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Paint by Number!

In 2013 the Wooden Horse Arts Guild launched a trial competition for the 1950’s PAINT by NUMBER, initiated by Dan Robbins, who discovered a way for ordinary folks with art in their hearts to become artists. Many of us did not become artists, but have fond memories of hours “painting” some of the Masters. We had hoped that people across the country would enter, however that did not happen. We did have 5 great entries – pictured here. Perhaps our interest in bringing back this “beginning of the art world” for many people will happen again. One person shared this:

“Truth be told, I took on more than I could handle! Soooo many tiny numbers. The work that I did complete I enjoyed. I missed the fluidity of painting strokes and mixing. I learned a ton, though and will look at painting differently from now on.” (She chose a most difficult piece – Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” )

Critiques and Judging were done by Pat Sanders, Visual Arts Instructor at North Country Union High School.

If the WHAG offers another Paint by Number Contest, we hope that YOU will find enjoyment in accomplishing this difficult art.

First place: “Wolf in Hiding” - Josy Shurtleff

Second place: “Horses by a Stream” – Leona White

Third place: “The Last Supper” –Jackie LaPierre


“Adirondack Evening” – Josy Shurtleff

“A Time Well Spent” – Camilla Mead

Artisan's Christmas Sale

The Second Annual Artisan’s Christmas Sale was held on December 6 at member, Gloria Willis’ home. Dressed up as a mini-store, it was a great hit again! Twenty Wooden Horse Arts Guild members participated in showing some of their best and unique art and crafts as gifts for the holiday season. Here are a few images from that special event:


Angel in Red


Another Assortment

Authors' Books

Biker Painting

Cards & Prints

Cookie's cookies and cookies

Deer antler jewelry

Ha! Ha! Ha!

Leona White painting


Pat Lipinski

Quilting, bowls, jewelry

Santa greets the shoppers

Scarves, jewelry

Stained glass

Wine candle

Village Arts & Crafts Show

The Village Arts & Crafts Show took place on Oct. 11, 12, 13 at the American Legion Hall in North Troy. It was a beautiful weekend and a great show, enjoyed by many.

Alyssa - paintings

Author's Corner

Bonnie Nash-Needle felt

Carleen Cote quilting

Elizabeth & Morgan-fleece

Flower collage & paintings

Hollandeer - meat & jewelry,etc.


Justin Hannigton-jewelry

Longbranch- Bowls

Mike's bowls

Phyllis Hammond & Dawn Grey

Polymer jewelry by Sharon

raffle & chinese auction

Ricka (toys, etc.)

Scholarship winners poster

Sydney Stevens - cards-ornaments

Topper View Studio

watercolors- Pat Lipinski

Art on the Fence

August 10 was a beautiful, sunny, albeit breezy day for the Jay Summer Fest in the center of Jay, Vermont. The Wooden Horse Arts Guild was in it’s usual spot for Art on the Fence! This is the day when the public chooses their favorite of the paintings and photography or anything which will hang on the fence! The People’s Choice for 2013 was a watercolor by Ruth Genco titled “Last Tap”. There were also Ribbon prizes in First, Second and Third categories. Pat Sanders was again the judge and the critique artist. We look forward each year to Pat’s expertise in the judging and especially the critiquing of the art.
The 50-50 Raffle to benefit the Scholarship Fund was in full swing with Sydney Stevens and her niece, Alyssa, explaining the Scholarship program of the Wooden Horse Arts Guild.
Kudos to The Jay Focus group. Hardworking and able to “pull it together". Thanks so much! Read more about this great group at Welcome to Jay, Vermont.

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Art on the Fence 2013

Casey Boyle-Eldridge - 1st and 2nd in photography

Deciding on People's Choice

Georgia Higley with her First Place Painting

Hermanville at Lake Memphremagog - 2nd Place - Phyllis Hammond

Josie calling for voters

Kay Maynard stopping by

Neil Hawley - 3rd Place - Photography
Ruth Genco - People's Choice and 3rd Place

Sydney and Alyssa - Raffles are FUN

An Evening with Watercolor Arts and the Marimba music of Ruth Genco

On the evening of July 27, 2013, the Rand Memorial Library “annex” became a Mini Gallery and Music Room! The Watercolors of the artists of the Wooden Horse Arts Guild and the very beautiful Marimba music of Ruth Genco filled the room with music and art. Here is a little history of Ruth’s marimba:

This particular marimba is about 75 years old. The keys are of rosewood (all from the same tree). It is a tropical instrument and plays and sounds best in the warm, humid weather. Marimbas of this type were used during the 40’s and 50’s as background music for popular songs. They are rarely seen today. Ruth began playing the marimba at age 10 and studied at the Wurlitzer Conservatory in Philadelphia. She saved her money and bought this instrument when she was 12. It is her musical treasure.

