Wee Trees and More at the Dollhouse and Toy Museum
The Dollhouse and Toy Museum, 212 Union Street, Bennington, has created an exciting new permanent exhibit and will once again showcase its annual Festival of Tiny Trees, which includes more than 100 miniature Christmas trees, all unique and many made by local artists. The new display is titled Vermont MoMA – the Vermont Museum of Miniature Art. It consists of many small galleries featuring copies of works by Van Gogh, Manet, Picasso, Vermeer, John Singer Sargent and others, as well as Vermont artists Peter Huntoon and Patsy Santo. Huntoon, who lives in Middletown Springs, is several years into a project intended to paint scenes from all parts of Vermont in all seasons of the year. His works include paintings of Lake Shaftsbury and Bennington’s Old First Church. Patsy Santo of Bennington spent four decades painting scenes of ordinary life – boys playing football in a school yard; a newspaper carrier delivering the Bennington Banner on Valentine Street; a man sawing wood in his back yard – in and around Bennington. “It’s miniature art but its engaging because you get a good sense of the scope of an artist’s work,” said Jackie Marro, the owner of the museum. “We have copies of all of Vermeer’s secular paintings, including the one that was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. And in looking at the many miniature Van Gogh paintings that we have you can see his fascination with clouds.” The museum will be open every day between Christmas and New Year’s Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for children three and older, $4 for adults, and $10 for families. Visit dollhouseandtoymuseumofvermont.com or call 802-681-3767.