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
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.
Peggy Loux, President
Gloria had a passion for the arts from a very young age, even riding the school bus with WHAG artist, Adrien (Yellow) Patenaude. He was always sketching!! Gloria is a crafter, seamstress, quilter, creator of repurposing things and scrapbooking with grandchildren. Gloria was a Para-educator for 15 years for local schools, an Office Administrator at United Christian Academy, and finally her childhood dream came true - Director of Rand Memorial Library in North Troy!
Gloria Tice Willis, Vice President
Patricia Sanders, recently retired teacher of 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. 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 Whag Officer.
Patricia Sanders, Secretary
I was born in Newport, VT and have lived all my life in the Newport/Derby area. I have always been involved in community groups. In 2001, I was one of the founders of "Connections" – a women's networking group. From the networking done by the women who joined our group we found an interest in promoting the Arts. I worked closely with a several different groups to draw up plans, write grants and help bring-like minded members of the different communities together to work on this endeavor. About the same time the Vermont Council on Rural Development brought in interest from the State. One of the groups which evolved is the Wooden Horse Arts Guild. I have been a part of WHAG over the years, serving as treasurer and secretary at different times. I am happy to be back on board for this time of transition for the Wooden Horse Arts Guild in its mission of educating and promoting the Arts in our area. I am not an artist or fine crafter but I feel strongly that we all have a need to be surrounded by what we perceive as beauty. By having a creative outlet for our emotions we can be healthy, happier individuals. I am creative and enjoy handcrafts and gardening. 'My source of inspiration is Nature and my pallet is the Garden.'
Ruth Duckless, Board Member
As an emerging artist, he is finally getting a chance to do what he loves best… creating artwork that awakens the appreciation of wildlife in people who have forgotten the magical discoveries of their childhood. We could not be happier than to have Art join this Board.
Art Wolff, Board Member
Donna Dopp, Board Member
Mary Alice has been a member of the Wooden Horse Arts Guild for several years. She is a prolific watercolor artist and her gardens are always a beautiful sight to behold. Mary Alice will bring energy and ideas to the Board, along with her natural bent to reach out to other artists and crafts people. Mary Alice is an active member of the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative and the ‘99 Gallery’, and continues to liaise with many other area arts organizations. She is currently serving as NEK Hub Director of the Vermont Watercolor Association, and teaches weekly watercolor classes at the 99 Gallery and Center in Newport.
Mary Alice Brenner, Board Member
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 thru 2017. During these years membership grew and the public became aware of the many artists in this small area. Camilla’s background in music and the arts 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, Past President