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Love those Photo Fun Kids! June Challenge Photos

By camilla @ 8:52 am

An unlikely friendship- Ashleigh resizedAn Unlikely Friendship-Ashleigh can always find the critters in with the flowers!

What I Like about June – Pitter-Patter-Pansy – Mallory  (Beautiful pansy with water drops)

Sunrise-The Golden Orb-  Uma

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By camilla @ 7:41 am

Just to get you all excited about Art on the Fence and Plein Air – all happening at Jay Summer Fest on August 13.

Here’s the Fireworks as shot by Mallory for Photo Fun Challenge – JULY!Fireworks - Flowing Flag Firework  resized-500

Beautiful! Painting out-of-doors!

By camilla @ 7:18 am

Conservation areaWooden Horse Arts Guild invites all persons who love to paint out-of-doors (en plein air) to paint during the 9th Annual Jay SummerFest at the Summerfest and around the Area: Big Falls, Jay Peak, Villages, Churches and the Jay Recreation area. It is truly special!  Call me and I will tell you just how special the area is!  988-4300

Where? Route 242 Jay, VT

When? August 13, 2016 Time: 8 am to 4 pm.

Entry fee – $5.00 – either mail or email to confirm –





Mailing your entry fee?   Wooden Horse Arts Guild P.O.Box 502 North Troy, Vt. 05859 ====================================================

___Sign in at the Art on the Fence tent from 8 am  (Bring along a piece to hang on the fence!)

___Whether your painting is finished or not, bring yourself back to the Tent by 3:00 p.m. for judging.

___Ribbons and a Special award for the Judge’s Choice Winner.

The judge for this event is Sam Thurston, artist and sculptor. You may become acquainted with his work here:

The Wooden Horse Arts Guild Plein Air event is a fund raiser and YOU can help! We welcome your donation!


You won’t want to miss this! Opening August 5, 2016

By camilla @ 8:22 am

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the paintings by ANN YOUNG.  Ann’s work will be on display at The 99 GALLERY AND CENTER , School Street, Newport, Vt.   The Opening Reception is Friday, August 5 at 5 p.m. and showing until September 30, 2016.   If you are not familiar with Ann’s work, then take a look at  I enjoy her BlogSpot as a way to be close to the meanings of her work. The Wooden Horse Arts Guild is proud to have Ann as one of our Scholarship Sponsors. Don’t miss this showing of the wonderful art of Ann Young.

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Social Band Visits the Northeast Kingdom-Vermont poets, lively music!

By camilla @ 5:51 pm

!cid_019ac494-52b3-4538-83e7-1df6df37cf3bwith its Newest Compositions Featuring Vermont Composers

Social Band sings to summer with a program of music and poetry at the charming St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport, Vermont. Come spend an hour with Burlington’s “lively band of singers” as we share our lusty repertoire of Vermont-composed music, with a cast of characters including the moon, stars, lovers, insomniacs, swimmers and diggers.

Sunday, July 24th at 3pm, 2016, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Newport, VT

This program features works by Thomas L. Read of Burlington and Anna Patton of Brattleboro from our most recent commissioning project. Read’s Late and Soon, Six Climate Choruses explores the art of maintaining sanity in the face of folly. It includes the works of Vermont poets Verandah Porche, F.D. Reeve, and Sharon Webster and creates individual, poetic vignettes that vary in approach but are all mindful of the past and future of our changing environment.

Patton’s composition is a setting of a selection of poems from the work “Dart” by British poet, Alice Oswald – a work born out of conversations with people who live and work along the River Dart in Devon, England. The settings follow the eels swimming under the surface, the forester working along the river in the presence of the water nymph, the swimmer moving into the water-world with a dramatic splash, the harbor with its boat voices and boat builders – all of these riding on the flow of the River as it makes its way from source to outlet.

In addition to these recent works, Social Band will share several “old” favorites in its repertoire of Vermont-made compositions, including works by Don Jamison and Bill Drislane.

Unfamiliar with Social Band? This Burlington-based chorus presents a cappella choral music to the public, encourages new compositions especially by local composers, and fosters the joyful and thought-provoking expression of music. Social Band organizes its programs around themes, weaving poetry and song to create an experience that feeds listeners’ hearts and heads. And, while we take the power of music very seriously, we tend to take ourselves a little less so, bringing a sense of exuberance and fun to our singing.

Join us for some delightful music in a delightful setting!

Coming Sunday, July 24 at 3 pm
Tickets:$10 – Under 16 free


By camilla @ 3:17 pm

Putting LIFE into your ‘Still Life’!                                                                         still life

 The Wooden Horse Arts Guild is very happy to bring this class to you – STILL LIFE!

A still life is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects, such as the bowl of fruit on your table. This class will focus on teaching you how to look at objects like an artist – with perceptive awareness. Students will be given a series of drawing exercises designed to strengthen their perceptual skills and compositional awareness. Students will learn a variety of drawing and sketching techniques. Join us on Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 11am to 2pm at Rose Apple Acres Farm (721 East Hill) North Troy,

Vt.   Bring drawing materials, a sketchpad and an object you like to add to a still life composition.

Call Camilla 802-988-4300 to register and regarding supplies and fee.  Your instructor will be Patricia Sanders.  Don’t miss this one!



