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Art at Lunch: Delia Robinson’s Whistles and Crankies

Just in time for the cold winter months, Bennington Museum is launching a new series of lunchtime art programs. On the first Tuesday of every month, we will introduce you to an artist, explore a painting, or engage in conversations about the amazing and diverse art present in Vermont and in the greater Bennington area.

On Tuesday December 1st, grab your lunch and join Delia Robinson for a tour of her studio. Delia’s entree into the world of art was traditional whistle-making, which she learned from her mother. From there, the journey led to paintings and, eventually, to “crankies,” which she first encountered through Bread and Puppet Theater.

Crankies were all the rage in the 1800s, but they date back to the middle ages. Before motion pictures, crankies served as visual storytelling devices. Images, painted on scrolls, were pulled along, using a crank, while musicians and singers told the story.

In this program, Delia will take us on a tour of her studio and share her latest crankie performance, which illustrates a traditional ballad, “Wave the Ocean, Wave the Sea.”

Art at Lunch is offered at no charge to Bennington Museum members and on a pay-what-you-wish basis to Not-Yet-Members.