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From a farm art gallery to a sunflower masterpiece in Vermont

Grants to display art don't come easily, as one Vermont artist discovered. Then she looked around her farm and realized she had the perfect gallery for her creations.

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Updated: 8:17 PM EDT Aug 24, 2020

From a farm art gallery to a sunflower masterpiece in Vermont

Grants to display art don't come easily, as one Vermont artist discovered. Then she looked around her farm and realized she had the perfect gallery for her creations.

Chronicle

Updated: 8:17 PM EDT Aug 24, 2020

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HER CREATIONS. NICOLE HAS MORE FROM WOODSTOCK >> DO NOT LET THIS SPIDER SCARE YOU. IT GREETS GUESTS IN WOODSTOCK, VERMONT, GUARDING INCENTIVE LAWN. IT IS THE SCULPTURES THAT WE ARE HERE TO SEE. >> IS THE LEG THIS AND YOU LEAN. CLASS IT IS A PLACE THAT THEY SAY CALL OUT TO OUR INNER CHILD. IT IS ALSO THE PLACE THAT THEY CALL HOME. >> ARE ABOUT THE SHAPE OF WHERE WE ARE. QUESTION CAME TO THE REALIZATION THAT THEY WERE HARD TO COME BY, SO SHE MADE SPACE FOR IT IN HER OWN YARD. >> EVERYBODY I KNOW WAS WRITING THESE GRANTS. I HAD THE FIRST SCULPTURE SHOW WELL OVER 30 YEARS AGO AND IT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. IN THE LOCAL PAPER, HE SAID SOMETIMES YOU CANNOT TELL THE SCULPTURE AWAY FROM THE OLD EQUIPMENT. >> NO PEDESTALS. EVERYTHING HAD TO BE HORSE FRIENDLY. >> FEEL FREE TO INTERACT. THEY CAN EXHIBIT WORK ON THEIR LAND EACH SUMMER AND THERE IS NO ADMISSION FEE. >> IT COULD BE ANY SIZE. I COULD NOT WAIT FOR THEM TO LEAVE. THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING IN A P LACE WHERE EVERYBODY TAKES IT ON FOR WHAT THEY WANT, IT IS FUN. IT IS LIKE POETRY. >> PETERS STILL DOES ALL OF THE WORK ON THE PROPERTY HIMSELF KEEPS ROLLING ALONG. >> THEY ARE QUICK TO POINT OUT THAT THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF TIME LEFT TO EXPLORE AND DISPLAY SOME OF THE VERY BEST NOT YARD ART HAS TO OFFER. >> MAYBE WHEN I AM 90, I WILL THINK ABOUT THAT. >> JUST OVER THE HILL, AND ART OF A MUCH DIFFERENT KIND. AMONG THE MAGIC IS WHERE WE MEET BENJAMIN, THE MASTER GARDENER AT THE WOODSTOCK INN AND THE ARTIST BEHIND THE SUNFLOWER HOUSE. >> THIS WEEK WE ALREADY HAD HUNDREDS OF BLOOMS. >> CONSTRUCTING, LIVING, BREATHING WORKS OF ART. >> HOW FAR TO MAKE A ROOM? >> THE WALLS ARE MADE UP OF SUNFLOWERS, VARIETIES OF MOTHER NATURE'S ART. THE FLOWERS MENTION FROM 14 INCHES TO 14 FEET. >> DOUBLES GROW ABOUT SIX FEET TALL. MAMMOTH STRIPES GROW ABOUT 14 FEET TALL. WE HAVE A FUN ONE THAT IS TINY SUNFLOWERS. >> IT IS FUELED BY THE SOUND? >> IT IS EXCITING TO SEE THE KIDS RUNNING AROUND. >> IT IS SAFE TO SAY THE SEVEN-YEAR-OLD VISITING FROM BROOKLYN, NEW YORK IS IMPRESSED. >> WHAT MATTERS MOST IS WHAT EVERY BLOOM IS GUARANTEED TO BRING. >> IT JUST MAKES YOU HAPPY. >> THE SUNFLOWER HOUSE IS AT IT PEAK BLOOM THROUGH SEPTEMBER. TWO OF THEIR GUESTS PROVIDED DESSERT. THEY ARE BEEN AND JERRY. THEY SERVED, YOU GUE

From a farm art gallery to a sunflower masterpiece in Vermont

Grants to display art don't come easily, as one Vermont artist discovered. Then she looked around her farm and realized she had the perfect gallery for her creations.

Chronicle

Updated: 8:17 PM EDT Aug 24, 2020

Charlet and Peter Davenport have invited sculptors and artists to exhibit work on the land for over three decades. Everyone welcome dawn to dusk no admission charge. Otocast is an app that provides audiovisual guides to art and points of interest throughout the United States. Call it a maze or a garden, either way, the sunflower house at the Billing's Museum in Woodstock, Vermont is drawing crowds in search of sunflowers.

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Charlet and Peter Davenport have invited sculptors and artists to exhibit work on the land for over three decades. Everyone welcome dawn to dusk no admission charge.

Otocast is an app that provides audiovisual guides to art and points of interest throughout the United States.

Call it a maze or a garden, either way, the sunflower house at the Billing's Museum in Woodstock, Vermont is drawing crowds in search of sunflowers.

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