Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Woodstock Vt Elementary Students Tour the Town's Sculptures with Charlet Davenport

June 4, 2014
Woodstock Vermont

Charlet Davenport, local artist and director of Sculpture Fest, took each grade on a tour of the sculptures located at Norman Williams Public Library, the Woodstock History Center and the Blue Horse Inn.

The tour began at the Library where a sculpture garden has been created especially for the young library patrons. Jamie Townsend (left in picture above), from Springfield VT, created some whimsical pieces with wood. Townsend told the students most of the wood he uses, he and his four young children find on their woods walks. He owns a saw mill and works in various medium including painting-his murals are on a few buildings in downtown Springfield. His works may also bee seen at the King Farm on Prosper Road in Woodstock; he was the featured Sculpture Fest Artist of 2013.
The groups then moved on to the Woodstock History Center (Dana House) where a piece by Paul Machalaba, a Woodstock High School graduate, has been recently installed. Machalaba is new to sculpture but has created a brilliant metal piece called "Anello di Belleza." Machalaba told the students he first experienced welding in a metal shop class at Woodstock Union High School. He later became a licensed welder and plasma cutter which led to his enthusiasm for creating abstract artwork.

The final stop was a viewing at the Blue Horse Inn where Herb Ferris' enormous maple structure was viewed. Ferris spoke to the children about balance and got them to feel balance through a few bodywork movements. He told the children that the maple used in this piece was a result of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. He saw the trees bending after the flood and was inspired to created this particular sculpture. Ferris' works has been a part of Sculpture Fest for more than a decade.
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Charlet Davenport Leads a Walking Tour of Sculptures
Woodstock VT  June 4, 2014
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