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Our Mission: to enhance the human experience through the visual arts...

spaceAbout the Helen Day Art Center


We produce major exhibitions featuring internationally and nationally recognized artists and local Vermont artists and artwork. We offer art classes for youth and adults year-round and collaborate with businesses and organizations to bring the arts to our region.We create original special events driven by artists that connect our broad audience of Vermonters and visitors with creativity. Our class offerings include everything from figure drawing to video animation, Photoshop to plein aire painting. Helen Day Art Center offers scholarships for classes to ensure that all artists, young and old have access to the visual arts. We also welcome over one thousand students a year to docent led tours of our exhibitions through school bus scholarships made possible by our member, donors and sponsors.

Vacationing in Stowe, Vermont? Visit us for a healthy dose of culture to stimulate your senses and engage your mind. We keep the arts alive in Vermont!

Recent exhibitions have featured contemporary photography, sculpture, painting, mixed media and installation artwork from Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New England, Canada, China, Mexico, and from the perspective of journalists, muralists, dissidents, environmentalists, travelers, cartoonists, and Native American artists.

Helen Day Art Center is a 501c3 organization that was established in 1981 to “enhance the human experience through the visual arts.” The Center pursues its mission through programming that asserts the value of art and engages Vermonters as visitors, volunteers, creators, and patrons. The Art Center is the primary fine arts resource for children and families in Lamoille County and the surrounding region.

In recent years we have vastly increased outreach into the community, the Art Center has emerged as an arts activist focused on bringing the highest quality experiences to Northern Vermont.

We are one of the region’s primary art exhibition and education resources, offering a range of dynamic programming that asserts the value of art and engages approximately 75,000 people each year as visitors, students, volunteers, creators, and patrons. The Center’s mission is “to enhance the human experience through the visual arts.” To accomplish that mission, the Center offers the following primary services:

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Exhibitions & Public Programs:

The Center features nine exhibits annually, including fine art, cultural exhibits, and student shows. Helen Day produced the only Vermont exhibit ever selected as a “critic’s pick” by ArtForum (top national/international art magazine). Each professional exhibit includes a schedule of public events such as film, panel discussions, and talks with artists.

Exposed Sculpture Show: This annual 25+ piece sculpture exhibit is installed on our grounds, and along Stowe’s streets and recreation path. Exposed! is one of the largest and most diverse sculpture exhibits in New England and is enjoyed by over 65,000 residents, tourists, school groups, camp groups, and individuals who visit Stowe.


 

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Art Education

Classes – Each year professional artists teach over 50 classes and workshops engaging 571 children, youth, and adults in a variety of media and activities (animation, graphic novel illustration, puppet making, digital photography, Sumi ink workshop, introduction to oils, and much more!). Scholarships ensure that classes are open to all who wish to participate, and last year the Center provided 41 scholarships totaling $4,685.

Exhibition Tours – Helen Day collaborates with teachers to prepare 1,500 students a year for in-depth docent-led tours of exhibits. The Education Coordinator works with teachers to design classroom lessons relating to an exhibit, as well as materials for the lesson. By preparing students before they arrive, then providing a rich, docent-led exhibit tour along with activities that build on their classroom lesson, the exhibit tours deliver a uniquely meaningful experience.

Within the past three years, the exhibition tours have engaged intensively with 23 schools and eight social service organizations. By offering bus scholarships, the Center ensures that transportation costs do not prohibit schools from participating. One teacher recently wrote:

“Thanks to the Helen Day docent and you for making our trip to see Nature Remains [exhibtion] a memorable one. For many students it was their first time to an art gallery. We couldn’t do these trips without the human and financial help.”

Support to Artists: The Center provides gallery space for emerging artists and hosts gatherings to provide artists with training on crucial topics such as marketing.


Helen Day Art Center’s Service Area and Community Outreach:

Helen Day’s primary service area is Lamoille County and its programming also draws participants from Washington and Chittenden Counties. Stowe is Lamoille County’s most prosperous village and is the primary arts resource for residents of the area. While the median family income in Stowe is $67,138, it is $52,104 in Vermont and $44,620 in Lamoille (Lamoille average would be lower if Stowe were not in the equation). One in six Lamoille County children is food insecure and in 2009 the use of food stamps increased by 27% (Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger.) A 2008-2009 Helen Day survey showed that around 33% of those attending exhibits and classes are from low to moderate income households: 12% had annual household incomes of under $25,000; 6% above $25,000 and under $35,000; and 15% above $35,000 and under $50,000. Around 41% of students participating in our exhibition tours are from low-income families (Vermont Department of Education.)

