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Rufus Porter Immersion Weekend at Old Stone House Museum

By camilla @ 12:25 pm


Rufus Porter: an American Original.

Rufus M. Porter (May 1, 1792 – August 13, 1884) was an American painter, inventor, and founder of Scientific American magazine.

In 1816 Porter was living in New Haven, Connecticut where he had a dancing school and began painting portraits. In 1818-1819 he made a trading voyage to the Pacific Northwest and  Hawaii, and in 1819 Porter had returned to painting. He traveled by coach and on foot, painting portraits throughout New York, New Jersey, Maryland,and Virginia. He became a prolific muralist between 1825 and 1845, decorating some 160 houses and inns in New England and as far south as Virginia. From simple silhouettes to scenes of entire towns or harbors, Porter spread his art throughout New England. His murals were generally executed in a large scale on dry plaster walls by a combination of freehand painting and stenciling. Some murals were in full color, others in monochrome, with the foliage sometimes stamped in with a cork stopper instead of being painted with a brush. Often he would do portraits of the principal household members where he was doing the murals.

Come to the Old Stone House Museum and learn about the interesting history of this truly amazing individual during the Rufus Porter Immersion Weekend, and learn the techniques he used to create these one-of-a-kind works of art.

Explore Brownington, Vermont’s Historic District and the Old Stone House Museum’s new exhibition of c.1824 painted wall murals by renowned artist and inventor Rufus Porter.

Create a 3’ x 4’ painted, stenciled floor cloth or wall hanging inspired by Porter murals in the Museum’s permanent collection during a 2-day, hands-on workshop with early American decorative arts expert Polly Forcier. $110 material fee for canvas and supplies


Create a painted wooden box inspired by Porter murals in the Museum’s permanent collection during a 2-day, hands-on workshop with early American decorative arts expert Martha Kinney. $30 material fee for box and supplies

Weekend Workshop Fees: $135 Museum Members/$150 Non-Member and  include 2-day workshop, museum admission, Saturday and Sunday brunches, Saturday wine and cheese reception, and 10% discount on all purchases from the Museum Shop. Each workshop also has a material fee to be paid to the instructor. (See workshop descriptions)

Class participants will receive free admission to upcoming Rufus Porter lectures and demonstrations to be held on Saturday, July 1 and Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Register at


Weekend Schedule

Friday June 2 (Optional)

1- 2 pm: Walking Tour of the Brownington Historic District including Prospect Hill, Cemetery, and the recently renovated Orleans County Grammar School.

2:30–3:30 pm: Special Museum Tour with focus on Porter murals and decorative arts.


Saturday June 3

10-11:30 am: Registration and Brunch

Museum Galleries Open for Rufus Porter Mural Exhibit

11:30 am–3:30 pm: Polly Forcier’s Wall Hanging or Floor Cloth Workshop, Part 1.

11:30 am–3:30 pm: Martha Kinney’s Painted Box Workshop, Part 1.

4-5 pm:  Polly Forcier Lecture and Slide Talk: Rufus Porter, Yankee Pioneer  

5-6:30 pm:  Wine and Cheese Reception



11-12:30 pm:  Brunch

1-3:00 pm: Polly Forcier’s Wall Hanging or Floor Cloth Workshop, Part 2.

1-3:00 pm: Martha Kinney’s Painted Box Workshop, Part 2.


For more info about the Museum, see or about its connection to African American Heritage Trail, see



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t-shirt imagesThe Mac for kids……Crazy T-Shirts!

The MAC Center for the Arts will hold a Crazy Fun T-shirt Workshop, June 3 from 10-11:00 a.m. at the MAC, 158 Main Street, Newport in the downstairs Gallery.  This workshop is for young people 10-13 years old and is limited to 15 participants.  Registration forms can be picked up at the MAC or MAC Website, or call 802-334-1966. Registration Deadline is May 25.   Each participant should bring a pre-washed 100% white cotton tee shirt, all other items will be provided. Be sure to register early to save your spot.  THIS IS A FREE EVENT, so come and explore your creativity.


Take 2: Recycle into Spring, Friday, APRIL 28 Opening Reception! 5-7 pm

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MAC Center for the Arts Celebrates RECYCLE INTO SPRING II

Newport.  The MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street, Newport celebrates the second annual Recycling Exhibit, opening day April 28, 2017 with a reception from 5-7 pm. Free event.

Recycled art is not something that’s beautiful but just a waste of time and space. It’s like alchemy which turns base metal into gold, except that it turns trashes into gold. … And for the first time, you will be amazed by the beauty of reformed trashes. The Exhibit will continue thru May 27 and features artists repurposed and recycled whimsies and unique sculptures making for an interesting and sometimes odd exhibition. A call to artists for this unusual exhibition engages the talents of many of our collective artists guilds in the Northeast Kingdom. Visit the MAC Downstairs Gallery for some rediscovered artistry that leaves no carbon footprint.

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



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The Orchestra!

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This is a great way to spend a part of your Sunday!

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2017 Waterbury Arts Fest – Revitalizing Waterbury!

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waterbury The Waterbury Arts Fest (WAF)! WAF has been held in historic, downtown Waterbury, Vermont for the past sixteen years.

Each year artist work includes fine art painting, pottery, fiber art, weaving, glasswork, baskets, jewelry, woodwork and sculpture as well as food and wellness products. Many artists conduct demonstrations throughout the day. There is a stage located at the center of the festival with performances staggered throughout the day from 10 am to 4 pm. Musicians include students from the local high school, dancers from Green Mountain Performing Arts, magicians and other family-friendly acts.

The mission of the Waterbury Arts Fest is to celebrate artists and their work.

contact WAF Event Coordinator, Meg Schultz at  and help Revitalize WATERBURY!challenge-1


Toe-Tapping!! at the GOODRICH!

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Country musicdancingGoodrich Memorial Library invites you to a Valentine Celebration featuring the toe-tapping music of the Friends & Drifters on Friday February 17th at 7:00 PM.

Friends & Drifters Valentine’s Day Celebration
Join us for an evening of music and refreshments in a cozy cafe-style setting. Donation upon entry would be much appreciated. (All profits benefit the Goodrich Memorial Library.)


By camilla @ 9:57 am
Every year about this time, we expect an invitation from Byron Carr for the ARTIST’S GETAWAY WEEKEND AT THE BARTLETT INN in the WHITE MTS. of New Hampshire. If you have visited the White Mts., then you know how very beautiful they are….for painters (or photographers) the area is a treasure. If you have never visited the White Mts. then click below for wonderful photos of the many painting locations  and you owe yourself an ART-cation!  We love it and so will you!
May 18-21, 2017
This is not a workshop, just for painting. 
For photos of a few of the many painting locations in the area,
The Bartlett Inn is the best location I have found to have a long weekend for artists to roam the countryside and paint on location.  Nick and Miriam are great artist friendly hosts for the four days.  It is centrally located to most of the White Mountains and their varied scenery.  Expansive mountain views, rocks and waterfalls, ponds and streams, farms and fields, and the Conway Rail Station are a short drive away. 
All skill levels are invited.  Artists from around New England and even some from NY City have gathered here twice a year for 10 years.  After Nick and Miriam prepare a great breakfast we are off to paint.  There is no other schedule because dealing with artists is like herding cats.  Some paint in groups, some alone.  I do a demonstration painting for those interested.  Sat. evening we have pizza delivered and check out all our paintings.
Price varies per room but all are special rates for artists.

Restrictions: Subject to availability. Price includes 3 nights accommodation, yummy country breakfast daily and Friday/Saturday Art Sessions as per above.
For more information:          1 603 746 3370
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