Who We Are and What We Do
The Wooden Horse Arts Guild is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization comprised of artists, crafters, writers, photographers and musicians who live and work throughout Vermont and beyond.
Formed in 2002, our mission is to build a sense of community through art, photography, writing, music and crafts. We do that by bringing our members together with patrons of the arts; by supporting state art projects; and by our members helping young and old alike in their communities, grow in their artistic abilities.
We promote our members through our website, exhibitions and shows where they can sell their work to the public. We also sponsor guest instructors to teach classes and workshops for members and the general public. Our Camilla Mead Arts Education Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to enable Vermont residents to enhance their growth and education in the arts. We accept applications from individuals ages 16 and over.
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Board of Directors
Camilla Mead is a founding member of the Wooden Horse Arts Guild and served as president from 2006 thru 2009, as well as again in 2012. During this time membership grew and the public became aware of the many artists in this small area. Camilla’s background in music and the arts (she is a porcelain doll artist) and her knowledge of the struggles artists and craftsmen face to afford their studies, created an interest in finding a way for the WHAG to help and encourage the arts for all.
Camilla Mead, President
Peggy grew up in New Jersey, attended Montclair State College with teaching degree in Home Economics. Moved to Jay, Vermont in 1971, has worked at Jay Peak Resort and The Christmas Loft. Passions include gardening, traveling and fundraising. Currently Jay Select Board Chair, Executive Director of the Jay Focus Group, a 501 (c)3 Non Profit Charitable Organization serving the needs of the greater Jay area, member of the Troy & Area Lions Club and Board member of Wooden Horse Arts Guild.
Peggy Loux, Vice President/Administrative Assistant
Donna Dopp, Secretary
After 10 years of devoting her time to raising her two children, Diane re-entered the workforce mostly in office management and bookkeeping and accounting for several professional businesses and also an 8 year period as Town Treasurer for the Town of Reading, VT. She then spent 6 years in various positions in the banking field. After 2 years as Financial director at Sacred Heart Elementary School, she reentered the banking field for a total of 16 years ending as a mortgage originator at Community National Bank. In 2012, she retired and is currently helping her husband manage Hollandeer Farm and marketing their venison products and Harold’s antler art and jewelry. She has been treasurer of the Wooden Horse Arts Guild almost two years.
Diane Rowlee, Treasurer
Born and raised in a large family in western Massachusetts, Theresa Lagoy moved to rural Maine in 1975. There she studied hand weaving and set up a small in home weaving business with which she earned her living for 30 years. Four years ago she moved to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and is still weaving -- this time in a mobile home/studio/gift shop in Newport Center.
Theresa Lagoy, Board Member
Patricia Sanders lives in North Troy and teaches Fine Art at North Country Union High School in Newport, VT. She has guided so many students through their years of searching for themselves through the arts. Pat was honored by V.F.W Post 798 in 2015 for her work with the V.F.W Patriotic Art Scholarship Program. As one graduate said, "I would not be who I am today or have the love of my art except for Ms. Sanders. She is the BEST!" Pat is also the best when critiquing the arts! We are happy to have her as a member of the Wooden Horse Arts Guild and a member of the Board.
Patricia Sanders, Board Member
Tanya Sousa grew up and continues to live in the Northeast Kingdom. She received her BFA in Writing from Johnson State College in 1990 and has been writing and publishing everything from children's picture books, to novels for adults to magazine articles and personal narrative essays ever since. Her work has received awards, including a Moonbeam Children's Book Award and being on the short-list for the national Green Earth Book Awards. Tanya also enjoys painting. Although she's been involved with this as long as she has been writing, she's only recently been venturing out into art as a business as well as expression.
Tanya Sousa, Board Member
Tanya is passionate about nature (as her writing and painting reflects), creativity of all kinds, and helping others achieve their dreams. Being part of the Wooden Horse Arts Guild seems like a fine way to do that!"
Gloria Willis, Board Member, Supporter