Hilltown Voices: Mosaic Fusion featured at Meekins Library

For the Gazette
Published: 2/9/2019 12:24:20 AM

HAYDENVILLE — Paintings by Haydenville artist Lennie Kaumzha will be on display at the Neil Hammer Gallery at Meekins Library in Williamsburg throughout February.

Mosaic Fusion: A Retrospective Journey, represents over 30 years of Kaumzha’s work with pieces done in a black-lined frame, mosaic-fusion style.

“People look at his art and I think it makes them think of stained glass,” Meekins Library Assistant Director and Children’s Librarian Rochelle Wildfong said.

Much of his work features depictions of colorful animal and nature themes.

Originally from Illinois, Kaumzha spent time in the Peace Corps teaching math in Gambia, West Africa, before attending San Jose State University in the mid 1970’s to study art.

He eventually made his way to Brattleboro, Vermont where he became part of the worker-owned Common Ground Restaurant for 16 years until 1994.

As well as being a painter, Kaumzha is the owner of Metal Magic Lanterns where he makes an art out of transforming ordinary tin cans into impressive, imaginative and ornate candle and electric lanterns.

Both his metal work and paintings can be viewed on his website: tincanlights.com/paintings.html

Hilltown Land Trust hosts oxen logging demonstration

WORTHINGTON — Ninth generation oxen logger and forester Tom Jenkins will be demonstrating techniques for harvesting timber with draft animals on March 2 from 10 a.m. to noon.

As concerns increase over the resilience of our forest ecosystems, many landowners are turning to the use of draft animal power to harvest their trees in a more sustainable manner.

Logging with draft animals rather than machinery reduces the ecological impact of timber harvesting by minimizing soil compaction and erosion, and allows for smaller skid trails and more selective cutting.

Those in attendance will learn about this style of logging and have an up-close opportunity to see how the logging team works together. They will also hear about the various environmental and economic benefits for small timber harvests.

Demonstrations will include a campfire discussion on sustainable forestry and tips for choosing a forester or logger.

Participants will be outside for the duration of the event and walking through woods in variable snow conditions so dress appropriately.

For more location and additional information, call the Hilltown Land Trust at 413-628-4485

Sunday fishing derby

GOSHEN — On Sunday Feb. 10, the Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club will hold its 25th annual fishing derby at the DAR State Forest in Goshen.

The event will begin at dawn and all fish must be checked in by 2 p.m.

There is a $15 entrance fee and kids under 10 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the derby.

The grand prize will be an 8-inch Jiffy gas auger. There also will be cash prizes available as in three different categories, as well as several raffle items.

For more information call Don Dextraze at 413-268-0140.

Ideas for this column on life in the Hilltowns can be sent to Fran Ryan at Fran.gazette@gmail.com.

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