News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

The town of Proctor seems to be the keeper of several Jessie Wilcox Smith paintings of late. A second work by the artist called “Around the Ring of Roses,” painted in 1914, was one of a series of paintings done for a Mother Goose book, said the Rutland Herald. It shows six boys and girls on a daisy-covered hillside playing what is more popularly known as “ring around the rosy.”The framed painting was discovered in a church closet by Union Church pastor Russ Gates and will go to Sotheby’s Auction House in December. The church decided to sell the painting because of the risk of theft and the too high cost of high-tech security. Another of Smith’s painting, “Curly Locks,” was sold for $100,000 in April. The church apparently was aware that the painting was in their possession, but thought it was a reprint, not an original. There are no plans by the church at the moment as what to do with the money it receives from the auction. Whatever they receive, it’s a healthy addition to the collection plate.

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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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