Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Harvest for Hunger, October 17-21

Please help local foodshelf and victims of Hurricane Irene. Donate non-perishable food items to CCV St Albans for the Foodshelf and/or buy raffle tickets.

Proceeds for raffle tickets will benefit those affected by Irene in Vermont with a chance to win a $50 gift card to Amazon.

Student Appreciation Week - October 10-14

Many thanks to staff, students and faculty for making Student Appreciation Week a success. Students enjoyed muffins, fruit and other assorted goodies that were provided!

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Moodle Medic Is In!
For Students and Faculty:

One-on-one help with Moodle resources is available now -- where and when you need it! Our application-sharing software enables you to see exactly how to accomplish what you need to do, as you're doing it on your own computer. A VSC "medic" can guide you by text, chat, or phone while sharing his/her computer screen or viewing yours.

Get assistance with:
    • Navigating the new portal
    • Finding information in your Moodle course site
    • Using the Discussion Forums
    • Submitting/retrieving assignments
    • Sending e-mail in Moodle
    • Using TurnItIn and eTutoring
    • and more!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


CCV Drawing class needs adult female and male models.
Art modeling or photo modeling experience preffered; clothed.
Occasional work.
Pay $20/hr.
Class is 3 hours
Call/see Kathi Rouselle 527-5511

What's up with muddy Missisquoi?

John Little
This letter is a synopsis of what I've discovered about the Missisquoi River in the past few days. It is based on personal observations, and not backed up yet with photos and turbidity measurements. I do hope however that these observations will lead to a remedying of the situation that has been ongoing throughout this summer. The Missisquoi River remains brown (and sometimes chalky white) no matter what the whether does. Normally (the past thirty years in my experience) it becomes brown with the raise of waters after a rain,and then the river clears out as the water drops to it normal low summer levels. On Saturday the 20th of August,I traveled down the Trout River to its confluence with the Missisquoi River, and then turned upstream and traveled all the way to Highwater, Mansonville and East Bolton Quebec, as wellas to North Troy,VT. I checked all the feeder streams, and major tributaries for signs of murkiness (turbidity) as I traveled I made observations as I went. They were all looking pretty good as it hadn't rained for a day or two.......... The exception being Missisquoi itself. Oh yeah, there were five heifers under the bridge at the old Davis Farm on the Berkshire Rd. staying cool in the shade and the brook, but above them, the brook didn't look too bad. The Missisquoi itself though, was almost chalky white between E.Richford and Richord as I stopped and talked to Craig Fuller about him bot finding much fishing for his kid. At any rate, I went home from my roadside survey empty handed that day. I was disappointed and determined to get in my canoe for a closer look. On Monday the 22nd, I got an early start, and put my canoe in the Missisquoi du Nord at Highwater, PQ, and poled upstream to Mansonville. It wasn't long before I ran into something which I'am sure is the cause of much of the turbidity we have been experiencing in the lower Missiquoi river (that which is down stream from the Canadian border at E. Richford). It also explains why the river will occasionally turn a chalky gray/white. There is a large farm, which is growing corn and soybean that borders the Missiquoi do Nord not far above where it crosses under Rt.243. There were two large ditches leaking chalky white clay water into the river from this farm. As soon as I'd gotten above these, the water color was more normal, and I was able to see two or three feet into the river,allowing me to see the bottom where it wasn't too deep. In addition to this, there was a cut bank on the outside of one bend in the river. It was about 9 feet tall, six feet at the bottom was pottery quality clay, and there was about three feet of topsoil on top of that. There was no vegetation on it all, and the top had been gullied and rounded by water cascading down from above. When I finally made it to the top to see what was there, there was nothing to catch or filter the soil that would run out of the 50 odd acres of soybean directly uphill of this opening to the river. Essentially this farmer was losing a lot of soil every time the skies dropped a little rain. The clay is what is staying in the water so long, and making it all the way to Lake Champlain and Missiquoi Bay. I hate to be pessimistic about this situation, but it is going to persist for a while, as it will take a long time to establish some filtering vegetation along this stretch of the river. The soil is bare and sloped between the spindly 4-inch high soy beans, and the growing season is drawing to a close soon, as is evidenced by my finally ripening tomatoes( well, only one so far! ) After viewing these spots, I continued up stream till portage trail below Mansonville. I turned around, and headed down stream, much easier, passed my truck and paddled down to Glen Sutton. Along the whole trip, nearly 14 miles, I checked on all the feeder streams. While Missiquoi River itself was varying shades of brown, or chalky gray/white, the feeders were putting all clear water in. Depending on how much flow they contributed, there was either a large clear hole in the murky water around each one. They were trying to dilute the main stem, but not contributing enough to make a real dent in it. I hope I can find some folks with enough pull to effect some changes in this situation. At this point, I'm going to be back in school real soon, and not be able to dedicate a whole week day to showing this to folks who are interested, but I will do my best to help in whatever way I can. At the very least, pictures and turbidity measurements should be taken during rain event, and afterwards to see what the differences are.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Learning Center