The arts nurture the capacity for creative thinking and imagining, problem solving, and creative judgment and a host of other mental processes, and are an important part of preparing young people to be successful in the 21st Century. Participation in the arts enriches lives and brings the joy of discovery and expression. High quality arts enliven communities, bring people together, and contribute to a vibrant economy. It is imperative that meaningful, formative arts experiences be available to all people regardless of their age, income, and rural location.


Helen Day Art Center Staff

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Stephanie has been teaching and volunteering at the Art Center for the past 7 years. Having moved to Stowe 10 years ago, Stephanie brings over 20 years of working in art education to the Art Center. She received her MFA in Wood Design from East Carolina University and worked for 9 years developing and teaching primary school art curriculums, wood shop programs for all ages, and after school classes for the independent Lowell School in Washington, DC. As the Education Manager of the Art Center, Stephanie continues her commitment to progressive art education by developing a varied and rigorous art curriculum and growing the collaboration of art programs with the community of Stowe and beyond. In her spare time, Stephanie continues to create gallery furniture pieces and hone her skills in a variety of media.

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Moore has been with the Art Center since 2010, first as Independent Curator, then as Assistant Director & Executive Curator (2011-2016) before taking her current position. In addition to this, Moore is an artist and independent curator. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA from Alfred University. She is a co-founder of Spoke, an exhibition and event space in Chicago (2008-2011), and was a Fulbright Fellow in Greece (2009-2010). Moore has presented internationally on the topics of art as a catalyst for change, public art, curatorial practice, and on her own artistic practice. Her curatorial projects have been exhibited in museums, galleries, and public places nationally and internationally including: Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece; The Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL; Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT; Town of Stowe, VT; City of Chicago, IL; Spoke, Chicago, IL; DYNAMO Project Space, Thessaloniki, Greece; among others. She served as a Trustee for River Arts Center in Morrisville, VT, and is currently Chair of Stowe Arts and Culture Council.

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Elena joined the team at the Art Center in the spring of 2018. Although a native of Yonkers, NY, Elena has spent most of her life in Vermont. She comes to the Art Center after having been at Rokeby Museum, in Ferrisburgh, VT for the last five years. A life long art lover with a background in art history, she's happiest when art is a part of her daily life and work. She has built her career around her passion for helping non-profit organizations effectively fulfill and communicate their mission. When she's not working, you will find her visiting museums and galleries, devouring a good book, horseback riding or spending time outdoors, enjoying Vermont's natural beauty.

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Jen joined the Art Center in December 2017 to focus on internal operations. A driving force of her career has been her desire to increase the financial health and operational efficiency of organizations. She has worked with a variety of nonprofits and educational institutions in the greater Boston area, managing a breadth of fundraising and operations, before relocating to northern VT. Her most recent role at Harvard Business School involved coordinating logistics of the School’s first-ever donor societies. Energized by working with high-performing teams, she is thrilled to have joined the one at HDAC. Jen holds a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and a B.A. in psychology and sociology, with a minor in inequality studies, from Cornell University. She remains steadfastly committed to supporting organizations that aim to positively impact our world.

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Alexa began teaching at the Art Center in the fall of 2016, with a weekly commute between Boston and Stowe. The experience of working at Helen Day was so inspiring that Alexa made a permanent move to Stowe in 2017. With a passion for education and lifelong learning opportunities in the arts and literacy, she has taught for over twenty years in both the U.S. and her native home of Bermuda. Alexa is dedicated to creating and sustaining meaningful partnerships between schools and arts organizations, and is excited about the new initiatives at the Art Center. As a photographer and collage artist, Alexa has also had opportunities to share her skills in both the classroom & as a volunteer in museums, hospitals, and on advisory committees. Her own works of art have been part of a solo exhibition at The Bermuda Society of Arts, where pieces continue to be for sale. She holds a BA in art history & english literature, and a M.Ed from Lesley University.


Helen Day Art Center Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees 2019:
Diane Arnold - Chair
Sophie Brechu-West - Secretary
Lisbeth Bruce
Kristy Carlson
Rebecca Chase - Vice Chair
Gunnel Clarke
Christopher Doyle
Kim Dreslin
Brian Hamor 
Maiya Keck
Diane Looney
Tamara North
Greg Popa
Molly Triffin 
Catherine Turner - Treasurer
Lance Violette 
Jill Zborovancik

Emerita/us
Johanna Darrow
Ted Lockwood (2013 - 2019)
Ginny Neel
Annie Strobel

 


Board Biographies:

