Historical Society plans fundraiser with Hibbard prints for sale
“Frosty Morning, Jamaica” by Aldro T. Hibbard.

Historical Society plans fundraiser with Hibbard prints for sale

TOWNSHEND — Prints by painter Aldro T. Hibbard will be sold as a fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Townshend Town Hall.

A free event, “Early Photos of Townshend” will begin at 4 p.m., followed by light refreshments and the opportunity to purchase a print that had formerly been on sale in Hibbard's Rockport art studio. Although these are copies rather than originals, they are “quite charming and depict Hibbard at his best in Vermont,” according to a news release.

Hibbard (1886-1972) spent his summers in Rockport, Mass., and his winters in East Jamaica, Vt., on the border of West Townshend.

One of the few plein air artists who relished the cold, Hibbard was fascinated by the light and shadows that played across the snow, waters, and mountains of Vermont. Many of his paintings also celebrate a vanished way of life - early farmhouses, barns, sugarhouses, cows and oxen, covered bridges, and village scenes.

Increasingly in demand over the years, Hibbard's original oil paintings are found in many museums and prominent private collections. A new Hibbard show will open at the Vose Galleries of Boston in November.

Proceeds from the sale of the Hibbard prints are designated for the Stone Arch Bridge Restoration Project, which has recently been undertaken by the Townshend Historical Society.

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