Jim & Peg visit Jackie Mangione at the Art Hop

What could be more fun on a snowy Sunday afternoon than going to the Holiday Art Hop in downtown Burlington, Vermont?  Why not have some fun and enjoy some culture while doing some shopping for gifts for friends and family. The main attraction for Peg and me was the studio of Jackie Mangione. 

You may have learned how to do watercolors or make colorful leaf print T-shirts with Jackie at Camp Common Ground or Camp Kaleidoscope in years past. Her own oil and watercolor paintings are truly inspired art – beautiful, fanciful landscapes. She also makes gorgeous silk scarves and shirts. Check out photos of her art at www.jackiemangione.com.

Jackie has been a wonderful addition to our camp staff and we’re lucky to have such an artist among us. Jackie is quick to point out, however, that she gets just as much from camp as we get from her, “As a staff member, I owe a lot to CCG. It's allowed me to work with other professional art teachers whose work I admire. From Jim Mendell, Kate Hartley, Jeannenn Lunn, Steve and Carole Blane and the late Rachel Bissex to name a few, these folks have shared their talents with art and teaching to the CCG community generously. Having talent is one element, having the support of the overall camp staff is another.” 

I don’t know how many know this, but Jackie and I worked together on a community newspaper in North Brooklyn in the 1980’s and then both of us moved to Vermont in the 90’s. She worked on the CCG staff in our early years and helped to grow and prosper with her creative design work on our publications. Now she is a worker-owner at Gardener Supply Company when she isn’t creating art.  Jackie intends to teach again next summer at Camp K and CCG. Yeah!

-Jim