News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Cornwall artist, 86-year-old Klara Calitri, hopes her paintings and porcelain cereamics uplift people. She encourages these feelings with bright colors and showcasing vegetables, flowers, and animals – especially birds – from her garden, says the Addison Independent. Klara always has been interested in art and dabbled in various two- and three-dimensional mediums while she was a teacher, but her art really became a full-time occupation and pre-occupation when she retired in the 1970s. She paints mostly with oil, pastels, and aquarelle; and her pots are shaped by hand around smooth, curved stones, not on a wheel, much like the Peruvian Indians. “I want to pass on my joy to other people, and they may not feel exactly the same way – but I think they feel a little uplifted,” Klara added. Her works can be seen at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Brandon Artists’ Gallery, and in other states. Klara is quite literally a breath of fresh air.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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