Congratulations to the Four Aces Diner – Best in New Hampshire

Congratulations to my favorite local diner and supreme red flannel hash destination the Four Aces Diner in West Lebanon, New Hampshire which recently won the 2017 BEST DINER award from New England Today!

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The Four Aces Diner won best dinner in the BEST OF NEW HAMPSHIRE 2017: ATTRACTIONS category.

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DINER: Four Aces Diner
Travel back to the ’50s in this Worcester Lunch Car Company diner decked out with original wood booths and chrome details. There’s enough memorabilia—from Elvis tchotchkes to midcentury ads claiming the virtues of Coke—to keep your head turning as you tuck into a hearty breakfast of cinnamon roll pancakes, savory mushroom and garlic confit omelets, or creative Benedicts with North Country Smokehouse sausage. There’s even authentic poutine. 23 Bridge St., West Lebanon. 603-298-5515; 4acesdiner.com

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I love the hashes at the Four Aces Diner — the “enduring campus hub for comfort fare, including all-day breakfast, served in vintage diner-car digs.”  Popular with locals and Dartmouth College students and faculty.

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Recent diner had this to say about The Four Aces:

I went here with my friend on New Years Eve and we were quite impressed! We were on a day trip in the Upper Valley region and wanted to hit up a spot for breakfast. I am somewhat of a foodie so I looked up breakfast spots around the area that were rated 4+ stars.

On google it is rated as 4.7 last time i saw it so we HAD to check it out. We had a great time there! My friend had a spinach and mushroom omelette and I had eggs, oatmeal bread toast and corned beef hash. I don’t eat pork so breakfast meats are not abundant for me. And Corned Beef is my favorite breakfast meat ha ha. oh my goodness…the oatmeal bread was HOMEMADE and it was BEYOND delicious and the corned beef hash was also homemade and was probably the best i’ve ever had!!

It wasn’t the kind you get from a can, which is super salty. This was PHENOMENAL. AND they also have a line of hot sauces which is locally made from Vermont and organic. (Once i find the bottle i will let you know of the brand) I bought the Habanero mango hot sauce for my bf and it is wonderful, definitely a good kick of heat. My friend bought a habanero infused maple syrup sauce which was very tasty as well. If i’m back in the Upper Valley, I will definitely come back to this spot. I highly recommend!!”

Vintage Tractor Prints for Refined Rustic Decor

Cornish Windsor Covered Bridge

This fine art photograph of an old vintage tractor on  a farm in the rural New Hampshire town of Cornish makes a fine print for any modern farmhouse style of decor, refined rustic, cottage, country or farm decorating.

The sepia toned print by Edward M. Fielding looks great in an off white cream colored mat as shown below.  A recent customer purchased this large 24 x 30 inch print and matted, mounted on foam core for a client in  Woodbury, CT.  The client has an heirloom frame waiting for the print.

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Vintage Tractor Photography for that modern farmhouse style
Vintage Tractor Photography for that modern farmhouse style

I really like this combination of the off white mat and the sepia tone photograph as ordered by the designer.  It looks like an old vintage photograph even though this old tractor is still in use today on the Cornish farm.

Cornish you might know is famous for its covered bridges and the home of recluse writer JD Salinger who wrote “Catcher in the Rye” and is quoted as saying:

I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
 
I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.
 
An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.
Cornish has historically been a well-known summer resort for artists and writers. Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens began coming to Cornish in 1885, seeking a studio away from the summer heat of New York City. Artist friends followed him, including painter and illustrator Maxfield Parrish, who designed and built his estate, the Oaks, in the area. The surrounding area became the center of the popular Cornish Art Colony

Vintage tractor photographs from the New England area by Edward M. Fielding can be purchased in a wide variety of frames from simple black museum type metal frames to hundreds of wooden frames as well as printed on paper, canvas, metal, wood and acrylic as well as matching products such as throw pillows and tote bags.

Hundreds of frames and mat combinations to choose from - or get it printed on canvas, wood, or metal.
Hundreds of frames and mat combinations to choose from – or get it printed on canvas, wood, or metal.

A nice large print of a vintage tractor with a cream colored mat and rustic barn wood framing looks great in a modern farmhouse decorated home as well as a stately office or hotel lobby.

 

Barnwood frames available
Barn wood frames available

Vintage tractor fine art photographs by Edward M. Fielding can be ordered in all sorts of combinations of frames and mats.  Go big for a living room or go small for a guest bathroom.  You are only limited by your imagination on which frames you choose for your farmhouse look or go frame less for a more modern look with canvas prints, metal prints, wood prints or acrylic prints.

