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Honoring Natalie Van Vleck

Come to the Flanders’ Studio to discover more about the Flanders’ founder, Natalie Van Vleck. Marc Chabot, Flanders’ Archivist and Curator of Van Vleck’s art collection, will be showcasing some of her art, including a new addition recently acquired, and sharing some of his favorite stories of her. The event is Friday, July 27th at 7 p.m.

Born in 1901, Van Vleck developed a talent for art early on in her life and was a well regarded artist in her time. She did not desire fame nor fortune, however, and merely painted and created for her own satisfaction.

In 1926, her parents moved into a farmhouse on Flanders Road in Woodbury. Van Vleck had an art studio and carpentry shop built near the house where most of her artwork was created. The studio is still there today.

Along with being an artist, farmer, businesswoman, and environmentalist, Van Vleck was a rugged individualist who refused to conform to societal standards, following her own rules on how she should draw or dress. This individualism influenced a lot of her art and her life.

Come and discover more about this interesting person at the Flanders’ Studio, located at 5 Church Hill Road in Woodbury. Cost for attendance is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Those interested in attending are asked to register online at www.flandersnaturecenter.org or call 203-263-3711, ext. 10, for more information.

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