By camilla @ 2:12 pm


The Old Stone House’s Annual Gala and Benefit Auction Thursday July 21st, 6 pm – 9 pm at the Eastside Restaurant in Newport
Please join us for an evening of elegance and fun

Silent and Live Auctions -Elegant Hors d’ouvres by The Eastside and Le Belvedere Restaurants -Music by Thurmond Knight, cellist, & Paula Graveline, flutist -Tasting of Eden Ice Cider with Sweets

Thank You to this years Sponsors!  Curtis-Britch, Susan and Carl Taylor, Wooden Horse Arts Guild, Reining Hope LLC, Pick and Shovel


Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Limited tickets sold, guarantee your entry by pre-buying your tickets online here Or Call 802-754-2022 to reserve via phone

Here is a sampling of the items on auction  More are coming in every day!
Lake Willoughby 3 Night Stay at Luxury Home Overlooking the Lake sleeps 10- Newport Country Club Round of Golf for 2 Newport Country Club Round of Golf for 2 Li’l Deb and Big Wind Band Concert 2.5 hours Clyde River Recreation River Trip for 2 Drivers Outdoor Power $25 Gift Certificate Parson’s Corner Gift Certificate The Farmyard Store 40lbs Birdseed The Garden Patch $20 Gift Certificate Poontoon Boat Ride on Willoughby with Wine and Cheese for 6   and much more!!Old Stone House Gala Event


A Free Summer Seminar

By camilla @ 11:14 am

Everyone knows about the Photo Fun Challenge 2016. We are judging the 2nd quarter now and it occurred to us to share all this excitement with Vermont kids who are not sending in their photos!  If you simply enjoy taking pictures once in awhile, then you might like to get better at it!  So, here is your invitation to the Free Summer Photography Seminar. We will be happy to have you join us!

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Summer Photography Seminar   It’s FREE!

The Wooden Horse Arts Guild invites Young Vermont Photographers – 5th thru 12th grades who wish to learn more about every aspect of photography with camera or smartphone to attend the FREE seminar which will be held on July 20th from 9 am to 4 pm at the OLD STONE HOUSE in Brownington, VT.

The seminar will help you with Basic photography skills, composition and lighting, portraiture, landscapes, printing, matting and framing.   The goal of this seminar is to teach the young photographers the processes they need to become better photographers by learning how to use and understand their cameras, whether it is a Nikon Coolpix, a Pentax K10D, a Sony or the Camera-phone. You will learn how to set up a scene, whether buildings, landscapes or portraiture, or a special ‘selfie’! Learn how to get out of your comfort zone, while learning new techniques.

Your instructor will be Robin Leavitt of (Casco, Maine).We are very pleased to welcome Professional Photographer, Mark Linton, who will introduce you to Commercial Photography and ‘how to take pictures of buildings!’ Horses, too! See his wonderful work at

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about taking great pictures. Sign Up Now! Call 802-988-4300 or email   (July 15- deadline)boy with camera


More from the 1st quarter – Photo Fun Challenge

By camilla @ 8:08 am

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A Picture of Winter- February





A New Year's Resolution-Mei-8 -  500A New Year’s Resolution   (January





A New Year’s Feast (January)

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The First Quarter Winners!

By camilla @ 10:02 am
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 26 Homeschooled & public school young photographers grades 5 thru 12  who live in 25 Vermont towns. Six local people chose  their favorites  from the 1st 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 special section of Photo Fun on
Here are the three Photos chosen for January, February, March, 2016.  Our Friend, Tim Daley of Newport was asked  to critique the 3 winners. I am pleased here to share his thoughts along with their photos.
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January = “Begin Everything with Chocolate”   Sophia  – 10th grade – (Glover, VT)

“I chose “Begin Everything with Chocolate,” for its sharp, clear, developed quality, as well as its subject matter. The photograph is filled with contrast of color, and form, from the shades of chocolate, to the volume of chocolate on the beaters.  The centering of the photograph directs my eye, to where my finger wants to go, to taste that smooth and luscious-looking concoction.  This to me is not merely a reflection of reality, but a trip into imagination, that sparks delight in all my senses.”  (Tim)

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February = “Frost” Sarah – 10th grade – ( Montpelier, VT)

“I’m generally not drawn to photographs of individuals, as art pieces because in many cases, they are embellished shots of reality. However, I chose this particular photograph for this competition, because of the photographer’s development of the photograph.  To be more specific, I like the snowflakes and how they frame the subject.  It’s difficult to tell whether or not all the snowflakes are original or added to, but for this reviewer, as in all my reviews, I base my critique on how it affects my eye and my perception of what I am seeing.  Without the snowflakes around her, and on her, this would simply be a nice picture of a pretty girl.  But it’s the contrast of her white, cold face, and the softness of falling snow, that speaks to the title of this piece, “Frost.”  The photographer set up the photograph beautifully to capture the image, and the emotion.  It is beautiful, cold, warm, gentle, and uncertain.”  (Tim)

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March = “Barre Branching Dreams” – Mei – 8th grade  (Barre, VT)

“The difference between an artist, with a camera, and just anyone taking pictures, is seeing the possibilities, and knowing how to make the adjustment (sometimes very slightly), that will bring art to life. So it is, in the case of, “Barre Branching Dreams.”  A simple plant, with the placement of one word, opens up a world of imagination.  The photographer’s choice of plant, word, placement, and lighting, make this a very interesting piece.  The shades of green against the shades of white draw the viewer in.  Once there, you can do little but look around, and wonder.”  (Tim)
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