Volunteer Day at the Eric Sloane Museum

August 14, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on Volunteer Day at the Eric Sloane Museum

Edith’s take on the August 10th volunteer event:

It was so amazing to see the shingle- making process and it was even more fun to experience doing it yourself. You get such a feeling of accomplishment and that you are doing something both physically active and educational. We had a great time laughing and discussing shingle-making and The Eric Sloane Museum. It was so nice meeting the volunteers and talking to them about The Eric Sloane Museum, the cabin project and shingle-making! We all had so much fun!

Thanks to Edith for most of the photos in this post. Thanks to Scott Sheldon, shown in many of the photos, for helping us with the layout of the shingle roof.

 

Volunteer Day at the Eric Sloane Museum

August 14, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on Volunteer Day at the Eric Sloane Museum

Edith and volunteers working to split shingles during Friday’s volunteer session at the Eric Sloane Museum. We’ll see you for our last two events of the year, September 7th from 11-3 and September 29th from 11-3.

Temporary Closure of the Eric Sloane Museum

August 6, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on Temporary Closure of the Eric Sloane Museum

I received this from Barb Russ at the Eric Sloane Museum:

 

In preparation for our celebration of a half century showcasing the life of Eric Sloane through his superb collection of  early American tools, his painting and illustrations, his prolific writings, and his artists’ studio,  the Eric Sloane Museum will be closing for the season on Monday September 3rd. Starting in October, the museum  will be undergoing structural repairs and upgrades to secure the building and improve the visitor experience for the next half century. The museum will remain open during regular museum hours (Friday-Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm) through Sunday September 2. Visitors are still welcome to explore the grounds of the museum and see the remains of the Kent Iron Furnace which produced iron during the nineteenth century, and is a featured industrial site on the Connecticut Iron Trail. The remaining events will take place as scheduled including learning how to split shingles with several members of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum on Friday, August 10th, from 11 to 3.

The shingling events with the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum will continue as scheduled:

Friday, August 10th from 11-3

Friday, September 7th from 11-3

Saturday, September 29th from 11-3

We’d love for you to join us.  We’ll provide the training and snacks.

Noah Blake and His Wonderful Cabin Show Winners at the Eric Sloane Museum

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Congratulations to Aiden Cherniske for his winning entry in the annual art exhibit, contest, and show for the 2018 season at the Eric Sloane Museum. The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum sponsored the event again this year, and we are always happy to do so and so incredibly grateful to our participating artists as well as for their family and friends, and for the hundreds of visitors who come specifically to see the imagination and skill of the artists.
 
The theme for this year was “Noah Blake and His Wonderful Cabin” and we encouraged our artists to explore the cabin and it’s relation to Eric Sloane and the museum. Aiden won a $100 gift certificate to our very own Kent’s House of Books for best professional artist for her re-creation of Noah’s bottle window!

Noah Blake and His Wonderful Cabin Show Winners at the Eric Sloane Museum

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Congratulations to Dayna Wenzel for her winning entry in the annual art exhibit, contest, and show for the 2018 season at the Eric Sloane Museum. The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum sponsored the event again this year, and we are always happy to do so and so incredibly grateful to our participating artists as well as for their family and friends, and for the hundreds of visitors who come specifically to see the imagination and skill of the artists.

The theme for this year was “Noah Blake and His Wonderful Cabin” and we encouraged our artists to explore the cabin and it’s relation to Eric Sloane and the museum. Dayna won a $100 gift certificate to our very own Kent’s House of Books for best professional artist for her re-creation of Noah’s bottle window!

Noah Blake and His Wonderful Cabin Show Winners at the Eric Sloane Museum

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Congratulations to Liz Tobin for her winning entry in the annual art exhibit, contest, and show for the 2018 season at the Eric Sloane Museum. The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum sponsored the event again this year, and we are always happy to do so and so incredibly grateful to our participating artists as well as for their family and friends, and for the hundreds of visitors who come specifically to see the imagination and skill of the artists.

The theme for this year was “Noah Blake and His Wonderful Cabin” and we encouraged our artists to explore the cabin and it’s relation to Eric Sloane and the museum. Liz won a $100 gift certificate for best non professional artist for her rendering of the Noah Blake Cabin in dryer lint!

Annual Art Show Participants at the Eric Sloane Museum

July 11, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on Annual Art Show Participants at the Eric Sloane Museum

With thanks to our participating artists for the 2018 annual art exhibit, contest and sale held at the Eric Sloane Museum:

Dayna Wenzel
Stan Morse
Clayton Preston
Bonnie Evans
Lisa Deloria Weinblatt
Aiden Cherniski
Liz Tobin
Steve Butler
Jim Mauch
Peter Kirkiles

I had the pleasure of talking with Aiden Cherniske, Dayna Wenzel, Clayton Preston, and Liz Tobin during the 4th of July. Looking forward to next years show – always inspiring, educational, and just plain fun!

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Friends board members John Pennings, left, and Mike VanValkenberg, right, take a much deserved break during the Independence Day celebration at the Eric Sloane Museum.  John and wife Rose worked so hard during the day, making sure that everyone had enough to eat and drink.  Mike’s enthusiasm and humor always keeps things easy going, even when stress levels run high.  On the table are some White Oak shingles split by member and long time friend Scott Sheldon (thanks, Scott!), lined up to help determine how many board feet of lumber we will need to shingle the roof of the Noah Blake cabin.

July 4th at the Eric Sloane Museum

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Happy Birthday, America. We had a wonderful group of people today, seated under “our” Maple tree, listening to Bruce Adams read the Declaration of Independence in it’s entirety. We ran the spectrum of political persuasions and ideology – today we were Americans reflecting on the act of declaring ourselves independent of tyranny.

Eric Sloane and the Ringing of the Bells on July 4th

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Our friends, members, and visitors lining up to ring the bell atop the Eric Sloane Museum. Eric Sloane worked tirelessly to promote the ringing of bells as an historically appropriate way to celebrate our nation’s independence. Thank you to everyone who made this fourth of July one to remember!