The Mountain Times

°F Sun, April 20, 2014

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A devastating loss

Dear Editor,

As  long time artist member of the Rutland Area Art Association (i.e.: The Chaffee Art Center) and a current member of the Art Committee, I cannot express how devastated I am about the departure of Mary Mitiguy as director. She has brought as much or more vitality and enthusiasm to the gallery than there has been in the more than 16 years I have been associated with the organization-not to mention bringing in grants through incredible hard work and long hours.

Artists have felt they and their work were appreciated; other groups and individuals were welcomed-the Friday Writers Group, the Vermont Artist's Repertory Theater performance; the dedicated children's art room; and Peruvian Artist in Residence, Persi Narvaez's magnificent mural in the heart of downtown Rutland sponsored in part by the Chaffee. These are just a few examples.

She was friendly, creative and ALWAYS there with a smile. Above all she was dedicated. This is an enormous loss for the Chaffee, the art community, and the city of Rutland.

Who knows what will happen next?
Lowell Snowdon Klock, Wallingford, Vt.