Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"Hillside Sugar House" oil on board, 8 x 10

About this time of year the area public radio station starts asking listeners to email the station with various "signs of spring." After a very long winter everyone is itching to get outside now that the temps are not as cold as several weeks ago. Its a great time of year to go bird watching, snowshoeing, skiing or to even to tap a few maple trees. For me, the signs of spring are the first Robbins, melting snow and collecting maple sap to be boiled into maple syrup. Around the area of Vermont where I live, another sign of spring is the billowing smoke and steam which can be seen coming from the local sugar maker's sugar house. It's an long standing tradition in Vermont to make maple syrup and a sure sign that spring is on the way. This painting is of a local sugar house; the small, often dilapidated buildings offer wonderful character and subject matter, especially this time of year.
Available through the South Street Gallery, Hingham, MA

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