There’s a certain Slant of light, (320)
MY OIL of The Day-
I found a Barred Owl that got clipped by a vehicle, he seemed to demand my creative attention AND LAtER While taking the dogs for a walk -I SURPRISINGLY got to watch a Barred Owl live hunting the feilds on the river.
When your driving along or looking upon a Barred owl they really dont feel Big but when your in close what an amazing majestic bird. I now really understand why they say BIG SPIRIT.
He will be taxidermied and displayed in one of the 4 bird teaching centers of New York State 2015. I hope he’s at Moreau State Park bird center.
HAPPY NEW Year to all!
It’s going to be a good 2015.
The Brill Cemetery is located behind a Saratoga Bridges facility at 690 Route 9, just north of Waller Road.
Last year, Saratoga Bridges acquired a small piece of cemetery property to build a pavilion for its clients.
The cemetery, which dates to the mid-1800s, only has two headstones marking the graves of Hanna and James Brill. To maintain the site’s boundary, town Historian Jeannine Woutersz suggested that the cemetery should be enclosed by restoring an old iron fence.
However, much of what remained of the fence was badly deteriorated.
With support from the town, Woutersz contacted miChelle Vara at the Ballard Road Art Studio about handling the project.
Vara and her partner, Chad Wilson, collected the metal pieces and attempted to find pictures or documentation about what the gate would have looked like in its original condition.
That produced no results, but Vara found clues unearthed from the site, including evidence of small rosettes in the original pattern. But they, too, were extremely deteriorated.
However, she is a metal collector and had rosettes from a bed frame made in the early 19th century. So with a few tricks of her trade, welding and reworking the metals, she restored the fence gate and posts, using some original material and pieces she fashioned based on the original pattern.
Enclosing the entire cemetery would have been too big a project. But the restored gate was installed last week, serving as an historical marker and a reminder about the small cemetery’s presence.
“To have the town save that is monumental and important,” Vara said. “It’s great to see somebody local that really cares.”
The town funded part of the project. However, Vara and Wilson donated considerable time and talent.
Woutersz said the Brill family came to the Wilton area in 1813. They built a brick homestead, planted orchards and prospered on surrounding farmland.
The Brill property was sold to Charles A. Waller in 1900 and was used as a dairy farm until 1945, when it was sold to Don Pepper and became part of the former Pepper’s Turkey Farm.
The old brick house still stands.
“It could tell some wonderful tales,” Woutersz said. “Let’s hope it survives another 100 years.”
January 5, 2015 | By Dennis Yusko
Wilton historian Jeanne Woutersz and artist Michelle Vara recently dug up and restored a piece of town history.
Last year, Woutersz set out to rebuild a more than 150-year-old fence that stood for decades at the Brill family farm and cemetery, located off Route 9 in southwest Wilton. She wanted to restore the old fence to separate the cemetery’s two grave sites from a pavilion area neighboring Saratoga Bridges was building for its clients. She and Vara went to the burial ground last spring and rescued metal parts from the former fence that had deteriorated in the property’s dirt.
Vara and her partner, Chad Wilson, took the parts to her Ballard Road Arts Studio. Over several months, she scrubbed the metal and acquired new materials to rebuild the fence’s elegant entrance gate and posts. Vara re-created small rosettes from old metal she owned and welded the parts into a landmark she says replicates the fence’s original design.
Last week, she put the refurbished posts and gates into the ground at the old family cemetery. Vara said she donated half of the project’s $2,500 restoration cost, and the town covered the other half.
“I really wanted to…I hate to see history gone and to be honest with you, in Wilton we don’t really have a lot of historical monuments,” Vara said Monday. The restored posts are 42 inches high and its gates are more than three feet wide. The top scrolls on the gate were hand-made at Vara’s studio. Saratoga Bridges purchased and installed black, aluminum fencing to complete the enclosure.
The family of John Brill came to the Wilton area in 1813 and soon built their family farm near what today is Smith Bridge Road. Two of the family’s children died young and were buried on the property, according to the town historian. The town owns the small, abandoned cemetery.
“That would have been a family cemetery with a fence around it,” Woutersz said. The land served as a dairy farm from 1900 to 1945, when Don Pepper acquired it and used it to raise turkeys, she said.
The Wilton Town Historian, Jeanie Woutersz was informed that Saratoga Bridges would be acquiring a small piece of the property originally deeded to the Brill Cemetery, to build a client’s pavilion. Jeanie realized that the small mid 1800’s cemetery should have an enclosure and believe it should be represented by the historical fence that was once there. What was left of the original fence was unearthed and badly deteriorated.
