Painting by Carson

Painting by young artist Carson

Persimmon by Thayer Tomlinson

Persimmon by Thayer Tomlinson

Zpots bowl donated to Fall Into Art

Family Bowl by ZPots

"Fall Into Art" Benefit for Children & Artists

Array of donations to Fall Into Art silent auction

An array of donations to the silent auction

The organizers of Windham Child Care Association's (WCCA) annual Fall Into Art fundraiser have some big changes in store. Because artists are often asked for donations of their work, "This year we wanted to ensure that their time and talent are valued and reciprocated," said Sarah DiNicola, Communications & Event Coordinator.

With this in mind, several exhibit opportunities were arranged for donated works leading up to the main event, set for Friday, October 25, at All Souls Church (29 South St., West Brattleboro). Along with displays at a number of downtown locations, including Vermont Artisan Designs, the Chamber of Commerce, and Key Bank, the full exhibit will be open for the public to view at the All Souls Gallery during Gallery Walk, 5 to 8 p.m. on October 4.

A wider range of mediums is represented this year, too: photography, blown glass, furniture, oil paintings, watercolors, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, tiles, pressed flowers, woodturning, and more. Nearly 60 artists have contributed over 100 works of art.

What remains the same is what makes this fundraiser unique: it celebrates creativity by artists of all ages. Alongside the stunning display of works by local adult artists will be creations by young children enrolled in area child care programs. Painting donor Nancy Calicchio, a former educator, said, "All humans beings have a need to create as a way of perceiving, exploring, and understanding their world, perhaps children most of all. Observing young children making art is very life-affirming."

Array of donations to Fall Into Art silent auction

More artwork donated to Fall Into Art

Fall Into Art will be set up in a Silent Auction format for the first time. Artists had the option to name a minimum bid and could choose to take home half of the final sale price. This way, attendees will be supporting both artists and children in the community. WCCA's proceeds go towards its mission of ensuring access to high-quality child care for all children in Windham County, based on the principle that a healthy and thriving community is built on healthy and thriving children. See for more information.

Some of the artists will be at the October 4 reception. There will also be a children's art activity, free digital caricatures by children's book illustrator John Steven Gurney, and refreshments courtesy of All Souls Gallery.

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