, an artist simply needs to join our group at to receive notices of our planned paint-out meetups. For more information about the exhibit, visit  and please join us at 158 Main Street Newport on Friday September 9th from 5 – 7 pm for our opening reception. The exhibit will run from September 9th through the 30th.  This is a FREE event and open to the public.


Photos from Art in Bloom

By camilla @ 10:02 am

On August 4th, 2017 the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative (MAC) and the FOUR SEASONS GARDEN CLUB hosted an awe inspiring show of the arts of MAC members along with garden arrangements of the garden club members.  I attended this wonderful evening with a couple of friends and am happy we didn’t  “stay at home”.  I am sharing several with you – just in case you “stayed at home”.  Don’t miss this in 2018! Since I am a member of the Garden Club, of course, I, also, placed my garden arrangement with one of my dolls, as usual. Please visit the MAC  to find the paintings which are pictured here. Artists:Lee Croghan, John Selmer, Donna Walsh, Victoria Mathiesen, Phyllis Gable

Donna Dopp-Lee Croghan - resizedThe Gsrden Club members who participated in this stunning show were many. On this page: Fran Batchelder]

JoAnn Vana] Donna Dopp] Camilla Mead] Linda Libby] Judy Kavanaugh] Marvelean Richards] Ruth Duckless]

Emily Tocci.

I will show you more Imagination tomorrow!





Fran Batchelder-Victoria Mathieson - resize

Linda Libby-Phyllis Gable - resizeRuth Duckless- Donna Walsh resizeJoAnn Vana- Donna Walsh - resizedFMarvelean-Richards- John Selmer - resizeEmily Tocci - resizeJoAnn Vana- Donna Walsh - resized


You won’t want to miss this!

By camilla @ 7:39 am

If you are a fan of Barbershop Music, don’t miss this great group on Sunday, August 20th.  Here’s some of the pieces they will perform:

I’ll bet that most of you know most of these:                     HIGH VOLTAGE POSTERsmall Now Playing Newport

o  High Voltage (Hi Neighbor)
o  Hey, Good Lookin’
o  Java Jive
o  Record Player
o  Cups
o  I’ve Been Workin’ On the Railroad
o  King of the Road
o  Sentimental Journey
o  Old MacDonald Had a Farm
o  I’ll Be a Song and Dance Man
o  Orange Colored Sky
o  In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
o  Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
o  Lullaby in Ragtime
o  Daydream
o  Dream a Little Dream of Me
o  On Top of Old Smokey
o  Ride the Chariot
o  My Old Man’s a Sailor


“The Desert Suite” Premiere Event!~

By camilla @ 12:40 pm

The Desert Suite  –  CD Release  – Saturday, August 19, 2017  –  5-7 pm – Reception  – 5:30  Presentation begins!

MAC Center for the ArtsNewport, VT. presents a Premiere Event, at their 158 Main Street Downstairs Gallery on Saturday, August 19 from 5-7 pm.  Ben and Janice Luce will celebrate the release of their new CD, The Desert Suite. This CD features music composed by Ben Luce over many years while wandering the New Mexico canyonlands with a guitar. At 5:30, there will be a multimedia presentation about the breathtaking New Mexico landscape that inspired the music, along with corresponding excerpts of sweeping soundscapes from the CD.

New Mexico style food will enhance the ambiance of this Southwestern evening and autographed CDs will be available for purchase at the event.

This wonderful event is free and open to the public! For more information, please visit or call 802-334-1966.

Poster (3) Ben and Janice Luce



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