June 6th, 2018 - July 2nd, 2018

Spurred on by nationally-known Brandon folk artist and creative marketer Warren Kimble, four artists have joined him in using the wooden tops of picnic baskets as their canvases. Danielle Rougeau, Archivist of Special Collections at Middlebury College and President of the Sheldon Museum Board, has joined Warren Kimble, as well as  Brandon artist Robin Kent, Lake Dunmore artist Ashley Wolff, known for her children’s book illustrations, and Panton artist Kathy Mitchell whose diverse artistry include jewelry, painted wood surfaces, portraits, and landscape paintings. 

The picnic baskets are being raffled to support the education and exhibit programs at the Sheldon Museum on the occasion of the upcoming July 2, 2018 Pops Concert and Fireworks sponsored annually by the Sheldon Museum and held on the athletic field behind Middlebury College Center for the Arts. 

The images are diverse and captivating – Warren Kimble celebrates summer with a sumptuous watermelon slice and dancing strawberries atop a blue and white checkerboard surface, Robin Kent’s painting depicts a joyous farm couple seated on blanket in their field adjoining Lake Champlain lunching on a delicious cherry pie; Ashley Wolff’s scene “Today’s the Day the Day the Teddy Bears Have Their Picnic” captures a parade led by Momma Bear with a picnic basket in one hand and a red and white checkered table cloth in the other, followed by two baby bears, one with a fishing pole and a second picking daisies; Danielle Rougeau borrows from the well-known painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by French Impressionist  Georges Seurat and pictures a bucolic picnic scene atop Middlebury’s Marble Works park overlooking the Otter Creek Falls attended by Museum founder Henry Sheldon and a young family picnicking; Kathy Mitchell has painted two baskets, the first with an image of blue Robin eggs on a nest and the second of a decorative flower and petal motif.

Each unique basket is filled with wonderful gift certificates, food, and picnic items donated by many local businesses. The raffle tickets are on sale at the Sheldon Museum or through its website www.henrysheldonmuseum.org, one for $10 and three for $20.  The drawing will be held during the Pops Concert on July 2, 2018.  You do not have to be present to win.  The baskets are currently on view at four locations – the Henry Sheldon Museum and Accent Travel in Middlebury, Ryan Plumbing and Heating in Vergennes, and Vermont Marketplace in Bristol. Welcome summer and July 4th by taking a chance on a prized, one-of-a-kind picnic basket!

The Henry Sheldon Museum offers a diverse, in-depth look at the history and art of the Mid-Lake Champlain region of Vermont.  The Museum is located at One Park Street in downtown Middlebury across from the Ilsley Library.  Museum hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m and Sun. 1-5 p.m.; Research Center hours: Thurs. and Fri. 1-5 p.m.  Admission to the Museum is $5 Adults; $3 Youth (6-18); $4.50 Seniors; $12 Family; $5 Research Center. For more information call 802/388-2117 or visit www.HenrySheldonMuseum.org.