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Vermont Women In The Arts

Hilda Belcher's watercolor portrait of a girl with an apple.

In recognition of Women's History Month, VPR again collaborated with the Vermont Commission on Women in March, 2014, to present a series of stories about women from our region who achieved significant success in the arts.

We heard from women who are notable in their own right about innovators and trail blazers in the fine arts, from writers to painters, and designers to photographers.

Artist and gallery director Mickey Myers of Johnson has the mother-daughter story of painters Martha and Hilda Belcher of Pittsford. Hilda went on to become one of the most highly regarded portrait artists and illustrators in the country.

Singer Linda Radtke reflected on the progress of women in the professional world of classical music.

Vermont historian Cyndy Bittinger had the story of Clara Sipprell, a world class photographer who spent many years in Thetford and Manchester.

Former teacher and historian Nancy Osgood introduced us to Dewees Cochran of Norwich, a designer and innovator who created some of the most compelling dolls ever to delight children and collectors.

According to Jane Williamson of Rokeby Museum, Rachel Robinson Elmer was an artist and illustrator who revolutionized the world of American postcard imagery.

Historian Jill Mudgett was inspired by Jill Lepore’s new book on Jane Franklin and her relationship with her famous brother Benjamin Franklin, Book of Ages, to consider the bond between an accomplished sister/brother pair of siblings from Barnet.

And Cary Brown, Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women, reflected on the work of Ruth Mould, portrait painter extraordinaire and one of two artists whose work represented the state of Vermont in the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

Follow these links to hear the series.

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