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Marcia–oil sketch

Marcia, oil on mdf board, 16″ x 21, DEC 2012.

marcia, dec 12, 16 x 21%22, oil on mdf board


Old mill house: view toward waterfall, 11 SEP 12

Old mill house:  view toward waterfall, 11 SEP 12.


Longview in Summer

Longview in Summer, 15 3/4″ x 24″, oil on board, 16 August 2012.

It was great to be painting at Kathy Link’s old mill house again today.  It’s my favorite plein air place to paint.  And Kathy is one of my favorite people.


Livin’ la vida locally: Farmers’ Market and Elm Street Market

If you can be in Bennington on Saturday morning, please come to the Walloomsac Farmers’ market.  This year my Chiles received the honor of being the poster veggie for the market.  The original painting is hanging at the Elm Street Market on Elm Street along with a couple of others.  Both of these places are part of why we love living in this small town, the sense of how hard our farmers and local business people work to feed us and make our lives great.  It was seriously so neighborhood  feeling to see all the folks hanging at the Elm Street Market tonight eating ice cream or partaking of the winetasting.  And tomorrow morning Jon and I will get to go help out at our favorite farm stand, TRUE LOVE FARM.    Karen and Steven’s farm is one of my favorite things about my life.  So, if you are in town — stop by Elm Street Market and see the Chiles painting and pick up a great sandwich.  And come see me and get real beautiful fresh farm fare on Saturday morning at the Walloomsac market.


Wildflower Trail–from Jackie and Tony Marro

Jackie Marro and Sara Bonthuis, the co-chairs of the Bennington Museum’s George Aiken Wildflower Trail project will present a program Saturday, March 19th at 10:30 at the Bennington Museum that will update the status of the project and detail the work already done by various volunteer groups last year. They also will distribute free packets of wildflower seeds as part of the program, which is titled: “Collect, Condition and Plant Wildflower Seeds”. The program is free and open to the public.
The plan for the George D. Aiken Wildflower Trail project is to create an extensive and lively garden of native plants in the Hadwen Woods, which is the six-acre stand of towering pine trees adjacent to the museum. The area was donated to the museum by the George Hadwen family. The trail itself is named for a person uniquely important to Vermont as a two-term governor (1939 to 1941), a six-term U.S. Senator, and a leader of the progressive wing of the Vermont Republican Party. But before he became known as a politician, Aiken was a nurseryman in Putney specializing in fruits, berries and wildflowers. In 1933 he wrote a book called “Pioneering With Wildflowers” that became so popular that it eventually went through five printings. The long-term plan is to line the trails through Hadwen Woods with many of the 255 different kinds of native flowers and 40 different kinds of ferns that Aiken himself not only loved but advocated in his book. Aiken both raised and sold from his farm in Putney without benefit of a greenhouse.
The native plants to be chosen for spring planting will be from Project Native which is based in Housatonic, Massachusetts and dedicated to stewardship of natural resources through the cultivation of native plants and the restoration of local landscapes.
The museum project, which is mainly a volunteer effort. Anyone interested in learning more about the March 19 meeting or about the Aiken project itself can contact Marro at, or Bonthuis at or the museum’s Development Office at 447-1571.


Clothesline in March

alla prima, painted looking out the window, oil on board, 12″ x 16″, 9 March 2011.


January 15: Artist’s Talk to AAUW “Bricolage”

Bricolage is considered the highest form of creativity. It means making well with what you have at hand.

Please join me on January 15 at 2 pm at the New England Tropical Conservatory for a talk about bricolage and to see the exhibit of portraiture and still life examples from my first eight years of painting. 802.447.7419 for the conservatory hours—ask for the charming Mr. Bruce Evy and he’ll tell you everything you want to know. Though the talk is specifically for the American Association of University Women, they have generously opened their meeting to the general public for this one.

Only a very few of the paintings are for sale, but it is a good chance to see some old favorites that were lent for the event from private collections. And it’s a chance to meet some wonderful people and celebrate the artists that we all are.

viola moriarty

(American, b. 1958)
Modern Expressionist Painter
2012-13 Recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

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