Carpenter-Carse Library gets grant for mural project

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Photo (left to right): Hinesburg Community School students Maria Bush and Roberta Donegan, Community Bank N.A. Branch Manager Peter Crapo, Carpenter-Carse Library Director Sarah Armstrong Donegan and Youth Programming’s Chaya Thanhauser.

Community Bank N.A. recently presented Carpenter-Carse Library with a $1,200 donation to fund a local art program. The initiative will team up with local artists and youth to create a set of murals on the outside of the library that are based on favorite books.

“We’re very excited and proud to help our wonderful neighbors, the Carpenter-Carse Library, start a program that will bring a lot of fun and creativity into the library and onto the front of the building,” Community Bank N.A. Branch Manager Peter Crapo said.

Founded in 1810 and moved to its current location in 1997, Carpenter-Carse Library offers people of all ages the equal opportunity to read and learn in a bright, welcoming environment that serves as a community gathering place. It serves residents across Hinesburg and surrounding towns.

“We’re so excited for the combination of art, literature and community that this program will bring,” Carpenter-Carse Library Youth Programming’s Chaya Thanhauser said. “We can’t thank Community Bank N.A. enough for their generous support.”

The library is working with Vermont artist Laurel Fulton Waters to create the murals. “We will be inviting local youth from Hinesburg and surrounding towns to participate in a month long after school program this May,” Thanhauser said.

“Our plan is to select three painters and then to reimagine a Vermont landscape through the style of the artist. Artist Fulton Waters will teach the kids about the artists and their distinct styles, and then help them create a Vermont landscape painting in the style of each artist.”

The project will create three large scale works to brighten up the library’s exterior, and represent how the library is an educational, reflective and creative place for young people, she added.

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