BENNINGTON >> Meet us in Jamaica (Vermont, that is) on Oct. 8 (Rain date Oct. 9) and join Jamie Franklin, curator of Bennington Museum as he guides you to locations explored and painted by Milton Avery. Did you ever wonder where some of Avery's magnificent paintings originated from? Now you can stand where he stood and sit where he sat as he documented his summers in Vermont (1935-1943) in beautiful watercolors and oils, as well as drypoints and sketches.

Itinerary: This exciting field trip is preceded by a free visit on Oct. 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to the Bennington Museum to walk through Milton Avery's Vermont exhibition with Franklin focusing on works that best complement the exploration the following day. On Saturday, October 8 at 11:00 a.m., meet at the Jamaica Historical Foundation, Route 30 to see an exhibit including maps and photographs while getting a brief introduction from Franklin. With the background presented here and on Friday, you will now explore Avery's Vermont with a new view of this great American modernist's art.


Drive passed Avery's rental house on Water Street. Park at the school on Depot Street before walking to Abbott's/Eberling's house where Old Mill Pond was located. Hike to Lookout Rock where you can enjoy a picnic lunch (bring your own). Round out the day with a hike to Salmon Hole before departing. Maps to sites in Rawsonville will be provided so you can continue on your adventure at your own pace.

Reservations are required by October 7. Fee of $12/person for Bennington Museum members, or $15/person for non-members. Contact or call 802-447-1571 ext. 203.

About the museum

Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street (Route 9) in The Shires of Vermont. The museum is open daily through October and is wheelchair accessible. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students over 18. Admission is never charged for younger students or to visit the museum shop. Visit the museum's website or call 802-447-1571 for more information.