Vintage Tractor with elaborate frame
Vintage Tractor with elaborate frame

See all of the great vintage tractor and farming fine art photographs by Edward M. Fielding in this portfolio – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm

A New England Autumn on the Pond

The Splendor of Autumn Season in New England

Looking ahead, we’ll be in the pond-side house and hopefully mostly unpacked and settled, kid off to college by the autumn fall foliage season.  The scene of brilliant orange, red and yellow leaves against the blue of the pond and ocean should be spectacular.  Meanwhile I’ll share some of my past pond and fall foliage artwork and photography from around New England.

Vermont Farm Landscape
Vermont Farm Landscape by Edward M. Fielding

au·tumn

ˈôdəm/

noun

  1. the third season of the year, when crops and fruits are gathered and leaves fall, in the northern hemisphere from September to November and in the southern hemisphere from March to May.

    “the countryside is ablaze with color in autumn”

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    October

    O hushed October morning mild,
    Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
    Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
    Should waste them all.
    The crows above the forest call;
    Tomorrow they may form and go.
    O hushed October morning mild,
    Begin the hours of this day slow.
    Make the day seem to us less brief.
    Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
    Beguile us in the way you know.
    Release one leaf at break of day;
    At noon release another leaf;
    One from our trees, one far away.
    Retard the sun with gentle mist;
    Enchant the land with amethyst.
    Slow, slow!
    MH20- Old Farmall tractor in the field by Edward M. Fielding
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    For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
    Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
    Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
    For the grapes’ sake along the wall.
    Old New England White Picket Fence in Autumn
    Old New England White Picket Fence in Autumn
    Old New England White Picket Fence in Autumn by Edward M. Fielding

    See all of the autumn and fall foliage images in the portfolio of fine art photographer, Edward M. Fielding here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/fall

Moving to Anderson Pond

Reprint from Eastman Living Summer 2012:

Pondering Anderson Pond By Craig McArt and Renée Gustafson – http://www.eastmannh.org/el/summer12.pdf

Dunbar’s History of Grantham, published in 1791, we learn that “about the year 1791 two men by the name of Anderson were drowned in Anderson Pond – so called after this occurrence.” From this sad account one might reasonably surmise that they fell through the ice. Because of its shallow depth, ice forms early on Anderson Pond. Actually, the 14-acre, spring-fed pond, eutrophic in nature (fertile with abundant nutrients for plant production), is becoming a little shallower as each year goes by. As silt builds up on the bottom, a succession of plant life occurs called a hydrosphere. What we see now are various water lilies and pond weeds. As the water becomes even more shallow, reeds will develop. Years and years from now, the organic matter could build up to form peat and then the hydrosphere would give way to swamp.

Lest we worry, before things progress that far, the pond could be dammed to increase the depth and buy more time, as was done on Eastman Pond. The Anderson Pond Trail begins at a cut-off from the Butternut Trail, a short distance from the kiosk at the end of Anderson Pond Road. From there, it drops down to Anderson Pond, where it forms a mile loop around the pond’s shoreline. Residences overlook the pond in some areas. The level trail, routed close to the pond, is sometimes wet in places, but boardwalks and bridges afford dry passage over the worst spots. While walking the trail, keep an eye out for a low, evergreen shrub called sheep laurel, which produces small, deep pink, saucer-shaped flowers in dense clusters. Pink swamp roses bloom along the shoreline from July to August.

On the west shore, notice a transition point between a forested wetland containing red maple and other hardwoods and an upland populated by conifer species. The major species in this forest type is eastern hemlock, but also look for red spruce and tamarack. Tamarack, the only northern conifer that sheds all its needles, turns this western shore a golden yellow in the fall. A smooth rock juts out from shore at the south end of the pond, where one can obtain a splendid view. Nearby is a small bridge that takes the trail over the outlet stream. The stream flows down to Eastman Lake, tumbling over a falls by the Lake Trail. At one time, it was diverted to flow in the opposite direction, down to the millpond by West Cove, where a mill was located. The remains of the diversion channel can be seen from a spur off the trail west of the bridge. The spur traces a short section of the old road that linked North Grantham with Enfield Center.

