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Five Stars for Up the Creek Without a Saddle!

Up the Creek Without a Saddle
In this celebrated book, UP THE CREEK WITHOUT A SADDLE , award-winning poet Jerry Johnson has created a universal memoir of life experiences. Animals, the natural world around us, people, first loves, loss, joy, and so much more breathes in his poetry full of treasured images. The words portray life on many levels, the images stay with you, and the...
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An Author's Inspiration: A revnovated century-old schoolhouse with a spectacular barn!

Restored century-old schoolhouse on a farm in Vermont’s fabled Northeast Kingdom

Take a look at author Jerry Johnson's restored century-old schoolhouse and stunning barn located on a farm in Vermont. Artistically and architecturally, this farm is truly inspiring.

Read the story of This Old Schoolhouse by Jerry Johnson here.

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A Look a Vermont Creamery and How Great Goat Cheese Is Made

Vermont Creamery
Take a look at this great video on how this Vermont company crafts some of the finest (and delicious) goat cheese locally.   Where does the best food come from? From makers who really care. At Vermont Creamery, Allison Hooper and Bob Reese have been crafting the finest goat cheese from local goats for thirty years--and counting. See the proces...
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Before and After: Vermont Hardware Store Photo Shoot

Hot off the press! Check out the before and after photos from my shoot at Express Appliance, Kitchen & More!

Express Appliance, Kitchen & More Exterior (Night)

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Imagine going to an antique store and purchasing a box of old photographs, then spending the next fifty years trying to figure out who the people depicted in the photographs were as well as the identity of the photographer who took them. That is exactly what Douglas Keister has done. Eventually, he found out that he was in possession of a beautiful...
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A trip back in time with the St. Albans Raid

Travel back to Oct. 19, 1864 during the Civil War to St. Albans Vermont. The entire center of the city is now an encampment of soldiers and townspeople with tents, cooking fires, guns, and musicians. Now, 150 years later Vermont is celebrating the anniversay! The story of the St. Albans Raid has all the makings of a silver-screen drama. The norther...
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The River House. Take a Cue from Frank Lloyd Wright

The River House is a home a la Frank Lloyd Wright. Taking their inspiration from the architect, as the master of design, the clients studied his work. Then they elements to bring in a more sustainable lifestyle to the house. They added latest climate controls, green roof, windows, heating, etc. to bring this house into a net zero residence. Very ex...
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Evolution of a book cover.

Stuart O’Brien hired me to design a book cover for his new book Wildwood . It is a poignant love story about a soldier and his lover. The story is filled with what happens during WWII, their letters, and what she does after the war, with unusual surprises and twists that go on for 60 years. At first he wanted her to be in a misty  scene, walki...
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Take a little time and smell the flowers

Flowers at Flynn Garden Tour

18th Annual Flynn Garden Tour

The venerable Flynn Garden Tour brings you gardens great and small; suburban and country; meadow and woodland. And this year, we also celebrate art in the gardens. You’ll find lavishly planted five-acre hillsides that pack four seasons of flowers into shady ledges and homesteaders who are as fond of espaliered apples as egg-laying Muscovy ducks.

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Into the Woods: A Garden Tour of Gordon and Mary Hayward's Garden

Gordon and Mary Hayward’s one-and-one-half-acre garden surrounds their 240-year-old farmhouse in southern Vermont. Over the past twenty-six years they have developed a hybrid of Old England and New England gardens to reflect Gordon’s past growing up on an orchard in northwestern Connecticut and Mary’s past growing up on a farm outside Chipping Camp...
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Architecture Spotlight: Squam Lake House

Architect: Patrick Kane This south facing house runs along the shore line to maximize views and passive solar effect. Becuase the building is sited in mature forest, to minimize disturbance to trees and thus the house is well screened from the street and lake. Squam Lake is a summer and winter seasonal camp that can sleep 20 people which is perfect...
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Going to the Steamboat Ticonderoga tonight at Shelburne Museum. Absolutely perfect night. Rain first, then sky cleared just over Burlington, according to our iphone....and the real weather. So we enjoyed fireworks. Isn't it wonderful to be able to do composite photos now!! Thank you Kimberly DuBrul and your team for a perfect evening. About the Ste...
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A Snapshot of a Home

See how the perfect mix of design, innovation, and architecture can be brought together to give the owner ultimate privacy. It is one of the first houses designed by architect Patrick Kane while working for Gossens & Bachman Architecture . For ultimate privacy: Windows totally covered by huge shutters and an outdoor patio secluded by using huge...
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Spotted at the ASMP Exhibit and Booth at AIA Expo, Chicago 2014

For the third year in a row, my photo was selected by the jury to be in the ASMP AIA Convention show in Chicago! Now, thanks to Judy Davis, I can show everyone. ©All Rights Reserved Weston Imaging, HDPhoto Please contact the following if you'd like to share the photos and/or information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      
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Photography Exhibit Alert! "Photos of Syria, Then and Now", by Peter Aaron

ARTspace – "Photos of Syria, Then and Now", by Peter Aaron August 16 to September 7 Location: ARTspace Gallery 71 Palatine Rd Germantown, NY Saturdays 11 -5 & Sundays 11 – 3 Or by appointment This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Opening Reception August 16, 5 – 7 More about the Exhibit: During the Syrian Civil War many magnificent structure...
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Dr Goslin, Tracey and I in a Dentist SELFIE!

Dr G and Tracey are the funniest and finest dentist and assistant that I know. They watch what is going on with my teeth so I do not run into problems in the future. Just today I went in to have a crack fixed in a molar. With a cool pack over my eyes I was perfectly comfortable for over an hour of work. And with photos, I can see that they are also...
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Architectural Spotlight: Sizzling Conrete

Fabric and fern leaves sizzle deep into the concrete forms that bend, twist, and meld into sensual textured exterior walls and columns of Sandy Lawton’s newest HOT design perched high up in the Green Mountains. You want to reach out and touch the walls, feel the patterns, and lean back against the columns. Sandy collaborated with the owner, Pierre ...
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Check out Videotect Viewers' Choice Finalist • Architecture MN

I recently had a chance to see a video by Ryan Siemers centering around architecture and his daughter in the Skyways of Minneapolis. It was so great that I had to share.


Ryan Siemers and Craig Hinrichs from Architecture Minnesota on Vimeo. Videotect Viewers' Choice Finalist

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The Projector House featured in Vermont Magazine!

Projector House VT Magazine
Rising to the Challenge Story by Peter Coolidge • Photos by Carolyn Bates March/April 2014 • Vermont Magazine Artistic insight and design created a fine lakeside home that affords big views and value while utilizing a small piece of property. Designing a house can be a challenge. Designing a house to be pleasing to the eye and in tune with its surr...
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New Book News from Doug Keister!

I just got an email from author Doug Keister about his newest book Bullets, Baubles and Bones! Take a look!

Bullets, Baubles and Bones by Douglas Keister

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PO Box 1205
Burlington, VT 05402

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