“THE MESSENGER,” 2019 by Dana Simson
MIDDLEBURY —The Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury presents “The Animals Are Innocent,” a mixed media/ceramic exhibit of colorful, boat sculptures and paintings, both featuring animals, by Maryland artist, ceramist, author, and illustrator Dana Simson. The exhibit opens on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and will remain on view through Jan. 11, 2020. A reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, from 5-7 p.m., at the Sheldon Museum.
Simson’s goal through her art is to show animals are losing both habitat and food sources, suffering the man-made effects of pollution and wilderness encroachment, and are...
DAWN WAGNER SHOWS off three of the paper hats she’s made for Carnevale. Wagner manages this annual event at the Vergennes Opera House and is hosting a hat-making workshop and tea party at the Sheldon Museum this Sunday.
Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — What do you get when you take a stage manager from New York City, transplant them in Vergennes and give them chickens, and a knack for making cookies, chocolates and costumes?
A messy dining room table. That’s what.
Dawn Wagner, a self-described “midnight crafter,” knows all about this.
“I put the kids to bed and get crafting,” said the mother of two. “I usually start around 8 p.m.”
The work she’s doing depends on the season.
Right now she’s preparing for the Mad Hatter Tea Party and Hat Workshop at the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, where kids as young as five can create up-cycled...
ARTIST SALLY J. SMITH, of Westport, N.Y., shows one of the fairy houses she makes from bark,moss and other materials during a fairy tea cup workshop on July 21 at the Sheldon Museum.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — We all know fairies are real, but where do they live? Why, in tiny fairy houses, of course. Who builds these homes? Well on Sunday, July 21, a group of local kids (and their parents) showed up at the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury to help build Tea Cup Fairy Houses with artist Sally J. Smith of Westport, N.Y. She showed participants a few of her amazing fairy houses (now on view at the Sheldon) and shared some of her tips for creating fairy houses.
“It was such fun to share my creative process with the kids and the adults who brought them to the workshop,” Smith said. “The kids...
ARTIST DAWN WAGNER created this hat out of paper. She will be lead a paper hat-making workshop for kids at the Sheldon Museum on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 1:30-3 p.m. Kids can then wear their hats at the Mad Hatter Tea Party following the workshop.
MIDDLEBURY — A Mad Hatter Tea Party and Hat Workshop is coming to the Sheldon Museum on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 1:30- 3 p.m. Artist Dawn Wagner will conduct this fun-filled afternoon of extraordinary paper hat-making, offering a chance for families to celebrate summer and enjoy the beauty of the Sheldon Museum’s garden.
Children will create up-cycled masterpieces perfect to wear to the Mad Hatter Tea Party that afternoon. Tea will be served in the garden, weather permitting. Wagner, who currently resides in Vergennes, left Addison County to pursue a career in theatre stagecraft in New York City...
JOSEPH BATTELL, DETAIL, crystoleum photograph Collection of Henry Sheldon Museum
MIDDLEBURY — On Saturday, July 13, at noon, Sheldon archivist, Eva Garcelon-Hart, will discuss a recently-discovered unique photographic portrait of Joseph Battell as part of the Henry Sheldon Museum’s Hidden Treasure Series. Battell (1839-1915) was a local philanthropist, Morgan horse breeder and person behind many landmarks of Middlebury architecture. The crystoleum photograph, sometimes called an American ivorytype, was recently conserved and is now on view for the first time, just for the month of July. Free with museum admission.
The talk is presented in conjunction with Battell...