By JOHN FLOWERS
RIPTON — Like most artists, Jean Cherouny has a routine she follows before putting paint to canvas. She goes downstairs to her makeshift studio, clears her mind of stress and gets out her supplies.
But that’s where most similarities end.
While many artists at this point would be taking a brush in hand, Cherouny purposefully snaps on her rollerblades, gently dips them into a glistening pool of paint or ink, and proceeds to glide, hop, and amble across her canvas.
It’s an unusual technique to some art purists, but there’s no denying that Cherouny’s work is getting noticed. Representatives of the South End Arts and Business Association Art Hop in Burlington have asked her to “perform” in skates and exhibit some of her paintings this year. She will, later this month, hold a demonstration at the gazebo on the Middlebury village green.
As an abstract expressionist, the Ripton artist knows her technique will draw some gasps and skepticism. But she doesn’t mind at all.
“In the art world, you have to be careful, because there is an immediate judgment — a 10-second reflection — and they either like what you’ve done or they don’t like it,” Cherouny, 41, said on Thursday. “But it doesn’t matter, as long as I like it.”
It actually seems quite natural that Cherouny would combine arts and athletics in her painting.
She developed a keen interest the visual arts when she was 8 years old.
“It was my mom who saw that in me,” Cherouny recalled.
By LEE J. KAHRS
BRANDON –– With Vermont still reeling from the killing of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett in Randolph last month, the Brandon Police Department next Tuesday will host a community forum on sex offenders, state statute, and the state Department of Corrections (DOC) sex offender registry.
The Bennett case has sparked a statewide debate over how sex offenders are handled by the DOC, their punishment, their treatment, and most importantly, their supervision.
“The focus of this forum is to give people information on how the sex offender registry works,” Brandon Police Chief Chris Brickell said. “There are things people have misconceptions about.”
The forum is scheduled for Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Brandon Fire Department.
Brooke Bennett disappeared in Randolph on June 25, triggering Vermont’s first Amber Alert. Exactly one week later, on July 2, Bennett’s body was discovered in a shallow grave on property owned by her uncle, Michael Jacques, a convicted sex offender and the last person to see the girl alive. He has been charged with kidnapping and other charges may be pending.
Now, Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie and others are calling for a “Jessica’s Law” here in Vermont meaning that convicted sex offenders would face a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison. The city of Barre last week passed an ordinance establishing a 1,000-foot buffer zone around local schools and playgrounds where convicted sex offenders new to the city are forbidden to live or spend time.
Brickell said a DOC official will be on hand at the Brandon forum to explain the department’s sex offender protocols, the registry and to answer questions.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) board on Aug. 29 will decide whether to institute fares on some or all of its bus routes to compensate for rising fuel costs.