Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Stone bench to be dedicated; teen carvers sought for 2018

Saturday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.—WEST RUTLAND—The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center announces the dedication of a public artwork on Saturday, May 5 at 10:30 a.m. The permanent installation at the Castleton Town Offices is in partnership with the town. Led by master sculptor Nora Valdez, a team of teen carvers created the stone bench this past summer. The group included Ohan Bradley, Leo Kearns-Stanley, Alexandria Martell, Faith Murray, Erland “Bud” Powell, Jadella Rivers and Emily Wigmore.

The Stone Bench Project is a Carving Studio and Sculpture Center program that began in Ayacucho, Peru, during January 2009. Subsequent years have seen development of opportunities for Rutland area teens to connect with their region’s cultural heritage. Teamwork is built as students cooperatively develop a theme, produce a scale model in clay and carve the limestone blocks. The finished benches are given to partnering municipalities for placement in the community.

The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center is looking for teens to participate in the 2018 Stone Bench Project. Contact 802-438-2097 or [email protected]

Photo courtesy of CSSC
Instructor Nora Valdez (far left) with 2017 Stone Bench Project participants.

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