Need help with a paper? Stuck on a math problem? Want help in other classes?
For currently enrolled students who may need extra help with writing, math, accounting, computing, or library research, there are additional opportunities available to you free of charge through CCV. Help with Writing, Comprehension, Research, & Study Skills
Learning Center hours

9:30-1:30pm Monday-Friday
3:30-5pm Monday-Thursday
5-7:30pm Monday-Thursday

Gerald Stoner Sculptures

Gerald Stoner showed his artwork at South End Art Hop Outdoor Sculpture event in Burlington on September 9th and 10th. In his review Out and About, posted in Seven Days newspaper, Marc Awodey wrote:
The trio of pieces making up “Circus Series #7” by Gerald Stoner, installed in front of Lake Champlain Chocolates, seems to defy gravity. Composed of welded, weathered steel, each stands about nine feet tall. Stoner’s compositions gracefully balance geometric shapes, with cut beams perched on thinner forms and designs ground into the rusty surfaces. Each component is capped with a 4-foot-diameter ring. Artists’ titles don’t always illuminate what’s going on in a given piece, but Stoner’s reference to the circus seems apropos for these tall, jumbled abstractions.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thousand Yard Stare

Millie Boyd was a student in Gail Salzman's Drawing I class this past spring semester. She entered her drawing 'Thousand Yard Stare' to the Art Exhibit at the Champlain Valley Fair and won a second place in the 'Pen,Pencil,Charcoal' category. Congratulations Millie!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Travel to Greece!


ART: What is it good for?


Most of us feel deep discouragement in the face on the current global mudslide. So many things need fixing. It's true that the power to influence major change internationally seems to be in the hands of very few obscenely wealthy groups/corporations. We are told there's no easy fix, and that "It's complicated". But the good news is we are NOT powerless as individuals.Choices we make as individuals reflect in our families, which affect our communities, and so on in expanding ripples of change.

How do Creativity and Art fit into this equation? I can't be entirely objective, as art is my job and my life; I make art and I teach art-making to college students and life-long learners.People seem to get pleasure from the pictures I paint, and students find a new source of achievement when they discover their hidden drawing skills. But, are these positive experiences in any way contributing to "the big picture" - survival of our planet and compassionate understanding among all people? Probably not, if we're talking about immediate fixes. But let's look at the longer view...

The terms Creativity and Art are not the same. Everyone is born creative, hard wired that way. This natural creativity - an inclination to observe life from all angles, to try out different ways of expressing ideas and feelings- can be nurtured in ourselves and our kids.When it is given room and time to grow, Art can be one result. To paraphrase Viktor Lowenfeld in his Creative and Mental Growth, Art is an exercise in divergent thinking-imaginative problem solving. In times of crisis, the ability to think outside the box is especially valuable.Einstein said, "No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it."

Making and sharing art- whether visual art, music, dance, theather, film or literature - is an outcome of a creative environment. This begins with family encouragement, grows in a school system with creative programming of all kinds, and thrives in a community that actively participates in performances, exhibits etc.

