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A concert NOT to miss

By camilla @ 7:53 am

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The Burlington Chamber Orchestra’s Celebration of Youth Concert on Saturday, May 14th will feature Jacob Morton-Black’s In Memoriam, the winning composition from the 2016 Young Composer competition.

Jacob Morton-Black was a winner of the Fall/Winter 2013 round of the Camilla Mead Arts Education Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship award helped to provide the opportunity for Jacob to learn all aspects of playing, composing and performing on the organ. We are very proud of this young man and his accomplishments. Jacob is working on an article for publication this semester. His next goal is a doctorate in musicology!  See more about Jacob Morton- Black   For Jacob’s music, click on the bar below his photo.

The Chamber Orchestra concert will also feature the 2016 winner of the Young Artist Solo Competition Tommy Bergeron, a 15 year old sophomore from Essex Junction who will perform Mozart’s Horn Concert No. 4, K 495. The Guest Conductor that evening will be Kayoko Dan from the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. For more information about this very special evening of music, go to Tickets are on sale now at   The concert is at UVM recital hall.


And, here are a couple more!

By camilla @ 6:55 pm

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A very cold morning in Vermont – “A Frosty Ride” Olivia – 11th grade – Ferrisburgh Olivia’s camera is a Canon Rebel T1




It’s Obvious!  This young lady has a sweet tooth!   “Begin everything with chocolate”   Sophia  – 10th grade – Glover

Sophia shoots with a Pentax K 10D


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From the March Challenge: “Branching Dreams” – Mei – 8th grade – Barre   -Camera-LG G4

Photo Fun Challenge News

By camilla @ 11:32 am

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The Wooden Horse Arts Guild Photo Fun Challenge- 2016  is off to a great start.  The First quarter with more than 100 photo images from 24 Homeschooled young photographers grades 5 thru 12  who live in 22 Vermont towns, are now in the hands of 6  local people who will choose the best from this Quarter.  At the end of 2016,  the Professional Photography Judges will step in to choose the final First, Second, Third, Honorable Mentions, etc. which will find their place on   The WHAG is pleased to announce that at the end of this year, we will create an 18 month calendar of the Photo Fun Challenge Photos. The free Seminar for this year’s Photo Fun will be held at the OLD STONE HOUSE in Brownington, VT.  Watch for more on this!

Above: “Chair on Ice” – Wren- 8th grade – Burlington (Sony-Nex6)                               “Winter Sky” =Mallory-5th grade – Hyde Park (Fuji Fine Pix S700

We hope you enjoy these previews of the Photos from the Photo Fun Kids!


By camilla @ 8:41 am

Here’s one more on this beautiful Sunny Sunday!  The First Quarter of the Photo Fun Challenges will soon be judged.  Photos from January, February and March are in, so we are looking forward to seeing the final choices for this quarter.

This one is from Uma, 6th grade, Newbury.  We are always looking forward to Uma’s entries. She puts much thought into her photos. For March (GREEN), she has entered  “Spring’s Grin”.   Here it is!      Uma’s camera is Nikon Coolpix S600


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Tree Hugger

By camilla @ 8:16 am

Brigid ArmbrustHere’s another for March – GREEN.      Brigid – 7th grade in White River Junction, entered this photo of her sister hugging a tree in the Appalachian Forest.   Notice the soft green of the branches behind the tree.  Brigid’s beautiful and thoughtful picture was taken with her Nikon D3200.


By camilla @ 7:57 am

The Photo Fun Challenge for March was GREEN!  Here is Schuyler’s entry called “Smoothie”.  (St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast)   Schuyler is a 7th grader from Charlotte.  His IPHONE CAMERA is probably always with him!Smoothie-Schuyler Holmes -resized=700




This scary guy is “Lurking Predator”! Joseph – 10th grade in Wheelock likes his Nikon Coolpix. His Mom says he likes to search for ‘unusual’ images.  I love this dragon! Reminds me of a Fairy Tale.

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An artist with many talents

By camilla @ 6:48 am

d16-2-43birchesToday I want to share with you the talent of one of the past members of the Wooden Horse Arts Guild. Stan Phaneuf is a superlative photographer (former equine event photographer).  He and his lovely wife now live in the southern part of Vermont where Stan has found a new ART. Visit him at


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By camilla @ 6:04 pm

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Keeping up with the PHOTO FUN KIDS!

By camilla @ 3:38 am

Winter Flora    resizedThe Photo Fun Challenge First Quarter has seen more than 60 image entries for January, February , and March! I am sharing with you four images and looking forward to April!

Erica, my student helper, really likes this photo – Winter, trying to be Spring. It’s called ‘Winter Floral” and taken by Tony Dicovitsky_6th grade in Monkton.  Tony uses a Pentax camera.









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Sophia – 10th grader  from Barnet. She uses a Nikon Coolpix L830.  I’m not a judge, but I am quite taken with this bird! Looks like he’s yelling, “I can’t stop!”  Slippery roof.






Ashleigh Schell, Grand Isle, Grade 9, loves to take pictures of birds & wildlife.   Look closely!   Title of this is RED   with a  Moto X smartphone camera.

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Wren Harper, 8th grade, loves to take pictures of her Burlington Waterfront –       especially the ICE!  She uses a     Sony Nex 6
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Love Bagpipe music? Here you go!!

By camilla @ 4:20 pm

This  Sunday, April 10th at 3 pm. Get your advance tickets now at:

Piper Iain McHarg will welcome guests to this Sundays’ Benefit Concert for the Newport Area Community Orchestra at St. Mark’s Newport.
This 2 hours program, which begins at 3 pm, will include an intermission with lite refreshments and pipe music. The program will conclude by a haunting, yet majestic “Highland Cathedral” with Paula Graveline-Hansen, flute, Iain, pipes, and Jim McKimm Organ.

This program is not to be missed. Please purchase your tickets early

As his father is one on the premier bagpipe builders in the world, it is no surprise that Iain developed into a well respected and accomplished player.
In addition to competing as a solo piper, Iain has also been involved in many other aspects of Celtic music. He has founded three Highland Pipe Bands in Vermont (Catamount Grade 3 & 4, the Green Mountain Highlanders) and has played with several folk groups. Iain’s solo album, Rooted in Tradition, and his Christmas Album, Celtic Christmas, are sold in many areas of the world. Iain has also published Feadan Mor, a collection of original tunes for the bagpipe.

Visit Iain’s website at:…/Iain_MacHarg.html and hear him play this Sunday.

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