The watercolorists taking part in this event were Mary Brenner, Phyllis Hammond, Georgia Higley, Ruth Genco, Pat Lipinski & Fred Wilson.

The Joy of Painting in Bold Colors

Artist-teacher ~ Rosalie Des Groseilliers

Rosalie holds a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California. She has taught art to every grade level and has lived, taught and painted in Utah, New Hampshire, Delaware, California and Vermont.

“As a watercolor artist, I am both a teacher and a student—a watercolor veteran who has been painting, teaching and taking watercolor classes for over 40 years.”

Plein Air

Two hardy souls braved the heat and humidity to paint “Plein Air” at Rose Apple Acres Farm on July 13.

Ken Wetherbee and Sheba at Rose Apple Acres Farm

Mary Brenner at Rose Apple Acres Farm

Aqua Fest

July 6, 2013....Several members of the WHAG set up their tents on this very warm day to take part in AQUA FEST on the Boardwalk of Newport City. Everyone had a great time! Many thanks to the Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce.


March 16, 2013.....Members of the WHAG had a very fun evening with a delicious potluck dinner followed by a REAL auction of items donated by members. We raised $500.00 for the promotion of WHAG shows.
Here is John Stevens, auctioneer, doing what he does really well! Selling the goods!

January 2013 Scholarship Award Winner

Donna Stepien is an award winning designer educator. A Scholarship recipient, 2012, she taught Saturday workshops during February, March and April, 2013 at White River Craft Center, Randolph VT. The Wooden Horse Arts Guild along with the White River Craft Center sponsored this event.

Aren with a lamp he designed and created.

Aren Tulp

Aren Tulp, 16, of St. Johnsbury, VT, studies each summer at “Immersion in the Arts” camp in Harrisville, NH where he is gaining advanced skills in the making of stained glass.

A lamp designed and created by Aren.

Mel Hastings

Mel Hastings, Barton, VT will continue studies in the making of fine pottery. “My goal is to create, explore and grow with the clay.” From a reference: “Mel is incredibly gifted and her passion is evident in her finished pieces.”

Jacob Morton-Black

Jacob Morton-Black, of Colchester, is a young man with many musical abilities: has written many Music Compositions, Conducting Apprenticeship with Jeffrey Domoto, Music Director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra, has conducted his compositions and much more, along with finding time for community projects in his town of Colchester and helping with Fund-raising for various community and world needs. (Words from a reference: “...Jacob Morton-Black is a witty and intelligent young man, a gifted performer, a diligent student....and a motivated life-long learner”). Jacob will be studying music composition at Ithaca College in the Fall of 2013. (Oh yes, he plays the French Horn, too.)

Sample Composition by Jacob Morton-Black

The Wooden Horse Arts Guild photo contest “Photo Fun-The World Around Us” awards event was held on Sunday, June 9 at the Rand Memorial Library in North Troy, following which, the young people and their guests enjoyed cookies and punch.

The cash awards, ribbons and certificates were handed by Sydney Stevens, Board member; Gloria Willis, Secretary; Josy Shurtleff, Treasurer and Camilla Mead, President. Pat Lipinski, member, photographed the event. The judges for the 32 photos of the 12 entrants were professional photographers, Rosemary Miller of Morgan and Francis Varkala, WHAG member, of North Troy.

This contest for young persons of Vermont was supported by Vermont Community Foundation..

The display system for showing the photos was possible with donations from Rock Insurance Agency, Inc. and Cooperative Insurance Companies.

Photo Fun 2013 Contest Winners (Click thumbnails to view larger images):
"After the Storm Irene"
Katherine Ham - 16
First Place – 13 thru 18
Katherine Ham - 16
First Place – 13 thru 18
"Give Me Life"
Maegan Miller - 18
First Place – 13 thru 18
"Balls, Balls and More Balls"
William Stevens - 12
First Place, Ages 12 and under
Cadence Pepin – 10
First Place, Ages 12 and under
"The Golden Dome"
Abigail Ham - 12
First Place, Ages 12 and under
"Look at me I'm sitting"
Breanna Bergh - 18
Second Place – 13 thru 18
"Just at Daybreak"
Victoria Blais - 14
Second Place – 13 thru 18
"Whispering Secrets"
Katherine Ham - 16
Second Place – 13 thru 18
"I Want it All"
William Stevens - 12
Second Place, Ages 12 and under
"Groundhog on my porch"
John Matthews - 11
Second Place, Ages 12 and under
"My View"
Kendra Pepin - 10
Second Place, Ages 12 and under
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