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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


Here She Is! Friday, August 8 Opening Reception 5-7 pm

By camilla @ 8:39 am

Ann Young at catamount



By camilla @ 6:33 am

Henry  (Hank) Stocek, was born and bred in Deep River, Connecticut.   Many of you are acquainted with Hank, but did you know that he is a writer?  Well, his first book is published and in Barnes and Noble and Amazon and many other places.  Hank writes about what he knows and remembers of  growing up on the Connecticut River. Anyone who has an affinity for New England and especially those wonderful days on the River, will love this book!

Hank is retired, lives in Vermont with his wife, Cookie, two dogs (and a new puppy, Huckleberry Finn is his name!) and a runty, but reliable cat!

Here is “QUEEN OF THE VALLEY”!     If you want an autographed copy, watch for the Book-signing day!

Queen of the Valley - Henry Stocek


This looks fun!

By camilla @ 6:54 pm


Have you always wanted to make your own jewelry?   Well, here’s your chance!  Beginning Jewelry Making Class with Amy Rickman on Saturday, August 16.  Spend the morning with Amy and go home with new earrings!  What Fun!  Bring your neighbor, Bring a friend!   Contact Bonnie – 802-766-2105 !


Amy's jewelry class- Sign


Back to Business! Art on the Fence and more!

By camilla @ 2:35 pm

Now that the Art in Bloom is over, I am reminding everyone that the PHOTO FUN is about to begin, and the JAY SUMMERFEST will be setting up their tents for the great event on August 9.

All information about Jay Summer Fest can be found on

Games, Arts and Crafts, Music, Food, and a Fabulous parade!  Don’t miss it!

Entries have started to come in for Art on the Fence. 

Application is at

Don’t miss out on this chance to share your art with many people who might not otherwise see it.  The Art will be critiqued and the event will benefit the WHAG and the  Jay Focus Group, benefactors of so much in this area.  Vote for your favorite!Art on the Fence

Last, but not least! Art in Bloom was a great show!

By camilla @ 2:10 pm

Sydney (collage-500   who else

MAC member, Victoria Mathiesen created a special arrangement including Wooden Nesting Dolls to compliment Sydney Stevens  (MAC & WHAG member) unusual Collage.  Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Art In Bloom- 2015.   It gets better and better!

Two more from Art in Bloom!

By camilla @ 1:59 pm

Dianne LaPlante-Pixie Durand-500Penny Thomas - Angela Young-500




The Stunning Blue is by Pixie Durand, the arrangement by Dianne LaPlante (Mac members)                Lower: By Penny Thomas with  photo by Angela Young, Friends of the MAC
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