Diane Arnold

Diane and her husband Dean Goodermote have enjoyed their Stowe home since 1998, moving to Stowe full time in 2010. Skiing (Diane snowboards) was the initial draw but Stowe offers so much more. Diane grew up in PA, graduated with a degree in Economics from Penn State University, and moved to Boston where she lived for 40 years. She managed a successful and entrepreneurial gift manufacturing business, responsible for sales and marketing for 15 years. Before moving permanently to Stowe, Diane spent years volunteering for the Conservation Commission in Wayland, Ma, working closely with all town departments. Diane is interested in land management, gardening, hiking, and spends much of her time working outdoors and caring for their brood of 5 horses, 2 of which are rescues. She is also especially knowledgeable and committed to eldercare. Diane sees HDAC as a true gem for Stowe and its surrounding communities, a place of inspiration, and is happy to serve on its board.

Sophie Brechu-West

Sophie Bréchu-West is director and founder of 571 Projects, a boutique art gallery located in Stowe, VT. A deep, lifelong love of art and a desire to promote the work of significant emerging artists drives Brechu-West’s curatorial and consulting practice. She received a BA in Art History from The College of William and Mary (cum laude) and an MPhil from Christie’s Education, London (with Distinction, accredited through the University of Glasgow). “I am constantly inspired by the creative journeys of the artists that I have the privilege and responsibility of working with. My own journey as an arts professional nourishes my soul and my curiosity. I am passionate about the arts, and the visual arts in particular. As a Vermonter, I derive a deep sense of peace and inspiration from the beauty of the natural landscapes that surround us."

Lisbeth Bruce

Lisbeth Bruce is a native Vermonter raised in Stowe and graduated from Champlain College with a degree in Multi-Media and Graphic Design. Her deep appreciation for natural beauty and fine art is heartfelt. After working briefly in upstate New York, she returned to Stowe in 2001 to work for the U.S Department of Agriculture as a GIS Technician for the Farm Service Agency. In 2004 she was named Marketing and Events Specialist for LOWE Destination Development, followed by Marketing and Events Coordinator for Spruce Peak at Stowe. She now assists with weddings and special events at the Trapp Family Lodge. Lisbeth is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening, running and hiking. When there is snow on the ground, you'll find her snowshoeing or snowboarding with her two sons.

Kristy Carlson

Kristy grew up skiing in the “mountains” of western NY. She always dreamed of living in a ski town. She earned a BS in psychology at St. Lawrence University which led her to a sales career in Boston where she lived for 12 years. Her love of the mountains and her husband’s Vermont roots brought them to Stowe in 2013. Her 3 bosses (age 10,7 and 4) keep her very busy but in her free time she loves to ski and travel. Despite having zero artistic ability, Kristy appreciates art and the opportunities that Helen Day Art Center brings to Stowe and the greater community and loves promoting and encouraging involvement in the center.

Rebecca Chase

Rebecca Chase was raised in Norwich, Vermont and graduated from UVM with a B.A. in European Studies and a minor in Studio Art. Post-graduation, Rebecca moved to Paris to pursue her dream of living abroad. After a short career in fashion, Rebecca embraced a new profession: that of Event Planner. After eight years in Paris, she returned stateside and settled in the Big Apple. There, she enjoyed an exciting career as an Event Planner, and went on to organize events based in Manhattan, across the United States and abroad. Love and marriage brought Rebecca back to Vermont, and to Stowe, where she is now a crazy chicken lady. As a board member, she hopes to use her skill-set as a Planner to help further the mission of the HDAC, and help to establish a permanent endowment that will allow the HDAC to make the arts accessible to all.

Gunnel Clarke

Gunnel Eriksson Clarke was born in Leksand, Sweden and lived in Sweden, France, and Tanzania for more than 25 years. She moved to NYC and Florida in the late 1980's and for the past 20 years has lived in Stowe, NYC, and West Palm Beach, Florida. Her work has afforded her the opportunity to travel extensively. Gunnel founded Eriksson Fine Art in the spring of 2010 to serve collectors of 19th and early 20th c.fine paintings as well as period and contemporary prints, sculptures and photographs. Prior to founding Eriksson Fine Art, Gunnel was principal partner of Clarke Galleries, which she co-founded in 1989. She helped establish and manage the company's galleries in Stowe, NYC, and West Palm Beach, FL until January 2010. The network of artists and clients she developed in that role and the trust she established with them provides value to a range of collectors and galleries. Gunnel is widely respected for the commitment to excellence she brings to her work in order to make the art collector's experience rewarding and enjoyable. Gunnel welcomes the opportunity to bring the same experience in the art world to serving on the board.