The town decided on the idea of a gate with posts using some original pieces in representation of what was once there, this would stand as the historical marker for this unique cemetery.
Jeanie contacted miChelle
miChelle and partner Chad Wilson gathered the metal pieces and attempted to find pictures or original documentation of what the gates would have looked like. With no luck she used the clues that were unearthed from the site. She found evidence of small rosettes in the original pattern but the original rosettes were too far deteriorated. So being a longtime lover and collector of metal miChelle had Rosettes (flowers) from a bead frame made in the early 1800’s
with a few tricks, welding and reworking the metals, finished the gate and posts, keeping Wilton’s history preserved.
My nephew asked me to create the Cardinal we’ve been watching out the kitchen window. Oil pastel of the day Big Red.
This started me to create a bird a day and really micro watch the birds, there such a powerhouse of personalities and energy.
Functional art to suite the clients application and style…….
Handmade leaves and lambs tongues (ends).
Tree handrails were installed on a second story shaped balcony, they looked awesome but the pictures didn’t show – you get the idea.
Thanks for visiting!
This was awesome-
Something Fun to participate in.
I contact by the information on the front cover and decided to help keep the energy rolling I would participate daily for as long as I had the sketchbook, in my possession….
The book had a few drawings by students in it, (names and credit are listed on first page of sketchbook) they are as follows-
I hope they contact me for the final review.
A long time friend and Mentor of mine passed on Monday, heres what the paper says-
Edward J. “Sonny” Johnson Jr. WILTON – Edward J. “Sonny” Johnson Jr., 80, of Ballard Road, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at his home of more than 40 years surrounded by his family including his “best buddies”, his three cats. Born on Feb. 8, 1934 in Hadley, he was the son of the late Edward Sr. and (Loretta) Johnson and the late Margaret (Daniels) Johnson and Ray Allen. Sonny attended Corinth High School, and joined the United States Army, serving during the 1950’s. He married Jehri (Petteys) Bonner and the couple resided in Wilton for many years. She died Oct. 13, 2010 after many years of marriage. Sonny began his salvage business on River St. in Warrensburg, with cars being delivered to his backyard, where they were prepaired to be crushed by a banton crane and steel weight. From Warrensburg, he moved his family to Marion Avenue in Corinth, and became known as the “Tin King”, specializing in scrap, car bodies and auto sales. He was a true pioneer in the salvage business for he was the first to have a mobil auto crusher north of the Mason-Dixon line. He crushed cars from Maine to West Virginia and even on Nantucket Island. He knew and was known throughout the salvage business from Maine to Florida. In the early 1970’s he purchased 81 Ballard Road in Wilton and pursued his dream of owning his own “Junk Yard” and building a business with his sons, called Johnsons Auto Crushers and Johnsons Auto Sales. He was proud of the fact that he was still operating his Wilton business after over 40 years. Sonny always had a love for fast cars. He raced his “V-8” in Warrensburg and other local tracks in the 1950’s. He won a few and wrecked a few, but enjoyed every fast minute. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/saratogian/obituary.aspx?pid=172977203#sthash.AbIaopeo.dpuf
Heres The Word I said: Sonny was a friend and mentor of mine for over 20 years. In my experience he played jokes and picked on and with me. He was never afraid to share insight, inspire or push me further. He loved to talk, his children, animals, vehicles, art and enhanced the world over a good cup of coffee. He made an positive impact shining a inner light and I respected him. I will miss his company. My deepest warmest regards to his family. May peace and happiness fill their life.
I was asked by his family to make sculpture for them to display in the place of flowers at the funeral home.
– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/saratogian/edward-johnson-condolences/172977203?cid=full#sthash.YdUBM6aZ.dpuf
Most of you who are close to me know the last 6 months of my life, have been extreme. I have had one focus in which all my energy, time & decisions had been made to assist another being through their toughest journey – illness to recovery. I can finally say we have made it over the waterfall and now enjoyed re-building moments of simplicity and health.
Thank you all- Nurses, Doctors, Friends, Family, Unknown persons, Clients, for the Gifts, Money, Food, Flowers, Vehicles, Rides, Tools, Housing, Kindness, Understanding, Patients, Support, Education, Lendings, Time, Advice, Love, and just plain being there when and if I needed. During this you find out who the good souls are and how the universe delivers what you need when you need it! I can’t say Thank you enough!!
Below I put together Visual Journal telling the deep welled dimensional story-
(Please excuse any names not included or incorrect- no harm is meant Just a collection of difficult visual life story.)
As always thanks for stopping bye…………………