Painting by Chaera Lee

"Fall in Vermont," created
in watercolor and Sharpie
by Chaera Lee '16
(Vermont Academy)

Vase by Carrie Potter Earle

Detail of vase by
Carrie Potter Earle (BUHS)

Pitcher by Sainan Chanc

Pitcher by Sainan Chanc
(The Putney School)

Greta's Hammer

Greta's Hammer

Celebrating 35 Years of Student Art in Windham County

Boots by a Putney School student

Boots by a Putney School artist

Join the Arts Council of Windham County (ACWC) as it celebrates the 35th year of Student Art Month in March. Throughout the month, we celebrate blossoming young artists in Windham County while recognizing the teachers and school infrastructures helping them to bloom. ACWC has partnered with venues, schools, and teachers to arrange activities featuring these students' creative work.

Gayle Marie Weitz -- artist, co-owner of Artrageus1, and Arts Council of Windham County trustee -- highlighted the importance of this annual event and why the council's board is involved: "Student Art Month provides an annual opportunity for the ACWC to acknowledge the wonderful visual artwork produced by the youth of Windham County. It is a time to share in their accomplishments and to experience the creativity of childhood."

Lonely Bird by Fengyu Xu

"Lonely Bird" by Fengyu Xu '15
(Vermont Academy)

Festivities begin with opening receptions for the High School Visual Art Show at two Brattleboro venues during Gallery Walk on March 6. Two-dimensional works, including photography, will be displayed at The Gallery at the Garden (in the Robt. H. Gibson River Garden), 157 Main St., and 3-D works will be on display in Gallery 2, upstairs at Vermont Artisan Designs, 106 Main St. The River Garden reception will feature a 6:30-7:30 performance by The Snaz, a popular band of local high-school students. The public will also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite pieces in the ACWC's "People's Choice Awards" boxes.

Both high school exhibits will be showing through March 31. Elementary school art will be on view at Brooks Memorial Library, a number of retail storefronts, and many other public locations around Windham County throughout March. Innumerable music, drama, and dance performances will also take place at venues around the county.

Ceramic Owl by John VanIderstine

Ceramic Owl by John VanIderstine

Student Art Month is organized and presented by the Arts Council of Windham County, an all-volunteer organization that has worked to strengthen the environment for artists and arts organizations in the area since 1975. Student Art Month is sponsored in part by Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Brattleboro Reformer, C&S Wholesale Grocers (printing services), and Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2.

John Dimick, co-president of the Council, further comments: "Brattleboro is well known as a quirky and creative place. Student Art Month is an opportunity for young artists to showcase their creativity. By coming out and showing our support for their efforts, we are showing them that they are valuable members of our community and an important part of what makes Brattleboro and Windham County a special place in which to live and work." Make sure to come out and support all the talent of these young artists!

For more information about the Arts Council of Windham County, please visit

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