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Congratulations! to ‘Mindy’s Dolls’

By camilla @ 9:27 am

Congratulations! to our special artist for a special award!

Melinda Wood is an artist to watch!  Her Polymer dolls are a joy to see – and to treasure!  Recently, Melinda was honored to receive Doll’s Magazine Industry’s Choice Diamond Award of Excellence for her ‘Carly’, a sweet, sweet doll.

If you attend ‘Now Playing Newport’, you will see another of Melinda’s darlings on the program cover, along with examples of Photo Fun Kids photos and a lovely photo from Casey Boyle-Eldridge. Carly - resized -700

More about Melinda and her dolls at   The Wooden Horse Arts Guild   always looking for artists and crafts-persons!


Happiness is the Arts and Friends

By camilla @ 11:36 am

On June 1st, 2017, I “turned over the gavel” to Peggy Loux (of the Focus group) to be the President of the Wooden Horse Arts Guild.  I am proud that I was a founding member of the WHAG, creating a place for the fine artists and craftsmen  of this region – North Troy, Troy, Westfield, Jay and beyond.  Fifteen years have gone quickly by and now, with new leadership, the WHAG will continue, but they will need your help!  The emerging artists and craftsmen can lean on us and the Wooden Horse Arts Guild is excited to have NEW artists and craftsmen to teach us new and fresh ideas.

On June 27 the Whag Board will meet at the Community National Bank Community Room -Derby Road.  This is the beginning of meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month – meeting at 4:30 p.m. You are invited to attend, bring a friend, bring your ideas, whether you are an artist or a person who supports the arts. Lots of plans are on the drawing board and we would like to hear yours! See you Tuesday at 4:30!Img_0416resized Dried flowersresized - 700

I am very happy to share with you my bouquet which was given to me at the Annual Meeting.  I enjoyed it on my Dining Room table, but neglected to give it a drink.  Two weeks later, Courtney said, “Mom, I can smell the roses on the bouquet.”  Sure enough!  It was dried!  Beautiful! and now we can enjoy it as long as we want.  It has made me very happy!


Opening our hearts

By camilla @ 10:48 am

Remember Heather and Roxanne Brault, the wonderful Artist Twins who made us all happy with their Portrait paintings and sketches, their teaching us how to use pastels, and the girls painting the beautiful horses of Jerry Johnson (the paintings now on his barn)?   Heather, member of Wooden Horse Arts Guild, has been in an unusual and very bad accident. Breaking the femur is not fun! She has been in good hands at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and we all hope for a quick recovery, however,  we know that Heather will be out of work for several months.

The expenses will be great for Heather and her family, so if you would like to help, see this:




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



By camilla @ 9:48 am

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By camilla @ 8:21 am

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

By camilla @ 7:11 am

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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.



By camilla @ 7:05 pm



The Orchestra!

By camilla @ 8:36 am

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

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Like Junque?

By camilla @ 7:45 am

Here’s a Benefit you’ll like!   See you on April Fool’s Day!Junque du Jour Sale - (MAC for the Arts) resized-500
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