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Bread & Puppet

The weekend of June 11-12 2005 took me somewhat by accident to Glover, Vermont to visit the world famous Bread & Puppet Museum. What I found there absolutely inspired, amazed, awed and humbled me. The following is paraphrased from their brochure and is printed here without permission to inform and hopefully to honor and in some small way continue to support their most creative and righteous cause - to keep art for the people - to utilize it's power and most importantly, to cause people to think and feel.

History: Bread & Puppet began as the name of Peter Schumann's workplace/loft on Delancey St. in the lower east side of NYC in the early sixties, and evolved shortly thereafter into the Bread & Puppet Theater. About a decade later, the collection and troup moved to Goddard College where it was briefly renamed "Vermont's First Paper Mache' Cathedral (or) The Art of Impermanence." In 1975 the existing site was set up and there it remains today, both a work in progress and permanent display.

The majority of the puppets (and all of the earliest ones) were first fashioned by Schumann in clay and then worked into functional puppets by a community of supporters including dedicated friends, puppeteers and even neighbors. The works are made up of mostly found materials including cardboard from the local furniture factory, cedar and poplar poles from surrounding groves and yard sale finds. The works are precariously displayed covering every available inch of wall space over two stories of a large circa 1863 barn, and in keeping with the "art is transient philosophy", allowed to decay naturally with time - which only adds to their charm, if you ask me.

The pictures which include people at the bottom of this gallery are from Sunday 12 Jun 2005, when the museum held it's 30th anniversary seasonal opening. They are all crowd shots. The first 9 pictures are new additions from 31 July 05 using my new Nikon D70s.

Contact information for the museum is as follows:
700 Andersonville Rd; Glover, VT 05875; 802.525.1271; breadpup@together.net

The museum is open from 1 Jun - 1 November and by appt. Admission is Free.

The center thumbnail "Bread & Puppet in Winter" is a new gallery. Click on the thumbnail to enter

Comments on the photos and galleries are MOST welcome.
Lost Baby
Lost Baby
Forest Procession
Forest Procession
Bread & Puppet in Winter
:: Bread & Puppet in Winter ::
Caged Birds
Caged Birds
Eerie Light
Eerie Light
Bird Homestead
Bird Homestead
Prayer Flags
Prayer Flags
Around the World
Around the World
Angel-Eyes
Angel-Eyes
Giant-Dreamer
Giant-Dreamer
Masks
Masks
Worker
Worker
Gentle Apocalypse
Gentle Apocalypse
Crazy Finger Shadows
Crazy Finger Shadows
Passing
Passing
Blue Nose
Blue Nose
Sacrifice
Sacrifice
Mask Evolution
Mask Evolution
Flying Apparitions
Flying Apparitions
Flying Apparitions II
Flying Apparitions II
Flying Apparitions III
Flying Apparitions III
In God We Trust
In God We Trust
Chorus
Chorus
You Are Here
You Are Here
Ghost Brides
Ghost Brides
Dollhouse
Dollhouse
Blushing Bride
Blushing Bride
Doll Painting
Doll Painting
Draw Me A Goat
Draw Me A Goat
Doll Paintings
Doll Paintings
Exposure
Exposure
Chair World
Chair World
Long Arm of...?
Long Arm of...?
Sad Moon Rising
Sad Moon Rising
Shrine of the Patriarch
Shrine of the Patriarch
Shell in Window
Shell in Window
Domestic Goddess
Domestic Goddess
Mother's Work
Mother's Work
Bottlecap Talisman
Bottlecap Talisman
Apparition World
Apparition World
Mighty Sword
Mighty Sword
Curtain No 2
Curtain No 2
Wake Me June 12th
Wake Me June 12th
Staff of Life
Staff of Life
Up Now
Up Now
Way Better Than the Partridge Fam
Way Better Than the Partridge Fam
Sunflower Entrance
Sunflower Entrance
1st Insurrection World Circus
1st Insurrection World Circus
Folks Gallery
Folks Gallery
Star Wars Plan B
Star Wars Plan B
Pure VT
Pure VT
Green Bus Bullet Hole
Green Bus Bullet Hole
Schedule of Events
Schedule of Events
Green Bus Side
Green Bus Side
Yellow Bus
Yellow Bus
Newest Bus
Newest Bus
Dreads & Bread
Dreads & Bread
What Next?
What Next?
Can We Keep Him?
Can We Keep Him?
They Will Come...
They Will Come...
Hats
Hats
Hand Sewn Advert
Hand Sewn Advert
Accordion To Us
Accordion To Us
Corporate Teat Suckle
Corporate Teat Suckle
Damn Hammer
Damn Hammer
GWs Head is in Danger
GWs Head is in Danger
Hot Momma
Hot Momma
God of Corporations
God of Corporations
Tat, Hat & Laugh
Tat, Hat & Laugh
Tall Grass
Tall Grass
Tat & Hat with Beads
Tat & Hat with Beads
Washboard Buttocks
Washboard Buttocks
Crazy Running Kid
Crazy Running Kid
Amongst the Legs
Amongst the Legs
Progressive Regression
Progressive Regression