A few miles north of the border, in Vermont, an old stone Catholic church fuses with the schoolhouse where Anna Mary ‘Grandma’ Moses studied as a girl. The Bennington Museum holds the largest collection of Grandma Moses’ paintings in the world — and shows them a few feet from the abstract Color Field artists who gravitated to Bennington College in the 1960s. And the museum argues they have more in common than you think.
Bennington has sheltered artistic and creative activity since its days as a milltown at the north end of the New York train line, and the museum combines local craft and history with a deep interest in self-taught artists and abstract painting.
On a summer day here, you might find Rockwell Kent’s rugged scenes, or the 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt — which has drawn in quilters even across the Atlantic — or a survey of local 3D printing and computer assisted design.And you might walk the wildflower trail, a gentle walk through six acres of woods, where volunteers plant native wildflowers and ferns along the brook.