Other forms of problem solving also thrive in a creative environment- social, scientific, and technological skills develop, which leads to innovation. Many worldwide studies show that cultural creativity and economic prosperity go hand-in hand. Cultures that value creativity of all types tend to be most productive. happier and healthier too, I would guess.

We are lucky here in Franklin County. Many of our schools have excellent art, music and theater departments.The importance of these programs to a child's brain development can't be overlooked. The whole brain is exercised in in the creative process as the act involves a total vision - observing and feeling, then finding a way to convey this vision to others. Imagination, analytical and communication skills all work together.

Art can touch some otherwise unreachable parts of us. Music sets off memories and emotions, connecting us to others. In our area we are blessed with a very active music and performing art scene. One of many offerings in St.Albans this summer was a world-class jazz ensemble led by Michael Zsoldos, a brilliant local-grown musician and past graduate of BFA. The newly renovated BFA Performing Arts Center was inaugurated in the July gig.

Compassion, passion, tenderness, joy and sorrow can be awakened through art. Our elders have opportunities to tap into deep memories and comfort through the creative arts. My mother, 96, is a long-term care resident at Franklin County rehab center in St.Albans. Music and poetry were always integral parts of her life; now her failing memory and faltering speech are re-stimulated by listening yo and playing the harp in Kathryn Dandurand's innovative "Rainbow of Sound" program.Residents who have difficulty speaking are singing in informal choral groups.

We have libraries...witness St.Albans Free Library with its impressive expanded wing. Fairfield too has a beautiful new Bent Northrop Memorial Library, well stocked and expertly staffed. Another example of the importance of art in our everyday lives, it was designed by local architect Michael Dugan. Franklin county is home to a literary journal in its second year, Route Seven, publishing fine works by local writers.

Art doesn't solve society's problems; it stimulates new ideas, offers expanded views. Art invites people to observe their world and then re-invent it. That's good place to start.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Career Ready Certificate For Veterans

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Stained Glass Class

This summer, stained glass class students explored principles and practical applications of the skills needed to properly handle stained glass.

The teacher, Gretchen Dehart, taught the basics of craft and color interaction. Students also learned copper foil techniques and were introduced to lead came techniques

The following photos are the finished product of the work in class. More artwork will be displayed in the CCV St Albans lobby as they are finished. Be sure to come soon as the students will take their work home at the end of the semester!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Service Learning

Want to make a difference while earning college credit?

Service learning is a teaching approach that combines what is learned in the classroom with real- world experiences. Students engaged in service learning literally “learn by doing” and use the community and their experience as a “live textbook” for the class – another powerful source of information to complement course readings, lectures, and discussions.

Service learning allows students to increase understanding of class topics, gain hands-on experiences and network with members of the community. Students who have been a part of often feel a great sense of satisfaction – not only have they learned new information, gained new skills and met new people, but they have also provided a service to the community.

Ask your academic advisor about Service Learning today!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Congratulations St.Albans Class of 2011!

Gail Salzman:Contemporary Paintings

Gail Salzman will be showing her paintings along with work of nineteen fellow artists, so please stop by Friday July 8th and join to celebrate twenty years at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery.

20 artists representing 2 decades of artistic vision

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery
July 8 - Aug 16, 2011
Opening reception Friday July 8th, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
86 Falls Rd • Shelburne VT • 802-985-3848

See more Gail's paintings

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Showcase Night

On April 29, 2011 CCV St. Albans students welcomed friends, family, and the community to celebrate the fruits of their labors in the Spring 2011 semester. Displays included everything from graphic design and digital imaging to a hovercraft made by John Sandvil’s Mathematical Concepts class! We were excited to see poster displays relevant to current issues that came from Dan O’Neil’s Middle Eastern History course.

As always our Drawing and Photography students did not disappoint with
their meticulously crafted art work.

And a special thank you to our Nutrition students for providing snacks for the evening. As you can see from the photos below, it was a wonderful celebration of student work!