Vermont Town Meeting…a sketchbook

On the first Tuesday in March, Vermonters gather in schools, town halls…wherever…for Town Meeting.

What do we talk about?

In our town….you can be pretty sure…someone will bring up “road salt”…too much…too little…too too…it wouldn’t be town meeting without adding a little salt to the discussion….followed by a pot luck…yum!

These are sketches I just found in a sketchbook from 2012…I’ll be back at Town Meeting on Tuesday….some folks knit…I sketch…I’ll keep you posted on the salt…tcp

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Elephant at Norwich Bookstore…

Elephant visits Norwich, VT.

Elephant visits Norwich, VT.

The snow won’t keep Elephant and Gracie away from the Norwich Bookstore’s event at The Norwich Public Library!…in Norwich, VT…just across the river from Hanover, NH.

Join us for reading….drawing…and tons of fun making Elephant Valentines…We’re back in VT and ready to play!… See you there…tcp

http://thebookjamblog.com

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Reading with Elephant…in Vermont

READ With Your Elephant from ELEPHANT'S Story by Tracey Campbell Pearson Published by Margaret Ferguson Books by Farrar Straus Giroux

READ With Your Elephant from ELEPHANT’S Story by Tracey Campbell Pearson
Published by Margaret Ferguson Books by Farrar Straus Giroux

Elephant and Gracie have been having fun visiting bookstores and reading to kids…(no monkeys….yet!)

Thanks to all of the amazing independent booksellers we’re meeting in our travels.
Not only are they passionate about books…they don’t even blink when I bring an elephant into their stores!

We’ve been posting when we can on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/traceycampbellpearson

As well as Elephant’ Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elephants-Story-by-Tracey-Campbell-Pearson/509037329153223

Visit the EVENTS page on my website to see when they’ll be in your area.
If you missed them…they’ve left a trail of autographed books!

http://www.traceycampbellpearson.com/events.htm

I’m back in my studio for a few days….Elephant and Gracie are resting up….getting ready for their next visit….something about meeting a “Brown Dog” in VT this weekend?

http://www.browndogbooksandgifts.com

We’re getting our sketches…photos…and videos together…fun Elephant News…check back soon!…tcp

 

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Red Grooms Visits VT…sketches…and an interview……

Red Grooms in VT?…Really?

Yes. I was lucky enough to be at the Brattleboro Museum to hear him speak about his work in his interview with Stephen Hannock.

In the 1970’s, my teacher John Gundelfinger introduced me to Red Grooms’ work while I was studying at Parson’s School of Design. John, a generous teacher and wonderful artist, invited me to his studio…my first visit to a real artist’s loft in Soho…I’d been drawing on subways as well as making life size people out of pantyhose.

John gave me a wonderful silk screen by Red Grooms of a wild street drawing of Madison Ave…that Red had given him–“The Discount Store”. John said…”look at this…get out on the street…draw…”

John also apologized for giving me an unsigned print.

A turning point in my career as a young artist…I ended up letting go of my studies in “fashion illustration”….looking for a new direction…I went down the hall…and
stumbled into Maurice Sendak’s class.

Now 2013…I’m still drawing on the streets and subways…and making picture books. Thank you John. Thank you Red for signing my print last night.

This wonderful show is up through October 20th…it is worth the trip to Brattleboro…I’m going to see it again…tcp

http://www.brattleboromuseum.org/2013/05/20/red-grooms-whats-the-ruckus/

http://www.wwo.org/document.doc?id=213

Ps…and I have a show up at the Brooks Memorial Library through the end of October…serendipity?….hmmmm.

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Concert at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, VT…sketching with Mendelssohn & the Burlington Ensemble

Bernard Herrmann…Giovanni Bottesini…& Mendelssohn….

The concert by the Burlington Ensemble was lovely…so much so…we went twice…once to the Monitor Barn in Richmond, VT and again to the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms.

These sketches are from the closing concert for the Summer Serenade Series at the Coach Barn. I was mesmerized watching Rachel Calin perform on the double bass. …The cellist Ariana Falk commented that it was like watching someone dance with an elephant!….I’ll have to share that comment with Elephant and Gracie….tcp

Thank you to the musicians for the wonderful concerts…if you missed them…I’m sorry…but you can still catch their winter concerts…Here’s a link to the website for The Burlington Ensemble…

http://www.burlingtonensemble.com

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Biking Burlington Vermont…Lake Champlain, Green Mountains, Adirondacks & rock art…

When I spend too much time in my studio and my brain gets squishy….I get out and move…

Here is one of the most beautiful bike rides…ever!!!!

Start at the Boat House in Burlington, VT…follow the bike path to Colchester…and stay on the path to the causeway….until you feel like you are riding on water….

Surrounded by the lake…mountains in the distance….Green Mountains….Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump on one side…Adirondacks on the other….then look closely…you will see…piles of rocks…little sculptures…along the way.

You’ll feel like you are riding on water...really!!!
or walk if you’d rather…
walking on water works…

On weekends…in the summer…there is a Bike Ferry to take you across the Champlain Islands….you can ride some more!…

Here is the link to Local Motion in Burlington, VT…they know everything  about biking in VT…they can rent you a bike if you don’t have one…enjoy…it will feed your soul…promise!!!…tcp

PS…Bonus…and it is about as flat a ride as you can get in Vermont!

http://www.localmotion.org/

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