Bob is the oldest member of River Artisans and at 96 years young he stills lives in the lovely Saxtons River home where he and his wife raised 11 children. Professionally, Bob had been a filmmaker who specialized in documentaries and education films, but these days he’s well known around southern Vermont for his delightful little scenes painted on wood.
It all started on Cape Cod, on a chilly, drizzly day in the family cottage beside Gull Pond in Wellfleet. The grandchildren were bored—everyone was bored, so Bob thought up something for fun. With a few colors of paints on hand he suggested that they all paint some pictures and he painted his on some scraps of wood on hand. It not only saved the day, but Bob’s sweetly whimsical scenes charmed everyone. Since then many folks have come to cherish these colorful little paintings.
Bob also does photography, collage and assemblage but it’s these delicate portraits of life in New England that never fail to capture the hearts of visitors to the River Artisans gallery. “One woman I know has her whole kitchen decorated with them,” Bob says with a chuckle.
River Artisans Cooperative is located in the center of Saxtons River Village, across from the Saxtons River Inn at 26B Main St. Open year round, RAC’s May–December hours are: Mon – Fri 12-5 • Sat & Sun 10-3. Over 50 juried members keep the store filled with a wide variety of items, each finely crafted by hand. New artists are welcome and may apply for membership at any time. For more information on Bob’s work, or the River Artisans, please call 802-869-2099, visit www.riverartisans.com or, even better, stop in at the gallery!