Every Monday we share an image on the Essex on Lake Champlain Facebook page and invite our viewers to play some Vintage Essex Trivia. Do you recognize the site in this painting? How about the artist? Do you spy their signature?
Here’s what the community already had to say:
Christine Herrmann: Haven’t seen this one before, but I do recognize the artist’s signature!
Rich Warner: Whallon’s Bay, long before my time
This is a painting of the old stump bridge in Whallons Bay. We previously shared a photograph of this bridge here if you’d like to take a look. To my understanding it is no longer there today.
Local artist Sid Couchey painted this work and we do know some about its origins. Below is an excerpt from Rosslyn Redux where the painting was originally shared by owner Heidi Labate:
“I have an original oil painting done by Sid Couchey in the mid to late 1950’s. It is off old stump bridge in Whallons Bay. Sid gifted the painting to my grandfather when my grandfather was the lay minister at the church in Essex, NY. I would love more information and / or to sell it to someone from the area who would appreciate it fully. I reside in Burlington , Vt.” (Source: Heidi Labate, July 29, 2016 via “Old Stump Bridge in Whallons Bay“, Rosslyn Redux)
Do you have any further insight into the bridge and its creation and/or destruction? Any other thoughts to share on the painting? Please leave a comment below!
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