Summer camp planned for arts exchange


NORTH BENNINGTON >> The Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) has announced its Summer Arts Camp line-up based out of its location at 48 Main Street (next to the North Bennington Post Office). These popular summer art camps go beyond the VAE art studio and embrace the North Bennington Village. Taking advantage of all of what North Bennington has to offer including Paran Creek, Lake Paran, Hiland Hall Garden, Robert Frost Trail, the Railroad Depot, Village School and Mile Round Woods, our summer camps explore all of the village.

Two pre-school summer camps for children 3-5 (out of diapers) will them busy learning and having fun. "Lines, Doodles and Dots" is the theme for pre-schoolers from July 11th–15th, while "Exploring Art with the Five Senses" rounds out our second pre-school camp during the week of July 18th–22nd. Both pre-school camps are $195 per week, run from 9-2 p.m. and are led by pre-school teacher, Misti Granger.

Older children can choose from ten different Summer Arts Camp offerings. Each camp is $225 per camper and run Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with a lunch and swim break at Lake Paran mid-day. "How To Draw Anything" with Kristen Blaker for ages 8+ runs from June 20 to the 24. Betsy Kane and Kristen Blaker will lead 6-9 year olds in "Plethora of Printmaking" from June 27-July 1. From July 11-15, Betsy and Kristen will lead "Go Girls" as campers aged 8+ explore artwork created by female artists. Our new "Make It, Race It!" camp for 6-9 year olds led by Ann Webster Lang and Arline Mayer takes place from July 18-22. Back by fashionable demand is "Fashion Camp" during the week of July 25-29 for ages 8+ led by Ann and Arline. Kristen Blaker will lead campers aged 8+ in "Painting in Monet's Garden" from August 1-5. "Water Arts" with Ann and Arline returns from August 8-12 for ages 8+. From August 15-19, Kristen leads campers aged 8+ in "Garden Gods and Goddesses" camp. Sure to be a favorite, "Camp Danger" with Matthew Perry and Matthew Marks for ages 8+ runs from August 22-26 while perennial favorite "Open Studio" with both Matthews rounds out the summer from August 29-September 2 for 6-9 year olds.

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All camp registration and payment is now completed online. A $50 drop in fee per day where space is available is an option. Please call VAE for availability for drop ins. For detailed descriptions of all the 2016 VAE Summer Camp programs and to register and pay please go to our website at or call 802-442-5549.

The Vermont Arts Exchange, located at 48 Main Street in North Bennington, is celebrating 21 years of strengthening communities and neighborhoods through the arts.

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