Local Artist Jackie Mangione Will Foster Creativity at Common Ground Center’s Newest Program

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An Aspiring Artists Retreat will provide an opportunity for emerging artists to blossom.

Jackie Mangione at Common Ground Center, a retreat center and family vacation camp in Vermont.

Jackie Mangione at Common Ground Center.

The concept was to provide an opportunity for creativity to blossom in a unique setting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Jackie Mangione, a renowned watercolor artist based in Burlington, VT, has been a part of Common Ground Center’s extended family for over ten years. She first became involved as a participant in the Center’s summer family camp program, Camp Common Ground. Mangione went on to become a Common Ground Center staff member until her artistic career began to take off and she decided to dedicate herself full time to producing art and teaching others. She has returned to Common Ground Center each summer to teach watercolors to enthusiastic campers during family programs.

Recently, Common Ground Center approached Mangione about a new program just for adults that would be held during the Vermont Spring Open Studio Weekend. The concept was to provide an opportunity for creativity to blossom in a unique setting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Mangione loved the idea and the Aspiring Artists Retreat was born.

The four-day retreat, which will be held May 25-29, 2012, will feature watercolor instruction with Jackie Mangione along with pottery technique with Veronica Gadbois, another dedicated member of the Common Ground community who holds degrees in studio art and education. Afternoons will be spent visiting local artists’ studios as part of the Vermont Spring Open Studio Weekend. The gorgeous Vermont landscape is sure to inspire artistic masterpieces as well as create a space for renewal and reflection.

The program is open to emerging artists at any level, from those who consider themselves beginners to those who have an established artistic career and wish to re-energize their work.

Space is limited for the Aspiring Artists Retreat. For fees and registration, visit the website or call the office at 800.430.2667.

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