The pond is a botanist’s dream that even includes carnivorous plants and exciting mini-gardens growing on logs that protrude from the shore. Sundew plants can be found on the logs at the southeast and northwest areas of the pond. These tiny plants are a relative of the venus flytrap and have round leaves with sticky tentacles that glisten like dew in the sun – hence the name. Insects get stuck on the tentacles and are devoured by the plant. Pitcher-plants can be seen growing in the moist area between the trail and the pond. This plant is very easy to identify because of its purple streaked leaves and burgundy flowers. The leaves are shaped like a pitcher and are used to trap insects, which are digested and serve as nourishment for the plant. Pitcher-plants bloom from late-May to August and the flower heads remain in the winter.

The pond also hosts cranberry plants, swamp candles and the delicate rose pogonia. The rose pogonia is an orchid that grows in colonies that can be found blooming in late June on many of the logs and floating sphagnum gardens. Yellow pond lilies bloom from May to September. Their large, heart-shaped leaves provide cover for fish and landing pads for dragonflies. Hollow, tubular stems conduct carbon and methane gasses up from the bottom of the pond under pressure to be sprayed out through the leaves. A single water lily stem can pass 22 liters of “sewer gas” in one day. Spring brings a plethora of frog song from spring peepers, bullfrogs, green frogs, leopard frogs and American toads. On warmer days, painted and snapping turtles may be seen sunning on the logs or a family of mergansers or mallards might occupy the pond, sometimes joined by the great blue heron strutting the shores on the lookout for fish.

Several species of fish inhabit the pond: perch, large and small mouth bass and even a northern pike or two.

Upsetting to local anglers has been the discovery that some rock bass have joined the group. A non-native species, they favor the same habitat as the small mouth bass, and their competition for food can seriously affect the fish population. Anderson Pond people, as the residents call themselves, enjoy a special, community spirit. They have been known to gather on the pond for “happy hour” raft-ups in the summer and to bang pots and pans around a fire on New Year’s Eve. They know the pond is a very special place, whether for a quiet walk, a peaceful paddle, a communion with nature’s abundance or socializing with their neighbors. Now that their secret is out, hopefully others, as well, will get acquainted with this gem.

The Barns of Vermont and New Hampshire

Family farms sporting traditional and historic wood framed New England barns and stables still dot the New England landscape in Vermont and New Hampshire.  The barns,  most painted bright red against the summer time green landscape, the brilliant orange, brown and red colors of autumn and the white snowy landscape of winter.  But you can find other colors such as white or “hasn’t been painted in decades” gray.

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A fine white barn in South Woodstock at the Green Mountain Horse Asssociation. Founded in 1926, GMHA is the nation’s oldest continuously operating horse association whose mission is to provide and maintain opportunities for educational and competitive activities for diverse equestrian disciplines. Emphasis is placed on equestrian trails preservation, horsemanship and youth education.

The facility, located in South Woodstock, Vermont, offers a wide range of events to hundreds of equestrians each year in dressage, driving, events, hunter/jumpers, and trail riding. GMHA is dedicated to preserving trails and open space for equestrian use, and the trail network covers over 400 miles.

The 65-acre facility includes stabling for 196 horses, four all-weather arenas with European Geo-Textile footing, a spectacular cross-country course, and driving hazards.

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In Enfield, New Hampshire right next door to the historic Shaker Village is a wildlife refuge and this building is part of the maintenance crew’s facilities.

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One of the most photographed farm spots in Vermont if not the world.  When you think of Vermont, the image that enters your brain might just be Jenne Farm.

Jenne Farm is a farm located in Reading, Vermont. It is one of the most photographed farms in the world, especially in autumn. The farm has appeared in magazine covers, photography books, and a Budweiser television advertisement; it has also served as a setting in the films Forrest Gump and Funny Farm. Photographs of the farm have appeared on posters, postcards and wall calendars.

Despite its fame, the private farm is located along a dirt road and is not heavily promoted. The only sign indicating its presence is a tiny board along Vermont State Route 106 advertising maple syrup.

The farm became noted for photogenic scenery about 1955 when a photography school in South Woodstock discovered it. Later, it appeared as an entry in a Life photo contest, on the cover of Yankee magazine, and in Vermont Life.

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Stowe, Vermont and Waterbury, Vermont have many old farms and old barns including this small horse barn on the way from the Ben and Jerry’s factory and on to the ski resort town of Stowe, Vermont.

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This newer classic New England red barn in Etna, New Hampshire, part of Hanover, NH – home of Dartmouth College, beautifully sits on a hillside over looking the small village.

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In the backroads of Vermont, far from the last waypoint on the map or GPS, wonderful old wooden barns in their unpainted beauty can be found among the brilliant fall foliage.