Christopher Doyle

Christopher Doyle Chris and his wife, Laurie Fogelson have been coming to Stowe every weekend since 2003 when Chris retired from his medical practice in Boston. They have two grown children who don't visit often enough. Chris has worked at Harvard Community Health Plan where he was the Chief of Urology for many years. Prior to his medical career Chris taught high school and served as an Assistant Headmaster and a Trustee of his school. Both Chris and Laurie are delighted to make Stowe their focus for the future. Chris welcomes the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees.

Kim Dreslin

Kim Dreslin Kim is a currently an anesthesiologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center where she is responsible for putting patients at ease prior to surgery, and making sure they wake up too. Kim, her physician-husband Andrew and 3 daughters enthusiastically moved to Stowe in 2015. Having grown up in the bucolic small town of Andalusia, Alabama where you never meet a stranger, Kim has always been passionate about nature, animals and art. When not at the hospital with patients, Kim and her family enjoy playing tennis, cycling and creating culinary adventures. Kim is shedding her ’southerner-on-skis' roots and actively becoming a skiing enthusiast through her daughters and her husband, who grew up skiing Mount Mansfield. Kim is grateful to be a part of the Stowe community and looks forward to ways she can support and celebrate Stowe’s artistic community.

Brian Hamor

Brian Hamor is a civically engaged designer living and practicing architecture in Stowe. Raised by a theater director / arts leader and an engineer / craftsman father, the related passions of design and culture have defined Hamor's path. He is passionate about the outdoors and has a strong sense of place & connection in Northern Vermont. His eponymous architecture firm focuses on design solutions that enhance the way people live.

Maiya Keck

With an artist education (Rhode Island School of Design BFA in painting ’92), Maiya worked in Arts Administration for the Donald Judd Estate in Marfa, Texas. After leaving to devote time to painting and becoming a mother of two sons, she opened Maiya’s restaurant as the executive chef for 15 years in which time she was nominated for best chef of the Southwest in 2012 & 2013 by the James Beard Foundation. Other ventures followed which include a grocery store, The Get Go, a well curated independent store in Marfa, Texas. Currently Maiya lives with her husband whose roots in Montreal and Vermont brought her to the area. She splits her time in Stowe, Vermont; Marfa, Texas; and Brooklyn, New York. She currently has a painting studio in Waterbury, VT.

Diane Looney

Diane Looney moved to Stowe in 2013 after spending 14 years living abroad in Hong Kong and London, where she worked as an interior designer. After earning a degree in art history, she worked at the Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., and was a researcher and cataloguer at the Art Museum of The Chinese University in Hong Kong, organizing the Museum's ceramics collection. Additionally, she worked at Christie's Auction House in sales in the Chinese ceramic department. In addition to art, Diane's interests include historic preservation, land conservation, and recreational sports including tennis, hiking, cross country skiing, and yoga. She currently serves on the board of Landmarks West, a historic preservation group in New York City, and has been active on fundraising committees for the Central Park Conservancy, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Sheriffs Meadow Foundation, a land trust in Massachusetts. Diane is married with three grown sons, who all learned to ski in Stowe, and four cherished grandchildren.

Tamara North

Tamara has lived in Stowe for 13 years with her husband, Chris, and twin sons, Hugh and Connor.  She has undergrad degrees in print journalism and Polish from American University, a degree from Mass Art for illustration, and an MEd. from Lesley College for Arts in Elementary Education. She spent 2 years studying at Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. She has taught gifted and talented classes and fourth grade in Massachusetts and Stowe, Vermont.  In her spare time she enjoys biking, drawing, and following Formula 1 and her sons' racing careers.

Greg Popa
Greg Popa is publisher of the Vermont Community Newspaper Group, a group of six weekly newspapers, including The Stowe Reporter, Waterbury Record, News & Citizen in Morrisville, The Other Paper of South Burlington, The Citizen of Charlotte and Hinesburg, and Shelburne News. He also publishes and edits the Stowe Guide & Magazine. Born and raised in Ohio, Greg moved to the Northeast after graduation from the University of Akron, first settling on Mount Desert Island, where he spent summers, and later migrated west to Vermont. He's worked off and on for the newspaper company since 1986, holding just about every job at the community journalism level, from paperboy to publisher. Greg, who lives on a small farm in Bakersfield with two dogs, a cat and some elderly chickens, appreciates the combination of quiet at home and the bustle of Stowe. 

