A Day in Vermont
July 6, 2020


Howe Center

The Howe Center in Rutland is a vibrant community asset with a hard-working history.

This view from the River Street Bridge recently caught my eye and wouldn’t let go.

“The secret, if there is one, is to be so completely interested in studying the model that the paint just follows. Forget that you are drawing or painting and feel that you are using the medium to reach out and touch the model.” Kimon Nicolaides, from The Natural Way to Draw. 

Size: 10X20 (auctioned unframed)
Medium: Oil on panel

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11 Responses to “Howe Center”

  1. cynthia adams

    “Railroad Village” comes to mind….. similar to White River jct. you did yrs ago. Such busy and meaningful village/center. Thank you again for special Mondays.

  2. Beth Ruberg

    Wow, never been to Howe Center but now I’m intrigued…gotta check it out one day. It’s a great painting, full of energy! Thanks for the travelogue!

  3. carolyn taylor

    My dad worked here for many years as a night watchman. I remember a yellow kitten he brought home from there for myself and my sister. He used to say the kittens were smaller then the rats, and he hated to see a rat get that one. His little guard shack was right next to the tracks as you drove in.

  4. Brian Dugan

    This was one of the landmarks I remember when coming to Rutland and West Rutland for summer vacation that we were “almost there.” Great memories. Have a good week.

  5. Beth Ann Weymer Rossi

    Painting, as in writing , has to completely envelop you. You have to be all in to tell a good story just as you so brilliantly are all in with your subject matter you paint. Love the vibrant colors on the left that fade to grays and whites. Voltaire said: “Writing is the painting of the voice.” Keep speaking Peter.

  6. Dave Wheel

    I’ve spent many hours at the Howe for job fairs and other events. You can feel the history when you’re inside!

  7. Colette Kulig

    LOVE THIS! I not only love the grundgy/industrial feel, but this place has such meaning growing up in Rutland! <3

  8. Janet Svhotter

    My Dad grew up in Rutland, immigrated from Canada with his mother and two siblings…just babies, after his Dad was killed in France in. WWI. So as I look at this paintings I wonder if he walked there, played there. He was on the HS football team. He was born in 1912. Cecil Hodgson was his name and he loved Rutland.

  9. Sheila McCormack

    This view surely spoke to you, Peter. Fascinating painting. Your sky adds impact and atmosphere to a site that speaks of a vibrant, vital, and proud history.


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