Inside Bennington Museum's collection: Ice Capers, 1943

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In 1937 Patsy Santo won first prize for a painting he submitted to the Vermont State Fair in Rutland. The painting was seen by Walt Kuhn, a progressive artist instrumental in introducing modernism to a broad American public. Kuhn helped Santo navigate his way through the complexities of the New York art world, where he had a number of highly successful exhibitions, from 1939 through the 1950s. Santo did not own a car, and most of his paintings depict locations around Bennington. The site of the pond in this painting is now part of the property owned by the Vermont Veterans' Home, where the deer park is located.

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