WEST RUTLAND, VT- The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center announces the dedication of a public artwork in Pittsford on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 12:00 Noon. The permanent installation at the Maclure Library is in partnership with the town. Led by master sculptor Nora Valdez, a team of teen carvers created the Stone Bench this summer. The group included Sydney Taft Cole, Katy Friesen, Faith Holzhammer, Joy Holzhammer, Hunter Longley, Muirgen Piovano, Riley Quesnel and Jadella Rivers.

The Stone Bench Project is a Carving Studio and Sculpture Center program that began in Ayacucho, Peru during January 2009. Subsequent years have seen development of opportunities for Rutland area teens to connect with their region’s cultural heritage. Teamwork is built as students cooperatively develop a theme, produce a scale model in clay and carve the limestone blocks. The finished benches are given to partnering municipalities for placement in the community.

Funding for the Stone Bench Project is provided, in part, by the United Way of Rutland County.