Molly Triffin

Molly Triffin is a freelancer who currently lives in Stowe with her husband. Between snowshoes alongside her dog and children, she writes for magazines and websites about everything from women's lifestyle topics to parenting to careers. But she didn't always live in fleece jackets and Sorels. Before her move, she was based in NY, where she served as the features director at Cosmopolitan. In addition to writing and editing for the magazine, she oversaw special projects and events, including Cosmo's campaign against sexual assault on college campuses and the award-winning Practice Safe Sun campaign, and authored two books. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a double major in English and French, and later attended the Columbia Publishing Course. Although prose is the fulcrum of Molly's artistic fervor, she also has a life-long love for the visual realm: Her parents own a furniture store in her hometown of New Haven, CT, part of which is a gallery featuring local artists that Molly helps out with. She also volunteered for the nonprofit "Free Arts NYC," which delivers art programs for inner city kids.

Catherine Turner

Cathy and her husband, John, moved from the North Shore in Massachusetts to Stowe in 2005.  They relocated here with their three daughters, to offer an outdoor life to the girls. The girls flourished in the Stowe community attended classes at HDAC such as the fashion camp which taught them the art of fashion and how to sew. Their art was displayed a number of times in the annual art show for students in the spring at HDAC. Cathy most recently was the VP of Finance for Destination Stowe Management for 10 years and managed the Lodge at Spruce Peak, The Club at Spruce Peak and Stowe Country Club. Cathy is a native Vermonter and loves hiking, gardening and outdoor living. Cathy appreciates the educational programs HDAC offers the community and looks forward to stretching the right side of her brain while using her strength on left side to assist HDAC in their future growth.

Lance Violette

Lance Violette is founding principal at Violette, a brand focused creative studio based in Stowe, Vermont. Prior to starting the studio in 2004, Lance held the position of design director at JDK in Burlington, Vermont. With over 16 years of brand building experience, Lance has guided the strategy and creative development of campaigns, product design, and visual identities across a diverse array of progressive brands, including Burton, Quiksilver, Anon, Cole Haan, Red, Scott, and DC. A lifetime of skateboarding and art continues to inspire Lance's approach to design. In turn, his studio has garnered global recognition for creative with a particular relevance to contemporary youth culture. Lance lives in Stowe with his wife (and business partner) Vanessa and their three sons; Xavier, Oscar, and Isadore.

Jill Zborovancik

Jill Zborovancik recently moved to Stowe to open the Von Bargens artisanal jewelry location. Her degree from Penn State was focused on ceramics and art history. Since leaving State College, her path has always returned to art - making art, buying art, selling art, and connecting artists with clients. In addition to forays into jewelry making herself, she has an active graphic design practice. When these pursuits afford her free time, she spends it working with ceramics, cooking, skiing, traveling and enjoying live music.


Emerita/us

Johanna Darrow Johanna joined the Helen Day Board of Trustees in 1984 and has served the art center in numerous capacities since then - from Membership Chair to Administrative Assistant to Executive Director. In addition to countless volunteer and staff work, for 25 years Johanna planned and led the Bus Tours offered by Helen Day Art Center to regional museum and arts destinations. Johanna has also served on various other boards locally -- the Stowe Woman's Club, United Way of Lamoille County, Copley Hospital Foundation and Friends of the Stowe Free Library, to name a few.  She received the Helen Day Arts Center Art Award, and, together with her husband, Lee, she was awarded the Cliff Thompson Public Service Award, an honor given to those who have unselfishly worked to contribute to the quality of life in the Town of Stowe.

Ted Lockwood (Trustee Emeritus 2013 - 2019) who retired to Stowe with his wife in 1998, was an educator his entire career. He served as President of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and was the Founding President of the United World College in New Mexico – one of 10 United World Colleges worldwide. Ted previously served on the Helen Day Board for 2 terms, during which he served on the Executive Committee, on the 25th Anniversary Committee, and as Chair of the Development Committee. Ted was invited back by the Trustees to serve for an additional year as a non-voting Ex Officio Trustee. "I have been interested in art and dabble in painting myself. Clearly, the Helen Day Art Center is a worthy effort in Stowe."

Ginny Neel has been involved with the Art Center almost since its founding in 1981. An early strong voice for artistic integrity and high standards with an appetite for creative risk-taking, Ginny has been a spiritual leader as the organization has matured and developed our identity as a contemporary outpost in the heart of Vermont. Ginny and Hartley Neel have demonstrated their support for both exhibitions and educational programming year after year, responding in times of need and bringing other culture seekers to the Center. 

Annie Strobel discovered the Helen Day Art Center in 1986 when she first moved to Stowe and became involved with the Visual Arts Committee. She has also given her time to the building committee and the film society and she has worked on the installation of most of the exhibitions through 2009. Annie now serves as a Trustee Emerita, a distinguished role in recognition of her exceptional commitment, involvement, and generosity to the Helen Day over many years.

 

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