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A collection of old New England barn buildings with a single red door beyond.  This amazing complex of old barns is found right off the main road in Windsor, Vermont – the birthplace of the state.

Electric Snow Shovels and Electric Snow Blowers

 

 

Due to climate change we haven’t had winters like we had in the past.  In fact the last two winters had such little snow that I shoveled the driveway by hand.  And my son’s cross-country ski team had to deal with cancelled and delayed meets.  Even this year practices early in the season were mostly running and training in the gym or skiing on a dusting of snow on the artificial turf of the football field.

But now in mid-February we got a string of snow storms that dumped a couple of feet of snow on us.  I’ve been keeping the deck, driveway and front walk clear of snow using a good old fashioned shovel – which is great exercise and a nice and quiet way to enjoy the silence of a snowy day but also with an electric snow shovel and an electric snow blower.

My electric shovel is probably 12 years old now.  I got it originally for vacation house in the North Conway area.  My electric snowblower is more recent.  After dealing with a gas powered, noisy, hard to start and frequently breaking down snow blower for years, I sold it at a yard sale and got this electric one.

We had a long driveway in Maine so the gas powered blower was required but here in New Hampshire the entire driveway is reachable by a long electric cord.  The gas blower was two stage and more powerful then the electric blower but so far I haven’t run into any storm that it can’t handle, as long as you go slow.  The gas blower will chop through anything with its metal blades while the electric blower is made of hard plastic and is designed for smaller jobs.  But still its been fine and best of all its quiet and starts immediately.  Plus there is no gas to mix and spill.

If you have a smaller area to blow and don’t have killer storms, I highly recommend an electric snow blower and shovel.


 

 

 

Winter Trip to the Cilleyville Bridge

Here in New Hampshire we recently experienced two blizzards within days with a bit more snow in the forecast. We had more snow this week then we’ve had in two years! So I’m feeling a bit of pressure to get out and photograph it.

The tricking part is finding the time between A. Being ordered by the Governor to stay off the roads unless its an emergency B. Shoveling out the driveway and C. Simply timing the weather.

Yesterday was 18 hours of snowfall, yesterday clouding and digging out but today was a great sunny winter day with temps in the mid-twenties which is down right balmy if you are well dressed. I decide to take a trip to a small covered bridge in Andover, NH called the Cilleyville Bridge. It always has a big American flag hanging on it so I knew that would look great against the snow. Here is what it looks like in the summer months:

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According to the local historians, the structure was built by a local carpenter by the name of Print Atwood. He was assisted by Al Emerson and Charles Wilson. Local folklore suggests that during construction, Emerson and Wilson became upset and cut some of the timbers short, causing the bridge to tilt. On the other hand, engineers might suggest that the tilt is caused by the very nature of the Town lattice truss design.

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The bridge was the last covered, and probably the shortest built in Andover. It was bypassed in 1959 and restricted to foot traffic. Located in the Cilleyville section of Andover, it was originally known as Bog Bridge. A Cilleyville Bridge was nearby, spanning the Blackwater river.

After it was torn down in 1908, the original Bog Bridge became known as the Cilleyville Bridge. The roof was reshingled in 1962 at a cost of $600. On March 9, 1982 the roof caved in from excessive snow load. The town repaired it in July 1982 for $3,400. The bridge was the model for the Shattuck murals of typical New Hampshire scenes which were once located in the State House in Concord. The Cilleyville Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

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It was a great day out.  The sun warmed up the roads and melted the snow and ice so the drive over the foothills of the White Mountains on 4A was pleasant and I stopped along the way to photograph around the Shaker Village in Enfield.

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The only problem I ran into was that the snow was so high it kept getting into my 10-year-old Sorrel tall winter boots. I had to reach into my boots and pull out handfuls of snow from time to time which soaked my jeans. But at least it pushed me over the edge as far as buying a new pair of boots which I’ve been putting off. The heels on my old boots were basically gone and there were slashes in the sides. What I liked about the Sorrels was they were easy to slip in and out of and I could use them with snow shoes. What I didn’t like was the laces which never stayed tied and eventually I just removed.

I ordered a new pair of these boots from Kamik which are similar but don’t have any annoying laces. Kamik is a Canadian brand and if its anything the Canadian’s know about, its cold and snow. My son has had a pair of these for a few years and likes them.

 

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Finally a great dump of snow! Nordic skiing in the Upper Valley

After the last couple of years of crummy snow conditions it was great getting trip of blizzards this week!

