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By camilla @ 12:13 pm


This is the season of Arts and Crafts Shows!  Several Wooden Horse Arts Guild members take full advantage of this to exhibit their art and their craft. Here are where some are going to be during September and October:

Ruth Genco, Georgia Higley,  Pat Lipinski, Fred Wilson will be exhibiting at MAC Center for the Arts, Main Street, Newport, Vt. with the Vermont Watercolor Society Show starting Friday. Sept. 12 through October 3, 2014.

Phyllis Hammond will be at the Arts and  Crafts show  at the Newport Fall Festival at the Gateway in Newport on Saturday, Sept. 20 and at the Woodstock Art Show on  Oct.11 and12. She will be exhibiting her art and her very popular books about wildflowers, Alaska and Iceland.

Bud Varkala, photographer, will be at the Country Craft Show at Morse Farm in Montpelier, September 13 and the Burke Fall Festival on September 27.  Also, October 5 at Danville Autumn on the Green. Bud will also show his photography at the Woodstock Art Show  on October 11 and 12.

Hutch and Ricka will be at – Country Craft Fair being held at the Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works  On Saturday, September 13.  Wood Works and Tooled Leather.  Also,  the Newport Fall Festival at the Gateway Center on Saturday, September 20 and the Burke Fall Festival at Burke, VT.  on Saturday, September 27.  They will be at Burke Mountain with Burkeober Fest  on Saturday, October 4.

HOLLANDEER FARM will also be at the Country Craft Fair at the Morse Farm in Montpelier on Saturday, September 13 and the Burke Fall Festival on Saturday, September 27.  Don’t miss the carvings created from their red deer antlers.  They have added many new pieces.

Neena Gratton, a new member of the WHAG, has her photographs on display at the Derby Dailey Memorial Library

Look for Fred Wilson’s work at the Derby Line Village Inn, LaPierre’s Home Decorating and Long Meadow Farms.

Cheryl Grundon, Potter, is a new member of the WHAG and will display her craft with the Wooden Horse Arts Guild on October 11 & 12 at the Degre Auction House.     Cheryl will also be at the CVU High School Craft show on October 18.  This is an annual event at the Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg with lots of enjoyment and crafts for everyone!

Georgia Higley, Ruth Genco and Leona White have paintings on display at the Community Bank, Derby, for the months of September and October.

We hope you visit one or all of these events and say HELLO to the artists and crafters who are bringing their best to all of YOU!

 On Saturday & Sunday, October 11 and 12 – Don’t Miss  the Wooden Horse Arts Guild FALL ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW will be at Degre Auction House Westfield with painters, crafters, pottery, photography, baskets, wood bowls, toys, leather and quilting, jewelry.  A great show – no admission – handicapped accessible!


Do You Know About the Scholarship Fund?

By camilla @ 8:51 am

scholarships logoThe current Camilla Mead Arts Education Scholarship Fund round, with up to $300.00, will end on November 1st,2014.

The Wooden Horse Arts Guild is a nonprofit charitable organization under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, donations to the Wooden Horse Arts Guild are fully tax deductible. One of the many ways we fulfill our mission is through our Camilla Mead Arts Education Scholarship Fund. The fund is supported by members, donations and fund-raising events. About:

The fund provides scholarships to enable Vermont residents, ages 14 and up to enhance their growth and education in the arts.  Activities supported by the fund include, but are not limited to, workshops, private or group lessons, performances, instrument rental or purchase and acquisition of art supplies. We have granted 12 scholarships to date. Please help us continue this important work by making a donation to the Camilla Mead Arts Education Scholarship Fund.

All donations are gratefully received and you will receive a letter of acknowledgment and recognition.


A Call to Watercolor Artists! ENTER!

By camilla @ 8:24 pm

VWS-Poster2014_smAre YOU a Watercolorist?  Then, here is the place for you!

Each year the MAC Center for the Arts and the Vermont Watercolor Society team up for their Fall Watercolor Show.  The Fall 2014  “It Happens in Vermont” will be presented Sept. 12 thru October 3 at the MAC Center for the Arts at 158 Main Street, Newport, VT. This is an exciting display of watercolor paintings.  Don’t miss being a part of it!

It’s not too late to enter up to 4 of your paintings which depict “It Happens in Vermont”.  Each piece should be appropriately framed and wired for gallery hanging.  There are NO Entry Fees!

Contact Ann at 802-334-6509 or Pat at 802-988-4714  or  Find the  information and application at





Another Little USA Trip

By camilla @ 6:49 am

Charlotte Schuld -Once in awhile I like to share with you one of my sister’s “little USA Trips” .  Heidi searches for places and people whom some of us may never see or meet.  Yesterday she told us about a wonderful Minnesota (my home state) artist.  She truly captures the beauty of Minnesota and the World.  Charlotte has a terrific newsletter which new (and established) artists will very much like.

I hope you will enjoy this as much as I do. The image shown is Charlotte’s “Supermoon over Stillwater”  (acrylic on canvas)   -  Stillwater is in Minnesota!


