Phyllis Joy Hammond - 1927-2016
Phyllis Joy Hammond passed away on February 3, 2016, at the age of 88. Phyllis was born in Long Island, New York on July 4, 1927, and was destined to become an outstanding artist. As a youngster she studied watercolor with Elsa Bley, she attended Wellesley College and continued studies with Hyman Bloom, took courses at the New York Botanical Gardens, presaging her life-long love of flowers, and as she once said, “I just painted and painted and painted!” In 1957 she married Milton Dale Hammond. Phyllis and Milton were married for 54 years and lived on the shores of Lake Memphremagog until Milton’s death in 2012. Phyllis was an excellent horsewoman and her love of horses came through in her early paintings. She was not only prolific in the painting of flowers, birds, etc. She could ‘see’ the landscapes of Vermont, Alaska, Iceland and give them life on her canvas. Although the wildflowers were her love, her landscapes and other very original paintings continue to identify her as a truly outstanding artist.
Phyllis was always Phyllis. From her nephew, Cary, “We have seen the twinkle in her eye and she could be a bit mischievous. You all know what I am talking about. She looks right at you but cocks her head a bit as she finds a way for you to buy a second copy of one of her books.” And that is the Phyllis we will remember and miss.
Memories: from Camilla -“Phyllis was one of our first Wooden Horse Arts Guild members, joining in 2003. I will always remember the program at which she presented that wonderful painting of the marshes. Many of us knew then that we were seeing the art of a wonderful painter. And, she did love to show her work! She and I would visit often, in my drawing room. She loved to sit in that room and paint and paint, because, she said, “You have the treasure of the Sutton Mountains to look at every day.”
Memory: from Sharon - “I have lots of memories of Phyllis: One of my favorites: I called to tell her that I spotted a wonderful flower in the woods. She came right over with her paint, some water and a little stool and lots of excitement. I brought her to the spot in the woods and she immediately settled in adjacent to the marsh. She told me to come and get her in an hour - which I did. The flower she painted was a fringed orchid and it is hanging in my home. I wish I had taken photos of that scene; this dear, little lady sitting on her camp stool totally engrossed in her painting (regardless of the water at her feet or the bugs flying around her head). The scene was priceless.”
And, from Ken: “Now she has joined Milton….She was so good to me, always willing to give me a fair and honest criticism of my work. I will miss her.” (and Phyllis, “our Flying Goose was a labor of love.”)
In 2004, Phyllis and Ken Wetherbee (the WHAG’s first president) collaborated in introducing the FLYING GOOSE GALLERY on the Derby Road. It was such a wonderful experience and a space for new and emerging artists and fine crafters to reach the public. Phyllis loved to have the jewelry of Sharon Diner, the art of Tim Barry, Leona White, the carvings of Al Diem and many more sharing the gallery with her very unusual art.
**The paintings shown on this page are rather unique, some were her early work, some from her trips to Iceland and some recently restored from snapshots. We hope you will continue to enjoy the Art of P.J.Hammond. We will always remember Phyllis Joy Hammond.
P.J. Hammond’s web page will remain in place until June 1, 2016. For any who are interested in the purchase of her works, Contact Us and we will put you in touch with the proper person.
John W. Stevens - 1938-2016
John W. Stevens was a past member of the WHAG and passed away on January 7, 2016. There are so many people with fond memories of this very talented and sharing man- a writer, a poet and a ‘lover of life’ that we would be remiss in not honoring him. So here are some images, a few words and “about John Stevens” from his editor of Woodshed Wisdom Book . A memorial service celebrating his life will be held in the Spring of 2016.
“John hunted and fished throughout North America and Europe for more than 50 years. In 1966 he founded the Vermont Guide Service which trained, tested and certified Senior Guides for outdoor recreation. John was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a licensed aircraft pilot, a Coast Guard Captain, a certified general real estate appraiser, broker and developer. John traveled to exciting fishing, hunting and golf destinations and writes about his adventures.” He lived 77 years and had a wonderful life!
R. J. Pasho - 1936-2014
Bob Pasho was a painter who loved to paint, a friend and a mentor to painters. He was a life-long resident of Vermont. “I have never found a place that filled the part of me with so much love and peace. I try to show others, through my eyes, what I see, and put it on paper, canvas or wood. It is my hope that in some small way I can help others to take a second look at life around us and enjoy what we see and know how wonder-full nature really is.”
Adrien "Yellow" Patenaude - 1950-2014
Adrien Patenaude knew how to use color! The landscapes, trees, fields, valleys, rivers, animals...the way the sky meets the hills and landscape, and the way the seasons change the appearance in shapes and light, have played a large role in expanding my perception of the environment, and has helped me to see more than just the reality of the view”. His yellow cap and his art made him familiar to everyone.
"Adrien's art takes you to a place of contentment. His colors make you smile and his scenes reflect the free flow of life." ~ Susan Elizabeth