Some people are getting up tight about snow days and the high school year being extended but who cares? My son’s a senior, his graduation day is set in stone. Bring on the snow!

If you live down in Florida or some place where you don’t have snow, this next video will give you an idea of what you are missing. Sure the shoveling is tough but its good exercise.

During the blizzard I like to stay off the roads and let the snow plow crews do their work. Nothing is worse than having to pull cars out of banks and ditches when the drivers could have just stayed at home or maybe planned ahead for that gallon of milk they do desperately needed in the middle of a blizzard.

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Luckily in my neighborhood I have this great big old dairy barn to photograph. Its wooden red exterior looks great in the billowing snow storm.

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I hiked through the woods, across the road to get these shots of the old red barn in the peak of the onslaught of snow flurries. It was coming down at about two inches an hour at this point and the snow was sliding off the metal roof from the wind blasts.

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Getting up close to the barn took a bit of doing.  I had my knee high boots on but had to deal with an incredibly steep bank created by the plows and then walk through the layers of ice, six inches of crust and then the eight inches or so of powder snow.

In contrast here is what the scene looks like in the summer time.

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One Fine Day in Winter – The Life of the Photographer

One Fine Day in Winter – The Life of the Photographer

Growing up I was a huge fan of Mad Magazine and especially Don Martin’s cartoons which often had titles such as “One Fine Day in XYZ”. Combine that with my new learning challenge of creating videos and you get a result like the above video which attempts to get the viewer a glimpse into my process. Yes, mundane chores like like doing the laundry, giving rides to ski practice and grocery shopping get in the way of the “glamorous” life of the fine art photographer.

Big snow falls add extra challenges. 1. being the driveway has to be shoveled before any play happens. 2. it is often not safe to stop along a roadside when the plows are still working or the ditches are just waiting to swallow your car. 3.when you are the one working from home you get a list of chores to do.

Not all is as it seems in winter. A couple years ago I drove up what I thought was a snow covered driveway but it turned out to be a snowmobile trail and it swallowed my new car. I ended up walking to a country store and buying lunch for a burly landscaper kind of dude with a truck full of shovels to come and help we get out of the snow bank.

Oh the hazards of the job. Full of adventure yet full of perils not shown on a GPS unit.  Here are a few captures from Etna, NH after snow storm Nico.  8 – 12 more inches are on the way!

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Scenes from Around the Upper Valley

Upper Valley Travels

Scenes from Around the Upper Valley

A short movie with scenes from my travels around the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.

New Hampshire and Vermont’s Upper Valley is surrounded by the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire and consists of many small, wonderful towns and cities.  Home to DHMC and Dartmouth College, the ninth oldest college in the country and proudly serving the Ivy League community, Hanover New Hampshire offers the hustle and bustle of an upscale-casual city with a small town feel.

The region along the Connecticut river upstream and downstream from Lebanon, New Hampshire and White River Junction, Vermont, is known locally as the “Upper Valley”. The exact definition of the region varies, but it generally is considered to extend south to Windsor, Vermont, and Cornish, New Hampshire, and north to Bradford, Vermont, and Piermont, New Hampshire.

To buy prints, framed artwork, canvas prints, metal, prints as well as products such as tote bags, cell phone cases, throw pillows and more with photographs from the Upper Valley, visit: http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/

Old Train Bridge
Old Train Bridge http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/2-old-steel-train-bridge-edward-fielding.html
Red Door Winter Barn, Windsor, Vermont
Red Door Winter Barn, Windsor, Vermont
Dartmouth College in Hanvover, NH framed art.
Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH framed art.
Ely Vermont Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White Framed Print
Ely Vermont Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White Framed Print
Inside The Horse Barn Black And White
Inside The Horse Barn Black And White
Edward Fielding

Edward Fielding

Etna, NH

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I use my photography to communicate my vision of the world. My work deals with storytelling in light and shadow from the beauty, texture and shape of every day objects to wonders of the natural world. — Edward M. Fielding

Edward M. Fielding
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Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies.

My work has appeared in featured in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertising, book covers and media companies as well as been widely shown and juries into fine art shows.

Recently I was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.

In addition to fine art photography, I enjoy being a staff educator at the AVA Gallery and Arts Center in Lebanon, NH teaching creative technology such as Scratch and Lego Mindstorms robotics to elementary and middle school children.

Many of the images featured here on Fine Art America are available for rights managed licensing for book covers and other projects from Arc Angel Images – http://tinyurl.com/aww2wzl
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