Baskets and Mushrooms

By camilla @ 8:24 pm

New WHAG members:  Here are Fabienne Clément and Nathalie Clément , sisters, and their wonderful baskets. Be sure to visit with them at the Wooden Horse Arts Guild Village Arts and Crafts Show on October 11 and 12  at the Degre Auction House in Westfield, VT.  We’ll look forward to seeing you there!Two Sisters in One Basket (2)-RESIZE-CROP-500

New WHAG member, Dan Rickert, A man who knows  how to treat the wonderful woods around us.Dan RickertDsc_2917-001-resize-400Dan Rickert-resize


By camilla @ 2:37 pm

The Wooden Horse Arts Guild, as a part of our mentoring program, occasionally presents opportunities for youth to display and sell their works at WHAG shows and are promoted on our website. We have chosen a  young lady who shows great promise in her variety of art.  Victoria Blais is now a youth member of the Wooden Horse Arts Guild.  Victoria will participate in events and be available to help with set-ups and encouragement to other young artists and craftsmen while learning about the many arts created by the members of the WHAG.  See this young lady on the BLOG page of the Art on the Fence. (You’ll have to scroll down…the date was August 9)  She received a 2nd place and the coveted “People’s Choice” awards.  Victoria took part in the Photo Fun Seminar on Tuesday, August 19. The images shown are Victoria and Mom taking a few minutes out while the students were on their photo-shooting walk around North Troy. VT. and  Victoria (on left) with new friends from around Vermont at the Photo Fun seminar.Victoria with new friend at Photo Fun

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Photo Fun Seminar – A Great Day

By camilla @ 10:18 am


P1030163-resize-cropThe Seminar for Young Photographers who have entered the Photo Fun Contest was held on Tuesday at the Rand Memorial Library in North Troy.  Eleven budding photographers attended the Seminar which was taught by Robin of Robin Leavitt Photography of Casco, Maine.  It was a wonderful day with sunshine and shadows.  The 4 hour class covered much of what we need to know about taking pictures: Aperture, Depth of Field, Where to focus? Etc.  Plus Lighting: Broad Light, Short Light, Rembrandt lighting, Using a reflector and much more. The students were divided into groups to “GO OUT and SHOOT”.  Images around North Troy Village was the goal.  Buildings, Flowers, Action shots Landscape…all is there to see.  Images on this page show the group (after their photo shooting around North Troy, and lunch) downloading their images and critiquing their own and friend’s works. We are grateful to the Rand Memorial Library for their space and projector.  We all liked seeing the pictures on LARGE!

The Photo Fun Contest entries are due  before October 1st.  Watch for more about this exciting contest and the photos taken by the 39 entrants to the Contest.  This is the third year for the Photo Fun Contest as presented by the Wooden Horse Arts Guild. The Contest is open to all Vermont youth – grades 5 thru 12.



These good things go on and on and on!

By camilla @ 11:23 am

During 2007 and 2008, the Wooden Horse Arts Guild, as a part of our mentoring program, presented opportunities for youth to display and sell their works at WHAG shows and to be promoted on our website. Two of these young people have realized many commissions for their work due to our promotion of them. Jerry Johnson, the well-known Creek Road Poet commissioned the twins, Heather and Roxanne Brault, to paint images of his 4 horses to be placed on his barn.  The images shown are of Heather and Roxanne in 2008 with their “famous” horses on the barn.  Jerry has taken wonderful care of the paintings and recently, he moved. He now has a new barn with the horses now placed on it!   Take a look! 2014!

Braults & Jerry 005Braults & Jerry 002Jerry's new barn with Brault sister's paintings of his horses


Jay Summer fest / Art on the Fence – A Wonderful Day

By camilla @ 3:57 pm

If you missed the Jay Summer Fest on Saturday, August 9, I just want to put in my words of Thanks to the Jay Focus Group again for a well-planned event for everyone.  Lots of interesting items at the vendor’s booths, lots of food!  Great Lemonade!  The Hannaford Fife and Drum group brought me back to my younger days!  Great Show!  The Wooden Horse Arts Guild had 25 pieces “ON the FENCE”.  Here are the Winners: First Place – Georgia Higley, Lowell, with her “White Heron” – acrylic on tar paper.  Second Place – Victoria Blais, North Troy, “Only a Star’s Light Away”  – Spray paint.  Third place – Josy Shurtleff, Barton, “Blue Jay” Acrylic .   The People’s Choice winner .

The Art on the Fence displays will follow on subsequent BLOG listings.

First Prize- Georgia HigleySecond Prize - Victoria BlaisThird Place - Josy ShurtleffPeople's Choice -Victoria Blais' (pencil _calligraphy)


Arts Education Scholarships

By camilla @ 8:36 am

Are you an artist, musician, performer, etc.  and in need of funds to help you go forward in your art or craft?  Read the application carefully.

The Wooden Horse Arts Guild Arts Education Committee announced the Fall Scholarship Round for the Camilla Mead Arts Education Scholarship Fund.   Applications for the Fall round of up to $300.00 are accepted beginning July 1st, 2014.  The round will be closed to applicants on November 1, 2014.  Awards are applied to future expenses and must be used within 12 months of receiving the logo

One of the ways the Guild fulfills its 501©3 mission is through the Camilla Mead Arts Education Scholarship Fund. The fund is named for a founding member and current president who continues to be dedicated to supporting creative development in the arts. We encourage and recognize artistic excellence in the literary, visual and performing arts and to date have given 10 scholarships in these fields.

The fund provides cash awards to enable Vermont residents ages 14 and over to enhance their growth and education in the arts and is supported by donations from members, the general public and fund raising events conducted by the Wooden Horse Arts Guild. The Guild appreciates and welcomes donations to help continue this important work and expand scholarship monies for Vermonters interested in continuing their artistic development. Donations to the fund are fully deductible under section 170 of the 501c3 code.  Donations can be sent to WHAG Scholarships, P.O. Box 502  North Troy, VT. 05859.  Donations can also be made through PayPal.  Complete information about the Camilla Mead Arts Education Scholarship Fund, the recipients and applications are at
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