Bristol sixth-graders put stamp on school, from home

BRISTOL — For nearly three decades, under the guidance of art teacher Deb Rickner, each graduating sixth-grader at Bristol Elementary School (BES) has created a personal design and painted it onto one cinderblock of the building’s interior. “The project must be about the kids, personally, like putting their stamp on the school,” Rickner told the Independent in a recent interview. Rickner’s students’ first canvas was the school cafeteria, where over the years successive classes of sixth-graders filled up eve … (read more)

Home: Before painting, do your homework

MIDDLEBURY — Since you’re already likely stuck at home during this coronavirus pandemic, why not do something nice for your abode — like giving it a nice new coat of paint, either inside or out. The late-April and early May temperatures typically signal t … (read more)

Jessie Raymond: Painted into a Christmas corner

When it comes to Christmas, my husband Mark always wins. He’s just a more thoughtful gift giver than I am. I hate that. I wanted Christmas 2019 to be different. I decided I would paint Mark a scene taken from a photo of our backyard: the old horse barn, a … (read more)