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The Art and Artists of Vermont

Slide show of early 20 th century art and artists of Vermont; Selections from

the art collection of Lyman Orton, Proprietor of The Vermont Country Store

Presenters: Lyman Orton and Anita Rafael

Date and time: Thursday, June 29 6 pm

Location: Wardsboro Public Library

Details: Free admission, free parking, facility is universal access and air


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This 50-minute slide show of paintings and prints of Vermont scenes mostly done

before 1960 is presented by Lyman Orton, art collector and proprietor of The

Vermont Country Store. Along with Wardsboro resident and author Anita

Rafael, Lyman narrates the stories behind the artwork of many of the painters who

lived and worked in Vermont between the 1920s and the 1970s.

Lyman Orton’s art collection is featured in the Summer 2023 issue of Yankee

Magazine. In this slide presentation, he begins by telling the story of how he began

buying the art of Vermont about 45 years ago, and how he has made it his mission

to find and repatriate works of art of Vermont that have been scattered across


Some of the artists discussed in the slide show lived in Arlington, Vermont,

including Rockwell Kent, John Atherton, and Mead Schaeffer. Others were among

the group known in the 1920s and ‘30s as “the Dorset Painters” including Wallace

Fahnestock, Dean Fausett, Harriet DeSanchez, and Arthur Jones. Nearly one-fifth

of the paintings in Lyman Orton’s collection are by women who had brilliant

careers in the arts such as Kyra Markham of Halifax, Marion Huse of Pawlet, and

Bernadine Custer of Londonderry. Many of the paintings and prints these artists

and many others did of Vermont have never been seen by the public.

In 2023, Lyman Orton and Anita Rafael co-authored a new book about his art

collection titled: For the Love of Vermont: The Lyman Orton Collection.  The

Wardsboro Public Library has a copy in circulation.


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